The cost of education continues to grow for school districts in Maine, and one man is making it his goal to make sure the students have the resources they need to succeed and he wants to strike a fire under education.”A lot of school budgets are cutting back more and more and usually the first thing they cut back are library resources and kind of like the extras as they call it and so a lot of the extra things that students can use for research papers or to study usually gets cut.”1991 Schenck High School grad Bruce Fleming wants to take care of the areas of Maine he knows best, and the donations he collects will go to schools and education projects in Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.”A lot of areas in those counties don’t have access necessarily to online because it’s not even available to a lot of homes and if it is a lot of people can’t afford it so I feel they don’t have the same advantages other students do”The books Fleming donates through his Matchbook Foundation will not replace current textbooks, they’ll be a supplement to those students educations.”School study research like they could be history books, science books, business books things that could correlate with courses already at school”He just started and will take any books or videos that will help kids in school or he’ll take cash donations and purchase what ever is needed.”It’s actually taking off quicker than I thought it was.
If you’ve already noticed some maple trees with no leaves, it could be due to a fungus.Pest management specialist, Jim Dill, says tar spot attacks maples, especially Norway maples.Dill, who’s with the cooperative extension office at UMaine, says infected trees have leaves with black spots.The fungus can be deadly.”If this continues doing what it’s doing now, every year, year after year, it probably could kill a tree in three to four years.”Right now, Dill says the best thing to do is to rake up any leaves underneath the trees and compost them.
Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area has been recertified.The more than 29,000 acre portion of the park was established in 1955.The certification means the park has met the standards established to ensure the forest is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable.The first certification came in 2001.
Columbus Day is typically the peak of leaf peeping season in Maine.But this year, many visitors are wondering- where are the colors?Joy Hollowell set out to find some answers.=====Keith and Nancy Merriman have driven quite a distance to see Maine’s foliage.”About 1,000 miles,” says Keith Merriman.The couple arrived last week from Ohio.
A police officer in Ellsworth is being credited with saving a man who was trapped in a burning car.Police say they received a report that a car had driven off Bayside Road early Sunday morning and was beginning to burn, with the driver trapped inside.Bystanders were unable to reach the driver.Officer Andrew Weatherbee used his collapsible baton to break the vehicle’s rear window, and then was able to to pull the man from the car as the flames spread.33-year old Shaun Parsons of Tremont was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
A Bangor man is accused of breaking into a store and then later stealing a car.26 year old Joseph Collins of Bangor is facing a slew of charges after police link him to two crimes scenes in the Bangor area.Police say they responded to an alarm going off at the Corner Mini Mart on Union Street around 2 o’clock Saturday morning.
A three-story building many consider to be an eyesore in the Maine town of Skowhegan is going to be gone before the snow flies.The demolition of the old Wallace Radio Shop and two other buildings that wrap around it at the corner of Madison Avenue and Commercial Street is expected to start Oct.
Maine towns and cities are facing a pair of deadlines to apply for federal grants to repair damage from Hurricane Irene, which was a tropical storm by the time it dumped flooding waters on the state in late August and lashed it with damaging winds.State officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say Maine city, town and county governments, school districts and certain private nonprofits soon must submit their requests for up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects FEMA will pay.The deadlines for Franklin, Oxford and York counties will be Thursday, and for Lincoln County Oct.
People in Augusta got to meet the city’s heroes when the fire department opened its doors Sunday.The department hosted an open house at the Hartford fire Station on Water Street to kick off Fire Prevention Week.Kids got to meet Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the bear.They also got a close up view of the firetrucks and learned how firefighters use their equipment.Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette says this is the perfect opportunity for the community to meet their first reponders and to educate them about what they do.”It’s just another way for us to send information home to people about maintaining their smoke alarms, practicing fire safety in their homes.”Chief Audette wants to remind you that November 6th is Daylight Saving Time, that’s when you should change your smoke detector’s battery.