Governor Baldacci visited with some of Maine’s future scientists Wednesday.While at Acadia National Park, the Governor made a stop at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.That’s where University of Maine freshman biology majors are spending the week, as part of a special orientation retreat.School of Biology and Ecology director Ellie Grodin says the retreat is a chance for students to get to know their academic advisors and fellow students.She says it’s important to start them out on the right foot.The students will make their way to Orono on Friday to begin campus-wide freshman orientation.
Governor John Baldacci flew over Acadia National Park Wednesday to learn more about Sunday’s tragedy at Thunder Hole.A wave washed a group of people off the rocks and into the ocean, killing a 7-year-old girl.Park officials briefed the Governor on what they’ve learned in the days since the incident.Amy Erickson has the latest.”Noone expected to see a 30 foot wave on top of 15 foot waves.
Several hundred people showed up at a gathering in Brewer Tuesday night to express their concerns about the ongoing healthcare reform debate in congress.Organizers say they invited Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and Congressman Mike Michaud to the event, but they didn’t appear.
Eight Continues in Maine have been named agricultural disaster areas because of all the rain in June.Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Franklin Counties are included.The Department of Agriculture says food producers in the affected counties are eligible for emergency loans and other federal financial support.
A Bangor native has declared his intention to enter the already crowded race for governor in 2010.Eliot Cutler, a lawyer from Cape Elizabeth, filed paperwork to run as an unenrolled candidate.Cutler was a legislative assistant to Senator Ed Muskie and served as an environmental official in President Carter’s administration.Cutler becomes the 18th person to join the governor’s race.
Fire fighters were called out to the River Road in Howland twice in twelve hours.The initial call came in at 7:30 Tuesday evening that a structure was on fire.Crews from Lincoln and Seboeis assisted Howland, and they were able to knock down the flames, and clear the scene by midnight.However, crews were called back out to the River Road at around 2:30 Wednesday morning for a flareup.
Going back to school can be exciting for kids, but it also can drain the pocketbooks of parents.According to the National Retail Federation, folks will fork over more than 17 billion dollars on back to school costs.That’s actually a decline of nearly 8% from last year.The rules of back to school shopping have changed: buy only what you need, and check for sales before hitting the stores.It’s the mantra these moms are sticking with this summer.”We look for deals.” “Trying to get the best deals.” Even with the sales sending a K thru 12 student back to school can cost hundreds of dollars.
A man from Waterville will stay behind bars for assaulting his girlfriend, threatening her with a sword, and hitting his 21-month-old child.29-year-old Robert Beerman pled guilty to two counts of assault, domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and terrorizing.Waterville police say Beerman slapped and bit his 21-month-old daughter.Beerman was sentenced to nine months in jail with two years probation.
The son of a Monmouth woman has been charged with her murder.State Police have arrested 43-year-old Kenneth McDonald of Monmouth in connection with the death of his 80-year-old mother.Janice McDonald was found dead in her home on Highland Terrace around 5-o’clock Monday evening.Neighbors say Janice McDonald’s body was discovered by her grandson when he went to check on her Monday evening.Kenneth McDonald also lived at the house, and police say he did not show up for work Tuesday morning.Neighbors of Janice McDonald speak fondly of her and say she will be missed in this small, tight-knit, community.
A new restaurant is opening in downtown Bangor.The Fiddlehead Restaurant on Hammond Street had a ribbon cutting ceremony Today.It’s the first time owning a business for Melissa Chaiken and Laura Albin, but they’ve both been working in the restaurant business for years.They say they wanted to bring an elegant but casual eatery to the Bangor area, with local produce and meats.And, they want folks to be able to dine out often without breaking the bank.They’re also hoping to help out other businesses in downtown Bangor.”I think as far as increasing business increasing foot traffic it’s going to help everybody out.
There are a lot of rough roads in the region.Sections of Route Two through Hermon is high on that list.And a lot of folks who use it are upset the state isn’t doing more to fix it.Meghan Hayward has the story.”It is a vital road to the economics of the Bangor Region and it we’re not careful, it’s going to continue to hurt our economy.