The Maine Emergency Management Agency is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irene and giving mainers helpful safety tips.They say it’s important for families to think about what they would need to get through the storm, especially if there are power outages.MEMA is in daily contact with the National Weather Service and response partners.They say the biggest thing is to make sure everyone is informed.” If they are asked by local authorities to evacuate, to take that seriously.
The Secretary of State says it appears no personal information was compromised after a security breach of the state’s voter registration database.Charlie Summers says the problem generated from a remote computer at the town clerk’s office in Millinocket.It was infected with malicious software while it was being used to access the Central Voter Registration system.Summers says officials are working with the State Police Computer Crimes Unit to investigate the affected computer equipment and determine how the system was breached.
Travelers flying out of Bangor International Airport now have the option of soaking up the South Florida sun.Thursday morning, Allegiant Air announced it will soon offer non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale.The starting price is $84.99.Allegiant says the Florida market has done very well for its service and is excited for this new destination.Allegiant offers non-stop flights in Florida to Tampa and Sanford.”It’s one of our top markets, it’s one of the reasons why we’re back here obiously you guys are filling up our planes into the Sanford, the St.
For lifelong Bangor resident Barbara Simpson, flood waters and strong winds aren’t what she’s used to.”I can remember way back when I was a kid there were a couple of really good ones but not for a long time,” she said.The threat of Hurricane Irene brought her to Fairmount Hardward in search of items to strap down plants in her garden.While Irene’s path remains uncertain, Simpson plans to monitor the situation carefully.”Other than that and just bucking down and trying to stay safe.”Also keeping close eyes on Irene’s track is the staff at the store.Manager Reed Thurber says customers are coming in looking for the essentials and expects it will pick up as people try to remain calm before the storm.”I think we will get more traffic probably by Saturday or Friday as it gets closer but other than that we’ll be good.”With Hurricane Irene making its way up the Coast are you prepared?
A Swanville man, injured when he was shot by a Belfast police officer in June, has been indicted by a Waldo County Grand Jury.27-year-old Benjamin Thompson is facing charges from that incident including criminal threatening with a weapon and failure to stop for police.Police say in June he refused to stop for Searsport police and when he finally did, police say he got out of his car with a shotgun.Police say he wouldn’t put it down and was shot by a Belfast officer.
Police say a home invasion in Warren sent five people to the hospital.Around 9:30 Wednesday night, police say a man and two women forced their way into a home on Bowden Road.Police say they demanded money and used blunt objects and a gun to assault everyone inside.Thousands of dollars in cash and several expensive items were reported stolen.The five who were attacked were transported to local hospitals.Police say some of their injuries are serious.
”The American Folk Festival brings spirit, excitement, national recognition and certainly it’s a tremendous tourist and business economic development tool for the city.”The American Folk Festival on the Bangor waterfront brings a lot of foot traffic to downtown bangor, businesses do what they can to take advantage of it.”It’s definitely an increase.
If you enjoy coming to the Bangor Waterfront each year for the Folk Festival, thanks to a trio of local film makers you have the chance to relive the 2009 American Folk Festival on the silver screen.As Wayne Harvey tells us, the decision to turn it into a documentary was something that just kind of happened.———-Will” This is definitely not the track of life I thought I’d be taking, but it is interesting the road that we took.”And that road took New England School of Communications graduates, Will Stewart, Justin Michaud, and Joe Giardano behind the cameras after some discussions about what to do with their futures.Justin” It’s been almost a year and a half now since we started working on this project, started in December/January 09-10 in that area, just came up with wanting to do a documentary and then started brainstorming ideas of what to do a documentary on.”Will” We figured we might as well benefit the community that we’ve been in for a while and then I came up with let’s do it on the huge festival that happens every year that I keep hearing about, but never go to.”And that is how the film titled American Folk Festival was born.
Concerns over a proposed mineral extraction ordinance lead to a committee meeting in Bucksport Wednesday night.After last week’s meeting, people who own and operate gravel pits in the area feared the newly drafted ordinance could put them out of business.The committee is developing the plan to deal with future quarries in the town.
A couple in Hermon will be debuting their desserts at the American Folk Festival this year.James and Sarah Campbell are the owners of Irish Daisy, a vegan bakery.As Joy Hollowell tells us, it was the Campbell’s young son that inspired the duo to go into business.=================Elliot Campbell can’t eat peanuts.
The National Weather Service is warning of possible heavy rains and high winds in Maine this weekend from Hurricane Irene.Irene is expected to make its way up the East Coast over the next few days and is projected to impact Maine on Sunday into Monday morning.Forecasters say the state is likely to get some combination of high winds, heavy rain, coastal and inland flooding, and power outages.