A lightening strike is believed to be the cause of an early morning fire in Bangor Saturday.Crews received the call to Center Street around 6 am.Officials say heavy smoke was showing when they arrived and there was a lot of fire in the attic space.There were three occupants in the building, who all made it out safely.” There was somebody going door to door to get the people out.
A local girl hosted a cd release party Saturday at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer.Kristyn Murphy is a senior at Suny-Potsdam in New York but she’s originally from Orrington.Her cd it called Barefoot Soprano and she says it’s an eclectic mix of songs.Murphy has been singing since she was eight and says Maine gave her a great start.” Maine has a lot to offer.
An event that was out of this world took place in Bangor Friday night.The 4th Annual Astronauts Ball was put on by the Challenger Learning Center of Maine.While food, fun and drinks were had by all, the night was about fundraising for the Challenger Center in hopes to raise money to inspire Maine students in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology.Some special guest were at the ball Friday nightFormer astronaut Rick Hauck and June Scobee Rodgers, who is the widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee, were in attendance.
A non-profit theater that has been entertaining the Mount Desert area is in danger of shutting down.The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center is in need of repair and renovation.Theatre officials say with several rental payments, debt and no operating budget, they will be forced to close operations at the end of the month.If you would like to help, call Jeff Dobbs at 288-1208 or email him at [email protected]
A 10-year-old boy from Bangor will be this year’s Champion the Cure Challenge Grand Marshall.Tommy Hosmer will lead the 1K family fun run this August.He’s raised thousands of dollars to help those with cancer in honor of his late grandmother.The annual champion the cure challenge raises money for local cancer research.There will also be 5K and 10K runs as well as bike and motorcycle rides.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is gearing up for an increase in license renewals.Beginning July 1, renewal numbers are projected to double.It’s due to a change in the renewal cycle back in the mid-nineties.If you’re one of the drivers who will be renewing your license next month, you’ll need two documents to do so.The first is proof of legal presence in the U.S., like a birth certificate or passport.You’ll also need proof of residency in Maine, such as your driver’s license or vehicle registration.For a full list of accepted documents, you can visit maine.gov.
Residents got quite the surprise when a car slammed through their home in Pittsfield Friday morning.Authorities say, Ruth Collins, 78 of Fairfield, lost control of her car and plowed through a wall of a unit in the Park View Apartment Complex.Merita and Joseph Sanborn were home at the time of the accident and were actually in the living where the car ended up.Joseph Sanborn says the car came to a stop just inches from where he was sitting.Luckily, police say no one was injured, but Collins car is a total loss
THE RED SOX EMBARK ON A NINE-GAME INTERLEAGUE ROAD TRIP STARTING TONIGHT IN PITTSBURGH.GOING INTO THE WEEKEND BOSTON HOLDS A HALF GAME LEADIN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST.STARTING TONIGHT TERRY FRANCONA HAS TO CONTEND WITH ANUMBER OF CHANGES AS HIS TEAM LOSES THE DH OR DESIGNATEDHITTER.I MUST SAY AT THE OUTSET THAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN A FAN OFINTERLEAGUE PLAY.CERTAINLY A NUMBER OF FANS DO ENJOY THE CHANGE BUT IMUCH PREFER THE TRADITIONAL LEAGUE SCHEDULE.THERE IS VERY LITTLE DOUBT THAT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS GOING TO STICK WITH A FORMULA THAT HAS PROVEN SUCCESSFULAT THE GATE.BUT IT’S HARDLY FAIR.FROM WHERE I SIT INTERLEAGUE PLAY DISRUPTS THE FLOW OF THEDIVISIONAL BATTLES AS WE HEAD TO THE MID-POINT IN THE SEASON.THE SCHEDULES OFTEN ARE UNBALANCED AND PIT TEAMS WHOHAVE NO NATURAL REASON TO BE PLAYING.TO BE SURE THERE WAS GOOD INTEREST WHEN THE CUBS PLAYED ATFENWAY PARK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1918 SEASON EARLIERTHIS YEAR.GAMES LIKE THAT ARE NOT THE NORM HOWEVER.SO MANAGER FANCONA, STARTING TONIGHT, HAS TO BEGIN TO WEIGHTHE OPTION OF PLAYING ADRIAN GONZALEZ IN RIGHT FIELD SO THATHE CAN GET DAVID ORTIZ INTO THE GAME AND NOT LOSE HIS BAT.THE RISK IS THAT GONZALEZ HAS VERY LITTLE TIME AS AN OUTFIELDERAND CAN’T COVER A LOT OF TERRITORY.THE LAST TIME HE TRIED IT WAS IN 2005 AND THAT WAS ONE GAME.FOR THOSE WHO DON’T FOLLOW BASEBALL YOU PLAY BY NATIONALLEAGUE RULES IN THEIR BALLPARKS AND THE AMERICAN LEAGUERULES WHEN GAMES ARE IN THE AL PARKS.BOSTON HAS NINE GAMES IN TEN DAYS IT’S A BIG DEAL.IF ANYONE SITS IT WILL BE ORTIZ NOT GONZALEZ,WHICH BRINGS UP THE OTHER PROBLEM.RED SOX PITCHERS WILL NOW HAVE TO BAT.SINCE THAT IS NOT THE NORM YOU RUN THE RISK OF PITCHERS GETTINGHURT PARTICULARLY IN THE CAGE.THAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED TO JOSH BECKETT THIS SEASON,INTERLEAGUE PLAY HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1997 AND ITS HERETO STAY.THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT THE TWO LEAGUES HAVE DIFFERENTRULES AND BUILD THEIR TEAMS TO FIT THE RULES.WHILE THE AL HAS A GOOD RECORD AGAINST THE NL THEY ARESTILL PERNALIZED.NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHERS ARE HITTING AND BUNTING ALL SEASONLONG.
They say the most important thing about goals, is having them.” We’ve got the biggest group of kids as to date,” said Vanessa Koch, summer camp director.For more than 70 kids, this summer’s goal is to have fun and be safe in the great outdoors.” My family likes to go camping a lot and we like to go fishing,” said Emily Leclair of Milford.At the Maine Youth Fish and Game Summer Camp, even kids who don’t camp, get the chance to learn.” Wood burning, fishing and kayaking,” explained Natalie Swift of Bradley.Jacob St.
Unity College is putting themselves on the “green” map.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they’re building a passive house residence, the first of its kind in the United States.Unity College is taking the slogan “go green” to another level.”We really believe there has to be consistency between the lifestyle our students experience on campus and what we’re teaching in the classroom.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be flocking to Skowhegan this weekend.It’s the fifth annual River Fest and Upper Kennebec Outdoor Expo.The event offers a variety of family-friendly entertainment, including free rafting trips, a rock climbing wall, youth fishing tournament, 5-k road race and more.Organizers say the event started to promote the river project, working to preserve and enhance the Kennebec River, but they say the event has grown.” It’s a huge economic impact to Skowhegan with the hotels and restaurants.
It’s beginning to look a lot like summer and that means strawberry season.Here at the berry sweet land of Tate’s Strawberry Farm in Corinth, Albert Tate and his crew are getting ready to open to the public for the 2011 season.Even if the cold spring delayed it, Tate says the strawberries are as delicious as ever.”We have a real good set of crops, a lot of big green berries, we just need to be hot and sunny here shortly.”The wet spring may have been unpleasant but it’s had a lot of benefits for the fruit.”They’ve got some good sugar content to them this year, we had a nice, warm spring when it started out.