A century-old Waterville printing business is shutting down, another victim of the economy and the evolving marketplace.Co-owner Jim Mitchell says Atkins Printing Service will close later this month after 102 years in business, putting nine people out of work.Jim Mitchell and his brother Peter bought the family business four years ago, they were optimistic but did not see the financial meltdown coming.Atkins does computer design, digital and offset printing, full bindery services including trim, folding, letterpress and saddle stitch and mailing.The 22,000-square-foot business produced highly specialized printing for companies including L.L.
If you’d like to learn more about the pet Bobbie Fowler introduced us to Tuesday morning, check out the Old Town Animal Orphanage’s NEW website at www.animal-orphanage.com give them a call at 827-8777, or stop by their location at 71 Airport Road, in Old Town.
Former Maine Governor Angus King is keeping people guessing as to which party he would side with if elected to the US Senate.King is running as an Independent for Senator Olympia Snowe’s vacated seat.Although King won’t say if he would side with Republicans or Democrats in the Senate, he has publicly supported President Barack Obama’s re-election and calls the GOP’s budget plan a “disaster.”
Maine lawmakers are expressing their frustration with a second proposal by Governor Lepage to eliminate state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.The appropriations committee has voted to restore all of the $1.7-million that the governor wanted to cut from his supplemental budget.Committee members say they are displeased that funding for the network has become a political football.
A tractor trailer collided with a train Monday afternoon on Route 11 in Masardis.State Police say 32 year old Travis Carll was driving the tractor trailer, owned by McGary Forestry of Linneus.Investigators say it looks like Carll wasn’t able to stop in time at a railroad crossing.The accident caused the tractor trailer to spill its load of logs and knocked a train car off the track.No one was hurt, but both the tractor trailer and train were heavily damaged.
The Bangor Waterfront Concert Series enters its third year this summer and it’s celebrating the milestone in a big way.The concert series is expanding.It’s reached a deal with Scarborough Downs Harness Racetrack to hosts more concerts.Waterfront Concerts President Alex Gray says the success of the summer concert series has translated into a need to operate in other venues in the state.Gray says it won’t take away from Bangor but gives agents who choose dates that could already be booked an option.”There are periods where acts want to play that are completely polar opposites on the same day so we’re in a position now where we can accommodate which ultimately strengthens the market and the state as a viable destination to consistently go to,” he said.The Waterfront Concert series kicks off May 9th with a performance by Trans Siberian Orchestra.
A sculpture that’s been a fixture in downtown Bangor since 1969 will soon be on the move.In a 5 to 3 vote Monday, Councilors approved a measure to move the statue from West Market Square to the Bangor Waterfront.The sculpture named “Continuity of Community” was created by Castine artist Clark Fitzgerald.Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague says the plan is part of a larger effort to revitalize downtown.
Bangor Police are looking for a man, reported missing by his family last week.32-year-old Matthew Johnson was last seen on April 1st.Johnson is described as six foot three, 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.His family says the last time they saw him, he had a goatee.He has a green head tattoo on his chest and a shell tattoo on his left arm.Johnson’s family says he left his wallet, ID, and cellphone behind.If you have any information, you’re asked to call Detective Brent Beaulieu at 947-7382.
The University of Maine’s annual pride week kicked off Monday in Orono.There is a new flag in front of Fogler Library on the Mall in the middle of campus.Students, Faculty and members of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered group, The Wilde Stein, were on hand as the flag was put in place and raised.There are many events planned for the week and the goal is to get more people aware of their message.”It’s just one of these issues where thankfully our week long celebration and our advocacy and education will bring some more support for certain political standings and maybe hopefully educate some people on GLBT rights and equality,” said Bex Hickman the Coordinator for Student Affairs Under GLBT Services.Before the flag raising ceremony, two opponents of same-sex marriage, who formed the ‘No Special Rights PAC’, were on campus Paul Madore and Mike Heath handed out pamphlets against same sex marriage.
In the 2007 film ” the Bucket List” two terminally ill men played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman come up with a list of things they have to do before they die.A 19 year old Sophomore at UMaine is encouraging his fellow students to do something similar.This is part of an art project but also a social experiment.” I think emotions are a very big part of art,” said Bryan Bouchard of Levant.
Two outspoken opponents of same-sex marriage are speaking out at the University of Maine on the first day of the school’s annual pride week.Paul Madore and Mike Heath have formed the No Special Rights PAC and are raising money to campaign against November’s statewide referendum asking voters if they want to legalize gay marriage.They are distributing fliers, holding a press conference and speaking out against gay marriage Monday on the Orono campus.By coincidence, they will be located just 10 yards from where a student alliance is raising the gay pride flag to kick off pride week.Dean of Students Robert Dana says the university encourages diverse viewpoints, as long they’re expressed in a respectful and civil manner.