Now that Maine voters have made clear their support for same-day voter registration, the focus shifts to another proposal to come up during the 2012 legislative session: voter identification.A bill requiring voters to have photo IDs in order to cast ballots has been carried over to the session starting in January.On Tuesday, Maine voters rejected by a 3-to-2 margin a law requiring voters to register at least two days before voting.
Former senator and special envoy George Mitchell is returning to his alma mater to talk about his experiences in the Middle East and other topics.The former Democratic Senate leader from Maine, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1954, will speak at Bowdoin Monday evening.He plans to speak about his experiences in the Middle East, where he served as President Barack Obama’s special peace envoy, and the importance of education and scholarships given in his name.
A panel studying reforms to Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission will hold a meeting this week in Greenville.The LURC Reform Commission will hold a work session on Thursday at the American Legion Hall in Greenville.The 13-member study panel was established by the Maine Legislature earlier this year following proposals to abolish or reform LURC, which regulates development in Maine’s Unorganized Territory.The meeting is a work session for the committee members, but the public is welcome to attend.A future meeting is scheduled for Dec.
A Bangor man remains hospitalized in critical condition, after being hit by a pick up truck Friday night while crossing the street.It happened near John Bapst High School.Police say 34-year old Leon Shtivelman was walking across Broadway when he was struck by the vehicle.The driver told officers that he was attempting to turn and didn’t see Shtivelman.No one witnessed the accident.Shtivelman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with reported head injuries.
Twenty locations throughout Androscoggin County were searched Sunday for any sign of a Lewiston woman whose been missing since July.Thirty-year-old Buddy Robinson pleaded not guilty earlier this week, to the charges of murdering 22-year-old Christina Fesmire.Authorities say Fesmire advertised her escort services on the internet and Robinson was a neighbor of hers.The search was coordinated by the Maine Warden Service.
A man known for his service to the community was found dead Sunday morning.68-year old Reverend Robert Carlson’s body was found in the Penobscot River.The Waldo County Sheriff’s office say Carlson was found near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which crosses the river between Verona Island and Prospect.Police say his death is still under investigation and won’t release any more information, but for those who knew and worked with Carlson, the news has been devastating.Caroline Connolly spoke with some of them, Sunday.====You can measure the loss by simply talking to those who’ve gained so much from knowing Reverend Robert Carlson.”He was like my second Dad.
Folks hit the ground running Saturday in Guilford to help give families Thanksgiving dinner.Friends of community fitness hosted a 3-mile run.Folks entering could either pay $15 or donate a frozen turkey.All of the money raised and turkeys collected will help stock food pantries for the holidays.”We want to help the community.
Power in Community Alliance is celebrating 25 years.Sunday they held their annual benefit auction, which includes live and silent auctions.They had artwork, gift certificates and food items up for grabs.PICA is a human rights group that is interested in what’s happening around the world.
President Barack Obama’s first national security advisor will speak at the University of Maine this week.James Jones will be the guest speaker at this month’s William Cohen lecture at the Orono campus.The lecture is Thursday at 10:30 at the Collins Center for the Arts.
State Police say a Hudson man was found dead inside his pick up truck Saturday.Spokesman Steve McCausland says 71-year-old David Trask was found on the Bear Road in Bradford.McCausland says Trask was the owner of a construction company and also owned land, near where his body was found.McCausland says an autopsy was conducted Sunday, and results are pending additional study and investigation by State Police.He says they are currently interviewing family and friends trying to determine the circumstances of which he died.
Once again, Boy Scout Troop 63 of Newport braved the weather to help bring Thanksgiving dinner to families in need, and their effort was worthwhile.They were able to collect more than 3,700 pounds of food and more than 2,300 dollars.The scouts stayed in tents for two nights in front of Bud’s Shop and Save off of Route 2 in Newport.All the food and money raised they are giving to the Newport Community Food Bank.
Family and friends gathered in Hermon Saturday to say their good-byes to two local teens.Sixteen-year-old James McPhearson of Levant and 14-year-old Richard Picken of Carmel were killed in a car accident earlier this week.They were soon to become step brothers.Both were students at Hermon High School.
A local girl is being extra generous this holiday season.Twelve-year-old Katie Strout held a bake sale at the Leadbetters on Stillwater Ave in Bangor.All the money she raises she will take and buy groceries for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.”On my way to school every day I go by the homeless shelter and it’s sad to see everyone standing outside in the cold when I can go home and be warm.