If your commuting plans take you to the downtown area, we have construction to warn you about.Beginning Monday, the city of Bangor will begin work installing manholes on State Street.The manholes will be installed on State Street near the intersection of State and French Streets, and the intersection of State Street and Broadway.Work is expected to finish by November 15th.If you have any questions, contact the City of Bangor Engineering Department at 992-4252.
Maine’s largest construction company is expanding.And this time into the refining and petrochemical service business.Pittsfield based Cianbro Corporation has announced the purchase of Starcon International, Incorporated.Starcon is based out of Texas and employs about 15 hundred people around the U.S., they provide mechanical and contractor services to many of the refinery operations in the country.The relationship between the two companies began in 2009 when they formed a marketing alliance.After purchasing 100 percent of the outstanding stock Starcon is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cianbro.More details will be released today at the Cianbro headquarters in Pittsfield, when CEO Peter Vigue will make the official announcement at eleven o’clock.
The Mount Desert Island YMCA is honoring veterans and their families on Veterans Day with a free lunch.It’s next Thursday, November 11th, at Birch Bay Village on 25 Village Inn Road in Bar Harbor.There will be a flag raising ceremony too.If you’d like to attend you’re asked to RSVP to the MDA Y at 288-3511.For more information on the event you can contact Kim Harty at that same number, 288-3511.
Folks who have an old worn out American Flag can have it disposed of properly thanks to the VFW in Belfast.A flag retirement event is set for Sunday at 2 PM at the Randall Collins VFW Post at 34 Field Street in Belfast.If you can’t make it Sunday you can drop your flags off at at the VFW post or at Weaver’s Bakery on Main Street.For more information, call the Belfast VFW at 338-2358.
Lewiston voters traditionally back Democrats.But on Tuesday Maine’s second largest city came up big for Republican Paul Lepage…Maine’s Governor-elect.Bates College History professor and Republican Activist Douglas Hodgkin says the city’s Franco-American vote explains it.Lepage will become the first popularly elected Franco-American governor in Maine, where about a third of the population is of Franco heritage.Rita Dube of the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston says it’s long overdue.
Charges have been filed against a Rockland man accused of burning several American flags.22-year-old Christopher Hodgkins appeared in court yesterday.He was arrested on Halloween after a person told police Hodgkins took a flag from a wall of a bank and lit it on fire.The Rockland Fire Department was called several times in late October after businesses found their American flags burned.Hodgkins was charged with aggravated criminal mischief.Police say he told them is was unhappy with the American Government.
A former Gardiner High School teacher has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading no contest to sexually abusing a student.41-year-old Matthew Dineen was accused of illegally touching a 16-year-old student.When released fro jail, he’ll be on probation for a year.
A former Maine teacher convicted of transporting a minor across State lines with the intent of engaging in sexual activity is going to spend 12 years in federal prison.The sentence was imposed on 29-year-old James Raymond on in US District Court in Portland.Raymond was accused of taking an 11-year-old girl to a New Hampshire amusement park and inappropriately touching her for sexual gratification.In 2008, the former music teacher from Auburn was found guilty of five charges of unlawful sexual touching and three counts of assault involving former students.
An Augusta man who spent fifteen years in prison for arson is going back for another ten years.Yesterday Jonathan Linton pleaded guilty for a bank robbery he committed in September.Linton pointed a gun at a bank teller when he entered a Savings Bank of Maine branch in Manchester, and stole more than 5-thousand dollars.
Emergency Management Crews from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and the Etna Fire Department were called in to rescue a driver trapped in a car on Plymouth Road West in Etna.Ed Touluse with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office told us the driver hit a tree and the car caught fire.Multiple units responded and were able to extinguish the fire.
Some local teens are holding a fundraiser to benefit area kids.Friday and Saturday the Bangor Y’s Interact Leaders Club will have a garage and bake sale.Proceeds from the garage sale will go towards a scholarship fund to send at least one youth or teen to attend the Bangor Y’s leader school this Summer.And proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Cookie for Kids’ Cancer, which is a Jimmy Fund event.The sales will be inside the Everett Room located at 127 Hammond Street in Bangor.The sale will go from 4 to 8 on Friday and 7 to 1 on Saturday.For more information call Andrea Hopkins at 941-2815.
A landowner in Clifton has cleared a major hurdle in his attempt to put a $25 million wind farm on top of a local mountain.On Tuesday voters in Clifton voted down a proposal to change the town’s land ordinace that would have made it tougher for the wind project to continue.Paul Fuller of Pisgah mountain LLC says now that the vote is in, he’ll continue the permitting process he began a year ago.
As we fall back an hour this weekend for daylight saving time, the Veazie Fire Department wants you to check your smoke alarms.The fire department has launched a campaign called “Change your clock, Change your battery.”The department wants residents to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when they set their clocks back.Captain Pete Metcalf says changing the batteries must be done at least once a year.He says it is the easiest way to reduce tragic deaths and fires.”Without a working smoke alarm without a carbon monoxide detector you could have a fire and not even realize it or you may have some build up of carbon monoxide in the home due to a faulty furnace, spoiler or a faulty chimney or wood stove fire place,” he said.Captain metcalf says smoke detectors should be placed either in a hallway or a common area of a person’s home.
The Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award, only two schools in Maine received it this year.The Doughty School in Bangor is one of those schools.Senator Susan Collins was there Thursday to present the honor.The Senator became an honorary bulldog when she presented the James Doughty School in Bangor with the Blue Ribbon of Excellence, the highest award a school can receive.Superintendent Betsy Webb says the award is a testament to the school’s mission.”This school has really embraced creating a culture of readers and mathematicians and they are hardworking and dedicated students that really are going after our mission of academic excellence for all,” she said.Only 324 schools in the country are Blue Ribbon schools.Senator Collins entered the achievement in the Congressional Record.