Maine officials are warning consumers to be wary of an advance-fee loan scam operated by two Florida companies.The Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection says the two companies – Fairfield Brokerage and Oracle Lending Group – claim to be located in downtown Portland’s Time and Temperature Building.Neither company is housed there.Several out-of-state consumers have asked Maine officials about web sites posted by the two companies that purport to offer short-term consumer loans.
The Maine city of Auburn is going to be giving iPad2 computers to each kindergartner this fall.The Auburn School Committee voted for the plan on Wednesday.Former Maine Governor Angus King, who attended the school meeting, says Auburn may be the first district in Maine to give computers to all students in a single grade.School Superintendent Tom Morrill says he’s expecting 285 kindergarten students this fall, which will translate to an expected cost of about $200,000.Morrill is reported as saying the iPad2s are “truly redefining how we’re going to teach and learn.” (Associated Press)
Episode eight of Survivor: Redemption Island aired Wednesday night here on cbs.Former UMaine basketball player Ashley Underwood taking part in the reality show for the one million dollar prize.The redemption island twist of where a person is voted out of the game but has a chance to win their way back into the tribes played out this episode.Matt won his 6th individual duel in a row and returned to the game.And when he returned the two tribes merged into one.The individual immunity challenge involved balance, Underwood was the second person out of the challenge.Natalie outlasted all of the other competitors and won.At tribal council Matt was, once again, voted off.And once again he will return to redemption island with a chance to win his way back into the game.Survivor: Redemption Island airs Wednesday nights at 8, here on TV5.
In February a family of six from Pittsfield went to a store and were gone for a little more than an hour.They returned home to find their house in flames.Harvey and Pauline Elderkin’s family lost everything they owned.The community is getting together to help them out.There will be a spaghetti supper at the Sebasticook Elks Club in Pittsfield Saturday from four until eight.It’s five dollars per person.And an account has been set up at the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union to help the family.
UMaine athletes, who are also mentors, took a time out from the playing field today.The college athletes and students from the Lewis Libby School in Orono were busy working on a service project this afternoon.Todays project was putting together dry soup kits to deliver to local food pantry’s.The Student Service Day was part of a mentoring program in which student athletes serve as mentors for local schools.
A man from Skowhegan is going back to jail after admitting Wednesday he tried to get a loan at a branch of the same bank he was convicted of robbing.21-year-old Joshua Lieberman says he went to the Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union in Skowhegan in February to get money to pay his restitution.He owes it to the Madison branch of the credit union, which he robbed in 2008.
More than 500 people from Maine’s healthcare industry met in Augusta to discuss how to improve healthcare quality in Maine.It was sponsored by Quality Counts, a regional health care collaborative on a mission to improve healthcare for Mainers.Doctors, hospital workers, and public health officials were among those in attendance Wednesday.
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents stood together Wednesday in Augusta to speak out in favor of a proposal to get rid of parts of the Federal Real ID Act implemented in Maine under former Governor John Baldacci.The federal law would eventually link every state drivers license and ID cards to a federal database but only if the federal government can get all states on board.Real ID would also require facial recognition or retinal scans in order to get a license or state ID.Former Governor Baldacci implemented parts of the law four years ago, including screening some Mainers through federal records to determine their citizenship.
Parents and students were among those who testified in front of lawmakers in hopes of putting an end to bullying and cyber bullying.A larger than normal crowd filled the room where the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs meets.