The American Red Cross would like folks to take part in their third annual Chill and Fill.The blood drive will be held Saturday at the Spectacular Event center in Bangor from nine to three.Organizers say due to Friday’s weather multiple blood drives were canceled and the blood supply is continuing to dip to drastic levels.Those donating have the chance to win several different prizes.
Eastern Maine Healthcare System is encouraging folks to get active.Their Move and Improve kick-off is being held on Sunday at the Fields4Kids indoor sports facility in Bangor, which is located on the Farm Road, behind Beal College.There will be several fun activities to help folks head toward improved health and wellness.The event starts at 2:30 and will continue until five.There will be a stretching seminar, zumba and group groove classes and much more.
The Bangor Area Recovery Network Board or BARN, just got a big boost.The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation just awarded them with a $50,000 grant.The grant will be used to help develop and maintain a volunteer service that will oversee up to 25 trained volunteers and a part time volunteer coordinator to help with day-to-day management at the facility.Barn opened its doors on Hammond Street in Bangor in July of last year.They are open 7 days a week, from 10 am until 8 pm.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has busted another major drug distribution ring.Drug agents and local police arrested six people Thursday night in the Farmington area and seized nearly $2,500 worth of ecstasy, along with LSD and marijuana.They say the ecstasy was being transported to Farmington from Rhode Island.Twenty-two-year-old Merlin Corey and 24-year-old Michelle Arsenault of Farmington are charged with trafficking and importation of ecstasy.Also arrested are 24-year-old Jeremy Whitney of Farmington, 24-year-old Angel Vasquez of Rhode Island, 24-year-old Kyle Haskell of Massachusetts and 25-year-old Robert Rivard.All were taken to the Franklin County Detention Center.
Sand Beach is known for its beautiful sand made of shell fragments and pounding surf but in February it looks a lot different.”Coming to Sand Beach in the winter may not seem like a great vacation but this is a great way to see how change happens in Acadia and a great way to compare it to what happens in the summer,” said Park Ranger Sonya Berger.Berger says the beach still maintains its beauty despite the snow and wanted to share it with others.”The quiet, the solitude and the beauty of the park doesn’t just stop in the summer season.”She led a small group along the snow covered sand on a tour of the beach to see how the frigid temperatures affect the water and wildlife.James Peabody was surprised to learn that the water’s temperature rarely drops below 55 degrees even if the outside temperature is in the teens or below zero.Peabody drove in from Stonington to take in the natural beauty of the beach.”It really sets off the water, you get to see the aqua greens inside the breaking waves.”Berger says Acadia National Park has programs all year long.”Acadia National Park is open year round and a lot of people don’t realize there’s some great sights to see and things to learn just by coming and visiting some familiar faces at different times in the year.”
A State lawmaker says drivers should be fined if they don’t have their headlights on even in the day time.Representative Jane Knapp of Gorham introduced it at the request of a couple who said a deadly crash in Fairfield could have been avoided if headlights had been on.The new headlight law would only apply to drivers in vehicles made after 2010.And it would be enforced only when a vehicle is stopped for another violation.
Mixed news about the sale of existing homes here in Maine.They rose 11 percent in January when compared to a year ago.But the median sales price remained flat at 160-thousand dollars.And for the three month period from November through January home sales in Maine were actually down 12 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.
Dozens of folks gathered at the Sea Dog in Bangor for a Trek Across Maine Recruitment event.The beer and bike night was used as a way to get people to come out and registrar for the cycling event, which will take place in June.Trek Across Maine is put on by the American Lung Association to help raise funds to promote lung health and improve air quality for Mainers.The ride is a 3 day, 180 mile voyage that starts June 17th at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel and ends in Belfast at the Steamboat Landing Park, but don’t worry, there are overnight stops in between.While the organization is always looking for more riders, they say they also need volunteers.If you’re interested in either position, you can log on to www.biketreknewengland.org for more information.
A man from Knox charged in connection with the shooting death of his friend is due in court Friday in West Bath, via video conference.In a police affidavit 19 year old Luke Bryant says he pulled the trigger as a joke.Bryant was arrested in Belfast Wednesday and charged with manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Tyler Seaney of Glenburn.The Medical Examiner’s Office says Seaney died of a gunshot wound to the neck.According to the affidavit, Bryant told police he was trying to scare Seaney by pulling the trigger on an unloaded gun to make a frightening sound.The 12-gauge shotgun was loaded, and Seaney was struck and killed.Bryant is in jail on $250,000 bail.