Businesses and individuals who have made a difference in their communities were honored Wednesday night in Waterville.It was the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s 48th Annual Awards Dinner.Robert Marden, an attorney in Waterville, was honored with the distinguished community service award.Fortin’s Home Furnishings was named Business of the Year.Bill Michell of GHM Insurance was named Business Person of the Year and the director of the Waterville Public Library Sarah Sugden was recognized with a Rising Star Award.The library has nearly completed 3-million dollars in renovations, money that was raised by the community.
Ellsworth police say they caught two copper thieves red-handed.Lieutenant Harold Page says he was driving by a vacant house on Bangor Road when he saw two men walk into it.He turned on his video camera, which showed two men leaving the property lugging copper.42-year-old Gary Hallett of Hancock and 39-year-old Timothy Cox of Ellsworth were arrested.
Governor LePage and Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner released their plan on replenishing the state’s depleted deer herd.Commissioner Chandler Woodcock released a report titled “Maine’s Game Plan For Deer.” It says says northern, eastern, and western Maine have suffered the most from low deer numbers.He says there are several reasons for the problem and it’s up to everyone to help fix it.
A former Bangor Savings Bank employee, who admitted to stealing more than thirty thousand dollars from customers, is headed to prison.Forty-four year old Karen Lebreton of Old Town was sentenced on Thursday to 15-months behind bars.Lebreton was working as a customer service representative when she stole from several accounts between 2008 and 2009.The amount totaled just over thirty-five thousand dollars, all of which Lebreton will have to pay back.Assistant U.S.
State lawmakers held hearings Thursday on two bills that could decriminalize possession of certain amounts of marijuana.The first bill would remove criminal penalties to possess up to 5 ounces of marijuana while the second bill would remove criminal penalties to have six or fewer marijuana plants.Both pieces of legislation were introduced by state representative Benjamin Chipman from Portland.The committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety heard public testimony Thursday afternoon.
A Brewer woman is facing drug charges after police say they found drugs in her house.Brewer police say they found a half-pound of cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside the home of 24-year-old Jessica Vachon.Police were tipped off when someone reported illegal drug activity was occurring at the house.Vachon is charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule “W” Drugs.
State Fire Investigators have now identified the three people who lived in the home in Unity Township leveled by fire last weekend, but they’re still working to positively identify the bodies found in the rubble.Investigators say 56-year old Peter Kavin and 72-year old Rosalina Zamora rented the mobile home.
Friday is a state shutdown day, part of a series of furlough days designed to save the state money.Most state offices will be closed, but courts will be open and essential employees, such as state police and game wardens, will be on the job.Folks are encouraged to check with a specific agency before seeking state services on Friday.
A company that wants to locate a wind energy project in Frankfort will host a public meeting Thursday night.Eolian Renewable Energy of Portland is considering putting wind turbines atop Mount Waldo.The company says the turbines would not be near any homes.Frankfort residents with questions or concerns should attend Thursday’s meeting at the Frankfort School, it starts at seven.
It’s a team effort at the Crandall home where 10-month old Clifford is just learning the basics of life, and his mom Nicole is trying to make sure he understands them.”Being a new mom you don’t always know if what you’re doing is right, if there’s something different or something better you could be doing.”Fortunately, she has someone standing by to find an answer to all her questions.”Once I started the program I just can’t imagine not doing it now,” said Crandall.As part of the Maine Families Home Visit program, Nicole sees a home care professional twice a month to help with Clifford’s development.”I didn’t have an upbringing like where my mom read me stories at night or things like that where we had family time where we ate at the table together and stuff like that.”But with the help of her visitor she’s learning the significance of all that and more.