Bangor Toastmasters is celebrating its 60th anniversary next week.It’s an international non-profit organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.Since 1924 more than 4-million people around the world have been members.On Wednesday night, April 20th, the Bangor group is inviting folks to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Odlin Road in Bangor at 7 o’clock.For more information or to RSVP visit http://bangor.freetoasthost.org.
Folks gathered around an inflatable baby bottle in Bangor Wednesday, defending the Kid Safe Product Act.The act was passed in 2008, but a pair of bills introduced by Maine lawmakers last month would relax some of its regulations.The act created a list of chemicals children are exposed to every day that the state believed to be harmful and would phase out over time.
Winter weather could be to blame for a train derailment in Old Town Tuesday.The train was on its way from Milford when two rail cars slipped off the track.Old Town fire officials say all the snow and wet weather had washed away some of the ground.The train intersects with the three entrances to French Island.Because of the traffic in those spots, officials say parts of the track were slightly eroded.
A recent study shows Maine could be losing big business to New Hampshire.The Great Tax Divide is a report that compares the two states’ tax policies.It was presented by the Maine Heritage Policy Center on Wednesday in Bangor.The organization has spent the last few years comparing Maine’s retail taxes to New Hampshire’s.Chief Economist for the group, Scott Moody, found that because of higher taxes on sales, cigarettes, gas, and alcohol Mainers are taking their business out of state.
Husson University has formed a new school.They have added a School of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management within its College of Business.Husson Spokeswoman Julie Green says hospitality and sport management were already in the College of Business, but tourism management has been added.Green says they feel it’s a necessary step.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will be back at the bargaining table, one day after voting to authorize a strike.In a statement Tuesday, the nurses say the vote is an example of their commitment to patient safety.Nurses went on a strike for one day last fall.Both sides have met numerous times and have not made any progress on a new contract.
Lobster fishermen in Maine are grappling for lobster traps that have been lost or abandoned on the ocean bottom.Fishermen this week are searching for traps off Boothbay Harbor and Spruce Head as part of a project organized by the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation to recover, document and dispose of so-called “ghost traps” that are lost in the ocean.
Parents who are against the closing of Frankfort Elementary made their opinions heard Tuesday night.Before RSU 20 school board meeting, parents lined the streets in Belfast to protest the decision.Due to budget cuts, Frankfort Elementary is set to close at the end of this school year.Some parents are calling into question the validity of the vote that put Frankfort Elementary on the chopping block.They say not all board member seats were filled when the vote took place.If the decision to close Frankfort Elementary is upheld, many of the students who go their now will be bused to nearby schools such as Searsport.
The Bangor School department is hosting a fundraiser to help in the relief efforts of the Japanese earthquake.The faculty will be putting on a variety show this Thursday night at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School.The performances will run the gambit from music and singing, to dancing and even dog tricks.The show starts at 7pm.People can get in by making a donation at the door.Teachers and staff from Bangor schools will be on hand.All of the money raised will be donated to the earthquake relief fund.There will also a silent auction of items put together by teachers and staff including gift baskets and art work.
An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.This month is Sexual Assault Awareness month and on the last day of April thousands of people will be skydiving throughout the country to raise awareness and money in the fight against sexual abuse including a woman from Brunswick.For Kara Shirley, the act of skydiving wasn’t just for the rush of adrenaline it was to take a stand against sexual abuse.”I didn’t even realize what was happening to be honest with you, it was sometime later when I realized what had gone on,” she said.As a child, Shirley was the victim of sexual abuse.