A University of Maine spin-off business is helping to keep young people in Maine and it’s growing.Orono Spectral Solutions was established ten years ago.It’s a high-tech company that works with the Department of Defense and other entities on projects involving the detection of chemical and biological agents in air and water.The company was originally based in Old Town, but outgrew the building.Thursday, a celebration as Spectral Solutions opened its new facility on Odlin Road in Bangor.”It’s wonderful to see how this high tech start-up firm is continuing to grow and develop new products that are going to help our troops, help with homeland security and also help with environmental protection.””We have proven that we can provide better quality data in a faster time frame than what is currently available.”For more information about Orono Spectral Solutions go to their website www.ossmaine.com
Cindy Dunton, the former deputy town treasurer of newburgh, accused of stealing close to $200,000 from the town appeared in court Thursday morning.Dunton did not enter a plea, so the judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.Dunton’s attorney, Dale Thistle, says they decided not to enter a plea to give them more time to prepare for future proceedings in the case.”We need a little more time to prepare for our sentencing argument which is really what this boils down to,” Thistle told us.The case has been a hot button topic among Newburgh residents.
A 20-year-old man from Bangor was arrested in connection with a credit union robbery in downtown Bangor.Donovan Steen, junior, is accused of holding up the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union Tuesday afternoon.Police say Steen ran off with an undisclosed amount of money.Police say several tips from the public lead to Steen’s arrest.He’s charged with robbery and remains in the Penobscot County Jail.Police would still like to hear from anyone who may have information in the case.Call 947-7382 and if you want to remain anonymous, press 6 to use the tip line.
A big milestone for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.The chamber kicked off the celebration of it’s 100th anniversary Wednesday night by holding an awards dinner at the Bangor Auditorium and civic center.This is the largest event the Chamber of Commerce has ever hosted with about one thousand people in attendance.
Firefighters in Hampden battled a house fire on Manning Mill Road Wednesday afternoon.Fire crews on the scene told us no one was home when the fire started just after 3 pm.A neighbor says the couple who lives in the home is relatively new to the area.Firefighters did rescue a dog inside the home.Officials say the back extension of the house may be a complete loss, but they believe the rest of the house is salvageable.No word yet on a cause.
Maine’s Thomas College has plans to get a lot larger.The liberal arts school has announced a plan to add a dozen new buildings, nearly doubling the size of its Waterville campus.Thomas currently has about 700 full-time students.The new buildings would include five residence halls and a new library.Designers of the master plan say it’s subject to change and could take many years to complete.
Heating oil prices went up 8 cents a gallon on average over the past week.The Governor’s office of energy independence puts the statewide average at 3$.18 per gallon.State energy director says prices are climbing with rising demand from emerging economies, including China but he says inventories remain high, so many experts believe current prices are close to peak.