A former State Representative and long-standing member of the Maine Troop Greeters has passed away.Catherine “Kay” Lebowitz died on Monday in Bangor.Kay also served as Mayor of Bangor, as well as a member of several committees.Senator Susan Collins said in a statement Monday: “Kay was a remarkable woman, a wonderful friend and a great patriot.
John Richardson has dropped out of the race for governor.The Democratic candidate made the announcement on Monday after finding out he didn’t qualify for for clean election act funding.The Maine Ethics Commission found several problems with Richardson’s petitions, claiming some campaign workers falsified qualifying contributions and forged names on money orders.Richardson says he self-reported the irregularities when they were discovered.He says he won’t appeal the commission’s ruling, because it would be a distraction from the race.
Federal transportation officials have agreed to delay action on a proposal to abandon 233 miles of railroad tracks in Northern Maine.The delay is reportedly to give the state and the railway more time to find a way to keep the line going.The federal government will conduct mediation talks between the Maine Department of Transportation and the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, which wants to abandon a stretch of line from Madawaska to Millinocket because it’s losing money on that run.Earlier this month, Maine lawmakers voted to send a bond package to voters in June that calls for money to buy and maintain that section of track.
Hannaford is removing a lot of trans fat from the foods it sells.The Maine-based supermarket chain says the recipes of nearly 300 of its private label products have been changed to get rid of artery-clogging trans fat.Hannaford has 174 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.
A Waldoboro woman will not go on trial for murder.Instead, 43-year-old Corina Durkee has pleaded guilty to murder charges in connection with a stabbing that left a 27-year-old mother dead.Police say Durkee and Earl “Buddy” Bieler stabbed Rachel Grindal to death and severely injured another woman during a burglary last April.Bieler pled guilty earlier this month to murder charges.Prosecutors and attorneys for Durkee say they’ll recommend a 15 year prison sentence.Durkee had been scheduled to go on trial in the next few weeks.
The company will provide broadband in schools and libraries across Maine for the next five years.The contract is worth nearly $26,000,000.FairPoint says it will serve more than 650 schools and libraries that are part of a statewide consortium for web access.
Fishery regulators are considering putting an early end to the New England shrimp fishing season because the catch has been so strong.The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said on Monday that it will hold an emergency meeting and public hearing by telephone on Friday, April 30th to review data and decide if the fishery should be closed.Last fall scientists recommended limiting the harvest to about 10.8 million pounds, but the catch has already exceeded 10.9 million pounds.
A live webcam aimed at a nest with peregrine falcon eggs caught one hatching last week.It’s the first of four peregrine eggs to hatch in that nest.The live video feed is provided by the Gorham-based Biodiversity Research Institute.The feed provides around the clock coverage of the eggs.
Canaan and Clinton officials say enough is enough when it comes to the reckless disposal of trash.Land along the Pease Rd, which goes through both towns, has been a dumping ground for many years.Local folks say the problem has gotten worse lately.Tires, TV’s and other chunks of junk have been put on the side of the road recently.Town officials aren’t sure if it’s new debris or if someone’s trying to clean up old stuff that’s been in the ditches.Clintons town manager says local police are looking into it.Canaans code enforcement officer says it could take thousands of taxpayer dollars to clean up the mess.They tell us they will prosecute anyone found responsible.
There are about two dozen murders in Maine most years, and the Maine Department of Public Safety says about half of them involve domestic abuse.Children that have to leave a home because of domestic discord, often leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs.That’s the reason why the Waterville Rotary Club was handing out backpacks.The packs are filled with things that can help children in need.The Rotary Club donated the bags to the Family Violence Project, which will help get them to kids who need them.The Family Violence Project also offers abuse prevention programs to schools in Kennebec and Somerset counties.They teach about healthy relationships, teen dating violence and the effects of domestic abuse on children.
Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office say they won’t be able to determine the cause of a fire on Elm Street in Newport last week.When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke was coming from the front and right sides of the building.The building was home to D.C.’s Bar & Grill.Crews from 5 surrounding towns were called in to assist.State Fire Investigator Tim York says there is too much damage to determine a cause.
Monday is Arbor Day in the City of Bangor and it also is the fifth anniversary of the city being designated Tree City USA.To honor that, the city along with students and teachers at the William Cohen School on Garland Street planted 11 new spruce trees lining the road near the school.The kids came from the student council and from the Voices of Change group in the school.The trees were placed in the holes by members of the city’s foresty division and the kids shoveled in dirt and surrounded them with mulch.They hope that these trees will show future students their commitment to the school and the city, said Student Council President Brendan Moore.
John Richardson, one of five Democratic candidates for Maine governor, has dropped out of the race following notification he didn’t qualify for Clean Election Act funding.Richardson made the announcement Monday at a news conference in his hometown of Brunswick.