Bangor’s Finance Committee talked about buying a fire rescue boat at its meeting Monday.City Council wanted to spend $180,000 to buy a boat from a company in Washington state.But that’s been put on hold while discussions take place to see if the boat can be bought from a Maine company.Monday, Bangor’s Fire Chief announced that they have found a naval artitect and boat builder here in Maine, but they still have to iron out the details, such as the total price of the project.Memebers will be presented with more detials at the next Finance Committee meeting.
The state agency that investigated last winter’s lift accident at Sugarloaf Ski Resort is recommending that ski lift mechanics be licensed.The Maine Elevator and Tramway Safety Board voted unanimously Monday in favor of licensing standards for lift mechanics.
University of Maine System trustees have approved a proposal to construct a new planetarium and observatory at the Orono campus.Trustees met Monday in downtown Bangor.Jeff Hecker, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says there are about four hundred students who take astronomy courses every year.He believes the new observatory and planetarium would enhance the school’s programs and also provide research opportunities.The university’s current observatory was built in 1900, while the planetarium dates back to 1954.”It’s long overdue to move up with newer technologies.
Testimony will begin Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student.A jury was chosen Monday in the case of 23-year-old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick.He’s charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.Police say he was driving drunk in Orono in January 2010 when he struck and killed 20-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden.They say he took off and crashed his truck on I-95 in Etna about a half-hour after Bakley was hit.Last week, a judge denied a motion to prevent the truck from being used as evidence.Cheney’s lawyer, William Bly, says this case is difficult for everyone.”First of all everybody involved in this case has a lot of sympathy for the Bakley family.
The Bangor Humane Society says more than ever it needs folks to come on in and adopt pets.With more than 2-hundred cats, the shelter on Mount Hope Avenue is nearing capacity.The Humane Society is offering discounted prices and promotions all summer long for those adopting pets.Stacey Coventry says pet owners are surrendering animals at an increasing rate because of the economy.She urges folks who are looking for a pet to adopt because they will not only save some money but also an animal’s life.”It’s a great deal.
Winterport Memorial Library is hosting a benefit yard sale soon and you’re invited.The mile-long sale is set for Saturday, July 30th from 9 to 2.The library will be selling books outside the building that day.Organizers say you can rent a space on the library lawn or meeting house lawn if you’d like to sell some stuff, too.
Golfers at Rocky Knoll Country Club in Orrington have to deal with the normal obstacles on the course, like water hazards, sand traps, and the rough.But for the past two years, there has also been another hazard the golfers have had to try to avoid.Except this one is alive, and moves around and they never know when they’re going to encounter it.” We’ve had one gentleman he’s been the victim several times,” said Tom Bryant the Operations Manager of Rocky Knoll Country Club.Pat LeFebvre who plays the course and works in the clubhouse said “It happens quiet frequently, yes.”Golfers are being targeted by a thief while they are on the course, and according to Bryant they’ve identified the culprit.