Police in western Maine say there could be a bumper crop of marijuana this season, despite the dry weather.Oxford County Marijuana Eradication Coordinator, Chancey Libby, says police are finding that plants cultivated outdoors are doing much better than in the past two years.Libby says that because of the lack of rain this summer, people who cultivate marijuana have to work harder to grow it, which increases the risk of getting caught.As of Wednesday, state and local law enforcement officers in Oxford County had seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants, four pounds of processes marijuana and three guns.
The Maine Children’s Scholarship Fund is holding its 10th anniversary raffle.The Maine Children’s Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization providing scholarships to students in kindergarden through 12th grade for tuition to public or private schools and home schooling.Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.Raffle items include a jewlery, electronics, furniture and much more.Winners will be chosen September 9th.If you’d like more information log on to www.mecsf.org or call 945-6839.
Maine’s unemployment rate for July showed little change from last month or a year ago.Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman says the rate for July was 8.1 percent.Fortman noted the preliminary figure is within one-tenth of a percentage point of the jobless rate of 8 percent in June and 8.2 percent in July 2009.The national unemployment rate for July was 9.5 percent.
Governor Baldacci says the state is moving in the right direction with tidal and wind power development.He says the state must continue to support the development of homegrown, renewable sources of energy to create jobs and reduce dependency on foreign oil.Baldacci says future generations will pay the price if Maine turns its back on the commitment.
Car enthusiasts showed off their engines at a car show in Bangor Saturday afternoon.Classic cars and sports cars filled the parking lot of Malffatori’s Restaurant on Hildreth Street.The car show also featured motorcycles.Owners were able to enter their vehicles in several different categories including best custom made, best paint and best of show overall.Restaurant owner, Wendy Collavecchio, says she decided to put on the event for car enthusiasts to mingle and snow off their rides.”Everybody gets tired of the same old stuff going on so I thought there’s a lot of people going to these car and bike shows so we decided to give them a different place to go,” said Collavecchio.
Bikers in Hermon were cheered on by their friends from the Special Olympics as they embarked on the “Dream Ride”.The bikers left from the Harley Davidson of Central Maine.As part of the ride, they will travel to Connecticut in support of the Special Olympics.Brian Oliver, the operations manager of the store was happy with Saturday’s turnout.
Homeowners at risk for foreclosure were able to get some help in Bangor Saturday.Penquis hosted the free foreclosure workshop at its offices on Harlow Street.The clinics are being offered to prevent foreclosures by providing homeowners with information about their rights.David Stolt, with the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, says foreclosures are a growing problem in Maine.”We’ve sent out 27,000 research packets in the past year to people who are at default on their mortgage, that’s a pretty good indication that foreclosure is a problem,” said Stolt.
Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor is giving folks the chance to spend a beautiful summer evening at a gorgeous garden party while supporting a worthy cause.They’re hosting Art in the Garden on September 8th.It will be an evening filled with food, art, and good company, with all of the proceeds going to the Bangor Humane Society.Melissa Higgins, Retail Manager at Spragues says she’s crafted an evening for art buffs, gardeners, and animal lovers alike.
Sumner High School in Sullivan is getting more than 1.7-million dollars in school improvement funding from the federal government.Two other Maine schools have been approved for the funding.The money is used for reforms designed to improve student achievement and will help pay for such things as before and after school programs, summer programs, professional staff development and learning labs.The state education department continues to work with Deer Isle-Stonington High School in its efforts to tap into that funding too.
Folks at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor cut the ribbon on a new $10,000,000 research building Friday.Lab officials say the new facility will expand their capacity to conduct research and development.Rob Taft, Director of Reproductive Sciences, says the lab’s services have been increasing 20 to 50 percent a year and they were running out of space.The building has many new features, including an improved ventilation system and an innovative caging system for the mice they use for genetic research.The lab’s president says this is the 7th new building or major renovation on the Bar Harbor campus in the last twelve years.The new building was funded in part by an almost $5,000,000 grant from the Maine Technology Asset Fund.