A former corrections officer in Hancock County faces jail time after pleading guilty to stealing more than $11,000.53-year-old Janine Gardner entered into a plea agreement, which keeps her out of jail until next spring to give her time to pay back the money.She was accused of stealing the money by falsifying her time sheets for four years when she worked at the Hancock County Jail.Her attorney says Gardner is trying to find work and sell her house to pay back the county.
A few of the people who work to support tourism in our region, and the support it provides to our local economy, were honored Tuesday night.It was the annual tourism awards dinner and silent auction.One of the organizations being honored was the Senior Little League World Series, which brings baseball teams to Bangor from across the country and around the world.Kerrie Tripp is the Executive Director of the Greater Bangor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Medical marijuana was discussed Tuesday evening at a meeting at Bangor City Hall.An infrastructure committee and citizen review panel talked about a city council move to hold off establishing medical marijuana dispenseries.The committee ended up voting in favor of a 90 day moratorium on dispenseries.They will revisit the issue at a committee meeting in June.
Some local parents are concerned after a drug company issued a voluntary recall of their children’s medication.McNeil Consumer Healthcare has recalled more than 40 over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications because they don’t meet quality standards.Recalled products include certain children’s versions of tylenol, tylenol plus, motrin, zyrtec and benadryl.The company says it’s a precautionary measure, and the potential the drugs would cause medical harm is remote, but they’re still asking parents and caregivers not to give these products to their children.The company says some of the recalled drugs contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified, some might contain inactive ingredients and others could contain tiny particles.For more information on the recall, go to mcneilproductrecall.com, or call 888-222-6036.The company says they’ve identified corrective actions to put in place before new manufacturing of those drugs begins.
University of Maine President Robert Kennedy announced Tuesday his recommendations on what academic programs should be cut.The suggestions would save more than 12-million dollars over three years.Meghan Hayward reports.UMaine President Robert Kennedy accepted most of the recommendations suggested by UMaine’s Academic Program Prioritization Working Group.The cuts will help reduce UMaine’s academic budget by 12 point 2 million over a three-year period, beginning next year.They include suspending several majors.”Starting with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I am recommending suspending certain majors in graduate concentration namely in German, Latin, theater and women’s studies.”The cuts also include:Eliminating the Department of Public Administration.The reduction of music masters degree concentrations from five to two.Downsizing of the masters of arts in teaching program.eliminating bachelors degrees in aquaculture, wood science, forest operations, and forest ecosystem science.And consolidations in the college of engineering.kennedy also unveiled an 8-point plan he calls “UMaine 150″ to make the school more financially sustainableIt includes a new division of health and biomedical science.”Definitely excited to see that he’s taking this negative opportunity and turning it into a positive and a chance to collaborate, create better programs and be more efficient on campus.”Kennedy also announced areas where the university will invest in the future, including online academics.”We appreciate the significance of expanded online education.
Energy officials in Maine says that with the economy recovering, the oil prices are going to be pushed up.According to the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, the average price for home heating oil rose to $2.78 per gallon, up two cents from last week.
More than 200 schools in Maine have civil rights teams.On Monday, 1,200 of those students travelled to the capital to conference, as guests of Maine’s Attorney General’s office.Students as young as 3rd grade all the way up through seniors in high school took part at Maine annual civil rights team conference.All have the common goal of combating hate, prejudice, harrassment and bias in their communities.
Anything that can fit in a trash can or bag, and is not hazardous, can be placed curbside and will be picked up by Public Works crews.Anything else that you’d like to throw away needs to be taken to the Public Works lot at 530 Maine Avenue.You can drop off anything from televisions to tubs, on week-ends this month.And for the first time this year, they will be charging fees.