Maine’s first food-mobile is celebrating a milestone, its fourth anniversary.That’s how long the Good Shepherd food bank has been rolling through the state, getting food to folks who desperately need it.It’s especially helpful in communities that don’t have food pantries.Maine credit unions have been a big sponsor of the food mobile, and they celebrated Monday’s anniversary with a donation of 256 turkeys.
Maine utility regulators have dismissed a petition by a solar-power firm to become an electric transmission utility.Grid Solar llc proposes to meet future peak power needs in Maine with distributed solar and propane generation.The Public Utilities Commission decided on Monday that Grid Solar is a generation facility, not a transmission and distribution utility.P.U.C.
A Medway man accused of setting a fire in his hometown last week appeared in court Monday.39-year-old Douglas Deloge is charged with class “A” arson.Investigators say he set a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a vacant house at the corner of Route 116 and Powersville Road.In court Monday the judge set bail at $3,000 cash.There have been three other arson fires in Medway since late October, including two on the Medway Road.Deloge is only charged with Thursday’s fire.He remains behind bars at the Penobscot County Jail.
Two people allegedly involved with one of the largest coke busts in the state have been indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury.31-year-old Tabitha Waddell and 29-year-old Eric Prevost were arrested in October.Police say they found more than a pound of cocaine at their home.Prevost is being held at the Kennebec County Jail.Waddell is free on bail.They’re now charged with a number of drug offenses.
Two more deaths have been linked to swine flu in Maine, bringing the total to seven since August.State health officials say both victims were adults with severe underlying health conditions.One was over 65-years-old from Penobscot County, the other was a Washington County resident between the age of 25 and 65.
Some laid off workers will have a happier thanksgiving, thanks to the Eastern Maine Labor Council and the group Food and Medicine.240 food baskets were delivered Monday to families in Baileyville, Guilford, Millinocket, and the Bangor-Brewer area.Each one includes a turkey, fresh veggies, rolls, butter, cider, and pumpkin pie.The Eastern Maine Labor Council says this year is their largest solidarity harvest yet.
Statistics show that an experienced driver at the age of 75 has the same chance of being involved in a collision as an inexperienced driver between the ages of 16 and 24.In Part 2 of her special report, Joy Hollowell introduces us to some seniors doing their part to be safe drivers, and what to do when you believe an older loved one is unsafe on the roads.===========”I don’t drive distances, I don’t go on the Interstate.”For 75 years, Helen Grotten has held a current driver’s liscense.
Nearly 73% of Mainers over the age of 75 have a current driver’s license.But whether they’re valid drivers is often a point of contention.We’ll meet two senior citizens who lost their licenses…one by law, the other by choice.================”I was on a hill next to the Penobscot Theater, waiting for a stop light to change, and there was a car in front of me, also stopped.
Some folks are starting to get out the Christmas decorations, which may include a balsam fir wreath or centerpiece.That’s big business for some Mainers.Whitney Wreath in Machias has almost doubled its business this year, thanks to a new contract with LL Bean.That also means a lot more jobs in Washington County.”When this opportunity came along, I paused for a moment thinking that’s a big jump, but absolutely, no question, will do,” said owner David Whitney.The opportunity was presented in April, and in a span of six months, the company created about 250 jobs.”There hasn’t been a lot of jobs in the area and to have a business that’s local get a big contract like this and hire so many employees,” said Laura Morse of Cherryfield.
Crews in the Newport area were out early Monday morning dealing with a structure fire in the chilly November air.The call came in at around 2:30 that there were flames showing at a large farmhouse on Hall Road in Newport.Crews from Pittsfield and Corinna assisted Newport in battling the blaze.Officials say that the home owner noticed the flames near an electrical outlet in the attached garage, and that he immediately went to work fighting the fire, and was instrumental in knocking down the blaze.There has been no word yet on the extent of the damages.