The folks who run Baxter State Park are updating their management plan and they’d like your input.There will be a meeting held from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday night at the Bangor Public Library.Park officials want to know what you feel they do well or poorly, how services can be improved, your favorite and least favorite aspects of the park, and how the park might better serve your needs.It’s been more than twenty years since the park management plan had a major overhaul.
If you donate blood from now until the end of this month, you’ll get into the Bangor State Fair for free.The American Red Cross is giving out wristbands for free entry to the fair.The Donor Center in Bangor is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to seven, and Friday from eight to two.It’s located located at 900 B Hammond Street.You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or you can just walk in.
The high cost of public safety was front and center Monday night at the Bangor city council meeting.Counciloers discussed the proposition of hiring a private consultant to review police and fire operations.Among the concerns is the nearly $1.5 million in overtime racked up by those departments last year.City Councilor Cary Weston says it’s not a criticism of how police and fire are run, he says the council is looking for savings wherever they can.Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia says his department is understaffed.He says there are just a handful of officers each day to protect and serve up to 150,000 people in Bangor on any given day.Bangor Fire Chief Jeff Cammack did not return our phone calls.At Mondays meeting, city councilors did decide to move forward in the process of hiring a consultant and they have put out a request for qualifications.
A Gardiner man is going to prison for 2-and-a-half years for setting an abandoned paper mill on fire.20-year-old Jack Russell downs will do time but won’t pay restitution because a judge ruled he doesn’t have the means to pay for the damage he did.Downs pleaded guilty this month to arson and burglary in connection to the September 2009 fire at the former Yorktowne Paper Mill in Gardiner.
More than 225 campers and counselors from outside the United States will attend YMCA Camp of Maine this summer – a new record for the camp.Â 15 campers are coming from China – also a first – and another 20 from Spain through an exchange program with a YMCA in Madrid.Â Campers also will travel from Israel, France, England as well as Canada.Â The Y Camp staff includes counselors from New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, many of whom attended as campers.The YMCA Camp of Maine, which is in Winthrop is a summer resident facility for boys and girls ages 8 to 16.Â Since 1915, over sixty thousand young men and women from a variety of cultural backgrounds have attended.Â Kids from Maine make up approximately 80% of the total campers in 2010.Â The balance are either international or from one of 35 other states.Â More than 100 campers are from Canada and the majority of those children are from Quebec.Â Kids from Quebec have been attending Y Camp for nearly four decades.For more information about the Maine State YMCA Camp visit www.maineycamp.orgÂ Â
It will soon be a slower go along a popular route into Old Town.The Stillwater Avenue Bridge will be down to one lane, starting Wednesday.The Maine Department of Transportation says will be strengthening beams underneath the road surface of the bridge.They want to finish before school begins and traffic picks up even more along that stretch.Crews will be working from 4:30 a.m.
More than 600 bicycle riders hit Maine’s midcoast for the ninth annual Maine Lobster Ride and Roll this weekend.The ride is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s largest fundraising event, with proceeds going to support the group’s work to improve bicycling in Maine.The event started in Rockland and had four rides ranging from 16 to 100 miles.
A Mainer has been chosen to lead a national committee that provides advice to the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters of maritime security.Jeffrey Monroe of Cape Elizabeth is the new chairman of the 22-member National Maritime Security Advisory Committee.The committee addresses issues ranging from security regulations and threat assessment policies to transportation worker identification credentials.