Lots of folks enjoy walking and biking on trails throughout the city of Bangor, but how pet owners should be using those public spaces is sometimes a topic of debate.Now officials are looking to hear from the public how they use city trails, and if any changes are needed to policies, including those that allow pets.About 500 people responded to an online survey on the issue.Others with comments attended an informal public meeting Monday night.Department of Parks and Recreation director Tracy Wilette says a variety of issues were highlighted in the survey.
The Good Shepherd food bank is having its second annual turkey drive to help families in need throughout the state.They say more than 70,000 Mainers are struggling to meet their basic needs this winter.Good Shepherd hopes to collect 10,000 turkeys and distribute them to more than 600 food pantries from Kittery to Fort Kent.To help meet that goal the food-bank is asking for donations.
An Eddington man charged with trying to murder his now ex-wife and her boyfriend, is out of jail.A jury found Ryan Witmer not guilty of the most serious charges he faced.The verdict came in late Monday afternoon.The Eddington man was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary.
In the summer months, school administrators across our state made plans to deal with an outbreak of the swine flu.At Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, the planning has become reality.In the last two weeks, one case of H1N1 has been confirmed and 41 other students have been treated for symptoms.Those students have been placed in isolation, Beckie Geaghan, the School Nurse at MCI said “We’ve identified three places on campus, we call them sick bays or whatever, and we put in each dorm those that need to be isolated.
600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent x-Yes, 299,483 – 53 percent No, 267,574 – 47 percent Question 2-Cut Auto Excise Tax Citizen Initiative 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent Yes, 145,435 – 26 percent x-No, 415,153 – 74 percent Question 3-Repeal School ConsolidationLaw Citizen Initiative 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent Yes, 226,710 – 42 percent x-No, 318,064 – 58 percent Question 4-Curb Taxes and Spending Citizen Initiative 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent Yes, 221,615 – 40 percent x-No, 334,918 – 60 percent Question 5-Medical Marijuana Citizen Initiative 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent x-Yes, 330,490 – 59 percent No, 232,790 – 41 percent Question 6-Transportation Bond Bond Issue 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent x-Yes, 362,106 – 65 percent No, 191,604 – 35 percent Question 7-Increase Local Initiative Time Constitutional Amendment 600 of 608 precincts – 99 percent Yes, 259,593 – 48 percent x-No, 283,797 – 52 percent “x” Declared Winner (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.
With the elections coming closer, the city of Friendship will be voting on whether to keep the town dry of alcohol or not.Voters in Friendship have rejected previous attempts in 1987, 1992 and 2000 to overturn the ban on alcohol sales.Owners in the only market in Friendship are pulling for the reinstatement of aclcohol sales.
One woman is in critical condition and another woman is facing charges for assaulting her after an incident Friday night in the western Maine town of Mexico.Police say 28-year-old Jennifer Hodgkins of Carthage attacked another woman with a wooden police baton.Sharon Gardner was first taken to a Rumford hospital then flown by medical helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Hodgkins turned herself into police and was taken to the Oxford County Jail on Saturday.Police say a custody dispute triggered the attack.
Deer hunting season kicked off in Maine on Saturday.But officials are predicting this fall’s deer kill to be the smallest in at least 25 years.It’s projected to come in at fewer than 20,000 deer.Officials with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife say the deer herd has thinned following two straight winters with deep snow packs and cold temperatures.The state has issued more than 45,000 permits this year.The season runs through November 28th.
A team of auditors from a national agency is giving high grades to the Maine State Prison and the Bolduc Correctional Facility.Independent inspectors from the American Correctional Association reaccredited the two Warren facilities after spending four days evaluating them on more than 450 health, safety and other standards.Maine Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson said accreditation is an objective assessment of how well the state’s correctional facilities are run.
Bangor Police are reminding folks that winter parking rules took effect on Sunday.From November first through March vehicles can’t be parked on public streets or parking areas between midnight and 6 am.During the day, parking is only allowed on one side of the street.On odd numbered days, cars must be parked on the side of the street with odd numbered addresses, it’s the opposite for even numbered days.Vehicles that get in the way of snow removal could be towed at the owner’s expense.Brewer’s winter parking ban, from 11 pm to 7 am, also went into effect on Sunday.