A local author continues to find success with his book entitled “Fifth Avenue.”Christopher Smith is originally from Bangor and worked as a film critic for the Bangor Daily News for many years.His mystery novel is in its seventh week as a Top-100 Best Seller on Amazon in the United States.The novel looks beyond the power and wealth that represent New York City’s Fifth Avenue.
A boat from Ryder Boats in Bucksport has won two awards.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the owners of the shop are humbled and surprised with the honors.Sail Magazine has named the Presto 30 the best cruising single hull boat under fifty feet long.The Presto has also received the cruising spirit award from Cruising World.”We’ve been building for other people for a long time, since 1994 as Union River Boat and then we started Ryder Boats in 2009 so we could market the Presto as our own company.”Belle Ryder says the Presto is unique.”You don’t see these trailerable, performance boats often.”Ryder says it has a lot of character.”She’s meant to take you on more of a camping style cruise rather than cruising out in full luxury.”The Presto has traveled all around Maine.
A $4,000 gift will give more students and their families a chance to experience the orchestra.The Bangor Symphony Orchestra received the grant from the Maine Community Foundation.The money will be used to support the B-S-O’s “Know Your Orchestra” voucher program.The programs allows a family of four to attend a symphony concert for less than $30.Orchestra staff say the chance to expose children to live, classical music is invaluable, especially with the decline in funding for arts education in schools.
A Hampden man has been indicted by a Hancock County Grand Jury on five counts related to a fatal accident in May.24 year old Jon Dow was driving his pickup in the early morning hours of May 15th when he allegedly crossed the center line and crashed into a car.
Officials at the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say they’ve arrested four people involved in a drug trafficking scheme at a Brewer Motel.The MDEA says 37-year-old Shawn Bradley of New York, 29-year-old Leroy Dunn of Hampden, 20-year-old Natasha Perkins of Bangor, and 23-year-old Anthony McGilvray were arrested Wednesday.Authorities say they received a tip Dunn was selling crack out of his motel room.Undercover agents say they bought drugs from Dunn later that day.
A couple from Central Maine who had plans to open a strip club in Madison is now selling the land.Ernest George and his wife have been told they can’t get a permit from the state because of a visibility requirement.A surveyer from the state says the view from the driveway where patrons would be pulling out into traffic is obstructed by a piece of property.
The Fire Marshal’s office says improper disposal of smoking materials is to blame for the fire in Bucksport Friday morning that left about a dozen people without a home, that according to the Fire Chief.An apartment building on the corner of Franklin and Central streets caught fire around 3 a.m.As Joy Hollowell tells us, fire crews had to rescue a mother and her young baby.====”We woke up to someone pounding on the door, telling us there was a fire in Apartment 2.”Tammy McAlpine lived on the first floor of this seven unit apartment building.
A one-year pilot project that let trucks weighing more than 80-thousand pounds use the Interstate north of Augusta expires next week…..Congress passed a funding bill last night that does not include an extension.Senator Susan Collins was a driving force behind the program.She says it let Maine businesses cut down on shipping costs while improving highway safety and saving fuel.When the project ends, heavier trucks will be forced to return to secondary roads, leading through many communities.
The Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery may need to be closed to traffic permanently.That’s according to Bob Landry of the New Hampshire Transportation Department who says the results of a bridge inspection last week are not looking good.He says a replacement bridge wouldn’t be ready for at least three years.The bridge remains open to bicycles and pedestrians but is now off limits to cars and trucks.
A group looking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais is seeking more time.It’s up to the Board of Environmental Protection to decide whether or not to grant an extension to Calais LNG.It’s the fifth time the company has asked for an extension on the billion dollar project.In the fall an extension was granted after a major investor backed out.Now calais LNG would like until mid-January to turn in its application.BEP is expected to make a decision at its meeting next week.
Homelessness is becoming more of a problem in the Bangor area.The head of the local homeless shelter met with city officials and area lawmakers to talk about that.Bangor Homeless Shelter Executive Director Dennis Marble presented a report on the problem today.He says the demand for beds is higher and costs are on the rise while the shelter’s funding is down.Marble says many of the people they see at the shelter come in with other issues and the cost of helping them is becoming unsustainableMarble says he would like to see the model of bringing housing and homeless services to the homeless be clearer and more consistent for shelters statewide.
In less than two weeks Husson College will no longer offer classes at Unobskey College in Calais.Husson President Robert Clark says there aren’t enough students there to be able to continue offering classes at that campus.Husson does plan to offer some of its classes at Washington County Community College in Calais.