Bangor, Maine News Update: July 6, 2021
Governor Janet Mills announced on Sunday that Kay Spofford of Winslow is the winner of the Vaccinationland Sweepstakes. The dialysis dietician has won $896,809 dollars, before taxes, which represents one dollar for every fully vaccinated person in Maine. Spofford says the money will give security in retirement for her and her husband, and allow them to travel to visit their children and the grandchild who’s expected soon.
Former Governor Paul Lepage has filed paperwork with the Maine Ethics Commission, stating that he intends to run for governor, once again, in 2022. The former two-term governor has been outspoken against Governor Janet Mill’s handling of the pandemic and says he will work to improve the state’s economy.
A new law in Maine has banned winter electricity disconnection threats that mislead consumers. Representative Seth Berry proposed the bill, stating that the practice has affected thousands of people in the state. Under the new law, utilities that send such false notices will now be fined up to $2,500.
Tyson Foods has issued a recall on some of their frozen chicken products, which may be contaminated with Listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the affected products were made between December 26th and April 13th, and are marked with an establishment number EST P dash 7089 on the product bag. Three people have become ill and one has died from infections tied to the pre-cooked chicken products.
Orrington’s Old Home Week festivities kick off this week, including an open house this weekend at the 19th Century Curran Village. There will be tours and demonstrations Friday through Sunday, including of the nearly-completed building that will house an antique carousel.
Scholarships are still available for virtual summer camps through the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor. Starting on July 19th, there are camps available for grades K through 2, and 3 through 5. Find more information, including a scholarship application on the school's website.