The Bangor City Council welcomed members of the community to come out tonight for a public comment session on the proposed Bangor arena.About 75 people showed up at the Bangor Civic Center.While there were a few questions posed to the panel, many of the people that came out tonight were there to voice their opinion one way or another.If you missed this public comment session, there is another one being held on Monday, December 6th, at 6 pm at the Bangor Civic Center.
Law enforcement officers gave a new meaning to “Serve and Protect” on Thursday night.Officers from several police departments waited tables for Special Olympics of Maine.”Tip a Cop” was held at the Ground Round restaurant in Bangor.All of the tip donations benefited the Law Enforcement Torch Run, an event that raises money for the Special Olympics of Maine.The run began in 1985 and to date, has raised more than a million dollars for the organization.”I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the ceremonies, hand out awards and be a volunteer at the games and the athletes both young and old really love the law enforcement participation in the program,” said Doug Smith, a police officer with the Bangor Police Department who waited tables at the event.Throughout the year, the police departments host various fundraisers to benefit Special Olympics Maine.
A Boston-based lobster company says it plans to complete its acquisition of the nation’s last full-time sardine cannery by the middle of January, despite snags that have put the purchase of the closed plant months behind schedule.Antonio Bussone, president of Live Lobster Company, says the closing date for the former Stinson Seafood Plant in Gouldsboro is scheduled for January 14, but he hopes to complete the transaction before then.Bussone plans to use the plant to handle lobsters and lobster bait.
A veterinary clinic in Northport is trying to spread some holiday cheer to the local animal shelter in Camden.The Little River Veterinary Hospital is having an angel tree with all proceeds going to the Camden Rockport Animal Rescue League.
A Burnham man was arrested Wednesday and was charged with OUI, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.Authorities say 18-year-old Joshua Bither swerved his car off the Stagecoach Road in Unity and slammed into a parked vehicle, knocking a woman into a ditch, and then sped off.The victim, 61-year-old Deena Whited of Unity sustained a head injury.Police were able to locate Bither shortly after the accident.He was taken to Waldo County Jail and later released on $250.His first court appearance is scheduled for January.
It will be a blues Christmas in Bar Harbor, at least to start things off.The town’s Light a Candle Festival takes place Friday night through Sunday.Blues legend Big Pete Pearson will be performing Friday night at seven at the Bar Harbor municipal building, dinner will be served at six.Besides blues music, the festival will feature a silent auction, things for the kids to do and a storytelling contest too.Most of it will take place on Cottage Street.
The Christmas season will be arriving in Maine’s midcoast this weekend.Santa will make his way into the harbor in Camden by boat.It’s all part of the annual Christmas by the Sea in the Camden Hills region…There will be a variety of events throughout the weekend…Several businesses stay open later than normal and offer some shopping deals.For more information on all the events and times go to www.camdenme.org.
Four people have been busted on drug charges following a lengthy investigation in Waldo County.Twenty-eight-year-old Michelle Cogswell of Belfast was arrested for drug trafficking.So was 25-year-old Katie Clark of Frankfort.Forty-one-year-old Phillip Golgano of Belfast is charged with dealing scheduled drugs as well as marijuana.A fourth person, 24-year-old Earl Leathers of Northport was arrested earlier in November and charged with trafficking oxycodone.It was a team effort involving the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Searsport Police Department.More arrests are expected.
A Bangor man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed a man from Princeton in July.Baileyville Police say 23-year-old Daniel Dwelley was driving drunk when the car crashed on the South Princeton Road in Baileyville.Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Dow died.Dwelley and another person in the car were injured, but not seriously.Other charges against Dwelley include aggravated OUI, aggravated assault, driving after suspension and violating conditions of bail.
There were lots of tears and cheers, hugs and kisses, Thursday afternoon in Bangor.Sixty-two Maine Army National Guard Infantry Soldiers returned home from Afghanistan.Meghan Hayward was there.One-hundred and fifty-seven members of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Mountain Infantry Unit spent nine months in Afghanistan, where they conducted combat infantry operations against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces.Sixty-two of those members arrived back in Bangor.”Oh it’s just wonderful.
The Maine Credit Unions’ Annual Ending Hunger Walking Tour ended Thursday afternoon in Brewer.Crossroads Ministires and Food Pantry Executive Director Brenda Davis completed a month-long journey to a record-setting 72 communities.Davis walked through all 16 counties, stopping at credit union branches to collect donations along the way.She tells us she had a great time.
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter received more than two hundred health and hygene items from People’s United Bank Thursday.The bank presented the items to the shelter’s Executive Director, Dennis Marble, at a ceremony at the Healthcare Mall in bangor.The project is one of 19 projects involved in the United Way of Eastern Maine’s “Days of Caring” program.All of the Bangor area branches of People’s United Bank participated in the drive by hosting bins at their locations to collect the items.The items will be used for the shelter’s Visiting Nurse program.”This is a community that’s been generous as long as I know and every time any of us asks one way of another things happen, it’s one of the best things of having to work in this kind of field in a community like Bangor,” said Dennis Marble.United Way of Eastern Maine helps more than 50,000 people each year.