A Waterville soldier killed in Afghanistan will be honored posthumously Friday night.The family of Specialist Wade Slack will receive the Medal of Valor.That’s the highest award presented by the Elk’s Club.The 21-year-old Army Specialist died in combat on May 6th, 2010.He served with the Army’s 707th Ordnance Battalion at joint base Lewis-McChord.Authorities say Slack had just dismantled an explosive device when he was killed by enemy fire in a mortar attack.U.S.
On the third Tuesday of every month, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is sponsoring child seat safety checkups, where parents can come and learn more about using child seats to maximize their child’s safety while riding in the car.The checkups wil be held from 11am to 3pm at the Orono Fire Department, 63 main st, OronoFor more information click, or log on to www.buckleupmaine.org
The Republican Candidate for Governor was at a rally today designed to draw attention to the state’s unpaid bills to hospitals.Paul Lepage went before a crowd gathered at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston to talk about the 400-million dollars in unpaid reimbursements to hospitals for Mainecare.He says the burden’s getting worse to the tune of a couple million dollars a month.Democrats say a repayment plan is in place with the current state budget setting aside 132-million dollars in the next two years to pay to hospitals for unpaid Mainecare bills.Similar rallies were held at other hospitals in Maine today.
A Millinocket man is going to prison for having child pornography.39-year-old Shawn Clogston has been sentenced to 7 and a half years.In March police took Clogston’s computer from his home on Elm Street and found more than 6 hundred images of child porn.Court documents say some of the files depict sexual abuse of young children.
Fill the bus!That’s what folks at the University of Maine want to see.With homecoming weekend closing in, several on-campus groups are looking for healthy, nutritional and high-protein foods to be donated.A school bus will be parked in front of Memorial Gymnasium from 10 to 1 Friday and 9 to 3 Saturday.Donated food will help stock the shelves of the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry, which helps students in need.So get on over to the Orono Campus if you can and help them fill that bus!
Voters in Madison have given the okay to put a new adult entertainment ordinance on the books.Town officials drafted it up after Ernest George applied to build a strip club about three miles from downtown.About one hundred fifty folks showed up at the town meeting last night.George says its not fair for the town to try to change the rules now, since he’s already turned in his permit.Town manager Norman Dean says the ordinance doesn’t eliminate adult entertainment, but does put restrictions on it.Dean says the ordinance took hold immediately.George says he plans to sue.
A former Presque Isle firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a warehouse.25-year-old Timothy MacFarline of Easton was charged with arson.He set fire to Northeast Packaging Company storage facility in Presque Isle.MacFarline used to work there and was a paid on-call firefighter for the city.He was arrested after the collection of evidence from the scene and witnesses statements following the blaze last November.
In Mechanic Falls a man who worked around kids on the town’s recreation committee for ten years has been charged with sexually abusing children.54-year-old John Callahan was arrested last week.He’s in the Androscoggin County jail on 25-thousand dollars bail.Charges against him include gross sexual assault, sexual exploitation and abuse of a minor and possession of child porn.
The campaign trail took Independent candidate for Governor, Eliot Cutler,to high school today.He stopped in at John Bapst High in Bangor.Even though most students are not eligible to vote, Cutler says now is the time to reach out to them about the current affairs happening in Maine.”Mostly it’s because these kids have a stake in the future of the state of Maine, we all do, and I want them to think about it, focus on it, care about it, and I want them to start doing that even if they’re not voting.”You can hear more from Cutler and the rest of the Gubernatorial candidates at a debate in Bangor tonight.It takes place at Husson University’s Gracie Theater from 6-30 to 8.It’s free to get in.
The lives of seven Old Town High School students cut short between 2000 and 2010 are being celebrated in a memorial garden at the high school.For loved ones, it’s something they’ve waited a long time for.”As each student passes on, we think that our children have been forgotten and it’s just such an honor that he’s remembering them this way,” said Jeanne Shaw, who lost her son Eliot in March of 2006.
Statewide rallies were held Thursday to show support for five hospitals in Maine.Eastern Maine Medical Center was one of the locations.Meghan Hayward reports.Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Paul LePage organized the rallies in support of the Maine hospitals.The rallies are being coordinated by local legislative candidates and citizens who are concerned about the financial burdens Maine hospitals are facing because of unpaid MaineCare reimbursements totaling nearly 4-hundred million dollars.”This money has been owed since 2007.
The eviction case against the owner and operator of Bangor’s only topless dance club has come to a halt.Diane Cormier runs Diva’s Gentleman’s Club on Harlow Street.She fell behind on the rent but wanted to remain in the building while she tried to pay the money back.Her landlord, Thomas Brann, told her she had until mid-june to clear out and wouldn’t be held liable for the rest of her lease.
Family owned and operated Whitney Wreath held an open house Thursday at its new facility in Machias.Diana Bosch got a tour of the building that will begin production on its wreaths just in time for the holiday season.”Oh this is a fabulous thing, this is something new for Machias and it’s a big operation,” said resident Flora Palosky.Palosky was one of many who toured Whitney Wreath’s newest manufacturing facility in Machias.Whitney Wreath has been supplying fresh, balsam wreaths for the past 25 years.CEO David Whitney says the new building will help them produce wreaths in a more efficient manner using cutting edge technology.”We have our own expansive wreath machine that we also have the most efficient drop-ship facility in the world,” he said.On a busy day during the holiday season, the company will produce up to 18 UPS trailers full of wreaths.
More than 150 seniors showed up at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor for a seminar designed to help keep them safe in their homes.The event was free and seniors got some helpful tips on home fire safety, how to avoid falls in their home, as well as fraud prevention.