Swing dancers and live music lovers were reporting to the dance floor in Brewer Thursday night.It was the annual Big Band Dinner Dance.All the proceeds benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center.The 17 piece Queen City Band performed at the event.Organizers say it’s a chance for the community to get all dressed up.They hoped to raise $10,000 dollars and have exceeded that goal, raising more than $30,000 dollars.
Nearly 70 employees at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport might be looking for new places to work.A state commission is considering closing the prison to save money, which would leave 68 workers unemployed.Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte visited the facility, Thursday.The commission says closing the facility will save the state more than two million dollars in the first year, with an additional two million dollars saved the following year.The panel says the prison has structural issues and isn’t accredited with the American Correctional Association.
The town of Calais has had to get used to hearing the word no.First, from the legislature, then voters in Maine and more recently it came from the state Senate.”We tried to bring gaming to this area for years,” said mayor, Joseph Cassidy.But now, Mayor Joseph Cassidy says the stakes are higher.”Calais needs this desperately.”He says state voters need to start saying yes.”Watching the struggle that are people have to maintain good employment to raise their families, to make good money.
Some folks from Central Maine were bowling to help the United Way Thursday morning.The 8th annual Bowl-a-Thon was held at Spare Time recreation in Hallowell Thursday.Family Matter, a Hallowell-based program that provides social activities for mentally challenged people, organized the event.Clients and staff gathered pledges from businesses and people in their community.
Anger is what Andy Holder or “Iron Andy” felt when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 36.”I was angry because no one wants a disease like diabetes and I had two young sons.”But Holder says he eventually used that anger to channel his drive to inspire and motivate others.”Well it’s helped me put things into perspective and maybe other things that would have set me off or aggravated me before.
The ongoing Wall Street protests triggered a demonstration in Augusta Thursday.A group of around 30 people met at the State House to urge congress to pass a jobs bill and they want wall street to pay for it.Their message was loud and clear at a state house rally.
An Ellsworth man is in jail after an incident last night in Hancock.Around 7 p.m., police were told that 23-year old Jherryd Carroll was holding a woman against her will in a home on Washington Junction Road.Police say the woman locked herself in a bathroom and Carroll fired off shots from a .22 handgun outside the home.Police say when they arrived on scene, Carroll came outside and was arrested.He’s charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with a firearm, criminal restraint, and domestic violence terrorizing.He’s due in court tomorrow.
A former school bus driver already facing charges of sexually assaulting a child in Maine and possession of child pornography in New Hampshire is now also facing federal indictments.Prosecutors say 45-year-old John Allen Wright, who used to work for Provider Enterprises Inc.
You can head to Sebec for a traditional public baked bean supper this weekend.It’s being hosted by the town’s 200th Celebration Committee.Supper will be served at the Reading Room in Sebec Village Saturday from 4:30 to six.It’s six-dollars for adults and three bucks for kids.
The Bangor City Council has taken a step toward prohibiting fireworks in Bangor.The council voted 7-2 Wednesday night to refer a proposed ordinance to the planning board that would prohibit the use, possession or sale of fireworks.They also voted to postpone indefinitely proposed ordinances that would regulate the sale of fireworks.The next step is for the planning board to review the ordinance proposal and send it back to the council with any recommendations for a full vote.Fireworks become legal in Maine on January first.But the new state law gives municipalities the option to ban them.
The Augusta City Council is going to discuss whether the city should continue to manage and maintain the city airport, which is owned by the state of Maine.City Manager William Bridgeo says city councilors need to discuss whether Augusta can afford to continue running the airport.
Racino advocates are kicking of a campaign in support of a racetrack casino in eastern Maine.Passamaquoddy tribal leaders, community representatives and business leaders are holding a news conference Thursday in Calais in a show of support for a statewide referendum seeking approval for a horse track with slot machines in Washington County to be operated by the tribe.Question 2 on the Nov.