Anyone who wants to own a work of art celebrating Bangor’s 175th anniversary now has the chance.The paintings were part of the recent Bangor’s brush with history exhibit.They’re being sold with all the proceeds going to the Bangor Museum and History Center.The artwork depicts historical scenes of Bangor from past to present.Bill Miller, owner of Miller Drug in Bangor, bought one of the pieces and is considering buying a second painting.Miller is a lifelong resident of Bangor and says the paintings are a reminder of the long history and tradition of Bangor.Anyone interested in buying a painting can visit the Gallery by Design at 20 Harlow St.
On Monday many of Maine’s police departments began beefed up enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws.Â The Maine agencies are joining their counterparts across the county in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, aimed at increasing seat belt usage as the summer driving season begins with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.Â The two week campaign began Monday and ends on June 6.The Director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety,Â Lauren Stewart, said 66 police departments, eleven sheriffs offices and State Police will participate in a summer long effort of increased highway safety enforcement, beginning with the seat belt campaign.Â Stewart saidÂ the police departments will share in $545,272 in federal highway safety money, funneled through her agency.Â In addition to the seat belt enforcementÂ effort,Â the money will be used to fund overtime to increase police patrols looking for drunk drivers, speeders and aggressive drivers.Â Â Maine’s seat belt usage rate was 82.6% in 2009, which is very close to the national average of 83%.Stewart said, ” The last two years have been the safest on Maine roads in the past 50 years.Â Much of the credit goes to the state’s police agencies for their continued efforts to make our roads safe.
Some Bradford residents are moving forward with a petition to re-do their town meeting, after they say proper procedure wasn’t followed the first time around.Selectmen and others in town say only a minority of people are displeased, but still, it’s turning into a legal issue.It came up after the town meeting in March.
A former Washington County sheriff and retired state trooper has agreed to a plea deal.Joe Tibbetts, 61, of Columbia was facing a felony charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Authorities say Tibbetts stopped a family of four driving on the Barrens Road in Columbia last August, and showed a gun.The family left the area and called 9-1-1.In court Monday, Tibbetts pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of threatening display of a dangerous weapon.Tibbets was allowed to defer his sentence for one year.During that time, he’ll remain free on bail.Tibbetts must stay away from the victims in the case, not carry a concealed weapon, and perform community service, among other conditions of his plea agreement.
The Bangor Donor Center of the American Red Cross would like to help you enjoy the great outdoors.They have made May adventure month for donors.If you donate during this last week of the month you can be entered to win a Discovery 158 canoe from Old Town Canoe, or a white water rafting trip from North Country Rivers.Donors can also enter to win tickets to the upcoming Monster Jam at Speedway 95 that starts June 3rd.And all presenting donors will receive a free day pass to any Maine State Park.This is all being done because the Red Cross is behind were they need to be in donations for the month of May.” If we don’t come in at our goal at the end of the month it doesn’t go away,” said Trudy Darling.
Earlier this month, the city of Bangor made a proposal to increase fares on the BAT bus, reduce service on certain holidays, and do away with the Mall Hopper route on Saturdays…Last week, two hearings were held to gauge opinions in the community.If the changes are implemented those who ride the bus, like Nathan Searles of Bangor, say this will have a major impact on them.
In honor of Military Appreciation month, workers at Fairpoint Communications took time off from work Monday to head to the airport.There, they helped Bangor Troop Greeters welcome in a flight heading overseas.As Joy Hollowell tells us, they sent the U.S.
Maine Audubon is collecting information about wildlife sightings along Maine roads through a new website where people can record their observations.The Maine Audubon Wildlife Road Watch site aims to collect data about how wildlife make their way across Maine roads.The organization is sharing the information with state transportation and wildlife agencies in hopes of making roadways safer for both animals and drivers.To check this new service out for yourself, go to www.maineaudubon.org/wildliferoadwatch/
We all know that kids live in their own little world.This weekend, some “made” their own little worlds at the Children’s Museum in Bangor.The museum hosted a craft project where kids were invited to make their own “biomes.”Biomes are often referred to as ecosystems.The kids were allowed to pick what type of biome they wanted to create, then set to the task of constructing them.
About 65 bikes were up for auction Saturday at the Bangor Parks and Rec building on Main Street.It was the annual Bangor Police Department’s bike auction.The Bangor Police Department held its annual bike auction on Saturday.The bikes up on the auction block had been collected as abandoned property.Organizers say it drew slightly less of a crowd then in years past.The bike viewing started at 8am, then on to bidding an hour later.All proceeds from the auction benefit the Bangor Police Athletic League.
The City of Augusta is pulling $8,000 in funding for the annual Fourth of July parade to help balance its budget.But thanks to private fundraising efforts, parade organizers have come up with a little more than half of that amount so far.A second round of letters has now gone out to businesses and residents in the area.