Bangor, Maine News Update: October 31, 2019
Central Maine Power is warning residents of a phone scam that claims to be from the utility and is threatening customers. Officials say the caller tells them they must pay at least 300 dollars on their bill or the power will be shut off in a matter of minutes. Anyone receiving a call like this is urged to hang up and contact CMP, using the number on their bill.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today at John Bapst Memorial High School, for a new addition. The new 15 thousand square foot gymnasium and fitness center will be constructed on Somerset Street, where the former Jewish Community Center stood. This morning's event will begin at 10:00, inside the Auditorium.
A new state law will require lead screening for all Maine children who are 1 and 2 years old. The Maine CDC says more than 300 children in the state experience lead poisoning annually, though the state has seen a 70% reduction in the past 16 years. The CDC is working on a system to implement the screenings.
The city of Ellsworth will borrow 3-point-five million dollars for a variety of equipment and infrastructure projects, including buying a new rescue truck for the fire department and two new plow trucks. Another chunk of the money will fund improvements at the Water Street pump station, and will upgrade the Branch Lake Dam.
Tonight’s trunk or treat event at the Down East YMCA in Ellsworth is moving inside, since mother nature isn’t cooperating. Trick or treating will run from 5 to 7, inside the State Street building’s gymnasium. In addition, the parade down Main Street tonight has been cancelled.