Three Maine families have been recognized for their intimate knowledge of what our state parks have to offer.They have completed their Maine state park passports, a program designed to give folks extra incentive to travel the state and visit state parks and historic sites.For every 8 stamps you get, you’re eligible for a prize.
The KahBang Music and Art Festival is in full swing.And folks can expect to see and hear several different bands along the Bangor waterfront.Organizers say they expect a larger turn out to this year’s festival and they’ve extended the number of acts.The festival features a lot of local acts, but also has some big names too.Saturday B.o.B and “OK GO” will take the stage.Organizers say the festival brings a lot to Bangor.” The reason why we created this festival, all of us at KahBang, is to do it for our community.
A local radio station wants its listeners to enlist in the fight against cancer.On Friday morning, WZON AM 620 hosted a radiothon to support the Jimmy Fund, a Boston based charity that supports cancer care and research.Listeners were able to bid on a variety of items up for auction including Boston Red Sox tickets, a baseball signed by Bobby Doerr and even a limited edition baseball card featuring Stephen King.Programming Director Dale Duff says the prizes are all to raise awareness.”In the process, as much as anything just heighten awareness of trying to beat cancer and trying to raise money for research.”Last year, gifts to the radiothon helped the Jimmy Fund raise more than one thousand dollars for cancer research.
By- George HaleTHE WORD CAME DOWN THIS WEEK THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE WILL BE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.BLAKE JAMES WILL BE RETURNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AS A SENIOR ASSOICATE A.D.JAMES, THUS BECOMES ANOTHER NAME TO REMEMBER IN A LIST OF NAMES, WHO HAVE PARADED THROUGH THE STATE UNIVERSITY IN RECENT YEARS.MAINE, AND SIMILAR INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ARE “STEPPING STONES” FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO MOVE ON.ON THE SURFACE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS.WE CAN ALL RESPECT THE DESIRE FOR IMPROVEMENT..I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT JAMES, AND THE OTHERS, HAVE WORKED LONG HOURS AND DONE THEIR BEST WHILE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES.A LOT OF TALK HAS BEEN ABOUT THE IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES.AND THAT IS IMPORTANT.U-MAINE HAS A GREAT BASEBALL FIELD, A PRACTICE DOME, NEW TURF ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD AND A GOOD HOCKEY ARENA.FUND RAISING CONTINUES FOR THE MEMORIAL GYM AREA WHICH IS A MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENT.THE BRICKS AND MORTAR ASPECT IS IMPORTANT.IN MY TRAVELS AROUND THE COUNTRY I HAVE SEEN WHAT OTHERS PROVIDE FOR THEIR STUDENT ATHLETES AND U-MAINE HAS BEEN TRYING TO PLAY CATCH UP FOR A LONG TIME.BUT WITH THE DEPARTURE OF JAMES TO THE SOUTH ANOTHER SWITCH WILL SOON BE MADE.DUE TO THE TIMING AN INTERIM A.D.
Friday was day five of the trial of Michael Chasse.He’s accused of kidnapping and assault at the Maine State Prison where he is an inmate.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in the office of the prison library in June of 2008.Chasse has pleaded not guilty, and he’s taken the lead in his own defense.
Folks will have a chance this weekend to enjoy Maine’s National Parks free of charge.The National Park Service will be waiving fees on August 14th and 15th.It’s part of an effort to encourage Americans to visit national parks and take advantage of all they have to offer.Many participating parks will be holding free events this weekend.For more information you can visit www.nps.gov.
Boat builders from around the world are gathered in Rockland for the state’s only in-the-water boat show.The 8th annual Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show kicked off Friday morning.Boats are displayed in the water, and numerous exhibitors are on hand showcasing everything from boats and art to furniture and jewelry.Organizers say this unique gathering is a way to celebrate coastal creativity.”If you as a customer wanted to see all this creativity it would take you all summer to go up and down this coast.
Some Bangor Hydro customer in Trenton will experience a short interruption in service on Monday, August 16.Folks in the Oak Point Road from Rt.3 to Loon Cove Lane will be without power from nine in the morning until noon.The interruption is so Bangor Hydro can safely update their systems.
Construction continues along West Broadway in Lincoln…Crews are repairing, repaving and installing new drainage.The work is expected to correct chronic flooding, icing, sinkholes and heaves caused by poor drainage.The project runs from Penobscot Valley Avenue to Fleming Street.They tell us that they’re right on schedule.”This is funded through a bond.
A mother and daughter duo have teamed up and created a children’s book.Their book focuses on all the different landmarks in Bangor.Meghan Hayward has the story.”My mother came to me and she had an initial idea and I wrote quite a bit in high school and I said okay let’s do it.
A man from Portland is charged with murder following a stabbing last night on Grant Street in Portland.Police say 25-year old Shawn Garland is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.Police were called to Grant Street around 9:30 where they found the male victim.Police say the man died of stab wounds.His name is not being released until his family is notified.
This Saturday, the Guys and Gals hair salon will host a yard and bake sale featuring a pig roast, live music and an auction on 92 Burke Lane in Etna.The salon says they decided to host the event to help their owner Carol Small, someone they describe as a person who always gives back.Carol’s son in law recently suffered a severe brain injury from a car accident, doctors said it was the worst brain injury they had ever seen.The all day event kicks off at 9 on Saturday morning.All of the money raised will help Carol’s family pay for her son in law’s medical expenses.For more information, you can call the salon at 368-5443.
Rescue crews in Livermore and Livermore Falls have called off their search after getting reports of a person in the water Thursday night.The Livermore Falls Police Department says that it received a report at about 8:30pm that a woman had climbed over the rail of the Route 4 bridge, was holding onto a light pole, then disappeared.Rescue crews scoured the river and shore for two hours before calling off the search because it was too dark and they found no sign of the woman.Police said they will only resume the search if they get a report of a missing person.