Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policy holders will again have a chance to speak out about proposed price hikes.The State Bureau of Insurance will hold another public comment session Tuesday night.It will take place at the University of Maine in Orono.Anthem wants to raise rates by about 10-percent on several of its health insurance plans.If approved, they’ll take hold July 1st.Tomorrow night’s session is from five to seven at Murray Hall on the U.
Hundreds of Maine hockey players and their supporters are urging the owner of a Hallowell Skating Rink to rebuild.Last month heavy snow caved in its roof.That displaced numerous hockey and skating organizations.Rink co-owner Peter Prescott says a decision to rebuild hasn’t been made because details are still being worked out with the insurance company.Proceeds raised by Sunday’s rally would go toward any effort to rebuild.
Eight Republican State Senators say they’re dismayed by the tone and spirit of some of the comments recently made by Governor LePage.In a column posted in the Portland Press Herald on Monday the lawmakers say they support the governor’s agenda to lower taxes, reform welfare and reduce regulatory red tape.But they’re concerned that the governor has been taking the focus off that agenda by picking personal fights that, they feel, are not worth fighting.
A diverse group of Mainer’s was at the State House on Monday to speak out in favor of a bill that would pave the way for racinos in Biddeford and in Washington County.At the press conference the group said the law could help create around 500 new jobs.The bill would help the project’s developers speed up the process of getting their racino up and running.Not everyone at Monday’s gathering was in favor of the new bill.Peter Martin, who represents the Oxford County Casino Project, says the bill is unfair.He says this group is trying to use lawmakers to avoid the expense of putting their issue on the ballot.
Authorities believe a Hermon man was driving drunk, when he rolled his SUV over on the Fuller Road in Hermon Monday afternoon.The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m.Police say 63-year old James Green had just left his business.He told authorities he doesn’t remember how he lost control of the SUV or how it landed it a ditch.Police say there were some clues at the scene that Green had been drinking.”[He was] still in the vehicle, trying to climb out but didn’t know how to open the door, which was the roof and which was the door,” said Deputy Mike Parady with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.Police say they had to break a window to get Green out.He had no obvious injuries, but was taken to the hospitalCharges are pending the results of blood alcohol tests.
The Ellsworth Police Department is looking for vandals.Three businesses and the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School had windows shot with what Police believe is a “B-B” gun.One of the broken windows was reported Saturday, three more were reported Sunday.The businesses are on Water Street, Main Street, and this building on High Street.Police believe the incidents took place early Saturday and Sunday morning.If you have any information call Ellsworth Police, 669-6614, You can remain anonymous if you choose.”Any information, any suspects, anybody saw a suspicious vehicle in the area, anybody that knows someone that happens to have just bought a BB gun,” said Ellsworth Police Detective Dotty Small.
There’s a place in Bucksport for seniors to go to grab a good meal and catch up with friends.” Well, I hope they’re all friends,” said Esther Landry with a smile.For years, lunch at the Bucksport Senior Center was the place to be, but as time went by, there started to be a lot of empty seats at the tables.” Some of them have moved away, some are in nursing homes and some of them have passed away,” said Colon MacDonald, an Orland resident taking part in the meal program.To bring the meal program back an important ingredient was needed, a cook.
Beatles fans will be invading Bangor this summer.Yesterday – A Tribute to the Beatles is the latest concert announced by the Bangor Waterfront Concert Series.The tribute band will be accompanied by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Grammy Award winning composer Lucas Richman..The concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th.Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8th at 10 am and will be available on the Bangor Waterfront Concert Series website.
It’s time to start thinking about camping.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is once again offering its First Time Campers program.Maine residents who want to try their hand at camping can enter the raffle.44 randomly selected families will win a free weekend of camping at one of 11 Maine State Park campgrounds.The raffle is only open to Maine families who have never gone camping.For more information or to apply visit www.take-it-outside.com.You must apply by May 31st.
The chief of the Maine State Police is stepping down.Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says Colonel Patrick Fleming is retiring effective May 1st.TV5 has obtained a copy of a memo Fleming sent to his department that says the new Commissioner of Public Safety, John Morris, has decided not to reappoint him to the position, so he decided to retire.A spokesperson for the governor’s office would not confirm that and several calls to Fleming were not returned.Fleming was appointed to the post by former Governor John Baldacci in 2007.He’s a 27-year state police veteran.