There’s a new Goodwill store in Ellsworth.A nice crowd showed up for Friday’s official opening and to get a look at the store’s inventory.The new building features a donation drive-thru.And will also accept used computers and parts through the ReConnect computer recycling program.The store will offer a combination of donated and new items, including clothing, books, furniture and jewelry.The folks from Goodwill think they’ve picked a great location.” We’ve looked at Ellsworth for some time.
The last of three contaminated soil removal projects in Washington County started in Jonesport Friday.Environmental officials say the projects are making residents safer and creating jobs.Meghan Hayward reports.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection started the last of three projects in Washington County, paid for with federal stimulus funds.” Tank removal, standard underground tank removal with some limited soil removal to contaminated soil.”The DEP removed two abandoned underground gasoline storage tanks in Jonesport.
The Maine Credit Union Ending Hunger Walking Tour made its way through Brewer Friday.Brenda Davis, Founding Director of Crossroads Ministries, has been walking through communities across the state, from Madawaska to Kittery.This is the 8th year for the tour.Davis stops by credit unions to pick up a check.
A corner on Main Street in Lincoln has been vacant for the past eight years, after fire burned the mall that once stood there.Now the area is getting a new life.Officials broke ground Friday on the Lakeview Senior Housing project.It’s a 24-unit housing complex being developed by Penquis.
Governor Baldacci is ordering Maine state departments to curtail $63 million in spending to help balance the budget.Preliminary estimates showed a shortfall in the two-year budgetapproaching $400 million, or nearly 7 percent.The governor’s order is in effect until the Legislature returns inJanuary for its 2010 session and modifies the budget.
The Penobscot County budget committee approved a 14.8 million dollar budget Wednesday.Which is about 400,000 more than last year’s budget.County Administrator Bill Collins says the county will lose 140,000 dollars in income next year due to the Superior and District Courts relocation.Collins says they hope to make up for the lost revenue and increased costs by renting out office space in the former Superior Courthouse, to non-profit organizations.The budget committee also agreed to reduce the Penobscot County Sheriff’s budget by 100,000 dollars.Collins says the Sheriff asked for eight new vehicles and they were only able to approve four new ones.” We realize the economy isn’t positive.
An Old Town man faces a felony drug charge.Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Daley has been charged with drug trafficking.Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Division Commander Darrell Crandall says Daley was arrested after agents and Old Town police officers searched his home.Police say they found nearly sixty ecstasy tablets, a pound-and-a-half of pot and a small amount of LSD.They also seized more than 3,100 dollars in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales.Daley is free on 12,500-dollars cash bail.If convicted he could go to prison for ten years and be fined 20-thousand dollars.