A search for invasive bugs suspected of arriving in Maine has come up empty, pleasing state Forest Service officials.Using traps from York to Limestone containing scents of the targeted insects, the Maine Forest Service entomology staff found none of the most dangerous invasive insects they believed were threatening the state’s forests.Out of the 2,600 trap samples processed this past year, the Forest Service found no Asian longhorned beetles or emerald ash borers.Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says the traps did come up with some bugs officials weren’t expecting, including two new beetles that were added to the agency’s collection of more than 50,000 native and exotic insects.(The Associated Press)
A local store wants to get books into the hands of kids this holiday season.Bangor Bull Moose is holding a book drive until the end of the month.You can stop in and buy one of more than a dozen children’s books.The store will then donate it to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.Freeman Saunders, manager of Bull Moose says, “Literacy being just so important, I mean, the way the economy is now the gift of a book to a child, at Christmas especially, is just so important.”Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will distribute all the books to local groups helping children this season.
Looking at High School Junior Kyle LeBlanc, you’d never know the torment he endures.Kyle describes himself as a very caring person, “I’m really nice, I’m shy at times, I’m nice to everyone, like I’m not mean to anyone.”Perhaps so nice because Kyle knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a bully’s hateful words.The harrassment started when Kyle was a 5th grader in Connecticut.Kyle remembers some of his darkest days, “They would harass me, threaten me, just do like really horrible threats and then I’d be picked on.
The Department of Transportation has a message for drivers this winter.In ice and snow, take it slow.Brian Byrne of the Maine DOT says, “Everybody’s in a hurry to get it or get somewhere and sometimes they don’t think ahead to leave enough time to get to work, when you got a snow storm coming up, things can get slippery very fast.”The Maine DOT says the need for speed is the biggest contributing factor in traffic accidents during the winter months.”Usually, what I recommend is three to four seconds of following distance on a regular day, but when the snow is coming down you want to double that up.
A big truck is parked outside the bangor mall waiting to help families in need.Kiss 94.5’s morning duo Mike and Mike are collecting non-perishable food to help stock the food pantry at Manna Ministries.This is the 13th year they hosted the food drive.While the food drive is held during the week of Thanksgiving, the food collected helps feed families well into the spring.”The whole idea is to stock pile non-perishable food items well into the first quarter that’s traditionally when donations dry up and they have the toughest time the food.
Folks who go to the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry on a regular basis can get a free flu shot in December.The shots will be offered Thursday, December 1st, from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.Itâ€™s being done through the City of Bangor in conjunction with the Medical Reserve Corps.The Seeds of Hope Food Pantry is at 1612 Ohio St.
One of the two people accused of stealing merchandise from a store in the Bangor mall and macing a security guard remains behind bars tonight.27-year-old Joseph Demmons of Holden and 20-year-old Brittany Holland of Hampden are charged with robbery, theft and possession of bath salts.
Occupy Bangor protestors are refusing to file an event permit as required by city law.Last week, Bangor city officials asked that they fill out the permits every three days.Yesterday, the protestors told us they won’t be doing so, saying they are not an event, but represent free speech.Tracy Willette, of Bangor’s Parks and Recreation Department, tells us that there won’t be any penalty for refusing to file for permits.Willette says the city just plans to monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis, and will revisit their request for event permits later.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a malfunctioning hair dryer is the cause of a fire that’s left 21 students at the Universtiy of Maine without a home.The blaze broke out in the rear bedroom on the first floor of Stillwater Village Apartments on Center Streeet Saturday night.It then spread to two others on the second and third floors.Fire officials say nine other apartments sustained smoke damage.UMaine says they’ve placed the students in dorms, off campus apartments and a motel until the students find new places.The school will pay for their housing through next week while they look for new places to stay.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire that’s left 21 students at the University of Maine without a home.The blaze broke out at the Stillwater Village Apartments on Center Street, Saturday night.It started in a first floor apartment and then spread to two others on the second and third floors.Fire officials say nine other apartments sustained smoke damage.Students are staying in temporary housing until they find new places.”They’ve all been relocated for the weekend.
After nearly a half a year of research and gathering donations, the result of all those hours was boxed up and shipped away today.Folks in Orland gathered to load up items that should arrive at their destination in time for Christmas.”It’s a hundred percent donations,” said Joshua Prochaska of Emmaus International.
Temperatures are going to take a plunge over the new few nights…not the greatest weather for camping out.But that’s exactly what a Bangor radio host is doing this week.Joy Hollowell tells us why.=====Take your work home is taking on a whole new meaning for Pat LaMarche this week.
The Maine ethics commission staff is recommending an attorney general’s investigation into campaign spending by a legislator from Alfred.According to The Journal Tribune of Biddeford, the recommendation will gobefore the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practiceson Nov.
Revenue officials in Maine say it’s too early to say what federal deficit-reduction efforts will mean in the state.The issue came up Monday as the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee got an update on state revenues amid a slow economy.At the same time, the deficit-reduction supercommittee in Washington failed to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the coming decade, triggering about $1 trillion over nine years in automatic across-the-board spending cuts.But chief state economic forecaster Michael Allen says that what those cuts will mean in Maine is still unknown.