More than 2,000 Bangor Hydro customers in the Orono area were without power Sunday morning, due to an equipment failure at a substation.Customers in Old Town, Orono, Alton, Hudson, and Stillwater were affected.Crews had most outages back online by 11 o’clock Sunday morning.
A Surry family was rescued from the shore of the Pleasant River Saturday night after their canoe capsized and they used a cell phone to call for help.According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman, Deborah Turcotte, Jesse and Alicia Collins and their 6-year-old and 6-month-old sons were on a daylong canoe trip when the canoe capsized and separated from them.Wardens found the family around 11:30 Saturdya night huddled under their canoe and suffering from hypothermia.
Horses were pretty in pink as they helped the Central Maine Team Penning Chapter raise money for breast cancer research.The horses rode in with pink on their hoofs and saddles for the second dare to wear pink buckle run at the Bangor State Fair Saturday.This is the second year, the organization hosted the event.All proceeds go to the Susan G.
Folks who enjoy herbal massage therapy, now have a new place to go to in Bangor.Community Herbal and Massage celebrated the grand opening of its new education center on outer Hammond Street on Saturday.The center will offer not only massages, but acupressure, facials and other herbal treatments.Patricia Conant, the owner, says Saturday’s opening was ten years in the making.”we feel pretty lucky to have a place where people can come and do reference, it’s exciting”Other services at the center include workshops, consultations and tutoring.
Folks could have their antiques appraised and help support a great program Saturday in Orono.The event was held at Dirigo Pines.Folks paid a small fee to have their items appraised.All the proceeds go toward the Rosscare Lifeline Help Button Program.Which currently provides more than 500 Lifeline units to area residents.Communications Manager, Cindy Smith says the fundraiser will be a big help to the program.” Unfortunately some seniors need them and aren’t able to pay for the service so the funds raised today will help offset that.”Smith says Lifeline helps many senior citizens stay in their homes longer and more securely.
Earlier this week we told you about a young boy who was doing an extraordinary thing in memory of his grandmother.Saturday, Meghan Hayward caught up with Tommy Hosmer at his book sale.” She was really fun and I just loved her a lot.” Nine-year-old Tommy Hosmer is talking about his Mimi, Linda.She died from ovarian cancer after a long fight.And now Tommy is doing something in her honor.” It started when a friend passed away down the street and her sister gave the books to me and said I could do waht I wanted with them and I decided to have a book sale.”All the money Tommy collects is going to the Cancer Care of Maine.” It makes me feel good because I know I’m not doing something just for Mimi but a lot of other people that have cancer.”His parents couldn’t be happier with what their son is doing.” We were thrilled, proud and honored that at this young age he likes to give and just very proud of him.”Tommy has also had an impact on strangers.” He kind of pulled at my heart strings a little bit by talking about his grandmother and I had just lost my husband in March to lung cancer.”Anita Turner’s husband was an avid reader so she decided to donate a series of books to the sale.” Tommy is a sweetheart and I think his heart is in the right place.”
Elena Kagan is officially a Supreme Court justice.The former solicitor general of the United States was sworn in Saturday afternoon by Chief Justice John Roberts.She becomes the fourth woman ever to serve on the nation’s highest court.Kagan replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, leaving the court’s liberal-conservative balance unchanged.
Governor Baldacci says a string of business expansions in Maine bodes well for the state’s economy.Baldacci says the federal stimulus act that’s sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the state is also helping bring Maine out of the recession.He says business expansions by Live Lobster at the former sardine plant in Prospect Harbor, Kestrel Aircraft at the Brunswick Air Base, and TD Bank’s Call Center in Auburn will create hundreds of jobs.Baldacci says there’s reason to be optimistic despite difficult budget choices that must be made in the future.
The last three sardine cans packed at the Stinson Seafood Plant in Prospect Harbor, the country’s last industrial sardine cannery, are on display at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.The museum’s exhibit, “End of the Line, America’s Last Sardine Cannery” , will be up through September 4th.The Stinson plant was the last sardine cannery in the United States.
$2.7-million has been awarded to eight Maine colleges.Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced the grant from the Department of Education.The nearly $3-million is being provided under the department’s Student Support Services Program.The program provides academic and other support services to educational institutions to assist low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities to increase their retention and graduation rates.Senators Snowe and Collins say this critical funding will help more Maine students attend college and receive the education they require to pursue their dreams.
More than 3,000 Bangor Hydro customers in Penobscot County were without power Saturday morning.Officials tell TV 5 the outage was due to a squirrel at a substation.Bangor Hydro crews repaired the equipment at the substation, and had power back to most customers by 11a.m..
America’s top trade official wrapped up a two-day visit to Maine, meeting with local labor and agricultural leaders in Bangor today.US trade representative Ron Kirk was here to get input to bring back to the president.Ambassador Kirk also made a pitch for expanding NAFTA.Congressman Mike Michaud was there.
45-year-old Mark Wiltshire was found dead in his cell thursday at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.He was serving a five-day sentence for drinking in public.Jail officials say Wiltshire was a transient and they say there’s no indication of injury or foul play.
Today folks gathered in Bangor to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.The ceremony was held in Peirce Park, next to Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street.As part of the event, organizers held a “die-in” in rememberance of those who lost their lives because of the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”People laid down to represent those hundreds of thousands who dies and who suffered after that from radiation poisoning, and other people drew chalk marks around them so that they would represent the shadows which were the only things left of some people after the bomb was dropped,” explains organizer Ilza Petersons, Program Coordinator for the Peach and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.