A national transportation research organization has identified 50 transportation-related projects it says would support economic growth in Maine and improve quality of life.The projects include replacing the Martins Point Bridge in Portland and rehabilitating the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, developing a new cargo port at Sears Island and building an east-west highway from Calais to Coburn Gore.Most of the projects listed by the nonprofit TRIP would cost millions of dollars.Some of the projects already have been funded.The organization is reportedly scheduled to present the organization’s findings during a news conference Thursday in Portland.TRIP was founded in 1971 and is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers and labor unions. (The Associated Press)
The owner of a Manchester barber shop says his business has been broken into for the fifth time in the past three months.Dana Geneseo says he’s installed a video camera, alarm system and even a windowless door at Dana’s Barber Shop since the first break-in on Sept. 2, but that didn’t stop someone from trying to rob the store again on Tuesday.Video surveillance shows someone rooting around the store for about two minutes before leaving empty handed.Geneseo reportedly learned his lesson after the first break when a 40-inch flat screen television and about $1,000 in cash was stolen.He no longer keeps anything of value in the shop overnight, not even petty change.Police are investigating but don’t have a suspect. (The Associated Press)
A Bucksport man has been charged with sexually abusing a young girl several times over a three-year period.Authorities say 48-year-old Steve M. Kane has been charged with offenses including unlawful sexual contact, gross sexual assault, and sexual abuse of a minor.According to court documents, there were 12 alleged assaults against the girl between April 2008 and March 2011. The girl was under age 14 most of that time.The Bangor Daily News reports that Kane was indicted by the Hancock County grand jury last week and arrested by police. He was released on $50,000 bond and is prohibited from having any contact with people named in the cases as well as any children under age 16.(The Associated Press)
The Maine State Board of Education has nearly completed its appointments to the State Charter School Commission, allowing a second pathway to approval of charter schools.The board on Wednesday announced the appointments Richard Barnes of Kennebunkport, Donald Mordecai of Scarborough, William Shuttleworth of Camden and Shelley Reed of Wayne. They’ll join two members of the school board who were selected to serve in October.One other school board slot remains open.In Maine, charter schools can be proposed by the commission or by local school boards.Charter schools receive public funds but are operated independently of the traditional public school system. They have more flexibility than traditional public schools over decisions concerning curriculum and instruction, scheduling, staffing and finance.(The Associated Press)
The president of Great Northern Paper Co. says a national park proposal by conservationist Roxanne Quimby doesn’t threaten the supply of wood for the mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket.Peter Hanson told 75 Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce members this week that the park would have to grow far beyond 70,000 acres to present a problem. The Bangor Daily News says Hanson has concerns about federal air-quality standards but feels a national park and his paper mills can co-exist.Quimby, founding member of Burt’s Bees, wants to donate land she owns next to Baxter State Park to the National Park Service.Her proposal has met with mixed reaction across the state but also has met with fierce local opposition. East Millinocket residents voted against allowing a feasibility study.(The Associated Press)
Nicole King, the founder of Cherry Acres Bakery, stopped by our studios for a preview of her specialty holiday cupcakes this year.For more information on Cherry Acres Bakery, check them out on Facebook, or stop by Giacomo’s or Serendipitous in Downtown Bangor.
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