Municipal clerks and registrars are gearing up for election season with the help of Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.Dunlap is in town hosting a two day elections training conference in Bangor.The conference began Tuesday morning at the Spectacular Events Center on Griffin Road.Every election cycle, new laws are implemented, Dunlap says its important that clerks and registrars are educated on the new guidelines.”We just want to make sure everyone is on the same page going forward, so if they have any questions really now is the time to ask, not 7 o’clock on election night,” he said.Clerks and registrars from 250 Maine municipalities are being represented at the conference.
A man from Indian Island is going to jail for four years for a burglary back in May.Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts says 39-year old Sheldon Snell broke into a home on Cedar Street in Bangor, and was found by a person who lived there.Roberts says Snell fled the home, and was followed by a teenager on a bike, who later told police where to find Snell.Roberts says Snell has eight burglaries on his criminal record, dating back to 1991.
Nearly 13-million dollars in Federal money is heading to a group of healthcare providers in the Bangor area.The Bangor Beacon Community, a group that specializes in helping folks with chronic diseases, will get the three-year Federal grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
There’s another round of paving projects in Bangor to tell you about.Four streets are being resurfaced over the next couple of days.It includes work that starts tomorrow on Husson Avenue, from the circle down to Kenduskeag Ave.Also tomorrow all of Nash and Naylor streets are scheduled to be paved.On Wednesday, the entire length of East Summer Street is scheduled for paving.
Hospice of Eastern Maine is getting ready to hold its annual volunteer training course.It starts October 12th and will run for six straight Tuesdays right through mid-November.The classes will be held from 5:30 to 9 at night at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street in Bangor.Volunteers must complete applications and be interviewed before Friday, October 8th.For more information contact Wayne Melanson at 973-8269 or you can E-mail him [email protected]
Many of us have fond memories of using a hula hoop as a child.Now, this favorite past time is making a comeback…as an exercise regime.Joy Hollowell brings us to a class on hooping.=======”If you look at these people, they are just smiling and laughing and having a ball and that’s what hooping is all about.”Meet Judith Tingley, otherwise known as The Hoopmainiac.
It’s a first of a kind in our state, and residents along the Mid-Coast are drinking up the rewards.Aqua Maine cut the ribbon Monday, on its new water filtration plant in Rockport.The $7.2 million dollar project went on-line last month.Mirror Lake has been the primary source of water for the area since the late 1800’s and like many other city plants in Maine, the H20 was treated but not filtered.But new EPA regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act, prompted Aqua Maine to invest in the new system.It uses large scale membranes to filter, a new type of technology in Maine.”The water is actually strained under pressure across a very sophisticated membrane,” explains Rick Knowlton, Vice-President of Operations for Aqua Maine.
Just a little more than a year ago, thousands of people lined the shores of Acadia National Park to watch the waves forced ashore by Hurricane Bill…Several people were swept off the rocks into the water, and one girl was killed…Today, as Hurricane Igor swung by the Northeast, hundreds gathered to witness the power of the ocean once again, despite a high surf advisory…”It’s challenging, it’s inviting,” said one visitor to Acadia National Park, Eileen Chafel of Boston.Fortunately for the safety of all involved, the tide was receding during the prime daylight hours.” It’s generally safer as the tide recedes,” said the Public Information Officer for the Park John Kelly.
Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission say they’ll wait until after a new Governor is elected before they issue new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgendered students.Commissioner Ken Fredette brought the issue up at this morning’s meeting in Augusta.
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Lepage still holds a big lead in the five-way race, according to a new survey.Critical Insights’ survey for several state newspapers gives Lepage 38 percent, followed by 25 percent for democrat Libby mitchell and 11 percent for independent Eliot Cutler.