Though the American Folk Festival grew as an off-shoot from the National Folk Festival in 2005, the annual weekend in Bangor still has roots to the original event.Some of them are in the shape of volunteers, who’ve traveled thousands of miles over the last decade to be here.”This is where we store all the stuff, including everything out of the office that we own.”Richard and Betty Derbyshire know what it takes to make a folk festival work.
Some Bangor Hydro customers in Bangor will lose power Wednesday for a few hours.The electric company will be upgrading its system along West, East, North and Munroe streets.Service to those areas will be interrupted starting at 8:00 a.m.
5 people are in the hospital after a two car collision Monday.The Kennebec County Sheriff’s office got a call around 6PM about an accident at the intersection on Bellsqueeze Road and the Bangor Road in Benton.There was a report of one car being on fire, but a passerby was able to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.Police say eyewitnesses tell them that 53-year-old Carolyn Shade of North Carolina crossed the center line and 31 year old Benjamin Pederson of Burnham swerved to avoid hitting her.We’re told Shade then attempted to correct her direction and the two cars ended up colliding head on.Shade was trapped in her vehicle and rescue crews had to help extricate her from the car.She was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center.Her passenger was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Pederson and his passengers were also taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.Police continue to investigate the accident.
The Maine State Housing Authority is holding off on a threat to take away a Madison man’s housing assistance if he didn’t stop growing his medical marijuana in the house.It’s thanks in large part to the intervention of a state representative from Chelsea.50-year-old Don LaRouche was told over the weekend he can resume growing his medical marijuana in his home.LaRouche had written letters to Gov.
Governor Lepage’s weekly radio address focused on domestic violence.He says two recent shootings in our state led to the discussion.One involved a man who killed his girlfriend before killing himself.The other involved a woman charged with killing her boyfriend before a failed attempt at suicide.The governor says this year’s domestic violence report reveals a record number of suicides after killing loved ones.He adds it’s important for people to take suicide threats seriously.