July 4th may have been a couple months ago, but fireworks were on display in Augusta Wednesday evening.Central Maine Pyrotechnics held a fireworks demonstration to show municipal leaders what fireworks are legal now, and what fireworks will become legal as of January 1st, 2012.Maine lawmakers recently passed a bill legalizing fireworks in the state, beginning in 2012.
UMaine students and members of the community took a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault Wednesday night.The “Take Back The Night” event was a way to get the message out about these violent crimes and the stunning statistics behind them.According to the US Department of Justice, one in four women will be raped during their college career.Wednesday evening’s event featured keynote speaker Representative Emily Cain as well as music by the all-female acapella group Renaissance.
With a unanimous vote, members of the Land Use Regulation Commission approved the Bull Hill Wind Project.”We’ve been in township 16 for over three years now when we started measuring the wind and this is a great outcome.”Dave Fowler is a developer with Blue Sky East of Hancock County, an affiliate of Massachusetts based First Wind.The group is behind the 70-million dollar project that will put 19 turbines on Bull Hill, near Eastbrook.
The Maine Heritage Policy Center says the state’s voting system has too many problems to allow voters to register on election day.The center has released a report that says in three of the last ten general elections there were more registered voters than voting-age citizens.It claims close to 200,000 thousand voters are shown to have registered in 1850.The policy center advocates requiring anyone registering to vote to show a valid driver’s license.It claims that there aren’t adequate safeguards in place to prevent voter fraud.But not everyone agrees.”The key to any government administration is you have to remove that subjective angle so the state of Maine shouldn’t be saying well those people don’t intend to commit fraud or these people do.
The parent company behind the family restaurant chain known as Friendly’s has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.Sixty-three locations have already had to close, including ones in Ellsworth, Freeport and Lewiston.The company says a tough economy and higher costs forced them to file.More than four hundred of its remaining restaurants will stay open while they reorganize under the protection.