”No elders in shelters” that’s the message a homeless advocacy group in Augusta is trying to get across this holiday season.The group, Homeless Voices for Justice, hosted its second holiday wish press conference outside the Maine State House on Thursday.The group says 172 elders slept in Maine shelters this year.
Today, local veterans and residents rallied in support of their friends.Members of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine protested the Iraq-Afghanistan wars in front of Bangor’s federal building.They wanted to show support for other state residents who traveled to Washington D.C.
Police in Augusta are searching for a real life Christmas Grinch after more than 50 trees disappeared from a tree lot.Mike Buring with the Knights of Columbus says he noticed the trees missing on Monday.They brought in more trees to replace them and then those also disappeared.The group is selling trees for 20 dollars each at the American Legion Post on Eastern Avenue.Buring says the stolen greens are worth more than one thousand dollars.Since the incident was reported, the group has received monetary donations from the community and a man in Bangor says he plans on donating trees.If you have any information, you are asked to call Augusta Police at 626-2370.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the long-term preservation of the state’s Downeast Lakes Watershed is voicing its opposition to land-based wind projects like Bowers Mountain.Members of the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed, or PPDLW, are asking Governor-elect Paul LePage to place a moratorium on grid scale industrial wind projects until scientific cost-benefit studies can be completed.
You can check out the new Knox County Regional Airport terminal in Owls Head Friday evening.A ribbon cutting kicks things off a 5 o’clock.An open house with refreshments and mini-tours runs until 7 Friday night.The new terminal includes a gift shop, cafe and security equipment.
A church in Belfast wants to make sure everyone has a Christmas dinner.They’re hosting a free dinner on Christmas Day.For the second year in a row, the Belfast United Methodist Church will be cooking up a traditional Christmas feast.The dinner will begin at noon on Christmas Day at the Church on Mill Lane in East Belfast.For more information, you can give the church a call at 338-5575.
On Thursday night, Bangor City Councilors will hold a workshop session regarding plans for a new arena.We’ve been following the progress of the proposed 80 million dollar arena.So far, the council has hosted public comment sessions to allow the public to weigh in.Councilors say much of the construction will be paid for with money from Hollywood Slots, but some citzens have voiced concerns about where the rest of the money will come from.The session will be held on Thursday night at 6 o’clock in the City Council Chambers at City Hall on Harlow Street.