The first of two flu shot clinics for school-aged children in the greater Bangor area, takes place Wednesday.It’s being held at the Bangor Civic Center, from 8 AM until 9 PM.Vaccines for both H1N1 and the seasonal flu will be available, free of charge, for students from kindergarten to high school in Bangor, Brewer, Hermon, Hampden, and Orono schools and the towns that feed those schools.Parents or guardians who are not accompanying their child to a clinic, must send a signed note giving their permission for the vaccination.Another flu clinic for school children will be held on November 4th, again at the Bangor Civic Center.
Members from the lacrosse team at Colby College put down their sticks and hopped on bicycles Tuesday.40 of them took part in a relay covering more than 150-miles, from Colby to Bowdoin to Bates and back.Two riders at a time were responsible for 7 1/2 miles of road before they handed it off to the next pair.They started pedaling at 4:00 a.m., and returned to the Colby campus around 3:00 p.m.They did it to help raise money for the Waterville Public Library.Those who didn’t go for the ride were back at the library moving more than 20,000 children’s books upstairs from the basement.The coach says he’s not sure just yet how much the team has raised with the relay.The library has a $3,000,000 renovation plan.
Is your business prepared for a flu outbreak?The Eastern Maine Development Corportation is doing their part to make sure businesses in this region are fully equipped to handle such a situation.Mike Aube, President of EMDC, says it’s important for folks to determine essential functions and roles within their business and have a back-up plan if key people are absent.Aube also says it’s crucial to have communications strategies on how to get information out to both employees and customers.He says one of the biggest problems is many businesses don’t think something like a flu outbreak will happen to them and don’t have any type of plan.” But we’ve really got to think about it in a comprehensive way because we’re so inter-connected with the entire supply chain with businesses that provide other services and we just need to make sure businesses think about those challenging questions and have at least a plan to execute if need be.”Those who attended the workshop were able to work on developing a plan for their business.
Testimony continued today in the trial of an Eddington man, accused of stabbing his then estranged wife and her date.Ryan Witmer has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.The state says Witmer forced his way into the home, where his now ex-wife was watching a movie with the man last June.The man was stabbed eleven times in the back and Witmer’s ex-wife was cut on her arms.
Students at Husson University didn’t have to drink to learn what alcohol can do to their bodies.An alcohol awareness program known as the “Save a Life Tour” came to their campus.The folks behind it say more than half a million people are injured or killed each year from drinking and driving.The program features videos and provides to students a drinking and driving simulation experience.First-year student Cody Miller tried it.He says he had no idea how difficult it is to drive safely when under the influence.”Turning and just being able to not over compensate when you drive because the swerving when your level increases it gets hard to control it.”For more information on the program you can visit the website www.savealifetour.com.
For the second straight week, heating oil prices go up again.Based on a weekly survey, the state’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said that the average price was $2.55 a gallon, up 8 cents overlast week.Director John Kerry says the increase is caused by optimism inthe equities markets and increasing tensions in Nigeria, a bigoil-producing country.Prices range from $2.34 a gallon in southwestern Maine to $2.80 in the northern part of the state.Kerosene prices also jumped to $2.93 per gallon, which is a 7 cent increase from last week.