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.
Four airlines are competing to fly in and out of the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton and the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle.Air Choice One, Peninsula Airways and Sovereign Air have all applied for service out of both airports.Cape Air wants to fly out of Bar Harbor only.Colgan Air tried to break its contract with the U.S.
There was quite a match on Indian Island Sunday.The Harlem Rockets came to town to face the Penobscot Nation’s Boys and Girls All Star Team.Organizers hope to build community togetherness and healthy activity.All the money raised from the game will support their youth programs.” I think it’s important for them to see positive role models doing active things and not participating in delinquent acts.
Years ago, a man from Rockland noticed a need in his community and both he and his wife decided to fill it.Today, their efforts have helped hundreds from the city and surrounding areas, and now the community is showing their gratitude.When you sit down for lunch with George Robishaw, you can expect a plate full of food and an ear full of stories.”I worked on the railroad quite awhile, but my longest job was in the banking.”Only one of them, though, can explain how it is this railroad worker, bank teller and Navy vet made a name for himself in the kitchen.”I was up on the lake there on Thomaston Street there skating and over the hill was a bunch of ladies.”You see, years ago, George was on track to become a priest in the Catholic church.”One of them was a brunette.
Child endangerment charges have been brought against a Lewiston man.Police say the 3-year-old son of 28-year-old Michael Roy was hospitalized after overdosing on prescription painkillers.Authorities say it appears the boy found a pill inside the home where he lives with the father.As of Saturday night, the boy was listed in serious condition.Roy is being held on $2,000 bail at the Androscoggin County Jail.
A man is behind bars after attempting to set fire to a Bangor Police Department cruiser parked outside the station.Sixty-one-year-old Ian Bodger was charged with arson after allegedly setting a fire under the cruiser Saturday.Authorities say the car was moved before major damage occurred and the fire was extinguished.Bodger was taken to Penobscot County Jail and faces up to thirty years if convicted.
Brewer Fire was called to a residence on Washington Street Sunday morning.Officials say flames and heavy smoke were showing when they arrived.They say the fire was mostly contained to the corner of the garage, but did get into the attic.The occupants were home at the time and were able to get out safely.Fire crews were able to rescue their pet dog too.They were able to knock down the fire quickly.” Actually we had a crew, an extra crew in the fire station doing some training today so we had more man power then we normally would, which was a big help,” said Brewer Assistant Fire Chief, Chris Dore.The Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate.
Police say failing to stop at an intersection is to blame for an accident in Old Town.It occurred at the intersection of Fourth and Center Street.Center Street was blocked off for a period of time.Police say a female minor didn’t make a complete stop and broadsided another vehicle.No serious injuries were reported.The accident is under investigation.
Ayla Reynolds’ father is now offering an explanation of why his 21-month-old daughter has a broken arm.Justin DiPietro says the accident happened when he tripped and fell while carrying Ayla and landed on top of her.DiPietro told the Morning Sentinel that he was carrying a bag of groceries and Ayla when he tripped and fell on the stairs leading into the kitchen and landed on top of the toddler.He says he took Ayla to the hospital the following day when her arm began to swell.DiPietro reported Ayla missing from his mother’s home in Waterville where he and his daughter were living on December seventeenth.