Central Maine Emergency Services Get a Boost 

Funding from the federal government will help out emergency services in central Maine.$500,000 will be awarded to the emergency operations center in Skowhegan, which will be used to expand and renovate the center.Right now, the emergency center is a 500 foot training room and two small offices.In the event of a disaster, local and county emergency personnel would convene there to help coordinate response. Congressman Mike Michaud helped secure the money, which comes from homeland security, and is expected to be available to county officials sometime next year.