Wednesday night, Bangor city councilors are reconsidering their decision to buy a fire rescue boat for the city.Last week, they voted in favor of the purchase, which would cost $184,434.But now one city councilor wants to review the plan again.Council chair, Susan Hawes, says the Bangor Fire Department found it was cheaper to buy the boat out of state.But a member of the council wants to find out if they can buy it in Maine.They’ll be considering a second vote at Wednesday’s meeting.The boat would be paid for by the federally funded, Homeland Security Fund.
Two teenagers are safe, after spending part of Tuesday night on Mount Battie.Authorities got the call around 11:15 Tuesday night that two 17-year old boys, one from Hampden and one from South Carolina, were lost.The young men had been hiking with a girl earlier in the day.
Bangor’s single stream recycling project, along with the pay as you throw program were discussed Tuesday night.The Bangor Infrastructure Committee talked about logistics of the program, which has not yet been implemented.At Tuesday’s meeting, committee members discussed the possible pricing of the pay as you throw bags.Those numbers ranged from 50 cents for a 15 gallon bag to two dollars for a thirty gallon bag.The members also talked about education strategies to help the public better understand the project.
The weather held off to let Independence Day revelers in Bangor enjoy music and fireworks last night.Crowds lined up along the Penobscot River to take in the show.Some paid $5.00 to take in a Pink Floyd tribute concert with a band playing hits from that epic rock bank while staging a psychedelic light show too.The fireworks followed and an explosive celebration lasting more than 45 minutes.
A Bar Harbor church has become a must see New England gem.So say the editors of Yankee Magazine.Saint Saviour’s Episcopal Church was recognized by the magazine for its collection of stained glass windows.Editors cited the church for having the ‘Best Window Dressing’ in its “Guide to New England” issue.There are more than forty stained glass windows throughout the church, ten of which are originals by artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.The magazine says it’s Maine’s largest collection of Tiffany windows.
They were thought to be locally extinct.”There are five wild animals that have come to campus,” said Donna Gold, the Public Relations Director for the College of the Atlantic.Two elk, a mountain lion, caribou and a wolf have all been brought back to life in Bar Harbor.”These are animals made by artist Wendy Klemperer.
Four local papers will no longer be printed in Rockland.Village NetMedia has closed its print facility in the Rockland Industrial Park.Beginning with Wednesday’s editions, The Herald Gazette, The Republican Journal, The Bar Harbor Times and Capital Weekly will be printed in Lewiston.According to CEO Richard Anderson, 17 people will lose their jobs because of the closure.He says the closure will allow the company to expand the variety and formate of its print products.
Wildfires continue to blaze in the Southwest and Mainers are on hand to help the Texas Forest Service.Members of the Maine Forest Service Incident Management Team got to Texas late last week.So far, lightning storms have caused dozens of small fires, but it hasn’t been anything the local firefighters couldn’t handle.The Maine team is using the time to update mapping and communication skills and prepare for short-notice mobilization within Texas.
There will be more fireworks tonight.The weather didn’t cooperate in Camden for their planned display Sunday night, so it was postponed to Tuesday night at 9:15.The town of Thomaston also had to postpone its fireworks show until Tuesday night.Fog wiped out fireworks shows in Eastport and Machias as well.We’re told the Eastport show will not be re-scheduled.