A 350 pound steer that was stolen, has now been found.Sweet Pea the steer was taken from the Hoof and Paws 4H farm in Orland late Sunday night.We’re told the culprits are a couple of high school students who thought Sweet Pea was headed to the slaughterhouse.But the steer is actually a 4H project, used to teach kids how to groom and feed the farm animal.We’re told charges will be filed against the student’s who took Sweet Pea.
A local school district needs to fill a more than $1 million dollar budget hole.SAD 31 has more than a hundred creditors waiting to be paid for services ranging from health insurance to fuel costs.Superintendent, Michael Wright, says he hopes a $1.13 million dollar loan will solve the problem, but before the district can apply for it, they need to win the public’s vote.Wright says without it, things will only get worse.”There is no protection in bankruptcy for school districts in Maine, so there’d be nothing to keep creditors from pursuing litigation against the school district, which will involve more costs.”Wright blames past administration for the budget gap, saying they overestimated how much money they had over a three year period.He plans to discuss the problems further at an information session Monday night at the Hitchborn Middle School in Howland at 6:00 p.m.Tuesday night, at the same place and time, district residents will get to vote on the loan proposal.If it passes there, each of the six towns in the district will hold a vote on January 24.
The town of Lincoln got an inside look at the newly renovated public works garage.The garage opened its doors to the public to celebrate the makeover.Town Manager Lisa Goodwin says the enhancements were extremely necessary, up until then the building that was built in the 1960’s wasn’t up to code.Some of the new amenities include an overhead crane and a heated garage.Taxpayers supported the renovation to help establish a safe environment for public works employees.”We built this facility keeping the tax payer in mind and the tax dollars.
A 20-year old woman from Wilton was killed in a car accident in Freeman Township in Franklin County.The crash happened around 10:30 last night at the intersection of Baker Hill Road and Route 145.Police say the driver of the vehicle, Rebecca Maiuiri, was speeding, crossed the center line and hit a utility pole.Police shut down Route 145 for about an hour and a half.The crash also knocked out power in the area.The accident is under investigation.
State Fire Investigators say woodstove ashes placed too close to combustibles caused a fire in Brewer on Sunday.It happened on Washington Street.Firefighters say flames and heavy smoke were showing when they arrived.The fire damaged the corner of the garage and got into the attic.
Imagine being told you have cancer not once…not twice…but four times.That’s the reality for Mart Lapin.The Orono man is now sharing his experiences in a new book.Joy Hollowell introduces us to this quadruple survivor.====Mart Lapin was 67 years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer.”I slipped and fell on the ice February 25th, 2000,” says Lapin.
Recipients of MaineCare coverage for childless adults say Governor LePage’s proposal to eliminate the benefit would force many people with chronic medical conditions to go without treatment.Advocates for low-income Mainers and recipients of MaineCarecoverage for childless adults held a news conference Monday in theState House to talk about the impacts of removing coverage underMaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program.
On Monday night, Bangor City Councilors will show support to keep the mail processing plant in Hampden open.A decline in mail volume has led the US Postal Service to consider merging the facility with its center in Scarborough to cut costs.Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo is making the battle over mail his priority.He’s drafted a resolve to help his neighbors in Hampden.”We’re not afraid to lend out a hand to others and I think we need to show support to all the communities around here,” he said.The center’s 183 workers could be relocated.With 7.1 million dollars on the payroll, that money could be leaving Hampden and neighboring communities.”If they have to relocate they’re obviously not getting their paychecks and spending them in Bangor, they will be spending them in Southern Maine which will have an impact on the economy,” said Jeff Anderson, President of the local chapter of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union.
A young boy arrived at school Monday in something very different than a school bus.A Bangor Police Department patrol car picked up Luke Saucier at his home and took him to school Monday morning.Saucier is a first grader at the Vine Street School.He won the prize after he entered a special drawing at the Bangor Fire Department’s open house.He says his favorite part about riding in the car was hearing the sirens.His mom Amy Bouchard says they visit the department’s open house every year and calls the ride along a treat.”He thought his friends would be excited so he didn’t tell any of them,” she said.This is the first year for the ride to school.”It shows the kids that we’re not as scary as they make us out to be, a little more human, a little more approachable and I think that goes a long way toward that,” said Officer Jason McAmbley who drove the car.The police department says they plan on doing it again next year.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Greater Augusta doesn’t take place for another five months, but folks aren’t wasting any time getting ready for it.Fund-raising efforts kick off Monday, January 9th, with what organizers are calling a pre-party at United Methodist Church in Augusta.Cancer survivors, caregivers, families and others are welcome to attend.