The folks who plan the American Folk Festival announced some of the performers for this summer’s event.Dale Watson, The Holmes Brothers and le Vent du Nord will be among the acts you’ll be able to see on the waterfront this August.Also performing, Linday Lay and Springfield Exit as well as Viento de Agua.All five acts are familiar with the Bangor waterfront set up.
Regulatory hearings have begun in Maine on Fairpoint Communications’ reorganization plan.The Maine Public Utilities Commission is hearing testimony on Fairpoint’s petition asking for approval of its bankruptcy reorganization plan.That plan includes modifications to the commission’s order approving Fairpoint’s 2-billion dollar purchase of Verizon’s landline and internet operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
A feud over lobstering territory on Matinicus Island has landed two men in jail.The Knox County Sheriff’s Department says Jason Luce, 38, of Warren and Joshua Anthony, 29, of Vinalhaven, were arrested Tuesday in connection with a home invasion over the weekend where a man from Matinicus was beaten and his gun stolen.
(AP) – Maine state government is accepting applications from nonprofit corporations to become one of eight new medical marijuana dispensaries.The Department of Health and Human Services announced it’s accepting applications now that rules for how dispensaries will be selected have been established.Maine voters last November approved a referendum proposal that changes Maine’s medical marijuana law and makes Maine the fifth state to allow retail dispensaries where patients can buy pot with a doctor’s prescription.Application fees are $15,000, and those not chosen will have allbut $1,000 returned.This issue was just discussed at a meeting at Bangor City Hall.An infrastructure committee and citizen review panel talked about a city council move to hold off establishing medical marijuana dispenseries.The committee ended up voting in favor of a 90 day moratorium on dispenseries.They will revisit the issue at a committee meeting in June.
Finding a family doctor can be tough in Maine, especially if you live in a rural area.There are currently more than 100 open positions for primary care physicians in Maine, and now that more people are expected to become insured under health care reform legislation, the strain on the system is expected to get worse.”Even though health centers do a fabulous job working with a limited set of resources and budgets to meet that demand, the need is presently outweighing what we can provide.”Kevin Lewis is the Executive Director of the Maine Primary Care Association.
If you’re between the ages of 12 and 18 and like to sing, here’s an idea.The Bangor area Children’s Choir is holding open auditions for its youth choir Thursday afternoon from four to five.It’s at the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Essex Street in Bangor.Choir scholarships are available.
The Maine Forest Service will be releasing a lot of laboratory-raised beetles in Southern Maine.It’s an effort to save trees.The predator beetles attack an aphid-like insect that kills eastern Hemlock trees.More than 9-thousand of the lab-reared beetles will be released in Saco and York.The Forest Service has been releasing the beetles as pest control since 2004.
Members of the Orono High School Honor Society gave quite a donation to the police department Wednesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the furry bears will help many children.Members of the Orono High School National Honor Society are helping the police department out, one teddy bear at a time.”We like working with the community a lot.
An unidentified woman has been taken to the hospital after police say she was stabbed on the campus of Husson University this morning.45-year-old Horst Wolk of Bangor is in the custody of the Bangor police this hour.Police say they received the call around 7:40 this morning after witnesses reported a domestic fight between a man and a woman.When police arrived several female students had reportedly subdued Wolk and were holding him on the ground.The female victim is being treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.We’ll have more on this story for you throughout the day.
On Wednesday, May 5th, Rob Crone stopped by our studio to discuss the Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Getting nutritious meals for older folks in need.For more information give them a call at: 1-800-432-7812, or head on down to the Senior COnnections Expo, May 21st from 9am-2pm at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.
An international road rally made a stop in Bangor on Tuesday.The Gumball 3000 rally is a 3,000 mile road race tour that takes place on the public roads of seven different countries.The rally started in London and traveled through other parts of Europe.Then, the drivers had their cars shipped to Bangor to begin the North American leg of the rally.They arrived at B.I.A.