Business leaders from around the state are gathering at the Maine state capitol to meet with legislators and discuss business issues and priorities that are important to them.About 250 employers are expected at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Day at the State House event Tuesday morning.The event runs from 8 a.m.
The Maine Turnpike Authority has canceled its contracts for outside lobbyists, ending a practice that was called into question by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.The decision, announced Monday, comes after the board of the turnpike authority voted last week to end the practice of making donations to outside groups and organizations.Spokesman Scott Tompkins says lobbying expenses during a five-year time frame totaled $133,689, far lower than the $577,237 figure cited by OPEGA.The turnpike has been under fire since news broke that turnpike executives gave away $157,000 in gift cards from high-end hotels and restaurants.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday for a Maine Game Warden pilot killed in a crash last week.60-year-old Daryl Gordon was a 25-year veteran of the Warden service.He was finishing up a day of general patrol when his plane went down in a remote part of Piscataquis County.His funeral service is set for one Wednesday afternoon at the Augusta Civic Center.A graveside service will be held Wednesday night at Maloon Cemetery in Saint Albans.
Lawmakers in Augusta held public hearings Monday on a series of bills related to public funding of elections.The Maine Clean Election Act gives candidates for governor or the legislature the option of using public money instead of private dollars to fund their campaigns.Public hearings were held on 8 different bills, including one that would repeal the clean elections act all together.Representative Linda Valentino introduced a bill she’s sponsoring that would prohibit a candidate who’s using public funds from accepting contributions to establish their own political action committee.
The stage is being set at Husson University of a classic rock-opera.It will take a few more days to get things ready for the Who’s Tommy, a play set to a score by that famous rock band.Students, faculty, and community members have their work cut out for them as this season’s show poses more production challenges than ones in the past.The play’s director expects the performance to be one of the school’s most technically involved yet.”We have as many as a couple dozen monitors going at one time, some of the big screens are going, so technology wise it’s a real test for our young theater and we’re excited to show people of the Greater Bangor Area what we can do here at the Gracie,” said Julie Green.You can catch a performance Fridays through Sundays, April 8-10 and 15-17.Tickets are available at www.gracietheatre.com
The Fire Marshal’s Office says it’s not known for sure what sparked a fire in Orono that displaced about a dozen University of Maine students.Investigator Henry Vaughn says the fire has been classified as undetermined, but they can’t rule out the careless discarding of smoking materials.The blaze broke out Saturday night at the Stillwater Village Apartments.It burned out two apartments on the second and third floors.
If you caught “The Price Is Right” Monday on TV-5, you may have recognized one of the contestants.Kelly Ann Havlin Brooks from Hampden made it all the way to the showcase showdown.Unfortunately, she over bid and lost what could have been hers…a TV, hovercraft, and Caribbean cruise.But don’t feel too bad for her…she won a set of garden cabanas and a grill when she played the game side by side and by getting a total of one dollar when she spun the wheel, she won a thousand dollars.
A man from Winterport will soon be heading to Liberia.Brian Richardson has visited the West African country several times before.But this time, he won’t be coming back alone.In 1964, Brian Richardson joined the Peace Corps.”I let them pick where, and they ended up choosing Liberia for me,” says Richardson.It was there, that Brian met his wife, Marsha.
An electrical problem with a lamp is most likely to blame for a house fire in Winterport Sunday afternoon.Firefighters were called to Pine View Drive around 1 p.m..We’re told Samantha Rancourt lived there with her six children, ages 17 months to 10 years old.Rancourt was not home when the fire broke out.
A mural that was in the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor is now gone.Adrienne Bennett, spokeswoman for the governor’s office, says the mural was removed over the weekend, because the furor generated by the governor’s decision was disruptive and interfering with the Labor Department’s ability to do their jobs.