A major retailer is headed to Ellsworth.TJ Maxx is opening a store at the Maine Coast Mall.The chain plans to move in there this spring.It will be taking on thirty-thousand square feet of space at the high street location.According to Executive Director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Micki Sumpter, the store is a welcomed addition.”I think it will help the economy.
A lot of folks in our part of the nation are getting heated up over what the President plans to do to home heating help.About 65-thousand Mainers rely on Maine’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.President Obama’s proposed budget threatens its future.His plan would slice nearly the five billion dollar program in half.The state of Maine receives 56 million dollars in LIHEAP funds.
Although it may not look like it, these kids are on the front line of a major battle.”We want to keep our heart healthy,” said third grader, Maddie Meale.Together, they’re using gym class to fight heart disease, which kills more than four thousand people a year in Maine.”You really need to take care of your heart, and heart disease can kill you sometimes,” said classmate, Amelia Silva.A lesson they almost had to learn this year when the secretary at Ellsworth Elementary suffered two heart attacks.
Members of the Maine State Nursing Association were picketing in downtown Bangor Thursday.They say they are trying to get the support of the public by putting pressure on board members of Eastern Maine Medical Center.They say they want them to do whatever they can to get their contract settled.They say they have had no luck meeting with board members in group or individual settings.”So we decided that it left us with no alternative but to take out actions to the streets in front of businesses of the board members to enlist the aid of the community.”EMMC Spokeswoman Jill McDonald released this statement.”This kind of tactic is to be expected in a union contract campaign.
Governor LePage has reached out to executives of Meriturn Partners, an investment firm from California poised to buy two mills from the Katahdin Paper Company.Meriturn officials toured the mills in Millinockett and East Millinockett on Wednesday.The agreement to buy the mills has conditions attached, including arrangements to develop a biomass co-generation facility at the Millinocket mill, a new collective agreement with non-unionized employees, environmental and commercial due diligence and agreements on property taxes.The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in East Millinocket says the property tax agreement is the biggest concern for them.
High school students throughout the state were competing against each other at the University of Maine Thursday.Their mission, study a certain product and come up with the best way to sell it.High school students took part in the Junior Achievement of Maine annual Titan Challenge.”Which puts students in the driver seat to be CEOs and marketing professionals.”Six high schools were at the University of Maine in Orono.
Some Democrats say they’re concerned about the Governor’s choice to head up the Department of Education.Governor LePage has chosen former State Senator Steve Bowen, who also worked for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think tank.Bowen also taught junior high school and high school social studies for 8 years.House Minority Leader Emily Cain questioned Bowen’s experience and blasted the Maine Heritage Policy Center saying the organization is “Notorious for manipulating and misrepresenting information to support a right wing political agenda.
Federal authorities could get involved in the investigation of the chair of the Chelsea board of selectmen, accused of trying to get a $10,000 kickback.52-year-old Carole Sawn is charged with forgery, attempted theft and two counts of improper compensation for services.
A monthly evening of entertainment in Penobscot has raised hundreds of dollars in the last year to help keep Mainers warm in the winter.Penobscot’s Music Buffet Coffee House is marking its first anniversary on Friday, February 18th.Organizers say about 50 people attend each month and since it’s started, they’ve collected $2,000 for the local Community Fuel Assistance Fund.The coffee house is in the annex of Methodist Church in Penbscot and offers open mic time, plus a featured artist.
The MDI Pet Food Pantry is in need of donations.The pantry welcomes pet food and pet items as well as monetary donations.We’re told the need is great, and will help families and individuals keep their pets instead of adding to shelters.The MDI Pet Food Pantry has shelf space at the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, in the basement of the YWCA.The pantry is usually open the first three Tuesday’s and Thursday’s of each month.Donations can be dropped off at 36 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor.
The Federal Transit Administration announced Wednesday the Maine Department of Transportation will receive 300-thousand dollars to purchase three fully accessible, low floor clean fueled buses to be used in the Portland, South Portland and Bangor areas.According to the United States Department of Transportation the new clean diesel buses will be leased to Metro, South Portland Bus Service and the Bangor Area Transportation System for their fixed route service.
Residents of Hermon are being encouraged to attend a town council workshop Thursday night where bids for their ambulance service will be discussed.The town is looking into contracting with private companies.The volunteer unit has been in place for more than forty years, but it’s a separate entity from the town and has never had a contract.Thursday’s workshop will take place in the public safety building on the Billings Road at 7 pm.
An Albion man is out of jail after he allegedly forced his way into a relative’s home and assaulted him.39-year-old James McGarey was arrested Tuesday night.Police say he broke through a door of a male relative’s apartment in Belfast and punched him in the face.A Belfast detective says McGarey hit the other man at least 20 times and then took off when he heard police were on the way.The detective says he showed up at the apartment because a woman he knew was there.
Rod Rodrigues from By Design art gallery stopped by our studio to tell us of an art exhibit openning this month.From February 17th – April 30th, By Design gallery and Norumbega Hall will host a art exhibit highlighting Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin.A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Friends of Baxter State ParkThe openning begins Thursday at 4pm at Norumbega Hall, 40 Harlow Street, in Bangor.
The fourth and final candidate for the UMaine Presidential position stopped by the Orono campus Wednesday.Paul Ferguson is currently the Provost and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Southern Illinois University.Ferguson has also been on the faculty at a number of other universities including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Louisiana, Monroe.Ferguson already has some ideas if he’s chosen to head U.Maine.”Maine has this wonderful capability to combine both student centered and research to advance the opportunities for Maine citizens as well as to be able to improve the regional development of Maine,” Ferguson said.Ferguson will also be touring the campus on Thursday.U.Maine’s current president, Robert Kennedy, is expected to step down from the presidential post some time in June.