The Department of Environmental Protection is warning folks to avoid contact with water in and near a stream in northern Maine.DEP says Greenlaw Stream was tainted after a sewer pipe burst, spilling more than a million gallons of untreated wastewater into it.They say the break likely happened several weeks ago but was only discovered Monday because it’s in such a remote area.The DEP says e-coli levels in the stream are nearly as high as those found in raw sewage.
The city is hosting hearings to decide whether or not Bangor should go to a single stream recycling system, or a “pay per bag” approach to get rid of trash.The first in a series of sessions is scheduled for Thursday night at 7pm at the William Cohen School on Garland Street.For more information, log on to the city’s website Bangormaine.gov
Governor LePage wants to pull the plug on state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.He says that would save about $200,000,000 a year.The governor has proposed a $6.1 billion budget for the next two years and says he needs to find $4,000,000 dollars to balance it.He had considered wiping out Clean Election Act funds for candidates for governor but has opted instead to cut funding to MPBN.
With the snip of a ribbon, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor opened the doors of its new restore at Penobscot Plaza.The organization has been running its restore in holden, but will now call Bangor home.”If we’re going to be Habitat for Humanity Greater Bangor, we should be in Bangor.
About 3,000 students from across Maine got a sneak peek at where they might go to college.Thurday’s college fair at the Augusta Civic Center was sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling.157 colleges from as far away as Hawaii and as close as UMaine Augusta were represented.Organizers say the 3000 students who showed up is a big jump from last year.
Supporting local restaurants, that’s what a new group in the Bangor area has gotten together to do.The goal of Girls’ Night Out is to have dinner at a local eatery once a month.The group has been around for a couple of months now, and the women involved say they hope more people join and support local businesses.
Employees at the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust operations center in Ellsworth are still evacuated from the building.According to Ellsworth police, around 10:30 Thursday morning a staff member opened a letter, a white powdery substance fell out and on to her hands.
Phones for all branches of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust are operational again as of 1:17 Thursday afternoon.Calls to all branches of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust are routed through the operations center on Avery Lane, because of the evacuation of the building, no one is inside to transfer calls to local branches.Officials at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust have found another way to route calls to all branches.
A Bangor man has received a high honor from the Bangor Police Department.52-year-old Matt Tilley received a Challenge Coin for his efforts to help save a woman who jumped from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge and into the Penobscot River last month.Tilley assisted a Bangor Police Officer with the rescue.Challenge Coins are rarely issued and are given to people who unselfishly give of themselves to help others.
A Candian man accused of threatening to blow up a bus, sparking an eight hour standoff in Houlton in March has been indicted on the charges.50-year-old Daniel Maccabee was indicted by the Aroostook County Grand Jury on a terrorizing charge and three counts of assault.Police say Maccabee, a passenger on a Cyr bus, claimed he had a bomb and was wearing a fake detonator switch.
An Etna man is behind bars after police say he was driving drunk and hit a parked car causing more than 2-thousand dollars in damage.Bangor police say a call came in early Thursday morning saying a parked car in the area of Cottage Street was struck by a pickup truck and the driver drove off with two flat tires.The responding supervisor was able to catch up with the pickup truck on Valley Avenue.Police say when he activated his lights and siren, the driver, 24-year-old Jason Harris, sped up.Harris then crashed into a ditch at the intersection of Husson Avenue.A male passenger in the pickup was taken to a hospital, with what we’re told are non-life threatening injuries.
On Thursday there will be a public meeting in Stetson to discuss the closing of the area’s elementary school.A vote took place last month to shut down the school.At Thursday night’s meeting, the Superintendent and other school board members will be on hand to answer any questions folks may have.The meeting is scheduled for 7 at the Stetson Meeting House at the intersection of Village Street on Route 222 and Wolfboro Road.
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust operations center in Ellsworth is evacuated at this hour while authorities investigate a suspicious substance.According to Ellsworth police an employee opened a letter just before 10:30 Thursday morning and a white powder fell out on to their hands.