Thin Mints, Tag-A-Longs, Samoas…you know what i’m talking about…Girl Scout cookies!Friday night,the Sunberries Neighborhood Girl Scouts held their annual cookie rally at the Morgan Hill Event cCnter in Hermon.It was all things cookies…from Girl Scout cookie trivia to cookie stacking, but girls say the organization is about more than just their famous fundraiser.Girl Scout, Keely Gonyea, says “I think Girl Scouts, it says that girls can do something really big for our community and our world if we get together and try.”Organizers of the event say they would like the Morgan Hill Event Center for donating the space.The girls who attended tonight’s event get a head start on their cookie sales, but all girls scouts will begin selling the famous treats come Monday.
There are lots of moose in Maine, but something happened involving a moose in Gray that’s rarely seen.A bull moose at the Maine Wildlife Park was caught on tape with only one antler.The park’s director say the first antler fell off earlier this week and the second could drop any time.Moose always shed their antlers in winter, but usually that happens deep in the woods.Because this one is in captivity, we get a rare glimpse of it.
Governor LePage has extended a state hiring freeze through the end of the year.It’s one of two executive orders he issued.The other lets officials in state agencies question people they deal with about their immigration status.That order rescinds one that had been issued by John Baldacci.
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has filed a freedom of information request to get more information from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.He says it’s in connection with an investigation into accusations that one or more of his deputies misused money while they were assigned to drug enforcement.At issue is what happened to $3,000 set aside to make drug buys.
There’s a new meeting taking place at the Bangor Area Recovery Network.It’s called Alateen, and it’s for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.Organizers say often when teens grow up in a household with alcohol problems they repeat those mistakes.This is the first time in nearly twenty years that this program has been offered in the area.”This type of thing, this peer support is the cheapest thing going.
The trial is now underway for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom in Stockton Springs hostage on Halloween, two years ago.57-year-old Randall Hofland is representing himself in the trial.Hofland did not give his opening statements Friday afternoon.
A three-year-old boy’s road to recovery after an unbelieveable accident with a pencil is capturing the hearts of the people in his hometown of East Millinocket.Diana Bosch spoke with his mother Friday and found out how the community is helping him and his family.Sammy Jacobs plays with his mother, the two arrived in Maine Wednesday night after playtime with his sister turned into a fight for his life.”He stands up, turns around, looks at me, pulls a pencil out of his mouth and all I can see is blood gushing out,” recalls Racheal when she describes the accident that happened on January 2nd.A pencil punctured his right tonsil and lodged near his carotid artery.
A former teacher in Mars Hill accused of touching a student pleaded not guilty to violating terms of his release Friday.Police say 54-year-old Alan Brown of Mapleton appeared in an Aroostook County courtroom after he was arrested on Thursday when tried to contact the victim, who is under the age of 18.Brown was arrested last September when he was a teacher at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill.Authorities say he was released on bail and ordered not to contact the victim or the victim’s family.On Friday, his bail was set at five hundred dollars.
According to the Maine State Police a kindergarten teacher from Jackman has been arrested on child pornography charges.41-year-old Rob Mocarsky was arrested Thursday at his home on a charge of possession of sexually explicit materials.Officials say they found dozens of images of children, including some of his students at the Forest Hills School, on his computer.Mocarsky has worked at the school since 2002 and might have also worked at two other elementary schools in Maine, prior to relocating to Jackman.He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $10,000 bail.He is expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.
State Fire Investiators say a malfunctioning furnace caused a fire at a Bangor business yesterday.Crews were sent to Bangor Armor Liners, a truck bed lining company, on Outer Hammond Street around 3:30 p.m.The one worker in the business at the time says he noticed fire coming down the side of the furnace and left the building.The fire was knocked down quickly and was contained to an office area.
Governor LePage, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Olympia Snowe will take part in a formal welcome home ceremony Friday afternoon, for members of the 172nd Mountain Infantry unit of the Maine Army National Guard.The 157 men returned home late last year, after serving nine months in Afghanistan.While there, they were stationed along the border with Pakistan.Major General John Libby called it the most difficult mission to date.Friday afternoon’s Freedom Salute ceremony will honor the soldiers as well as their families, employers and community leaders who have supported the troops through their deployment.It starts at 2 p.m.
It’s day two on the job for Governor Paul LePage.Today, the governor is expected to announce his choices for three commission seats- the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Marine Resources, and the Department of Economic and Community Development.Thursday, Maine’s 74th governor got right to work, with a breakfast meeting, then the swearing in of three new state officials.He issued the oath of office to Secretary of State Charles Summers, Attorney General Bill Schneider, and Treasurer Bruce Poliquin.In one of his first official acts, Governor LePage issued an order allowing officials in state agencies to question people with whom they come into contact about their immigration status.The executive order rescinds one that had been issued by John Baldacci.The governor also extended a hiring freeze through the end of the year.