Before going out to dinner tonight, some local couples stopped by a local church for a special Valentine’s event.Radio station WHCF teamed up with the Bangor Baptist Church to give couples a chance to renew their vows.More than fifty couples turned out for the event, which included food, music and prizes.
A Gardiner woman is accused of embezzling more than $166,000 from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.53-year-old Betty Sue Higgins is charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and forgery.The Maine Attorney General’s office says Higgins was an administrative assistant for the Augusta-based association.
A legislative panel has endorsed Joseph Ponte as State Corrections Commissioner, making his senate confirmation a near certainty.Governor Paul LePage’s nominee received a strong 10-2 vote of approval on Monday from the criminal justice and public safety committee.Ponte has held administrative positions in corrections systems in several other states.
NBA hall-of-famer Scottie Pippen was in Northern Maine to help support another sport.He was at the World Cup Biathlon in Fort Kent over the weekend.The biathlon combines cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship.Pippen says he’d only seen it on TV and was glad to see it first hand.Named one of the NBA’s fifty greatest players ever, Pippen helped the Chicago Bulls win six titles.He was invited to the biathlon by a Russian biathlon official with connection to basketball’s New Jersey Nets.
The fate of a community center is on the agenda at Monday night’s Lincoln town council meeting.Folks who want to close the Ballard Hill Center on Pleasant Street say it costs too much to heat, maintain and run.It has housed such things as Penquis CAP and Meals on Wheels in the past.Right now the Little Lynx Youth Wrestling Club calls it home and the town uses it for storage.Public attendance and input was welcome at Monday night’s meeting.
A Bangor business that has remained in one family for ninety years has changed hands.The Brick Oven Bangor Rye Bakery sale was finalized Friday.The business has been part of the Cohen family tree since the 1920 until Ralph Beckwith sold it to the Huston brothers, Paul and Peter, last week.”We’ll take it day by day and see how it works out but we want to get our arms around things right now and see how it works out,” said Paul.”You asked about pressure and I think one of the, there is pressure associated with taking on a small business like this especially one that is so reputable,” Peter said.
State Police are investigating the death of a man in Lincoln.Spokesman Steve McCausland says 36-year old Robert Arthurs was found in his neighbors’ driveway on the Mohawk Road around 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon.An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
Some good news and some bad news for those hoping to see the whoopie pie named the official dessert of Maine.Amos Orcutt, President of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, says a committee of lawmakers in Augusta voted on Monday to make the whoopie pie the state treat, not the state dessert.The committee also voted that a whoopie pie be defined as having two cakes as opposed to two chocolate cakes.The matter will now head to the full legislature for a vote.
Dignity for all- that’s the goal of a new campaign by Power in Community Alliances, or PICA.They held a kick off ceremony Monday in Bangor.The group is asking state and local leaders to endorse their principle of equal rights for everyone.PICA believes any person who lives or works in Bangor should be given the same rights and treated with dignity.They’re asking folks to sign their dignity-for-all pledge.”We are concerned that the financial crisis that our country is going through has given people permission to scapegoat people,” says Tom Grogan, Director of Pica, “to demonize people and talk about people as though they are villains and the cause of problems, as opposed to victims and people needing support.”A number of community leaders also spoke at the kick off campaign, including those from the NAACP, Spruce Run, and the Bangor Theological Seminary.
Anita and Troy Hood were overjoyed when their little girl was born last January.But a few months after her birth, Ella began having health problems.What happened next turned out to be a roller coaster ride for the Hood family.By all accounts, Ella Hood was a perfect baby.
Local veterans celebrated Valentine’s Day with some young admirers Monday.Fourth graders from the Mary Snow School spent the afternoon at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor.They dropped off cards, and together enjoyed sweet treats and a prize give-away.”Oh, I think it’s wonderful.