Veazie’s town manager was fired Monday night after nineteen years on the job.Bill Reed says he was caught off guard when the council voted to terminate him.Reed was up for a council evaluation last night, but was not expected there to be a motion to remove him.Councilors evaluated Reed’s performance based on a number scale.Reed says he received some poor evaluations, but those came without an explanation.He believes they were driven by tense relationships he had with some of the councilors.Reed will receive a $100,000 severance package.Tuesday, the council will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Maine’s windjammer fleet will be on display for the vessels’ final gathering of the season.The 25th annual WoodenBoat Sail-In on Tuesday afternoon will feature more than a dozen of the schooners at WoodenBoat Publications, located on the waterfront in the Hancock County town of Brooklin.Hosted by the Maine Windjammer Association, the event celebrates the tradition of working sailing vessels and gives spectators the opportunity to view the fleet before the season comes to an end on Columbus Day weekend.
Several Mainers are being recognized at the Blaine House for their actions preventing suicides.Those being honored Tuesday include police officers who intervened to prevent a suicide and leaders of suicide awareness activities conducted around the state.Youth suicide in particular is a big public health concern.
The Somerset County Sheriffâ€™s Department is reporting an armed robbery at the EW Moore Pharmacy in Bingham at around 5:20 pm on Monday.According to witnesses, a single male wearing a mask, baseball cap and sun glasses entered the pharmacy and demanded prescription drugs and cash.
According to the Maine attorney general, a Portage Lake woman who sold hunting and fishing licenses for the state will serve 30 days in jail for misappropriating more than $16,000 in license fees.Authorities say Lynn Taylor, 64, owner of Coffin’s General Store, signed an agreement to become a license and registration agent in 2006.Taylor agreed to plead guilty as part of the plea deal.
Authorities exercised the anti-bath salts law for the first time when they seized $5,000 to $10,000 worth of the synthetic drug from a Lincoln home over the weekend.According to the Bangor Daily News, Bruce Smith,56, and Lindsay Boyle,23, both of Lincoln, were charged with trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and cultivating marijuana.The search led to the discovery of 50 to 100 grams of bath salts and two marijuana plants.The state legislature banned bath salts in July.Smith and Boyle are due in Lincoln district court on November 22nd.More arrests are expected.
Friends of Acadia is looking for volunteers to help clean up the shoreline of Mount Desert Island and its neighboring communities.Volunteers will either be directed to shorlines on MDI or taken by kayak to nearby islands.The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday.If you’d like to join, you can contact Terry Begley at 288-3340 or Terry at friendsofacadia.org.
The Orono Fire Department was praised for it’s on the job safety record Monday night.A couple of fire fighters were on hand at the Town Council meeting to accept the SHAPE Award.The Maine Department of Labor gives out this award to public sector employers who go above and beyond to maintain a safe work environment, but receiving this award is no easy task.The public sector employer must fill out a detailed entry form, send in five years worth of injury logs, and then pass an inspect of the work area.since 2005, 37 entities have been given this award, 19 of them fire departments.
The Spectrum Generations Cohen Center in Hallowell is offering vision screenings this week at no cost.From 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday night, employees from Wal-Mart’s Vision Center will be providing the free screenings at the Cohen Center.They will also clean your glasses and offer minor repairs and adjustments.It is located at 22 town farm road in hallowell.You can call 626-7777 for more information.
The strong bond between Kelly Walton and her mother Lois Fraser has endured many obstacles.The past few years have been filled with financial struggles and sickness, but through it all, one thing has remained constant, Reba McEntire’s music.”This is a mom and daughter who have been through so much together and it’s been a hard few years and it’s full circle she’s here in Bangor and I just think it proves good things happen.”We first introduced you to the duo last month when they launched a Facebook campaign to meet their favorite artist in person.Since then, support on Facebook has nearly doubled.”People have been messaging “oh I hope you meet her” or “we support you” I mean these are strangers.”With the concert scheduled for this weekend, the effort turned into a waiting game.Then country radio station Q 106.5 reached out to the superstar’s management team.We invited Kelly and Lois to the TV 5 studios Monday morning to have a sit down interview.