Lots of Fairpoint Customers lost phone and internet service Tuesday after a construction mistake in downtown Bangor.Among them, Eastern Maine Medical Center…..Meghan Hayward reports.Construction workers were taking borings on French Street in Bangor when they hit cables belonging to Fairpoint Communications.”They hit some fiber cable in the ground and obviously knocked out service around this area.”Public Relations Manager, Jeff Nevins says they now know they hit 3 different fiber optic cables.Which he says carry a significant amount of traffic.”It’s impacted both internet and phone service.”That impact was felt throughout Bangor.”It runs from out State Street that we know of right now out towards Veazie and then across Hogan Road towards the Bangor Mall.”The phone lines at Eastern Maine Medical Center were affected.”We discovered that we were not receiving any incoming phone calls through our land lines to the hospital.”Vice President of Communications, Jill McDonald says once they made the discovery they immediately put their emergency preparedness plan into action.”We began to convert contact with the outside.
Maine officials are warning that forests are dry and many areas of the state are currently at moderate to high fire danger.The State Forest Service was out battling a wildfire in a remote area of Northern Maine on Monday.Forest Rangers and the Danforth Fire Department worked to gain control of the five-acre fire near the New Brunswick border.Officials urge campers and those working with machinery in the woods to use extreme caution to prevent any brush fires.
The sun may be about to put on a colorful light show.Two minor solar storms that flared on Sunday are shooting plasma directly at Earth.Scientists say residents of Northern regions, from Maine to Michigan and anywhere farther north around the globe, may see unusual northern lights.Usually only regions closer to the arctic circle can see it.The Federal Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado said the plasma will likely arrive late Tuesday night or early Wednesday.
The Kahbang festival in Bangor showcases music, art and movies.It starts Friday, and members of the military can attend for free.Event organizers say if you show a current military ID card at any of their box offices, you’ll get a free pass in advance.You can also show a military ID on the day of the show as well.The same offer applies to recently discharged troops too.Chris Michaud tells TV5 that those folks will need to bring along an extra form, a DD 214.Kahbang 2010 starts this Friday and runs through Saturday, August 14th.For more information, you can check out their website at kahbang.com.
A Bucksport woman died Saturday when she jumped into the water at Mount Waldo Quarry, a popular swimming spot in Frankfort.State police say Amy Willey, 39, was swimming at the quarry Saturday afternoon with a friend when she jumped from a cliff into the water.When she did not return to the surface, her friend called 9-1-1.Maine State Police, along with Frankfort and Searsport emergency crews responded to the remote location.A diver recovered Willey’s body.
Average retail gasoline prices in Maine are up slightly, but the price of home heating oil remains stable.A price-monitoring website, mainegasprices.com, says average gasoline prices in Maine have risen 0.6 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74 per gallon sunday.
The Bangor Police Department and Bomb Squad were called to Baldwin Drive in Bangor Monday evening for a report of a hand grenade in an apartment.Authorities say it appears that a family member of a deceased war veteran was going through some of their belongings and discovered the grenade.The Bomb Squad examined the explosive device and say that initial X-Rays indicate that it is a live grenade.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday on a father and son found dead at a hunting camp in Sangerville.State police identify them as Andrew Giroux, 49, and his son Dustin, 25, both of Saco.They were spending the weekend at the camp with four other people.The father was found dead outside the camp, his son was found dead inside.Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play.
After a family friend passed away a nine year old was given a couple of hundred books and told he could do what he wanted with them.Instead of selling them at a yard sale and taking the money to spend on an upcoming trip to Disney, Tommy Hosmer decided to do something else.And he’s doing it to help others and honor his Grandmother at the same time.” I decided to have a book sale and then all of the money I raised would go to Cancer Care of Maine in my Mimi Linda’s name.”She died from Ovarian Cancer after a long fight, so now he’s going to sell those book and about two thousand more that have been donated to him.” I decided to have a raffle and I was thinking that I could raffle off my autographed Jim Rice ball,” Tommy said, ” But then my Papa said ‘Just instead of a baseball how about a book’ and it’s a Stephen King Limited Edition, Black House.”It’s book number 1441 of just 1520, and it’s been signed by King himself along with co-author Peter Straub and artist Rick Berry.With raffle tickets at five dollars apiece it doesn’t seem like it’s set in how much money he could raise.” Um, I was thinking like five hundred dollars”But what has set in is how much this soon to be fifth grader can accomplish.” He’s not only learned about collecting money,” said his mother Bobbi, ” But he’s learned a lot as far as the kindness of strangers and how one act of kindness spreads from a nine year old starting this to how much he’s received he’s learned how good people can be.”But for Tommy it’s helping deal with the loss of his Mimi.” It takes some of the sad away and I like, I feel good because I’m doing something not just for Mimi but a lot of other people that have cancer.”The book sale will be this Saturday from 8 until 4.It will be held in the Weight Watchers parking lot on the corner of Stillwater Avenue and the Kittredge Road in Bangor.If it rains it will be held Sunday.The raffle will be drawn on August 27th.For more information you can call 947-8103.
There’s been a deadly car crash in Lubec.Police say 58-year old Stephen Rier of Lubec died after his vehicle rolled over on the South Lubec Road around 10:30 Monday morning.Rier’s vehicle was the only one involved, and he did not have any passengers.The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Investigators are looking into the death of a Maine State Prison inmate that was originally reported to have been caused by a medical problem.Denise Lord, Associate Corrections Commissioner, says a probe by the Attorney General’s office will provide the final word on last November’s death of 52-year-old Victor Valdez.Prison officials initially said his death was the result of a medical problem, but Judy Garvey, who represents the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, suggests Valdez was beaten by prison guards.According to Garvey, Valdez had trouble hearing and understood little English, and she says guards beat him because he didn’t comply with orders a few days before his death.
Things are in full swing at the Bangor State Fair.Sunday kicked off day three of the festivities.Executive director of Bass Park, Mike Dyer, says so far, everything is going great.He says right now, they’re just about even with last years visitor totals.”Last year we lost Friday and we did only about 2,200 people but did 15,000 on Saturday.
A Maine condiment will be featured on the Cooking Channel.Raye’s Mustard and the turn-of-the-last-century stone mill where it’s produced in Eastport, are being featured on Monday night’s episode of FoodCrafters.The show will focus on Raye’s Mustard Mill.It will show the preparation of the grainy yellow mustard known as Raye’s Sweet and Spicy.Kevin and Karen Raye are the fourth generation of Rayes to own and operate the mill, originally built to supply Maine’s once thriving sardine industry.