An Ellsworth mother is pushing for housing for young adults with certain disabilities.As Meghan Hayward tells us, she’s seen the need for such housing, first hand.Linda Elliott is a social worker at an Ellsworth nursing home.And the mother of 26-year-old Jake Van Meter, who has cerebral palsy.Elliott says housing for young adults like Jake does not exist in maine, but is needed.She sees applications for folks in similar situations come through the nursing home, but they can’t always take them in.”Quite often we don’t look at accepting these individuals because their needs are so different than the majority of the population”So Elliott decided to go after her dream, the Jacob Brewer House.”My vision is that they would be the ones calling the shots pretty much.
The Ellsworth Marden’s is expanding.In January Marden’s will start moving into a much larger building, the former Ellsworth Walmart.Not only is the move doubling their inventory.It’s expected to increase their number of employees.Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal says it’s always great to hear an Ellsworth business is choosing to expand.” It’s another place to shop, it’s another choice for people and it’s more jobs in an area that could definitely use more jobs in this economy.”The new location is tentatively set to open the first of March
City councilors in Brewer voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.Voters in the state approved the idea of dispensaries last month.Folks in Brewer say so far no one has approached the city about opening one, but they want to get ahead of the issue.”We understand medical marijuana does a lot of good things for people.
In association with Maine’s college and university presidents, the Maine Higher Education Council has created a new website to encourage students from Maine to enroll in Maine Colleges.This website includes information about 35 public and private colleges and universities across the state of Maine.
Five Maine churches are working together to convert a former home for the mentally disabled in Machias into a shelter for abused women and children.The project is being led by the Lifespring Chapel Christian Church.Its pastor, Doug Watermolen says it’s been a dream of his for years.Last year an anonymous donor who heard of Watermolen’s vision donated the building.The facility will offer shelter, education, health care, skills training, and counseling.Fund raising is now under way to support it.
A 19-year-old man from Bar Harbor was found dead in the woods early Saturday morning.State Police say Benjamin Britt apparently wandered away from a party in Trenton.Police say he was among a small group of people, all of whom are under 21, that had been drinking.Police went to the party after a teen was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor stab wounds.They were told Britt was missing.
A Burlington man has reportedly admitted to killing a husband and wife in Webster Plantation last month.31-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale was in court Monday.Court papers state Nightingale shot Michael and Valerie Miller in the head during an attempted robbery.According to the documents Nightingale admitted to police he shot the couple, and provided details of the crime.He was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at his family’s home in Burlington.The bodies of Michael and Valerie Miller were found in the kitchen of their home on the Tucker Ridge Road.Jeffrey Silverstein is Nightingale’s attorney, he says his client did know the victims.
The Bangor city council has signed off on plans for one of Bangor’s largest construction projects: a new arena.Members of the city council voted unanimously Monday to accept the report prepared by the committee.It’s a series of recommendations that include building a 5,400 seat arena that could expand to 7,400 seats.That would be phase one of the project.Phase two would be renovating the existing auditorium and civic center into conference space, for a total cost of about $73,000,0000.Officials say ground breaking for phase one of the project will begin no later than the summer of 2011, and phase two will begin as soon as funding is in place.The city council will continue discussing the issue at workshops in the near future.
Fire fighters worked around some tight spaces in Waterville Monday night.Crews were called to Pleasant Street at 7:30 for reports of smoke in the third floor apartment.When they arrived, smoke was pouring from the top of the building.The seven occupants of the building were evacuated, one had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.Those displaced by the fire do have places to go.”They were brought across the street to a church to keep warm,” Said the Fire Chief for Waterville and Winslow, David LaFountain.
The folks at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor say they’re thrilled to have surpassed their goal in last week’s basket auction.They had close to 200 baskets, filled with everything from soup to pearls.People from the community were invited to bid on the baskets all week long.In all they raised more than $6700.