Bangor, Maine News Update: January 18, 2019
Police are warning residents of scam calls that are showing the Social Security Administration phone number on caller ID. The callers ask for personal information and sometimes say that your social security number is at risk. Officials say the SSA would never call asking for information over the phone and, if someone receives one of these calls, they should hang up and report it to the Inspector General.
This weekend’s storm is expected to dump a lot of snow across the state, prompting a reminder about staying safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure all generators and alternative heat sources are installed properly and adequately vented. In addition, shovel snow away from any heating or dryer vents around the house, to allow CO fumes to escape.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has launched a cellphone app where people can anonymously report suspected drug activity. The app also enables drug agents to respond back, without giving away the informant’s identity. Find the free MDEA app on the Apple App store and on Google Play.
The Westbrook ice disk is spinning once again, thanks to the work of a Freeport photographer, who said he didn’t want spectators to be disappointed, but also saw an opportunity for some time lapse photography. Andrew Sims used a paddleboard and an ice pick to free the giant disk of ice in the Presumpscot River, that had become lodged against another piece of ice.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. They can always use new tutors and will start training in March, but in the meantime, they can use folks to help pour beer at Bangor on Tap, usher people to their seats at the UMaine International Dance Festival, and help with the Literacy Tea. Find more information on volunteer opportunities on the organization's website.