In recognition for Martin Luther King’s work for the dignity of all people, including workers, a local committee unveiled its organization Monday morning.Clergy, elected officials and other community leaders gathered in Brewer to introduce folkd to the Worker Rights Board of Easter Maine.The board began forming in 2009 with the goal of providing a “community forum to legitimize workers’ voices and help remedy workplace injustices”.” The union organization has really fallen and has really been a struggle.
Three days after making controversial remarks about the NAACP, Governor paul LePage attended a Martin Luther King day breakfast in his hometown of Waterville this morning.On Friday the Governor was criticized by the NAACP for declining invitations to attend similar breakfasts celebrating the holiday.LePage spoke publicly for the first time about his comments.
In honor of today’s holiday, a local organization is hosting a special movie night.The Worker Rights Board of Eastern Maine will show a documentary depicting the months leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.You can catch “At the River I Stand” tonight at the Solidarity Center in Brewer at 6:00 p.m.
A major construction project is creating thousands of jobs.The Central Maine Power company is building new facilities to improve its power grid service.It’s a project that should take about five years to complete and the company expects it to create about 3-thousand jobs.Tomorrow, they’ll host a job fair and business expo for contractors, suppliers and construction workers interested in the project.
Organizers of an annual anti-abortion rally and march say they are invigorated that Maine has a governor who is publicly opposed to abortion.The Hands Around the Capitol rally in Augusta is held each year to recognize and mourn the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs.
On Wednesday, First Wind is expected to ask Somerset County Commissioners to hold off on deciding whether to form a tax-increment financing district associated with a proposed wind farm in Mayfield Township.Such a district would capture increases in property values around the wind development planned by First Wind.A local newspaper says the commissioners are surprised and disappointed with the request on a plan that could have brought millions of dollars for economic development into the region’s unorganized territories.
The University of Maine has been awarded a sizable grant for research into prosthetics.The $512,736 grant comes from the National Science Foundation.It will be used to help fund a program to design and develop a prosthetic robot hand, as well as other technology to improve rehabilitation and quality of life for people with hand disabilities.
Bangor Hydro crews are on the scene of a power outage.Affected customers are located in Ellsworth, Clifton, Mariaville, Waltham and surrounding towns.They say over 2,000 customers are without power.Crews are working to isolate the problem and restore the power as quickly and safely as possible.You can report outages by calling 1-800-440-1111
Police say three men face charges after a Biddeford motel room was broken into and a man was beaten with bats and clubs.Police say the suspects used a baseball bat to smash out a large window Saturday at the Sleepy Hollow Motel, where the victim, a female and a small child were staying.Police say the attackers yelled racial slurs as they beat the man, who was hospitalized.Police arrested 20-year-old Dale Pinkham Jr.
The closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station’s commissary and base exchange has been postponed.The stores were scheduled to close in March, a few months before the base is closed altogether.But the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama requires the Secretary of Defense to decide whether the stores could continue operations.The base’s commanding officer, Captain Will Fitzgerald says he’s asked operators of both low-cost stores to continue providing services and products being a final determination.(AP)
For a few hours, they can be anyone else.”I have a really great charm, so whenever there’s a nice gentleman there I can really tell him what I want him to do and I usually get my way,” said gamer, Lisa Rancourt.Sounds like every woman’s dream, but for this gamer it’s actually a survival tactic.”The basic goal of the game is not to die in the game.”She’s acting a part in one of more than a dozen games at the snow con game convention.
A 16-year-old boy was killed in a skiing incident at Sugarloaf Mountain.A spokesman for the resort says Josh Waldron skied into an object off an advanced trail Saturday and died around noon.We’re told Waldron was the son of a Wugarloaf employee and was a Junior at Carrabasset Valley Academy.The crash happened on the Hayburner trail, which is one of the resort’s most difficult.
The cold weather caused a water main to break in Downtown Bangor leaving businesses without water.The Bangor Water District says the main broke at about one o’clock last night.Crews arrived an hour later and worked through the night and into the afternoon to fix the main in the middle of the road on Main Street.David Knowles with the Bangor Water District says the frost around the main caused it to snap.The break shut down Dunkin Donuts but Gold Star Cleaners and Carquest were open for business.The water was turned back on at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
Penobscot County Deputies seized more than two hundred marijuana plants from a mobile home in Argyle.The sheriff’s office received a tip about an indoor growhouse on Southgate Road Friday.Deputies arrived at the home Saturday and the homeowner approved a consent search.A total of 261 marijuana plants were found inside.Deputies summoned 39-year-old Blaine Tozier for growing and cultivating.Deputy Mike Knights says it’s not often they find growhouses during the winter months.”Most of the time when we deal with out marijuana it’s usually in September, October in the fall of the year when everybody’s getting ready to harvest.
A Prentiss woman is doing all she can to help rescued horses….Joyce Pomeroy and her sister opened the Last Stop Horse Rescue farm five years ago.Now, they’re licensed by the state to take in animals who need a safe home.But all this work doesn’t come without costs.To help ease the financial burden they had a bake sale Saturday at Tractor Supply in Bangor.They say the support has been overwhelming.” We’ve been having so many tearful moments for people that just come in.