Every year, the employees at the Bangor Y raise money for the United Way of Eastern Maine, which provides them with a lot of support for their local programs.On Thursday, during a Halloween costume party, their fundraising took a creative turn– when suddenly, Superman appeared.”Superman,” also known as Bangor Y CEO, Mike Seile, was quickly captured by villains and taken to the roof of the Y, where he was to be kept until the employees raised more money for United Way.Folks say it was all in good fun, but also say it’s important to support the United Way since they do so much to help children, families and seniors with basic needs.”Without that money, we couldn’t reach as many people as we do in the community,” says Lacey Wright with the Bangor Y.”And we’re staying up here until we get 10 percent more participants over last year.
There weren’t any ghosts or goblins, but there were a few scary faces to be seen Thursday.There was also a Hannah Montana, and a pink crayon.It was a parade of costumes as youngsters from the Hill Top kindergarten made their way to the Sylvia Ross Home in Bangor.They shared stories with the residents and gave them gifts.
Real life practice to get ready for natural disasters.That’s what folks in Waldo County and elsewhere in Maine were doing today.As Meghan Hayward tells us, communications is a big key to success.”Update, Colonel Martin we’ll work on filling this request and get back in touch with York County EOC.”Folks at the Waldo County Emergency Operation Center and other counties across the state are holding mock disaster drills.Dale Rowley, Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, is busy doing what would need to be done if the disaster scenarios were real.
Maine’s Attorney General was in Orono today to talk with Students.Attorney General Janet Mills was at the U-Maine campus as part of the school’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Program.The program brings elected officials and policy makers in the state to the campus, and provides students with access to high-level public officials.Mills says this is a great opportunity to create dialogue with students.”See what’s on their minds, to help them understand what the attorney general does.
Police are hoping to get hunters involved in helping spot a Newport man who’s been the target of a three-day search.There was still no sign of Perley Goodrich, Junior during an overnight search last night.Goodrich is wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his father and assault on his mother, Monday night.Police are calling him armed and dangerous.
Time is rapidly running out on Maine’s support our troops specialty license plate.It will be retired November 1st, if the state doesn’t sell two hundred more by Saturday.State law requires that each of Maine’s specialty plates maintain a minimum of 4-thousand registrations each year.The support our troops plate was introduced two years ago, and is yet to reach that number.It costs twenty dollars, and raises money for an emergency reserve fund that helps families of troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says, even if the goal of 4,000 plates is reached by this weekend, it’s no guarantee that the plate will not be retired.
Healthcare reform was the topic of discussion, over breakfast in Ellsworth Wednesday.The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce hosted the feed focused on why healthcare reform matters and what folks can do about it.Erik Steele was the guest speaker.Steele is Chief Medical Officer for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.Chamber President Kevin Tesseo says the topic was picked by request of several chamber members.”I think it’s by far the largest single issue there is in the country today.
The opening of all 32 miles of trail was celebrated in Machias Wednesday.It’s a project that’s expected to bring economic development to the region and connect the town with other areas of the state.Meghan Hayward has the story.With the cutting of the ribbon, all 32 miles of the Calais Branch Rail Corridor Rehabilitation and Downeast Sunrise Trail in Machias are now open.The trail can be used by snowmobilers, pedestrians,ATVs, bicyclists and others.It will eventually be expanded to 82 miles, all the way to Ellsworth.Machias Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald says she was skeptical about the project at first, but is now behind it 100 percent.”Having the rail tracks here and then watching as the machinery came in and removed the rails and then watching while they picked up things and took them away.