There are efforts in Augusta to tweak Maine’s excise tax.One proposed bill would have new car buyers pay tax based on a vehicle’s purchase price.Currently, the excise tax is based on the manufacturers suggested retail price, which is almost always higher than what you’ll actually pay for a car.Supporters of the bill say people need a break.Opponents say cutting the excise tax would take money from municipalities, which would then likely mean higher property taxes.
A woman lost part of a hand after an accident in Frankfort Wednesday.It happened around nine this morning on Route 1A.According to the Waldo County Sheriff’s department, 34-year-old William Hinkle of Frankfort was driving an SUV and tried to pass another vehicle.A car driven by 59-year-old Louise Boudreau-Bouchard of Searsport was coming in the opposite direction.Police say Boudreau-Bouchard drove toward a ditch to try to avoid the crash, but the two cars collided nearly head-on.Boudreau-Bouchard was trapped for about twenty minutes.
Maine is one step closer to having an official state treat and an official dessert.Amos Orcutt, President of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, tells TV 5 a bill that would make the whoopie pie maine’s official state treat passed the house Wednesday.An amendment to the bill would make the wild blueberry pie the official state dessert.
Today, a nationwide effort was kicked into gear right in Newport.Students at Nokomis Regional High School took part in ‘Kick Butts Day,’ a youth effort to rally against tobacco.With the help of some visual aids, the school’s Youth Advocacy Group showed students what a cigarette is actually made of.They compared its ingredients to the same chemicals you’d find in ammonia and arsenic.Group members, Cody Hopkins, says this early education could help students make better decisions for their future.
Ten pushups for a misstep, or a reprimand if your outfit is not up to code.While some students head off to their typical subjects, others are taking a different course in the classroom and in life.”I think all these hours are leading up to me having a successful life.”Which is why Bangor High senior, Cody Morgan, doesn’t mind the demands the school’s Junior ROTC requires.When he signed up three years ago he figured it would give him an advantage after graduation.”I was saying to myself, ROTC might be something that’ll look good on my resume.”Since then Morgan, like his peers, has discovered the program has more value than just looking good on paper.
Vietnam veteran Edward Cislak says it was a dark road to civilian life after coming home from war.”I went to drinking, which I quit, I hadn’t had a beer or anything for a long time, there were memories brought back, flashbacks, whatever you want to call them,” he said.Cislak sought treatment to help with post traumatic stress disorder and numerous disabilities, he says without it he wouldn’t be here.He hopes other veterans will do the same.”I think more people should attend them, veterans, anyone to understand the help is out there.”Cislak shared his story at the launch of Operation Outreach, an innovative veterans healthcare program that will provide substance abuse and mental health treatment services to the more than 11-thousand veterans in Aroostook and Washington counties.Congressman Mike Michaud, the Chairman of the VA Subcommittee on Health, says the progam is a team effort by the Atlantic Mental Health Center and the VA Maine Health Care System.”Anytime that we can work collaboratively with health care providers in rural areas I think it’s very important that we do it because it will help hold down the ultimate cost.”Joe Owens with AMHC says in rural areas like Maine, access is a big issue.He says the addition of Operation Outreach gives veterans treatment that’s closer to home.”When I had issues I had to drive all the way to TOGUS to get help, this means somebody in Calais can go down to Calais to get help, somebody in Machias can go to Machias.”Owens says the program also provides veterans with a support system, which includes veterans who have been in combat.The program hopes having that kind of staff will inspire others to reach out and get help.If you’d like more information on Operation Outreach, you can contact them at 1-800-244-6431.
Camden residents will get a chance, next month, to learn a lot more about a plan to turn an old factory in town over to a film production company.Last week, selectmen approved a deal with B ‘D’ Turman ‘d’ Entertainment to break ground on the site of the former Apollo Tannery.Camden pledged to give the land to a company that would provide at least two-dozen good jobs.A public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 7th at 7p.m.