For the second time in the American Folk Festival’s history the event made money.Organizers of the festival went before city leaders Wednesday night to recap last summer’s event.The group presented a report to the city councilors on the business and economic development committee.Yearly losses with the festival have built up a $300,000 dollar debt that’s now owed to the city.
The life of a Maine soldier, killed in Afghanistan, was celebrated in Augusta on Thursday, November 18th.20-year-old Army Specialist Andrew Hutchins was killed while on duty in Eastern Afghanistan.Hutchins is from New Portland and graduated from Carrabec High School in North Anson.Family and friends are invited to remember Hutchins at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home in Augusta Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held Friday morning at 11 at the Augusta Armory.
Students from across the State were recognized today for their creativity.Young artists were invited to the Blaine House in Augusta for tea with the first lady.Karen Baldacci developed the Maine Youth Excellence in Art Program.The program has given students the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in Augusta.More than five hundred pieces have been shown at the State House and other Capitol Buildings, including the Blaine House.This afternoon Baldacci thanked the students for sharing their work with the State.We’re told the program will continue into the next administration.
Tonight, the Hammond Senior Center took advantage of a golden opportunity to get ready for the holidays.The Bangor center hosted a gold and metals buying party for local residents.Guests could bring jewelry, coins, or silverware to be appraised by a licensed jeweler from the diamond and gold mine outlet.
A Bucksport man is charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs for reportedly selling prescription pain killers near a school in Hancock county.Edmund Osborne, 51, was arrested last week after an ongoing investigation into the reported drug sales.According to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, a confidential informant purchased both hydrocodone and oxycontin from Osborne in June.Osborne is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, March 24th.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Executive Director of the gaming board, Bob Welch, announced his resignation.He will be taking a job with the University of Maine Police Department.And Board Chairman George Hale is also leaving, at the beginning of next year.Hale tells TV 5 he will stay on until Governor Elect Lepage chooses someone to replace him.A scheduled recount on the Oxford County Casino vote didn’t prevent representatives of the company behind the proposed 165-million dollar casino, from meeting with the Maine Gambling Control Board Wednesday.Black Bear Entertainment is taking the first steps toward building its casino in Oxford.Meghan Hayward reports.Members of Black Bear Entertainment made a brief presentation at the Gambling Control Board meeting Wednesday in Augusta.” We hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Helping the Bangor Y is as simple as a few clicks on Facebook.Balance Hair and Body in Brewer are taking part in a new media fundraiser.They would like to have 2,011- fans on their Facebook page by January first.When they reach that goal they will donate $500 to the Bangor Y.All you have to do is search Balance Hair and Body on Facebook and then click that you would like to become a fan.
A concerned Maine resident is trying to rally support against plans to build a new arena in Bangor because he fears it will hurt taxpayers.Earlier this summer, councilors voted to hire an architectural firm and the Cianbro Corporation to come up with a design for a 74-hundred seat arena in Bass Park.Mike Dyer, director of Bass Park, says the council’s intent is to bond construction funds and pay for the project with money it receives from Hollywood Slots.But Bob Cimbollek, a former Bangor High School basketball coach, says he believes the taxpayers will have to pay for the rest.”We’ll be in the red in our taxes so that’s just kind of a statement if the city is going in the red, the taxpayer will have to bail them out,” he said.Cimbollek plans on gathering signitures for a petition.On Thursday, city councilors will meet about the project.
A Bucksport man is charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs for reportedly selling prescription pain killers near a school in Hancock County.51-year-old Edmund Osborne was arrested last week after an ongoing investigation into the reported drug sales.According to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, a confidential informant purchased both Hydrocodone and OxyContin from Osborne in June.Osborne is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, March 24th.
State Police is asking for the public’s help identifying a man whose body was found in Stacyville on November 4th.The badly decomposed body was found by deer hunters in woods off Route 11.The State Medical Examiner’s Office says there are no signs of foul play and estimate the man may have died in early September.The man is believed to be in his 50’s, about 5’9” and weighing 150 pounds.He was wearing a blue and white knit cap with the name Chris knitted into the designHe had khaki pants, a blue and white plaid button down, long sleeve shirt and white New Balance sneakers.Also with the body was a black briefcase with three empty juice and water bottles inside, bug spray anda brown sweater.Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Maine State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.
A woman accused of robbing a bank in Bangor pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday.25-year-old Matisha Pitts has been held without bail since her arrest last July.Last week, Pitts entered a not guilty plea in a US District Court.On Wednesday, she pleaded guilty in a federal court.According to court documents, Pitts handed a note to a teller at a Bangor Savings Bank on State Street.