The defense budget that received final congressional approval includes full funding sought by the navy for destroyers to be built by Maine’s Bath Iron Works.Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins said Wednesday the budget includes $15.7-billion for two destroyer programs.Included is nearly $3-billion for two Arleigh Burke destroyers, one to be built in Bath, and the other in Mississippi.
A paper mill in the central Maine town of Madison will soon have a new owner.Madison Paper Industries has been owned by a family owned Finnish company, Myllykoski Corp., for the past 32 years.Finnish papermaking giant Upm-Kymmene said this week it is acquiring Myllykoski and German-based Rhein paper in a deal valued at 1.2 billion dollars.
The group Disabled American Veterans have a new set of wheels to help those who need a ride to the Togus VA Medical Clinic in Augusta.The DAV added three new vans this year to its volunteer transportation network that will give veterans a free ride to the hospital.They’ve also added new routes, offering vets who live in and around Searsport and between Moosehead Lake and Newport.George W.
Finding the perfect gift this holiday season isn’t always easy, but we’ve found one product that’s got a face for innovation.The Headee is bound to get you laughing at yourself, or someone else.It’s made right here in Maine.Mark Scribner is the creator of the Headee.It’s a simple concept.
A date for jury selection has been tentatively set for the man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on halloween two years ago.According to court officials, jury selection for Randall Hofland is set to begin January 6th.Holfland allegedly pulled a gun on a police officer during a routine traffic stop in october of 2008.That incident sparked a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Police say Hofland held a number of students hostage before finally surrendering.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
An annual holiday tradition at the Hammond Street Senior Center was interrupted earlier this week.Diana Bosch spoke with the victims of a cold hearted theif who almost ruined their Christmas celebration.More than 40 members gathered at the Hammond Street Senior Center Tuesday to enjoy one of the center’s holiday traditions but the celebration almost didn’t happen.When a volunteer went to turn on the stove to heat up tea for the event, it wouldn’t turn on.”At first we thought, how did we end up running out of propane, was something wrong with the stove so we called our propane supplier,” said Development and Communications Direct Deanna Partridge.When the propane supplier arrived, he found the tank was gone.”He said we didn’t have any tank when we got here.
Police in Houlton are investigating the theft of Christmas presents and toys from a Salvation Army Community Center.Salvation Army officials say the stolen items were donated by residents and destined for kids who might otherwise wake up Christmas morning with little or nothing under the tree.According to Major Hermas Pearl, someone went through gift bags, stealing the most expensive items.Pearl says she is scrambling to see what she can do to replace the items.It’s not too late for people to donation.You can drop off donations at the Salvation Army at 12 Court Street in Houlton.
The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is receiving more than a million dollars in grant money to give folks more information about exposures to chemicals in the environment.The $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be given to the lab over five years.Doctor Carolyn Mattingly says it will allow her and her team to add important exposure studies to an online database, saying it will help users determine which chemicals are more likely to pose real exposure risks.
A family from the Knox County town of Appleton lost their home last night to fire.The Appleton Fire Chief says Curtis and Mary Starrette discovered the house in flames when they arrived at their Appleton Ridge Road home around 5:15.It took four departments around six hours to fight the fire.
A Livermore Falls man is in the hospital after officials say his car struck a telephone pole along Route 2 in Wilton Wednesday night.According to Wilton Police, 63-year-old Richard Wilson, was leaving the road near the Big Apple Store at the corner of Route 2 and the Munson Road around 6:30 Wednesday night, when he lost control and crashed.Wilson is in critical condition at Central Maine Medical Center.
Weather conditions are to blame for accidents on Route 1A in Dedham Wednesday night.According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, a pick up truck heading towards Ellsworth lost control on the slippery roads, crossed the center line and struck another truck.Due to that crash an oncoming car tried to stop, lost control and hit the car in front of it.No one was seriously injured in the two accidents.