They are cities that are a world apart, but still connected.Kotlas, Russia has been a sister city to Waterville for the past twenty years.This week Kotlas Mayor Sergei Melentyev and about a dozen other people from Kotlas arrived in the Elm City Friday for a week-long stay.During their time here they’ll be doing some sightseeing including taking a trip to Acadia.Today the Russian Mayor took time to honor one of Waterville’s veteran’s in a special ceremony.93 year old Fredrick Berard served in the army during World War Two.
Lawmakers were in Augusta Tuesday trying to hammer out details on the new Federal Healthcare Reform Law.A special committee has been formed to review the law and the state’s role in implementing it.DHHS commissioner, Brenda Harvey says Maine has a lot to gain from the bill.Parts of the legislation aim to expand Medicare by providing more coverage to small businesses for their employees.John Dorrer is with the Maine Department of Labor.
A man from Vassalboro is going to prison for one day shy of five years after he was sentenced for pleading guilty to his eighth drunken driving offense.The charges against 40-year old Richard Desrosier stemmed from an incident with the state police in April.Desrosier was stopped for speeding and then ran from police into the woods.When he was caught he had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.Desrosier started his sentence today and will be held for four years 364 days, and then have three years probation when he is released.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels are coming to the Bangor Waterfront.They’ll be performing on Thursday, August 5th.Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 25 at 9:00 AM.Prices start at $27.50.For tickets, you can log onto www.thecolisee.com or call 783-2009.You can also pick them up at Mark’s Music in Brewer.
The summer has arrived and so have farmers markets.But before you pick up your produce, you’ll want to make sure you and the seller are keeping the food safe.Jean Leahy comes to the farmers market in Orono for most of her organic produce needs.”We love the fresh vegetables and everybody has something wonderful to offer,” said Jean Leahy.
Weather was the topic of conversation at the Bangor Public Library Tuesday morning.More than two dozen kids and some adults learned about wet weather from TV 5’s own Chris Ewing.It’s all part of the Bangor Public Library’s 2010 Summer Reading Program.The kids learned about rain, snow, sleet, and all the other wild weather we see here in Maine.The youngsters had lots of questions for Chris and many had their favorite type of weather.”I just have always been fascinated by rain and I really like snow and all sorts of precipitation.
The state of Maine has reached a settlement with Oppenheimerfunds Incorporated over losses in some of the funds that make up Maine’s state-sponsored NEXTGEN college investing plan.The settlement divides more than $6,000,000 among certain account holders based on their exposure to Oppenheimer core bond fund from January of 2008 through March of 2009.
Teaching youngsters how to use tools and how to build boats are the goals of a summer program at the Islesford Boatworks.Sign ups are going on right now.Starting July 5th, youngsters and instructors will meet twice a week in the Ravenhill Barn on Little Cranberry Island.There are two separate programs: one for kids ages 7 to 12, another for those 13 to 17.It runs for seven weeks at $90 per week.
Folks gathered in Greenbush Monday night to remember two young women killed in a car accident last week.24 year old Kourtney Grindle Murray and 18 year old Christina Pegg were in a car that crashed into a tree off Route 2 in Enfield.They were pronounced dead at the scene.