Hundreds of union members turned out at the Maine State House to protest a bill they say erodes collective bargaining rights.The rally came before lawmakers held a hearing on a bill to ensure that public sector unions represent only employees who voluntarily join that union.
Two of Governor Paul LePage’s cabinet nominees appear on their way to Senate confirmation.The Legislature’s Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Thursday voted to endorse Robert Winglass of Bath for appointment as commissioner of Maine’s the Departmentof Labor.Winglass retired from the U.S.
Chrysler is gearing up to help a Bangor School’s fundraising drive.It’s at the Vine Street School.For everyone who test drives a Chrysler Town and Country Minivan the school gets ten dollars.The Drive For Kids event takes place Friday night at the school’s spring carnival.Driving times are from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.Any licensed driver 18 and older can take a spin and earn some cash for the school.
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is giving away seven moose hunting permits to disabled veterans in Maine.The winners will be chosen by lottery in mid July.Anyone with a disabled veterans hunting license can enter for the controlled moose hunt in Aroostook County this September.Applications are being accepted now through July 8th.You can find the application online at maine.gov/ifw.If you don’t have access to the internet, call Maine Veterans’ services at 430-6035.
Bangor Police Officers are giving new meaning to serve and protect.Friday night, the department will hold a Tip-A-Cop event at Applebee’s on Hogan Road.The officers will serve tables and all the money raised from tips will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.The event is from 4pm to 8:30pm.
The Maine House has backed up Governor LePage’s first veto.Lawmakers passed a bill to prevent insurance companies from requiring that health care providers give all insurers the lowest rates for service providers that negotiate with any company.But health care providers claim that’s anti-competitive.
A motorcycle and a car collided Thursday afternoon in Kenduskeag, sending one man to the hospital.Police say Gary Hensberry of Corinth went to turn out of the Sams Quick Stop on the corner of Broadway and Stetson Road.That’s when he hit Steven MacDougal,also of Corinth, who was traveling north on Route 15 on his motorcycle.Officials say accidents like this increase as the summer months roll in and more motorcycles are on the road.MacDougal was taken to a local hospital to be treated for what appeared to be minor injuries.
Located in the heart of downtown Bangor, the Hammond Street Congregational Church has been a fixture in the community since it was built in 1833.”Hammond Street has offered outreach programs for many many years probably one of the most widely used is the economical food cupboard,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Brad Ryder.In 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.But the church’s steeple, one the highest points in the city, is showing signs of old age which prompted the church’s Board of Trustees to give it a facelift.”We really felt that it’s just such an icon that it was important to do a repair rather than look at other options that meant taking down,” Ryder said.Scaffolding began going up last month to make way for the renovations being funded by the church.The steeple stands one hundred forty feet tall.”The front of the church starts at the ground with the scaffolding as you can see that’s the easy part, the sides had to be on that small roof you see over my soldier but they had to built support internally to take that weight,” said Larry Blethen, who currently serves as the liasion between the contractors and the church.Aside from being a Bangor icon, the steeple plays an important role to Verizon Wireless customers, there’s an antenna system hidden inside.We contacted Verizon to see if the renovations would interrupt service, but a spokesperson tells us they do not expect any customer impact.Since construction began, crews have been hit with inclement weather, which has set the project back by a few days.”We do have some leakage and that’s what’s caused us some concern is that water has been draining in because of the age of the structure,” Blethen said.But it hasn’t dampened their spirits nor has it watered down their goal to restore the steeple to its original glory which is expected to take another two months to accomplish.Anyone interested in contributing to the steeple renovation project can contact the church office at 942-4381.