A 34-year-old bicycle path at the University of Maine has a new look.Thursday morning, UMaine’s first lady, Grace Ferguson, cut the ribbon on the rehabilitated path.She was joined by school officials and community members.The 2.6 mile path runs from the Orono campus to Stillwater Avenue and Perkins Street in Old Town.A new half-mile from the hilltop parking lot has been added.The project was mostly funded by a grant from the Maine Department of Transportation.”There’s many applications for what people can do on these trails.
Work continues in the quest to identify the woman whose remains were found last month inside a freezer in a storage unit in Lewiston.Police think they might be those of Kitty Wardwell.She disappeared 28 years ago when she was 29.Her former boyfriend Frank Julian died early last month at age 80.Police say the remains were in a storage unit rented by Julian.They say his relatives found the body when they were cleaning it out.Police say more DNA testing needs to be done, which could take several weeks.
The 14th Street School in Bangor is now the home of the lions.On Tuesday, students voted for the school’s new mascot.Their choices were the chickadee, the firefly, the lion and the owl.The winner, the lion, was announced Thursday afternoon.Up until Thursday, the 14th Street School was the only school in Bangor without a mascot.
A Lewiston man accused of murdering a neighbor who advertised her escort services on the Internet was in court Thursday.30-year-old Buddy Robinson pleaded not guilty to the charges of murdering 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire last month.She was last seen in July.Her body has not been found.Police say Robinson drowned Fesmire in the bathtub of her apartment, which was in the same building where he lived.
To Cole Land Transportation Museum will be rolling things back to 1986 Friday.The museum will be screening an 18-minute video showing the dedication of the Veterans Remembrance Bridge in Bangor.It was a snowy day when more than eighty units marched through bangor to pay tribute to those who have served our nation.The video will be shown at three Friday afternoon at the museum.
The Maine Troop Greeters are regulars at the Bangor International Airport.They’ve been welcoming and saying goodbye to military troops for years, and now the airport wants to say thank you.They broke ground on a new pavilion Thursday for the greeters and troops.It will be a place just outside of the airport for them to call their own.Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, says it’s the least they can do for an organization that has touched so many lives.”It really means a lot to the service members who are coming through Bangor to know that when they arrive in Bangor that they are going to be greeted and that they’re appreciated for what they do.”Hupp expects the pavilion to be built by spring.
The Single Stream Recycling Program and Pay As You Throw trash program was thrown out by the City of Bangor’s Infrastructure Committee.The topic was evaluated for months and the committee voted Tuesday night to recommend the City Council not amend the current solid waste ordinance.Earlier this year Councilors voted to move toward the two programs but the the committee cited concerns about not meeting commitments made to provide waste to the PERC plant.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, November 12th, for two teenagers killed in a car crash in Carmel.Police say 16-year old James McPhearson of Levant and 14-year-old Richard Picken of Carmel were traveling along Irish Road Monday night, when their car hit a utility pole near the Fuller road intersection and split in two.The Hermon High School students were soon to become step brothers.A joint funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.
The owner of an Augusta mobile-home park has been ordered to pay former tenants $4,500 for his failure to repair burst pipes, which forced residents to carry water to their homes and empty toilets by hand for months.The payment was ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled Tuesday on an appeal filed by former tenants who sued landlord John Mulholland.The court determined that a couple in their 70s who lived in the park were entitle to the money for the nine months of inconveniences.The park’s pipes froze in December 2008 and the toilet failed in March 2009.The park no longer exists.Mulholland’s lawyer tells the Kennebec Journal his client will comply with the court order.(The Associated Press)
Heartless thieves have added to the misery of residents of a Lewiston apartment building made temporarily uninhabitable by a fire.Police say someone broke into the three-unit Pine Street home and stole 21 items from two of the empty apartments, including electronics, toys and power tools.
Gay marriage supporters in Maine have surpassed their goal for petitions to be used if they decide to press forward with another referendum next year.Betsy Smith of EqualityMaine says 396 volunteers collected more than 36,000 signatures on Election Day, bringing the total number to 100,000.
Maine Republican Chair Charles Webster is defending campaign ads that mention a gay rights group’s funding of Democratic candidates and the campaign for same-day voter registration.Webster said Tuesday the ads are factual, and meant to highlight the difference between his party’s constituency and that of the Democrats.The ads, which appeared in weekly newspapers and as inserts, said the EqualityMaine group, which supports gay rights and same-sex-marriage, donated $5,000 and helped in the petition drive in support of the voter registration referendum.State Democratic Chair Ben Grant and Betsy Smith of EqualityMaine both called the ads “homophobic,” and the political activist group Maine’s Majority called them “shameless and disgusting.” Andrew Ian Dodge, a tea partier and GOP Senate hopeful, called for Webster to resign.
The chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe has given the state two checks totaling $1.9 million for two highway projects.Chief Joseph Socobasin presented checks this week to Governor Paul LePage and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt.Indian Township has two projects it is participating in with the transportation department.