The Bangor State Fair opens Friday


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It's back! The Bangor State Fair opens Friday at Bass Park and runs through Sunday, August 3rd. Fairgrounds open at noon every day this year- organizers say the earlier opening time will allow families to come and spend more time enjoying the festivities. This year's state fair features several events including a petting zoo and live music as well as exciting new and returning carnival rides.

"Some things are back for the first time in a while. The Log Flume ride, which I'm told has not been here for a while, but is a popular one. We also have demolition derby on two nights. We have a truck pull. We have a lobster roll eating contest," said Cross Insurance Center General Manager, Joe Imbriaco.

If you buy a ticket to see musical artist John Fogerty on Saturday, August 2nd at the Cross Insurance Center, you'll also be able to enter the fair using that ticket.

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New Orono Bog Boardwalk opens at City Forest


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Orono Bog Boardwalk opened for its 12th season on Thursday with a brand new boardwalk through City Forest. The first 105 sections of the more than 500 eight foot sections of the boardwalk have been replaced with composite decking pieces which are resistant to rot and insect damage. It took more than 50 volunteers more than 1,000 hours to complete the work. Dozens of people came out today to appreciate the new boardwalk and explore the nature in Bangor's backyard.

"It's really great. We have a lot of good supporters, a lot of donors, a lot of friends, and it's just really nice. A lot of these people have supported monetarily and volunteering and it's just wonderful," said Jim Bird, Director of the Orono Bog Boardwalk, of the turnout the opening brought.

EMAN joins with Down East AIDS Network


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance, also known as DEAN+HEAL, has officially combined with EMAN- Eastern Maine AIDS Network.

The two organizations decided to pool their staff and resources to better serve the Maine community facing AIDS and HIV. In addition to DEAN and HEAL's health equity centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais, a new center has opened it's doors in Bangor and will serve six communities. Now that EMAN is a part of DEAN+HEAL, the organization is hoping to do more with the combined funding.

"We're working with the funders to see what's going on, but because we're the only organization up in this area," said Sean Weber, the deputy director of the organization. "So therefore we're hoping that it will work for our benefit that we'll be getting increased funding."

Belfast man reaches plea deal for murder charge


BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Belfast man charged with killing a woman and wounding her son with a shot gun back in August of 2013 has changed his plea. Todd Gilday pleaded guilty to all charges Monday morning just weeks before his trial was set to begin.

Gilday's attorney Philip Cohen said, "Based upon the evaluations and reports he just determined it was better to accept responsibility and plea to the charges."

Back in October Gilday originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Gilday told the judge on Monday, however, he was responsible for the death of Lynn Arsenault and the attempted murder of Matthew Day.

Cohen said, "I think it was an unfortunate situation. I don't think our client ever expected to find himself in that situation, but based on other sentences around the state I think it was a fair agreement."

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C&L Aerospace officially opens in Bangor


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A $30 million dollar company left Augusta and officially opened in Bangor.

C&L Aerospace, an aircraft parts and maintenance company, had a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility at Bangor International Airport Thursday. Although the facility has been in use for the past few months, Thursday marked all business officially operating out of Bangor.

CEO Chris Kilgour moved C&L from Australia to Maine in 2010 when the company bought Telford Aviation in Augusta and continued to work out of that building. Four years later, the company moves to it's new five million dollar Bangor facility which is three times the size of its old building in Augusta. When it started in the U.S., C&L employed 20 people and now boasts 120 Maine based employees.

Remembering Bangor police chief Don Winslow


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds gathered at the visiting hours for former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow Wednesday, who lost his battle to cancer July 10. He spent his life serving the public; Winslow was the Bangor Chief for nearly ten years, retiring in 2007. His wife Dora Winslow said he was a man full of life that woke up every morning on a mission to make a difference.

Former Bangor Police Chief and close friend Ron Gastia said Winslow put his heart in everything that he did and treated people fairly.