Administrators at Camden Hills Regional High School say a $56,000 bill for laptop repairs last year is “astronomically” high and are blaming student carelessness.The school is one of 69 statewide that participate in a Maine Learning Technology Initiative program, under the Maine Department of Education, that makes laptops available to high school students.Camden Hills spends about $150,000 to lease 778 laptop computers each year from the state.State officials tell the Bangor Daily News that the school’s repair bill is one of the highest in the state.
An analysis of Maine employment figures shows that expectations of job gains in the state this year won’t be realized.The 6,000 jobs state economists projected would be added to Maine’s economy jobs in the latter half of 2011 reportedly never materialized.
Maine health officials are offering free kits to parents of children born in Maine last year to test for lead paint dust in homes.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says brochures are being mailed to more than 11,000 families as part of an effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.
The Maine Warden Service responded to a call concerning an injured hiker on the Brook Trail on Tumbledown Mountain, which is north of Weld.They say 48-year-old Karen Chase of Marblehead, Massachusetts had slipped on rocks and fallen.Chase suffered a bad sprain.
The Maine Warden Service says a 12-year-old boy is doing fine after accidently shooting himself in the foot while deer hunting.Saturday was Maine’s annual youth deer hunting day.Authorities say the boy was hunting with his uncle in Waterboro.He told wardens he was resting his rifle on his foot and was playing with the safety when the gun fired.He suffered a gunshot wound to his right foot.
Freeport was the setting for a special wedding Friday evening.Harraseeket Inn played host for the first Real Maine Wedding of the year.Laura Plaisted and Nolan Hood were chosen earlier this year as the winners.The groom, is a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard and has served the country for the past twelve years.He returned home from Afghanistan this Summer after the couple were selected as the winners.The wedding package, besides the venue included a wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, the rings, hair styling and much more.
Folks could become a firefighter for the day.The Orono Fire Department opened its doors to the public.Folks could learn how to use a fire extinguisher, go through a smoke trailer and hear about other fire safety tips.Firefighters say it’s important to meet the members of your community.” The more we know about these situations in an emergency the better off we are at handling them.
A church in Waterville is extending support to area teens who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.They are calling it the teen drop in center.It’s a safe place where the youth can socialize, share refreshments and find support from peers and adults.Some students from Colby College are helping with the center.Organizers say this center is needed in the area.” Youth in Waterville often feel isolated and alone.
The Katahdin Area Rotary Club is showing their support for the End Polio Now Campaign.Monday is World Polio Day, the club has been raising money all year long.Now they have a raffle for an afghan, which was made by someone affected by polio.From 9 to 1 Monday they will be in the parking lot of the Katahdin Federal Credit Union in Millinocket selling tickets, so if you are in the area stop by.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is holding a public meeting on the proposed expansion of Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.The meeting will be Monday, October 24 at six at the Black Bear Inn, in Orono.The proposed project would be constructed in three phases and extend its capacity from 10 million cubic yards to approximately 32 million cubic yards.According to the application, this would provide long-term, state-wide disposal for the next twenty to twenty-five years.
Residents of Sunbury Village Retirement Community set sail Saturday night without even leaving land.Their community was transformed into a cruise ship, complete with live entertainment, casino games and even a captain of the ship.This was the first big event to benefit the newly organized Veterans Club, Outward Bound.
The Bangor YMCA held their annual benefit auction Saturday at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.More than 180 guests attended, making it the largest turnout the Y has seen in the 13 years of hosting the event.There was a silent and live auction with more than 200 items donated by local businesses.
Fall is in the air, so you might as well celebrate it.The Curran Homestead Museum in Orrington held their annual Harvest Celebration.They had cider pressing, food being cooked on their wood fire cook stove, horse-drawn hay rides and there was bluegrass music.They say it’s nice to give people a chance to take a step back in the past.” Well it kind of reminds people where we came from.
The Cole Land Transportation Museum opened its doors for a local fire department.All the proceeds from the museum’s admission on Saturday is going to the Burlington Fire Department.The department is about a year old and they have responded to more than thirty calls since their inception.They are using Saturday’s event to get exposure and help educate folks on fire safety.” Six of our active firefighters who go indoors actually have new gear and we’re trying to get ten more sets of gear.
Maine State Police say the remains of a body found in a Lewiston storage unit may be those of a woman who went missing in 1983.Spokesman Steve McCausland says relatives of a Lewiston man were cleaning out the rented storage unit Friday afternoon when they found a woman’s body inside a freezer.McCausland says the remains haven’t been positively identified, but may be those of Kitty Wardwell, who was reported missing 28 years ago at the age of 29.The storage unit was rented by Francis “Frank” Julian, who was Wardwell’s on-again, off-again boyfriend and was the last person known to see her alive.Julian died earlier this month at the age of eighty.(Associated Press)