A big truck is parked outside the bangor mall waiting to help families in need.Kiss 94.5’s morning duo Mike and Mike are collecting non-perishable food to help stock the food pantry at Manna Ministries.This is the 13th year they hosted the food drive.While the food drive is held during the week of Thanksgiving, the food collected helps feed families well into the spring.”The whole idea is to stock pile non-perishable food items well into the first quarter that’s traditionally when donations dry up and they have the toughest time the food.
Folks who go to the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry on a regular basis can get a free flu shot in December.The shots will be offered Thursday, December 1st, from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.Itâ€™s being done through the City of Bangor in conjunction with the Medical Reserve Corps.The Seeds of Hope Food Pantry is at 1612 Ohio St.
One of the two people accused of stealing merchandise from a store in the Bangor mall and macing a security guard remains behind bars tonight.27-year-old Joseph Demmons of Holden and 20-year-old Brittany Holland of Hampden are charged with robbery, theft and possession of bath salts.
Occupy Bangor protestors are refusing to file an event permit as required by city law.Last week, Bangor city officials asked that they fill out the permits every three days.Yesterday, the protestors told us they won’t be doing so, saying they are not an event, but represent free speech.Tracy Willette, of Bangor’s Parks and Recreation Department, tells us that there won’t be any penalty for refusing to file for permits.Willette says the city just plans to monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis, and will revisit their request for event permits later.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a malfunctioning hair dryer is the cause of a fire that’s left 21 students at the Universtiy of Maine without a home.The blaze broke out in the rear bedroom on the first floor of Stillwater Village Apartments on Center Streeet Saturday night.It then spread to two others on the second and third floors.Fire officials say nine other apartments sustained smoke damage.UMaine says they’ve placed the students in dorms, off campus apartments and a motel until the students find new places.The school will pay for their housing through next week while they look for new places to stay.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire that’s left 21 students at the University of Maine without a home.The blaze broke out at the Stillwater Village Apartments on Center Street, Saturday night.It started in a first floor apartment and then spread to two others on the second and third floors.Fire officials say nine other apartments sustained smoke damage.Students are staying in temporary housing until they find new places.”They’ve all been relocated for the weekend.
After nearly a half a year of research and gathering donations, the result of all those hours was boxed up and shipped away today.Folks in Orland gathered to load up items that should arrive at their destination in time for Christmas.”It’s a hundred percent donations,” said Joshua Prochaska of Emmaus International.
Temperatures are going to take a plunge over the new few nights…not the greatest weather for camping out.But that’s exactly what a Bangor radio host is doing this week.Joy Hollowell tells us why.=====Take your work home is taking on a whole new meaning for Pat LaMarche this week.
Revenue officials in Maine say it’s too early to say what federal deficit-reduction efforts will mean in the state.The issue came up Monday as the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee got an update on state revenues amid a slow economy.At the same time, the deficit-reduction supercommittee in Washington failed to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the coming decade, triggering about $1 trillion over nine years in automatic across-the-board spending cuts.But chief state economic forecaster Michael Allen says that what those cuts will mean in Maine is still unknown.
A businessman who built one of the nation’s largest egg production operations is getting out of the industry after its farms were found responsible for a nationwide salmonella outbreak.Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter, said in a statement that they have given up control of egg operations in Iowa, Maine and Ohio, including the farms with filthy conditions that produced salmonella-tainted eggs that sickened about 1,900 people last year.Centrum Valley Farms chief operating officer Steve Boomsma said Monday that his firm has signed a lease with an option to purchase DeCoster operations in Iowa.
The Eastern Maine Labor Council and Food and Medicine are helping laid off workers get a Thanksgiving meal.The two groups came together to create baskets filled with the all of the ingredients for a tasty turkey dinner.550 baskets are being delivered to families in Brewer, Millinocket and surrounding areas, they say that’s almost double than last year’s amount.The food comes from local farmers and businesses.Organizer Willow Cordes-Eklund calls it a “win win” for the state of Maine.”We’re supporting the Maine economy as a whole through this great sign of support and solidarity,” says organiezer Willow Cordes-Eklund.This is the ninth year they’ve hosted Solidarity Harvest.
Four people are in custody after Bangor police found $21,000 worth of heroin and oxycodone in their car.The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says they received tips that the group was smuggling and selling the drugs from motel rooms in Bangor.Friday, Bangor police arrested 23-year old Brittany Umbro of Bangor, 31-year old Down McCullough of Glenburn, 26-year old Colby Hanlon of New Hampshire and 38-year old Orbria Turner of New Jersey.Drug agents had Bangor police pull them over, and a search of their car found an ounce of heroin and 229 oxycodone pills.MDEA says a three month old baby was also in the car when police stopped them, and they contacted DHHS Child Protective Services.All four are facing drug trafficking charges are being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
A University of Southern Maine graduate ready to start a marketing job next year is the new Miss Maine USA.Rani Williamson of Bar Harbor took home the title Sunday night after a two-day competition.The participants were judged on poise, style, and performance in the swim wear, evening wear and interview contests during the pageant at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.With her victory, Williamson is eligible to participate in the Miss USA pageant next June.Greely Regional High School junior Molly Fitzpatrick was crowned Miss Teen Maine.(The Associated Press)
A federal appeals court has ruled that people affected by the Hannaford credit and debit card security breach three years ago can sue the company.The lawsuits would cover costs to get new cards from the bank and the purchase of identify theft insurance.
There was a turkey trot in Brewer Sunday, and no there wasn’t too much gobbling going on.It was the annual 5k and one mile race for the Brewer High School sophomore class.The students help organize the event, which many say gives them a sense of school spirit.More than 600 runners were expected.” We’re using the proceeds to pay for graduation.
Christmas is a little more than a month away and folks are already doing what they can to bring a happy holiday to everyone.A craft fair was held in Bangor and they added a toy drive to it.All the toys collected will be given to Toys for Tots, which helps provide kids with gifts on Christmas morning.Folks shopping at the fair could find cooking items, tools and home interior decorations.” We’re giving the kids toys that wouldn’t generally have the toys and it’s also giving other small, independent businesses exposure as well,” said event coordinator, Rebecca Gormely.This is the first year they included the toy drive and say they are happy to help.