Time is rapidly running out on Maine’s support our troops specialty license plate.It will be retired November 1st, if the state doesn’t sell two hundred more by Saturday.State law requires that each of Maine’s specialty plates maintain a minimum of 4-thousand registrations each year.The support our troops plate was introduced two years ago, and is yet to reach that number.It costs twenty dollars, and raises money for an emergency reserve fund that helps families of troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says, even if the goal of 4,000 plates is reached by this weekend, it’s no guarantee that the plate will not be retired.
Healthcare reform was the topic of discussion, over breakfast in Ellsworth Wednesday.The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce hosted the feed focused on why healthcare reform matters and what folks can do about it.Erik Steele was the guest speaker.Steele is Chief Medical Officer for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.Chamber President Kevin Tesseo says the topic was picked by request of several chamber members.”I think it’s by far the largest single issue there is in the country today.
The opening of all 32 miles of trail was celebrated in Machias Wednesday.It’s a project that’s expected to bring economic development to the region and connect the town with other areas of the state.Meghan Hayward has the story.With the cutting of the ribbon, all 32 miles of the Calais Branch Rail Corridor Rehabilitation and Downeast Sunrise Trail in Machias are now open.The trail can be used by snowmobilers, pedestrians,ATVs, bicyclists and others.It will eventually be expanded to 82 miles, all the way to Ellsworth.Machias Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald says she was skeptical about the project at first, but is now behind it 100 percent.”Having the rail tracks here and then watching as the machinery came in and removed the rails and then watching while they picked up things and took them away.
The first of two flu shot clinics for school-aged children in the greater Bangor area, takes place Wednesday.It’s being held at the Bangor Civic Center, from 8 AM until 9 PM.Vaccines for both H1N1 and the seasonal flu will be available, free of charge, for students from kindergarten to high school in Bangor, Brewer, Hermon, Hampden, and Orono schools and the towns that feed those schools.Parents or guardians who are not accompanying their child to a clinic, must send a signed note giving their permission for the vaccination.Another flu clinic for school children will be held on November 4th, again at the Bangor Civic Center.
Members from the lacrosse team at Colby College put down their sticks and hopped on bicycles Tuesday.40 of them took part in a relay covering more than 150-miles, from Colby to Bowdoin to Bates and back.Two riders at a time were responsible for 7 1/2 miles of road before they handed it off to the next pair.They started pedaling at 4:00 a.m., and returned to the Colby campus around 3:00 p.m.They did it to help raise money for the Waterville Public Library.Those who didn’t go for the ride were back at the library moving more than 20,000 children’s books upstairs from the basement.The coach says he’s not sure just yet how much the team has raised with the relay.The library has a $3,000,000 renovation plan.
Is your business prepared for a flu outbreak?The Eastern Maine Development Corportation is doing their part to make sure businesses in this region are fully equipped to handle such a situation.Mike Aube, President of EMDC, says it’s important for folks to determine essential functions and roles within their business and have a back-up plan if key people are absent.Aube also says it’s crucial to have communications strategies on how to get information out to both employees and customers.He says one of the biggest problems is many businesses don’t think something like a flu outbreak will happen to them and don’t have any type of plan.” But we’ve really got to think about it in a comprehensive way because we’re so inter-connected with the entire supply chain with businesses that provide other services and we just need to make sure businesses think about those challenging questions and have at least a plan to execute if need be.”Those who attended the workshop were able to work on developing a plan for their business.
Testimony continued today in the trial of an Eddington man, accused of stabbing his then estranged wife and her date.Ryan Witmer has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.The state says Witmer forced his way into the home, where his now ex-wife was watching a movie with the man last June.The man was stabbed eleven times in the back and Witmer’s ex-wife was cut on her arms.