Some teachers at the Kenduskeag Elementary School are getting some help to cover the cost of their classroom supplies.Sam’s Club is giving ten teachers each a 1-hundred dollar Teacher Rewards Card.Marketing Director, Mindy Whittington says they have worked with the school in the past on various projects so they seemed like the perfect recipients.Whittington says it’s estimated that educators spend approximately 5-hundred dollars out of their own pockets each year for classroom supplies.She says they are glad they can help.” They are grateful for the gift cards and I know they’ll go to great use.”” In the economic times that we have now it’s always necessary to receive help from the communities.
The Maine Veterans’ Home is inviting folks in, as they celebrate fifteen years of caring for the area’s veterans.The event takes place Sunday, September 19 from Noon to 2.And will include live entertainment, recognition to staff and community members and tours of the home.Light refreshments will also be provided.The 150-bed home opened in October of 1995 on Hogan Road and overlooks the Penobscot River.
The Bangor City Council’s top candidate for the City Manager position has declined the job offer.According to Council Chair Richard Stone, the candidate was excited about the opportunity to take on the role, but there were some issues the candidate and the city could not resolve.The City Council did have two other candidates, one of the two has dropped out the running.Stone says they do have other candidates in mind for the position, and will continue to move forward with the process.
A man from Lincoln will spend the next two years in jail for breaking into a community center in Lincoln and stealing from the place.23-year old Brandon Tolman pleaded guilty this week to receiving stolen property.Police say he took a gaming console, controllers, and games during a break-in at the Ballard Hill Community Center back in June.
A Lincoln man has admitted to growing large amounts of marijuana at his home and in a garage.64-year old Linwood Libby pleaded guilty to the drug charges in federal court this week.He was accused of possessing with the intent to distribute at least 100 kilos of pot.Libby was ordered to pay $125,000, the amount prosecutors say he earned during the more than four years of growing, then selling the plants.Libby also pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud.He’ll most likely have to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for that charge when he’s sentenced later this year.
Slick roads overnight contributed to car crashes around the region, including one involving a state trooper.State Police say Trooper Jon Brown was accelerating as he was pulling out of a crossover, and hydroplaned on I-95 northbound in Palmyra.The car hit a boulder in the median, and wound up standing on end against some trees.Brown was trapped inside, but eventually got out, and was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with minor injuries.The cruiser was totaled.
A car crash in Hancock County Thursday night knocked out power to more than 1,500 customers.A car hit a power pole around 11pm on Route 1 at the Lamoine/Hancock town line.We’re told no injuries were reported, but the utility pole was broken.Bangor Hydro says 1,548 were without power for a few hours.The lights came back on around 6 Friday morning.
Maine tax officials say revenue is 8.2% more then expected, leaving the state fund collections over budget by $22.5 million two months into the fiscal year.Officials say this is better than the same period last year when Maine ended the fiscal year below forecasts.Sales and use tax were over budget by $4 million for August, reflecting the strong sales during the height of the tourism season.The state highway fund also came in over budget.
Fall officially begins six days from now and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, along with the forest service, are celebrating.They’re offering nine fall foliage events in the coming weeks.Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle will host a river paddle this Sunday, September 19th.There will be eight hikes throughout the state from Saturday, September 25th to Sunday, October 10th.For a full list of hikes and sites, including information on the degree of difficulty of the hikes being offered as well as where to meet up, you can log onto parksandlands.com or call 287-4960.
Every year just before Halloween the friends of Fort Knox give guided tours through the fort in Prospect.And they could use help leading visitors around those old haunts.The friends of Fort Knox want people with the “fright” stuff.If you’re interested in volunteering you can call executive director Leon Seymour at 469-6553 or you can e-mail him at [email protected] will be an orientation meeting on Saturday morning October 16th.The scary tours will be given on the last two Fridays and Saturdays of October from 5:30 to 9 pm.
Still no decision from the Bangor City Council on who will become Bangor’s neext City Manager.The council met Thursday night at City Hall to continue the process.Council narrowed down the list of candidates to three finalists last month.They met with their top candidate earlier this month.Council Chair Richard Stone tells us they will most likely address the issue again next week.Stone says it’s a thorough process and they want to make sure they find the right fit for the position.