Maine’s high school graduation rate for 2008-2009 is 80.4% under a new calculation method.On Monday the State Department of Education released the graduation rate using a newly required federal method of calculation.The new method totals the graduation rate based on the number of students who entered 9th grade at the same time and graduated in no more than four years.Because it only counts students who graduate in four years or less, the rates for most schools and for the state overall will be lower than in the previous year.
A group of kids from around the Bangor area spent part of their afternoon learning how to build birdhouses at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor today.The Friends of Holbrook Island were on-hand to help teach the kids how to do it.It’s part of a series of public programs, aimed at kids of course, put on by the Maine Discovery Museum.
When you think playground, perhaps swings and monkey bars come to mind.But the All About Me childcare center is getting back to the basics when it comes to playing.Two sisters have built their own “all-natural” play space.You won’t find any pressure treated wood, instead there are climbing trees.And the slide is built into the ground, which eliminates the danger of falling.Terry Saucier and Donna White had a typical playground for about eight years before deciding to make the change.According to the state it’s one of few “all natural” playgrounds in Maine.
It’s never too early to try to figure out what you want to do when you grow up.Some middle school students in the Bangor area have a chance this summer to check out careers in the field of engineering and transportation.They’re taking part in the Maine Summer Transportation Institute through the University of Maine.”The purpose is to have a new generation of people who will be interested in the transportation industry, it doesn’t matter what.
There have been a bunch of burglaries in Lincoln in recent weeks.Local police want residents to know what’s being done to find the thief or thieves.Lincoln Police will hold a community meeting Thursday night at seven in the cafeteria of Mattanawcook Academy.Police Chief Scott Minckler will preside.
A Greyhound bus driver charged with bank robberies in Maine and Rhode Island was in a Bangor courtroom today, where he waived his detention hearing.Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate to see if Robert Ferguson is the so-called “burly bandit” wanted in nearly a dozen bank robberies throughout new england.The 47-year-old Lowell, Massachusetts man had a detention hearing this afternoon in federal court in Bangor.
A group of local radio stations is doing their part to make sure some local kids have everything they need when they head back to school this fall.This morning some local DJ’s from WTOS were broadcasting live from the Dunkin Donuts in Orrington urging listeners to donate school supplies.
A two vehicle accident in Orrington sent one man to the hospital this afternoon.Penobscot County Sheriff’s say 38-year-old Aarron Baer of Orrington was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after the accident around 1:30 this afternoon.Police say a white Chevy Avalanche driven by 55-year-old David Hawes of Holden smashed into Baer’s car after Hawes ran a stop sign.The accident happened right in front of Bob’s Kozy Korner Store.Police say it was reported by a bystander who witnessed the accident and ran next door to the fire department.
Joline and Wayne Scovil of Carmel have four children, two of them are grown and have started their own families.It’s a very typical family.But that all changed last July when their, then 15 year old daughter took off.”I found out,” said Joline, ” The day that she left we had no idea there was any man, any boyfriend, nothing we didn’t realize it until the day that she left, and her friend told us.”Told them she had left the state with 42 year old Eddie Monroe of Brewer.
A consultant to former Republican candidate for Governor Les Otten has acknowledged paying for automated phone calls targeting rival Paul LePage on the eve of Maine’s primary election in June.Michael Dennehy says he didn’t consult Otten or his campaign manager about his messages.
A family in Belfast is one step closer to their dream home.Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County had a ground breaking for their first home.It was an event three years in the making.A local church and many other members of the community are involved in the program and will help with the construction of the house.The family who will be living there will also pitch in.The house is going to Christina Johannes and her three children.She says she is blessed to have so many people willing to give so much to help her family.
Maine’s Office of Securities is spreading the word about a new online service that aims to inform and protect investors.Maine Securities Administrator, Judith Shaw, says the new service allows investors to electronically access information about people who work for financial planning, money management, and other investment advisory companies.Folks can access background information that includes customer complaints, criminal and regulatory disclosures, professional qualifications and employment history.You can find out more at www.adiverinfo.sec.gov
Police are investigating a fatal accident in Anson, it happened late Saturday night.According to police, 28-year-old Dan Briggs, was driving eastbound on Brown Road when he lost control of his car.At this time authorities believe driver inattention and poor road conditions caused the crash.Briggs was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the 98 Ford Explorer he was driving.He was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are reconstructing the accident.