The Brewer Auditorium was the place to be for kids during Winterfest.Penquis hosted the activities.There were more than twenty vendors and stage acts for them to enjoy, from karate lessons to dancing.All the money raised will benefit the Penquis Keep Kids Warm Fund.” It gives the children something to do on a wintery day.
(AP)Maine’s Sugarloaf ski area hopes to reopen a lift that failed in late December, injuring eight skiers who fell to the ground below.Load tests performed Friday on the chair lift showed no mechanical concerns.The resort expects to continue tests throughout the weekend.Once the tests are completed the lift will need its operating license reinstated before it can reopen.
(AP)About 160 people were evacuated from a chair lift at Sunday River Ski Resort after a bearing in the system that moves the chairs failed, triggering a safety device that automatically stopped the lift.A resort spokeswoman says the malfunction happened just after 11 am on the South Ridge Express quad lift.There were no injuries.The bearing has been replaced and the chair lift has been re-opened.
These entreprenuers and social media gurus are dancing to make a point.They’re creating a music video in Hampden to give away a product that not only helps the environment but the state of Maine.”This is the sea bag, it’s whale tail so it’s made right in Maine, it’s made of recycled sail.”Sarah Quirk and Susan Stephenson are giving away the sea bag on their blog “Well to Do.” The blog promotes health, wealth and wellness.”We use it as a way to have fun and to talk about something we love and it can be the range of green or wellness or Maine products any of those type of things,” Quirk said.The two friends from high school created the blog to connect with everyone about green living.”There are different shades of green, you can do simple green stuff like buying something that’s made from recycled material or you can choose to have green cleaning products and taker it to another level,” Quirk said.Using social media tools like Facebook, the women are able to send their message and it seems to be working.
Local restaurants competed for the prestigious titles of “Best Chili” and “Best Chowder” in the Bangor/Brewer region at the 9th Annual Chili-Chowder Cook Off.It’s one of the most popular events in the Winterfest celebration at the Muddy Rudder restaurant in Brewer.Folks crowded the banquet area and got free samples of chili and chowder from local restaurants.The winter weather was the perfect opportunity for folks to cool down and fill their stomachs.Cindy Benson, Chairwoman for the Winterfest says the cook off also provides restaurants with an opportunity to connect with their patrons.”It gives them advertising, exposure, they bring signage, menus so it’s a great advertising point for them,” she said.The winner of this year’s Chili Cook Off was the Red Barn Diner in Holden, they knocked out defending champ, Muddy Rudder, from the top spot this year.But the Muddy Rudder took the top prize as the “Best Chowder.”Another popular site at Winterfest were the ice sculptures.
Maine voters will get to decide whether to allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.Election officials say petition drives to get the issue on the ballot have been successful.It will be voted on statewide unless state lawmakers pass a law clearing the way for the racinos.
There will be a benefit supper Saturday in Newport for a family from Plymouth who lost their home to fire.Food will be served from 4:30 to 7 Saturday, February 19 at Nokomis Regional High School.It’s to benefit the Gaudet family.The cost is just five dollars for adults, three dollars for kids.
This weekend people can fish for free on Maine’s waterways.The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is hosting “Free Fishing Days” on February 19th and 20th.People who have had their fishing license suspended or revoked will not be able to attend the event.For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com and click on “fishing.”
The state gambling control board met today to try to resolve a conflict that could threaten the new Oxford County Casino project.Maine law requires casinos to be at least 100 miles apart.Black Bear Entertainment wants to build its casino in Oxford on a site which, on the map, is only 94 miles from Hollywood Slots in Bangor.Black Bear would like to see it measured in actual road miles, not map miles.Scarborough Downs is hoping to build a gaming facility in Biddeford, but would need the hundred mile rule *abolished* in order to do so.Peter Martin of Black Bear says there’s no other location where the casino could legally be built.
An Augusta man could be headed to jail because he didn’t have the proper paperwork from the state in order to have medical marijuana.The problem stems from a change in the law that took effect January 1st.Last November, Beau Cornish was diagnosed with debilitating diseases that brought him to Maine Integrative Healthcare in Hallowell.A doctor told him his conditions made him eligible, under Maine law, to use medical marijuana to treat his chronic back pain and hepatitis C.
There was jumping, dancing and cheering at a day care center in Newport where kids had a hoppin’ good time for a good cause.The kids participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Hop-A-Thon at the Kidsville Day Care Center.The kids hopped for one hour to raise money to send a child to the Pine Tree Summer Camp for children and adults with special needs.They exceeded their goal of eight hundred dollars and raised 28-hundred dollars.