Classes will not be held tomorrow at Washington Academy in East Machias so students and faculty can attend a funeral service for a student killed in an accident Sunday.16-year old Frank Finn of Whiting was a passenger in a pick-up that crashed on Route 191.The driver, 20-year old Aaron Foss of East Machias, suffered minor injuries.According to State Police, speed and alcohol were likely factors in that crash.No word if there will be charges filed against Foss.Finn’s services will be held at 11 a.m.
Governor LePage is not happy with the Appropriations Committee’s latest budget plan, designed to close a $221 million gap.LePage says he was presented a plan on Thursday and said he would not sign nor veto the proposal.Now, the governor says their plan has drastically changed.According to LePage, the latest plan eliminates nearly all the structural changes necessary to make Maine’s welfare system affordable and sustainable.He says it’s full of gimmicks and if the plan moves forward, there will be another large shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services.Monday afternoon democratic leaders said they’re continuing to find alternative solutions to repair DHHS, despite premature threats from the governor to veto the budget.
Lining the walls of John Calderwood’s office is proof of decades of hard work.After 21 years in the Coast Guard, followed by 30 more shoeing horses, it would seem the only thing missing from here is a sign of retirement.”I don’t think I’m going to ever live long enough to accomplish everything I want to accomplish,” said Calderwood.Maybe that’s why after a failed attempt at retiring years ago, John has given in to a lifelong labor of love.”As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great way to spend a retirement.”Here is where he’s built a new career as a blacksmith.”I work down here seven days a week.
A man accused of holding up a Millinocket pharmacy in August pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.Authorities say Nicholas Skoby, 30, of Rockport walked into the Rite Aid on Central Street, showed a handgun and handed over a note demanding prescription drugs and money.In court Monday, Skoby admitted to one count of robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.A sentencing date has not been set.
A $5 million dollar project is nearing completion in Dover-Foxcroft.The town’s courthouse has undergone some major renovations in the last few months.After working in a cramped and outdated space for years, staff moved into their new offices last week.”We’re very pleased to be in it.
A former substitute teacher accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy pleaded no contest to the charges Monday.46-year-old Dianne Leach of Steuben faces two counts of gross sexual assault of a student.Last April State Police were called to the Ella Lewis School in Steuben by a school administrator who claimed to see a text message from Leach on the victim’s cell phone.Prosecutors say Leach had a sexual relationship with the student for four months beginning in December 2010.The state has recommended a sentence that would place Leach in jail for six months.”The proposal as it is, is considered a cap which means we’re free to argue for less,” says Defense Attorney Jeff Davidson.The victim’s aunt tells us that’s not enough.”It’s a slap on the wrist.
Waterville Police say the father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, Justin DiPietro, and his older brother, 27-year-old Lance DiPietro, were involved in a fight Monday that landed another man in the hospital.Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said that just after noon on Monday the Dipietros were driving on College Avenue in Waterville when they spotted a man they said had been making derogatory comments about their family.Police say they stopped the car at in the parking lot of Bill’s Tire in Waterville where Lance DiPietro approached the man armed with a miniature baseball bat.
A gallon of gas in Maine has risen by nearly two cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.59.Even though the increase in Maine was smaller than the national average, the average retail price in the state remains 16 cents higher than the national average.Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that prices are nearly 40 cents higher than a year ago and about 15 cents higher than a month ago.A company analyst says prices have traditionally risen in late February and March, so consumers should expect to pay more at the pump in the coming weeks.
Two meetings are scheduled for the next month in Bangor to talk about a proposed Neighborhood Revitalization plan.The plan is to revamp the area between Main Street to Third Street and Union Street to Buck Street.It’s going to be done in three phases, the first part will focus on the area to First Street and the lower half of Cedar Street.But before they make any concrete plans or time tables the City Council wants to get input from the community.It is going to be a big project and cover a number of topics, and will be for both residential and commercial properties.”Ultimately the goal is to make the area a better place to live,” said Bangor City Councilor James Gallant.
The United Technologies Center in Bangor has plans to bridge the gap between high school and college.Through a new program, high school students will get hands-on vocational and technical training while picking up Community College credits.Governor LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen toured U-T-C Monday to help advance the school’s new bridge program.”It’s getting everyone’s attention,” said Governor LePage.