The director of Maine’s Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability says there’s no evidence to suggest there was any improper political activity by the Maine Green Energy Alliance.Beth Ashcroft appeared before the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee on Monday to brief lawmakers on findings that were released earlier this month.Ashcroft’s agency found inappropriate use of funds after examining how the alliance spent about $500,000 of a $1.1 million federal grant meant to expand home energy audits and weatherization.
The demolition of the old Webster Pulp and Paper Mill in Orono was a community event Monday evening.Dozens of residents turned out to see the old building come crashing down.The Webster Point Condominiums will take the mill’s place, but don’t think it’s out with the old and in with the new.The new condominiums will still incorporate a flare of the old mill.The Webster Point Project hopes to be ready for move in by November 2012.Webster Point Condominiums will have 24 units, 11 have already been reserved.If you’d like more information, you can log onto websterpointorono.com
The former president of the University of Maine has been chosen to lead Connecticut’s new higher education oversight board.A state official says Robert Kennedy will be named as president of the newly formed board of regents for higher education, which will eventually replace that state’s trustee boards that oversee the community colleges, the online charter Oak State College and the board governing eastern, western, central and southern Connecticut state universities.
A Dover-Foxcroft woman who pleaded guilty to health care fraud has been sentenced to three years in prison.38-year-old Dawn Zehrung, also known as Dawn Grover, was also ordered to repay more than $350,000.Court records say Zehrung, who was responsible for billing at Bangor Women’s Health Care, overbilled companies by more than $300,000, stole cash co-pays, and gave herself unauthorized bonuses.
The Department of Education has released income guidelines for free and reduced price school lunches for the new school year.Children from a family of four making $29,000 or less will be eligible for free meals.Families of four making under $42,000 per year are eligible for reduced prices.Applications for free and reduced lunch will be sent home with each student on the first day of school.
Police say a driver who was running from police was killed after crashing into another car in Hampden, then slamming into a tree.Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers says the driver, who’s name is not being released yet, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A Bangor woman is accused of taking welfare payments she wasn’t entitled to.Police say 41-year-old Nicole Butterfield received $8,600 in benefits since signing up for them two years ago.Police say she provided insufficient information on her application and monthly forms.Charges against her include felony theft by deception.
According to Aaron Yeiser, they just don’t make them like they used to.”They’re just designed differently.”When top hats were in and four-wheel drive unheard of.”They’re like one hundred years old.”But at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, you can take a drive down memory lane.”I like the Kimball and Stanley Steamer,” said Yeiser.Catching a glimpse of some of the old classics, while getting to know one of their youngest fans.”These cars, you go in, and you can actually understand how the mechanics work.”The twelve year old is a regular here, and he knows a thing or two about cars.”It was an accident that the Kimball and the Stanley Steamer were both designed by people who lived in Maine, but it was a good accident.” He’s coming out with a line of his own.”On average, it takes two hours to build a car if I do two at a time.
A first of its kind taxi service hits the streets of Maine Monday.Schooner Bay Taxi now offers wheelchair accessible rides.Their two specially equipped vans arrived last Friday, the drivers were trained on how to use them Monday.They are part of a partnership between the Mid coast taxi company and the Maine Department of Transportation, which provided grant money to help pay for the vehicles.”We can actually take up to two wheelchairs and three passengers at the same time,” says Christopher Merritt, owner of Schooner Bay Taxi.
An unexpected sight in Belfast Harbor Monday.A motor boat somehow broke loose from its mooring and began drifting.No one was on board at the time.Folks nearby saw the sight and notified the Harbor Master around 7:30 this a.mIt wasn’t long before the yacht ended up grounded besides Young’s Lobster Pound.We’re told the vessel is about 42 feet long and didn’t appear to hit any other boats.The boat was freed once high tide hits.
Maine is best known for its moose population.But soon, an even larger animal will make its home in the Pine Tree state.Joy Hollowell tells us why an elephant is coming to the town of Hope.=========”I knew Rosie when I was 18,” says Jim Laurita.At that time, Jim and his brother Tom worked for the Carson and Barnes Circus, training elephants.”And she was always a wonderful little elephant, always very people oriented.”Jim Laurita went on to become a veterinarian.
Police are investigating a two-car crash near the Bangor-Hampden town line that sent one of the vehicles into a tree.Bangor police were following an SUV on Route-1A into Hampden after reports of an erratic driver, in the same vehicle, heading south on I-95 out of Old Town.The vehicle was behind another SUV, while a third vehicle was heading in the opposite direction, toward Bangor.Witnesses say police were pursuing the driver of the SUV and the driver then moved to the middle of road between the passing cars.The driver’s vehicle side-swiped the second SUV and then ran off the road into the Riverview Cemetery.”I was in the house, we both were, and we heard a terrific crash and didn’t know what it was.
Visitors to Cobscook Bay State Park will have to take a detour this week to get into the park.Work crews are doing some repairs to the South Edmunds Road in Edmunds Township, which leads to the park entrance.They’re fixing the culverts on the southern portion of the road.Visitors heading north on Route 1 to get to the park will have to go about a mile more and use part of a residential road.