The new Lowe’s in Bangor opened Monday, but Thursday was its grand opening celebration and a time for the store to give back too.Lowe’s presented a check for $1,000 to the Ronald McDonald house.And all Lowe’s gift cards bought at their store Thursday will be matched dollar for dollar to help out Habitat for Humanity of the greater Bangor area.”Lowe’s is really big on trying to get into the communities.
The last thing Myrtilla Laieski remembers is working in her garden on a spring day.”After I got the last plant in the ground I went to come in the house and I was kind of staggering.”Two and a half weeks later she woke up in a hospital bed to hear news that would change her life.”The doctors came in and said it was from the sepsis.
Governor Baldacci is requesting a damage assessment for the rainstorm that deluged eastern Maine earlier this month.The December 12 storm dropped 6 to 8 inches of rain in places, washing out local roads, flooding basements and closing a border crossing.The damages come in at at least $1,700,000.Washington County was hit the hardest, with an estimated $1.1 million in damages.If a disaster declaration is granted, the federal government will cover three-quarters of the repair bill.
The folks at Literacy Volunteers of Bangor are looking for more tutors to help folks improve their reading skills.The first training sessions for volunteer tutors starts Tuesday, January 11th.The training sessions take place from six to nine Tuesday and Thursday nights for an entire month.There is a thirty-five-dollar registration fee, and scholarships are available.Literacy Volunteers of Bangor says there’s a lengthy waiting list for its services.Upcoming training sessions will be held at the United Technology Center located at 200 Hogan Road in Bangor.For more information log on to www.lvbangor.org.
Colby College has begun building a biomass heating plant that school officials hope will replace about 1-million gallons of heating fuel each year with wood chips and forest waste.The aim is to give the college a quantum leap in its desire to be carbon neutral by 2015.Officials say the 11 million dollar facility will pay for itself in 6 to 10 years.It is scheduled for completion by next fall.The college plans to get the biomass fuel from forest operations within fifty miles of the Waterville Campus.
A man who donated a kidney to his brother in what’s recognized as the world’s first successful organ transplant has died in Augusta.Ronald Lee Herrick died Monday at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center.His wife, Cynthia, says his health deteriorated after undergoing heart surgery in October.Herrick made history in 1954 when he donated a kidney to his twin brother, Richard, at what is now Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
A man serving 14 years in prison for killing an 8-month-old girl wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.In 2008 Todd Gamache pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the March 2007 death of Emmy Leigh Cole.Gamache told police he accidentally dropped the girl while baby-sitting, but an autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.In a hearing Tuesday, the 27-year-old told justice Robert Clifford that he didn’t understand what he had pled guilty to.He maintains that the baby’s death was an accident.The judge is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.
State inspectors continue to probe Tuesday’s chair lift incident at Sugarloaf Mountain.Ski lift chairs fell up to thirty feet to the ground below, sending eight people to hospitals.Others were stranded, suspended on the chairlift, some for more than an hour.Sugarloaf officials Wednesday, said workers were trying to realign a cable on the lift, and were getting ready to shut it down when the cable jumped its track.Meghan Hayward reports.Inspectors with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation are working with Sugarloaf to gather information in the investigation of what caused chairs to somehow detach from a chair lift, sending skiers plummeting about thirty feet into the snow.Rebecca London was in one of the chairs that derailed.” All of a sudden I realized we were dropping and I could see the chair in front of me dropping as well.”London did not need medical treatment.” I was still in my chair, so when I hit the snow I kind of got some whip flash and went forward and hit the restraining bar but I had my goggles on so it saved me from injury.”Seven of the injured people were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.Four people were treated and released on the same day.
Despite a christmas grinch that stole gifts for needy children, Toys for Tots says it was able to bring Christmas to kids who needed it most.Skip Young, Organizer of the Greater Bangor Area Toys for Tots says they were able to give toys to about seven thousand children.The fate of Christmas was uncertain after one of the group’s volunteers, Jim Nickerson, admitted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys from the group.After the crime, the public came together to support Toys for Tots to help them spread Christmas cheer.”They were behind us 100 percent, the donations were still coming in and we had nothing to worry about and the little hurdle, we just left it alone,” Young said when we caught up with him at the Hannaford supermarket in Brewer.The District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the incident.