State Police crackdown on distracted drivers

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- You may notice a larger police presence on the roads. State police are cracking down on drivers not wearing their seat belts and driving while distracted.

Maine State Trooper Michael Johnston said, "I would rank distracted driving in terms of how dangerous it is right up there with driving while fatigued or driving while impaired."

The effort started this summer when the Chief of State Police ordered officers to beef up enforcement. The number of drivers pulled over has increased and police say they will continue their efforts until they receive voluntary compliance by drivers.

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Elks national president to visit Maine Nov. 4 – 7

 BANGOR – The national president or Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and his wife will make their official visit to Maine from Nov. 4 – 7.

   Thomas G. Brazier of San Jose, Calif. was elected to the highest office of the 850,000 member organization at the Elks national convention held earlier this year in Austin, Texas.

  There are 22 Elks Lodges in Maine with approximately 11,500 members, making it one of the largest fraternal organizations in the state.

  Brazier and his wife, Venita, will tour Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain on Nov. 5 and will have lunch at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge at 1 p.m.

  On Nov. 6, they will tour the Challenger Learning Center and take a historic tour of Bangor, followed by lunch at the Sea Dog Brewing Company and a tour of the Cole Land Transportation Museum.

   A reception at the Bangor Elks Lodge will get underway on Nov.

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Trick-or-treating for a good cause

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Even though Halloween is still a week and a half away, many kids in the Bangor area got to do some early trick-or-treating at the Bangor Auditorium on Saturday.

Saturday was the 10th annual pumpkins in the park event put on by the United Cerebral Palsy of Maine. Resource Development Coordinator Tish Pendergast said this event typically raises $10,000-$15,000. All of that money goes back to UCP so it can continue to offer programs to help people with disabilities.

"The families, you know, they need support. They need a go to person like our case management services are so important because those case managers help find other services that people with disabilities need," Pendergast said.

Pendergast said UCP helps around 1,500 people a year and would like to try and add some additional services in the future to try and help out more people.

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Rummage Sale

 

Rummage Sale at St. John's Episcopal Church, 225 French St., Bangor on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 AM to Noon.  Good quality clothes for all ages, household items, toys, books, and linens.  Proceeds to go to the church budget and mission/outreach projects.  Donations are welcomed by calling the church office 947-0156.

Fireworks sales fizzle down following summer demand

OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- This past summer marked the first one in Maine in which the sale and use of consumer fireworks was legal. By all accounts business was booming then for many new fireworks stores that opened up across the state. Yet now that the cold weather is upon us, it is a much different story for those shops.

Both individual and chain fireworks stores across Maine are now going into 'winter mode' as the sale of consumer fireworks has gone down.  

'Pyro City' has five store locations around the state. Staff at their Ellsworth location say that they are already planning to reduce the number of days they're open over the next few weeks. Back around the Fourth of July holiday stores like Pyro City were making hundreds of sales each day. Now they are only doing dozens of transactions over the course of each week.

EMMC touts Robotic Surgery Program

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eastern Maine Medical Center is expecting to see a growing number of surgeons come to its facility to learn how to perform robotic surgeries. Surgeons are using robotic equipment for a number of procedures including weight loss surgery.  We were invited to watch the hospitals top surgeon on the machine perform a weight loss or bariatric surgery Thursday.    Dr. Michelle Toder was using a piece of equipment called the Da Vinci Surgical System, controlling robotic arms using a set of hand controls while sitting at a console and looking at a High Definitition three dimensional monitor.