Category archives for: Maine Attractions

Bangor Winter Carnival Cancelled Because Of Winter, Will Be Rescheduled As An Irony Carnival In June

bangor winter carnivalBANGOR, Maine — Holiday parades in Bangor and Ellsworth have been cancelled because of icy weather forecast for Saturday. Neither parade has been rescheduled. “We’re just not going to do one this year and I’m so sorry. People have put so much work into the floats and everything,” Barbara McDade, co-chairman of the Rotary Club of Bangor’s Festival of Lights parade committee, said late Friday afternoon. “It’s just so much work to put on a parade that we couldn’t figure out how to have it at another time,” she said. With freezing rain and sleet anticipated for much of the state through the afternoon and into the evening Saturday, “We were just afraid of floats skidding into the crowd or off the road,” McDade said. “We could deal with snow, but with the rain?” McDade said this year’s holiday parade was the first ever she can recall being canceled due to weather.“In fact, everything I sent out said rain or shine, we’re going to have the parade,” she said.(read more at the Bangor Daily News)


Maine Gambling Industry Estimates That Several People Still Have Toll Change And Laundry Quarters They’d Like To Get Their Hands On

maine gamblingBANGOR, Maine — A recent report released by a gambling management and advisory firm about the potential for more Maine casinos has excited state legislators. But the state’s two existing casinos and local governments invested in their success or failure expect to push back, arguing further casino development could stifle or quash the fledgling industry. Last month, New Jersey-based WhiteSand Gaming released a report recommending that Maine could sustain one or two more casinos, depending on the size and location. Members of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, which oversees gaming in the state and commissioned the report, applauded the results. The WhiteSand study suggests that the state’s economy easily could handle one more casino as long as it is in southern Maine, and potentially another smaller casino in either Washington or Aroostook county, close to the Canadian border. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Coroner Pissed There’s No Box For ‘Trampled By Elephants In Maine’ On The Form

hope elephantsHOPE — A former veterinarian who turned a small farm in midcoast Maine into a sanctuary for two retired circus elephants was killed Tuesday morning when one of the animals apparently stepped on him after he fell in their enclosure. James Laurita, co-founder of Hope Elephants, was found dead inside a corral shortly after he went in to feed the two elephants, Rosie and Opal, around 7 a.m. Knox County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Carroll believes Laurita fell into the corral and hit his head on concrete. An autopsy conducted later Tuesday by the state medical examiner concluded that Laurita, 56, died from asphyxiation and multiple fractures resulting from compression of the chest, presumably because one of the giant mammals stepped on him. It was not immediately clear Tuesday what would become of the Hope Elephants organization or the animals themselves in the wake of Laurita’s death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to investigate, police said. A man who was keeping media away from the facility Tuesday said there is another elephant handler on staff and that an emergency plan is in place to take care of the elephants. The sheriff’s department is still investigating, but has ruled Laurita’s death an accident – one that rocked this rural town in the Camden Hills area of Knox County. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Only Caribbean Person At Sugarloaf Reggae Festival Looks At The Crowd Through The Kitchen Window Near The Sink

Sugarloaf Reggae FestivalCARRABASSETT VALLEY — Maine’s biggest cure for spring fever was underway Saturday during Sugarloaf’s 26th annual Reggae Festival. It was a scene in which three bananas and a chicken drank beer with a Gumby. The ski resort celebrating spring to the beat of Caribbean music got a boost from warm and sunny weather. “People just need this,” said Jacob Martinsen of Boston. “It’s been a long, cold, brutal winter and this is just what we needed: some sun, some friends — some fun.” Soft snow, spring skiing and riding and plenty of music, sunshine and an eclectic cast of characters from across New England and the world made memorable moments for many. University of Maine students Samantha Harrington and Madeline Mazjanis stopped dancing long enough to shoot a “selfie” with the crowd in the background. The pair and their friends said they came to celebrate the change of seasons and the snow. Chet Jordan, 23, said he’s been coming to the resort’s annual reggae festival since before he could walk. “My mom would bring me up here in my sled,” he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Tests At Ogunquit Timeshare Resort Detect Near-Lethal Levels Of Discount Disney Three-Day/Two-Night Vacation Vouchers And $100 Gift Cards, And Some Carbon Monoxide

Timeshare resortOGUNQUIT — Twenty-one people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and seven of them had to be hospitalized following an incident Sunday at a Route 1 time-share resort that the fire chief said was not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Fire Chief Mark O’Brien said tests at the resort detected highly elevated levels of carbon monoxide – 300 parts per million compared to 35 parts per million, the level that triggers carbon monoxide detectors to go off. “These were extremely high levels,” O’Brien said Sunday night during a news conference outside the resort. “These were 10 times what the normal levels would have been. It’s very scary. We could potentially have had 21 deaths here.” The affected building, one of four on the property, did not have any carbon monoxide detectors – an omission that might constitute a violation of state laws, the fire chief said. (read more at Portland Press Herald)

Proposed Sanford Theme Park Could Give Excited Tourists A Chance To Remove Asbestos From An Abandoned Mill Building Or Shovel A Parking Lot

Sanford Maine theme parkSANFORD, Maine — Bill Underwood has a vision to bring a theme park to Sanford. It’s a vision that he believes has the potential to revitalize the Sanford community and bring a much-needed boost to Maine’s economy. It’s also one that officials in neighboring Wells are closely following. “Obviously, it’s way too early to speculate as to the issues or concerns that we might have, but the first and most concern would be traffic impacts around the Exit 19 turnpike exit in Wells and traffic heading up Route 109,” said Wells Selectman Bob Foley. “Having said that, a new theme park-type attraction, done right, could have a big impact on the economy of the state and the region. Our local hotel and restaurants could see an off-season or even in-season increase in revenue. It could add to the economy and jobs all around.” Underwood, of Springvale, who formed York Pines Inc. last spring, hired consultants knowledgeable in the entertainment industry to conduct a feasibility analysis to determine if Sanford could be a potential location for a theme park. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

If You See A Baby Ruth Floating Around At The Auburn Outlet Beach, Don’t Eat It

Lake Grove ParkAUBURN, Maine — Auburn’s outlet beach opened as scheduled Tuesday but swimming will be banned there for the foreseeable future. City Manager Clinton Deschene said the water in the outlet has failed quality tests eight of the last 13 times it was tested. According to a City Council decision in May, swimming won’t be allowed at the beach until it passes those tests consistently. “But the park will be open,” Deschene said. “It’s open for public access and recreation, but there will be no swimming.” Called Lake Grove Park, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, through Sept. 3. The park has picnic tables, gazebos, playground equipment and grills. A summer renovation project calls for building two beach volleyball courts. The park and beach were open for swimming last summer, but swimming was shut down twice after Coliform bacteria was found in the water. The bacteria can cause minor skin and eye infections, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory illness. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Elderly Couple Remind Park Visitors To Keep Maine Beautiful By Defacing Giant Rock With Graffiti

Pockwockamus RockTOWNSHIP 2 RANGE 9 — An icon to recreationalists headed toward Baxter State Park, the often photographed Pockwockamus Rock has been a fresh yet almost entirely original face to the world for 23 years thanks to Abbott and Nancy Meader. The artists and annual Baxter park campers from Oakland have repainted the mural on the large rock a mile from the park’s south entrance since Maine Youth Conservation Corps volunteers first created it in 1979. This year will be their last. “We are looking for other artists to do it now,” said 75-year-old Nancy Meader, a potter and painter who plans to shop for successors after she writes about painting the rock for the Friends of Baxter State Park newsletter. The 77-year-old Abbott Meader said the couple has enjoyed the volunteer work but wants to retire. Painting a several-ton boulder in the middle of the north Maine woods can be taxing, as Meader discovered during the couple’s first restoration in 1990. “I found out what Pockwockamus means,” Meader said he announced at the time. “It’s Penobscot Indian, of course, and it stands for ‘all the mosquitoes in the world.’” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Paper Publishes Guide To Finding Maine Lighthouses. Because A Rotating, Ten-Million Candlepower Light On A Giant Tower Painted Like A Barber Pole Isn’t Obvious Enough For A Goddamned Tourist

Maine Lighthouse Maine News from The Rumford MeteorThe best Maine has to offer its many visitors is often summed as “lobsters and lighthouses,” and according to the thousands of tourists and residents alike who go up and down the coastline to view the latter, that statement is at least half right. For our complete online lighthouse guide, click here.  According to the Maine Geological Survey, the state has 3,478 miles of tidal-influenced shoreline, counting all the nooks and crannies that form the coast from Kittery to Calais. Before the time of advanced instruments, that coastline was protected by lighthouses, 65 in all, from Whaleback Light at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, to Whitlock’s Mill Light on the south side of the St. Croix River. (read more at Keep Me Current)

Newspaper Has List Of Top Twenty-Five Things To Do In Maine This Spring You Might Be Able To Do This Summer

Spring in MaineWith melting snowbanks, warmer temperatures and easier commutes comes the need to get out and do things that remind us it’s springtime in Maine. We’ve mostly got the state to ourselves before summer rolls around and visitors arrive from all corners of the world, so let’s enjoy it. If you need some help figuring out how to spend a day or two, we’ve assembled a list of 25 things to do this spring that we think will appeal to a variety of people — from nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts to foodies, music fans and youngsters (and those young at heart). (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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