Bangor welcomes home the members to the 286th Combat Support Battalion of the Maine Army National Guard Wednesday.The 81 soldiers of the 286th have been in Afghanistan for the past year.They’re scheduled to arrive in Bangor sometime around noon, at the Army Aviation Support Facility, on Hayes Street in Bangor.While overseas, the members of the unit coordinated logistics in southern Afghanistan in support of combat operations.
A China man has died after suffering severe injuries when he was struck by a plow truck on Sunday.Arthur Poulin, 82, suffered serious head injuries in the accident.Poulin was the father of retired Maine State Police Colonel Craig Poulin.Police are still investigating whether Poulin may have fallen before he was struck.No charges are expected.
The Maine Warden’s Service has brought in scuba divers and air boat crews to help search China Lake for a snowmobiler who has been missing since Saturday.Wardens say they discovered snowmobile tracks on the ice on Monday heading to a stretch of open water, but do not know if the tracks were left by the sled driven by 18-year-old Richard Jackson.Jackson was last seen Friday night when he left a repair shop and headed home.
If you have late night travel plans Wednesday night on the interstate, you might have to take a detour.Department of Transportation crews will be removing a damaged sign truss in Fairfield at exit 133.Traffic will be down to one lane in both directions starting around 10 o’clock Wednesday night.Then at midnight the interstate will be shut down for about a half hour.After that you can still expect lane closures southbound and northbound until 4:00 Thursday morning.The sign truss was struck by a vehicle last month, and needs to be taken down.
They say it came out of the blue, but they’re grateful.The American Folk Festival, held on the Bangor waterfront every summer, received an anonymous donation last week of one hundred thousand dollars.Money they say went straight to paying off debts.”They want to remain anonymous, so they donated through a third party.
Local businesses and agencies invite you to come on in and help fill the shelves.The United Way of Eastern Maine has teamed up with the Good Shepherd Food Bank for the pantry project, a program aimed at feeding hungry folks through April.The event kicked-off today at Sam’s Club in Bangor, the project’s sponsor.Shelving will be delivered to participating companies.Employees and customers will fill the shelves and box the food, then deliver it to Good Shepherd for distribution.Each business keeps the shelves for a month then pass them along to another business.”This is an incredible need.
Wood stoves can be a great source of heat and comfort.But, they can also be dangerous and are linked to many house fires every year.As Meghan Hayward tells us, there are some easy things folks with wood stoves can do to avoid chimney fires.Bangor Fire Department’s public education officer, Jake Johnson, says January and February are when they see the most fires because people are using heating devices like wood stoves.Which can pose dangers.”A lot of folks that get a wood stove just kind of put it into a space and they need more living space, so they tuck it a little closer to the wall.
After several months of stable oil priced, Maine energy officials say that the average price of heating oil has risen by 7 cents from lat weeks survey.The average price is now at $2.67, with the lowest price in southwestern Maine at $2.48 and the highest prices at $2.90 in eastern Maine.Energy Director John Kerry says cold weather in the United States, combined with strengthening economic indicators are placing upward pressure on oil prices.
An interstate exit ramp in Augusta was closed for most of Monday after a propane truck hit a patch of ice and rolled over.53-year-old Mark Doughty of Brewer was the driver of the truck owned by Maine Energy of Bangor.Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette says crews had to extricate Doughty from the truck, which rolled onto its side at quarter to five Monday morning.Doughty was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.Audette says no propane leaked from the truck, but the exit was shut down until around four Monday afternoon, when the area had been cleared.
A 27-year-old Levant man was taken to the hospital after crashing his car on the interstate in Carmel Monday morning.Police say Adam Coltart was heading south on I-95 on his way to a funeral.They say he was going too fast and lost control.The vehicle flipped over, and ended up on the side of the road.Coltart was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.