Maine Universities to serve more local foods

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Maine System announced Monday that Maine’s public universities are committing to using more  local growers and producers for a minimum of 20% of their dining hall food costs by the year 2020. 

Back on August 1, a group of Maine food producers and organizations pressed the University of Maine System to serve more locally grown food to students and staff. 

On Monday, The University of Maine System’s team released a request for proposals to local growers asking them to provide dining hall and other food services at six of the system’s seven campuses.  

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Downtown Bangor flower boxes overturned

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Several flower boxes were overturned and spilled in downtown Bangor and police are trying to find the culprit. 

Bangor Police said the person overturned several flower boxes, uprooting the flora. 

Police are asking any nearby businesses with video surveillance contact the department. 

If you have any information about the destroyed boxes, contact Bangor Police. 


Help send a kid back to school shopping

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some kids in the Bangor area will be going on a back to school shopping spree Saturday, thanks to your generosity.

The Salvation Army has been collecting donations which will be turned into Target gift cards for needy kids to load up on supplies for the new school year. Donations can be in any amount, every little bit counts. 

For more information on how to help, click here. You can also send a check to the Salvation Army at 65 South Park Street in Bangor. 


Jury finds man accused of torching state fire marshal car guilty


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A jury has found a Prentiss Township man accused of torching a state fire marshal's car guilty of arson on Friday. 

John Weckerly, 56, is accused of setting the car on fire when fire marshals were investigating a string of arson and graffiti taggings near his isolated cabin.

This verdict comes after a jury deadlocked on whether Weckerly was guilty of arson almost two years ago. Weckerly was indicted by a grand jury on a dozen charges, including four counts of arson and five counts of criminal mischief. The jury found him not guilty on 11 of the charges, but could not determine one count of arson.

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“Biggest Mover” Challenge at Bangor YMCA

BANGOR, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor YMCA is offering two programs this fall, in an effort to motivate people to get back on track at the gym.

The "Biggest Mover Goes to Camp" program is at Branch Lake in Ellsworth. It's a 4-day camping adventure at Camp Jordan with a focus on finding a healthy balance in life. There will be certified personal trainers and nutritionists there to assist in providing information on healthy habits. Some of the activities will include hiking, yoga and canoeing along with rest and recovery events. All your meals are included in this camping adventure and will be prepared by a nutritionist. This 4-day event is from Sunday, September 27th to Thursday, October 1st.

American Folk Festival features Maine-based ice cream

MONROE, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The American Folk Festival kicks off in Bangor on Friday and will feature 31 food vendors, many of which are based locally in Maine.

One vendor is Stone Fox Farm Creamery based out of Monroe. Owners Bruce and Kathy Chamberlain started the ice creamery in 2009 as a post retirement project. The couple made ice cream in their garage and sold at farmers markets, they said they never expected that six years later, they'd employ four people, grow 25% each year, and have their 35 flavors of ice cream sold in about 70 stores statewide. 

Bruce and Kathy said they love what they do, and Bruce added that his favorite part of the business and watching people enjoy their ice cream.

Maine Musicians showcase Saturday

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking for another fun event on Saturday, look no further than the Maine Musicians Showcase, taking place just down the road in Pickering Square. The free event is open to the public. It will be featuring 10 bands and soloists who will be performing original music live.

This all music event will feature all types of genres, from Country to rock, Funk, to R&B. There will also be appearances by Thomas School of Dance, and the Bangor Roller Derby. The event is put on by listen local Maine and is being sponsored by 16 local businesses.