Governor LePage has offered a new explanation for why he had a mural removed from a Maine State Labor Office in March.He told Brian Williams of NBC News that it had nothing to do with the painting’s pro-labor content, despite previously saying it did.Maine Today Media says the governor spoke to Williams at an education summit hosted by NBC in New York.LePage told him he ordered the mural removed because the money the state spent on it came from a fund meant to provide benefits to the unemployed.Previously he said he had the mural removed to show that Maine treats employees and employers equally.
A World War II veteran from Rockland has finally been awarded medals he earned years ago but never received.Major General Bill Libby joined Senator Susan Collins in Augusta Wednesday to present those medals to 91-year-old Bernard Jackson, who enlisted in the army in 1942 and served in world war II.He was honorably discharged in 1945.Senator Collins says the service records of many World War II veterans were lost in a fire many years ago, which is why their medals were never awarded.Jackson, who lost his wife of 58 years in 2000, spoke about the feeling of finally receiving those medals on what would have been his 70th wedding anniversary.
The Brewer Housing Authority has been awarded a 2.4 million dollars in federal money from the US Housing and Urban Development to create an educational facility.The facility will offer classes through Eastern Maine Community College.There will be four classrooms and a computer training room.There will also be a drop off center for children while their parents go to school.Executive Director of the Brewer Housing Authority Gordon Stitham calls this a win-win for the city of Brewer and surrounding areas.”Along with education, our residents, it’ll also help some of the people in the community that maybe don’t have transportation to go to Bangor to classes, if classes are being held at the center they will be able to attend right here.”A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is scheduled for March of next year.
A firefighter who was fired from the Brewer Fire Department has been indicted by a grand jury on a theft charge.Brewer Police say 37-year old Dennis Tinkham, a former lieutenant in Brewer, is facing the charge due to the disappearance of five to ten thousand dollars from the Brewer Fireman’s Relief Association.The fund is set up to help a firefighter’s family if a firefighter passes away.
A man from Jonesport has been arrested in connection with burglaries in the area.Twenty-nine-year-old Franklin Perry is being held at the Washington County Jail on $5,000 bail.Authorities say they received a report of a burglary at the T.A.
The State Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that remains found in Southwest Harbor last month are those of Pete Peterson.The confirmation comes after a DNA examination was completed at the State Police Crime Lab.Peterson disappeared last September.