Brewer is welcoming a new business with open arms.SnapSpace Solutions has purchased the former ZF Lemforder building.They’ll be making retrofitted modular steel units there.Those products are used in construction on such things as hotel and dormitory rooms throughout the nation.SnapSpace solutions focuses on earth-friendly living spaces and structures that are constructed using recycled steel.The move to the new place was facilitated by company president and Bangor resident Chad Walton.He says he hopes to fill the economic gap left when ZF Lemforder closed its doors.”Unfortunately when the Lemforder plant shut down all the jobs went away.
One of the four men who could become the next University of Maine president is taking a tour of the place.Donald Farish is currently president of Rowan University in New Jersey.He’s visiting the Orono campus Thursday and Friday to meet with students, staff and University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude.Umaine President Robert Kennedy is stepping down in June.
The town of Hermon recently decided to seek proposals for ambulance services from private companies.That has some citizens concerned their volunteer rescue unit is going away.Even if a private company is chosen, the volunteer unit will be sticking around.The volunteer rescue unit has been serving the town of Hermon for more than 40 years.They are a separate entity from the town and the unit has never had a contract.But Town Manager Clinton Deschene says now is the time.”We want it in writing.
Two convicted sex offenders are in jail after allegedly failing to register.31-year old Daniel Cormier, and 26-year old Alec Philbrook, were arrested Tuesday night when police discovered their addresses weren’t updated in Maine’s sex offender registry.Cormier was convicted of sexual abuse against a minor in 2005.Philbrook was convicted of the same charge in 2006.Police noticed they were listed as transients in the registry, and arrested them Tuesday night.They’re both being held at Penobscot County Jail.
A Skowhegan man was arrested Monday after police say he tried to get a loan at a branch of the same bank he was convicted of robbing in 2008.Authorities say 21-year-old Joshua Lieberman was trying to get the money to pay his restitution.Lieberman was convicted of armed robbery in December 2008 and sentenced to one year in prison for robbing the Madison branch of Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union.Police say Lieberman was recognized from the robbery by a cashier while trying to get the loan.He was taken to the Somerset County Jail and is due in court Thursday.
All the snow is creating some dangerous road conditions.This morning, two people were taken to the hospital after an accident on Route 1A in Brewer.Police say 48-year old, Susan Walton, lost control of her pick-up truck and swerved into the lane next to her.Walton hit 76-year old Duane Lane, of Brewer, who was heading in the opposite direction.Police want to remind drivers that even though the storm is over, the roads are still slippery.”The problem is usually the day after the storm is when we have the problems.
Shovels and snowmobiles are essential for the winter season, but one item every homeowner needs to protect themselves against mother nature is a roof rake.”It’s very important to clean your roof to eliminate those ice build ups on your roof,” says Hermon resident Steve Charette.Charette knows a thing or two about roof rakes.Ten years ago, his father invented one of his own after he stepped outside on a snowy day and slipped.”At first it was all out of metal with the tarp.
A popular restaurant in Searsport has shut its doors.The owner of Rollie’s, Ryan Otis, wouldn’t comment specifically as to why the Searsport location shut down.Otis said it was a business decision.Rollie’s has another location in Belfast that will continue serving its patrons.
Orono has a new town manager.The town council appointed Sophie Wilson to the position this week.Wilson leaves her title as city manager in Brownville, which she held for the past ten years.She replaces Catherine Conlow.Wilson is familiar with Orono, she is an alumnus of the University of Maine.