Maine environmental regulators have voted to phase out a chemical used to harden plastics in some food containers, baby bottles and cups.The Board of Environmental Protection’s vote Thursday still has to be authorized by the Legislature before it’s finalized.The board designated bisphenol-A, or BPA, and nonyl-phenols, or NPs, as Maine’s first priority chemicals under the state’s 2008 Kid-Safe Products Law.
A veteran youth leader has published her first book.She was signing it in downtown Bangor Thursday night.Reverend Renee Garrett of All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor has been working on her book “One Man’s Roses-Tales From Uncle Sol’s Neighborhood” for five years.She signed her debut book at Friar’s Bakehouse in Bangor.Garrett wasn’t the only one signing the book Thursday, the illustrator, Andrea Hand, was also there.Her work is highlighted throughout the book and she was the photographer for the cover.If you couldn’t make it out Thursday to get the book, you can stop by All Soul’s Congregational Church at 10 Broadway in Bangor to purchase a copy.
Some local charities say they need more help in this season of giving.Manna Ministries is hosting its annual adopt-a-family program for the holidays.This year, they still have more than a hundred families that need help.Manna invites you to come by and pick up a wish list for one of their families on file.They will accept donations up until Thursday of next week.You can drop a gift off at their stand in front of JC Penney, inside the Bangor Mall or stop by their office on Main Street in Bangor.
December twenty first is the first day of winter this year and also the longest night.That’s one reason why organizers chose this day as homeless person’s memorial day this year.On Tuesday, December 21st, there will be a candlelight walk from the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter at 263 Main Street to the Hammond Street Congregational Church, located at 28 High Street.The walk will be followed by a brief memorial service and time of rememberence at 5:30.Nine people died homeless on the streets of Bangor this year.
The Brewer Airport is for sale.The 75-acre plot of land is located on the airport road and includes two hangars, two runways, and an office building.A Florida couple has owned it for more than thirty years.Any other use of the property that meets city’s guidelines is also encouraged.The airstrip has been on the market for about two years now with an asking price around 400 thousand dollars.
”No elders in shelters” that’s the message a homeless advocacy group in Augusta is trying to get across this holiday season.The group, Homeless Voices for Justice, hosted its second holiday wish press conference outside the Maine State House on Thursday.The group says 172 elders slept in Maine shelters this year.
Today, local veterans and residents rallied in support of their friends.Members of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine protested the Iraq-Afghanistan wars in front of Bangor’s federal building.They wanted to show support for other state residents who traveled to Washington D.C.
Police in Augusta are searching for a real life Christmas Grinch after more than 50 trees disappeared from a tree lot.Mike Buring with the Knights of Columbus says he noticed the trees missing on Monday.They brought in more trees to replace them and then those also disappeared.The group is selling trees for 20 dollars each at the American Legion Post on Eastern Avenue.Buring says the stolen greens are worth more than one thousand dollars.Since the incident was reported, the group has received monetary donations from the community and a man in Bangor says he plans on donating trees.If you have any information, you are asked to call Augusta Police at 626-2370.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the long-term preservation of the state’s Downeast Lakes Watershed is voicing its opposition to land-based wind projects like Bowers Mountain.Members of the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed, or PPDLW, are asking Governor-elect Paul LePage to place a moratorium on grid scale industrial wind projects until scientific cost-benefit studies can be completed.
You can check out the new Knox County Regional Airport terminal in Owls Head Friday evening.A ribbon cutting kicks things off a 5 o’clock.An open house with refreshments and mini-tours runs until 7 Friday night.The new terminal includes a gift shop, cafe and security equipment.