The Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden is getting a makeover, thanks to some folks from a local hardware store and the community.Volunteers from Home Depot as well as the community, are putting a fresh coat of paint on the building.It’s all part of the Home Depot Gives Back Program.The program is a way for Home Depot to say thank you to the community.The painting started Saturday, and volunteers say it’s something the definitely needed to be done.
Hundreds of paddling and outdoors enthusiasts are in Western Maine to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail Incorporated.Canoe and Kayak outings, a paddling competition and fireworks are planned for the weekend.The National Forest Canoe Trail Incorporated manages the 740-mile water trail of the same name.The trail opened in 2006 and stretches from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent.
Folks headed to Hampden Saturday to shop to end hunger.Maine Savings Federal Credit Unioin hosted its first yard sale.Lots of donations came in for the event from employees, family, friends, and members.One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Maine Credit Union League charity, Ending Hunger Maine.” Hunger is a very big issue right now in this country given the state of the economy and just the way life is.
There was a celebration in Bucksport Saturday.The 13th annual Bucksport Bay Festival continued Saturday with lots of events for the entire family.A parade, 5K race with more than 180 runners, music, pie bake-off contest, and much more kept folks busy and entertained.More than 70 vendors lined the waterfront selling their goods.It’s an event that organizers say brings the community together.”It’s just good for families and the kids, we try to emphasize the kids a little bit.
Three men from out of state have been arrested in Westbrook on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine and marijuana.Sergeant Sean Lally of the Westbrook Police Department says 20-year-old Michael Stokes, 20-year-old Isaiah Williams, and 22-year-old Robert Rayford, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were arrested early Saturday morning.Westbrook police were called to a report of suspicious persons at the Super 8 Motel on Larrabee Road just before 3 o’clock Saturday morning.Officers seized drugs packaged for resale, digital weighing scales, packaging material, and approximately $2,000 in cash.The three are being held in the Cumberland County Jail.
Saturday’s rain didn’t keep bargain shoppers away from the Penobscot Community Healthcare Yard Sale.Folks were scoping out tables.Which were filled with plants, crafts, books, furniture and even baked goods.All the money from the yard sale will go toward their Employee Heating Assistance Fund.CEO, Sharon Swanson says the fund was started three years ago when the fuel costs sky-rocketed.Swanson says they wanted a way to help their own employees.” I would say very important as a matter of fact.
Folks driving by the Bangor waterfront Saturday could see the first signs of the concert series that is coming to town.Workers were there all day, putting together the stage.Meghan Hayward has the story.Since news first broke that the Bangor waterfront would host some big names in the music industry folks have been buzzing.And now they can see it start to come together.” Setting up the stage.
A teenager has died in Megunticook Lake in Lincolnville.Lincolnville Police Chief, Ronald Young, tells TV 5 the body of 17-year-old Devon Stewart of Warren was found 30-feet off shore, in 29-feet of water, around 9:45 Saturday morning.A multi-agency search began for the teen Friday.Stewart was swimming with three friends in the popular swimming area of the Ledges, near Fernald’s Neck.Chief Young says the teens started to swim about 200 yards to another area, when Stewart told them he was going to turn around and swim back.That was the last they saw of Stewart.Crews searched the woods and water for Stewart.
A mill in Patten is closing.Company officials say about 18 workers at a wood veneer facility, known as the Appalachian Katahdin Mill, will be impacted by the shutdown.Officials say the closure is due to overall market demand, the rising costs of transportation and managing costs of raw materials.Company officials did not give an exact date when the mill will close, but say it will be in the coming weeks.
The Pine Tree Camp in Rome has been a summer home for thousands of campers since it first opened in 1945.Back then, it started as a summer camp providing therapy for disabled kids.The camp has evolved through the years into what’s now an experience that lets children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities enjoy freedom through boating, more than a mile of accessible nature trails and Maines only fully handicap accessible tree house.In celebration of its 65th birthday, Pine Tree Society is hosting a reunion Sunday, August 8th.Campers and counselors from the past and present are invited.For more information, you can log onto pinetreesociety.org.
The Field’s Pond Audubon Center in Holden has been full of children this week.They’re learning all kinds of things about nature.Meghan Hayward has more.Some kids have spent this week at a nature camp at the Field’s Pond Audubon Center in Holden.”This is an opportunity for them to come into a safe environment, to come out and explore nature and meet some friends.”The campers have learned about soil, insects and plants.”We’re hoping the kids will start to develop an appreciation for the natural world.”The kids seem to be enjoying themselves.”We get to have lots of fun and get to meet more people.””Once you come here every day, you learn about 100 different things.”Camp Director Ruth Perry says it’s important to get the kids outside.”Children nowadays, for a variety of reasons, don’t get a chance to go out and play in nature as I did when I was a child.”Some of the campers got to place traps in the pond and see what they caught.”We caught some tadpoles, a baby salamander, and then we caught some water mites.”One camper thinks this week in nature will benefit her when she returns to school.”I like science a lot and if I come here I might know more about it when I go back to school.”The Audubon Center will be hosting another nature camp the week of August 16th, and they say there’s still room for kids.If interested, you can call 989-2591.