Folks looking for a used bicycle or to sell one could head to the great bike swap in Orono Saturday.It was put on by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.This is the fourth year they have had the bike swap in Orono.Organizers say each year the turn-out gets bigger.” The mission of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is to make Maine better for bicycling.
Quilts were on display in Bangor Saturday.The Bangor Bear Paws Quilters brought their work to the Sunbury Retirement Village.The organization does a lot of charity work.They meet once a month and share patterns and socialize.Saturday’s quilt show is to raise money for their club.” We use the money we do make for purchasing fabric for quilts that we make for others.”Folks interested in getting involved with the Bangor Bear Paws Quilters can contact Sunbury Village at 990-0864.
It’s the resurrection of Bumstock and it’s happening in Bangor.Saturday was the kick-off of the 2011 Waterfront Concerts series.The Avalanche Tour is an all day event, which is featuring bands Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.Fifteen local bands are also taking part, performing throughout the day.Waterfront Concerts President, Alex Gray says folks are going to see a lot of diversity in the acts they are bringing to Bangor this year.” We know that the business owners like this, we know that the hotels like this and we know that the shops and restaurants like it.
Saturday was the grand opening of the centinnial commemoration of the Fire of 1911.Funding for the exhibit was raised by the Bangor Museum and History Center.Folks viewing the exhibit can expect to find photographs from the fire, artifacts and fire equipment that was used back in 1911.They will also find a fire mapping project that students from Bangor High School took part.
Folks hit the pavement in Brewer Saturday, all for a good cause.They were taking part in the Multiple Sclerosis walk.Other walks were taking place throughout the state.MS is a neurological disease that affects people in different ways and degrees.About 400 people came out for Saturday’s event.” We don’t want to have to have these walks anymore and people need to be aware and the only way they can be aware is by raising money for funding of research.”Eighty percent of the money will stay locally and the rest goes to research.
Folks had the chance to get rid of unwanted or expired prescription drugs Saturday.The Bangor Police and Penobscot Sheriff’s Department were collecting the medication at two locations in Bangor, Cascade Park and behind the Airport Mall.It’s a free service.And those involved say it’s vital to the public’s safety to offer something like this.This is the second time they have offered this in Bangor and they say the turn out has been tremendous.” Obviously we have a tremendous prescription pill problem in Maine and this is a good way to get them out of your cabinets.
Authorities say a Maine man has died while out ATV riding with two friends.The Maine Warden Service says 50-year-old Glen Lang of Sebago was driving behind two ATVs a little before 8 Friday night.Authorities say Lang attempted to pass his friends but clipped one of the ATVs, lost control, went of the road and struck a tree.Lang died at the scene.
Winterport fire and surrounding towns battled a fire on the Kaler Road Saturday.The call came in just before 4 pm.Winterport Fire Chief Thomas Doe says he believes it started as a grease fire and escalated and got into the walls of the home.Frankfort, West Frankfort, Hampden and Newburgh were called in for mutual aid.The homeowner suffered burns on his arms and was transported to a local hospital.Doe says they faced some challenges.” Well there’s a lot of stuff in the house and these old houses were built in what’s called a balloon frame so the fire gets going in one place and goes up through the frame in right into the roof.”The fire is still under investigation.
With gas prices so high, lots of Mainers might not be roaming very far from home this summer.Here at TV-5 , we have some suggestions for getting away without breaking the bank, featuring what we call “state-cations” every Friday this month.Today, we go on a quest to find some of the best spots for Maine made ice cream.
A festival with the goal to organize peace across the world is taking place in orono Saturday.The 17th Annual Hope Festival is a free way for folks to celebrate earth and connections to each other.More than 60 organizations will be on hand.Organizers say there’s a little something for everyone at the event.”People can pick up buttons, bumper stickers, free information.
Governor LePage says the owner of two closed paper mills in the Millinocket area has agreed to put off dismantling them and selling the pieces, at least until the end of July.The governor says that gives the state more time to find a buyer for the mills.Earlier this month, owner Brookfield Management said it would dismantle the mills after a deal to sell them fell through.
A state official who resigned this week is catching heat from the NAACP and tribal leaders.Former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Philip Congdon is accused of making racist remarks and disparaging residents of Aroostook County.Congdon was quoted as saying affirmative action has contributed to a decline in higher education.He’s also accused of saying it’s time for northern Mainers to quote, “get off the reservation” if they want to succeed.The heads of the Penobscot Indian Nation and the Maine chapter of the NAACP say what he said was reprehensible and inherently untrue.
There was a candlelight vigil Thursday night in Bridgton for Krista Dittmeyer.Her body was found in a pond in New Hampshire Wednesday.Her family, including her 1-year-old daughter, were at the service.On Saturday, her car was found running with hazard lights on in a parking lot at a ski area.Her daughter was found in the back seat unharmed.An autopsy was performed to determine cause of death.Authorities say it could take up to two months for the toxicology results.
A man from Somerville is going to prison for 17 years for possession child pornography.60-year-old Matthew Clark was sentenced Friday in federal court in Portland.He was found guilty in January.Three years ago authorities discovered child pornography on Clark’s computer and video tapes at his home.Clark was previously convictioned sex crimes involving minors.He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release.
It’s one of the most defining moments in Bangor history – a moment that changed the face of the city forever.The Great Fire of 1911 wiped out nearly half of downtown, leaving the heart of Bangor in ruins.Incredibly, only two people were killed.In this special report, we look back at what Bangor was and what it became.”I don’t think all of the training in the world probably could have saved Bangor that afternoon.”It was Sunday, April 30th, 1911.