This is national influenza vaccination week.The Centers for Disease Control is urging everyone to get the H1N1 vaccine, saying there is now the possibility of a third wave of the swine flu.Folks in the Ellsworth area looking to get their flu shots are in luck this week.Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is offering both the seasonal and H1N1 flu shot on Thursday.The clinic will take place at the Lamoine Town Hall on Route 184.It’s from 4 to 6 pm.Shots are $15 apiece, and the H1N1 nasal spray will also be available.For more information, call 664-5665.
Lawmakers have the next two months to figure out how to balance a budget that’s coming up $438,000,000 short.On Monday the Maine Center for Economic Policy held a conference in Augusta to offer advice on how to do it.That group says policymakers must be willing to consider short-term tax hikes.National Economic Policy Institute president, Larry Mishel says Maine needs to look to the feds for help too.
Thin ice on lakes and ponds in Maine is causing a lot of trouble.This past weekend, a snowmobiler crashed through the ice in Waterboro, but was not injured.In Aroostook County, a man was summonsed for skimming the ice: taking a sled across open water.And the Ledger family from Norridgewock had a close call, father and son survived to tell.
It’s no surprise that a lot of people this year are having a hard time paying their heating bills.Now two agencies in Eastern Maine that are there to help them, say they’re struggling too.Phones have been busy at Washington Hancock Community Agency in Ellsworth, with people seeking fuel assistance.Last year they helped 6500 families using LiHeap funds,that’s the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance program.They found there are a lot of people who don’t quite qualify for the federal program, but still need help.”Several years ago we recognized there was a great deal of need to provide some funding and assistance to families who would otherwise fall through the cracks.”That’s when they created The Heating and Warmth fund or THAW.
There’s a gathering planned at the State House tomorrow to speak up for folks who have a hard time speaking for themselves.Parents with developmentally disabled children and their providers will rally in Augusta against proposed cuts to programs now before lawmakers.”Over 400 people would be handled by six state employees”, those are the numbers given by Citizens of Maine, LLC, President Julie Helwig, and how cases would be handled if these cuts were passed.A large crowd is expected Tuesday and Wednesday at the State House in Augusta, to have their voices heard about the proposed cuts that would impact the developmentally disabled.”The message I want hammered out is,” says Wendy Landry of Bucksport, her son Devin participates in programs sponsored by Citizens of Maine ” Don’t cut these guys out just because they can’t speak up for themselves, how they should be able to.
It was truly the end of an era when The Coffee Pot in Bangor closed on December 31st.But Monday, the famous sandwich shop opened its doors again, to offer the public a piece of its nearly 80-year history.As Joy Hollowell shows us, folks packed the place to cash in on the memories.==========”OK, you want the stools?
A plan to be reviewed by the Board of Trustees at the University of Maine, could save the university system nearly $43 million.Chancellor Richard Pattenaude is scheduled to update the trustees on the new directions, new challenges, initiative and work plans.Under the plan was was given the green light in November, would allow students to choose from more courses and curriculums that would heavily involve computer technology and higher tuitions.Trustees will undergo a review a tentative collective bargaining agreements, and consider nominees for honorary degrees and vote on the creation of a new graduate program at Orono.
A man from Texas described by officials as a career criminal has been arrested in Maine where he had been living under an assumed name.Officials say 45-year-old Thomas Lee Franklin of Texarcana, Texas, was arrested Sunday after officials received a tip from the FBI.Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Joyce says Franklin had registered vehicles in Maine and obtained a driver’s license under the name Jamie Smith.Franklin is wanted on felony warrants, including larceny and burglary.
Opening statements are scheduled for today in the manslaughter trial of a Skowhegan man accused of fatally shooting a friend last April.Bruce Lavalle-Davidson is charged with killing 50-year-old Fred Wilson at Wilson’s home in South Portland.Prosecutors say Lavalle-Davidson was reckless when he shot Wilson.
Firefighters are now mopping up at the scene of a fire in Stockton Springs Monday morning.A passer-by saw smoke pouring from a home on the Harris Road, off of Route One, and called it in around 9:30 Monday morning.Stockton Springs Assistant Fire Chief Vern Thompson says when firefighters arrived, the roof had collapsed and the home was fully engulfed in flames.Nobody was home at the time.The Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
The snow was perfect for sled rides Sunday.It was put on by the Maine Forest and Logging Museum.Photojournalist Kenn Thompkins was there.”We have sled rides that kind of give the people a chance to come and ride a horse drawn sled and get a feel of what it was like.””It gives people a chance to see our history feel our history a little bit.
Fire fighters battled flames and bitter cold temperatures as they worked a house fire in Skowhegan Sunday night.Crews from at least five departments were called to a three story house on Mechanic Street around 6:30 Sunday night.We’re told the fire started on the second floor and made its way to the attic.No one was hurt in the blaze.Fire fighters cleared the scene just before 10 pm.There has been no word yet on a cause.
On Saturday, two people were taken to the hospital with burn injuries, after a house fire in Sidney.The fire broke out early Saturday morning on the West River Road.Fire fighters say it began in the basement of the single story home.The fire marshal’s office has been called in to determine a cause.No word yet on the condition of the two people taken to the hospital, but we’re told their injuries are not life threatening.
Maine officials are advising outdoors enthusiasts to check for thin ice after a truck carrying a Norridgewock man and his son went through the ice into a pond in central Maine.The Maine Warden Service says a truck operated by Linwood Ledger crashed through the ice on North Pond in Smithfield on Friday afternoon.