Kids in Bangor had a chance to put their creativity to work Thursday at the Maine Discovery Museum.Turns out, we might all be able to learn a little something from them.The imagination is a pretty powerful thing and yet at some point, for some reason, most of us begin to ignore it.That is, until a bunch of kids, remind us all why we can’t underestimate it.”He can slice a sword pretty fast like this, except a lot faster,” said Seth Welch, a visitor at the museum.You give them worn fabric and cardboard, they’ll make you a cape and sword.Because at this age, you can be anything, including your favorite superhero.”Become a ninja, become a pirate, become a princess or superhero because you can’t do that when you’re an adult, you can’t do that in the workplace, you can’t do that in college,” said Abby LeBlanc, a museum employee.But why not, if all it takes is ignoring what people say you can’t do and focusing on what your own creativity can.
A Bangor man faces several charges after police responded to a stolen vehicle complaint.Thirty-year-old David Harris is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, carrying concealed weapons, operating after suspension and violation of bail.Police say Harris took a friend’s vehicle but didn’t return it.An officer located it at the Ranger Inn in Bangor, along with Harris.
The mother of little Ayla Reynolds is pleading with the toddler’s father to talk to her.Trista Reynolds, the mother of 20-month-old Ayla, says she has questions only Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, can answer.Speaking on the Today show, Reynolds said she hasn’t talked to DiPietro since Ayla went missing nearly two weeks ago.Wednesday DiPietro released a statement saying he had nothing to do with his daughter’s disappearance and pleading with whoever has her to bring her home unharmed.There’s a $30,000 reward for information leading to Ayla’s whereabouts.If you have information call Waterville Police at 680-4700.
The man charged with setting fire to a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro took the stand in his trial Thursday.Raymond Bellavance Jr., 50, denied burning down the business.He told the jury he got up early that morning to plant pot, then learned about the fire for the first time.
In the spirit of giving, a group of anonymous elves put money on trees this holiday season and say they already have plans for next year.Two money trees were planted in downtown Bangor, one stands in front of Metropolitan Soul on Hammond Street, the other is inside the store.Anyone can leave a dollar or take one if they need it.The head elf tells us it was a huge success but also said there were some grinches who took advantage of it.It’s not getting them down though, they extended the program and the trees are still up and will stay until the end of the week.
A new transitional home for women and children in Bangor is almost ready to open but needs your help.Ann’s House is run by Manna Ministries and is set to open the first of the year.There is already a list of families waiting to move in.The house will be operated with the help of grants but the funds don’t kick in until the end of January.In the meantime, Manna Ministries says it needs 10-thousand dollars to cover one month of operation costs that will cover counseling, food and staffing.Executive Director Bill Rae says they still need monetary donations, they’ve even received an offer to match it.”The environment is conducive to growth, so conducive to relaxation and to start over again because we’re gonna encourage women to go to school, to get a job, to get off welfare, to be able to take care of themselves,” he said.Students from Husson University pitched the idea to Rae to put the safe house in the building where the Elijah House used to be.
An historic building in downtown Bangor is getting some maintenance work done as it celebrates its centennial anniversary.The Graham Building on Harlow street was the first building built after the Great Bangor Fire of 1911.A new sign is being installed.
According to Bangor Police, bath salts, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in driving violations landed a Bangor man in jail.Police arrested 49-year old Eugene Caston Wednesday afternoon on three outstanding warrants for traffic violations.When a Special Enforcement Team with police took Caston into custody, they say they found the other items on him, including ninja style throwing stars, which are sharp, circular blades that Caston had concealed.He faces multiple charges and is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.
It’s happened to most women – you look into your closet and can’t seem to find anything to wear.But one Bangor woman is changing that.She’ll be wearing the same dress every day in January to offer encouragement to other women.Susan Stephenson is the Managing Editor of the women’s lifestyle blog, Well To Do, You.Beginning on January 1st, Stephenson will wear this navy blue sweater dress and pair it with accessories, shoes and handbags donated from local and national businesses.Each day she will post the outfit on her blog to show women the different styles they can put together in an effort to help empower women entering or re-entering the workplace.The donated materials will then be given to Dress for Success Southern Maine, a non profit organization that provides women in need with suits, accessories, and a confidence boost to help in their own career development.”It’s not about vanity, it’s about making you feel good on the inside so you can look good on the outside and I think some bold earrings or a necklace can go a long way,” Stephenson said.Stephenson says she will wash the dress, and has an extra one.You can follow Stephenson by visiting her blog, Well to Do, You and clicking on the tab “Dress to Impress,” there you’ll see the styles and you can also find out how you can help her and Dress for Success Southern Maine.
A family of five has lost nearly everything, after fire swept through their mobile home in Morrill.Crews were called to Hartshorn Road around 11:30 Wednesday morning.Morrill Fire Chief Patrick Scribner says smoke was billowing from a back window when they arrived.Fire fighters were able to keep the fire contained to that bedroom and a nearby kitchen area.The Nibby Family lived there.
Fire fighters from at least seven departments were called to a large barn fire in Farmington Thursday morning.It’s on the Knowlton Corner Road.We’re told a neighbor called the fire in just before 4 a.m., saying the structure was engulfed in flames.Authorities say there is a house nearby.There are no reports of injuries.
Earlier this month, we told you about some internal struggles regarding the city of Bangor’s new website.City councilor Charlie Longo had a problem with the software donation to the city from Sutherland Weston, a marketing communications firm in Bangor.That’s because council chair, Cary Weston, is a partner in the company.Wednesday night, city councilors recused Weston from the discussion, then unanimously voted to accept the software donation from Sutherland Weston.
365 days a year we are here bringing you the news of the day.About 30 hours of news a week.That’s more than 15 hundred hours of news a year.And we’ve brought you some great stories this year, but we’ve also had some bloopers.Wayne Harvey takes a look back at some of our lighter moments of 2011.
Bangor City Councilors welcomed the newest addition to the Bangor Police Force.David Farrar was sworn in in front of the City Council Wednesday.Farrar graduated from the police academy on December 16th and joined the Bangor Police Department on December 20th.Farrar is originally from Dover-Foxcroft and says he’s excited to be out of the classroom and in the streets.
There was another meeting in Aroostook County Wednesday on the governor’s proposed supplemental budget.Tuesday a standing room only crown packed together to talk about it in Fort Kent with Governor LePage in attendance.Wednesday folks gathered at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.Again, much of the focus was on the governor’s proposed medicaid cuts.The governor did not attend Wednesday’s meeting but his senior health policy advisor, Katrin Teel, was there and got an earful.”The governor was not able to be here today because of a scheduling conflict but my role here is to represent the governor’s office and most importantly to hear what the people had to say to hear what were their concerns, what were their needs what were their questions, to gather this information and speak with legislators who we’ve been communicating with and see what do people feel, what do they need, what do they hope for and what can we do,” said Teel.The governor says he’s always willing to listen to Mainers’ views.He says difficult decisions have to be made to balance the budget and help the state move forward.