Some big changes are in store for the Bangor YMCAThe first phase of an expansion project is set to get underway this Summer.Meghan Hayward has the story.”The Bangor Y has secured the properties surrounding the Second Street facility that allows for us to consolidate our organization under one roof, with an expanded parking lot and also a plan for phase two expansion to bring all of our core programming and services into one location.”The 2.2 million dollar phase one project, which is the expanded parking lot, is set to begin this Summer.Four of the nine buildings they have acquired will be torn down to make room for more than 100 new parking spots at the facility.”The timeline for phase two will be determined by the efficiencies we’re able to gain by being under one location as well as understanding the economy and the appropriate time to go out for a capital campaign.”Initially, the consolidation will result in a reduction of employees.But Chief Executive Officer Mike Seile hopes when they eventually expand the facility and programming, they’ll be able to add more jobs.Seile says members won’t see a change in their fees.”We’ve kept our memberships affordable for the Bangor community and in this transition part of the reason for the change is to keep it at that affordable rate.
Scientists are saying that Maine could see another widespread out break of red tide this spring and summer.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Wednesday that indications are that it could be a significant bloom of the toxic algae that causes red tide.The toxins don’t affect the shellfish, but it makes them off limits to harvesting and can make people sick.If the outbreak does happen, it could close hundreds of miles of clam flats and therefore lead to clam shortages.
President Obama will hold a meeting Thursday with congressional leaders on health care reform.The Maine Association of Health Underwriters met in Bangor Wednesday to get their position on the issue across to Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.The group represents health insurance brokers and consultants who work with thousands of companies in Maine.They’re pitching a plan based on what they’ve heard from their members.
High school students in Ellsworth spent part of their day learning about the dangers of abusing over the counter medications.According to Ellsworth police, the issue came to the forefront after three Ellsworth high school students overdosed on over the counter medicine and were hospitalized.One of the speakers said that the difficulty in battling this problem is the easy accessibility of the medications.Pediatrician Dr.
Cianbro’s module project for a refinery in Texas is coming to an end.And if the facility does not get more contracts, over 1-hundred employees could be without work.The project will come to an end this June.President Andi Vigue says starting now they will begin reducing people at the Brewer site, but the end of April is when they will see the largest amount.There are currently about 5-hundred employees in Brewer and Vigue says that could go down to just 25 if they can not find work.Vigue says they are trying to transfer many of the employees into the company’s construction jobs.” It is headed toward a low point and we’re optimistic we have 4 or 5 projects right now that if successful they would come to this facility and continue to be constructed here.
Students at Waldo county technical center served up a Caribbean themed meal Wednesday night.All the proceeds will be sent to a technical center in Haiti that was destroyed by the earthquake.Culinary Instructor Mark Hannibal says it’s a chance to introduce students to different ethnic foods and help a good cause at the same time.”I think it’s great to have a connection.
Some folks in Belfast aren’t happy with a plan to build a new Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management Agency in a vacant lot behind the former jail.The Waldo County Commissioners recently approved spending 1-million dollars from existing county accounts to replace the nearly 200-year-old building.Resident Thierry Bonneville, who owns land next to the site of the proposed building says he and other neighbors support a new facility, but do not want to see it go in a residential area that has a lot of history to it.Bonneville says they first learned of the proposed building only a few weeks ago when a neighbor saw surveyors at the site.The proposed building would be four times the size of any homes in the surrounding area.Another concern the residents have is with the noise the new building will bring to the neighborhood.” So as far as the direct impact on the neighborhood it’s not the residence that we’re building here, it’s a 24/7, 365 day operation.
Officials state that the average heating oil price is unchanged from last week of $2.66 per gallon.The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security indicated prices ranged from a low of $2.34 in southwestern Maine to a high of $2.85 in southern and eastern regions.Overall, prices have been relatively steady this winter.
The City of Bangor’s Travel Medicine and Immunization program is offering the H1N1 vaccine to the public as part of it’s regular walk in clinic service.The clinic is held every Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 11am at the Office of Bangor’s Health and Community Services Department.