A motorcycle and a car collided Thursday afternoon in Kenduskeag, sending one man to the hospital.Police say Gary Hensberry of Corinth went to turn out of the Sams Quick Stop on the corner of Broadway and Stetson Road.That’s when he hit Steven MacDougal,also of Corinth, who was traveling north on Route 15 on his motorcycle.Officials say accidents like this increase as the summer months roll in and more motorcycles are on the road.MacDougal was taken to a local hospital to be treated for what appeared to be minor injuries.
Located in the heart of downtown Bangor, the Hammond Street Congregational Church has been a fixture in the community since it was built in 1833.”Hammond Street has offered outreach programs for many many years probably one of the most widely used is the economical food cupboard,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Brad Ryder.In 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.But the church’s steeple, one the highest points in the city, is showing signs of old age which prompted the church’s Board of Trustees to give it a facelift.”We really felt that it’s just such an icon that it was important to do a repair rather than look at other options that meant taking down,” Ryder said.Scaffolding began going up last month to make way for the renovations being funded by the church.The steeple stands one hundred forty feet tall.”The front of the church starts at the ground with the scaffolding as you can see that’s the easy part, the sides had to be on that small roof you see over my soldier but they had to built support internally to take that weight,” said Larry Blethen, who currently serves as the liasion between the contractors and the church.Aside from being a Bangor icon, the steeple plays an important role to Verizon Wireless customers, there’s an antenna system hidden inside.We contacted Verizon to see if the renovations would interrupt service, but a spokesperson tells us they do not expect any customer impact.Since construction began, crews have been hit with inclement weather, which has set the project back by a few days.”We do have some leakage and that’s what’s caused us some concern is that water has been draining in because of the age of the structure,” Blethen said.But it hasn’t dampened their spirits nor has it watered down their goal to restore the steeple to its original glory which is expected to take another two months to accomplish.Anyone interested in contributing to the steeple renovation project can contact the church office at 942-4381.
Some local kindergarteners took part in a teddy bear clinic Thursday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they had the chance to heal their sick and injured bears at Eastern Maine Medical Center.”The Teddy Bear Clinic is about the kids coming into the hospital with their teddy bears and we treat their teddy bears as we would treat them if they were to sick or injured.”The teddy bear clinic is designed to help ease children’s fears about hospitals.”Probably surgery, breaking their limbs.
The Maine Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado hit the town of Embden, Wednesday afternoon.Officials say it was traveling up to 100 miles per hour when it moved through the community.It damaged about six miles of the town, but missed the majority of homes in the area.Officials say the storm was a strong category EF1.The most severe category is an EF5.A team from the Maine Weather Service is also investigating a possible tornado touchdown in the Bryant Pond area.WABI’s Rob Poindexter will have reaction from local residents and more on TV5 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
A sign that went missing from I-95 North in Kittery may have turned up on Craigslist.State police are trying to find out who posted an ad for a ‘lightly used political sign.’The sign was a gift to Governor LePage from supporters.It was hanging below Maine’s welcome sign until someone reported it missing, Wednesday.Now, a Craigslist post says it has a ‘right-wing political sign’ for sale.Its price is listed as one thousand dollars, but the ad says the seller would consider trading it for a labor movement mural.State police say they don’t know if the Craigslist post is connected, but the timing is suspicious.Right now, they’re just hoping to have the sign returned.
An electrical problem is to blame for a fire in Bangor this morning, that according to the Fire Marshal’s office.Firefighters were called to Stillwater Avenue around 2:30 this morning.We’re told two people lived in the house, but only one was home at the time.
The Medical Examiner’s Office says a recent University of Maine at Farmington graduate killed in a shooting Tuesday night, died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.A fellow graduate is facing charges in connection with the death of 23-year-old Andrew Holland of Cape Elizabeth.Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Ouimet of New Jersey is charged with manslaughter.Police say Holland and Oiumet were in a friend’s apartment on High Street Tuesday night when Ouimet’s gun went off.Ouimet has been released on $10,000 bail and is due in court next week.
It’s open water fishing season here in Maine, and families will have a chance to do it for free.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is offering its annual Family Free Fishing Days.Families can hit the water Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, free of charge.Anyone whose license has been revoked or suspended cannot participate, and all other fishing regulations still apply.The Department says it’s the last of two free fishing weekends offered this season.For more information, please visit Your text to link…
Drivers headed across the Kenduskeag Stream will have to use a new route for the next few months.Construction on the Village Bridge will begin Tuesday, June 7.The bridge carries Stetson Road over the stream to the intersection of Route 15 in Kenduskeag.Traffic will be detoured onto Mudgett and Higginsville roads.Trucks will be redirected to Morey road.The Maine Department of Transportation says the bridge should be replaced by mid-November.
A night of music and dancing will raise money for a troop of young girls.The Morgan Hill Events Center in Hermon is hosting a country music night, Friday.And a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Maine.The event will feature the Wildwoods Band, food, and a chance to win a 50-50 raffle.Tickets are eight dollars if you buy one early, or ten dollars at the door.Dancing will kick off at 7:00 p.m., but doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
Between Facebook and Twitter, social media has become a regular means of communication, and a national organization brought together some of its users in Bangor.Social Media Breakfast launched its newest chapter, Thursday morning.The organization was designed to get social media users together to share their experiences in the online community.The breakfast featured guest speakers who shared tips on how people can use social media to their advantage.”This is really geared for middle of the road users.