The folks at the United Way of Eastern Maine say the support from the community always amazes them.Tonight they celebrated their 2010 campaign.Local businesses and individuals who helped in the fund raising efforts were on hand at the Darling’s Ford, VW, and Audi dealership.All the money will go to agencies who work to improve the education, financial stability and health of an estimated 45-thousand people in Eastern Maine.They set a goal of 2.2 million dollars and have reached 98.5% of that.
Closing arguments are expected sometime Friday in the trial of Randall Hofland who is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary school in 2008.On Thursday, Hofland continued his testimony, telling the jury that when he went to the school that day he had no intention of hurting anybody.
Environmental advocates parents, business owners, and doctors were among a group of people who expressed disappointment in the Governor’s regulatory reform proposal released earlier this week.The group spoke out in Augusta on Thursday accusing the Governor of trying to repeal legislation that they say protects children and families from the chemical known as BPA.
The trial of Randall Hofland continues in Belfast.Hofland is accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.Caroline Connolly is in Belfast covering the trial and joined us over the phone with the latest Wednesday morning.
If you need help filing your taxes but can’t find the time during the work week, don’t worry the IRS will be opening its doors this weekend to help you.On Saturday, several IRS assistance centers will be open throughout the state including centers in Augusta and Lewiston.Offices will open from nine am until 2 pm If you miss this Saturday, they will be open again on Saturday, february 5th.
A Rockland man accused of holding up a Rite Aid with a machete was in Knox County Superior Court Wednesday.Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Powell pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery, burglary, stealing drugs, criminal threatening and theft.Police say Powell jumped over the pharmacy counter last September, threatened the clerk and demanded drugs.A customer in the drive-thru saw him and called police.Powell is due back in court in May.He remains at the Knox County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.
The Bangor Waterfront Concert Series has announced its first show for 2011.The Avalanche Tour has been scheduled for April 30th at the Bangor Waterfront.The all day event is similar to last year’s heavy metal festival, Smackfest, which drew about ten thousand people to the area.The event will feature bands Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.For more information, you can visit their website at www.waterfrontconcerts.com
Two Mainers have made the cut for the Hollywood round of the hit tv show “American Idol.”Jessica Cunningham, 24, of Bridgton and Danielle Pease, 15, of Winthrop have advanced beyond initial auditions.They are among 200 people competing in Idol’s next round in Hollywood for a shot at being chosen among twenty semi-finalists.
The trial of a man accused of taking a classroom full of elementary school students hostage in 2008 continues in Belfast.Wednesday Randall Hofland took the stand.Wednesday morning, two male students from the Stockton Springs Elementary School took the stand.
Maine’s new treasurer spoke out in Augusta Wednesday about the state debt, specifically the unfunded retirement benefits for teachers and state workers.Bruce Poliquin told reporters the pension benefit debt will cost taxpayers $450,000,000 in the next fiscal year.He said this portion of the state’s debt is unsustainable and the problem will require bi-partisan support to solve.