Providing the best quality service for patients.That was the topic of a meeting at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Friday.Members of the ER met with area emergency responders.Staff at the hospital say it’s important to have good communication between the first responders so they can provide the best care to their patients.They also say healthcare partnerships are essential for rural areas.Something else, being discussed at the meeting was educational sessions folks would like to have offered.Those in attendance say they want to make sure they are all working together and helping each other out.” The best care, the most important care for people is the care delivered close to home.
Spruce Run will be hosting their annual silent auction and dessert party this weekend.Spruce Run is a nonprofit organization that helps those affected by domestic abuse.The night will feature shopping at the silent auction, and an array of desserts made by local restaurants.
After a meeting in Skowhegan Thursday night, residents voted to close the Cornville Elementary School.School Superintendent Brent Colbry said the district faces a $2,300,000 budget, and that closing the K through 6 school in Cornville would save about $700,000.A two-thirds majority vote was needed, and the numbers came back just a little more than that threshold 707 to close, 265 to keep it open.Parents, teachers, and other residents spoke at the meeting for about 90 minutes before the vote.Now the school is scheduled to close at the end of June.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send a bill making changes to the state’s medical marijuana law to the full legislature.The committee addressed the two major sticking points that surfaced after voters approved the law in November.Lawmakers recommended that there be eight dispensaries in the state, with a minimum age requirement of 18 years for employees.The committee also decided that any patient under the age of 18 must meet with a physician, who must in turn consult with a psychiatrist or other behavioral professional to determine the potential for any adverse effects.
Maine senators want to amend a federal law that allows guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.On Thursday, they allowed people with concealed weapons permits, off-duty police, and retired law enforcement officers to have loaded guns inside Acadia National Park.The bill now goes to the house.The original version would have outlawed all guns in the federal park as well as the St.
Augusta police are looking for two people accused of trying to steal money from the city.Police say 31-year-old Leona Havens and 29-year-old Douglas Buotte, both from Augusta, were writing checks from the Augusta School Department’s account.Police say Augusta’s Assistant City Manager caught the fraud while reviewing activity on the account.Police say the official stopped payment on some of the checks, saving the city potentially thousands of dollars.The suspects were identified through surveillance videos from stores where they cashed the checks.In a search of their home police say they found un-cashed checks from the school department, and other businesses.If you know where Havens or Buotte are, you’re urged to call Augusta Police at 626-2370.
The State Street building that once housed the Coffee Pot sandwich shop in Bangor will soon be a thing of the past.The Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor purchased the building in February of 2010, and the board of directors for the retirement facility has approved tearing it down.They want to turn the lot where the Coffee Pot stood into a green space, to improve the look of their facility from State Street.Nelson Durgin, Executive Director of the Phillips-Strickland House, says they’d like the demolition to begin this spring.
Members of Greenpeace and other organizations gathered at the Federal Building in Bangor Thursday.They are urging Senator Susan Collins to support legislation aimed at making it safer for people who live near facilities that use potentially dangerous chemcials.If those chemicals ever leaked, they say thousands of people in Maine could be at risk.The group does report that many facilities made great strides to eliminate the use of chemicals like chlorine gas since September 11th, 2001.But that there are still a handful that haven’t yet converted.
Cherryfield Elementary School will not close, at least not this year.Superintendent David Beal says a motion to close it was voted down Wednesday night.He says the board was one vote away from closing the school.It’s the second time the board has voted on it.Beal says this will be the final vote on the matter this year.
Police are looking into a reported home invasion in Augusta.We’re told it happened at about 7 o’clock Wednesday night on the New England Road.There are reports that a man with a gun and something over his face burst into a home and held up three people.The victims told police the intruder made off with cash and some other items.However, police say everyone is not fully cooperating with them.Anyone with information is urged to call augusta police at 626-2370.
Calling all snowmobilers.It’s the first annual US Cross Country Snowmobile Championships.The races will take place in Greenville Junction at Bullwinkle’s Raceway this Saturday.It’s 5-dollars per person and free for children under 10.The race is being put on by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club.There will be a parade lap at 8:45 am and races will follow all day.There will also be local vendors on hand.For more information contact Judy Hayes at 695-3580 or 280-0044.
A public hearing will be held at the Skowhegan Middle School Thursday night.Up for discussion is the closure of the Cornville Elementary School, which is also in Skowhegan.MSAD 54 Superintendent Brent Colbry tells TV-5 the hearing will start at 6 pm and the vote will take place around 7:30.Colbry says they have a 2.3 million dollar deficit in their budget and closing the Cornville Elementary School would reduce that by nearly 7-hundred-thousand dollars.
There will be 40 new job openings at the Verizon Call Center in Bangor.Julie LaVertu from their human resource department tells TV-5 that the openings are a result of recently added positions.The Bangor center is the only one in northern New England.LaVertu says their employees take inbound calls from existing customers and answer questions about bills, features and benefits of their phones.She says any new hires will go through seven weeks of training and then 12 weeks of transition, with benefits starting right away.For more information about Verizon’s job openings go to their website www.verizonwireless.com/careers