(Associated Press)A Central Maine company that delivers products to hundreds of independent grocery stores is going out of business.Gardiner-based Associated Grocers of Maine says financial losses have forced its hand.A court-appointed representative told customers the business will be liquidated.
Every fifteen minutes a person dies from an alcohol related traffic accident.On Thursday, high school students in Lincoln witnessed a two car collision that left two people dead.The accident happened at the Mattanawcook Academy.It wasn’t real, it was a mock accident created by the Fifteen Minutes program.One of the crash victims was taken to the hospital, the driver was arrested for OUI, the other two were pronounced dead on scene.Junior Harlee Whitney hopes the simulation’s graphic detail is enough to change minds and behavior.”I hope that you know all the kids who like to go out and party and have a good time can find other ways to have a good time rather than try and lead into decisions like this to be made,” she said.On Friday, students will attend a mock memorial ceremony in honor of the students who were killed in the exercise.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.One of the biggest family events is in town this weekend.The Anah Shrine Circus.We caught up with the shriners under the big top at the Bangor Auditorium Thursday.This year’s event will feature the Shriner’s clowns, animals and is sure to be fun for all ages.The Shriners have been busy getting ready for the big day.They say they’ve been stocking up on one of their signature treats, cotton candy.”We try to get around thirty-five hundred pieces ahead per day, we’ll run roughly seven thousand to seventy-five hundred over the course of the week.
A film production company has pulled out of a plan to build a new studio in Camden, based on land restrictions and anti-Semitic remarks made about the project.The studio would have been built at the site of the former Apollo tannery as part of a free-land-for-jobs incentive.Last month, selectmen approved the deal with B ‘D’ Turman ‘D’ Entertainment, offering the property to the company for $1.In return, the company planned to build a 13-million dollar studio and create at least 24 jobs.But in a letter asking to cancel the contract with Camden, the owners said they later determined the land wasn’t enough space for the studio and nearby properties were too expensive to buy.Larry Reed, the company’s chairman, also included e-mails from an anonymous person he believes has ties to Camden who wrote anti-Semitic comments about his staff.
You can help a local school raise money just by taking a car for a spin.Belfast Area High School has teamed up with Quirk Ford in Belfast.For every test drive on Saturday May 14th, Quirk Ford will donate $20 to the school, up to $6,000.The money raised will go towards the International Travel Boosters Club.
Some local students took a stroll around Asia Thursday morning.They did it without leaving Old Town.Learning about the world is nothing new for students at the Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town.” I like to look at places that have been on the news on my globe at home,” said Sam Koskie, a 3rd grader at the school.Thanks to the National Geographic Society and the Maine Geographic Alliance, students have the chance to do a lot more than just look at the world.” You can actually stand in the countries,” exclaimed Koskie.” I’m not sure that most students spend a lot of time learning about Asia unless there has been a tragedy or a natural disaster there,” said Sue Lahti with the Maine Geographic Alliance.The kids learned a lot from the massive map of Asia.” Asia has a lot of spectacular geographical things,” said Koskie.” I learned how many Maine’s can fit in China,” added Porter Habbard, a 2nd grader at the school.If you’re wondering, she tells us 105 Maine’s can fit in Asia.The map will make other stops throughout the state over the next week.
Two men have been arrested in connection with an alleged home invasion in Lubec last night.The homeowner called police to report a burglary and assault.The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.Police say 40-year old James Fitzgerald of Ellsworth and 35-year old Michael Blanch of Florida are charged with burglary.Police say more charges are expected.Both men are in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $5,000.
Governor Paul LePage will unveil legislation to allow the state to issue Gold Star license plates to family members of Mainers killed in military operations.Also attending a news conference Thursday will be John Mixon of Ogunquit, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who is raising funds to cover the cost of the plates.A Gold Star bill in 2009 was unsuccessful because of the $10,700 cost to manufacture the plates.
Police in Biddeford say they’ve been seeing a rash of fraudulent inspection stickers on older vehicles in the city.Chief Roger Beaupre says police have come across 31 bogus inspection stickers in April alone.He says the stickers appear to have been made on high-end copy machines.
Negotiations between Eastern Maine Medical Center and the nurses union came to a halt late Wednesday night.And now hospital administrators say they are preparing to bring in replacement nurses for five days starting May 5th.Wednesday was the deadline to either strike a deal or head to a strike.Early Thursday morning E.M.M.C.
Federal money is coming to town to make improvements in a section of Belfast.The city was just awarded a $150,000 community development block grant.The money will be used for constructing a part of the Belfast Harbor Walk, which runs through the former Stinson Seafood site.