Just a little more than 12 hours to go until Christmas and there’s still some peole out doing some last minute shopping.The Bangor Mall was buzzing with people this morning.Some were out to finish up their shopping while others were just plain procrastinating.Some folks said the weather caused them to fall behind in their holiday shopping.For others, waiting to the last minute, is a holiday tradition.
Traffic in Eddington was delayed after two cars collided on Route 9 Friday morning.Sergeant William Sheehan with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of a vehicle pulling off Clewleyville Road didn’t look both ways.The driver made a left hand turn and hit an oncoming vehicle on Route 9.
Maine Democrats are reacting harshly to news that the 22-year-old daughter of governor-elect paul LePage is getting a job in her Republican father’s administration.Lauren LePage will work as an assistant to LePage’s Chief of Staff, and will be paid about 41 thousand dollars a year.The Maine Democratic party calls the hiring a “brazen display of political nepotism” and wants to know who else was considered for this position and how was it advertised.
Some young girls braved the cold winter night Thursday all in hopes of collecting money for a good cause.The girls set up a hot cocoa stand a few weekends ago in Brewer in hopes of raising a few dollars to help a young boy with cystic fibrosis.A few hundred cups later and the girls had raised over $1300.While the cocoa is technically free, the girls ask for a one dollar donation for a cup and even throw in a candycane and a Merry Christmas.
The defense budget that received final congressional approval includes full funding sought by the navy for destroyers to be built by Maine’s Bath Iron Works.Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins said Wednesday the budget includes $15.7-billion for two destroyer programs.Included is nearly $3-billion for two Arleigh Burke destroyers, one to be built in Bath, and the other in Mississippi.
A paper mill in the central Maine town of Madison will soon have a new owner.Madison Paper Industries has been owned by a family owned Finnish company, Myllykoski Corp., for the past 32 years.Finnish papermaking giant Upm-Kymmene said this week it is acquiring Myllykoski and German-based Rhein paper in a deal valued at 1.2 billion dollars.
The group Disabled American Veterans have a new set of wheels to help those who need a ride to the Togus VA Medical Clinic in Augusta.The DAV added three new vans this year to its volunteer transportation network that will give veterans a free ride to the hospital.They’ve also added new routes, offering vets who live in and around Searsport and between Moosehead Lake and Newport.George W.
Finding the perfect gift this holiday season isn’t always easy, but we’ve found one product that’s got a face for innovation.The Headee is bound to get you laughing at yourself, or someone else.It’s made right here in Maine.Mark Scribner is the creator of the Headee.It’s a simple concept.
A date for jury selection has been tentatively set for the man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on halloween two years ago.According to court officials, jury selection for Randall Hofland is set to begin January 6th.Holfland allegedly pulled a gun on a police officer during a routine traffic stop in october of 2008.That incident sparked a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Police say Hofland held a number of students hostage before finally surrendering.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
An annual holiday tradition at the Hammond Street Senior Center was interrupted earlier this week.Diana Bosch spoke with the victims of a cold hearted theif who almost ruined their Christmas celebration.More than 40 members gathered at the Hammond Street Senior Center Tuesday to enjoy one of the center’s holiday traditions but the celebration almost didn’t happen.When a volunteer went to turn on the stove to heat up tea for the event, it wouldn’t turn on.”At first we thought, how did we end up running out of propane, was something wrong with the stove so we called our propane supplier,” said Development and Communications Direct Deanna Partridge.When the propane supplier arrived, he found the tank was gone.”He said we didn’t have any tank when we got here.
Police in Houlton are investigating the theft of Christmas presents and toys from a Salvation Army Community Center.Salvation Army officials say the stolen items were donated by residents and destined for kids who might otherwise wake up Christmas morning with little or nothing under the tree.According to Major Hermas Pearl, someone went through gift bags, stealing the most expensive items.Pearl says she is scrambling to see what she can do to replace the items.It’s not too late for people to donation.You can drop off donations at the Salvation Army at 12 Court Street in Houlton.
The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is receiving more than a million dollars in grant money to give folks more information about exposures to chemicals in the environment.The $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be given to the lab over five years.Doctor Carolyn Mattingly says it will allow her and her team to add important exposure studies to an online database, saying it will help users determine which chemicals are more likely to pose real exposure risks.