Teaching diversity in a state that isn’t very diverse.That’s the challenge facing a lot of teachers in Maine, but today some of them heard from folks who reminded them about the importance of the topic.”It’s amazing to me now that everything we were told not to do, we are now allowed to do.”More than 130 teachers and administrators gathered at the University of Maine to hear from a diverse group, about language, culture and education.The keynote speaker was Sonia Nieto.
Some more troops returned to America by way of Bangor Friday, after spending the past year in Iraq.More than 150 members of the 287th Military Police Company were welcomed home by troop greeters at Bangor’s airport.Their mission in Iraq was to train and guide Iraqi police.They are just the latest in the long line of troops being met by local troop greeters on their way home.The greeters are closing in on the one million troop milestone.
Earlier this week we told you about Pam and Luke Brochu of Glenburn.The Brochus have been going to Haiti since 1998, where they’ve helped build schools, medical clinics and churches.They are now directors of the Maine Haitian Ministries.Today they left Maine and headed to Florida where they will meet up with some doctors.
Maine Credit Unions have announced a statewide fundraising effort to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.The credit unions have acitvated their online disaster relief system to collect contributions.All donations will be forwarded to credit union organizations in areas affected by the earthquake.If you’d like to make a donation you can go to cuaid.coop/maine.com, and click on the donate now link.
There was a deadly car crash in Palmyra Thursday night.It happened on the Saint Albans Road just after 11 pm.State Police say 21-year-old Heidi Pasker of Etna was was driving too fast and lost control.Three passengers were ejected from the car.Pasker was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, along with 19-year-old Kale Page of Palmyra.Page died at EMMC.Twenty-two-year old Justin Moore of Pittsfield and 23-year-old Rebecca Layman from Cushing were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Police say no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.The accident is under investigation.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Maine state parks.On Thursday state park officials unveiled a line-up of events to celebrate through all four seasons.There are 48 state parks and historic sites throughout Maine.Will Harris, the Director of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, says whether you come to one of the scheduled events or not, there’s never been a better time to spend some time enjoying what the state parks have to offer.
Layoffs could be in store for some employees at Hannaford supermarkets.The company’s parent company, Delhaize Group, announced a restructuring plan Thursday that will affect the supermarket chain.It will take place over the next 12 to 18 months and most likely will include job cuts in the finance and accounting department.The C.E.O.
Two young men from Tremont are under arrest following an incident at a home on Woodland Drive.State Police say a man called 911 early Thursday morning.He claimed that 19-year-old Zachery Rand and 19-year-old Dakota Harkins were trying to break into his house and that they had a knife.Troopers arrived on scene to find only the caller, whom had sustained minor injuries.Police then located Rand and Harkins.
Utility regulators in Maine are being asked by a Biddeford-based phone and internet company to review FairPoint communications’ business practices.In a petition to the Public Utilities Commission, Great Works Internet says FairPoint is overbilling for use of its lines and is threatening to disconnect some of its customers.Maine’s public advocate is expressing support for great works’ petition and has filed a motion to intervene.
Maine business groups are lining up in opposition to a bill that would guarantee paid sick time to workers.The bill is sponsored by senate president Libby Mitchell.It went before the labor committee Thursday afternoon.If passed, it would provide earned sick leave of up to six paid days annually for workers in larger businesses and three paid days for workers in smaller companies.Supporters of the bill say it protects public health.
A group gathered at the state house today to kick off a campaign they call “Bring Our War Dollars Home.” Among them were representatives from peace groups, health care, education and social services.They contend the amount of money being spent on war overseas could be better used in areas where state budgets are falling short.
Local community and business leaders came together in Bangor Thursday in a show of support for migrant workers in rural and northern Maine.The group marched to the offices of Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to request a meeting on federal immigration reform.Today’s event was part of a nationwide mobilization of “Americans for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”In all, there were more than a hundred such events, spread through all fifty states.Ben Chin of Maine People’s Alliance says it’s the right thing to do for the communities in Maine and for the economy to make sure everyone has equal rights in the workforce.”Well what we hope is that we’ll be able to sit down with them and support their efforts in the Senate to find workable solutions for immigration reform this year.