Thirteen hundred tons of contaminated soil are in the process of being removed from the ground in Patten, at the site of the former general store and gas station.It’s a project to help protect the town’s drinking water.”The tanks were on the other side, there was no contamination there.
An illegal and exotic fish has been captured in Limestone.It’s a Pacu, a fish from South America that is related to the Pirahna.Two game wardens captured the 14-inch, 7-pound Pacu in a brook in Limestone.Thirty-four-year-old Joe LaPierre has been charged with illegally stocking waters and possessing a restricted type of fish without a permit.Authorities say LaPierre had the fish as a pet and no longer wanted it, but didn’t want to kill it.The fish was spotted by a town public works employee while inspecting a culvert.Authorities say a fish like this can damage local habitat.”We’re not sure what parasites or diseases that fish may bring into our environment.
Many local veterans gathered at the Korean War Memorial in Bangor Tuesday.A ceremony was held to mark the 57th anniversary of the truce that ended the so-called “Forgotten War”…Meghan Hayward has more.Sixty years after the start of the Korean War, veterans gathered in Bangor to commemorate the signing of the truce.”We’re honoring all those who gave their lives for freedom.
A plan to rezone an area of Augusta – which would allow for a medical marijuana dispensary to open – will be up for discussion Tuesday night.The planning board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a proposal to expand the city’s medical district to include an area along Old Belgrade Road.
A man from Brewer is facing several charges after Bangor Police made a traffic stop and discovered the vehicle was stolen.Police say the driver of the vehicle, 18-year old Devin Tracy, was driving the vehicle with no lights on in the 3rd Street neighborhood early Tuesday morning.
The folks who run Baxter State Park are updating their management plan and they’d like your input.There will be a meeting held from 5:30 to 7 Tuesday night at the Bangor Public Library.Park officials want to know what you feel they do well or poorly, how services can be improved, your favorite and least favorite aspects of the park, and how the park might better serve your needs.It’s been more than twenty years since the park management plan had a major overhaul.
If you donate blood from now until the end of this month, you’ll get into the Bangor State Fair for free.The American Red Cross is giving out wristbands for free entry to the fair.The Donor Center in Bangor is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to seven, and Friday from eight to two.It’s located located at 900 B Hammond Street.You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or you can just walk in.
The high cost of public safety was front and center Monday night at the Bangor city council meeting.Counciloers discussed the proposition of hiring a private consultant to review police and fire operations.Among the concerns is the nearly $1.5 million in overtime racked up by those departments last year.City Councilor Cary Weston says it’s not a criticism of how police and fire are run, he says the council is looking for savings wherever they can.Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia says his department is understaffed.He says there are just a handful of officers each day to protect and serve up to 150,000 people in Bangor on any given day.Bangor Fire Chief Jeff Cammack did not return our phone calls.At Mondays meeting, city councilors did decide to move forward in the process of hiring a consultant and they have put out a request for qualifications.
A Gardiner man is going to prison for 2-and-a-half years for setting an abandoned paper mill on fire.20-year-old Jack Russell downs will do time but won’t pay restitution because a judge ruled he doesn’t have the means to pay for the damage he did.Downs pleaded guilty this month to arson and burglary in connection to the September 2009 fire at the former Yorktowne Paper Mill in Gardiner.