Fire destroyed a home in Enfield Thursday afternoon.We’re told the call came in just before 2 o’clock for a garage on fire.The flames quickly spread to the nearby home.Firefighters say it looks like the fire may have started near a woodstove in the garage.We’re told everyone got out safely.Fire fighters say the homeowners do have insurance.
Senator Olympia Snowe met with Mainers Thursday impacted by cuts to federal heating funds.She’s been a supporter of the LIHEAP program since it was founded in 1980.The Senator visited Penquis in Bangor, which serves low and moderate income residents.This year, Maine is getting about 18-million dollars less in LIHEAP funding.Penquis officials say while it may be a mild winter, demand is still high, with fuel costs rising.Jenn Josiah We had 80-thousand dollars and we got rid of that in three days,” said Jennifer Josiah, Director of Housing and Management Services.Senator Snowe is working with colleagues from Vermont and Rhode Island to get more money.”It will be a challenge without question but I think that we’re going to be in the midst of the winter, we’re going to have the onset of some very cold days upon us and I think that’s going to underscore the value of this program and the darned necessity it represents to so many people who depend upon this program,” she said.Snowe says the federal government should come up with a plan to reduce Maine’s dependency on oil heat.”Maine’s 70 percent dependent on oil we see what’s happening in the middle east, it has only aggravated that price increase as we’re experiencing currently,” she said.Last year’s average LIHEAP payment was eight hundred and thirty dollars.This year, it’s a little over three hundred.”It’s a life and death matter that is the bottom line,” she said.
Even though the weather is getting colder out there, the Bureau of Parks and Lands wants to remind everyone that there’s still plenty to explore in Maine’s outdoors.This Sunday, they’ll kick off their annual Take it Outside events, which offers families five days of winter activities held in Maine’s state parks.Families can stop by the Youth Ice Fishing Derby this weekend at Lake St.
Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000 acre national park in the Katahdin Region is facing some opposition from mill workers in East Millinocket.The United Steelworks Local 37 represents the Great Northern Paper Company.They say the park would be detrimental to the forest industry they rely on.In a statement, Quimby said the proposed Maine Woods National Park is supported by current and former mill workers and by dozens of businesses in the Katahdin Region.Quimby wants to give thousands of acres to the federal government for the park.
The Maine Board of Education has signed off on improvements to six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement.Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Wednesday that the board approved the list of six schools that would be the first since 2005 to be slated for state construction funds.The schools are Morison Memorial School in Corinth: Sanford High School & Regional Technical Center: Newport Elementary School: Emerson School in Sanford: Charles A.
A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental practice has been sentenced to six months in jail for embezzling about $120,000 from the business.Celine Davis was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to have no contact with anyone who works at Augusta Orthodontics.
A proposal to close the Hampden mail processing facility isn’t sitting well with local residents, and Wednesday night, people made sure their voices were heard.If was standing room only at a public meeting regarding the possible closure of the facility.The Postal Service says it would save almost $8 million dollars if the Hampden facility was to merge with the Southern Maine processing plant in Scarborough.While the move could save the postal service money, it would likely affect mail delivery.Wednesday night’s meeting was just to allow for public input.A final decision on the proposal will be made sometime in May.
A company in central Maine has been honoring veterans around our state the past few years.Wednesday, they paid their respects to the family of a Medal of Honor recipient from Lincoln who died in combat trying to save others.George Gunning’s days in the military seem a million miles away from this workshop in Windsor, but as you watch him work, it’s clear his days of service are anything but over.”Didn’t realize it was going to be this big, but we wanted to do something,” said Gunning.Three years ago, he, along with his wife, Donna and fellow veteran, Burt Truman, unknowingly carved out a future for themselves in a business that’s all about others.”It’s an honor for us to be able to do it,” said Donna.They started the Eagle Cane Project in the state, and have since given out more than a thousand canes to Maine veterans for free.”If a veteran wants a cane, he gets a cane.”Recently though, they decided to broaden the criteria, when they heard about a Medal of Honor recipient from Lincoln who was killed in Somalia back in 1993.