Some folks in Winslow are being warned about a possible safety issue.Earlier this evening town officials and residents got together to discuss the problem.Six homes on Dallaire Street that sit on a slope overlooking the Sebasticook River are in danger because of erosion.The problem began last summer when the halifax dam was breached.The heavy rains we received this summer have caused considerable movement in the soil, causing concern.The town has applied for a grant from FEMA to buy the properties in danger, and relocate the residents.In an effort to minimize the safety risk, the town hired engineers to monitor the problem.They also hope the data will help their effort to get the grant.”We’ve been getting continuous reports, monthly on the action on the bottom of the slope and the bottom of the slope is stable.” Says Frank Stankevitz, code enforcement officer for Winslow.”The town has been working diligently using this engineer information to try to put this grant together so we can purchase houses and remove the houses before they become a huge issue and be fair to the citizens so they can get the money that is due to them.” adds David Lafountain, Winslow Fire Chief.
Some folks in Brewer were evacuated from their homes after a gas leak this afternoon.A private contractor was working along Gilmore street when he hit and severed an underground gas line.Close to 20 people in the neighborhood were evacuated and North Main Street was closed as a precaution.Captain of the Brewer Fire Department Gary Parent says they were lucky they were able to keep it contained.” With the large volume of that gas these apartment houses and houses so close together we could have had a real serious situation.”Clean-up and repairs have already started.And North Main street has been opened back up.But folks in the neighborhood will remain evacuated until the repairs are complete.
Several quilts will be on display Saturday in Brownville Junction.The Brownville Junction United Methodist Church will host their eleventh annual quilt show.Quilts of valor will be on display and will be sent out and given to wounded service men and women after the show.A tessellating pinwheel will also be demonstrated throughout the day.Doors will open at the church at 9 am and the show will run until 2 pm.There will also be a luncheon provided from 11 to 1.
Pancakes will be served up on Saturday in Hampden.The Kiwanis Club of Hampden are hosting a pancake breakfast for children’s day.From 7 to 10 am at the Hampden Kiwanis Civic Center.The cost of the breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children.For more information you can call 848-7117.
The State Medical Examiner’s office says a Hampden teenager died from hypothermia.17-year-old Nathan Clark’s body was found in a gravel pit in March.His father reported him missing when he did not return home one evening.The teenager had reportedly become upset that afternoon and took off into the woods from a house he was visiting.While the autopsy report was conducted this Spring, the results have been withheld until now, pending toxicology results.
Music lovers will want to hit the Bangor waterfront this weekend.The first annual Kahbang Music and Art Festival is coming to town.Meghan Hayward has the story.”It’s more or less something that Bangor has never seen except the Folk Festival.
Small businesses impacted by last summer’s massive fire in Northeast Harbor are now eligible for special federal loans.Senator Olympia Snowe announced the news Friday.Economic Injury Disaster Loans are distributed through the Small Business Administration to help business owners repair damages…they can also be used as working capital to keep a business afloat after a disaster.The July 2008 fire wiped out several businesses, including a restaurant and an art gallery.Business owners can apply for the loans through September first.The maximum loan amount is two million dollars.Snowe says she’s hoping the loans will help the affected business owners reopen and rebuild their livelihoods as quickly as possible.
Car buffs looking for something to do this weekend can head to Brewer.The folks at Maine Oxy are hosting a classic car show…and folks who take part can do more than show off their vehicles…they can also help some very special kids.Amy Erickson has the story.Brewer is the place to be for classic car enthusiasts on Saturday.The parking lot at Maine Oxy will be packed with close to 100 vintage autos dating back to the 1930s.Even better…the company is donating all the proceeds to Camp CaPella, which gives kids and adults with disabilities a traditional summer camp experience.”We’ve done it before in Auburn and Hooksett for the past 6 years and when we heard Camp Capella’s story, we said ‘time to do one up here.'”Bob Smith is Maine Oxy’s marketing manager.He says besides helping some great kids, car buffs who pay the registration fee will also pick up some handy tips on keeping their vehicles in shape.”We’re gonna have a lot of our own vendors here, showing them how to weld and also different ways they can work with their auto body and stuff like that.”Dana Mosher is Camp CaPella’s Executive Director.He couldn’t be more pleased that a business like Maine Oxy is doing its part to help give disabled kids a summer camp experience that’ll last a lifetime.”Last year, they brought 2 kids to camp and built us a custom aluminum wheelchair ramp and this year you get to come look at beautiful cars and know you’re sending kids to camp.”It’s fundraisers like these that help keep Camp CaPella open year after year.”Camp Capella is completely supported by the community.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police, and Fairfield Polce seized more than 500 marijuana plants from the residence of Daniel Peaslee of Vassalboro Thursday.Peaslee was charged with marijuana cultivation, a class C felony, and possession of schedule Z drugs.Officials say Peaslee had a sophisticated growing setup with six grow rooms, timer equipped grow lights, fertilizer, an air cooling system and processing equipment.The estimated value of the seized marijuana is $70,000.
Officials at Bangor International Airport say passenger traffic has risen for the sixth consecutive month, bucking a national trend.Overall passenger numbers at Bangor are up almost 10% for the year.Airport director Rebecca Hupp says a national trend of decreased fares has made flying from Bangor more affordable.
A man charged with robbing five central Maine banks remains in jail on half-a-million dollars bail.43-year-old Paul Rivera of West Gardiner was arrested last Friday by police investigating an armed robbery three days earlier at Northeast Bank in Augusta.Rivera’s also charged with four other bank robberies.A police affidavit says Rivera confessed to the crimes after police found cash from one of the robberies in his motel room.They also reported finding a silver toy gun during a search of his vehicle.
Brewer police are asking for the public’s help in finding a vehicle and the person or persons involved in a home burglary.Police say around 1:30 Wednesday morning, someone entered an occupied residence on Starlight Drive.The homeowners, who were sleeping at the time, awoke to some noise and found the place had been burglarized.A state police dog tracked the suspect to Parkway South.
As part of national health center week, Penobscot Community Health Care has announced that three of their clinics have been selected to take part in a statewide project.The Helen Hunt Center, Penobscot Pediatrics, and Penobscot Community Health Care will all participate in the “Maine Patient Centered Medical Home pilot project.”The goal is to improve primary care for patients while also lowering costs.And, Penobscot Community Health Care will partner with a national health research group called Altarum Institute, for a project also designed to improve primary care.