Maine has the most snowmobile trails in the east, and that’s being promoted in a new brochure.The state Office of Tourism and the Maine Snowmobile Association are promoting the new brochure that includes 14-thousand-5-hundred miles of marked and groomed trails, double the mileage of any other New England state.It also includes lodging choices and the cost of out-of-state sled registration.
The Mount Desert Island YWCA wants you to strut yourself for a good cause.The Healthy Heart fashion show is Saturday, February 19th at 1:30pm.The only requirement, you must wear a red dress or red exercise attire.Donations will benefit the American Heart Association.For more information you can call Abby at 288-5008.
Kennebec Valley Community College has found a way to brighten your winter blues.KVCC is hosting “An Evening of Jazz” this Friday to raise money for student scholarships.The formal event includes a silent and live auction, dinner, music from the KVCC Faculty Jazz Band, and entertainment by Maine humorist Gary Crocker.It all takes place at the Fairfield Campus in the Carter Hall Multi-Purpose Room.Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Gloria Taylor at 453-5129.
Fort Knox is getting the star treatment.A production crew from the SyFy channel series “Ghost Hunters” is visiting the area to film an upcoming episode.The crew will begin filming a six day shoot in Prospect next week.”Ghost Hunters” is an hour long television series focusing on paranormal investigations.The fort is currently closed for the winter season, but will open its doors for the series.If you’re looking for your chance to get on t-v, you won’t have any luck.No one will be allowed on property during filming.
Sunday, February 6th, would mark the 100th birthday of the late president Ronald Reagan.Lawmakers in Augusta plan to commemorate the day with a salute in the hall of flags at noon Tuesday, February 1st.Governor LePage, along with members of his cabinet, will be joined by members of the state senate for speeches saluting Reagan’s legacy.
Fire crews were called to the scene of a house fire in Pittsfield late Monday night.The call for help came in just before 11pm.Fire fighters from Pittsfield as well as Newport and Detriot were called to Estelle Street.We’re told everyone inside the house made it out safely.No word yet on damages or a cause.
Governor LePage says he’s pleased with a Florida judge’s ruling that federal health care overhaul is unconstitutional.Maine is among the 25 states that signed onto to the federal challenge.On Monday, the judge ruled unconstitutional the requirement for most Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties, as well as the section of the act that withholds medicare funds from states that refuse to take part.
Bangor City Councilors met today to discuss possible dates to vote on both the new arena and consolidation of dispatch services referendums.The Bangor City Solicitor laid out the referendum process for the councilors, as well as examined some dates that would work for a city wide vote.Councilors say while both topics are important, they would like to get the poll results in as soon as possible on the new arena because time is money in the matter.Bangor City Councilors hope to have a date laid out by the special meeting scheduled for Monday, February 7th.
Camping may be the last thing on your mind right now, but Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is already planning for Spring, Summer and Fall.Starting Tuesday, February 1st, they’ll begin taking reservations for Sebago Lake State Park.The following Monday, you can reserve a site at the rest of Maine’s State Park Campgrounds.The idea is to keep wait times down.The process begins at 9 am both days.To make the reservation, you can log on to www.campwithme.com.Campers can also call 1-800-332-1501, or mail in a reservation.There are no fee increases this year.
A Maine Lawmaker wants to make it legal for people with one arm to carry switchblades.State Representative Sheryl Briggs of Mexico says it would bring Maine into compliance with a federal law that lets individuals with one arm have the spring-assisted folding knives with blades of three inches or less.Currently in Maine it’s a misdemeanor to have a switchblade.The bill is before the legislature’s Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.A public hearing on it is set for February 11th.
Close to two months after union nurses and hospital management at Eastern Maine Medical Center last met, both sides say they are still no closer to a contract agreement.Negotiations resumed on Monday with the help of a federal mediator.A number of key issues are still on the table, including staffing levels and health insurance.The 825 union members have been working without a contract since September.In November, they went on a one day strike.Since then, the Maine State Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the hospital.”The only thing we were offered today by management was one language change, and it was a couple of changes of a couple of words,” says Jen Kadel, a registered nurse and member of the nurses bargaining team.