Several weeks ago, Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo brought up the idea of electing a Mayor to the city council.Tuesday night, residents got to weigh in on that proposal.Right now, there is no mayor in Bangor….only a council chair.That council chair is elected by the other councilors, with no input from the public.Councilor Longo says that’s something he’d like to see change, “I think that having a public discussion on this issue is important.
Public libraries in seven Eastern and Northern Maine counties are getting nice gifts from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust.Grants ranging from $150 to $1,000 will go to 46 libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties.
A lobster company in Prospect Harbor had to furlough employees last week when it discovered its checking accounts had been frozen.Lobster Web Company, which is owned by the Massachusetts based company, Live Lobster, had to halt operations Friday when they learned the bank stopped processing their checks.The company has accounts with TD Bank.Lobster Web officials say they don’t know why the bank froze the accounts, but think it was in error.They say they’ve been meeting with bank officials to figure out what happened.
Four Maine soldiers headed to Afghanistan got a hero’s send off Tuesday afternoon.The four are members of the 1968th contingency contracting team were honored at the Statehouse before heading overseas.Major Kenneth Bryant, 1st Lieutenant Kristine Hatch, Sgt 1st Class Christopher Field, and Staff Sgt.
After weeks of practicing, the Caravel Middle School eighth grade play is ready to take center stage.”We kind of wanted to take the show on the road,” said Theresa Curtis, an instructor at the school and the play’s director.As they have for several years now, the eighth graders brought their play to the audience at Sunbury Village in Bangor.
Voters in Glenburn and Veazie are hitting the polls in a move that could change the community school system.They’re deciding whether to move forward with the process of withdrawing from their school district, RSU26.If most residents vote yes, the towns would create withdrawal committees that could spend up to $50,000 from the towns’ undesignated funds to carry out the task.Polls in both towns close at 8:00 PM Tuesday night.We’ll have the results as soon as they’re available.
Last June, a family murder-suicide in Dexter shocked not just the community, but the state.It also opened up the conversation of domestic violence.Tuesday, the town of Dexter is continuing that discussion in a different way with the use of theater.Advocacy groups came together to put on a one-man show called “You the Man.”The performance tells the story of five different male characters who are bystanders to dating violence.Those behind the program hope the show will have an impact on the future.”We don’t want to be known as any thing less than the heart of Maine, we don’t have a permanently broken heart, we want to be able to establish strategies that make the next generation free from abuse,” said Arthur Jette with Womancare and the Aegis Association.The performance started at 6 o’clock at Dexter Regional High School.A panel discussion with advocates trained in the issue of domestic violence will follow it.
There will be a stepped up effort to find stray pets permanent homes this weekend in Bangor.The Bangor Humane Society will host a Mega Match-a-Thon beginning at ten Friday morning.The shelter is one of fifty-five in the nation to receive a grant to support the event.The society’s Stacey Coventry says it’s the perfect chance to empty the shelter of every adoptable animal.”We really are trying to make it a state-wide initiative to really celebrate pet companionship and to promote homeless pet awareness in the state as well as encourage people to look at pet adoption when looking for a new pet,” she said.The shelter has more than twenty puppies up for adoption this weekend.All adult dogs will have adoption fees waived.All adopted animals come with a free ID, collar and microchip.c
A real-life Hamburglar has struck at a Maine McDonald’s.Police say a young man, seemingly inspired by the pattie purloining character once featured in McDonald’s advertising campaigns, ran between a car and the takeout window at the Augusta restaurant Sunday night as an employee handed a bag of food to a driver.A witness flagged down an officer leaving a nearby convenience store.Lt.
Authorities have charged five people in connection with what police called a methamphetamine lab that was discovered after a mobile home fire in Kingfield last month.Police say Seth Hinkley of Strong: Joshua Bartlett of New Portland: David Coffren of Kingfield: Charity Haines Christopher of Farmington: and Isaac Moody of West Farmington are facing a range of charges from drug trafficking to arson.Investigators found remains of the methamphetamine laboratory after the fire on Feb.