Bangor city leaders say they want to continue the Hollywood Slots Waterfront Concert Series.They met with live nation, the promotions company that brought the event to Bangor.Live Nation spokesman Alex Gray says the two sides discussed plans for next year and the possibility of a multi-year agreement.The concert series has been a huge economic boost for the city, bringing in big name acts and big crowds to see them.This year the performers included Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Lynyrd Skynyrd.This weekend, the series presents Smackfest, an all day concert featuring several rock bands, including Godsmack.
The roof of the White House is getting a makeover next spring with the installation of solar panels.Many environmentalists are celebrating the announcement, including students at Unity College who recently met with officials about that issue.”I was sitting in my room and my roommates were asleep and I was screaming,” Nelson said.Amanda Nelson couldn’t believe it when she heard the White House’s recent decision to install solar panels.Last month, she and two other students presented White House officials in DC with a solar panel that sat on the roof of 1,600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the Carter administration.The group urged them to put the solar panel back on the roof, but they declined.”I won’t lie when I came out, I was pretty disappointed in our government and I’m pretty sure of the three solar road trippers I wasn’t the only one,” she said.But that all changed on Tuesday when she received an email from a White House official telling her they will add solar panels next year.
The Penobscot Nation Police Department is getting some national attention.The department’s community policing efforts and transformation to hybrid cruisers are being featured in an article in the Community Police Dispatch.It’s part of the Department of Justice website.All the police cruisers were switched to hybrid vehicles last year.
Brewer city councilors have given an initial okay to new rules should a medical marijuana dispensary move to town.Under the regulations, only one dispensary and cultivation site would be allowed Brewer – with both operations in the same building, with the same owner.
A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Maine’s campaign financing laws.The provisions were challenged by the Respect Maine political action committee and Republican state representative Andre Cushing of Hampden.The decision keeps Maine’s campaign financing laws intact.Similar lawsuits have been filed in Maine as well as Arizona, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.
Students at the University of Maine took back the night.The students came together this evening to stand up against sexual violence.It was the 26th annual Take Back the Night Rally.The UMaine Student Women’s Association and Students for a Safe Campus host the event.Survivors spoke out about their experiences and a candle light vigil was held.Representatives from Rape Response Services, Spruce Run and the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center were also on hand.Organizers say that when folks hear about sexual violence they often attribute it to females but they say that isn’t always the case.”Although cases where the survivor is a woman are more often reported it does affect men as well.
Folks can put on their dancing shoes this week and help our senior neighbors.A big band dinner dance is taking place Thursday, October 7th from 4:30 to 9 pm at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.There will be live music, dancing, auctions and appetizers.Tickets are 35 dollars each, but there are multi-table discounts available.All proceeds benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.For more information, call 262-5532.
There are a couple of free concerts coming right up this week.The US Air Force Band of Liberty will be performing at the Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School tomorrow night at seven then again at Ellsworth High School Thursday night at seven.The band originates from Hanscom Air Force Base, just outside of Boston.They tour throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.They’re very good and it’s free.There are a couple of free concerts coming right up this week.
Carver Memorial Library in Searsport turned 100 over the weekend, and uncovered a piece of its history.To commemorate the milestone the library opened up a time capsule that was buried inside the building, a century ago.Staff at the library knew about the time capsule, they just weren’t exactly sure where it was hiddenInside they found some old newspapers, including a New York Times and a Republican Journal Newspaper dated October of 1910 along with a lot of other local memorabilia from that era.The library plans to create two more time capsules, one of which will consist of items from the public.If you’d like to submit something, you can contact the library at 548-2303.
A retired solar panel from Unity College may be helping to bring solar power back to the White House.Students from the college, along with the country’s leading environmentalist Bill McKibben, took the panel to DC last month.The goal was to persuade world leaders to install solar power in their homes.The solar panel was originally on the white house roof in the 1970s, under President Carter.The group left Washington without a commitment but now the Obama Administration says the White House will be decked out in solar panels after all.The panels will go atop the White House’s living quarters by Spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.