Maine’s first Educare center is open.The facility will serve about 200 children, up to age five, and their families, who are Head Start-eligible.It will also train groups of college students working on their degrees in early childhood from Kennebec Valley Community College, the University of Maine at Farmington and other schools.
Have a Bank of America credit or debit card?How about one from Merrill Lynch?If so, you can get into the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland for free this weekend.It’s part of Bank of America’s “Museums On Us” program.Just show your card, and you’ll get in free at the Farnsworth Saturday and Sunday.You should check with the museum to find out when it will be open this weekend.The same free deal will be offered at the Farnsworth on the first full weekend of each month for the rest of this year.
Lots of friends dream of having a band…In the 1960’s, a group of neighborhood kids made their dream come true by forming “Grains of Sand”.Now, more than four decades later, they’re getting back together for a few more memories.”I’m Bill Moores, base guitar…””I’m Gary Gates, I play drums…””I’m Chuck McLean, I’m the lead singer…””I’m Dave Clark, I’m lead guitar player from Grains of Sand…”The band started out in the late 1960’s as just a group of friends, doing what they loved.”We were friends, we were neighborhood buddies.
With Hurricane Earl expected to make waves in Maine, power companies are keeping a close eye on its track.They’re preparing for any outages that may occur.Bangor Hydro has added additional staff to the field and tree crews in all areas.Company officials say they’re focusing a lot of their efforts on Hancock and Washington counties.Bangor Hydro wants to ensure that mainers stay safe.”Typically the public can not distinguish between a power line or a communication so if they notice any lines down we encourage them to call our office,” said Dan McCarthy with Bangor Hydro.Extra crews have also been called in at Central Maine power news.The company says the crews will report to work at 5 o’clock Saturday morning.
Hurricane Earl may be weakening, and might not even be a hurricane by the time it reaches Maine, but emergency workers will be working around the clock just in case.Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Robert McAleer says he has some staff, including FEMA officials at their headquarters in Augusta.
There’s a pancake feed in Bar Harbor this weekend that should leave a good taste in your mouth for a long, long time.Jordan’s will be flipping and serving blueberry pancakes Saturday, September 4th, with a dollar from each order going straight to the restaurant’s team entered in this year’s Susan Komen Race for the Cure.The race is Sunday, September 19th on the Bangor waterfront.
This weekend, the Maine Eastern Railroad will be closed because of Hurricane Earl.The excursions for Friday through Sunday have been cancelled.Railroad officials made the decision because of a high number of advanced reservation cancellations.If you have any questions, you can contact the station at 596-6725.
A Maine farmer-owned organic milk company is going to keep processing milk after all.David Bright, of Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOOMilk, says a number of individuals and foundations have provided enough money to enable the company to sell its product to two Maine food banks.Augusta-based MOOMilk had said it would suspend processing on Sunday because it was out of money.Bright said the company didn’t have enough cash on hand to keep processing milk, but it does now.MOOMilk was formed last year after Hood didn’t renew its contract for organic milk with 10 Maine farms.It buys milk from six Maine farms.
A Levant man was hit while riding his bicycle Friday morning.Harry Brooks was making his daily stop at Limwood Scriptures’ house on the South Levant Road when the accident happened.Scripture says Brooks has Alzheimer’s disease and comes and helps him do different jobs around the house.He says brooks did not see the truck coming.” I think he’s going to be okay.
A Dixmont man is accused of two counts of gross sexual assault.Forty-nine-year-old Alfred Seekins was arrested Thursday.Waldo County Detective Jason Bosco says the victim was a 6-year-old girl from Brooks who is not related to Seekins, but is someone he knew.The investigation started when the victim reported the assaults.The alleged assaults occurred in June of this year.Seekins was released from the Waldo County ail, after posting $500 bail.Seekins is scheduled to appear in Waldo County Superior Court next month.
A student at Jonesport-Beals high school has been killed in a car crash last night in Harrington.Authorities say Tyler Turcotte, 17, died at the scene, after the vehicle he was driving crashed on Route 0ne.Turcotte was ejected from the car.The accident was reported around 10:30 p.m.
Folks gathered in Lamoine Thursday evening to celebrate the life of a young girl and the dedication of a renovated gym.Jina’s Gym was unveiled to community members at the Lamoine Consolidated School.The gym is a tribute to Jina Haslam, a 2005 graduate of LCS, who was killed when she was struck by a car while riding her bike on June 20th, 2005.A committee was formed to spruce up the gym in Jina’s memory.Nearly $250,000 came in through various fundraisers.