Bangor, Maine News Update: January 21, 2020
A Winslow Catholic School, that opened 92 years ago, will close at the end of the school year. Administrators at St. John Catholic School sent a letter to parents explaining the financial struggles and shrinking enrollment that forced the decision, adding that they will work with families to help with the transition to new schools.
Kindergarten through 8th grade students at Hancock Grammar School will be let out of school at 11:30 this morning, while maintenance deals with a flooded area in the building. School officials say the weekend's freezing temperatures over the weekend caused a pipe to break.
Three public listening sessions are planned on MDI to discuss the future of vacation rentals, and blending them with permanent housing. The sessions will be held next Tuesday through Thursday at Dahlgren Hall, Council Chambers, and at the Town Hill Village Improvement Society’s Community Hall. After a brief presentation, residents will be able to air their questions and opinions.
Bangor wrote 40 percent more parking tickets last year, after it adopted an automated system that uses a vehicle mounted with cameras to snap pictures of license plates. But city officials say, the purpose of the new system was not to bring in more revenue, but rather to encourage people working downtown to find off-street parking areas.
The American Red Cross has put out a plea for type 0 blood, which is running short due to a lack of donors. Officials say it's not unusual for this time of year, when people get busy around the holidays. For information on how you can donate, log onto the website for the Red Cross.
Belfast is gearing up for its 3rd annual Winter Whoopla, planned for the weekend of the 31st. Family-friendly activities will include a Christmas tree bonfire, arts and crafts for the kids, and a corn hole tournament and chili cookoff. Find a schedule of events on the Facebook page for the Belfast Chamber of Commerce.
An Old Orchard Beach bartender successfully defended his title on Jeopardy last night, increasing his winnings for a two-day total of over 38 thousand dollars. Dennis Coffey was serving drinks last night at Duffy’s Tavern and Grill and never let on that he was going to win the game, a secret he’s kept since it was taped last fall. He’ll be back on tonight, with two new opponents.