A young woman from Chester is the new Miss Maine.Arikka Knights was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Maine pageant in Brunswick.The 23-year old is also Miss Greater Lincoln.Knights is a graduate of Mattanawcook Academy and Franklin Pierce University.Arikka was an intern at TV5 a few years back.F.
One out of every six Mainers relies on community health care centers for their medical needs.And starting next Tuesday, Brewer will be a destination point for a number of them.Today, a top member of the Obama health administration got to tour the new Penobscot Community Health Care facility on outer Wilson Street.Joy Hollowell tagged along and shows us all that’s available.=========The paint is still drying in many of the rooms, but in a little more than a week, Penobscot Community Health Care’s newest facility will be open for business.Monday, the head of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration toured the Brewer Medical Center.
Hampden town councilors have approved a 180-day waiting period before allowing the town to be available as a possible site for passing out medical marijuana as well as growing it.State leaders have divided Maine into eight territories, allowing for a medical marijuana dispensary in each one of them.They are currently taking bids.Hampden town leaders say there are just too many questions right now to put themselves into the mix.”What became obvious to us is that in terms of ordinances and land use regulation, that is not something that we had considered when the land use ordinances were developed,” says Hampden Town Manager Susan Lessard.
The search resumes Monday morning for a missing man in Washington County.40-year-old Scott James of Princeton was boating on Big Lake in Township 27 on Saturday afternoon.Wardens say James fell into the water off a 16-foot boat.High winds and waves were reported at the time.An unidentified juvenile was with him, and threw a life jacket to James, and then went in the water to help.The teenager was pulled from the water by two people who were camping nearby and heard him.
Nearly 100 local Army Reserve soldiers are on their way back to Maine after spending the last year in Iraq.A welcome home ceremony for members of the 619th Transportation Company is planned for 8 o’clock Monday morning at the Colisee in Lewiston.The unit is based in Auburn and Dexter.The soldiers transported equipment and supplies during their tour in Iraq.In the past year, the unit completed more than 178 missions and logged more than 590,000 miles.
A decades long study of Maine black bears seems to be paying off for researchers as they try to learn more about the animals.Officials with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife say the state suspended bear hunting in 1980 unsure whether hunters were killing too many bears.
In Gouldsboro, visitors to the Darthia Farm had the chance to see where some of the products at a farmers market came from.The folks there opened up their farm to show their customers how things work.The Darthia Farm has been certified organic for three decades now, and they also have a store there to sell their goods.Tours were given via wagon rides, samples of their prodcuts were given out as well.Co-owner Cynthia Thayer said this open farm day started to give their customers a chance to have a closer relationship with the farm.
The Woodlawn Farmers Market held their grand opening Sunday in Ellsworth.And it wasn’t just some food and vegetables on a table, they had plenty of that, but there was also a petting zoo for the kids and celtic music for the shoppers.The market actually opened up on Mother’s Day last month, but this was the grand opening with more than 20 vendors on hand.Visitors can find the typical fresh veggies, but also fresh eggs, and baked goods.Even smoked meats like salmon were available.And craft items as well ranging from jewelry to scarves, and pottery and tote bags.And all of it locally made.For the organizers this just seemed to be a logical addition according to the Executive Director of the Woodlawn Museum Joshua Torrence.” Woodlawn was a farm and so from a mission point of view it just made sense to have farmers come up and reintroduce that aspect to the property but we also want to support local farmers, people who are producing things locally, we want to think local, buy local and be local.”The farmers market is open every Sunday from 11 am until Two pm.Not only is it just the farmers market but there is also a museum and different trails to explore the 180 acres at the site.
State parks and historic sites were open to the public on this Father’s day, free of charge.This is the 75th anniversary of the Maine State Parks System and to celebrate that there are a number of activities planned all season.Including the park passport program.That’s where you can go to the parks and get stamps in the passport and you can earn prizes like stickers to water bottles.And if you make it to all 48 sites in the state you can get a free season pass.Cars were lined up at Fort Knox in Prospect to tour the grounds free of charge according to Park Manager Mike Willusz.
Just a dozen days after the primary elections were held in Maine, more than 230 soon to be high school senior girls arrived at Husson University Sunday.The 64th annual Dirigo Girls State kicked off with registration.Paperwork was filled out, and directions were given to their dorm room that will be their home for the week, and they got settled.Tonight the girls got their first taste of politics.Senator Susan Collins and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills were scheduled to speak to them.The students had to be selected from their high schools, and will take part in a busy week.They were all looking forward to meeting new people, but they knew it would be a great experience.Other speakers this week include Tim Wilson from the Seeds of Peace Program in Ottisfield, and Governor John Baldacci.The students will role play in mock government session to learn how government works in the state.Then on Wednesday primary elections will be held, with the general elections Thursday.Friday is an inauguration and awards ceremony.Two delegates will be sent to the national convention in Washington DC.