A bill to protect military funerals from protestors sailed through the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today.Senator Olympia Snowe is the bill’s sponsor.It would require demonstrators to abide by an increased buffer zone around military funerals, and would increase the quiet time before and after such funerals from one hour to two hours.The legislation was inspired by recent Searsport High School grad Zach Parker who lobbied the senator to do something about protesting at military funerals.
Two harbor seal pups are taking a tour of some of our state’s central inland waterways.Authorities say one harbor seal, estimated to be about six weeks old, appears “fat and happy” and has been feasting on fish in the Sebasticook River in Benton, about 60 miles from the ocean.
The “bake house” oven at Fort Knox is undergoing some much needed repairs.The oven is about 150 years old and was once used to feed soliders staying at the coastal fort.It can cook up to 400 loaves of bread at once.Richard Irons General Contracting and Restoration is working on the project under a contract with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.The company says the most important part of the restoration is keeping history intact, especially since this is the last oven of its kind in the country.Because of the work being done, it is unlikely that the oven will be fired up for the Fourth of July weekend
Big bucks are coming to Bangor for a military project.About $15 million in federal money will be used to build an Army National Guard training center.The project is part of a recently approved military construction bill.$23 million will be spent on an Armed Forces Reserve Center in Brunswick.
USDA Rural Development is recognizing those who help Mainers become home owners.Today Northeast Bank was honored as the “Homeownership Partner of the Year.” The bank partners with the USDA to help provide affordable housing to Mainers.”Without banks, we couldn’t have these guarantees issued.
Even through the fog, the boats filling Belfast’s harbor are hard to miss.”There’s a great buzz going about the yard and about Belfast.”And the owners of the city’s newest shipyard think they’ll be just as hard to keep away.”Having a town or a city right next to your facility is really paramount,” said J.B.
A bill allowing gaming tables at Hollywood Slots in Bangor passed in the Senate Wednesday, but still faces further votes in the House and Senate.An amendment was made to the original bill, which would have had Bangor residents vote on the issue.The new version would require a vote from all residents of Penobscot County.The bill’s sponsor, Representative Douglas Damon, says they don’t think that will hurt them.Damon says they believe the county supports Bangor and Hollywood Slots.He says the addition of gaming tables could potentially create more than 100 jobs and bring an additional $400,000 in revenue to the city.” These funds will help Bangor greatly.
A nearly 80-year-old piece of history in Kenduskeag is on the move.Department of Transportation crews are replacing the 160,000 pound bridge the carries the Stetson Road over the Kenduskeag Stream.But first they have to move the one that’s already there, which was built in 1932.
A new program is aiming to help folks having a hard time paying their mortgage avoid losing their homes.The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program is taking applicant screening worksheets for the Federal Emergency Homeowner Loan Program.The program provides mortgage payment assistance for homeowners in crisis for the next two years.Those who meet the requirements will be entered into a lottery.More than 300 Maine households will get assistance.Maine is one of thirty-two states taking part.”It’s a drop in the bucket but for those that get help it means the world to them.
For a city with a population of more than 35,000 news travels fast.” I think in all, Bangor’s a very low-key, quiet and safe place to live,” said Christopher Brunelle, a Bangor resident.” It’s ok to be concerned, but not overly so that you’re looking behind you every step you take,” added Mary Stockley, a Bangor resident.Poliec say William Hall, 29, was in an outside area of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Hospital smoking when he decided to flee Tuesday night.” At which point he kinda took advantage of that opportunity and hopped the fence,” said Sgt.
A man from Plymouth accused of robbing a house and threatening to shock the owner, possibly with a taser, was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County Grand Jury.31-year-old Jeff Roberts is charged with robbery, burglary and stealing drugs, among other charges.