Give a little blood and go to the Bangor State Fair for free.With blood levels at a critical low, the American Red Cross is giving all donors a free ticket to the Bangor State Fair through the end of this month.The Donor Center on Hammond Street in Bangor will be closed and it will be moved to the Elks Lodge on Odlin Road for the rest of the week.To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-Red-Cross.
UMaine has opened a portion of a bike path it has been fixing up,but will close another section to work on it.The path from Stillwater Avenue to Witter Farm will be closed for about five weeks.A temporary route will be available from the campus to Old Town.The detour extends from Bunker Road to the Witter Farm Road.It will be closed at night.
No word yet on what caused a deadly car crash in Pittsfield over the weekend.35-year-old Amanda Patterson died Saturday night after an accident on Johnson Flat Road.Her family says she had just dropped off friends from watching the fireworks at the Central Maine Egg Festival in Pittsfield.Patterson was alone in the car when it wrecked.
A New Gloucester woman who was shot Monday night outside her home on Bennett Road has died at a Portland hospital.27 year old Renee Sandora of New Gloucester, and 28 year old Trevor Mills of New Bedford, Mass., were shot Monday evening outside a mobile home.
Maine’s delegation is weighing in on President Obama’s speech on the debt ceiling crisis, in which he called for achieving lower deficits though spending cuts and new tax revenues.Republican Senator Olympia Snowe says we should spend less time on speeches and more time producing results.Fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins says Obama hasn’t developed his own detailed plan, but she’s hopeful that the president and Congress can agree on a responsible solution that includes real spending limits.From the Democratic representatives, Mike Michaud says time for seeking political advantage is over and it’s critical to find common ground.
Applications for refunds of up to 16-hundred dollars will become available August 1st for property taxes or rent paid in 2010.Nearly 200,000 households in Maine may qualify for the so-called “circuit breaker” program.Applications are available online at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/tnr/tnr.htm
A Massachusetts man is in custody in connection with a double shooting in New Gloucester Monday night.State police say a man and woman were shot outside a home on Bennett Road.It happened around 6:30 in the evening.The two victims were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.Four young children were at the home at the time of the shooting.They are now staying with a neighbor.Police said 29-year-old Joel Hayden of New Bedford, Mass., was taken into custody following a chase that ended 50 miles away.No word yet what led up to the shooting.
Affordable child care was discussed in Bangor Monday.Members of various organizations invested in Maine’s child care system got a chance to speak out as to what the State is proposing to do about child care issues.Maine is required to develop an agenda detailing how it plans to spend State and Federal funds for child care.If you missed out on Monday’s meeting, there will be a second opportunity to voice your opinion on the matter in Portland, Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Department of Health and Human Services.