Senator Susan Collins’ successful efforts to allow heavier trucks to use Maine’s interstate were recognized Tuesday.The Senator was honored at two different ceremonies, one in Orono at the University of Maine, the other in Bangor at the weekly Rotary Club meeting.Last November, President Obama signed the 2012 Transporation Funding Bill.In it, was the Senator’s provision to allow the big rigs to use I-95 North of Augusta.While Collins may have been the one receiving recognition, she insists there are many to thank.”I could not have done this without the assistance of so many people in the room who armed me with the facts, the data, the information I needed to persuade my colleagues,” she said.The measure is valid for the next twenty years.It also allows trucks in vermont to use federal highways.
More than two dozen people are back at work at a Maine call center.Argo Marketing Group reopened its call center in Pittsfield on Monday, putting about 25 people back to work.About 65 people were laid off in October when the center’s previous owner, Global Contact Services, closed it down after losing a major client.Argo, which is based in Lewiston, says it hopes to double the staffing in Pittsfield by the end of the month.
Maine’s Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse has been chosen to appear on a new line of quarters featuring parks, national forests and historic sites.The Bass Harbor lighthouse on Mount Desert Island was chosen to represent Acadia National Park as part of the U.S.
The Eaton Mountain Ski Area in Skowhegan will remain closed for the entire season after the president and general manager of the mountain was seriously injured there last year while making repairs on a snow groomer.That announcement was made on their website.The owners of Eaton Mountain also thanked emergency crews who treated David Beers after the accident and encourage people to visit other mountains in Maine this winter.
A New Year’s party in Bangor lands some teens in trouble with police.Someone called early Sunday morning to say there was a young man lying in the middle of the intersection of Webster Avenue and Silver Street in Bangor.Police found a 15-year-old walking down Webster near New York Street.Around the same time a motorist told police he picked up his underage daughter from a party on New York Street.Police say they went to a home on that street then contacted parents and cleared out the party.A 19-year-old Bangor man was cited for having and drinking alcohol and for selling and using drug paraphernalia.Charges are pending against a 17-year-old girl who police say lived in the house where the party was held.