A special ceremony was held in Belfast last night, to re-dedicate a decades-old fountain.the original fountain outside the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue was built more than a century ago.But over time, the base of it crumbled away.So the local Shriners decided to replace the fountain.It took a few years of fund-raising to come up with the thousands of dollars needed for the project.Construction finally started about a year ago.The Shriners are still raising money to help finish off paying for the project.For a $25 donation, you can receive one of the original stones from the fountain.For more information, call the Waldo County Shrine club at 338-9844.
A special Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce board meeting will take place this afternoon.It centers around the sudden firing of longtime chamber head, Candy Guerette.Guerette was terminated from her position as CEO and President of the chamber last week, after 13 years.The Chairman of the Chamber’s Board, John Diamond, sent a letter to chamber members saying Guerette was dismissed based on poor job performance.At an annual meeting yesterday, the full board unanimously supported the Executive Committee’s decision and the way it was handled.This afternoon’s meeting is scheduled for 3:30PM at the Bangor Public Library.Diamond says the board will listen, but not make a decision at the meeting.Some members will ask the board to appoint a special committee to investigate the decision to fire Guerette.
With the sun shining brightly, the town of Rockland is busy getting set for the North Atlantic Blues Festival…Even with a sagging economy, producers say they expect about 16,000 people to descend upon Rockland this weekend, some of them traveling here from quite a distance.
Plans to move forward at Down East Community Hospital are already being put into motion, just a day after they learned they’ll continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, for the time being.The deadline for the hospital to meet federal standards has been extended to September thirtieth.Interim President and CEO Douglas Jones says they see the extension as recognition that the relationship with Eastern Maine Healthcare is a credible one.Last week a judge appointed Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to take over the hospital and bring it back into compliance.Jones says he’s confident all the standards will be met by the new deadline.” The things that I’m particularly focusing on is high level organization of the hospital and making sure that we’re organized properly so people have the resources to do their work.”Jones says he and the staff have no doubt the hospital will be accredited.
The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield is struggling financially.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the folks who run it are finding new ways to raise money.”The economic status has made it so a lot of people have to surrender their animals because they’re getting evicted, losing their jobs.
The Lubec Post office is marking the eighth annual West Quoddy Light celebration with a special stamp cancellation.It’s a special pictorial postmark dated July 11th.They’re hoping the free cancellation can serve as a souvenir of the anniversary for folks who come from all over the country to visit.Customers can request the special postmark by mail for thirty days after the event.
Senator Susan Collins says she has sucessfully secured $4.8 million dollars in federal funding to a wind project at the University of Maine.The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative would establish a National Center for Deepwater Offshore Wind Research at the school.The money was approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and is included in next year’s budget bill.The measure now goes before the full Senate Appropriations Committee, and if passed, on to the full Senate for approval.In June, Governor Baldacci met with U.S.
Native American tribes in Maine will soon have improved access to drinking water.The Penobscot tribe, and the Passamaquoddy tribes of Indian Township and Pleasant Point, will all share nearly one million dollars.It comes from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Fire crews from three towns spent more than five hours fighting a fire and cleaning up from that blaze in Rockport Wednesday.Crews from Rockport, Camden, and Rockland were called to a barn fire at 5:30PM.The owner of the three story barn reportedly heard an explosion before seeing the fire.The flames were doused and the scene cleaned up a little before 11 o’clock last night.The cause of the fire is not known.
A ground breaking was held this evening for the Veterans Memorial Park in Hermon.The committee has been planning for the park for almost a year and a half now.The site is marked off, it will be in front of Hermon Elementary School….The monument for the park was designed by the committee and has already been made.Larry Davis, chair of the committee, says the town has been very supportive.He says this community is very veteran based, so this tribute is important to the area.The committee is selling brick pavers to help raise money for the park.They will be engraved with the name of a veteran, and placed in the memorial.For more information you can contact Laura Cushing at 415-8971, or by email at [email protected]
A child from the Bangor area will venture to Costa Rica to be the first person from Maine to have Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Autism.As Meghan Hayward tells us, his parents have high hopes for their son’s continued progress.” What color is your popsicle today?