Bangor District Trustees Discuss Fireball Run, Standpipe, Declining Water Usage

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BANGOR, Maine -- When producers of the Fireball Run Adventurally stopped by Bangor recently to scout locations for camera shots and stops, one of the main stops was Thomas Hill Standpipe.

The annual 2,500-mile event is part rally race, part scavenger hunt, and part interactive game. This year, the rally begins Sept. 21 in Ohio and finishes in Downtown Bangor Sept. 29.

"Our board of trustees had to vote to allow them to visit the standpipe and for us to open it up for them," said Kathy Moriarty, Bangor Water District general manager. "We have a policy where we open it up only for things that provide economic development and business opportunities or promotional value for Bangor since we get so many requests for people to use it for weddings or other events."

Moriarty has no clue how the standpipe fits into the event producers' plans, but has her own theory.

"I don't know, but maybe some of this is a secret in that it plays a part in the whole clue process they use for the rally," she said. "Maybe this is one of the stops for a reason."

Whatever the reason, the standpipe will be spruced up before the rally comes to town.

Moriarty updated district trustees on the Bangor icon's improvements at a regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.

"We had a crew come in to paint and put up latticework on the promenade deck," Moriarty said. "They also repaired the ring wall welding and made some other repairs. It looks great."

At the request of city officials, nine burned-out lights were replaced atop the standpipe last month before the start of the Senior League World Series at nearby Mansfield Stadium. …