Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream is buying a Maryland company with a similar name, and similar game.Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream and Candy of Maryland was founded in 1938 and sells its sweets throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and Washington, D.C.Giffordâ€™s of Skowhegan has been making ice cream since 1983, but has been in the dairy business for a century.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The cost of heating your home is on the rise, with prices shooting up by an average of six cents a gallon last week.And now a local organization wants to make sure Mainers can afford to stay warm this winter.United Way of Eastern Maine is raising money for emergency fuel funding.They’ll be selling little blue houses at participating Dysarts and Foster’s On the Run locations around the state.They’re hoping to offset federal cuts to funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.Lower income guidelines, this year, have disqualified families who have come to rely on it.”We have had a number of calls from people that have got their denials and are very concerned.
Maine’s largest state workers’ union has filed a complaint with the Maine Labor Relations Board accusing the state negotiators of violating the law as the two sides tried to reach an agreement on new contract.The complaint filed Monday by the Maine State Employees Association says the state abandoned negotiations at a important time, tried to skip the bargaining process by seeking legislation and proposed concessions that were not proposed for other unions.Adrienne Bennett, a spokesperson for Governor Paul LePage, told the Portland Press Herald that the complaint follows a pattern that started last week with another aimless accusation about the state hiring subcontractors.A union representative says talks are continuing between the two sides after they agreed to go to mediation in August.
49-year-old Clinton Grubbs of Bangor stabbed a fellow tenant at a boarding house two years ago.He’s been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Grubbs was charged with elevated aggravated assault.Prosecutors say he stabbed 57-year-old Frederick Pond of Bangor twice with a knife in January 2010.Pond died months later.
State police say a 65-year-old New Brunswick woman involved in a car crash on Interstate 95 in Houlton last week has died.Police said in a statement released Monday that Shirley Haines died in a hospital last Friday of injuries suffered in the accident four days previously.Police say Haines was driving south on the highway at about 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks and gazebos were on the minds, and agenda, of Bangor City Councilors Monday night.Earlier this month, they voted to send along a proposed fireworks ban to the planning board.Monday, the councilors passed the proposal to ban the use and sale of fireworks in Bangor.Fireworks become legal in Maine on January 1st, but the new law gives municipalities the option to ban them.The council also passed the order for Parks and Recreations to build a new gazebo at Paul Bunyan Park.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting Monday evening on the proposed expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.The state owns the landfill, but the dumping ground is operated by Casella Waste System.Casella has tried in the past to expand the landfill, but withdrew their most recent application in 2010.The waste management company maintains that the landfill will reach capacity by 2017.Dozens of residents packed the Black Bear Inn in Orono to give their take on the proposed expansion.The crowd was very vocal, which lead the moderator of the meeting to remind people they could be asked to leave.Casella Waste System hopes to add over a hundred acres North of the current facility.The next step in the process is the full facility application, which could take months to complete.
A phone call to Bangor police lead to the arrest of April Kane, 26, early Friday morning.The caller told police an SUV almost hit a telephone pole.When the officer caught up with Kane on 2nd St, he thought she was under the influence.He says Kane failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OUI.After she was searched, the officer says he found a knife and drugs including what was thought to be bath salts and she was booked on those charges as well.Kane will be in court in December.
Several major local newspapers are urging voters to approve Question 2, which would allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County: and reject Question 3, which would allow a casino in Lewiston.The editorials appeared Sunday in the Bangor Daily News, The Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel.