Folks packed the Unity Raceway for their opening day of the season.There was another attraction at the track beside the cars.Maine native, Ashley Underwood and recent Survivor contestant was there signing autographs.Race Director, Ed Bellows, says despite the weather folks had great enthusiasm.The show was a 111 lap model feature and they expected it to be nearly a four hour show.Bellows says they were happy to have Underwood there.” I’d say she’s brought a good 500 people to the races.
The breakfast rush at Dysarts doesn’t slow down for anything, not even a prophecy that said some of these customers wouldn’t even be alive.”I thought we were up here in heaven at Dysarts,” said one customer.A testament to the cooking, not to the prediction of religious broadcaster, Harold Camping.
(Associated Press)University of Maine System trustees are setting tuition rates at the state’s seven universities for the coming school year.The board is holding a two-day meeting on Sunday and Monday at the system’s headquarters in Bangor.The board will vote on Monday on the system’s 2011 and 2012 budget and on a proposed tuition increase of 4.3 percent, which is a weighted average of tuition rates at all seven university campuses.
Residents along Riverside Drive in Augusta were awoken to a loud bang just after 6 am Sunday morning.And found quite a scene outside their homes.” The house was just engulfed in flames and the fire department came shortly after I got out here and it took them four to five minutes to get the hoses set up and by the time it was too late for the house.”Augusta Police and Fire responded to the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a home.
Folks in bangor were walking for wishes.It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual Walk for Wishes fundraiser.Similar walks were held in other parts of the state earlier this week.Statewide, the walks are their largest fundraiser.The state of Maine grants a wish on average every five days, at an average cost of $6,000.The fundraisers go by regions, so all of the money raised from Saturday’s walk will stay in Penobscot County.” The kids who received wishes generally have life threatening illnesses.
The Bangor Police Department held their annual bike auction Saturday.All the bikes put up for auction have been turned into the police department or recovered by officers.This year they had more than 50 bikes for folks to look over, which they say is less than normal.All the proceeds from this year’s auction will go toward the Bangor Police Department’s Community Relations Department for some educational programs and projects they are working on.” It puts money that we don’t have to take out of our budget back into the community and makes these people happy.
A state representative from Garland was arrested Saturday morning on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.Police say 58-year-old Frederick Wintle was arrested without incident, after being approached by officers who had guns drawn for their safety.Police responded to a 911 call just before 9 am, of a report that a male subject had been threatened by another male who pointed a gun at him in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville.Officials say the weapon’s magazine contained two rounds of ammunition.
A Searsport resident reported an antique dump truck missing earlier this week.Searsport Police Chief Richard Lehaye says they’ve located a recycling place where it went for scrap metal.Lehaye says they have a few more interviews to conduct, but expect to have a better idea of what happened by the first of next week.
Pattys Race was run Sunday in Lee.It’s held every year in memory of Patrica Lynn Corbin who died in a car crash in 2002.Money from the race funds a college scholarship in her name, which goes to a Lee graduating senior who shared similar interests that Patty had.Matt Lindsay has the fastest time.
The weather may have been gloomy Friday night, but spirits are high at this year’s Relay For Life event.After year’s of being held at Old Town’s High School track, the Relay is being walked for the first time at UMaine’s Morse Field.Survivors and supporters were rallying together Friday to have a little fun and raise a lot of money to help put an end to cancer.This Relay went on all night long, until noon Saturday.But this isn’t the only Relay For Life event scheduled for Eastern and Central Maine.You can check out relayforlife.org to find an upcoming relay in your area.