Santa’s Workshop at the Market Place Mall in Augusta will be open on the following dates: December 11, 17, 21, 22Â Â 4pm-9pm (wrapping, ornament making, bounce house)December 12, 13, 19, 20Â 12pm-8pm (wrapping, ornament making and childrens activities, bounce house/childcare)December 23Â 12pm-8pm (wrapping, ornamnets, bounce house)Note: Childcare is only offered on weekendsSanta’s Workshop is located in the former Pet Quarters space next to Michael’s and Barnes & Noble.
The Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast just received a big award.The hospital was recognized as one of the top three rural hospitals nationally by the Leapfrog Group.Which represents many of the nation’s largest corporations and public agencies that buy health benefits.The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues of quality, safety and efficiency.Executive Director of WCGH says the award speaks highly of their staff.”I think it honors this hospital and the hard work that all my co-workers and medical staff members of the hospital have done over the years to receive this recognition.”Almost 1,300 hospitals across the United States are part of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, including 36 in Maine.One of the other two rural hospitals recognized was Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine.
Communities along the midcoast are coming together to celebrate the holiday season this weekend.As Meghan Hayward tells us, there are all sorts of activities that are fun for the whole family.Santa Claus will be coming to town, on a lobster boat.It’s all part of the 23rd annual Christmas by the Sea in the Camden Hills Region.”It’s a really great chance for everyone in the Camden Hills region to basically come home for the holidays.
A city committee is giving the go-ahead to plans for one of Bangor’s largest construction projects – a new arena.Now it’s up to the city council to sign off on the project.Members of the committee unanimously approved a series of recommendations last night to replace the aging Bangor Auditorium.The biggest recommendation – to build a 5,400 seat arena that could expand to 7,400 seats.That would be phase one of the project.
The Bangor area Toys for Tots campaign can use your help.Organizers say toy donations are down while the number of people asking for help is up.They’re holding an event Saturday from eleven to one at Sunbury Village in Bangor.You’re urged to drop off an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
The City of Brewer and its school department are teaming up for their annual food drive.It’s to benefit the Brewer Christian Food Cupboard and the Brewer Community Service Council.You can help out by dropping off non-perishable food items at one of these locations:Brewer High School,Washington Street School,Capri Street School,the Brewer Auditorium,Brewer City Hall,or the Brewer Public Library.Cash donations are also welcome.
FairPoint Communications has filed a court motion asking that it not be forced to give Maine customers rebates because of its poor service.The company is objecting to the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s order that it pay rebates totaling more than $8,000,000.In an emergency motion filed on Thursday, FairPoint says the penalties should be stayed while it’s going through chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.FairPoint is based in North Carolina.
Thursday’s rainfall and warm temperatures caused a change in plans for some folks.Emergency officials lined the water covered plaza parking lot in downtown Bangor on Thursday.Cars had to be removed from the area by the local fire department to avoid damage.Some vehicles were knee deep in water before they were moved.At least 4 surrounding buildings had some leakage to the inside.Fire crews and four public works teams were on the scene to prevent any water related accidents.
Authorities in Glenburn were called out twice for car crashes Friday morning.The first was called in around 1:45 Friday morning.A person driving along the Lancaster Brook Road, went off the road and smashed into a tree.They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.About 45 minutes later, Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputies were again called to Glenburn, this time the 2,600 block of Ohio Street.There, they found a car that had rolled into a ditch.One person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.Both crashes are now under investigation.
Firefighters managed to save a building in Carmel last night, twice.Crews were called to the scene on the Hampden road just before 6 o’clock Thursday evening.They found flames shooting out of the back on one side of the building.At first they thought it was a barn, but it turns out the building had been converted into two apartment buildings.Firefighters worked for hours to make sure all the hot spots were put out.And the road was closed for some time as they fought the fire.In the beginning it was the quick work of the firefighters that kept the flames from spreading.
Gifford’s ice cream has won a coveted national award and soon will be featured on a national television show for the Food Network.Gifford’s was contacted by the makers of “Un-Wrapped” after winning the title “the world’s best chocolate ice cream” at the world dairy expo.
Producing maple syrup might be a sweet business, but if you’re really going to make it, you have to be into the science of it.That’s what people were learning in Skowhegan today, at the International Maple Grading School.It’s an intense two days of school, complete with quizzes.”They come in thinking it’s this serious thing, and it is, but we have a lot of fun too,” says Kathy Hopkins, with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.Everyone here is learning how to accurately grade maple syrup.”There are four standards that have to be met.