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Blaze At Old Orchard Beach Motel Ruled Arson

Updated 1 week ago

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — The four-alarm fire that destroyed an empty Old Orchard Beach motel has been ruled arson.

Sgt. Joel Davis, a state fire investigator, said Wednesday night that the Americana Motel was unoccupied and had no electrical service.

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Rockland Students Honored for App Idea

Tania Morales

Updated 1 week ago

Sixth graders at Rockland District Middle School have been recognized for their ideas behind an app that would help cut down on food waste in the cafeteria.

“The application will help kids make healthier choices and eat all of their lunch,” says Rockland Middle Schooler, Logan Putanansu.

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Popular Music Video Stresses Proper Pronunciation of “Bangor”

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 week ago

Mainers know how to pronounce Bangor, but proper pronunciation is not quite as obvious for folks from away.

A music video is trying to change that.

Ric Tyler and Adam Osborne of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications are responsible for the “We Are Bangor” music video.

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Local Bank Takes Stand Against Homelessness

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

A Maine bank is taking a stand against homelessness.

Under it’s Hope@Home program, Camden National Bank says they’ll donate one-hundred dollars to a Maine shelter for every mortgage financed through the bank.

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Carmel Man Arrested For OUI After Causing 3 Car Crash in Bangor

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 week ago

State Police say a Carmel man was arrested for drunk driving after causing a three car crash in Bangor Thursday.

It happened at the end of I-395 near Odlin Road around 1:30pm.

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New Camden-Based Internet Provider Plans to Compete ‘Favorably’ with Other Providers

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 week ago

There’s a new wireless internet service provider.

It’s called Redzone Wireless and they say they have a plan to provide faster coverage across the state.

“While there is some choice in the more urban areas of the state and along the coast, it’s the residents that are in the more rural areas that are really hurting,” explains President and CEO Jim Mckenna. “Their speeds are better than dial-up, but they’re a long way from where they should be.”

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New Scam Targeting Unemployed

John Krinjak

Updated 1 week ago

State officials are warning of a new scam targeting the unemployed.

The Department of Labor reports emails are being sent to people who may be looking to file for unemployment.

They claim to be from the “Unemployment Advisory Department”, using the email address support@us-benefits.org.

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$1.99 Gas: The Ripple Effect

John Krinjak

Updated 1 week ago

“I’m really enjoying the lower prices,” said Kathy White of Old Town.

We found gas for a $1.99 here in Orono, and locals are ecstatic.

“I like the Orono gas prices because they’re, you know, a lot cheaper than Bangor. Bangor’s $2.12 right now, said Cassandra Day of Bangor.

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Hammond Street Senior Center Celebrates Pie Day

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

The Hammond Street Senior Center is making it as easy as pie to help them out.

They’ll be celebrating National Pie Day Friday, January 23rd.

Stop by for a slice of pie or buy the whole thing!

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Bangor College Financial Aid Form Help Session

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is offering free assistance completing the FAFSA.

They’ll be at United Technologies at 200 Hogan Road in Bangor Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

For a list of all help sessions and locations visit FAMEmaine.com/FAFSA.

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Maine Museum Artifact = Seahawks Good Luck Charm?

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

Could a historic artifact that belongs in Maine be the key to the Seattle Seahawks’ recent and future success?

A Native American mask that’s believed to be the inspiration for the Seahawks logo is part of a Pacific Northwest exhibit at the Hudson Museum on the UMaine campus. The Hudson Museum loaned the mask to a Seattle museum back in November. Since the unveiling of the mask at the museum, the Seahawks have not lost a game.

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Renovations to Bangor Airport Promise More Passenger Efficiency

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

Hammers are in hand at Bangor International Airport.  Phase two of a slew of renovations officially began Thursday.

Renovations include an entire overhaul of the passenger check-in desks.  For the time being the counters have been consolidated to one side of the terminal.  This is the first major upgrade to the first floor since the terminal was built in the 1970’s. The project costs about $10 million.  Frequent flyers say they love the convenience of the airport and a little sprucing up wouldn’t hurt.

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LePage: Company That Closed Bucksport Mill “bottom Feeders”

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the chances of the shuttered Bucksport paper mill reopening are “little to none” and describes the company officials who closed the mill as “bottom feeders.”

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Corrections Board Says It Needs $2.5M To Fund Jails

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine Board of Corrections want state lawmakers to approve an emergency $2.5 million spending bill they say is needed to avoid furloughing inmates.

The Portland Press Herald reports the board’s outgoing executive director says the board would not be able to spend the money because Gov. Paul LePage has refused to appoint enough members for a quorum. The governor has said he doesn’t plan to nominate new members because he views the board as ineffective. The five-seat board has two members.

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Democrats Outline Economic Policy Proposal

Updated 1 week ago

NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are beginning a statewide “jobs tour” where they’re discussing ways to create jobs and to grow the state’s economy.

House Speaker Mark Eves and other lawmakers launched the effort Wednesday at Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing facility in North Berwick.

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Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty To OUI Charge

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The police chief in a small Maine town has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunken driving.

Police say Michael Madden of Harrison was operating under the influence when he was pulled over in Naples in November.

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Belfast Teens Try Distracted Driving Simulator

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 1 week ago

Teens in Belfast are learning about the dangers of distracted driving.

Portable driving simulators are making their way through schools and community centers, as part of a campaign to curb distracted driving in Maine.

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Chamber Awards Dinner Draws 1,000 to Cross Center

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 1 week ago

Local business and community leaders were honored at the Cross Insurance Center Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people filled the venue as the Bangor Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual awards dinner.

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Upgrades Almost Done on UMaine Machias Building

John Krinjak

Updated 1 week ago

Upgrades to one of the key buildings on the University of Maine at Machias campus are nearing completion.

Repairs have been underway for nearly a year now on Powers Hall, which houses all of the school’s administrative offices as well as art galleries and the performing arts center.

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Construction on New Helen’s Restaurant Moving Along Well

John Krinjak

Updated 1 week ago

Construction is moving along at the new Helen’s Restaurant in Machias.

Fire destroyed the old restaurant in July.

In the fall crews began work on a brand new building.

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