National Coming Out Day was celebrated in downtown Bangor Monday night.A rally was held in West Market Square.National Coming Out Day is an international event that gives gay, lesbian and bisexual people the opportunity to “come out” to others about their sexuality.The common topic at Monday’s rally was the number of young people who are taking their lives because of being bullied because of their sexuality.” I think it’s caused a great deal of sadness.
Current polls show a tight race for Maine’s next governor.Conducted by the Maine Center for Public Opinion and paid for my the website Pine Tree Politics, the polls shows republican Paul LePage and democrat Libby Mitchell in a dead heat with LePage pulling in 30% and Mitchell receiving 29%.Independent Candidate Eliot Cutler pulled in 11% of the votes, and independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott both received 5% or less.Almost a quarter of voters, 24%, said that they are undecided.The poll questioned about 700 voters and has a margin of error of 4%.
A man from Warren was arrested over the weekend after a standoff with State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Dept.Police were called in when the received reports that Lionel Stover, 50, was drunk and threatening to harm himself.After authorities arrived at the Oyster River Rd.
A Maine school official says an educational technician died of injuries suffered in a fall while chaperoning a sixth grade field trip on the Appalachian Trail.Sixty-six-year-old Jeanne Lynch of Fairfield died Friday while being flown by helicopter ambulance to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.Superintendent Michael Gallagher says Lynch fell down an embankment while returning from Little Wilson Falls near the town of Monson.Lynch had worked for 11 years for the school district that includes the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit.Gallagher says only a few of the 75 sixth graders on the trip saw the fall.Gallagher says the parents of all sixth graders are being notified and counselors will be available on Tuesday.
The president and vice president of The Bridge Alliance were guests on the TV 5 Morning News Monday.Jeanne Paradis and Greg Music discussed the rally in West Market Square in Bangor tonight, to recognize National Coming Out Day.They specifically want to bring attention to the large number of gay and lesbian suicides and attempted suicides in our country.Out out of 3 gay youth will attempt suicide at least once.
Two people, including a seven year old boy were seriously injured in an ATV accident Sunday night in Otisfield.It happened off lake road.The Maine Warden Service says 28-year old Jordan Anderson of Portland was driving a friend’s machine around 5 Sunday night on a driveway.The owner’s son was sitting behind him.Somehow, the ATV hit some rocks and went off the driveway.The force of the impact broke the tire off the axle, causing the ATV to go airborne for about 15 feet before landing upside down.Both anderson and the boy passenger were thrown off the machine.Anderson suffered a broken femur.The seven year old had a broken eye socket and several breaks to his left arm.
A lot of tenants lost everything in an apartment fire in Portland Sunday morning, including a couple, just hours from their wedding.Duska Perry and John Martovich lost all the food, including the cake, for the wedding, plus several hand made musical instruments that were meant for the ceremony.However, thanks to the generosity and quick thinking of family and friends the wedding went on Sunday afternoon.The couple planned to cater their own reception, in fact, the groom was making the cake when the fire sparked.The bride’s wedding dress, zipped in a bag, somehow survived the blaze and she was able to wear it Sunday.The couple says they never even thought to cancel the wedding.
If you’ll be traveling along the Trenton Causeway for the next month you may need to be prepared for some slight delays.Beginning Monday, Bangor Hydro will be installing an underground duct bank for electric facilities along the shoulder of the Trenton Causeway.The work is in preparation of installing new underground electrical conductors next spring.The project is designed to increase electrical capacity and improve reliability in the MDI area.No major traffic delays are expected, but there may be brief periods when traffic is reduced to one lane.