Bangor Hydro customers in downtown Bangor will lose power for five hours Wednesday evening.It’s part of a planned interupption that begins at 11:45 Wednesday night and will last until 5 Thursday morning.Several downtown businesses including the Freeses Assisted Living building, Greyhound Bus terminal, Columbia Street Baptist Church, the Coe building, New Waverly Restaurant as well as surrounding residences will be impacted.Bangor Hydro says customers in the area should make arrangements.If you have any concerns, call the customer service line at 1-800-499-6600.
Plans to open up a methadone clinic in Rockland are gaining ground.On Wednesday night, the Rockland Planning Board approved the site plan application at a meeting at city hall.Metro Treatment of Maine is the company that wants to build the clinic.It is based out of Orlando.In September, city councilors approved a zoning change for the property on new county road, which once housed the Turning Tide clinic.
Governor LePage invited families to the Blaine House Tuesday for a tea party.The party was in honor of Adoption Awareness Month, an event the Blaine House has celebrated the past fifteen years.A group of families who had finalized their adoptions within the last year attended.The governor thanked the parents, then gave an important message to the kids.”Those who love you and care for you and vice versa are your parents, and they don’t have to be biological, they don’t have to be blood, they just have to be your parents.”Between 2009 and 2010, almost 300 kids were adopted in the state.
Summer may be over, but the city of Bangor and organizers with the Waterfront Concert Series are busy planning next year’s events.Right now, they’re working out the final details on the 2012 agreement at a workshop.It’s taking place in the council chambers at City Hall in downtown Bangor.The workshop is open to the public.
Tim Horton’s is hoping to make it a warmer winter for some local homeowners.That chain is selling chocolate chunk cookies with smiley faces drawn in the frosting.The cookies are being sold for a dollar.Every cent from every cookie sold goes to the Penquis Good Neighbor Fund, which helps folks heat their homes.The goal is to raise enough money to heat at least five homes this winter.”You know a lot of folks are having a hard time to heat their homes and what not so this is a way that we can contribute to the fund.
More than 70,000 acres sounds like enough space for almost anything, but according to some, a proposed national park doesn’t leave any room for them.”It divides users of the land,” said David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.Because hunting and snowmobiling would not be allowed in the park, Trahan feels Roxanne Quimby’s vision is shortsighted and doesn’t consider the affect it will have on Maine’s sportsmen.”Well, it starts us down this road of dividing users of the land up and telling one you can’t use it and one you can.”Trahan joined others in Augusta to contest a feasibility study for the park.”I don’t believe we should be wasting federal dollars on anything that we know is a bad idea,” said Jim Robbins, CEO of Robbins Lumber Company.But not everyone agrees.The group behind the feasibility study says they’ve received overwhelming support from people in the area.The National Park Citizens Committee sent us a statement saying the point of the study is to get all the facts.They believe the park will be a huge boost to Maine’s economy.”All of Maine needs help.
Trick or treating may be over but the celebrating didn’t stop for some local students.Tuesday they learned about the post-Halloween holiday, the Day of the Dead – a time in Mexican culture to remember lost family and friends.A plate full of bread and fruit is quite a change from the bags of candy most kids are still rummaging through in the days after Halloween.This meal is honor of the holiday, the Day of the Dead, a tradition in Mexico and other Central American countries.Sophomore Necole Harrison says, “The Mexicans basically celebrate living on the day of the dead and it’s a day to visit their dead ancestors.”Mexican native and Messalonskee High School Spanish teacher Eunice Loredo shared that celebration with students at the Hudson Museum in Orono.It’s part of her mission to expand their world.
A measure that allows trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to use interstate highways in Maine and Vermont has won Senate passage, putting the provision one step closer to final approval.The heavy truck provision was included in a transportationspending bill that was approved 69-30 Tuesday.
Now that Halloween is behind us, folks are beginning to plan for their Thanksgiving meal.That includes local soup kitchens, like Manna in Bangor.Manna is extending its annual invitation for people to sign up for a Thanksgiving meal.Some may be worried they won’t have enough money to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table.