If you fill out your own tax forms you just might be missing out on some substantial tax credits.As it turns out, thousands of people in eastern Maine are missing out on a key tax credit.It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit, and it’s available to low-income workers and families.It’s estimated that one in four taxpayers nationwide who is eligible isn’t even aware of the money available to them.
Maine dairy farmers are getting a boost from Hannaford supermarkets.The grocery chain will stock locally produced dairy products, with a sticker that says “keep local farms.”It’s an effort, they say, to help New England’s struggling dairy farmers make more money and stay in business.
Fire fighters spent part of the night battling a fire in Washington.Crews from four departments were called to the Augusta Road around 10:45 Tuesday night.We’re told the homeowner was slightly injured when he escaped from the burning mobile home.He was able to run to a neighbor’s house, where they called 911.Fire fighters were on the scene for about two hours.There has been no word yet on damages or a cause.
A drunk driver who ran over and killed a summer camp counselor in Mount Vernon was sentenced on Tuesday.35-year-old Joseph Rouleau was sentenced to 8 years in jail and four years probation.He pled guilty to manslaughter in December after he struck a deal with prosecutors.21-year-old Corrie Lazar of Seattle, Washington was a college senior working a summer job at Camp Laurel.She was walking when she was struck by Rouleau’s car.Police say his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
Forecasting the future of Maine’s economy, that was the topic of a presentation at a business breakfast sponsored by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.James Breece is the Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Maine System.He says there are a lot of positive signs that our state’s economy is recovering from the recession.
Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a Bangor man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend.David Archer is charged with attempted murder.Police were called to Hudson Street in Bangor in April 2008.They say they found a 22-year-old woman who had been stabbed.The woman identified her attacker as her ex-boyfriend, David Archer.Archer’s mother took the stand today.The state played segments from three recorded phone calls that took place between Archer and his mother while he was in jail.The defense then requested all the phone calls be played in their entirety, arguing that pieces of the conversations could lead the jury to think a particular way.Assistant District Attorney Greg Campbell says he was happy with Archer’s mother’s testimony.”She was in a very difficult position, after all this is her son’s 35th birthday and she was asked to come in and testify in the case.
When you think of clothes pins, you most likely think of hanging out your laundry.But one Florida-based artist has taken them to a whole other level in Bangor.Meghan Hayward explains.There’s a large-scale sculpture that will be on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art that’s expected to turn a few heads, it’s made out of clothes pin.” I try to count.
Sam’s club has announced a food recall.It involves certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa, cream cheese spreads and dips sold under the Parkers Farm or Parkers labels.Some of the products are contaminated with a bacteria that can cause serious illness.Target and whole food stores in Maine may also carry these products.The products may also have been sold at Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Lunds/Byerly’s, Jewel, Dominicks or Marsh stores.
Last Veterans Day, a group from Milo went to eat at the Muddy Rudder in Brewer.The restaurant was offering free dinners to all veterans as well as those currently serving in the armed services.On Monday, that same group from Milo returned to the Muddy Rudder to say thank you and present the establishment a plaque.They tell us the generosity and patriotism they encountered from everyone that night, from the waitstaff to the management, meant a lot.General Manager Tom Workman says the chance to talk with so many veterans and hear their stories meant a lot to the folks at the Muddy Rudder too.
Firefighters say a wood stove is likely what started a fire in Exeter on Monday.Just after two in the afternoon, someone passing by the house on the Stetson Road saw flames shooting out the window, and called 911.The home’s owners were down the street at a neighbor’s.There has been no word yet on if the home was insured.
A month from now, fathers and daughters will be putting on their dancing shoes at the Bangor Civic Center.The annual father-daughter Valentine’s dance will take place on Friday, February 12th.The dancing begins at 6:30 and continues until 8:30 that night.Tickets can only be bought in advance.It’s $16 per couple for folks who live in Bangor.