An Ellsworth home was significantly damaged by fire on Thursday, but all the tenants were able to get out safely. Oak Street in Ellsworth was shut down for several hours as firefighters battled winds to gain control of the blaze that’s believed to have started in the basement. The State Fire Marshal’s investigators will now work to determine how the fire started.

This week’s social media threat has prompted Bangor school officials to clarify their lock-down procedures. In a hard lock-down, administrators say all doors are locked and no one is allowed in or out of the school, while a soft lock-down means students can leave with a guardian. Parents are asked to wait for official updates, and not spread unsubstantiated rumors about the situation.

Maine Maritime Academy is launching a scholarship campaign that hopes to generate 20 million dollars. School officials say the Opening Doors, Changing Lives campaign aims to attract students who might otherwise overlook the school in favor of larger institutions.

The Downtown Bangor partnership is looking for mural artists to create large wheat paste murals, that will be displayed on the sides of downtown buildings. Accepted artists will have all their supplies and printing costs paid and will learn the wheat paste process. Find more information at Downtown Bangor dot com.

Proceeds from a yard sale at Brewer High School tomorrow will help send students in the Outdoor Education program on various outings. OE is an alternative physical education program that offers things like camping and hiking, rather than football and track. A bottle drive and car wash will also be offered between 8 and 2 on Saturday.

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