Some residents of Somerset County are asking governor LePage to help them in their fight to keep industrial wind projects out of their towns.Residents of Highland Plantation, Lexington Township, and Concord Township gathered at the State House Thursday to speak out against proposed industrial wind power in their towns.In 2008, lawmakers passed legislation that rezoned these rural communities for industrial development, paving the way for industrial wind farms.The group delivered a letter to Governor LePage’s office.
Maine legislative leaders have decided to admit a proposal to outlaw so-called `tax zapper’ computer programs that enable businesses to under-report their taxable sales and lower their sales tax bills.House and Senate leaders from both parties on Thursday voted toallow the bill to be considered during the 2012 session.The sponsor, Democratic Rep.
They are regular people, who have done courageous acts to help save others lives.Thursday, several mainers were honored as heroes.It was the annual Real Heroes Breakfast, hosted by the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross.This is the fifteenth year and these heroes come from across the state.Some helped rescue people onboard a plane that crashed, others helped rescue folks from a vehicle submerged in water.” When you speak to these people afterwards and we recognize them they say I’m not a hero.
Police say a 15-year-old Houlton boy accidentally shot himself in the head with a stolen assault rifle he and two other teens intended to use to rob a bank.Chief Butch Asselin says the teens, ages 18, 15 and 13, broke into the hunting and fishing supply store Tuesday night.He says the suspects stole a hunting rifle, two assault rifles, two semiautomatic handguns and ammunition.Police later received a call about a person who had shot himself.
More than a hundred New England fishermen in ports from Maine to Rhode Island are asking lawmakers to back off efforts to kill a new management system.The letter dated Monday was signed by 109 fishermen and sent to members of Congress in the five New England coastal states.Some fishermen say the new system will wipe out small-boat fishermen.
Seniors are catching on to social networking.Facebook and other such sites are helping Mainers of all ages stay in touch with family and friends.On Wednesday, the Bangor Public Library is hosting a training session called “Facebook for Seniors.”The workshop will also be the inauguration for the library’s new Computer Learning Lab and Information Commons.It will be used to teach computer users about software and on-line services.The event goes from 10:30 to 11:45 Wednesday morning.It’s free, but space is limited.To register, you can call the Bangor Public Library at 947-8336.Or, you can go online at www.bpl.lib.me.usThe Gates Foundation is interested in the project and may be on hand to film senior citizens at work in the computer lab.
A collection from the UMaine Folklife Center is getting national exposure.A collaboration between the UMaine and the Library of Congress will preserve a collection by famed professor Sandy Ives.The collection of photographs, audio recordings and manuscripts documents the history and traditions of Maine, other New England states and Canadaâ€™s Maritime Provinces.Ives was a professor at the university for more than 40 years.
Itâ€™s an evening to celebrate the season and help support local cancer patients.The Poinsettia Ball is set for Saturday, December 3rd at the Ellsworth Ramada Inn.Itâ€™s to benefit the new Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.
Itâ€™s one of the sure signs Christmas is right around the corner…the Salvation Armyâ€™s red kettles.Captain Matthew Morrison of the Salvation Army in Augusta was joined by Mayor Bill Stokes to kickoff the kettle campaign.Last year, the Salvation Army in Maine rose more than $600,000 for families in need.Mayor Stokes got the ball rolling with the first donation of the Christmas season, “Itâ€™s a testament to their good work, but also the credibility they have.
Reverend Robert Carlsonâ€™s death shocked those who knew and loved him, but recent allegations of child sex abuse have stunned a community that respected him.Carlson served as a pastor for the East Orrington Congregational Church for years.Reverend Carl Schreiber worked alongside him, calling him a second father.Schreiber told TV5 Wednesday that he was horrified and hurt when he learned of the State Police investigation into his friend’s life.He says Carlson had done so much good for others, that it’s hard to believe the accusations at first.The pastor says something had to have motivated Carlson to kill himself, “Anything could be true.
A family of four have been arrested in connection with a large marijuana growing operation.Authorities say drug agents found marijuana growing in the garage of a house located on Swan Lake Avenue in Monroe.Fifty-five-year-old James Ford, along with his wife 55-year-old Darlene Ford are charged with cultivation of marijuana.Their two sons, 34-year-old James Ford of Dixmont and 31-year-old Paul Ford of Swanville were also charged with cultivation of marijuana.They say they seized more than 300 pot plants, along with 10 pounds of processed pot and two semi automatic assault weapons.Officials say the potential street value is more than $800,000.Everyone except the younger James Ford are out on bail.
A former youth minister for a Lewiston church has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a boy during a camping trip.23-year-old Joshua Williams struck a deal with prosecutors that downgrades the felony to a misdemeanor in a year providing he avoids trouble.He pleaded guilty to one count of gross sexual assault.Prosecutors say Williams molested a 15-year-old boy during a First Assembly of God church camping trip to Bar Harbor in August 2009.