Some new female graduates are looking to break-in to a profession that has always been predominately run by males.Tuesday was the first graduation of the Women Building Futures Program.The program consists of 160 hours of construction basics.And let’s incarcerated females learn a trade.These graduates can now be a carpenter’s helper, use power tools and pound a nail correctly.Organizers say they hope the new graduates leave the program with more self confidence.” I think just believing in themselves that they can complete something.
The man accused of holding a Stockton Springs elementary school classroom hostage in 2008 made another appearance in a Waldo County courtroom Tuesday.It’s Randall Hofland’s tenth appearance since September, all related to a series of pre-trial motions.
A former State Representative and long-standing member of the Maine troop greeters has passed away.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the folks that had the privilege of working alongside Catherine “Kay” Lebowitz have nothing by kind words to say about her.” She was a wonderful lady.
Delta flight 237 en route from Paris to Atlanta was diverted to Bangor International Airport Tuesday after a passenger, 26-year-old Derek Stansberry, claimed to have a bomb in his luggage.Officials say the former Air Force Intelligence Specialist from Florida became disruptive during the flight, forcing an air marshal to take Stansberry into custody until the plane landed.None of the 235 passengers or 13 crew members were injured.
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.