Colby College’s 191st commencement was held Sunday morning.Close to 500 students received degrees.Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair delivered the commencement speech.Blair was the labor party’s longest-serving prime minister.His speech included seven life lessons the grauduates can take with them.” Remember your stage is not just your community and country anymore.
A protestor was arrested at Colby College’s commencement Sunday morning.Fifty-three-year-old Lawrence Reichard of Bangor is charged with disorderly conduct.Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair was the commencement speaker.Authorities say six protestors were at the ceremony, displaying a number of signs saying “code pink” and proclaiming Blair was a war criminal.They say three of them began screaming as soon as Blair started speaking and were removed.
Central Maine Power says about 5,600 customers in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties are without power.The utility company says a transmission line coming out of the Yarmouth substation is out, but CMP doesn’t know why.The total number of customers affected as of noon was down from more than 6,000 earlier Sunday morning.
(AP) The University of Maine System says its 2013 budget under consideration includes no tuition increase for the first time in a quarter century.The system’s trustees meeting Sunday and Monday in Bangor will review an operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
A group of wish granters held their annual walk on Saturday.They were walking in Bangor, along with five other locations around the state, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.All of the funds stay local to benefit children in Maine with life-threatening medical condiitions.
A Sanford man is facing charges after allegedly robbing a bank and making his getaway on a bicycle.Police in New Hampshire arrested 46-year-old Scott Marshall Friday morning, shortly after a man fitting his description robbed the Kennebunk Savings Bank in Berwick.Authorities say marshall is charged with being a fugitive from justice and will extradited to Maine to face a robbery charge.
A Stetson man who allegedly had a fire on his property, then re-lit the fire while firefighters were trying to put it out was in a Newport courtroom Friday.James Pimental was found guilty of burning without a permit and hindering a state forest ranger.The incident occurred in Stetson on the Wolfsboro Road.He was ordered to pay several fines as well as $1,300 in restitution.
Getting the word out about AIDS and HIV, that was the focus of a walk in Bangor.Eastern Maine Aids Network sponsored the event.Organizers say many people don’t believe it’s here in Maine, but it is, and they say it’s important for people to know the disease affects every body.” A lot of people don’t know we exist here because we’re a small entity and being non-profit we want to be able to get some people that have never heard about us come in and get tested,” said EMAN Prevention Educator, Sharon Paul.Besides HIV testing, EMAN offers education and prevention services.
Small strides in Brewer and Bangor made all the difference Saturday.About 200 people took part in the March of Dimes walk.Organizers say one in eight babies in Maine are born premature.All the funds from the walk goes back into local programs and research.” We do a lot of work around advocacy and information sharing.
This year marks 25 years for the First Step Pregnancy Resource Center in Bangor.The center hosts two big fundraisers, one being their annual walk.All the proceeds help the center provide free services to their clients.They offer pregnancy tests, options counseling and parenting classes.” I think it’s always necessary to get support if you’re going to try and encourage people to keep their babies.
Some Harley motors were being revved up for a good cause in Hermon.The Central Maine Harley Davidson store held their spring open house, with proceeds of some of the events going to Camp Capella, which is located in Dedham and offers a place for children and adults with disabilities to attend summer camp.They had all sorts of games and were offering motorcycle rides.” A lot of these people either have children that are disadvantaged and have some issues or problems.
Children invaded downtown Bangor Saturday.It was the second annual Kid Central Festival.Several businesses opened their doors and had different activities for the kids to do.There was soda making, face painting and even tie-dying.” Bringing families, and more importantly the kids downtown to really kind of experience what there was down here.
There’s a new business in Bangor that might be music to the ears for many.Joseph Shaw has been doing musical instrument repair for more than 20 years.Many of those years were spent at the Bangor Music Center, which closed its doors.Shaw says it was always a dream to own his own business and the closure gave him just enough of a push.He’s now the proud owner of Bangor Brass and Woodwind Repair.” There’s a huge need.
Earlier in the week, Senator Susan Collins announced that the postal processing plant in Hampden would remain open.Friday, the Senator paid a visit to the plant to meet employees and talk about the efforts taken to keep the plant open.Senator Collins said that the postmaster general’s original plan would have closed more than two hundred plants across the country.
People are lacing up their shoes and hitting the track in Orono for this year’s local Relay for Life.The event kicked off with cancer survivors walking the first lap of the night.Over 80 teams and 800 people registered for the relay.The night is really all about raising awareness, celebrating survivors, and remembering those who’ve lost the fight.
Bath Iron Works and its machinists union has tentatively agreed on a new contract.Itâ€™s a four-year deal that would give most workers annual pay raises of about 2.5%.It goes before some 3,200 workers for a final vote on Sunday.Union official say shipbuilders would get a $3,000 signing bonus.