Plum Creek has been fined more than $38,000, for timber cutting violations.The Maine Department of Conversation says the company did three clearcuts that did not have adequate separation zones or harvest plans prepared by a licensed forester.The violations happened on the company’s property.The state department says Plum Creek has agreed to pay the fines as well as adjust its policies in handling regeneration harvests.
The American Folk Festival is now three months away.Organizers say they are now looking for volunteers to help run the three day event.This year’s festival on the Bangor waterfront is August 27th, 28th and 29th.Festival organizers say volunteers are key to the success of the festival and they need a lot of them 900 to be exact.There are more than 20 different jobs to choose from, and the average shift for a volunteer is three and a half hours.Anyone who volunteers for the festival receives a free t-shirt, an invitation to a private party held Saturday night for them as well as staff and performers.For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Debbi at 992-2630 or visit the festival’s website at www.americanfolkfestival.com
Maine blueberry growers are taking another step in their efforts to promote the health benefits of the fruit.The Wild Blueberry Association has announced a massive new campaign to encourage shoppers to purchase frozen blueberries.In doing so, they hope wild blueberry farms and the strength of the industry will increase in the next five years.The campaign includes print and website advertising, a new Facebook page, and increasing Twitter and blog access.Blueberries have long been known for their high levels of antioxidants.
The cause of a fire that destroyed nearly one million dollars worth of equipment at the Hatch Hill Landfill in Augusta remains unclear but authorities are saying what they believe most likely sparked it.A wood grinder and several tons of wood chips were destroyed monday night.A Fire Marshal investigator says it appears the grinder caught fire which ignited the chips.No one was around when the fire started.Fire crews spotted smoke on their way back from another fire and went to check it out.
A hearing for a Pakistani man living in South Portland who was was arrested in the fallout from the attempted bombing of Times Square has been pushed into next week.34-year-old Mohammad Shafiq Rahman is accused of staying in the US longer than his Work Visa allowed.His lawyer says Rahman asked for the postponement and plans to file for a change in immigration status because he married an American in March.He remains in custody in South Portland.
Emergency crews responded to a crash on the Coldbrook Road in Hermon Wednesday afternoon.Deputy Jay Hallett with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says a car was headed west when the driver had an unspecified medical issue.The car crashed into some mailboxes then crossed the road and struck a tree.The driver suffered only minor injuries.
Penobscot Nation Police are investigating a shooting on Indian Island.Police Chief Robert Bryant says shortly after 1 Tuesday morning police received a call to a house where a person had been shot.Bryant says they called Old Town police in to assist.He says the victim was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for a gunshot wound.
An aggressive vision for the city of Bangor is in the works by members of Mobilize Maine.They have crafted a regional vision of what they think Bangor should look like by 2020.Members say it’s a plan they hope the entire business community can get behind.They have found assets they believe make Bangor competitive to other areas and that could attract people and businesses to locate here.One of the goals is to get the region’s median household income at, or greater than, the national average.Currently median income in the Bangor region is about 10-thousand dollars below the nation’s.”Our region in order to grow by $10,000 over 10 years is a pretty significant jump.
A budget workshop will be held in Bangor Thursday night.Bangor City Council Chair Richard Stone proposed a 10 percent cut to the Bangor Fire Department budget.That could result in the closure of Station 5 on the Hogan Road and the elimination of nine positions.Stone says taxpayers can’t afford a property tax increase.”How can you go to these people and say give me more money?
A Brewer man arrested for burglary earlier this week remains in jail on five thousand dollars bail.29-year-old Eric Becker appeared in court today after an incident Monday in Bangor, when a couple who live on Birch Street say they arrived home to find Becker inside.Officials say Becker confronted the homeowners and suggested he was armed before running from the house.