Bangor, Maine News Update: September 7, 2021
Two men are facing charges after a traffic stop in Old Town resulted in the seizure of crystal meth. Jules Michaud of Mattawamkeag and Drew Somers of Millinocket are both charged with drug trafficking. The duo’s vehicle was stopped on August 29th on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town.
Things are looking up in Milford, now that it’s been two weeks since their last rat complaint. The community was overrun by the rodents during the summer, with residents capturing them by the dozens. According to WGME-TV, after the town forced a local resident to clean up a food source, the problem seems to be under control.
The Maine CDC reports 180 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, as of Sunday. 65 of those people were in the intensive care unit, with 30 of those on ventilators. Residents of every county in Maine is under a recommendation to wear face coverings in public indoor settings, as the transmission levels for the virus are considered high.
Maine is set to receive over $128 million to expand broadband to rural areas. The American Rescue Plan funds will be used by the Maine Connectivity Authority to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to more residents and businesses. Governor Janet Mills says the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of strong connectivity in every part of the state.
Hope for Homeless is a Bangor organization that works to gather and distribute most-needed items among the homeless population. Founded by Ann and Ken Sweeney, the non-profit operates out of storage units on Stillwater Avenue and is always in need of something. Find more information on how to help on the Hope for Homeless Bangor Facebook page.
Ellsworth residents are encouraged to give feedback to the Heart of Ellsworth about whether they’d like to see a makerspace Downeast. A makerspace is a place where artists can work, gather, and collaborate. The survey is available through September 20th on the website for the Heart of Ellsworth.