The president of Bates College in Maine is stepping down after nine years.Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the seventh president at Bates, said Wednesday she’ll step down in July to assume a new job elsewhere she said will be disclosed in the next two weeks.During her tenure, she increased student financial aid, boosted fundraising, developed a plan for facility upgrades and completed a strategic planning process for curriculum, research and student life.But her biggest achievement may be guiding the institution through the recession.Bates Trustee Scott Bierman says Hansen “managed the college with skill and determination through the most turbulent economic times in recent memory.”(Associated Press)
A tasty twist was put on some literary classics Wednesday evening.Friends of the Library put on their 10th annual Books to Eat event at Eastern Maine Community College.There were about 25 entries in five different categories, with inspiration being taken from childhood favorites like “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to award winning novels such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird”Many of the cakes were auctioned off as part a fundraising effort.But the night wasn’t all about tasty treats…The Friends of the Library were holding the event to bring awareness to National Library Week.The library at Eastern Maine Community College is open to the public.
Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center spent Wednesday in negotiations with the hospital.They voted Tuesday night to authorize a second strike if they can’t come to terms on a new contract.They went on strike for one day last fall.Members of the Maine State Nurses Association say that serious under-staffing at EMMC compromises patient care.The nurses have been working without a contract since September 30th of last year.They decided on Wednesday not to strike at this time.The Nurses Union representative Judy Brown, says they hope they’ll be able to resolve the issues when they resume negotiations in May.
Waving signs and walking through campus, students, faculty and the community came together at the University of Maine to celebrate the Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered community after an act of hate threatened to bring them a part.A pride flag was raised to kick off “Pride Week,” but it was stolen just one day later.Investigators say it appears the flagpole was yanked nearly out of the ground.The act shocked and infuriated many in the UMaine community including Administrative Assistant Suzanne Molton.”It’s really a form of violence, really in my estimation and if people feel that was what else will they do that’s really my big fear,” she said.Student Kelsey Flynn couldn’t believe this happened at the UMaine campus.”We’re a good campus, we’re a good community, the fact that it happened here I couldn’t believe it, I thought that we were better than that I guess.”Flynn says the flag is more than just a piece of fabric, it represents a community of people who’ve overcome so much.”It’s a symbol of us and our community the fact that they chose to deface it means that they’re defacing us as a whole.”Flynn says the theft is a step backwards but for her and the GLBT community it’s a chance to regain strength and move forward.”We’re just gonna come back stronger we still have an entire pride week and we’re going to make it fabulous.”Senior Associate Dean of Students Kenda Scheele says the outpouring of support is a testament to the diversity fostered at University of Maine.”This community supports everyone and Pride Week is important because it’s a way for us to show how we support everyone,” she said.Police are investigating the incident.
Construction crews have started knocking down the Kennebec Ice Arena in Hallowell.Workers from Cianbro are in the process of demolishing the 40-year-old arena.The roof collapsed on the ice rink in March under the heavy weight of snow and water.Three people were inside at the time of the collapse and they all made it out safely.Crews expect it will take around three weeks to finish the job and clean up the mess.
A man accused of running a credit card scam up and down the East Coast has been arrested in southern Maine.According to Belfast police, 19-year-old Jonathon Hinote bought hundreds of dollars worth of Visa gift cards and gasoline at the Circle K in Belfast in July 2010.Police say Hinote had figured out how to illegally reload a credit card that had never been activated by the issuer.Hinote is accused of pulling the same scheme in states as far away as Florida.He was arrested in Brunswick during the weekend.
Winslow police say a newly licensed 16-year-old boy is facing multiple charges stemming from an accident that sent five people to the hospital on Monday.Officer Ron McGowen of the Winslow PD says the teenager is now charged with driving to endanger and violating the terms of his intermediate license.The driver was not supposed to have any passengers in the car other than immediate family.The accident happened on the Garland road in Winslow around 3:30 Monday afternoon.Police say the teenage driver was going between 80-85 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour speed zone when the SUV he was driving went off the road and rolled over three times.All five passengers, including a 14-year-old girl, were taken to a Waterville hospital where they were all treated and released.
Members of the Clifton Planning Board will continue to review a proposed wind farm Wednesday night.Clifton residents got a chance to express their opinions last week on the permit for a five-turbine farm on Pisgah Mountain.Paul Fuller has been working to build it on his property for years, but not everyone in town sees the benefits.
Bangor Toastmasters is celebrating its 60th anniversary next week.It’s an international non-profit organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.Since 1924 more than 4-million people around the world have been members.On Wednesday night, April 20th, the Bangor group is inviting folks to the Howard Johnson Hotel on Odlin Road in Bangor at 7 o’clock.For more information or to RSVP visit http://bangor.freetoasthost.org.
Folks gathered around an inflatable baby bottle in Bangor Wednesday, defending the Kid Safe Product Act.The act was passed in 2008, but a pair of bills introduced by Maine lawmakers last month would relax some of its regulations.The act created a list of chemicals children are exposed to every day that the state believed to be harmful and would phase out over time.
Winter weather could be to blame for a train derailment in Old Town Tuesday.The train was on its way from Milford when two rail cars slipped off the track.Old Town fire officials say all the snow and wet weather had washed away some of the ground.The train intersects with the three entrances to French Island.Because of the traffic in those spots, officials say parts of the track were slightly eroded.
A recent study shows Maine could be losing big business to New Hampshire.The Great Tax Divide is a report that compares the two states’ tax policies.It was presented by the Maine Heritage Policy Center on Wednesday in Bangor.The organization has spent the last few years comparing Maine’s retail taxes to New Hampshire’s.Chief Economist for the group, Scott Moody, found that because of higher taxes on sales, cigarettes, gas, and alcohol Mainers are taking their business out of state.