Today, a local church celebrated an important month.Community residents turned out for singing, dancing and a chance to honor a part of our country’s history.Caroline Connolly has the story.Within the Bangor community lies a smaller one with voices carrying a message.”Both young and old need to understand the importance of respecting one another, and valuing one another and what one another brings to the table,” said Pastor of the Destiny Worship Center, Brian Hurst.They’re using the month of February to pass it along.”February is Black History Month, and so my church wanted to do something in honor of black history,” said the center’s Music Director, Raechina Johnson.Johnson, along with her congregation, wanted to bring the multicultural celebration to the city.”It’s important that we know our culture as Americans.
(AP)Coast Guard crews are assisting a fishing boat that was reported disabled 40 miles east of Rockland.Coast Guard officials say they received a call Saturday night from the 80-foot fishing vessel, Meridian, that the boat’s generator had broken down.The boat is based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.No injuries have been reported.According to the National Weather Service, northwest winds of 25 to 35 knots and seas of 7 to 14 feet are making for rough ocean conditions.
One person has died after fire swept through a house on the South Road in Parsonsfield Saturday afternoon.The fire was reported just after 4 pm.Firefighters discovered the body of 86-year-old Kenneth Crenner in the living room of his ranch style home.Fire investigators say the fire started in the attached garage of the dwelling.They say the house was gutted in the fire, which also flattened the garage.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
(AP)Search teams have found a hiker who got lost in northern Maine’s Baxter State Park.Officials say 23-year-old Chris Dubois is recovering after spending a frigid night on Mount Katahdin.Dubois is a Univeristy of Maine student and was making a ten mile hike with three friends Saturday when he tumbled down a slope and his hiking mates were unable to find him or hear him yelling.The Maine Forest Service dispatched a helicopter early Sunday morning to help look for him, but officials say the visibility encountered, along with significant down drafts exceeding 45 miles per hour, made a helicopter rescue at that time impossible.A second flight was attempted later in the day but similar conditions existed.But around noon searchers found him and a Maine National Guard helicopter hoisted him aboard to safety.They say Dubois was hospitalized with leg cramps and possible frostbite.
The State Fire Marshal’s office says one person died Saturday afternoon after fire swept through a house on the South Road in Parsonfield.The fire was reported just after 4 pm.Firefighters discovered the body inside the ranch style home shortly after they arrived on scene.The house is owned by an elderly man, who has not been accounted for.
A Livermore Falls man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged a second hand shop in downtown Livermore Falls earlier this week.Thirty-six-year-old Scott Violette has also been charged with violating probation.He is on probation for a previous arson conviction from a fire in Norridewock in 2003.He was arrested at the Livermore Falls Police Department, where he was questioned earlier Saturday.Authorities say the fire started near the front door of the Treasure Chest located on Depot Street.Violette was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn and is being held on $15,000 bail.
A birthday was being celebrated in downtown Bangor Saturday.It’s the tenth birthday for the Maine Discovery Museum.And of course they threw a party.Folks visiting the museum could decorate cupcakes and make party hats and flags.They say they are happy to be in downtown Bangor and feel they have brought a lot to the area.”It’s bringing in a lot of business.
The Brewer Auditorium was the place to be for kids during Winterfest.Penquis hosted the activities.There were more than twenty vendors and stage acts for them to enjoy, from karate lessons to dancing.All the money raised will benefit the Penquis Keep Kids Warm Fund.” It gives the children something to do on a wintery day.
(AP)Maine’s Sugarloaf ski area hopes to reopen a lift that failed in late December, injuring eight skiers who fell to the ground below.Load tests performed Friday on the chair lift showed no mechanical concerns.The resort expects to continue tests throughout the weekend.Once the tests are completed the lift will need its operating license reinstated before it can reopen.
(AP)About 160 people were evacuated from a chair lift at Sunday River Ski Resort after a bearing in the system that moves the chairs failed, triggering a safety device that automatically stopped the lift.A resort spokeswoman says the malfunction happened just after 11 am on the South Ridge Express quad lift.There were no injuries.The bearing has been replaced and the chair lift has been re-opened.
These entreprenuers and social media gurus are dancing to make a point.They’re creating a music video in Hampden to give away a product that not only helps the environment but the state of Maine.”This is the sea bag, it’s whale tail so it’s made right in Maine, it’s made of recycled sail.”Sarah Quirk and Susan Stephenson are giving away the sea bag on their blog “Well to Do.” The blog promotes health, wealth and wellness.”We use it as a way to have fun and to talk about something we love and it can be the range of green or wellness or Maine products any of those type of things,” Quirk said.The two friends from high school created the blog to connect with everyone about green living.”There are different shades of green, you can do simple green stuff like buying something that’s made from recycled material or you can choose to have green cleaning products and taker it to another level,” Quirk said.Using social media tools like Facebook, the women are able to send their message and it seems to be working.
Local restaurants competed for the prestigious titles of “Best Chili” and “Best Chowder” in the Bangor/Brewer region at the 9th Annual Chili-Chowder Cook Off.It’s one of the most popular events in the Winterfest celebration at the Muddy Rudder restaurant in Brewer.Folks crowded the banquet area and got free samples of chili and chowder from local restaurants.The winter weather was the perfect opportunity for folks to cool down and fill their stomachs.Cindy Benson, Chairwoman for the Winterfest says the cook off also provides restaurants with an opportunity to connect with their patrons.”It gives them advertising, exposure, they bring signage, menus so it’s a great advertising point for them,” she said.The winner of this year’s Chili Cook Off was the Red Barn Diner in Holden, they knocked out defending champ, Muddy Rudder, from the top spot this year.But the Muddy Rudder took the top prize as the “Best Chowder.”Another popular site at Winterfest were the ice sculptures.
Maine voters will get to decide whether to allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.Election officials say petition drives to get the issue on the ballot have been successful.It will be voted on statewide unless state lawmakers pass a law clearing the way for the racinos.
There will be a benefit supper Saturday in Newport for a family from Plymouth who lost their home to fire.Food will be served from 4:30 to 7 Saturday, February 19 at Nokomis Regional High School.It’s to benefit the Gaudet family.The cost is just five dollars for adults, three dollars for kids.