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Lawmakers Discuss 4-Day Schoolweek

Updated 6 years ago

The current law requires 180 days of school, with 175 days of instruction.

If the requirements were changed from daysto hours, Millett says Maine could switch to a four day school week,which could help solve the budget problems.

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Lawmakers to Debate 4-Day School Week

Updated 6 years ago

A proposal to allow Maine schools to operate on a four-day week will be aired Monday in the Legislature.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the bill that would authorize school systems to adopt alternative calendars as long as equivalent instruction is provided.

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Former Sen. Mitchell Headed to Mideast

Updated 6 years ago

Former Maine senator George Mitchell is wasting

little time in his new assignment to help bring peace to the Middle


An Israeli foreign office official says President Obama’s

special envoy to the Middle East is expected in Israel on Wednesday

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Paul Bunyan Statue to Celebrate 50th

Updated 6 years ago

Bangor’s 175th anniversary next month also

marks the 50th birthday of one of its most familiar landmarks – a

statue of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan.

The 31-foot-tall statue, made of painted fiberglass over wood

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Fire Destroys NE Harbor Restaurant

Updated 6 years ago

A fire has destroyed a seasonal

restaurant on Main Street in Northeast Harbor.

No one was injured in the Friday night blaze at the Tan Turtle

Restaurant, which was closed for the winter. It was the second

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Committee Approves Budget Package

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine Legislature’s budget-reviewing

committee has approved a spending package for the current fiscal

year that closes a gap that’s grown to $166 million.

Legislative leaders say the Appropriations Committee voted

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Queen Victoria Ship to Visit Maine

Updated 6 years ago

It was September 2004 when Bar Harbor

last threw a welcoming bash for a visiting cruise ship, the Queen

Mary 2.

Now, Maine’s busiest cruise port wants to do the same thing when

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Phone Transition Scam

Updated 6 years ago

The transition from Verizon to Fairpoint gains momentum beginning on Friday, and regulators are warning that some are trying to take advantage of the confusion.

The Public Utilities Commission says that during the complex transition taking place over the next couple of weeks, scammers may try to seek personal information from Maine residents and businesses.

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Kidnapping Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

43-year-old Edwin Duquette was arrested after police received information from the FBI that a 28-year-old man from Massachusetts was being held at a home on Flanders Corner Road against his will.

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Sears Island Development

Updated 6 years ago

The plan was developed by a committee representing diverse interests and approved by the legislature’s transportation committee.

It marks a significant parcel of Sears Island for conservation, and another parcel for potential port development.

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Augusta Family Homeless After Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The fire broke out at around 7:21pm at the home on the Church Hill Road.

The Augusta battalion chief said the fire started in the garage, and spread to the rest of the house.

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Augusta Store Robbed

Updated 6 years ago

At around 10:30pm police got a call from the clerk at the Big Apple store on State Street.

He said two robbers were wearing black hooded shirts and handed him a note saying they had a gun and wanted money.

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L.L. Bean Wage Freeze

Updated 6 years ago

The Freeport-based company says it is freezing all wages and salaries for the entire workforce in the comming year.

Company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem says the move eliminates the need to terminate 75 to 100 positions.

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Tribal Reps Make the Call

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine House of Representatives added the names of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes’ representatives to the official roll call board on display in the chamber on Wednesday.

With the change, representatives Wayne Mitchell and Donald Soctomah will have their attendance at legislative sessions noted and entered into the legislative record.

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Guard Deployment

Updated 6 years ago

A send-off ceremony for members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24th at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium.

The 82 soldiers will deploy for one year in support of operation enduring freedom.

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Wind Power in Eastern Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci joins First Wind officials Thursday afternoon to mark the start of commercial operations at the New Stetson wind project near Danforth.

First Wind says the 38 turbine Stetson windmills will produce the equivalent power needs of 23,500 homes.

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Husson President Steps Down

Updated 6 years ago

Beardsley announced Thursday he’ll leave Husson at the end of 2009. He’s served as president and CEO since 1987. He’s also the CEO of the New England School of Communications.

Beardsley told Husson Board Chair Arthur Fuller in a letter that Husson has momentum and strong leadership and this is a good time for him to hand over the reigns.

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Reed Behind Bars

Updated 6 years ago

William Dana Reed of Orono was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Penobscot County Superior Court last week to attempting to engage in a sex act in a public place.

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Glitch in the System

Updated 6 years ago

Traffic came to a standstill when the lights at a railroad crossing went off. The only problem was, there wasn’t a train in the area.

The malfunction shut down traffic on N. Main and Center St., and prevented people from traveling across the Penobscot bridge.

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Burglary Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

19-year-old Nicholas Newell is being charged with several counts of theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.

State police say they received a call at about 1 o’clock Wednesday morning when the Newcomb Saddle and Gun Shop in Perry was broken into and three handguns were stolen.

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