The Bangor bus system is adding a new route to its service.Starting April 2ndf, folks can catch the BAT on Odlin Road in Bangor.City officials say the new stop encompasses a large service area that includes a park and ride lot, nine hotels and motels as well as many other businesses.The Community Connector runs Monday through Friday.For more information, you can log onto http://www.bangormaine.gov/odlinroute
A Norridgewock man in jail for allegedly taking another man hostage at a Western Maine paper mill, is due in court on Friday.Police tell us Frank Smith, 49, showed up at Verso’s Androscoggin mill Wednesday morning with a gun and took mill manager Mark Conner, 43, hostage.Weâ€™ve been told Smith is a former employee who was recently fired.A State Police Tactical Team was on the scene most of the day.
A Maine State Senator is now officially in the running for the US Senate seat, left open by Olympia Snowe.Senator Deb Plowman handed in the required signatures to be listed on the November ballot Wednesday afternoon.Senator Plowman becomes the fourth Republican to do that so far.Secretary of State Charles Summers, Rick Bennett, and Scott D’Amboise have also turned in signatures.And there is now officially a Democratic party member in the race.Former Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, turned in the required signatures Wednesday morning.Dunlap is the first, and currently the only Democrat to do so.Candidates have until Thursday to turn in the required signatures to run in November.
At last month’s meeting of Sewer District Trustees in Veazie, Chairwoman Ester Bushway proposed a contract for the superintendent.Gary Brooks has held that post for twenty-three years.Trustee Rob Tomilson says he was caught off-guard by the proposal.”It was not even an agenda item it was brought up at the tail end of the meeting as consideration of other business,” he said.It would pay the superintendent his current salary of $74,500 a year for three years.It states “After each year, the base salary shall be adjusted at the end of each year of employment at the discretion of the trustees.” Tomilson calls the contract outrageous.
People got the chance to see Bangor from a different view Wednesday afternoon.The Bangor Water District opened up the Thomas Hill Standpipe for it’s winter tour Wednesday.The landmark is only opened up to the public four times a year.Despite the winter weather, nearly 200 people made the trek to the top this time around.To find out when the standpipe will be open next, visit bangorwater.org
The political squabble over prices at the pump and oil fees from overseas are a far cry from a school in Waterville.That’s where staff are actually celebrating the cost of fuel thanks to a high-tech, complicated piece of equipment that’s fueled by a fairly simple formula.”I think it’s really incredible just to see what we were able to do with wood,” said Jim Reny, Facilities Director for the city’s public schools.
Madison voters have rejected a plan to borrow up to $72 million for a natural gas pipeline.Town Manager Dana Berry said the plan was defeated Tuesday night by just over 100 votes.He said after negotiations with Kennebec Valley Gas, the town had announced it wouldn’t build the pipeline itself.Berry said if the vote passed, it would have let the town borrow $72 million should Kennebec Valley not complete the project.He said, “Our goal here has been and continues to be to get natural gas to as many citizens and businesses in town as we can.
” It started out in really difficult times so it probably started out small and probably didn’t get too big until probably the 50s and 60s when a lot of churches grew,” said Pastor, Nicholas Davis.The First Congregational Church of Ellsworth was started in 1812 during the war, at the time they had 13 members.
Here’s a sure sign spring is closing in, Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth opened for the season Wednesday.The gloomy weather didn’t stop people from ordering up their favorite items.Jordan’s is known for its fried seafood, homemade burgers and, of course, milkshakes and ice cream.The current owners bought the place in 1981 and say it’s more than just a business.”They’re more of a family than just employees.