Proposed BAT Bus changes are the topic of a meeting at Bangor City Hall Tuesday evening.The Government Operations Committee is hearing from BAT Bus officials on three proposals: the decal design for five new transit buses, an update on proposed replacement of current buses and a proposed new route on Outer Hammond Street.The meeting is at 5 Tuesday evening.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are meeting Tuesday to vote on whether or not to authorize another strike.Vanessa Sylvester, with the Maine State Nurses Association tells TV5 the meeting will take most of the day.Nurses went on strike for one day last fall.Contract negotiations resumed this week.Both sides have met several times and have not made any progress.Both sides say they hope to reach an agreement and avoid another strike.
Hermon Meadow Golf Club opened for the season this past weekend.This year there’s a new owner and he’s quite familiar with the course.John Snyer has been the superintendent of the course for nineteen years.He’s like to bring more families to it and has lowered memberships for families, seniors and military personnel, retired and active.And there are changes being made to make the game more fun for everyone.All of the holes are open for play but there’s still a little snow in spots on the back nine.For more information visit the website www.hermonmeadow.net or call them 848-3741.
Among four legislative proposals that would allow some Sunday hunting in Maine, just one is clearing a key committee.The State Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee today rejected three of the bills today but spared one that would allow private landowners to hunt on Sundays provided they own at least 20 acres and that the land is open to hunting by the public.The fee for a Sunday hunting permit could not exceed $25.
Raise the retirement age for new hires from sixty-to to sixty-five.That’s one proposal being considered by state lawmakers as they try to ease a looming debt in the state’s pension system, a gap estimated to be more than 4-billion dollars.Public workers oppose the measure.The Appropriations Committee also took up a bill today that seeks to remove the constitutional requirement that the state retirement shortfall be paid by the year 2028.The LePage administration has come out against that bill.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a music teacher accused of molesting a child.41-year-old William Wiley of Searsport was arrested two years ago.He’s accused of sexually assaulting a girl between 12 and 13 years old.Wiley began working as a music teacher in Waldo County twenty years ago.He no longer works for the school district.
Newburgh’s former Deputy Town Treasurer has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 from the town.Dunton says throughout this ordeal, she has admitted to all of the allegations against her and wants to accept responsibility for theft and for the harm she has caused the people of Newburgh.Dunton faces a maximum of ten years in prison when she’s sentenced.District Attorney Chris Almy says he was not surprised by Dunton’s decision and says it’s best for her and the town.”It certainly would be in her best interest to take responsibility, she did take responsibility and I think that the court will look upon that favorably at some point in time,” he said.Meanwhile, Dunton’s attorney Dale Thistle says he hopes the court will take into account Dunton’s clean criminal record and says he expects a lower end of the sentencing range.”This could’ve been a much more expensive investigation for the town of Newburgh for the people in the state of Maine and it could’ve been an expensive prosecution but she didn’t put the state or the town to that and that’s helpful, I think in her own behalf,” Thistle said.Thistle says Dunton wants to repay the town one hundred percent and says she has made an overture to the town to sell one of her homes and turn over the proceeds.When asked why she did it, Thistle responded by saying she was in a financial crisis and had more expenses than she could afford.
Police say a roll-over in Winslow has sent five people to the hospital including a 14-year-old girl.The accident happened on the Garland road in Winslow just after 3:30 Monday afternoon.Winslow police say the driver, who was under 18-years-old, lost control of the SUV he was driving and went off the road.Four passengers and the driver were all taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.