The Rockland Police Department and Nursing Association helped make homes in Rockland a bit safer Friday.Residents turned in expired or unused medications for proper disposal.They say the event is meant to address the growing prevalence of unwanted and expired medications in the community, and their impact on public health, safety and the community.Authorities say collecting the pills help keep drugs out of the hands of thieves.” And a lot of people aren’t aware of how that’s impacting the environment around them.
Bangor’s Garden Show is back and it was a big start for the first day of the event.People packed the Bangor Auditorium to see the gardenscape displays and take a peek at what the more than 50 vendors have to offer this spring.The show returned after taking last year off due to financial issues.Organizers have a weekend planned full of live demonstrations, covering rain gardens, beekeeping, composting and more.
A dog boutique in Rockland has added a new service to the business.As Meghan Hayward tells us, it makes bath time more convenient for dog owners.Rub a dub dub, one dog in a tub.That’s just what you’ll find at the Loyal Biscuit Company in Rockland.They’re offering a dog wash.” When the dog comes in we have the stairs for the larger dogs or the smaller dogs can be lifted into the tub.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s office say arson is the cause of a fire in Stonington.A neighbor reported the fire on Tea Hill Road just before six o’clock Monday morning.When crews arrived–the house was already up in flames.It took crews close to two hours to knock down the fire.Firefighters from Deer Isle and Sedgewick helped.No one lived in the home, and the power had been shut off.Fire officials say they are following several leads.
A portion of the Crash Road between Jay and Livermore in is closed because of a train derailment on Thursday.The train is blocking the intersection of Crash Road and Riley Road.Police said Crash Road from the Riley Road intersection to Godding Road in Livermore is expected to still be closed through Friday while crews work to get the train back on the tracks.The train cars did not tip over and no one was hurt, police said.
A man from Aroostook County is going to prison for 17 years for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.57-year-old Eric Ericson was sentenced Wednesday for unlawful sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor.A jury in Caribou convicted him last week.The girl, who is not related to Ericson, told the court that Ericson had sex with her and forced her to touch him.Officials say the crimes, which took place in the town of Wade, started in march of 2003 when the victim was 11, and continued for the next three years.
Maine’s Superior Court has sided with Maine regulators in a dispute with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.In 2009, the insurance company asked for an 18.1% increase in some insurance plans.The state insurance superintendent only approved an increase of 10.9%.Anthem argued that the increase will provide no profit for the company.But in the ruling, Superior Court Justice Thomas Humphrey said Maine law does not “expressly entitle insurers to a mandated profit margin.”So the 10.9% increase stands.
More than 145,000 Mainers are eligible for free phones.Tracfone Wireless has announced that low-income households in Maine now qualify for a new lifeline program that provides a free cell phone and minutes for emergencies.The program is called Safelink Wireless and is a federal backed program.To qualify a household must take part in at least one low-income assistance program like Mainecare or food stamps, now known as snap.Maine is one of 24 states to introduce Safelink Wireless.In addition to the phones, 68-free minutes are also given each month.To check out the program you can visit www.safelink.com.
A man who wants to be our next Governor announces his plans for the Great Maine Forest Initiative.Democrat Patrick McGowan chose to make the announcement on Earth Day because he says his vision would help to create green jobs for our state.The initaitve calls for conserving our state’s forests for wildlife, recreation and economic development.McGowan says that it will also support Maine’s paper mills, protecting those jobs.Plus he says the forest offers new opportunities for our future.