”When we first came on scene with this property it was very dilapidated, rundown state with a lot of deferred maintenance and poor occupancy.” After two years of work by Weston Associates, the rehabilitation of Greentree Apartments in Augusta is complete.
Most of the state-owned properties put up for sale over the past five years have not been aggressively marketed by the state according to a report presented to Maine lawmakers on Tuesday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.
A southern Maine contractor is facing $12,000 in fines for alleged safety violations in connection with a construction worker’s death.Bowdoin Excavation of North Yarmouth has been cited for four violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.Twenty-three year old Danny Dodge was killed while working on a company site in Bangor.Dodge was installing a gas line when a backhoe toppled over him.The company says they do not plan to contest the fines.
Most of the state-owned properties put up for sale over the past five years have not been aggressively marketed by the state.That’s according to a report presented to Maine lawmakers on Tuesday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is facing a lawsuit from one of its own employees.Andrea Lani says she was demoted from her job after testifying – on her own time as a private citizen – before a legislative committee against a bill that would have eliminated the program that she oversaw at the DEP.
A new survey shows a decline in seriously delinquent mortgages in Maine, but the number of mortgages in the process of foreclosure continues to climb.The quarterly survey by the Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions covers residential mortgage loans held by Maine’s 32 state-chartered banks and credit unions.Superintendent Lloyd LaFountain III says he hopes the decrease in delinquent mortgages will eventually lead to a corresponding decrease in home foreclosures.All told, there were 325 first mortgages in process of foreclosure, or one loan for every 147 first mortgages in the survey.
A Corinna man was arrested after allegedly stealing a gun from Pond View Gun Shop in Dexter and leading police on a high-speed chase.Lawrence Cyr, 35, is charged with theft by unauthorized taking.Police chased Cyr on side streets, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, before Cyr lost control of his vehicle and hit a telephone pole.After a brief foot chase, Cyr was caught.Additional charges are pending.
Fire fighters responded to a fire in Sangerville Tuesday evening.The call came in around 5 o’clock for a house on fire on the Frenchs Mills Road.Fire fighters knocked the flames down pretty quickly and say the toughest part about the fire was finding the home.Everyone inside got out safely, but there was significant damage done to the inside of the home.The homeowners do have insurance.Fire fighters believe the fire started in the chimney, but the Fire Marshal will be out Wednesday morning to investigate.
Hundreds of young and inquiring minds will get together under one roof in Augusta Wednesday.The Maine state museum will host Maine Earth Science Day.More than 800 students from throughout Maine have signed up for it.Theyâ€™ll pan for gold and quarry for granite and get a whole lot of other hands-on opportunities.Scientists, artists, educators and industry professionals will be at the museum to help out.The goal is to promote the state’s geology and earth products.
It was a chance for healthcare professionals to not just meet, but to collaborate during what they believe is a critical time.”We know that we won’t be successful if everyone tries to operate in their own silo that just won’t happen we really need to work together to make this happen,” says Valerie Landry, the Chairperson of the summit.The economy, coupled with the ever changing landscape of health care, has created severe shortages in the health workforce.”Healthcare is changing rapidly, the models are changing and it means that demands for the workforce is changing as well,” she said.Judy West with the One Maine Health Collaborative says the slow down in healthcare is temporary but ideas must be put in place to make up for a nursing shortage she says is inevitable.”We will continue to see people retire.