Folks in Bangor can enjoy some live entertainment later this month for a good cause.MYX Productions is hosting a music and arts showcase to help promote cancer awareness and raise money for Randy Billings.Billings is a long time local musician, now battling stage 2 hodgkins lymphoma.He was diagnosed in April and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Maine Medical Center in Portland.The showcase is at the Union St.
There tends to be a negative connotation to owning a pit bull, and that’s something the Bangor Humane Society is helping to address at a seminar Saturday morning.Southern Maine Pit Bulls is offering a free one hour seminar to discuss these misconceptions and encourage adopters to consider adding a pit bull to their families.The event is not just for adopters.
If you’re on Maine’s coast during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll see windjammers off shore.Many folks from away marveled at the beauty and grace of these massive sailboats.”I think when people are standing on the breakwater and they see 12 vessels with full sails cruising around the harbor it’s probably pretty awe inspiring,” says Stephen Crossley, firstmate of the Angelique.
Seven local bands will take the stage in Bangor Friday night…but only one will win a spot to play at this year’s KahBang Music, Art and Film Festival on the Bangor waterfront.It’s called the KahBattle of the Bands.Acts were busy getting set up at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School Friday afternoon.The seven bands hail from throughout Maine and represent all kinds of music, from experimental funk, to new rock.They’ll be judged by a celebrity panel and on audience response Friday night to determine the winner, who will get to take to the KahBang stage in August.”It will give them an opportunity to open for the acts B.o.B., OK Go, Biz Markie, Free Energy, huge national acts.
There’s only one place this weekend where you can find music, games…and a cheese rolling contest.It’s the Maine Celtic Celebration and it kicks off Friday night.Friday morning this lawn in Belfast was wide open, but soon it will be filled with fun, games, food and a few thousand people for the Maine Celtic Celebration.The rhythm keeping it all together– the music.Jim Hyland and Chris Brinn are just two of the many artists that will be performing this weekend.”Any Irish band, or Celtic band, you can’t help but want to get up and dance, and tap your feet to it,” Brinn says.”There’s not a lot of orchestration to it, it has mostly to do with getting a dancer’s feet off the floor,” Hyland says.Traditional dancers will take to the stage as Celtic musicians from near and far perform.The full weekend schedule also includes men in kilts, three-legged races, and that famous cheese-rolling contest on Saturday.”It’s fun to see everyone here, listening to music, walking around and enjoy themselves,” says organizer Ron Braybrook.Organizers say the celebration’s mission is to keep alive the rich Celtic history, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine.”If you think about it, Belfast is an Irish name.
9-year-old Dawson Burnett and his 7-year-old brother, Alex have been waiting all week for a very special vistor.”We’re trying to get pictures of Obama,” exclaimed Dawson.His younger brother chimed in, “He’s coming right here to Mount Desert Island and we live here, and it’s very exciting that he’s coming right here!”The boys and their mom waited on Route 3 for hours to try and catch a glimpse of the president, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”He went another way, so we didn’t get to see him,” said Dawson.”Cars went by and said he went to Northeast Harbor, and we were real disappointed,” said Alex.The Obamas went right from the airport to Acadia National Park for a private bike ride on the trails around Witch Hole Pond.Some Mainers did get a chance to see the First Family though.
The Greyhound bus driver arrested for allegedly robbing the Bangor Saving Bank in Orono earlier this week is now charged with a bank robbery in Rhode Island.Warwick Police said an arrest warrant was issued for 47-year-old Robert Ferguson of Lowell in connection with a robbery at the Pawtucket Credit Union in Warwick on May 27th.Ferguson was caught after police released a surveillance photo, and an employee at the Days Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor recognized him as a Greyhound bus driver who stayed there regularly.Ferguson is also being investigated by the FBI under suspicion that he is the “Burly Bandit” who is believed to be responsible at least ten bank robberies in five states.Ferguson is being held without bail at the Piscataquis County Jail.
Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft says there’ll be no disciplinary action for staff following an overdose death in its emergency room.The hospital completed an internal investigation into the death of a 51-year-old man who arrived in the emergency room suffering from an allergic reaction on June 4.Hospital officials say Timothy Harvey of Atkinson died after receiving 10 times the normal dose of epinephrine, commonly known as adrenaline.
Bob Bangs of Windswept Gardens on Outer Broadway in Bangor was on the TV 5 Morning News Friday.He showed us some green cabbage worms and how they destroyed the vegetables in our garden.He also answered our question of the week regarding how to get rid of potato bugs.If you’d like to get a hold of Bob, you can email him at [email protected]
Folks flocked to Orono this evening for the annual Kiwanis Charity Auction.There was a crowd of people waiting for the cannon to go off and the gates to open at 5:00pm.Folks were looking for deals on everything from furniture and antiques to books and Christmas decorations.
”The Way We Get By”, a documentary featuring the Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport is once again being honored.The film has been nominated for an Emmy Award.It’s being recognized in the category “outstanding continuing coverage of a news story — long form”.