Brewer residents now have to pay for the amount of waste they throw away.It’s called “Pay As You Throw” and Bangor could soon follow Brewer’s lead.Here’s how it works residents buy a city approved bag and fill it with their trash.140 communities in Maine currently utilize “Pay As You Throw.”City Engineer Jim Ring says Bangor has been looking at programs to help reduce its tax rate.The discussions to bring the program to Bangor are in the early stages, but councilors could adopt it as part of next year’s budget.
A couple of women created quite the scene in downtown Bangor Tuesday.Wearing lettuce bikinis, PETA’s lettuce ladies were in town promoting veganism.The women held signs that read “Turning a New Leaf: Go Vegan” and passed out soy hot cocoa to passersby.They are a part of the national organization, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.They also passed out vegetarian starter kits to help people offset holiday weight gain and strive for better health in 2011.”This is a great way to get people’s attention in a fun way but then talk to these people about these very serious issues and talk about how people can improve their health, prevent cruelty to animals and help their environment by going Vegan,” said Ashley Byrne with PETA.For more information on PETA, you can visit their website at www.peta.org.
A Trenton boatbuilding company has been sold.The Hinckley Company has formed a partnership with Scout Partners LLC.According to Hinckley Chief Executive Officer, James McManus, 2010 was a great year for the boatbuilding company and they are “excited to have new ownership partners that are committed to building the Hinckley businessand that share the Hinckley brand”.David Howe with Scout Partners says, ” We’re very excited about the future potential of the company, including the boatbuilding and service businesses.”Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Today, a former Bangor mayor presented a proposal to restructure the state government.Larry Willey addressed Bangor’s Rotary Club with a research report that looks at two decades of government history.Among the report’s recommendations, it says officials should focus on creating new opportunities for state residents.
A Gardiner man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for shooting his girlfriend.According to Kennebec County District Attorney Evert Fowle, 40-year-old Kenneth Sirmans will spend two years in prison and three years on probation.Sirmans shot his girlfriend, 40-year-old Allison Wainwright in the stomach in September.Court documents say Wainwright says the two had been drinking heavily and Sirmans shot her accidentially.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are trying to figure out what sparked a blaze in Skowhegan Monday night.According to Captain Shawn Howard with the Skowhegan Fire Department, a mobile home on Ash Street was destroyed just before 9 o’clock.Howard says when crews arrived heavy fire was coming from the home.Two people were inside at the time and got out safely.No word yet on a cause.
Governor-Elect Paul LePage will attend his last Waterville city council meeting as mayor tonight at the city council meeting scheduled for 7:00.LePage is expected to resign at the meeting one day before being sworn in as the 74th Governor of Maine.City Council Chairman Dana Sennett is expected to take over as the acting Mayor of Waterville.Sennett has served on the Waterville City Council for the past 14-years.Some of his new duties as the acting mayor include signing documents, presiding over meetings, and greeting any dignitaries that visit Waterville.Sennett says LePage is leaving Waterville in better fiscal shape than when he took over as mayor back in 2003.
The chairlift that derailed at Sugarloaf last week remains shut down, but the resort’s goal is to get it back in service this season.The lift was damaged when a cable left its track Tuesday, causing five lift chairs to plunge up to thirty feet to the ground.Eight skiers were taken to hospitals..they’ve all since been released.Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin says there’s no specific timetable for restoring service on the damaged lift, which is one of four that reach the mountain’s higher spots.
The Wyeth family is best known for their popular illustrations and paintings.This week local residents will have a chance to hear the stories behind three generations of the family’s art.Victoria Wyeth, who is the great-granddaughter of illustrator NC Wyeth, will hold a presentation on the lives and artwork of her family.