Bangor, Maine News Update: June 24, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 37 more people who have recovered. 339 people have been hospitalized at some point in their illness, since the first case was diagnosed in mid-March. The death toll remains at 102.
The city of Bangor opted not to finance body cameras for the police department in the 2020-2021 budget. The cameras that would be used to record officers’ interactions with residents would have cost 300 thousand dollars. The new budget goes into effect July 1st.
The Maine Forest Service has stopped issuing open burning permits required for the outdoor burning of brush and wood, due to the state’s current dry conditions. The issuing of the burn permits will resume once the state sees an adequate amount of rainfall. Campfire permits are still being issued, but residents are reminded to use caution and never leave a fire unattended.
AARP announced this week that its Tax-Aide sites statewide will not reopen for 2020. The locations that offer free tax assistance will reopen in 2021, once the agency can make the necessary modifications to make it safe for volunteers and customers. Free access to tax prep software is available online.
The Anah Shriners are inviting the public to their 2nd annual NASCAR weekend, July 10th and 11th at Timberland Acres RV Park in Trenton. Activities will include a bonfire, pancake breakfast prepared to go, a rubber ducky race, and a cornhole tournament. Find more information on the Facebook page for Timberland Acres.
Summer camp will look a little different this summer, through the Bangor Y, with enhanced safety measures and social distancing which means kids will meet in groups of no more than 50 kids. But that hasn’t put a damper on the Bangor Y, whose day camp, G. Pierce Webber, started up this week. Camp Jordan, which is an overnight camp, will be being the first week of July.