A section of Pushaw Road in Bangor has been closed.The Maine Department of Transportation says heavy rains and rising waters of Great Brook have washed out the downstream side of a five-foot wide culvert on Pushaw Road.Â Traffic has been detoured onto Church Road, Essex Street and Orono Road.
A new restaurant is open in Millinocket and it’s already drawing in customers from other states.That’s because this business, the Pelletier Loggers Family Restaurant, has a built-in fan base.From first glance, you can tell this spot is unique.The dÃ©cor is modern and a bit unusual, thanks to its owners, the now-famous Pelletier family of ‘American Loggers’ on the Discovery Channel.”I hope you like it.
A place in Brewer that usually helps folks sweat the pounds away, is trying to collect hundreds of pounds of food.Each year, Curves Gyms around the country sponsor a food drive in March.And the folks at Curves in Brewer are taking part.They’re asking employees, members and the general public to bring in non-perishable food for a local food cupboard.Whoever brings in the most pounds of food gets a free month at Curves.Owner Joan Smith says they are happy to help.” The economy is so bad right now.
Some Brewer athletic programs are on the chopping block.High school football cheering, JV cheering and middle school football are some of the sports in danger of being cut as part of their 2010 and 2011 fiscal year budget.Superintendent Daniel Lee says positions will also be cut too, including a second-grade teacher, five special education technicians and two library technicians.Lee says they have left sports alone for the last five years, but there is no way to avoid the cuts this year.Along with cuts, Lee says they are thinking about reducing police and ambulance coverage at high school athletic games.Lee says federal stimulus funds are being used to fill many of the holes this year.But he says those will disappear next year.” If Maine’s economy doesn’t change quickly FY12 could be a very, very difficult year.
A man from Old Orchard is facing charges in connection with the discovery of a deadly viper snake from Africa behind a movie theater in Saco.Thirty-five-year-old Karl Ramsdell is accused of keeping illegal wildlife in captivity and failure to have an importation permit for wildlife.He faces up to a year in jail and 15-hundred dollars in fines.The 5-foot long gaboon viper was found dead on a rock by a woman who was walking her dog.It has the largest fangs and the most venom of any snake and is one of the most deadly types of snake in the world, even when dead.
Bangor City Council approved a new leash law Monday night.It’s for Brown Woods, Cascade Park and much of Roland Perry City Forest.Councilor Geoff Gratwick says it’s a work and progress.He expects changes to be made.Gratwick says he sees the ordinance as a compromise because there are still places dogs can run freely.The areas in City Forest where leashes will be required include, the parking area at Tripp Drive and the entire Tripp Drive Trail, the entire East Trail, the entire Shannon Drive Trail and part of the Maine Road Trail.
Friends of Acadia are in the running to win a grant that would help them fix up part of the park.They are one of five national park friends groups chosen by the Tourism Cares “Save Our Site” program.They’re taking part in an online poll where folks vote for a project to receive the grant funding.