An artist whose mural was removed from the Maine Labor Department says the artwork should be returned to the agency’s walls and suggests hanging her late father’s Bronze Star in its place until then.In a statement Wednesday, artist Judy Taylor, of Tremont, said it was “heartbreaking” to learn the controversy may have been sparked by an anonymous letter comparing the work to North Korean propaganda.Taylor says her late father served in the Korean War and received a Bronze Star.The 36-foot mural was installed in 2008.
A former chief executive officer and chairman of The Dingley Press in Lisbon has been named deputy commissioner of finance for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.Commissioner Mary Mayhew said Wednesday that Christopher Pierce’s background and financial knowledge make him well-suited for the job.Pierce, who graduated from Bowdoin College, joins state service as a rising enrollment in MaineCare causes most of a state budget shortfall of $65 million.Pierce purchased The Dingley Press in 1980 after it lost 95 percent of its revenue when L.L.
A tense situation in Houlton overnight.We have reports that state police are negotiating with a man on a bus who is claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest.We’re told the situation developed around 8 Wednesday night at the Irving Big Stop on North Street, just off the interstate.The suspect reportedly let all of the other passengers off of the Cyr bus.TV 5 talked to the front desk clerk of a motel across the street.
It was all about health Wednesday at Brewer High School.The school’s Student Health Advisory Board held their 2nd annual Health Fair.Spruce Run, Healthy Maine Partnerships, and Rape Response were just a few community organizations that were on hand to answer any questions.Kids seem to enjoy the time out of the classroom.Students say a setting like this actually helps them feel a little more comfortable talking about tough topics like teen pregnancy and eating disorders.Student Health Advisory Board members say the fair was such a success, they plan on doing it again next year.
Bangor City School System has taken a hit in these tough economic times.Wednesday evening, the Bangor School Committee met for the final reading of the proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2012.Over the last 3 years, the district has lost 4 million dollars in revenue.Under this budget, five members of school personnel will lose their jobs.While income from the state may have decreased, federal dollars helped keep the system afloat this year.The committee did approve the proposed 2012 budget Wednesday.Now the Bangor City Council must read over the proposal and vote on it May 23rd.If the council passes the proposed budget, it will be put to a city wide referendum vote on June 14th for citizens to have the final say.
A local educator is in the running for Maine’s Teacher of the Year award.Meghan Schall from the Weatherbee School in Hampden is one of six semi-finalists.She’s taught at Weatherbee for twelve years and attended the school herself as a student.She says it feels like her work is paying off and she’s very excited about it.She hopes her enthusiasm rubs off on her students.The six semi-finalists will be pared down to three following a school visit, a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation.
Lawmakers in Augusta heard from Maine’s college officials Tuesday as part of the legislature’s state of the education session.Officials from the University of Maine system, community college’s, and other schools addressed lawmakers on the house floor.
Crews from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are busy in Columbia Falls, cleaning up a diesel fuel spill.The spill has worried the folks who run a nearby fish hatchery.About 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a parked tanker truck into the Pleasant River in Columbia Falls Monday night into Tuesday morning.Members of the Department of Environmental Protection have been on scene since.
A man accused of trying to sell a store clerk his prescription drugs was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County Grand Jury.Earlier this month, Bangor police arrested 46-year-old Steven Dearborn, who’d recently moved from Massachusetts to Bradford.