Bangor, Maine News Update: September 1, 2017
A large wildfire in Columbia Falls was started accidentally as a worker's brush saw caused a spark when it struck a rock. TV-5 reports the wildfire consumed 32 acres of land belonging to the Worcester Wreath Company, but company officials say none of the affected trees were meant to be used for this year's Wreaths across America trek. Because of the fire and the impending rain, the company has cancelled Sunday's show at the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre and is issuing refunds.
Financial aid seminars are being held at high schools around the state. The informational meetings will discuss the importance of filling out the FAFSA, or financial aid application, how the process works, and the benefits of applying early. For a complete list of meetings and more information about financial aid for students, log onto FAME Maine dot com.
State Police are encouraging drivers to be extra cautious during the Labor Day weekend, avoid distractions, and obey the speed limit. 99 people have died on Maine roads so far this year, including 21 highway deaths in the month of August alone. Last year during the Labor Day weekend, five people lost their lives in Maine traffic accidents.
Maine's historic fleet of windjammers is on display at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. The festival kicks off today with the arrival of more than a dozen windjammers and an evening capped by fireworks on the waterfront. The event continues through Sunday with events including a lobster crate race, fish head relay, build-a-boat contest and pirate encampment.
It's a case of horses helping horses. Herrmann's Royal Lipizzaner Stallions will perform all weekend at the East Ridge Stable in Charleston in a benefit for a horse shelter in Athens. For more information and show times, log onto the Facebook page for the Lawrence Farm Equine Shelter.