Folks in much of New England had to get used to life without internet for a few hours Wednesday.Extreme flooding in Vermont from tropical storm Irene damaged Time Warner Cableâ€™s main telecommunications line at around 2:30 p.m.More than 300,000 customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont lost their high speed internet and digital phone service, as well as some television channels.Shortly after 6:00 p.m., engineers repaired the damage and restored service to all customers affected by the issue.
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Furry Friends Food Bank received a special gift Wednesday.Gentiva Home Health Care delivered nearly 2-thousand pounds of pet food.The food bank provides supplemental pet food to low income seniors and people living with disabilities.Angela Lufkin with Gentiva says their goal is to help seniors keep their pets home, safe and fed.”It’s a great organization, it helps the elderly feed their pets and as you know if they have a hard time feeding their pets they may surrender them to the Humane Society so we’re hoping to change that effort.”If you’d like to help out the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, they are located on 450 Essex Street in Bangor.
Two of the three people accused of an armed robbery at a pharmacy in Millinocket appeared in court Wednesday in Bangor.29-year-old Nicholas Skoby of Rockport faces five charges, including three felonies, after police say he walked into a Rite Aid on Central Street late Monday afternoon.Authorities say Skoby showed a handgun and handed the teller a note asking for meds.A judge set a cash bail at 50-thousand dollars.Cash bail was set at 2-hundred dollars for Shristina Irish, a Millinocket woman who is accused of waiting for skoby in a getaway car.Skoby and irish are due back in court in October.The third suspect, Timothy Ashlock of Bangor, will appear in court at a later date.All three are being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
More than $4,400 was raised at a special concert for the American Folk Festival.With the festival cut short because of tropical storm Irene, a few bands who’s flights were canceled due to the storm, decided to make the best of their situation.The acapella group, the Brotherhood Singers and the bluegrass band, Rich in Tradition performed at Husson University’s Gracie Theater Monday night.
Concerned Mainers rallied in Bangor Wednesday, hoping to send Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins back to Congress after the summer break with a lesson in leadership.They want the senators to go to Washington and help solve the nation’s financial crisis.They say it’s as easy as ABC, with each letter of the alphabet representing a lesson, from always protecting Maine jobs to defending Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.Members of AARP say everyone has a stake in protecting the programs and cutting them is a step in the wrong direction.” Almost 20 percent of people who receive Social Security in Maine are dependent on 90 percent of their income on Social Security.
The medical examiner’s office is trying to determine if human remains found in Southwest Harbor last week are that of a local man who’s been missing for nearly a year.State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the partial remains were discovered by a land owner Thursday.
Brewer residents can put the debris left behind from Hurricane Irene curbside, city public works will come and pick it up.They say to have everything out on the curb by 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 6th.They will start on the north end and work their way down until they are done.
Power crews are making progress restoring electricity to customers who lost it as iIene passed through Maine last weekend.More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power at one point because of Sunday’s storm.About 280,000 of them were Central Maine Power customers.The company says that’s now down to 29,000, mostly in Cumberland and York County.Bangor hydro had nearly 28,000 outages at the height of the storm.
Zucchini MuffinsIngredients:2 eggs1/3 cup Sugar2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice2 cups Shredded Zucchini1 3/4 cup Flour3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder1/4 Teaspoon Salt1 Tablespoon CinnamonDirections:Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line Muffin Pan with papr cups.Beat egguntil light in color, add sugar and beat until smooth.Mix all dry ingredients together.Place all ingredients together and mix well.Using 1/4 cup scoop, scoop batter into muffin papers adn bake.Zucchini & Tomato side dishIngredients:2 Tablespoons Olive Oil2 cloves garlic1 cup 1/4″ sliced yellow squash1 cup 1/4″ sliced zucchini1 14.5 ounce can of died tomatoes1/2 cup quick cook ricePlace oil and garlic in a non-stick pn and heat unitl garlic starts to soften.Add rest of ingredients, mix and cover.
A bridge that collapsed as Tropical Storm Irene pummeled Maine had a design flaw that made it more like to fail in severe weather.Engineers were aware of the defect in the 53-year-old bridge in Carrabassett Valley and it had been scheduled for repair within the next year.Department of Transportation Engineer John Buxton says a study of the failure may help prevent future failures because 129 state owned bridges have similar design flaws.The flaw reportedly led to support beams becoming unstable because of soil erosion during severe storms.The bridge that collapsed was one of two bridges on Route 27 that crumbled on Sunday afternoon.The National Weather Service says about 8.5 inches of rain fell in the area on Sunday.(The Associated Press)
Maine’s 2011 bear hunting season is under way, amid warnings to hunters by state officials of hazards left by Tropical Storm Irene.State wildlife officials say there are still road closures, especially in the western parts of the state where bear hunting pressure is high.The general black bear hunting season runs through Nov.
Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is opening the Marsh Island area in Old Town and Orono to archery hunting for whitetail deer during this year’s season.The plan approved by the department’s Advisory Council opens the area during any hunting season that allows the use of a bow and arrow, including the expanded archery season.
The University of Maine’s wood composites center is receiving a $3 million grant to advance its offshore wind-power research and development.Members of Maine’s congressional delegation say the Economic Development Administration grant will help pay for the installation of specialized robotic manufacturing equipment.
The man accused of robbing a downtown credit union in may pleaded guilty Tuesday in US District Court.32-year-old Thaddeus McDonald of Augusta was indicted in July in connection with a robbery at the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union.McDonald reportedly admitted to robbing the credit union of more than $6,000dollars — telling police he committed the crime out of desperation after the death of his wife and loss of his children.McDonald is the second person this year to be charged with robbing the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union.20-year-old Donovan Steen Junior of Bangor pleaded guilty to robbing the credit union in January.McDonald faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible mandatory minimum 10 years because of his criminal record.