Representatives from the World Bank Study Tour made a stop in Augusta today.The banking executives from Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon met with Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.Dunlap and the delegates discussed establishing a transactions registry to monitor loans and liens in their respective countries.The registry would be similar to the uniform commercial code system that is already used in Maine.
Penobscot County is suspending a program to transport prisoners that’s designed to save money, because there’s not enough money to fund it.The Penobscot County Commissioners made the decision after officials determined the program lost 280-thousand last year.The system uses Penobscot County Jail Resources to transport prisoners for several counties, including Aroostook, Hancock, Washington, Piscataquis, Waldo, Knox and Somerset.
There’s a new Subway Sandwich Shop in Bangor.It’s on Main Street and it opened for business for the first time today.It’s the seventh Subway Store in the Bangor area.Owner Brian Hansen has been working for Subway for fourteen years and says the new store meets the city’s demands and will provide up to fifteen jobs.
The Maine Lobster Festival kicked off in Rockland today at noon.And the line for lobster was a long one right from the start.Festival President, Tim Carroll says the festival averages between 50 and 60-thousand people.And they have more than 20-thousand pounds of lobster on hand.Carroll says he hopes they have even more folks this year.He says it’s a family fun event.You’ll find craft vendors, tasty food and there’s stuff for kids too.They can climb a rock wall or bounce around…The festival brings folks back to Rockland year after year, something that festival organizers like to hear.
There should be a blizzard of activity at local Dairy Queens tomorrow.For every blizzard sold at participating DQ’s a dollar will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network…Miss Maine, Arikka Knights, will be at the Broadway Dairy Queen in Bangor at noon time tomorrow to help out.
Two major transportation projects will be discussed at a public meeting in Caribou tomorrow night.It begins at 7 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.A member of the Northern Maine Development Commission will give an update on the state’s plan to buy 233 miles of rail line that was set to be abandoned by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railroad.And Caribou’s City Manager will be there to talk about the 20-million dollar Caribou Connector Project, which is a bypass being built around downtown Caribou which is seen as a first step in the expansion of I-95 North of Houlton.
A man convicted of killing a 12-year old girl back in 1988, has pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs while in prison.Knox County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau says 52-year old Dennis Dechaine appeared in Knox County Court via video conference from prison this morning.Dechaine is charged with trafficking in prison contraband, specifically, the drugs Morphine and Klonopin, on April 5th of this year.
A section of State Street in Brewer was closed earlier this morning when a car hit a utility pole.Brewer Fire Captain Brent Melvin says the road closure was to ensure safety of drivers in case the line came down.The driver of the vehicle that hit the pole was not injured.At last report, State Street was opened back up to just one lane.Authorities say both lanes re-open once crews are done.The cause of the accident is still under investigation.