Getting in touch with the different needs of service members and their families was the focus of a conference in Bangor.Counselors, social workers and psychologists were among those in the audience.Chaplain Andy Gibson with the Maine Army National Guard says it’s important to know and understand the type of help that is being sought.Chaplain Gibson says it isn’t possible for the military to take care of all veterans.”By educating the civilian population and providers we know that anybody who might slip through the cracks or who might not seek services through the military can actually get help from the folks from civilian world and actually be better able to respond to the military specifics.”Chaplain Gibson says some of the common issues service members face when returning home is apathy, hypersensitivity to noise and sleep disorders.
Environmental groups opposing a major development plan near Moosehead Lake have followed through on their promise to go to court and challenge the state’s initial approval of the project.The Forest Ecology Network and Restore the North Woods filed an appeal in Kennebec County Superior Court on Wednesday.Their case challenges the land use regulation commission’s approval of Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake region plan.The Plum Creek project calls for more than 800 house lots, and two resorts with more than 1,200 housing units at Big Moose Mountain and Lily Bay.
A Machias man accused of setting fire to a woman’s house in Dennysville has been arrested.51-year-old Byron Alley was taken to Washington County Jail Wednesday morning.Investigators were called to the home of 61-year-old Joyce Morse on the South Ridge Road in Dennysville around two Wednesday morning.She reported a fire on the outside of her mobile home.Morse says her dogs woke her up after the fire broke out, and she was able to put it out using water.
The arrest of a 67-year-old Shirley man is raising questions about why he wasn’t on the state’s sex offender registry as required by law.Donald Denbow was charged last week with gross sexual assault involving a young girl in his barber shop in Dover-Foxcroft.
In the midst of a crisis, communication is critical.Wednesday, emergency personnel from more than a dozen agencies worked together in a training exercise targeted to save lives.There were two events that occurred within a 15 minute span and twenty miles apart.One in Augusta, where a plane had landing gear problems, and one in Fairfield, where a bus crashed into a tanker truck.Part of the exercise was to see how well emergency workers collaborated between emergency operations centers in the two different counties.To make the training as real as possible volunteers played the part of victims.Overall, there were about one hundred people taking part in the two training exercises.