Marijuana trade show coming to Bangor Saturday

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is coming to Bangor, Maine.

Homegrown Maine 2014 takes place at the Spectacular Events Center in the city on Saturday.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine organizes the event, which is in its third year. A spokeswoman for the organization said the event is geared at caregivers, patients and growers. The organization estimates that thousands of people will attend the event.

The trade show also includes a smoking tent outside the facility for qualified users. Organizers said the event will include workshops, classes, vendors and performances.

There will be no marijuana for sale at the event.

Ex-teller sentenced for stealing from customers

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A former teller at a Searsport bank has been sentenced to one month in prison and seven months of home confinement for stealing about $26,000 from customers.

Brittany Mace, who worked at the Bangor Savings Bank in Searsport, was also ordered Thursday to pay back the money and serve five years of probation.

Authorities say the 24-year-old Mace made unauthorized transactions for amounts as low as $20 and of more than $1,000 from the accounts of 48 customers, many elderly and with dementia, between August 2010 and November 2011, often by manipulating records and forging signatures. She took more than $10,000 from one customer alone.

She pleaded guilty in November to embezzlement.

She told authorities she used the money to support a drug habit and pay bills.

A large tractor trailer lost control Tuesday night and slid off I95.

CARMEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A tractor trailer carrying potatoes went off I95 Tuesday night, hitting several trees before coming to rest on the median.

The driver, Scott Rand of Sherman Mills, was not injured. It is unclear why Rand lost control of the vehicle. The tractor trailer sustained an estimated $15,000 in damage.

Potatoes were off-loaded to another truck Wednesday. The tractor trailer is expected to be removed from the median Wednesday afternoon.

Rand was cited for a log book violation.

Push continues for second national park in Maine


(NEWS CENTER) It's a controversial plan that has been in the works for years. Roxanne Quimby owns more than 100,000 acres of land in the Katahdin region, and is looking to turn some of that into what would be the state's second national park.

Over the past few years she has stepped into the shadows of the project, and her son, Lucas St. Clair, has taken over as this push continues.

Lucas St. Clair told NEWS CENTER that since he's taken over as the spokesman for this project there's been a greater understanding for what it is they're trying to do in the Katahdin region. He says he's really been out in the community.

On Tuesday night, St. Clair was in Bangor.

He and the Natural Resources Council of Maine put on a presentation at the public library .

Cuts to state revenue sharing makes budget building difficult for towns


(NEWS CENTER) --- Cuts to municipal revenue sharing are now starting to be felt by Maine's many towns and cities as they get ready to put their budgets together for next year.

On Monday night city leaders in Bangor received their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Administrators for the city say they are now left trying to fill a $1.4 million budget gap.

They say that is due to a $336,000 cut to municipal revenue sharing for Bangor as well as less state aid coming in to support the city's schools.

Members of the city council say they are now only left with two choices: raise taxes for Bangor residents or cut city services.

Brewer takes steps to beef up small business climate

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Job growth continues to be a priority for many Maine town and cities. Yet while some areas are looking for help by attracting new businesses, others are looking to grow some of their own.

City officials in Brewer have devoted a lot of their attention to small business growth. For years the city's economic department has been hosting workshops on entrepreneurship. They have also retooled the city's website to offer step by step guidelines on how to start, move or pass on a business from one generation to the next.

Small enterprises can be play a big part for any economy but in recent years the risk of starting one has deterred many Americans.

Experts say the best way to get started is to develop a solid business plan for your store. That includes finding a way to fund it and also getting the right place to put it.

Canoe racers prepare for high water levels

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of racers will flood the Bangor area this weekend for the 48th annual Kenduskeag stream canoe race. With the winter we've experienced, weather was one of the big concerns leading up to the race. Now, it's the water levels.

Bob Martin has competed in all but four races in the history of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. He says he's seen some similar racing conditions, the most recent being back in 2008 where he says it was just a bit lower than it is currently. The high level, of course, brings both pros and cons to the competition. The pros being the faster moving waters and less rocks to dodge. The cons being the danger and increased risk of capsizing. These conditions have even the most experience canoes preparing for what could be as race weekend approaches.