Bangor Street Sees Two Serious Fires in Same Day

Bangor - This Thursday was a hectic one for Bangor fire crews.  Within a matter of hours, they worked to put out blazes at two residential structures on the very same street.
 

The first happening very early this morning... the other this afternoon.  Firefighters calling what happened today one big coincidence.

Doomsday Part II: Separating Fact from Fiction

Bangor - Fact from fiction is separated in Part II of the series on Doomsday.
 
Experts tell us what the Mayans really thought, as we explain the reasoning for the misunderstanding of the myth.

Bella Hair Studio Raises Money for Sandy Hook Victims

Bangor - People across the country are showing their support for the families of the victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, now one Bangor business is doing the same.
 
Bella Hair Studio on Main Street in Downtown Bangor is holding a fundraiser for those affected by the Connecticut tragedy.  Their is now a Christmas tree in their store window, which will display an ornament for each of the 26 victims.  Clients and guests can also contribute by making a donation to personalize an ornament which will be hung on the tree.
 
All money raised from the tree will be sent to a funeral home in Connecticut to aid those in mourning.

Hollywood Casino Offers Players Chance to Win Big

Bangor - Hollywood Casino is now giving poker enthusiasts the chance to win a seat in a Vegas poker tournament this coming summer.
 
The Casino, Hotel and Raceway is giving local players the opportunity to compete nationally with a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.  The top 50 poker players who log the most hours at the casino will qualify for a tournament in May.  The 8 finalists from the tournament will then go on to play in Vegas.
 
Finalists will play at the M Resort in Las Vegas on June 28th to participate in the Hollywood Poker Open.

Facebook Event Creates Moment of Silence for Shooting Victims

Bangor - Those wishing to pay their respects to the Sandy Hook  fallen can do so tomorrow on Facebook.
 
One local woman has created an online public event, as a tribute to the students, teachers, and staff killed late last week.  It's called the "Newtown, Connecticut Moment of Silence."

All who join are asked to make their Facebook statuses the word: "(silence)," in parantheses, at 10 a.m. on Friday.
 
So far, nearly 15,000 people have joined the event.   To take part, or to learn more, search for "Newtown, CT Moment of Silence" on Facebook.

Dunkin' Donuts Donates to Cancer Research

Brewer - Several Eastern Maine locations of a national coffee chain have spent the past year raising money  to help find a cure for cancer.
 
Six area Dunkin' Donuts have brought in nearly $10,000 to donate to Relay for Life of Penobscot.  With one cent from each cup of coffee sold in 2012, going toward the fund.
 
General Manager Robert MacDonald presented a check to Relay for Life earlier today at its Shilling Street location in Brewer.
 
Also at the check presentation was one local man, living with cancer, Mike Openshaw.  For him, keeping the research money local is even better.
 
The stores sold a combined total of just about one million cups of coffee this year.
 

Christmas on the Coast

ROCKLAND - There’s so much that attracts people to Rockland in the summer. But if there’s one constant in this coastal town each Christmas, it’s the Limerock Inn’s Nutcracker display.

"Some have maybe said that I've become a little obsessed with purchasing nutcrackers. To be honest with you I don't know how many...it's somewhere in the 150 to 200 range," says Innkeeper P.J. Walter.

They're quirky yet refined...each unique in its own way. From surfer bums to firefighters... Ship captains to cowboys... Even the Scarecrow, Dorothy, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. A display so wonderful, guests wonder if it's permanent.

"My response to them is usually, you know, are you kidding? I would be a crazy person if they were out all year. No. They're out for the holidays then they get wrapped up and packed away in the attic until next year."

It takes three whole days to decorate the inn for the season...one of those is dedicated entirely to nutcrackers...The strenuous process beginning well before Thanksgiving. With each year taking a little bit longer than the last...as the collection grows.

"We now have guests that will send them to us...throughout the year we get some little gifts in the mail."

Even some coming  from all over the world. Each new addition to the wooden crew giving guests reason to return year after year.

 

 

Brewer Public Library Sends Snowflakes to Sandy Hook

Brewer - When students and teachers return back to Sandy Hook Elementary School after the holidays, they'll be met with the warmth of a cool symbol from Maine.
Patrons of the Brewer Public Library, in collaboration with other libraries in the state, cut snowflake designs out of colorful construction paper to send to the Connecticut school, where students and teachers are still recovering from the tragic shootings of 26 people nearly a week ago tomorrow. If you missed the event, but would like to send some snowflakes of your own, be sure to bring them to the brewer library before next Wednesday, and they'll be sent for you.

BFD Responds to Third Street Apartment Fire

Bangor - Thanks to the quick action of the Bangor Fire Department, an apartment building on Third Street is still salvageable after an early morning blaze.
Just before 1:00 am, fire crews were called to 62 Third Street, where one unit in the 5-apartment building was completely involved in flames with heavy black smoke  coming out of second story windows. Everyone was evacuated and no one was injured. All 5 displaced people have been put-up with family and/or friends in the area. An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.
The building is insured, and while one unit is a total loss, fire officials believe tenants of the remaining 4 units will be able to move back in within a few days.

Navy Announces Next Commander Of Shipyard

Kittery - Captain William Greene will take over as the commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard next summer. The Naval Sea Systems Command announced yesterday that Greene will take over from current commander, Captain L. Bryant Fuller, at a change of command ceremony next year. Greene will begin his 25th year in the Navy in 2013, and he holds Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering, naval architecture and marine engineering.

Maine Personal Income Grows Slightly

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows personal income in Maine rose slightly between July and September. 
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