Bangor, Maine News Update: July 26, 2021
Maine State Police are hoping to hear from anyone who lost items to theft in Southern Aroostook or Northern Penobscot counties, after a large cache of stolen items was found during a traffic stop. Among the recovered items were hand tools, household goods, and other accessories, as well as a large welder. Anyone who has has property stolen in the past couple months, or who has information about this case is asked to contact the State Police.
According to a recent survey, 55% of Bar Harbor residents feel that cruise ship traffic is having a negative overall impact to the community. The AP reports town officials say they plan to take action to restrict cruise ship traffic in 2021. Before the pandemic, Bar Harbor had roughly 170 cruise ship visits in 2019, with 270 thousand cruise ship passengers funneled through the downtown waterfront.
A new law will help low-income residents get more money out of their tax returns. Senator Eliose Vitelli proposed the initiative that the AP reports will make funding available to CASH Maine, a non-profit group that will offer free tax preparations to Mainers who qualify.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is now even more available to visitors, with seven new tent sites along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. It’s free to enter the monument and stay at the wilderness sites, which are equipped with fire pits, a picnic table, tent platforms, and bear-proof storage boxes.
Governor Janet Mills has declared the first weekend in August Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend, which growers hope will give a boost after a difficult year. Events over the weekend will include things like open farm days, blueberry goodies, and more.