Bangor, Maine News Update: May 2, 2019
There was a large turnout in Augusta on Wednesday to discuss a bill that would expand access to abortions in the state of Maine. The bill would expand access in rural areas by allowing physicians' assistants, midwives, and most nurse practitioners to perform the procedure. Opponents to the bill say they're concerned it would jeopardize women's health.
Governor Mills made history this week when she signed into law a bill that makes Maine the first to ban Styrofoam food containers statewide. Styrofoam is not biodegradable and releases toxins as it breaks down, that can get consumed by wildlife and end up in the food supply. The ban won't go into effect until 2021, giving businesses time to make adjustments.
Improvements on the Pickering Square area of Downtown Bangor are set to begin this month. The city is looking to move the entrance of the parking garage to the other side of the building, add public bathrooms, as well as tables and chairs, and improve the pedestrian bridge. Phase one construction is expected to last throughout the summer.
Volunteers are needed to help clean up a stretch of Route 1 in Knox County later this week. Drivers are asked to use caution Friday and Saturday on the road between Warren and Camden, as cleaning crews will be working in the area. Find more information on the Keep Knox County Beautiful Facebook page.
The Beth C Wright Walk for Life Cancer Walk is expanding into Ellsworth this year. Traditionally the walk that raise funds for the cancer center is only held in Addison, but on May 18th this year, will now be held in Ellsworth, as well. Find more information at on the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center website.