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Mainers will decide in November if they want to keep same day voter registration.Protect Maine Votes, the group behind the people’s veto, says the Secretary of State’s office has verified enough signatures to get the question on the November ballot.Organizers say they collected more than 68,000 signatures.
Wednesday, in a 3-2 vote, Rockland City Councilors approved a zoning change, which will allow a new methadone clinic in town.The clinic will open on New County Road in the same building that used to house a different methadone clinic.Wednesday’s vote will take effect in thirty days.The Rockland Planning Board has already approved the zoning change.
Medway residents recently approved a feasibility study for a national park in their area.Quimby offered the federal government more than 70,000 acres next to Baxter State Park.The land in Elliotsville Township is made of the Little and Big Wilson Streams.
A Bangor native has been choosen to be part of the 2011-2012 Class of White House Fellows.The program is designed to give promising American leaders first hand experience in the workings of the federal government.Elizabeth Cote was raised in Bangor and went onto Wellesley College, where she received her bachelors degree.
A day out on the golf course this Saturday could help some local high school graduates.The Searsport District High School Alumni Association is hosting its Eighth Annual Golf Tournament.For $75.00, golfers can enjoy 18-holes along with breakfast and lunch.The price covers a greens fee and cart at the Searsport Pines Golf Course.Proceeds go to a fund for graduating seniors.Every year, the alumni group has been able to award three, $1,000 scholarships.Registration begins at 8am.For more information, you can call 323-0857.
The state of Maine has agreed to a plan that will help some of the state’s disabled residents receive services that will let them live outside nursing homes.In a settlement to a class-action lawsuit, the Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to provide disabled Mainers with normal mental function the same level of services available to those with developmental disabilities.
Three people are facing charges for allegedly assaulting a teenage boy in Bangor last June.Bangor police say a 15-year-old boy from Garland suffered injuries to his face, arms and leg after he was allegedly assaulted at an apartment on Essex Street.Police say 20-year-old Arianna Irwin threatened him over an issue involving bringing a man to her house who was looking for another woman.Police say Irwin left the residence, then returned and forced her way inside with 22-year-old Maverick Manuel and a 17-year-old male juvenile.The victim says Irwin threatened him with a knife and ordered him and the other people home at the time not to call anyone.Manuel allegedly struck the boy several times with an aluminum bat.
Looking around the room, it’s hard to tell that this is a group affected by addiction and recovery.”We have folks who are in recovery all around us and it knows no barriers,” said Reverend Bob Carlson, President of the Bangor Area Recovery Network.At the annual Summit for Addiction Recovery, the Bangor Area Recovery Network wants to get the word out that those recovering from an addiction are not alone.”There are a ton of people that have gone through the same things you have,” said recovery advocate Kristan Hilchey.The summit focuses on resources for addicts, healthy living and eliminating the stigma surrounding recovery.”We seem to have a history of hiding and letting the stigma overtake us and I think it’s time that we’re able to stand up and speak out about being in recovery,” said Steve Gumbley, Chair of the Board at Faces and Voices of Recovery, who spoke at the summit.Former addicts say it’s events like this that help them feel comfortable sharing their story.
As Maine apple growers get ready for Maine Apple Sunday, the Commissioner of Agriculture has been visiting local orchards.”It’s kind of a follow up to the hurricane to see if there’s been any damage and the report in this part of the state seems to be we survived it pretty well.
Governor Paul LePage was on-hand in Fairfield Wednesday to help unveil a new combined effort between business and government to help in the fight against domestic violence.Business leaders, state officials, and leaders of non-profit groups were at the press conference held at Hammond Tractor in Fairfield.The new project called, “Domestic Violence Abusers in the Workplace”, is a toolkit for employers to help discourage acts of domestic violence at the workplace.The state labor department is kicking in $10,000 to help fund the new program that will be distributed to business owners across the state.Gary Hammond, owner of Hammond Tractor, told a story of a former employee who was killed in a domestic violence incident.
The Brewer Police Department is asking for the public’s help in their search for a man who they say randomly assaulted a woman.Police say the victim was approached by a man at the intersection of Washington Street, Broadlawn Drive and Capri Street in Brewer at 8 Tuesday night and allegedly physically assaulted her.After a short struggle, we’re told she was able to escape unharmed.Police say the alleged attacker ran away towards Main Street.He’s being described as a white male between the ages of 25 to 30.
A New Vineyard family is still homeless nearly two weeks after high winds from Tropical Storm Irene played a part in destroying their home.Naomi and Jerry Haines and their 16-year-old son Marc will not soon forget the night the storm hit their hometown.Strong winds caused a number of downed trees in the area.
A Washington County man has pleaded guilty to all 32 charges against him including robbery and burglary.Michael Bailey, 28, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.In February, Bailey went into a trailer in Baring with a gun and threatened to shoot the residents.
As the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks approaches, there are mixed reviews regarding the Department of Homeland Security.In a massive 221-page report, the Government Accountability Office says the department must address gaps and weaknesses.