A top state official stopped by Husson University in Bangor Wednesday evening.Maine State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin spoke at the Bangor City Republican Committee meeting.One of the topics he hit on, the overall state debt levels, including unfunded pension liability.Poliquin went into detail about the proposed pension reform and why we need to solve the problem now rather than later.
Three music groups are banding together for a good cause.Home, Incorporated is holding a benefit concert to help cover heating costs in homeless shelters.The concert is Thursday at the next generation theater in Brewer.The music will last from 7 to 10 pm.It will feature the bands Mud-Season, River Bottom Funk and the Noel Walsh Band.Admission is five dollars.
Habitat for Humanity is still accepting applications for a new home in Bangor.Out of the 75 applications it sent out, only two have been returned.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor is a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing in our community.It’s looking for a family for its fourteenth house.Interested families should e-mail their name and address to info at www.habitatbangor.org for an application.The deadline is Saturday.
The State’s Consumer Advocate says Central Maine Power is “bullying” some homeowners to have so-called “Smart Meters” installed on their homes.The Public Advocate’s office wants regulators to tell CMP to stop intimidating customers into accepting the meters.CMP says it isn’t forcing anyone who doesn’t want one to have a Smart Meter installed.In September the utility began the two-year job of installing the meters in Maine, which emit wireless signals.
Water rates in Bangor might go up this summer.The Bangor Water District wants to hike rates by 11 percent.That will happen in July if the Maine Public Utilities Commission okays it.District Manager Kathy Moriarty says the increase is mostly to address an aging infrastructure.The district is under Federal orders to build new treatment.A public hearing on the topic is scheduled for May 19th at Bangor City Hall.
A new restaurant in Milo is serving up lots of local flavor.The owners of Coburn Family Restaurant have also opened a flower and gift shop next door.They hope it all adds up to someplace customers can’t pass up.”And you said Milo’s very friendly and this is a wonderful place right?
A state trooper was injured Wednesday afternoon when his cruiser was struck from behind by an empty logging truck.It happened on Route 133 in Livermore Falls.According to State Police, the trooper had stopped to assist a motorist who had gone off the road, when the truck attempted to brake, jack-knifed and struck the rear of the cruiser.Police say the trooper was pinned inside the car for more than an hour before rescue crews could get him out.He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Fairfield Primary School students will return to school Thursday, but in a different building.They’ll be at Benton Elementary through the end of this week and Monday.The Superintendent says oil was pumped past the overflow on the Fairfield School’s oil tank Monday.Oil spilled onto the floors of the gym and a storage room.And there’s been a strong smell of oil throughout the building.The Department of Environmental Protection is supervising the cleanup.The Superintendent says the school now needs to be rid of vapors and residual smells.
The head of the Chelsea select board, who is the center a criminal investigation, can return to the town office to do business, but only on a limited basis.52-year-old Carole Swan is accused of trying to get a $10,000 kickback from a road contractor.She’s charged with forgery and attempted theft.