Maine lawmakers are looking at a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement in prisons.Today medical experts spoke out in support of the bill.The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians opposes the use of segregation, saying the practice has the potential to create and worsen severe mental illness.Dr.
Students from Washington County Community College braved the icy waters at Pleasant Point Pier for the 10th annual Polar Bear Dip.The students do this every year to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.Many local businesses and organizations support the effort.WCCC’s Polar Bear Dip has raised $140,000 over the past 10 years for the charity.The event even had a theme this year, it was “Happy Birthday WCCC”, in honor of the college’s 40th birthday.
A fuel company in Union is paying the price after failing to answer a lawsuit filed by the state two years ago, that according to the Attorney General’s Office.A judge ordered Butler, Maxcy and Heath Incorporated to pay over 450-thousand dollars in penalties for failing to file required environmental paperwork for several years.Kate Simmons, spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office tells TV-5 they have submitted a letter to the court saying they are willing to be flexible on the amount of the fine as long as the company is in compliance.Simmons says the fuel company is up to date on its paperwork this year.
The construction of the new SAD 46 school is almost complete.The SAD 46 superintendent’s office tells TV-5 that it’s expected to be done by the end of April.The pre-k through eighth grade school, has been named Ridge View Community, and will serve the towns of Ripley, Dexter, Garland and Exeter.They say the word “Ridge” which represents the first letters of each of the four communities, will be highlighted on a sign, as will the first letters in the names of the communities.Just this week, the maintenance department was authorized to relocate the Superintendent’s office to the new school on Fern Road in Dexter.A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for August seventh.
May is older americans month, and in honor of that, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging will be holding the fourth annual George Hale Silver Frame Awards.They’re now looking for nominees in several categories.There are two age groups for the awards: 60 to 75, and 76 and older.You can find more information and the nomination form on the Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s website, www.eaaa.org The deadline for nominating someone is March 31st
A 24-year-old man from Bangor is facing charges after police say a loaded gun he was carrying went off on a city bus Wednesday afternoon.Police say Jason Robinson was showing the gun to someone else when it accidentally fired, there were about 20 people on the bus, but no one was hurt.Police say Robinson got off that bus and got on another one, which was stopped by police in Orono.Robinson was arrested without incident.
Close to two hundred Maine soldiers will begin their deployment to Afghanistan later this month.The 1136th transportation company, part of Maine’s Army National Guard, will deploy in support of operation enduring freedom.A send-off ceremony will be held March 13th at the University of Maine.The unit is stationed in Bangor, Calais, and Sanford.It will conduct force operations, providing security for bases.In 2003 the unit deployed to Kuwait.
A bill in front of the Maine legislature would limit solitary confinement to an inmate in this state to 45 days, unless it’s determined that the prisoner has committed or attempted to commit violence.But members of the criminal justice committee are divided.On Thursday six members voted to kill the bill.Some of the members want to review special management policies, and others want to bar the seriously mentally ill form the special management unit.Some members said no evidence was given that prisoners are mistreated.
t’s Maine Restaurant Week, and some local restaurants are celebrating.They’re offering three course meals, for a great deal.”To celebrate the beginning of spring, to be able to give people a reason to go out to eat.”That’s why Mary Dysart-Hartt says her restaurant, Dysarts in Hermon, is taking part in restaurant week.
Fishermen from across the state will be heading to Rockport this weekend for the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.As Meghan Hayward tells us, a lot of folks return each year to see the friends they’ve made in the past.It’s a chance for fishermen to mingle with others in the industry and learn about the latest equipment.And it’s become a popular yearly event for many.”Oh I wouldn’t miss it.
For the second straight year, the Maine Supreme Court has rejected a request that would have allowed graduates of Husson University’s proposed law school to take the Maine bar exam.The court says it denied the request because Husson has yet to open the law school and they don’t intend to seek accreditation from the American Bar Association.Husson President Robert Clark says the school will take the matter up with their board in april and examine all available options.
The Hannaford supermarket in Bar Harbor will soon be expanding.The Maine based supermarket chain announced today that they’ll be making several improvements, including a new bakery area, more fresh food offerings, and expanding the natural and organic foods section.Hannaford officials had announced in January of 2009 that they were planning to build a new store in Town Hill.