If you’ll be traveling through the Wilson and Main Street intersection in Brewer next week, you may want to find another route.Demolition of the Archer Block will begin on Monday.Road lanes in that area will be reduced due to safety concerns and demolition equipment.Flaggers will be controlling the intersection and delays are expected.The work is scheduled to continue until at least Friday.
Maine’s highest court has upheld the conviction of a former South Portland man who is serving a life sentence for the 1983 murder of a teenager in Fayette.In a 4-1 decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday rejected Thomas Mitchell Jr.’s appeal of his conviction in the death of Judith Flagg in January 1983.
FairPoint has a new legal leader for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.New Hampshire lawyer Patrick Mchugh has been appointed a vice president for the company.Mchugh’s specialty is telecommunications.He has experience appearing before the Public Utilities Commissions of New Hampshire and Maine.FairPoint owns the largest landline communications systems in Northern New England.
With just three weeks to go before the American Folk Festival hits the Bangor waterfront, organizers say there’s still room for volunteers.There are about 100 spots that need to be filled for music sales, vending, on-call, donation greeters, safety escorts and children’s area.Most volunteer shifts are 3.5 hours.
Part of Route 15 in Orrington was shut down for about 3 and a half hours Thursday evening.Officials say that an elderly man from California was heading south on Route 15 when he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a telephone pole.Power was knocked out for about a half a mile from both sides of the accident.No other vehicles were involved, the man escaped with no injuries.Bangor Hydro crews repaired the damages by 8 o’clock and the road was opened back up to traffic.
Organizers say the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland is off to a great start.Officials tell us they cooked more than 5,000 pounds of lobster for opening day.The lobster fest runs through Sunday, with plenty of things to do for kids and grown ups alike.For a complete list of festival activities and admission prices, you can visit mainelobsterfestival.com.
It was a big crowd in bangor for some southern rock Thursday night.Thousands of folks packed the waterfront for the Charlie Daniels Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.Thursday’s extravaganza is the second concert in the waterfront concert series taking place throughout this summer.The event brought folks from across the country, including Aaron Emery, who grew up in Bangor, but now lives in Arizona.
Power Utility Transcanada is scaling back the size of a proposed 15-turbine wind farm in Franklin county.The company will file a revised plan for the project, which was tabled Wednesday by a state land use panel.Commissioners on the panel had been set to deny the plan, feeling it would mar views in the area.Transcanada already has 44 towers producing power or under construction at Kibby Mountain near Stratton in western Maine’s mountains.
Line up and dance and help out others while doing it.That’s what’s taking place at the Infinity Horse Farm in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday.Local charity Hoofs ‘n Hearts is hosting a barn dance extravaganza.Guests can enjoy barbecue food, learn how to line dance and will witness western calf roping to boot.The event starts at 4:00 p.m.It’s $15 for individuals and $25 dollars for families.All money raised goes to cancer research.
With weather like this, most ice cream shops are quite busy.But it’s been a blizzard of activity at local Dairy Queen’s.Shops throughout the area are selling their trademark treats to support the Children’s Miracle Network.All this whirring and stirring isn’t just about making customers happy, it’s also about helping kids like Brandon Morris.
Same sex advocates are cheering a federal judge’s ruling to overturn proposition 8, California’s ban on same sex marriage.Last November, voters approved the measure five months after the state legalized same sex unions.The effects of the decision could spread nationwide.We contacted Betsy Smith with Equality Maine over the phone.
About 30 people gathered in Pickering Square in Bangor Thursday afternoon to protest free trade agreements.Local workers joined together to speak out against the visit of United States Trade Representative, Ron Kirk.Kirk is a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The protestors say NAFTA-style trade deals are costing Maine tens of thousands of jobs.”I would ask him to open his eyes and see what the real impact has been.
The death of a Bucksport woman at the Mount Waldo quarry in Frankfort brings back painful memories for a unity man who nearly died there about 10 years ago.Daniel Curit had jumped from one of the highest points at the quarry back in September 2000.
Some kids decided to take a break from the games and rides at the Bangor State Fair, to get their hands dirty, digging for dinosaurs.Dino Digs is an interactive activity allowing kids to find bones of prehistoric creatures in an archeological setting.There’s a big sand-box, with flags showing where fossils have been hidden.