Retired school teacher Nina Hansen calls governor Paul LePage’s proposed budget a betrayal to the teaching community.Hansen says she struggles to pay her bills and maintain her dignity with a modest pension that is only about 14-hundred dollars a month.”I worked very hard all those years to maintain a home and now I’ll have to leave it,” she said.Hansen traveled to Augusta from Bangor.
There were a lot of bearded women across the state Friday, as part of Little Beard Day.The ladies at the Veazie Town Office took part in the Facebook-initiated event.The event is in response to Governor LePage’s comment about the safety issues surrounding chemical additive, Bisphenol-A.The Facebook group asked Maine women to put on beards at noon Friday and post pictures of themselves on the Facebook page.” I just thought it would be really funny.
A 25-year-old woman is facing a child endangerment charge that she left a toddler home alone while she went to the store.A Waldo County sheriff’s deputy went to the home of Rachel Gardner on Monday to serve a subpoena and no one answered when he knocked.
Business leaders, elected official, and students were just some of who gathered at the state house on Thursday to show support for wind power.The group gathered in the hall of flags and gave visitors and lawmakers a chance to learn a bit more about the advantages of wind energy.Organizers of the event say wind power has tremendous economic and environmental benefits to the state.”Maine wind investment leads to more tax revenues which help fund municipal and state services that leads to more jobs and other localized benefits to Maine people,” Said Jeremy Payne of the Maine Renewable Energy Association.No protesters showed up at Thursday’s event.
A Bangor man was sentenced in District Court in Bangor Thursday.In September of 2007 28-year-old James Christopher Smith asked a friend to purchase two semi-automatic handguns for him, one of which he later sold to a man in New York.Smith was sentenced on Thursday to 24 months in jail and 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to make a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a drug addict, and unlawful sale of a firearm to a non-resident of Maine.
A man from Lubec was sentenced in District Court on Thursday to 9 years in jail for illegally importing oxycontin from Canada.40-year-old James Mills pled guilty in January of 2010 to attempting to smuggle 100 pills across the border back in September of 2009.Further investigation revealed that Mills had exchanged roughly $370,000 in drug proceeds into Canadian money during the 16 months leading up to his arrest.
There was a birthday bash at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor Thursday evening.Folks gathered to help ring in the museum’s 10th birthday.But the night was about more than celebrating and eating cake, it was about saying thank you to the those in the community who have helped make ten years in Downtown Bangor possible.The museum also announced a new exhibit that will be featured soon.It’s called Dino Dig and will actually allow kids to dig through sand to discover real fossils.The exhibit is set to open in April.
A State Police trooper accused of molesting a girl was scheduled for arraignment on Thursday.Gregory Vrooman was indicted last month on charges stemming from four incidents prosecutors say happened between May and December of last year, involving a girl under the age of 14.He’s been charged with tampering with a witness, unlawful sexual contact and assault.