Educators, business leaders, and other stakeholders will converge on the University of Maine for a daylong summit next week.Tuesday’s topic will be meeting the needs of the work force.About 5,000 invitations were sent to education administrators, lawmakers, and large employers.Seven University of Maine system campuses and satellites are scheduled to be linked via video teleconferencing to the main site at Orono’s Wells Conference Center.
For the second time in less than 24 hours, fire fighters in Newport were called out to a fire.This time it was a building on Golf Course Road.The call for help came in at around 9:30 Thursday night.When fire fighters arrived, they say the structure was already fully engulfed in flames.Crews from Newport as well as seven other departments were on the scene for about five hours.We’re told the structure was being used to house antiques, and the owner was planning on selling them sometime in the near future.There has been no word yet on a cause.
A mother and her kids escaped their burning home this morning in Newport.Thankfully they, along with some pets inside all made it out safely.Fire fighters were called to Willow Drive a little before 7 a.m.We’re told a mother was giving her kids a bath, when she heard a loud bang.By the time she got the kids out of the tub, the trailer was filling with flames.Crews from Newport, Pittsfield, Detriot and Corinna tried battling those flames.”Wasn’t much we could really do other than extinguish it from the outside,” says Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretin.
Camping is a popular past time in Maine, and now the state is making it easier for folks who’ve never tried sleeping in the great outdoors before.For the third year in a row, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is offering a free weekend of camping at any state park.All 40 winners will also receive a 50-dollar gift certificate from Hannaford to stock up on food supplies, four sleeping bags, and other goodies.And, one of the lucky families chosen, will win a complete set of camping gear, courtesy of LL Bean.
The Department of Transportation says it’s hoping to reopen the Old County Road in Rockland as soon as this weekend.Wet weather has slowed down repair work.The road was closed in February after a massive sinkhole opened up.The road was built over an old limestone mining tunnel.Transportation officials believe rushing water may have washed away the ground that was holding the road up.
Police arrested an East Dixfield man on Wednesday for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.75-year-old Errol Hammond was arrested after police were contacted by Franklin Memorial Hospital after they treated a sexual assault victim earlier in March.Police arrested Hammond at his residence and transported him to the Franklin County Jail.No court date has been announced.
The folks at Machias Savings Bank have detected a phishing scam.They’re warning customers to not give out their usernames, passwords, or credit card information.The attackers are sending e-mails, text messages, and placing automated phone calls.By policy, Machias Savings Bank does not ask for personal information, usernames, passwords, or account information over the phone or via e-mail.If any customers feel their information has been compromised, they can call Machias Saving Bank’s customer service at 866-416-9302.
The University Maine has announced more cuts to their budget, which could result in layoffs at the University.According to a university spokesman, the cuts will address a 5.9 million dollar shortfall in next years budget, and include staff reductions that will result in eight layoffs.These cuts are unrelated to the academic budget cuts the University announced earlier this week, and will take effect next school year.