Family owned and operated Whitney Wreath held an open house Thursday at its new facility in Machias.Diana Bosch got a tour of the building that will begin production on its wreaths just in time for the holiday season.”Oh this is a fabulous thing, this is something new for Machias and it’s a big operation,” said resident Flora Palosky.Palosky was one of many who toured Whitney Wreath’s newest manufacturing facility in Machias.Whitney Wreath has been supplying fresh, balsam wreaths for the past 25 years.CEO David Whitney says the new building will help them produce wreaths in a more efficient manner using cutting edge technology.”We have our own expansive wreath machine that we also have the most efficient drop-ship facility in the world,” he said.On a busy day during the holiday season, the company will produce up to 18 UPS trailers full of wreaths.
More than 150 seniors showed up at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor for a seminar designed to help keep them safe in their homes.The event was free and seniors got some helpful tips on home fire safety, how to avoid falls in their home, as well as fraud prevention.
If you happened to log onto microsoft’s website bing dot com, you probably saw something familiar.The homepage of Bing featured an image of Mount Battie overlooking Camden Harbor and perfectly captures the beautiful fall foliage of Maine.Camden joins a long list of other beautiful images from places across the globe.Yankee Magazine recently ranked Camden 6 on its list of “Top 25 Fall Foliage Spots in New England.”
A Bangor man has died after he was hit while crossing the street in Bangor Tuesday night.It happened around 6 pm.Police say the vehicle was turning right onto Hammond Street from North Hildreth Street and did not see 53-year-old Robert Royal crossing.Royal was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center with head injuries.At last report there were no charges filed.The State Medical Examiner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Thursday.
Four of the five candidates for Maine governor tackled budget issues at the Maine Municipal Association’s annual convention last night.Candidates answered questions about state funding cuts that have affected town and city governments in areas such as revenue sharing and K-12 education.Democrat Libby Mitchell, and independents Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott participated.
Maine’s Attorney General, Janet Mills announced that Maine is part of a 50-state investigation of so-called “robo-signing” of home foreclosure documents.The allegations are that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in thousands of foreclosures.Mills said several court decisions in Maine in the last two months found serious flaws with documents.
Bangor is a step closer to having a medical marijuana dispensary.The Bangor City Council has killed the medical marijuana moratorium that was in place.Wednesday night, in an unanimous vote councilors agreed on requirements for where medical marijuana can be distributed and cultivated.The cultivation and distribution cannot take place in the same facility.
The adult entertainment business seems to be flourishing in one Central Maine city.Next month Waterville will have its third adult-oriented store.Will Stuart of Farmingdale plans to open first amendment adult book and video on College Avenue.It’s in a spot previously occupied by a Chinese Restaurant.Stuart owns a store by the same name in Oxford that opened fifteen years ago.He says he hasn’t run into any problems in the past and he doesn’t want any in Waterville where there are currently two other similar stores.Stuart has received all of the necessary permits…he’s remodeling the space right now.He’s not sure how many people he’ll hire, Stuart says that will depend on the demand for what he sells.
It’s a beautiful view of Bangor, and you only get the chance to see it a few times a year.Once each season, the city of Bangor opens up the Thomas Hill Standpipe for tours.Folks are invited to climb the steps to the top to take in the amazing view.Wednesday was the Fall tour.” It’s really beautiful.
Folks from El Salvador are in Bangor as part of a sister city relationship.Meghan Hayward explains.In the 1980s delegations of people from the United States visited El Salvador as villagers were returning to their homes following the Civil War in that country.”And the relationships were so deep and important that the people in the US and the people in El Salvador decided that it would be important to keep those relationships going and continue learning from one another.”Which is how the organization Power in Community Alliances, or PICA, has maintained a sister city relationship with El Salvador.Salvadoran German Gonzales Alas is in Bangor.He’s a grassroots leader who started as a young activist in his country.He will make a presentation to local folks here.”Talking about people and their lives before they cross the borders.
Also being discussed Wednesday night in Bangor is the possibility of consolidating Bangor Emergency Dispatch with Penobscot County Dispatch.Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia says he’s opposed to that move.There’s a workshop Wednesday night to discuss possible negotiations between the two entities.It’s open to the public and starts at 6:15 in City Council Chambers.