Frustration has built up over the omission of some Waldo County Republican caucus results from statewide tallies.Belfast Caucus Chairman, Matt McDonald, says they decided to do a public count in that city.He says the results showed Ron Paul with eight votes and Mitt Romney with five, but what shocked McDonald is when he viewed the state website and Belfast was showing zeros.He called the Maine Republican Party office.”I said I noticed on the website Belfast is showing all zeros.
Wednesday marked 114 years since the USS Maine was destroyed in Havana Harbor, prompting the Spanish-American War.Pieces of the ship rest in Bangor, where Mainers gathered to pause and remember the USS Maine.266 service members died the day the battleship exploded.The Bangor VFW has spearheaded the remembrance ceremony for more than forty years.While the cause of the explosion remains a mystery, its impact resonates to this day.The ceremony preserves the memory of the brave men and women of all wars, while honoring those serving today.”They are our forefathers, they are the people that have gone before me to protect freedom and democracy around the world,” said Adam Campbell, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center of Bangor.
Candy and flowers are traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, but couples in Bangor took it a step further and decided to renew their wedding vows for the holiday.About 40 couples took part in the ceremony at the Bangor Baptist Church.One couple that reaffirmed their love for one another was Joseph and Linda Emerson.The two have been married for 40 years.Joseph said Linda is not only the love of his life, but his best friend.This is the 2nd year Solution FM’s 105.7 has put on the vow renewal ceremony.Organizers of the event say they hope to do it again next year…
The 81-year-old Waldo-Hancock Bridge that spans the Penobscot River in the shadow of its modern replacement is coming down.Maine transportation officials say removal of the suspension bridge linking Verona Island and Prospect is expected to begin in the late summer, more than five years after the Penobscot Narrows Bridge opened.The $7.6 million removal project is expected to take nearly a year, with the bulk of the deconstruction occurring next fall and winter in order to minimize effects on endangered fish and birds that live and breed on or below the bridge.Douglas Coombs, assistant project manager with the Maine Department of Transportation, tells the Bangor Daily News the agency plans to solicit bids for the project in mid-June with prep work beginning by mid-August or early September.
Folks on Mount Desert Island can expect to be without power for a few hours Thursday.Bangor Hydro crews will be working on lines in the area.The Town Hill Road area will be affected.The outage will start at 11:30 am and last for three hours.Customers with questions can call 947-2414.Other areas affected include the Route 102-198 from the head of MDI to the intersection of Gilbert Farm Road.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a house fire in Cambridge as arson.We told you last week when crews were called to the home on Dexter Road around 10:30 Thursday night.The fire started in the back of the house, then spread upstairs and to the attic causing extensive damage.No arrest has been made, but the District Attorney is reviewing the case to find out if anyone will be charged.43-year-old Stacy Gourley of Harmony was arrested and charged with aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.Authorities say Gourley drove by the residence and fired shots.Gourley posted 20-thousand dollars bail on Friday and is scheduled in Somerset County Court in March.
The oldest resident at the Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor has passed away.Edna Bragg died peacefully yesterday at the age of 106.Over the years, we were there as Edna celebrated several milestone birthdays.Funeral arrangements will be made by the Hampden Gilpatrick Funeral Home.
To nominate someone for a George Hale Silver Frame Award, call Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-432-7812 for an entry form.Completed forms should be sent to Noelle Merrill, EAAA, 450 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401.Please also include a letter explaining why you nominated the person.For more information, or to see past recipiants log on to www.eaaa.org
One man is in the hospital after a pair of atv’s went through the ice on the Kennebec River in Gardiner Tuesday night.Three people were riding the two atv’s and all three reportedly ended up in the water shortly before 10 p.m.According to authorities they weren’t far from shore and in 7 to 8 feet of water.The Morning Sentinel reported one of the men got out of the water and was able to call for help.One of the three had to be take to Maine General in Augusta to be treated for hypothermia.No word on his condition, or when those atv’s would be pulled from the river.
Another concert has been announced for this summer’s Bangor waterfront concert series.The band has added the Queen City to their 50th anniversary tour, reuniting surviving members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine for the first time in more than two decades.They’ll be joined by two other longtime bandmates.The boys will hit town on Friday, June 22nd.Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, February 24th at noon, and will be available at the venue box office in Mark’s Music in Brewer, through Ticketmaster, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at waterfrontconcerts.com.