Bills on child vaccinations, air quality, and access to public records were all signed into law on Monday.The first bill aimed at lowering the cost of vaccinations for children.It calls for the state to work with the federal centers for disease control to get vaccines at the often cheaper federal rate.It’s intended effect is to lead to more children getting immunized while saving taxpayers and insurance companies money.The second bill restricts the release of birth, marriage and death records.Supporters have said it will help prevent fraud and identity theft.
A 45 year old Hancock County man is behind bars, facing a charge of burglary.But authorities believe Randolph Garland is responsible for a string of burglaries throughout the county.Assistant District Attorney Bill Entwisle says he anticipates that Garland will be charged with several more counts of burglary.He had been out on bail last week but was arrested on Friday night.Entwisle says Garland threatened to burn houses down, shoot people and shoot himself, a violation of his bail conditions.He’s expected to remain behind bars until his next court appearance later this month.
After four years of planning and input from a variety of groups, agreements have been reached to conserve nearly 12-hundred acres around Branch Lake in Ellsworth.The hope is to protect the city’s water supply and open up new areas for public recreation.”The city of Ellsworth, along with the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, the Forest Society of Maine, the Trust for Public Land and the Land for Maine’s Future, all these parties have successful purchased a conservation easement and land purchase on Branch Lake,” says Michelle Beal, Ellsworth City Manager.Beal says it’s something Ellsworth needed to better protect the city’s water supply.”The opportunity to preserve 1196 acres, three miles of shorefront around our intake and our water supply, it was just something that needed to be done,” she says.Wolfe Tone, with the Trust for Public Land, has worked on the project since the beginning.
Now that warmer weather is on our doorstep, lots of Mainers are getting outside.And for many of us, that includes time in or on the water.The Waldo County YMCA is giving area kids a leg up on safety.Joy Hollowell tells us about the “First-Graders for Free” swim program.=========Twice a week, first graders at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast, trade in their pencils and papers for bathing suits and beach towels.
The Red Sox opened their season last night at Fenway Park against the Yankees, and Monday hundreds of baseball fans gathered for an opening day cookout in Bangor.It was put on by sports radio station WZON.Those on hand say it’s a great way to kick off the season.”It’s probably not quite the same as being at Fenway Park last night, no Steven Tyler, no Neil Diamond, and no Pedro throwing out the first pitch,” said WZON’s Jeff Solari.
A teenager visiting from Maryland is hospitalized, after the ATV he was driving flipped on top of him in Alton.The Warden Service says the 15-year old was on a private ATV trail, when he missed a turn.The machine’s brakes locked, causing it to flip.He was taken to a Bangor hospital for possible broken bones and other internal injuries.Game wardens say he was driving too fast and wasn’t wearing a helmet.The teen told wardens a grouse startled him as it crossed his path, causing him to slam on the brakes.
The Boston Marathon is in two weeks and thousands of runners will go the 26.2 miles for a variety of reasons.35 Year old Tom Henaghen of Hampden will cover the course as a member of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team.Seven years ago he lost his father to cancer, and last summer his mother lost her battle with the disease.So now he’s running to raise money for cancer research.” My story of having lost two parents to cancer is not some rare story it’s all too common the training and just going through with it keeps my parents memory in the forefront of my mind”Tom is still raising funds, and has raised a little more than eleven thousand dollars so far.You can contribute to him by e-mailing him at [email protected] or you can go to the website HTTP://WWW.rundfmc.org/tomh to contribute directly.The Boston Marathon is Monday April 19th.
It’s been nearly four months since a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti and people around Eastern Maine are still doing their part to help the victims.The folks at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor put on an Easter brunch today with all the proceeds going directly to the Red Cross Haiti relief fund.
A School in Hampden is going a lot greener.And as Meghan Hayward tells us, they just received a large amount of money to help the cause.” Well the green team is kind of to get kids motivated on helping the Earth to be a better place and change it to be more environmental and to get it a little more green.”The Green Team at the Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden is student run.With third through fifth graders taking part.
With only one more day left until the Easter Bunny is hopping into your home.We decided to ask some kids where they think the easter bunny lives.” In a burrow”” I think the Easter Bunny lives in a cave.”” I think he lives in a cage in a cave.”” Probably in a cave.”” In a burrow.”
Have you ever wondered what life was like in medieval times?Well folks got to experience it first-hand Saturday.The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor hosted a medieval festival.The Shire of Endewearde was on hand.They’re a branch of the East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism.Visitors of the museum got to make their own pouches, hear medieval music and create shields.Members say they hope folks leave a better appreciation of the medieval times.” Almost a time travel sense.
An ancient walrus tusk that was recently found in Orono was on display for the public to see Friday night.The Orono Land Trust put on the event.The tusk was found by a volunteer of the land trust when he was doing work on a walking trail along the Stillwater River.The artifact was later sent to Midwestern University where it was confirmed to be a walrus tusk.Maine State Climatologist and UMaine professor Dr.
Maine law enforcement agents will be doing battle this week-end, on the basketball court.Members of the State Police, the Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol, and the Maine Forest Service are taking part in the Battle of the Badges Basketball Tournament.It’s a a benefit for Stacey Holmes, who is the wife of a Warden.