A search for the best whoopie pie is getting underway on MDI.This weekend, the YWCA will host its second annual Whoopie Pie Contest.Saturday, awards for biggest, tastiest and most unusual whoopie pies will be handed out.Anyone interested in entering should drop off two dozen of their best whoopie pies to the YWCA by 9:00, Saturday morning.If you’re interested in tasting the treats, you can partake in the judging for five dollars.For more information call 288-5008.
The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen at the Bangor Salvation Army is helping those who lost power due to Tropical Storm Irene.The soup kitchen is serving lunch at its regular time Monday from 11:45 am until 1 pm.Lunch will be served at the Salvation Army’s main offices at 65 South Park Street in Bangor.Bangor Hydro reported on Monday morning that more than 200,000 customers were without power.
A price monitoring website says the average retail gasoline price in Maine has risen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.69.MaineGasPrices.com says Sunday’s average price in the state was $1.01 per gallon higher than it was the same day one year ago, but 12.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.The national average has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61.
Fishery regulators have scheduled hearings to gather public comment on proposed new shrimp fishing rules for the Gulf of Maine.The plan proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission includes options for the coming season such as quotas and restrictions on where and when shrimp can be caught.
The American Folk Festival had to cancel its third day because of Hurricane Irene, but they have found a way to still bring a third day of performances to the public.Two of the performers, who are stranded in Bangor have decided to perform Monday night.Brotherhood Singers, a capella gospel group and Rich in Tradition, a traditional Bluegrass band will be performing Monday at the Gracie Theater on the Husson University campus.
Despite Tropical Storm Irene’s rough winds, it was business as usual for downtown businesses in Belfast.We found many stores open and inviting customers in before the storm hit.Beverly Mann, the manager of Yo Mamma’s Home says her and her team are open seven days a week all year long and kept their promise to their customers.”I just wanted to see what the boats were going to look like turning around out there and see how many were actually left in the water.
As the power outages continue to increase, the Maine Emergency Management Agency is urging Mainers to be extremely careful when using gas-powered generators or similar alternative heating or power sources.Improper operation or placement of the devices can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.They recommend folks place generators outdoors in a well ventilated location and make sure it’s at least fifteen feet away from home windows or doors.Other safety tips can be found on the Maine CDC website.Warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like symptoms.If you suspect anyone in your household is being poisoned, leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.
Even though the American Folk Festival was forced to cancel its third day, volunteers were still hard at work on the Bangor waterfront, Sunday.They’re working to clean up the site before the worst of the storm hits Sunday night.About a dozen volunteers spent the afternoon breaking down tents and loading up trucks.Assistant Technical Director, Jack Kearns, says volunteers are used to cleaning up at every festival, but because of the weather this year, the work has been particularly challenging.
Boat owners all along the coast were forewarned in the last few days to check on their vessels and make sure they were secure.A lot of boat owners decided to pull their boats out of the water.These are photos sent to us from Kim Perry in Milbridge.As Kim tells us, and as you can see from the photos, the marina there looks like a boat yard.As of Sunday morning, there were only three boats left in the water.
A Pittsfield man is in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center following an accident in Palmyra early Saturday morning.Authorities say 21-year-old Dennis Moody was traveling on the Warren Hill Road when he went off the road on a corner and hit some trees.