The view from Bucksport is changing.”This is the first time that I’ve seen it in my 27 years.”At least from the perspective of Roger Raymond’s desk.”We have an actual machine that’s shutting down permanently,” said Raymond, the town manager.Since 1930, the town’s mill has produced nothing but paper and jobs, but now Verso Paper is cutting back.
A school district in Central Maine is the latest to begin moving away from oil as a source of heat for its schools.At a ceremony in Oakland, school officials were joined by state lawmakers to announce the beginning of construction on a new wood chip boiler that eliminates the need for roughly 60,000 gallons of heating oil annually.
A request to replace a former gazebo at paul bunyan park is up for discussion in Bangor.The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is trying to get the ok to begin fundraising efforts to build a new one in the park.Their request will go before the Government Operations Committee, Tuesday night.If approved, it will be passed on to the city council in two weeks.
A call services company has closed a center in the Maine town of Pittsfield after a client unexpectedly ended its contract, costing 65 people their jobs.George Simons, a vice president of Global Contact Services, calls the situation “very unfortunate.”Simons wouldn’t say which client it was nor would he say why the contract was pulled, but he’d heard that other call centers working for the same customer were also closed.Simons says a Global Contact Services call center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was also closed.
The cost of education continues to grow for school districts in Maine, and one man is making it his goal to make sure the students have the resources they need to succeed and he wants to strike a fire under education.”A lot of school budgets are cutting back more and more and usually the first thing they cut back are library resources and kind of like the extras as they call it and so a lot of the extra things that students can use for research papers or to study usually gets cut.”1991 Schenck High School grad Bruce Fleming wants to take care of the areas of Maine he knows best, and the donations he collects will go to schools and education projects in Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.”A lot of areas in those counties don’t have access necessarily to online because it’s not even available to a lot of homes and if it is a lot of people can’t afford it so I feel they don’t have the same advantages other students do”The books Fleming donates through his Matchbook Foundation will not replace current textbooks, they’ll be a supplement to those students educations.”School study research like they could be history books, science books, business books things that could correlate with courses already at school”He just started and will take any books or videos that will help kids in school or he’ll take cash donations and purchase what ever is needed.”It’s actually taking off quicker than I thought it was.
If you’ve already noticed some maple trees with no leaves, it could be due to a fungus.Pest management specialist, Jim Dill, says tar spot attacks maples, especially Norway maples.Dill, who’s with the cooperative extension office at UMaine, says infected trees have leaves with black spots.The fungus can be deadly.”If this continues doing what it’s doing now, every year, year after year, it probably could kill a tree in three to four years.”Right now, Dill says the best thing to do is to rake up any leaves underneath the trees and compost them.
Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area has been recertified.The more than 29,000 acre portion of the park was established in 1955.The certification means the park has met the standards established to ensure the forest is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable.The first certification came in 2001.