Paper products were in abundance outside shaw’s supermarket in bangor Saturday.The volunteer organization Welcome to Housing was hosting a paper drive, trying to collect paper towels, toilet papers and other paper items to help folks transitioning from the homeless shelter into their own home.Organizers say sometimes it comes down to these people deciding between food or paper products.They plan to make care packages out of the items collected.” It’s a win-win situation for everyone because if we can help the people who are moving out into their own place succeed, then they’re going to be doing better in the community as they get their lives back on track,” said Welcome to Housing Volunteer, Chris Olsen.Organizers say they are blown away with the generosity of the community.
Ron Paul has gained 83 votes on Mitt Romney, following a republican presidential caucus in Washington County Saturday, but Romney still holds a 156 vote lead over Paul in statewide totals.Paul received 163 votes in Saturday’s caucus, Romney received 80.Republicans from more than two dozen towns gathered to cast their votes.It’s unknown rather their votes will count in state tallies, after postponing their caucuses due to bad weather last weekend.The Republican State Committee will consider their request to be included in the state tallies next month.
A sex offender from Massachusetts is behind bars in Maine.The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department says 58-year-old John Rosa was arrested Thursday in West Bath on a fugitive from justice warrant and on suspicion of violating conditions of release.Authorities say a student’s grandfather reported his car parked outside an elementary school.They say the grandfather called police after spotting Rosa and questioning him outside the West Bath Elementary School.The grandfather became suspicious after Rosa told him he was looking for the local courthouse, which they say he had to have driven past to get to the school.
A UMaine fraternity hopes an all night sleep out will bring money and awareness to the issue of sexual assaults.The brothers of Beta Theta Pi are held their 19th annual bonfire and sleep out right Friday.The event started at 6 Friday night and wrapped up at 6 Saturday morning.Through donations and raffle ticket sales, the fraternity hopes to be able give $5,000 dollars to Rape Response Services of Bangor.
Administrators at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias will be returning to the bargaining table with union nurses.Hospital CEO, Doug Jones says the issues are entirely economic.But nurses say they are concerned with patient safety and safe staffing, especially with their night staff.Hospital administrators proposed to raise salaries of its nurses by an average of 11% and 8.5% for its technical staff, over a three year period.Jones says the night nurses are paid much higher than in many other hospitals.The nurses fear cuts will send employees elsewhere for work.”Our biggest concern is patient safety and safe staffing.
Governor LePage is blasting Senate Democrats for rejecting a supplement budget drawn up to close a $120 million dollar gap.It was tailored to bail out the Department of Health and Human Services while continuing to cover Medicaid expenses and pay other bills.Twelve Senate Democrats voted against the measure Thursday night, after House lawmakers approved it earlier in the day.
A man accused of wrongdoing while working for a mail order pharmacy run by the Penobscot Indian Nation pleaded guilty Friday.Reginald Gracie Jr., 40, admitted to taking kickbacks and filing false tax returns.In 2006 he was promoted to pharmacist-in-charge for the mail order drug service Pin RX.Gracie faces up to thirteen years in prison and could be fined millions of dollars.He awaits sentencing.
According to the Maine Medical Examiner’s office, Robert Dellairo, who police say was involved in a home invasion in Hermon Thursday morning, died from a gunshot wound to the pelvis.Police say three people forced their way into an apartment in the Duran Apartments near the Bangor-Hermon line.
The University of Maine chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is hosting a bike ride in memory of a brother.Cycle for Life is an event where people donate ten bucks to ride stationary bikes a half hour at a time.Last year, they raised about 25-hundred dollars.