Rail service is Maine is about to get a big boost, when Canadian Pacific Railway completes the purchase of nearly 500 miles of track belonging to Central Maine and Quebec Railway by the end of the year. Maine DOT officials say the move could bring improved infrastructure and better connectivity to the state.

Bucksport is getting a new coat of paint, in the form of four murals that will be painted around the town. The Maine Community Foundation has given grant money to pay artists who will paint the murals. Artist applications are being accepted  on the Main Street Bucksport website.

This Saturday is small business Saturday, so downtown Bangor is offering a couple of perks for shoppers. Bangor’s Community connector bus service will offer free fares all day Saturday, and the trolley will be running on a loop through downtown Bangor. In addition, parking will be free all day Friday and  Saturday at the Pickering Square parking garage

The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers is in need of donations for their annual Christmas program, which provides gifts to more than seventeen hundred kids around the state. Each box contains not only toys, but also pajamas, and warm clothing. Learn more about what's needed and how to donate on the Maine Children's Home website.

A dinner on Sunday in Ellsworth will recognize World AIDS day. Health Equity Alliance will host the dinner, being held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church at 6 Sunday evening to honor more than 15 hundred Mainers currently living with HIV and AIDS. Find more information on the Maine health equity website.