The Finance Authority of Maine’s board has approved a loan insurance program to help more than 200 independent Maine grocers who were caught by surprise by the recent closure of their vendor, Associated Grocers of Maine.Many small grocers are attempting to find new food distributors after the sudden closure of the Gardiner-based cooperative.
Forty-five new officers are graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.Attorney General William Schneider is the speaker at Friday’s graduation in Vassalboro.The graduation follows 18 weeks of training on topics ranging from crime scene processing and firearms training to criminal law and domestic violence.The officers will go to work for law enforcement agencies such as municipal police departments, sheriff’s departments, the Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine Warden Service.(The Associated Press)
A break in the water main outside the Margaret Chase Smith federal building on Harlow Street in downtown Bangor has closed down that building for the day.The Bangor Water District was on the scene early Friday morning, and authorities say that the break hasn’t disrupted service to any other area businesses or residences.They did have to shut off water flow through the main for a time.The federal building will remain closed all day Friday.
It looks like more cuts could be on the way for the Bangor School System.Committee members voted four to one to amend the previously approved school budget at Thursday night’s meeting.Bangor City Councilors had asked the school committee to make some cuts to the originally proposed nearly 42-million dollar budget.Bangor School Board Members voted to slashed over $130,000 dollars from next year’s spending plan.Some of the money cut came from school officials retiring.Some of the high school athletic funds were also reduced, but superintendent Betsy Webb says much of the athletic funds that were done away with will be donated to the school by the booster club and private donations.The Bangor City Council will read over the amended school budget for the second time this Monday, May 23rd, at their scheduled meeting, which begins at 7:30 p-m.
Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law violates Federal Law and the Justice Department reserves the right to prosecute people in Maine who distribute the drug, even if they have state approval.That’s what U.S Attorney Thomas Delahanty says in a letter to state lawmakers.He was requested to weigh in on the matter by the legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, which is considering a proposal to make it optional for medical marijuana patients to register with the state..
Police say a woman responsible for a hit and run accident in Orrington Wednesday night had been drinking.They say 43 year old Kimberly Chadbourne backed into a car at a Mobil On The Run store.A witness says Chadbourne took off, but managed to write down her license plate number.Bangor Police saw the car parked on Harlow street a few hours later.Orrington Police have charged her with leaving the scene of an accident and Bangor Police have charged her with drunk driving.
A man serving 35 years for murder has had three more years tacked on for making a knife in prison.Timothy Mooney is accused of attacking his cellmate with that knife.A Knox County Superior Court jury this week found him guilty of trafficking in prison contraband.
Thousands of pounds of free food was given away in Millinocket Wednesday when a mobile food bank rolled into town.It comes just a few weeks after that same food distributor ended business with a Millinocket food pantry.The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been serving the state for the past 12 years, nourishing Mainers with food and helping them get back on their feet.”They were excited to see us and they said they were so happy to see us because the need is so great,” said Cheryl Jalbert with Good Shepherd Foodbank.Jalbert says in these tough times, to see the smiles on the faces of the people who need it most, is why she does her job.Good Shepherd’s mobile food bank rolled into town with ten thousand pounds of food to help ease the burden of struggling families and laid off mill workers.The Katahdin Paper Mill shut down a few years ago, leaving 150 people out of work, and this year, more than 4-hundred people became unemployed when its sister mill in East Millinocket also closed.”We know that things have been hard with the mill closing.
A new business is coming to town, and it’s kids who might be jumping at the chance to see it.Maine Jump is scheduled to open this June in Bangor.The facility is still under construction.But it’s a bounce house with obstacle courses and fun ways for kids to get active.The spot will offer a coffee shop for parents to relax while their kids get moving.And its staff says it’s the first of its kind in the area.”Bangor needs this.
They’re practically a staple of downtown Bangor, but the vigilant four person staff that’s monitored parking for years, may lose their jobs.”There’s no question, over time, it’s going to save tax payer dollars and it will be a more efficient system in managing the parking downtown,” said city councilor, David Nealley.A proposed parking enforcement plan would eliminate the part-time positions.The city wants to condense the responsibilities into one job, hired through the private company, Republic Parking.”Basically, it’s a surveillance vehicle that goes around and they’ll be way more accurate in terms of driving up ticket revenue,” said Nealley.But at a city council meeting this week, Nealley wasn’t entirely sold on the idea.”They had all these projections on assumed costs and as far as I’m concerned they hadn’t sharpened their pencil to give us some concrete data.”City officials say transitioning to a new system would cost about $85,000 in equipment fees in the first year.They say it would be another three years before the city would see a return on its investment.The plan shows that hiring only one parking monitor would save about $17,000 a year.Parking officials didn’t want to go on camera, but they did express concern as to how the city expects one person to take over all of their jobs.””City staff has to go back, take a look at the numbers again, see what the real bottom line is going be, see if we can come up with a much more realistic figure, if you will,” Bangor Police Chief, Ron Gastia.Chief Gastia’s police department is home to the parking enforcement team, and before anything is set in stone, he’d like to make sure the four employees will be taken care of.
State officials and lawmakers were among those who turned out at a ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.The annual event is normally held outside at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta but Thursday’s event was forced inside to the Augusta Armory due to the rain.There is now 83 names engraved on the memorial.