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The Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route is close to being saved for the year

Councilman Joe Baldacci receives a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) from Kandie Davenport-Desell at the spaghetti dinner that raised close to $5 thousand for a bus route. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Councilman Joe Baldacci receives a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) from Kandie Davenport-Desell at the spaghetti dinner that raised close to $5 thousand for a bus route. Photo by Ramona du Houx

From the Bangor Daily News — The Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route is close to being saved for the year, but a significant loss in revenue expected next year could mean deeper cuts for the bus system.

A section from the article:

Community Connector targeted the Odlin Road route for elimination after the city asked the bus service to cut $20,000 from its budget. During spring budget talks, the city faced a significant loss of state funding and increasing state and federal mandates. The council told the city to issue across-the-board cuts to departments. The cost of the Odlin Road route, which was the newest and least traveled in the system, just happened to be $20,000, so it was slated for elimination. Continue reading →

Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci raises $12,000 to save bus route

On The Bangor Daily News – Nov. 10, 2013: By Ramona du Houx

“The spaghetti is great and my granddad is serving it,” said Mason Durgin, whose grandfather is the Mayor of Bangor.

“The spaghetti is great and my granddad is serving it,” said Mason Durgin, whose grandfather is the Mayor of Bangor. Photo du Houx

The brother’s Baldacci, Governor John Baldacci and City Councilman Joe Baldacci, hosted a spaghetti benefit dinner at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on October 30th. The line for the fundraiser to save the Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route went out the front doors of the center far into the parking lot. Over 400 concerned community members turned out to help the cause.

“There are no words to describe this outpouring of support from the community. I could cry. They heard about the event, they want us, and the need us. It’s the greatest thing ever,” said interim bus superintendent, Laurie Linscott.

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So far $12,000 has been raised to sustain the route, including $5,000 brought in from the spaghetti dinner. The cost of maintaining the service from September through June of 2014 is $20,000. Continue reading →