The final hurdle has been cleared for the federal bill allowing heavy trucks to travel the interstate north of Augusta.On Sunday, the Senate approved the one year pilot program.It would exempt Maine’s federal highways from the 80,000 pound federal truck weight limit.Senator Susan Collins is behind the bill.She says that right now trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds have to exit I-95 at Augusta and travel on secondary roads through towns and cities, raising concerns about safety and wear and tear on state roads.The bill also includes a provision that would allow heavier trucks on federal highways in vermont for a one-year period.It will now be sent to President Obama for his signature.
An accident in Hermon held up traffic for about an hour Saturday afternoon.The accident occurred at the intersection of Billings Road and Union Street.Eighteen-year-old Shawn Cox was driving on the Billings Road and failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled out in front of a truck driven by Miesha Rice.Hermon Deputy Sheriff Larry Estes says the busy intersection made it difficult to clear the scene.” With the holiday traffic and everyone coming and going.
Friday was the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah, also known as the festival of lights.And Saturday morning Congregation Beth El in Bangor held a family Chanukah service.Meghan Hayward has the story.” Oh dreidel, dreidel dreidel I made it out of clay.”Children were singing and dancing along to the music at the Congregation Beth El in Bangor.And learning all about the Chanukah holiday.” Well it’s special to me because we get presents and we celebrate the oil that lasted for eight days.”Six-year-old Micah Sher was happy to take part in the service.His favorite song, dreidel, dreidel.” Because I have dreidels at home.”Chanukah lasts eight days.The holiday is celebrated by lighting a candle on the Menorah each night.Rabbi Darah Lerner says services like this are great for the children.” To teach our children.
A Burlington man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a couple in Webster Plantation.Thirty-one-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale is charged with two counts of murder.The bodies of Michael Miller and his wife Valerie, both 47, were discovered in late November in their home on the Tucker Ridge Road.Nightingale was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at his family’s residence on Fogg Lane in Burlington.State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland says detectives have followed several leads during the last two weeks.Including trying to locate and identify a woman who Nightingale claimed was at the Miller’s residence the day of the crimes.” Nightingale was a friend of the Millers and had been interviewed during the course of the investigation.
Santa and his elves visited Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Friday.Bringing the magic of the holidays to children on the pediatric floor.Meghan Hayward has the story.Christmas came early for children on the pediatrics floor at Eastern Maine Medical Center.”A drum set, a drum set, woooh.”Rite Aid employees from the greater Bangor area visited the children and brought presents and Santa along too.”I think the kids are really going to enjoy him.
There are two hospitals in Maine that we are aware of provide a transport service to patients in their area.Â Sebasticook Valley Hospital in central Maine and Goodall Hopsital in southern Maine (York).Â The hospital in York does charge a nominal fee for transportation.Â Sebasticook Valley hospital van service has been free for patients in their service.Â
Attorneys in Calais have come to the city council with problems they say they’re having with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.The issues have been passed on to the Sheriff and are being discussed at Thursday’s council meeting.Meghan Hayward reports.”It’s the inability to get a prompt service and also the atrocious amount of money we pay for a service to process.”Currently, there are three deputies throughout Washington County that can serve documents.” We don’t see complaints from anyone else.
Some local tax professionals are hearing questions from first-time homebuyers, after new IRS rules went into effect last month.Stacey Hussey works at H&R Block in Bangor.She says many people were waiting until 2009 to claim their first-time homebuyer tax credit— instead of filing an amended 2008 return— so they’d be able to file online.But the IRS now says people will still have to mail in 2009 returns, since settlement papers have to be attached.Hussey says that means some people have been waiting for no reason.”There are going to be a lot of people that are saying, you know, I should have filed that back in November.
Beauty and the Beast is a classic love story, and it’s being brought to life on the stage of Peakes Auditorium in Bangor.The Bangor High School Drama department is opening the show Thursday night, but some young fans got a sneak peak earlier in the day.Sharon Pelletier takes us there.Most kids have seen the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.Today, hundreds of kids packed into Peakes Auditorium to see the same story on the stage.This one is a little different.”I think ours is a little darker/scarier.