Community news, July 28, 2011

Posted July 26, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.

New home for Chamber

The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and the city of Bangor announced an interim plan for the relocation of the Chamber’s offices to make way for a new arena and convention center in Bass Park.

The Chamber, which has had its headquarters in Bass Park since 1982, will move in the interim to a city-owned property at 208 Maine Ave. near Bangor International Airport. The Chamber will lease the property for $1 for the year and pay the operating costs. These terms are similar to the arrangement the Chamber and the city had at the Bass Park location.

“The important thing is that we get out of the way and get this arena and convention center project moving,” said John Porter, president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow said city officials have been working hard since voter approval of the arena project on May 4 to make the site ready.

“We’re glad we were able to find something that works for the Chamber on relatively short notice,” said Conlow.

City and Chamber leaders next will turn their attention to developing permanent headquarters for the Chamber in coming months. The hope is to find a suitable location downtown.

“It makes the best sense for us to be part of the incredible transformation that is occurring on the Main Street corridor and in Bangor’s downtown,” said Porter. “I see our relocation as a chance to add to the revitalization of this area.”

Added Conlow, “The Chamber is a vital organization in this city, and this move is really an opportunity for all of us to further our economic and community development goals.”

Nature camp

Fields Pond Audubon Center will sponsor two weeks of nature camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily for children age 5-12, entering first grade to sixth grade.

Scheduled camps are:

• Aug. 1-5: “Nature, Up Close.” Participants will discover little creatures and little worlds around them.

• Aug. 8-12: “EcoExplorers.” Explore a different Fields Pond ecosystem every day. Participants will hike, catch, search, climb and learn.

Cost is $200 a week members, $250 others. Scholarships are available. Advance registration is required. Call 989-2591.

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