A Skowhegan homeless shelter and the town have come up with a way for the facility to pay a $4,000 sewer hookup fee.Some residents of the Skowhegan Miracle Homeless Shelter have started working for the town, and will get paid $7.50 an hour until the bill is paid.The Board of Selectmen last week voted to increase the shelter’s sewer payments from $150 to $250 per month.
A Massachusetts man is in trouble in Maine after police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck during a weekend traffic stop.Mark Lyons of Braintree was held on $20,000 bail on a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs after he was pulled over Sunday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Lewiston.Police tell the Sun Journal that they became suspicious when Lyons refused to drive past an officer during an unrelated traffic stop, despite being waved through.Police followed him and observed him swerving between lanes.Police smelled marijuana during the traffic stop and after Lyons assented to a search, found the pot in the bed of the truck along with $2,000 cash in the cab.
A legislative committee this week will take another look at a bill to authorize payments to people who report MaineCare fraud.The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a work session on the bill for Tuesday afternoon.At a hearing last week, the committee heard from some individuals and groups who praised the idea as a potential money maker for the state, and others who found the idea of bounties distasteful.Lincoln Republican Rep.
Maine’s natural resource agencies are calling attention to the problem of invasive species during National Invasive Species Awareness Week.The week, which kicks off Sunday, features activities, briefings, workshops and events addressing invasive species issues at the local, state and national levels.In Maine, the departments of Conservation, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Inland fisheries and Wildlife, and Marine Resources are promoting activities to raise awareness about the dangers of invasive species.The most destructive invasive species in Maine is the green crab, which eats soft-shell clams.
A nonprofit group is promoting its new report aimed at giving Maine consumers facts about different home heating options.Environment Northeast says it has produced heating facts reports outlining the costs of different heating options in Maine and other New England states.
State Democrats kicked off their campaign season Sunday, and despite this being an uncontested presidential caucus, party members didn’t shy from the hundreds of events that were held all throughout the state.Democrats at the Bangor Civic Center headed back to their roots, as they used the 2012 caucus to remember what worked so well for them in 2008.”We started a trend in 2008, we need to continue that trend.
Governor Paul LePage was in Washington this weekend for the National Governor’s Association winter meetings.While he was there he said he was not impressed with the current Republican presidential candidates, calling them damaged goods.Governor LePage said he’d like to see the final choice made in a floor fight at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.The three day Governor’s Association included sessions with the president and his cabinet, and also business leaders to discuss issues impacting states, as well as dinner with the first family Sunday night.Governor LePage was scheduled to attend sessions on growing the economy, economic development, reducing health care costs while improving services, education, energy and the changing role of the national guard.
The great outdoors was brought inside the Brewer Auditorium this weekend.The Penobscot Fly Fishers hosted a Cabin Fever Reliever.It’s an outdoor show with close to 50 exhibitors.Organizers say it’s a hands-on demonstration that is meant to be educational.They say it’s great for the whole family.”To learn the value of what we have in the great outdoors.
A special kind of social was held at My Gym in Brewer Sunday.It was geared toward families with children that have Mitochondrial disease.It’s a rare cardiac disorder that affects the children’s energy levels.There is no cure and those diagnosed with it have to take special vitamins.Most local families facing this disorder have to travel to Boston for treatment.”One of the most important things is support.
A Waterboro woman died in an early morning fire Sunday.Fifty-year-old Mary Gilman was found in the burned out home on Paradise Lane.Authorities say 46-year-old Shawn Girard of Old Orchard, who stayed at the house Saturday night, suffered burns and smoke inhalation.He is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland.Officials believe the fire likely started near a wood stove in a first-floor porch and rapidly spread throughout the house.They say Girard was awakened by the smoke and ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.Gilman delayed her escape in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue a family pet.An examination of her body determined she died from smoke inhalation.They say the house was gutted in the fire.
Police are investigating a single vehicle accident on Mount Desert Island that killed a Trenton woman Saturday afternoon.It happened just after two on Route 102.Police say it appears 43-year-old Hope Cummings went off the right side of the road, went airborne and came to rest on the opposite side of the road.The woman’s name is not being released yet.The accident remains under investigation.
Local farmers had their products on display in Bangor Saturday.It gives folks a chance to see what community supported agriculture is all about.Through CSA you can buy into a farm season and have the products delivered to your home.” It’s great for the economy, it’s great for this part of the world we’re living in where Maine is pretty unique that we can get pretty much anything we need to eat very locally, rather that’s fish, seafood or farm products,” said Alix Johns of Food and Medicine.They say it’s a great economical and healthy option.For a list of CSA in your area, log ontoYour text to link…http://www.mofga.net/Directories/CommunitySupportedAgricultureinMaine/tabid/268/Default.aspx
The American Red Cross is trying to fill their blood banks.Those taking part in their fourth annual Chill and Fill had the chance to win a home heating fuel package.Gas cards, t-shirts and concert tickets were just a few of the other items.Their goal for the day was 120 pints.” We’re actually down this month about 150 pints.
It’s easy to take basic necessities for granted.But for folks transitioning from the Bangor Homeless Shelter into their own homes, it can be an expensive purchase.Local organization, Welcome to Housing is trying to relieve some of the burden.They set up shop outside Marden’s in Brewer, asking shoppers if they would mind picking up some basic items.” A lot of times when people are moving out of the shelter they have nothing in the place they’re going to and we’re basically starting them out, taking away a little bit of financial burden off, in other words we’re getting things they would normally have to go out and purchase themselves,” said Welcome to Housing Volunteer, Chris Olsen.They will make care packages out of the items collected Saturday.
Firefighters from missing firefighter Jerry Perdomo’s hometown are in Bangor in hopes of finding him.Two of Perdomo’s fellow firefighters arrived in Bangor Friday night to help search for the missing man.The firefighters hope to help local law enforcement find Perdomo by canvassing the area and passing out missing person flyers.Perdomo reportedly drove from Florida to Bangor last week to visit a friend.If you have any information on this case call Bangor Police at 947-7382.