The Bangor School department is hosting a fundraiser to help in the relief efforts of the Japanese earthquake.The faculty will be putting on a variety show this Thursday night at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School.The performances will run the gambit from music and singing, to dancing and even dog tricks.The show starts at 7pm.People can get in by making a donation at the door.Teachers and staff from Bangor schools will be on hand.All of the money raised will be donated to the earthquake relief fund.There will also a silent auction of items put together by teachers and staff including gift baskets and art work.
An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.This month is Sexual Assault Awareness month and on the last day of April thousands of people will be skydiving throughout the country to raise awareness and money in the fight against sexual abuse including a woman from Brunswick.For Kara Shirley, the act of skydiving wasn’t just for the rush of adrenaline it was to take a stand against sexual abuse.”I didn’t even realize what was happening to be honest with you, it was sometime later when I realized what had gone on,” she said.As a child, Shirley was the victim of sexual abuse.
The failed bid by Meriturn Partners to purchase the Katahdin Paper Mills has cast a dark cloud of anxiety over the residents of East Millinocket.”People are walking on tip toes, yes wherever you go, people are asking questions, they’re not angry they’re anxious,” says Mark Scally, Chairman of the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen.While things may seem bleak, Scally says the town will move forward.”There are many other towns in this state without a mill and they’re still existing.
Fire crews from Lincoln and Howland were called to the scene of a structure fire on the Enfield Road in Lincoln Tuesday afternoon.According to fire Chief Phil Dawson, the fire started near the clothes dryer, and destroyed much of the upper part of the home.There were no injuries reported.
An unidentified woman survived jumping from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge into the Penobscot River thanks to a Bangor police officer.Officer Rob Angelo plunged in to retrieve her, pulling her about twenty feet to the shoreline.It happened around 5:30 Monday afternoon.Police say the 44-year-old woman jumped about forty feet from the bridge between Bangor and Brewer and was in the water asking for help.She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment and a psychiatric evaluation.
A Bangor man accused of setting a building on fire was in court Tuesday.33-year-old Matthew Fernald is charged with arson in connection with a blaze at 143 Broadway last December.Fernald was arrested within two hours of the fire after a convenience store clerk called police saying a customer came in and bought a gas can, cigarettes, matches and gasoline.The clerk identified that customer as Fernald.Fernald did not enter a plea today, and will be back in court in May.
A Bangor man could spend twenty years behind bars for a home break-in.Dennis Wood pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated assault Tuesday in a Bangor courtroom.Wood admitted that he broke into a Bangor home and assaulted one of the residents in December.State prosecutors say police tracked him down using a backpack he left behind containing duct tape, rope and zip ties.Wood faces the same charges for a robbery in Palmyra in 2008.
With the spring season comes a more dangerous one here in Maine, wildfire season, and it seems it’s already underway.On Tuesday, multiple fires broke out along the railroad tracks headed from Hermon to Newport.Most of the damage was done to the tracks in Carmel, but it took fire crews from various towns more than two hours to put it out.No one was injured, but authorities want to remind people that the dry, windy weather during this time of year easily ignites fires in grassy areas.
Lawmakers in Augusta heard public testimony on a bill that might change the rules regarding transgendered people using public restrooms.A packed house listened as Representative Ken Fredette of Newport introduced a bill that says school officials and business owners should be the ones to decide which bathroom a transgender person can or cannot use.
Where can you get the best sandwich in Eastern Maine?Sysco of Northern New England wanted to find out.Some of the area’s top sandwich chefs faced off in Bangor Tuesday afternoon.The Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor turned into sandwich lovers paradise and a sandwich makers battle ground.” We have about 20 competitors, each being judged on creativity, flavor, presentation,” said Matthew Leavitt, marketing manager for Sysco Northern New England.It’s the Best Sandwich in Eastern Maine Cook-Off.” Chefs and restaurants of Eastern Maine are second to none and we want to provide an opportunity for them to showcase their talents,” said Leavitt.Sandwich artists had only 10 to 15 minutes to prepare their best piece of work.
The Maine Senate has rejected a proposal to amend the state Constitution so at least 50 percent of the vote would be needed in order to be elected governor.The Senate’s rejection of the bill Tuesday virtually ends its chances of passage this term.The bill came up after a pattern of Maine governors being elected with less than a majority vote.
Proposed BAT Bus changes are the topic of a meeting at Bangor City Hall Tuesday evening.The Government Operations Committee is hearing from BAT Bus officials on three proposals: the decal design for five new transit buses, an update on proposed replacement of current buses and a proposed new route on Outer Hammond Street.The meeting is at 5 Tuesday evening.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are meeting Tuesday to vote on whether or not to authorize another strike.Vanessa Sylvester, with the Maine State Nurses Association tells TV5 the meeting will take most of the day.Nurses went on strike for one day last fall.Contract negotiations resumed this week.Both sides have met several times and have not made any progress.Both sides say they hope to reach an agreement and avoid another strike.