Governor Baldacci’s newly created Aroostook Rail Advisory task force met for the first time Wednesday in Caribou.The 15 member panel was joined by concerned community members.They’re trying to understand the complex process of having the state potentially buy the 240 miles of tracks the Maine, Montreal and Atlantic Railroad plans to abandon.The goal of the task force is to help the Maine Department of Transportation, should that deal go through.Commissioner David Cole says having all of the parities coming together to work on that plan will make it a success.
Next month, Maine voters will decide if they want to keep on the books, a new law that lowers the income tax rate and increases some sales taxes.That question will be the topic of discussion at a forum in Winterport Wednesday night.Meghan Hayward spoke with the two people who will be on that panel.The Maine Tax Code People’s Veto, Question 1, will appear on the June 8th ballot.It reads,Do you want to reject the new law that lowers Maine’s income tax and replaces that revenue by making changes to the sales tax?A “Yes” vote would overturn the law.
A psychologist testified today that the man accused of causing a trans atlantic flight to be diverted to Bangor last month was suffering from a psychotic break at the time.Prosecutors say 27-year-old Derek Stansberry passed a note to a flight attendant that said he had a fake passport.
A college student is facing charges after state police say he hit 150 miles per hour on his motorcycle during a chase.21-year-old Chad Dionne of Madawaska was arrested on Tuesday.State Police say Dionne was originally clocked doing 85 miles per hour on Interstate 95 in Bangor.But instead of pulling over, he reportedly sped away.The chase ended about two hours later.
The folks over at the Technical Exploration Center stopped by Wednesday, May 12th, to show and tell some of their favorite gizmoes for aged Americans living in Maine.They have a booth at the Senior Expo on May 21st at the Spectacular Events Center from 9am-2pm.For more information, click, or log on to www.tecmaine.org
Folks got together in Orono Tuesday for a nutrition, food and physical activity symposium.The event was held at the Wells Conference center at UMaine and was sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.The symposium draws folks who work in the public health sector from all over the state.Organizers say it’s a great opportunity to highlight current research and and share ideas.There were oral presentations, as well as poster displays.Topics discussed include access to healthy food in rural maine, childhood obesity and food store selection by food supplement program recipients.
A man from Lagrange was shot and seriously injured while turkey hunting Tuesday in Chester.Wardens say Adam Jewell, 30, was struck in the face, neck and torso with pellets fired by Joel Susen, 29, of Chester.Wardens say they were hunting together when the spotted a turkey and separated, losing track of each other.Warden Lieutenant Tom Ward says Susen fired a shot and hit Jewell from about 40 yards away.Jewell is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The search is on for the worst roads in Maine.The Maine Better Transportation Association is behind it.The group is sponsoring a “worst road in maine” contest.It’s looking for video and photo evidence, as well as stories about flat tires and busted wheel rims.Routes 1 and 191 in Washington county are among several stretches of road that have received multiple nominations.You can enter the worst roads contest on line at fixmaineroads.org.
The town of Jackson and Mount View High School are mourning the death of a longtime friend.Lucille Curtis passed away Sunday at the age of 65.She worked as a secretary for SAD 3 at Mount View High School for more than 42 years.She was very fond of photography and scrapbooking.