The Maine Turnpike is predicting Columbus Day holiday weekend traffic will be about the same or a little less than last year’s.The turnpike authority on Thursday said around 244,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the York toll gate during the long weekend.The forecast model from the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Business and Economic Activity shows a 2.7 percent decrease in incoming traffic Friday and Saturday, and outbound traffic to be roughly equal to last year’s.But the predictions are within the margin of error and the center’s Charles Colgan says that overall, traffic levels will probably be about the same.Columbus Day weekend is a popular time for people to see Maine’s fall foliage.
The Island Falls Free Wheelers ATV club is hosting an ATV ride in the fight against pancreatic cancer.The riders will come together for a maximum 30 mile ride in memory of Doug Weed.He had pancreatic cancer and died this past spring.The ride is Sunday beginning at noon.The entry fee is $20 per machine.You can contact Frank Coombs at 862-4428 or email him at [email protected]
Bangor Land Trust celebrated a big milestone Thursday evening.The group celebrated it’s 10th anniversary.A dinner was held to say “Thank You” to the organizations corporate sponsors.Over the past decade, the group has acquired over 400 acres for the public to enjoy.If you’d like to learn more about the organization, you can log onto bangorlandtrust.org
Fort Knox is on a frightful recruiting drive.They need ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other scary creatures for the annual Fright at the Fort.It takes place the last two weekends of October at the Fort in Prospect.Volunteers are needed to usher guests through the old haunt.If you’re interested contact Leon Seymour at 469-6553 or email him at [email protected]
A former Carrabassett Valley police officer accused of molesting a girl has admitted to it.39-year-old Steven Goozey pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to ten counts of unlawful sexual contact with a child under twelve.Court records say the crimes took place between June 2006 and May of last year.
Two years ago, a man from Anson was shot to death inside his pick-up.Thursday, his accused killer pleaded not guilty in Skowhegan.Forty year old Robert Nelson of Norridgewock is charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm.Police say he killed sixty year old Everett Cameron.Nelson pleaded not guilty, and he’s being held without bail.
A Detroit man accused of killing his father pleaded not guilty, Thursday.Thirty-three year old Angelo Licata is charged with murdering sixty-three year old Alfred Licata of Cambridge.According to court documents, during a police interview, Angelo Licata told detectives that God made him do it.The records show his family told police that Licata had a history of mental illness and was hearing voices.A court affidavit says that on the night of July 21, Alfred Licata’s wife says she was at home when she heard people shouting.She says she went downstairs and found blood throughout her kitchen.Alfred Licata’s body was found in a neighbor’s yard.Police say he died from blunt force trauma.Angelo Licata is being held without bail.
If you’re looking for a furry friend to keep you company, the Bangor Humane Society is asking you to come take a look at what they have to offer.October is adopt a dog month, and the Humane Society is urging people to consider adoption.With the economy in a slump, over 150 dogs have found shelter at the Humane Society in the last two months.As part of adopt a dog month, the Bangor Human Society is offering a couple specials.If you adopt a dog that’s been in the shelter 30 days or more, you only pay $30, and if you adopt any dog, you get to draw an envelope which could reveal up to 50% off the adoption fee.
The Amherst Mountains Community Forest is thousands of acres of land that future generations of Mainers will be able to enjoy.”We’ll take care of it and fish, hunt here, play, admire the beautiful lakes,” said Isaiah Massey, an 8th grade student at Airline Community School.
The Kennebec Valley Humane Society needs your help this winter.The non-profit group is in urgent need of money to help repair its heating system.They need about 6-thousand dollars to adequately heat the facility during the cold winter months.If you’d like to help you can give them a call at 626-3491 or visit www.pethavenlane.org.