Homeowners at risk for foreclosure were able to get some help in Bangor Saturday.Penquis hosted the free foreclosure workshop at its offices on Harlow Street.The clinics are being offered to prevent foreclosures by providing homeowners with information about their rights.David Stolt, with the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, says foreclosures are a growing problem in Maine.”We’ve sent out 27,000 research packets in the past year to people who are at default on their mortgage, that’s a pretty good indication that foreclosure is a problem,” said Stolt.
Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor is giving folks the chance to spend a beautiful summer evening at a gorgeous garden party while supporting a worthy cause.They’re hosting Art in the Garden on September 8th.It will be an evening filled with food, art, and good company, with all of the proceeds going to the Bangor Humane Society.Melissa Higgins, Retail Manager at Spragues says she’s crafted an evening for art buffs, gardeners, and animal lovers alike.
Sumner High School in Sullivan is getting more than 1.7-million dollars in school improvement funding from the federal government.Two other Maine schools have been approved for the funding.The money is used for reforms designed to improve student achievement and will help pay for such things as before and after school programs, summer programs, professional staff development and learning labs.The state education department continues to work with Deer Isle-Stonington High School in its efforts to tap into that funding too.
Folks at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor cut the ribbon on a new $10,000,000 research building Friday.Lab officials say the new facility will expand their capacity to conduct research and development.Rob Taft, Director of Reproductive Sciences, says the lab’s services have been increasing 20 to 50 percent a year and they were running out of space.The building has many new features, including an improved ventilation system and an innovative caging system for the mice they use for genetic research.The lab’s president says this is the 7th new building or major renovation on the Bar Harbor campus in the last twelve years.The new building was funded in part by an almost $5,000,000 grant from the Maine Technology Asset Fund.
A bank teller is accused of stealing money from the Gardiner Savings Bank branch in Randolph.Police say Samantha Roberts, 18, of Gardiner stole $2,100 to help her boyfriend settle a drug debt.Police say the boyfriend is the father of Roberts’ unborn child.The theft was discovered earlier this month after a customer complained of being shorted one hundred dollars.Roberts is due in court in late October.
The verdict was rendered Friday in the trial of a Maine State Prison inmate charged with kidnapping, terrorizing and assault.After nearly two hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Chasse guilty on all eleven counts against him.Chasse defended himself during the two week trial, and throughout proceedings he admitted to holding a prison librarian and an inmate in an office of the prison, tying them up and injuring them.Chasse said he was involuntarily intoxicated by a letter the ate, which had lipstick marks on it.
The case of a Maine State Prison inmate accused of kidnapping and assault at the prison has been found guilty on all counts.Michael Chasse is on trial in Rockland, representing himself.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in June of 2008.Thursday, Chasse said he told the prison worker she got herself into the situation and had she stayed seated like he asked, he never would have done anything to her.He said he told her he had planned a killing spree and he was filled with anger that had been building for years.The judge had put a time limit on Chasse’s testimony, forcing him to wrap up.