Maine voters will get to decide whether to allow racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.Election officials say petition drives to get the issue on the ballot have been successful.It will be voted on statewide unless state lawmakers pass a law clearing the way for the racinos.
There will be a benefit supper Saturday in Newport for a family from Plymouth who lost their home to fire.Food will be served from 4:30 to 7 Saturday, February 19 at Nokomis Regional High School.It’s to benefit the Gaudet family.The cost is just five dollars for adults, three dollars for kids.
This weekend people can fish for free on Maine’s waterways.The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is hosting “Free Fishing Days” on February 19th and 20th.People who have had their fishing license suspended or revoked will not be able to attend the event.For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com and click on “fishing.”
The state gambling control board met today to try to resolve a conflict that could threaten the new Oxford County Casino project.Maine law requires casinos to be at least 100 miles apart.Black Bear Entertainment wants to build its casino in Oxford on a site which, on the map, is only 94 miles from Hollywood Slots in Bangor.Black Bear would like to see it measured in actual road miles, not map miles.Scarborough Downs is hoping to build a gaming facility in Biddeford, but would need the hundred mile rule *abolished* in order to do so.Peter Martin of Black Bear says there’s no other location where the casino could legally be built.
An Augusta man could be headed to jail because he didn’t have the proper paperwork from the state in order to have medical marijuana.The problem stems from a change in the law that took effect January 1st.Last November, Beau Cornish was diagnosed with debilitating diseases that brought him to Maine Integrative Healthcare in Hallowell.A doctor told him his conditions made him eligible, under Maine law, to use medical marijuana to treat his chronic back pain and hepatitis C.
There was jumping, dancing and cheering at a day care center in Newport where kids had a hoppin’ good time for a good cause.The kids participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Hop-A-Thon at the Kidsville Day Care Center.The kids hopped for one hour to raise money to send a child to the Pine Tree Summer Camp for children and adults with special needs.They exceeded their goal of eight hundred dollars and raised 28-hundred dollars.
The town of Hermon is changing the way it handles emergency services.At a meeting Thursday night, town councilors decided to transition to a fire-based medical service.Town Manager Clint Deschene says ambulance services will now be through the fire department, and be paid for by the town.The volunteer unit has been in place for more than forty years, but it’s a separate entity from the town and has never had a contract.Residents had a chance to weigh in on the changes at Thursday night’s meeting, and several bids from private ambulance companies were also discussed.
The largest fine ever issued by the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices will not be appealed.The Republican State Leadership Committee was hit with the $26,000 fine for late reporting of it’s spending in five state senate races last fall.Groups must file the reports within 24 hours so that publicly financed candidates can get matching funds quickly.The initial fine recommended was $41,000.
The Women Veterans Plaque “A Heritage of Service’ will be dedicated at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the state capitol.As part of the ceremony, commemorative coins will be presented to more than 150 women veterans.Fund raising for the silver commemorative coins will continue, since organizers say there has been a lot of interest in recognizing women veterans who have passed away.
A Levant pilot is okay as of Friday morning, after crashing his small plane off of the Hughy Road in Stetson Thursday night.According to rescue crews, the plane went down near a snowmobile trail around 5 o’clock.We’re told the small, two-seater plane had engine trouble, lost power and crashed.Ellery Batchelder is the pilot of the small sports plane and has 20 years of experience.We spoke with him at the scene of the crash Friday afternoon.He told us the plane had a bad vibration and then the engine quit.Batchelder says he tried to land the small aircraft but crashed near a snowmobile trail off Hughy Road.”I just brought it down to just above the stall speed and held the plane there and kept it in the open area I could find until she come to a stop,” he said.Batchelder was able to get out of the cockpit, walking away from the crash with just a bruise on his ankle.He believes one of the blades on the propeller came apart and caused the engine to vibrate so hard it threw the carborators off.The F.A.A.
A fund has been set up to help a Millinocket family who lost their home when it was engulfed in flames Thursday night.Millinocket and East Millinocket fire departments were on the scene of a house fire in Millinocket.We’re told that fire crews arrived at the home on Aroostook Ave at around 8:30p.m.It’s unclear how many people were home at the time the blaze broke out, but at least one person has been taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.Fire officials say they don’t believe the home is a complete loss, but a lot of damage has been done to the home.Crews left the scene initially a little after 2a.m.