A lot of high school students attended the University of Maine today.They showed up at the field house on the Orono campus to learn about colleges.It was the thirty-fourth annual New England Association College Fair.More than one hundred colleges were represented, trying to recruit students.There were booths set up to explain financial aid and other processes associated with going to college.Representatives from the military branches were there too.UMaine Associate Director for Admissions Bill Munsey says they have less vendors this year.He says they expected a lower turn-out because of budget cuts.Still, he says, the fair is a great resource for high school students.”They have a chance to talk to someone directly connected with the college and they can also inquire about the possibilities of financial aid and what’s available.
Firefighters say they cannot determine what started a fire that heavily damaged a home on Verona Island.A passerby spotted smoke coming from the eaves of the house on Verona Park just before 10 Tuesday morning.By the time Bucksport firefighters arrived a few minutes later, the smoke had turned into flames.Crews from Orland, Orrington, and Penobscot were also called to help.Crews were on the scene for about four hours.
Authorities are looking for a man suspected of home invasion.According to police, two women were assaulted Monday night when an unknown assailant entered their residence on Wadsworth Cove Road in Castine, and demanded money.The assailant took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.The victims described the perpetrator as a heavy set white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes, and appeared to be in his mid twenties.He was also wearing a long sleeve brown hoodie and gray work pants.Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call the Maine State Police at 1-800-432-7381.
Workers who will be losing their jobs at the Lemforder plant in Brewer are eligible for some extra federal help.Senators Snowe and Collins announced the trade adjustment assistance on Tuesday.The senators urge the workers to get the assistance as soon as possible.The Lemforder plant is scheduled to close next year, with one hundred workers losing their jobs.
A defense lawyer says a former Sheriff in Washington County accused of holding a couple at gunpoint with their two children nearby, was acting as a security guard.The defense says 63-year-old Joseph Tibbetts was protecting blueberry land and $100,000 worth of farming equipment in Columbia when the couple’s car appeared on August 13th.The defense says Tibbetts put his handgun away after determining there was no threat.The couple say they were looking for black bears.Tibbetts is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Tibbetts and the woman in the car knew each other.
Innovation Engineering is a class based on creativity.”We teach students how to create, communicate, and commercialize meaningful, unique ideas.” Say Professor Doug Hall.Hall is an idea man — he’s a master marketer who’s worked with major companies — now he’s helping students at UMaine think outside the box.”A key part of the course is that we do real problems for real companies.” Hall adds.”We’re part of a global economy and they’re getting us involved with a bunch of different businesses.”says a student.Today the problem on tap is how to market organic products.
Toyota is recalling 3.8 million vehicles in the company’s largest US recall.Toyota and Lexus vehicles are being warned about safety problems tied to removable floor mats.They say the mats could interfere with the vehicle’s accelerator and cause a crash.The transportation department says owners should take out the floor mats on the driver’s side and not replace them.
While some companies are reducing their workforce, US Cellular is looking to hire more employees.US Cellular is growing in the Bangor area, making room for more jobs.The cellular company held a career day.They are looking to hire folks for several different positions.Area Sales Manager Sean Griffith says career fairs have worked well for them in the past.” And we’ve had some really strong success in the past from getting people in the community in and really brought some great talent into the organization.”If you missed today’s career fair but are interested in employment with US Cellular you can visit their website www.uscellular.jobs.
Hollywood Slots has a new general manager.Fifty-two-year-old John Osborne will take over for Jon Johnson.Osborne comes from a casino in Mississippi, where he had been general manager since 1998.The job in bangor opened up when Johnson took the job of GM at one of Penn Nationals’ other casinos in Joliet, Illinois.