Some local students experienced what life can be like for people living with disabilities.The Trenton Elementary School hosted Special Needs Awareness Day.Students rotated through stations, participating in a variety of physical and emotional challenges.
She survived playing professional basketball and made her way to become Miss Maine USA 2009.Now, Benton native Ashley Underwood is taking on a new challenge, Survivor.The 26-year-old is a castaway on the newest season of the show, shot in Nicaragua.Underwood finished her basketball career at U-Maine in 2007 having scored more than 1,000 points as a Black Bear.She has a nursing degree and played pro ball overseas.Underwood will try to outlast the other competitors to win $1,000,000.Survivor: Redemption Island airs Wednesday nights at 8, on TV 5.
A major book store chain has filed for bankruptcy protection.According to a spokesperson for the company, Borders plans to close about 200 of its more than 600 stores.We’re told only Superstores are closing, which means the four Borders stores in Maine, including Bangor, will remain open.The closures are set to happen within the next few weeks.
A staple of downtown Bangor will be closing its doors.The Grasshopper Shop on Main Street is shutting down after 28 years of business.Rick Schweikert opened the store with his wife as part of a family business.They have two other Grasshopper Shops in Searsport and at the Bangor International Airport.But after a great run downtown, they’re just ready for a break.Their other stores will stay open, along with family run branches in Ellsworth and Rockland.Schweikert says it’s not easy to leave the area.
City councilors in Waterville have passed a new ordinance banning adult entertainment businesses in certain parts of the city.In a unanimous vote, councilors voted “yes” on the new ordinance.It would not allow adult entertainment businesses in downtown Waterville or residential areas.Such establishments will now only be allowed in highly commercial or industrial areas.Councilors had already voted twice on the new ordinance before Tuesday night’s meeting.
A Corinna man is facings charges in connection with a hit-and-run on the interstate near the Carmel exit back in December.Around midnight christmas eve, a white pick-up truck reportedly hit another vehicle at a high rate of speed in the Southbound lane of I-95, then took off.State Police say the victim’s vehicle was knocked off the road and into some trees.
An investment firm based in California and North Carolina will tour the paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket on Wednesday.A tentative purchase agreement has been made between Meriturn Partners and the Katahdin Paper Company.The group is expected to meet with unions, regulators and other parties on Wednesday.Katahdin Paper laid off about two-hundred employees when it shut down the Millinocket mill in 2008.The East Millinocket mill currently employs about 450 workers.
Inside Lippincott Books in Downtown Bangor, you’ll find just about anything from a first edition dating back to the 1900’s to contemporary favorites.But the beloved book shop is closing its doors.Store owner Bill Lippincott says he’s closing the store because he’d like to sell books from home at his own pace.”Do some internet sales, do more book fairs.
A local camp got a much needed donation Tuesday.Camp Capella Executive Director, Dana Mosher, was presented with a check for $500 dollars from the Maine Action Coalition, an advocacy group for people with disabilities.The organization raised the money through bake sales and raffles.It cost more than $1200 dollars to send a child to camp for a week, so the donation was much appreciated.Camp Capella provides recreational and educational experience for folks with disabilities and it’s located in Lucerne.If you’d like more information on how to help the camp, you can log on to their website…www.campcapella.org.
Waterville City Council will decide tonight on what parts of the city are suitable for adult entertainment.City officials have drafted a new ordinance to ban adult entertainment businesses in certain parts of the city.The new ordinance would not allow such businesses in downtown Waterville or residential areas.Such establishments would be allowed in highly commercial or industrial areas.Councilors have already voted twice on the new ordinance but it takes three votes to make it official.City manager Michael Roy says he doesn’t expect anything different with tonight’s vote.
A Winslow native is now fighting for his life and his friends and family are determined to do whatever they can to help him.30-year-old Chad McCaslin was born and raised in Winslow and is a 1998 graduate of Winslow High School.McCaslin has recently been diagnosed with Stage-4 brain cancer.The U.S.