Waterfront concerts is music to the ears and dollar signs for several local businesses.”Waterfront Concerts has been a perfect compliment to our business in Bangor,” said Hollywood Casino General Manager, John Osborne.Folks at hotels and restaurants we checked with say their numbers increase on a concert night.”On a typical mid-week night, we’ll have approximately 500 people within the facility.
Raymond Bellavance, the man convicted of setting fire to the Grandview Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to the shop in June of 2009.The sentence was handed down in Kennebec County Superior Court.We’ll have a full report later on WABI TV5 News and here on our website.
An 8-year old boy from Bucksport is safe today, after rescuers spent around 6 hours searching for him last night.A spokesman for the Maine Warden Service says Adam Bennoch became separated from his father, Jeremy Bennoch, during a fishing trip in Prospect.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the missing boy around 7:30 last night.The boy and his father were fishing on Hawes Stream, along Route 1A, when they became separated.A search dog located the boy in a remote area on the south side of Hawes Stream.The boy was looked at by medical personnel and was released to his family.
Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield will be undergoing some major changes in the next few years.KVCC received funding allowing them to expand.A public forum was held Wednesday night to discuss development plans for the campus.The expansion funding came from a gift given to the college by the Harold Alfond Foundation to the Maine Community College System.Some of the major plans include creating a space for residential living and an area for an agriculultural-based progam.Some of the concerns heard by the planning committee were the preservation of the historic aspects of the campus and the addition of an alumni center, culinary programs as well as child care.The design was created to have the least amount of environmental impact as possible.Construction is set to begin later this spring.”We will implement it gradually, so i think we will deal with the buildings and the infrastructure first and it’s our hope that by 2014 we are ready to open several programs there or to relocate them from here.”
A public referendum on Auburn’s school budget wasn’t a tie after all.Acting City Clerk Sue Clements-Dallaire initially said after Tuesday’s vote on the $35.9 million budget for the next fiscal year that the unofficial count ended in a 349-349 dead heat.But on Wednesday she told the Sun Journal that an error was made when the tally sheets were totaled and the budget actually passed by five votes, 349-344.Taxpayers advocate Ron Potvin says he has requested a recount because the vote was so close.The budget takes effect July 1.
A Maine woman has been told to stop feeding sea gulls and clean up her property after neighbors complained about the amount of waste the birds were leaving behind.Susie Gray of Rockland was issued two violation notices Wednesday by city officials who said the bird poop is a health hazard and a public nuisance.The 62-year-old Gray’s neighbors say they can’t enjoy the outdoors because of the large volume of bird droppings around their homes.Gray tells the Bangor Daily News the neighbors’ complaints are nonsense.
Gay marriage supporter say President Barack Obama’s unequivocal support for gay marriage will help their campaign to bring same-sex marriage to Maine.David Farmer, spokesman for Mainers United for Marriage, said supporters hope that just as Obama changed his mind that Maine residents have changed their minds after repealing the state’s gay marriage law in 2009.Sara Jane Elliot of Scarborough, who hopes to wed her partner of 31 years, said “we have better-than-ever possibilities” in November when gay marriage is put to a second statewide vote.Obama declared his support for gay marriage Wednesday in an interview with ABC.Paul Madore, chairman of the No Special Rights political action committee, says Obama’s announcement is no surprise and that’s he putting “all of his chips on the table.”
It may be a little wet out there, but it didn’t stop folks from getting out and enjoying the start of the Waterfront Concert Series.The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brought its unique fusion of metal, progresive rock and classical music to the waterfront concert stage and started out the season with a bang.Known as much for their visual display as ther music, the TSO uses lasers, projectors, fog, and pyrotechnics to wow the audience.Founded by producer Paul O’Neill in 1993, the TSO has scored legions of fans over its nearly 20-year existence.
A rabid raccoon found in Clinton last week has prompted town officials to remind local residents to be careful.If you notice a stray dog, cat or other animal behaving aggressively, you should call Clinton police at 426-9192.In order to protect your pets, make sure they’re up to date on their rabies vaccinations.And if you believe one has been in contact with a rabid animal, contact your vet immediately.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing two jail guards for the beating of a prisoner.The suit claims two Cumberland County Jail guards repeatedly punched illegal immigrant Wilmer Moreno Recinos in the chest and pepper-sprayed him in the face in 2010 unprovoked.Recinos has since been deported to El Salvador.An attorney representing the jail was not available for comment.
Helen’s Restaurant of Ellsworth is inviting you to Dine for Duncan.Duncan Haass suffered severe burns in a bonfire-related incident.Helen’s is throwing a spaghetti feed to help him out.You can fill up on pasta at the restaurant Thursday night from 5:00 to 8:00.It’s $7 for adults, $5 for kids.
The postal service is backing off of its plan to close more than 3,000 low-revenue post offices, including 34 in Maine.The Postmaster General said today because of strong community opposition, the agency will maintain a part-time post office presence in rural areas, with access to retail lobbies and post office boxes.Some of the post offices from Maine on the original list included Matinicus Island, St.