Both gay marriage supporters and opponents say they expect to be able to raise enough money to get their messages out if the issue is put to a statewide vote in November 2012.Campaign finance reports show that the two sides in the ballot fight that overturned Maine’s gay marriage law spent $9.6 million in 2009.Those seeking to revoke the gay marriage law spent nearly $4 million.Last month gay marriage advocates announced that they’d be gathering signatures necessary to put the measure to a state vote again in Maine.But they’re waiting until January to decide whether they’ll submit the signatures.
(Associated Press)Two males have been arrested following a jet ski accident on Sebago Lake Friday.Nineteen-year-old William Hanson of Raymond struck a visible rock in the lake and was ejected from his jet ski.A water rescue by the Maine Warden Service was conducted.Hanson and 19-year-old Patrick Ciez of Windham were found and brought back to the boat launch.Hanson was treated for minor injuries on scene.Both Hanson and Ciez were arrested for operating while under the influence of alcohol and were taken to the Windham Police Department.The Maine Warden Service is investigating the incident.
If your vehicle has a loon license plate, you can get into any of Maine’s state parks and historic sites for free over the weekend.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is extending this offer as a thank you to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, which support conservation efforts in the state.For a complete list of state parks and lands, visit parksandlands.com.
A film about food that has been shown at festivals across the nation has made it to Blue Hill.It’s called, “Ingredients, the Local Food Movement Takes Root.”It’s about farmers and chefs trying to create a sustainable food system, and doing so locally.You can see it at the Blue Hill Public Library at 6:00 p.m.
School is still more than a month away for most kids, but the Brewer Federal Credit Union is getting a jump on getting kids ready.They’re holding a school supply drive for kids who could use a little help.The drive begins Monday and runs through late-August.Folks can drop items off at the credit union’s North Main St.
Ellsworth and Mountain View high schools could be among four schools in Maine to share $5-million in federal school improvement money.East End Community School in Portland and Fort Kent High are the other two schools.The schools need to meet certain federal requirements to get the money.
The state has drafted the ballot questions for November’s election.Mainers will be voting on whether to approve casinos in Lewiston, Biddeford and Washington County.The proposed wording is, “Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines in Lewiston and do you want to allow a slot machine facility at a harness racing track in Biddeford and at a harness racing track in Washington County?”The public has thirty days to comment to the Secretary of State on the proposed wording of the questions.
In Biddeford, a police officer has shot and killed a pit bull.Police say the officer responded to a complaint Friday morning and the dog lunged at him and bit him as he got out of his patrol car.Police say the dog was shot when he tried to bite the officer again.The patrolman was not seriously hurt and returned to duty.
A former Brewer and Orono resident is accused of causing the death of another inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren.John Thibeault, 32, is charged with manslaughter in the death of Sheldon Weinstein, 64.Weinstein was confined to a wheelchair and died of blunt force injuries from other inmates in April 2009.The Knox County grand jury indictment did not offer details about why Thibeault has now been charged..He’s serving a 15-year sentence for a 1997 robbery.
Police have charged a Lewiston man with the death of a woman whose body was found earlier this week.Bob Ryder, 20, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Danita Brown, 38, of New Gloucester.Brown’s body was found in the basement of Ryder’s apartment building on Tuesday.Police believe she had been dead for a couple of weeks.
Friday night was the kick-off of a celebration that’s been 200 years in the making.The town of Corinth has festivities planned all weekend for it’s Bicentennial birthday bash.Friday’s celebration included good food, fun games, and even some dancing.Saturday’s events kick off at 10 AM with a parade on Main Street and wrap up on Sunday with a Closing Ceremony at 4 PM at Town Park.
A woman from Bangor who was out of prison on supervised release when she tried to suffocate a 97-year-old woman appeared in federal court Friday.She was sentenced last month to six years in prison for aggravated assault.She admitted she walked into the room of a patient at Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation in February and tried to smother her with a pillow, then ranaway.Holmes had previously been convicted of making bomb threats against three local schools in 2007.She was sentenced to two-years in federal prison and three years of probation.Friday she was also appointed a federal defender.
A man from Augusta accused of holding up the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union in Bangor has agreed to be held without bail until his trial.32-year-old Thaddeus McDonald appeared before a federal judge in Bangor Friday where he waived his right to a bail hearing.