Get ready to grab some bargains!The 65th Annual Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Charity Auction is coming up this weekend.Thursday through Saturday, new and used items will be sold and auctioned.The items range from books to furniture to lawn equipment.You can bid on them at the auction barn site on Forest Avenue in Orono.Gates open each night at 5pm.
A woman whose decomposing body was found in an apartment building in Lewiston has been identified as Danita Brown, 38, of New Gloucester.The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman, but declined to give a cause of death.Police are calling the death suspicious.They believe Brown had been dead for weeks.
Saint Joseph Healthcare/Hospital has a new CEO.Mary Prybylo has been selected to take over the position.She comes to Bangor from Waterbury Connecticut where she was the Chief Operating Officer of a local hospital.Prybylo takes over for Sister Mary Norberta who is stepping down after more than 29 years.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Husson University and the Penobscot Community Health grants for nursing education.The university will receive 251-thousand dollars for two new advanced nursing programs.The funds will be awarded each year for three consecutive years.Penobscot Community Health will receive a 250-thousand dollar grant to establish a nurse practitioner residency program with Husson.
The halls of Acadia Hall at Eastern Maine Community College will soon be ready for students to live in come fall semester.It’s undergoing a transformation that will make it more energy efficient.”We’re replacing the windows, the insulation and the heat plan of this building to improve its energy envelope,” says Director of Student Life Dan Belyea.
Belfast’s waterfront will come alive this weekend with music, games and much more.The Maine Celtic Celebration kicks off Friday and will continue through Sunday.Celtic musicians from throughout the state will take the stage.You will find men in kilts and even a cheese rolling contest.It’s free to attend, but donations are appreciated.For more information visit the website www.mainecelticcelebration.com.
A former selectman in Chelsea who’s facing criminal charges involving town funds has decided not to take a new position in the town government.Carole Swan was elected last month as an alternate on the planning board with four write-in votes.But she wasn’t sworn in at the town meeting.The interim town manager says Swan’s lawyer sent a letter Wednesday saying she appreciates the offer, but will not be able to accept the position.
A stroll through downtown Eastport will get a more colorful this weekend.More than a dozen shops are hosting the town’s first Art and Antiques Walk.This Friday, customers can peruse galleries on water street while enjoying drinks and dessert.Original artwork and unique antiques will be showcased by vendors.This week’s walk will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Afterward, there will be a free concert in the new Overlook Park in downtown.Store owners plan to host the event again in August and September.For more information, contact Cynthia Morse at 853-4773.
Some people are angry that an Arabic news network journalist will deliver the keynote address at a fundraiser for a museum honoring an American Revolutionary War hero in Maine.General Henry Knox Museum Executive Director Ellen Dyer said the museum saw an opportunity for a timely discussion of what’s going on in the Arab world with its invitation to Abderrahim Foukara, Al-Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief.He’ll speak at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on July 28.Enough people have written emails and made phone calls to express dissatisfaction that officials have moved the post-speech reception to a private home.
The driver of a tractor-trailer who died after colliding with Amtrak’s Downeaster in North Berwick, Maine had a checkered driving record that included two citations for unsafe operation of a commercial vehicle.The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety says 35-year-old Peter Barnum of New Hampshire, also had six speeding tickets and one seatbelt violation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from 1992 to 2009.
The Governor’s office says two new faces will be added to a department focused on business growth.Deb Neuman and Denise Garland have joined the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.Neuman has years of experience as a small business owner, and will serve as the department’s Deputy Commissioner.Garland is joining the department as the Director of the Office of Business and Community Development.She comes to the team after helping manage the state’s financial and human resource service centers.In a statement from the Governor’s office, LePage says he’s extremely pleased with the additions.