A local radio personality is camping out in the Hannaford parking lot in Brewer for a good cause.Z-107.3 is collecting turkeys for Manna Ministries as part of the “Free the Z” turkey drive.Tuesday morning’s rain didn’t stop people from helping the community.
Bangor Hydro Electric crews noticed something missing from city streets this week.The copper ground wires attached to several utility poles throughout Brewer and Orrington were stolen.The company says tampering with the wires is unsafe.It will cost about $150 to replace each wire.Bangor Hydro is still counting up just how many wires were stolen.
Low income households in Maine are expected to receive an average of $553 in heating assistance this winter.Maine Housing Director Dale McCormick says about 64,000 households are expected to be helped by the federal government’s low income home energy assistance program, or LIHEAP.This year’s benefit is far below last winter’s average payout of $844, but McCormick says it’s more in line with historic levels of funding.28-Million dollars in LIHEAP funding is budgeted for Maine this winter.
Passenger traffic was up 19% at Bangor International Airport last month, compared to a year ago.Airport Director Rebecca Hupp says nearly 3,900 passengers went through the airport in October.She says airlines added capacity to and from Bangor.Hupp says Bangor’s numbers are in line with airport passenger counts nationwide, which have been slowly growing in recent months.
A major employer in the town of Hartland is filing for bankruptcy.According to Paul Larochelle, the president of Prime Tanning, only a handful of people will lose their jobs.Larochelle says they gave employees the news around one this afternoon.He says the bankruptcy should be finalized within the next couple of days.Larochelle says the tannery has no plans for reducing its output.
An election re-count has upheld Democrat Anne Graham of North Yarmouth as the winner in House District 109.The results leave Republicans with 78 seats in the Maine House, Democrats with 72.There is also one independent.There are still four candidate recounts and one statewide ballot question recount to be completed.