Despite the holida weekend, all Maine post offices will be open Saturday, and mail delivery will take place as usual.Mail deposited in postal service blue collection boxes and post office building lobby receptacles will be picked up at the posted time on Saturday.And, post offices with automated postal center kiosks will fully stock the self-service machines prior to the long weekend.Post officies will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the holiday, but express mail will be delivered.
As a result of damage caused by severe storms and flooding between March 12th and April 1st, President Obama has declared Hancock and York Counties as major disaster areas.That declaration makes federal aid money available to reimburse counties, towns, state agencies, and nonprofit groups for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in those counties.
With the state facing a possible $100,000,000 shortfall due to less than expected Medicaid funding from the federal government, Governor Baldacci has ordered a state hiring freeze.The freeze effects vacant positions and limits overtime, travel and other expenses.
A man from Lincoln will spend nearly three years in prison for his role in a cocaine ring.Last March, 50-year-old Anthony Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.A judge sentenced Martin on Wednesday to nearly three years in federal prison: 33 months in all, followed by five years probation.
A man who caused a standoff at the Indian Hill Trading Post and Supermarket in Greenville will spend 120 days behind bars.54 year old Lonnie Gould was sentenced Wednesday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.In August of 2008, Gould walked into the store with a shotgun and threatened to kill himself and others.He pleaded guilty last March to charges of robbery and criminal threatening.In addition, Gould was placed on probation for four years.
John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is hoping to welcome students from around the world.They’re launching a boarding program and hope to welcome their first students in the fall of 2011.They did some research on private schools in New England that offer dorms for students.
A new study says Maine ranks eighth in the nation when it comes to children at risk of hunger.The study was done by the group Feeding America.The ConAgra Foods Foundation has partnered with Feeding America for more than 15-years in the fight to end hunger.ConAgra recently committed 10-million more dollars to help fight hunger in children.
If you’ll be traveling through old town Friday morning you might be delayed.A funeral for Staff Sergeant Brandon Silk, who was killed in Afghanistan last week, is being held at 10 am.Portions of Fourth Street will be blocked off between Center Street and Stillwater Ave between 8 and noon.You’re advised to take an alternate route during that time if you can.
Michael Littlefield, the Brooks man charged with murdering his wife last week, continues to be held without bail in the Kennebec Jail.Littlefield appeared in a Belfast courtroom Thursday for what was supposed to be a bail hearing.His attorney, Richard Hartley, asked the court to continue the hearing on a day-to-day basis.Hartley says he needs time to learn more about Littlefield, his family, and the case in general before he can think about asking for bail.”I think it’s fair to say he’s subdued and beyond that I look forward to learning more about him and getting to know him a little better as I get to know more about the case,” said Richard Hartley, attorney for Littlefield.Court records show Littlefield admitted to killing his wife, 49-year-old Debbie Littlefield to his sister and a friend.An autopsy shows Debbie Littlefield died from a gunshot wound to the head.Michael Littlefield is expected to be in court again sometime in August.
Owen Bucklin pleaded not guilty in a Waldo County courtroom Thursday to charges that he threatened to kill a woman over money.According to police, Bucklin, 48, pushed in an apartment door while looking for a man he who reportedly owed him money.When Bucklin found that the man wasn’t home, police say he threatened to kill the man’s girlfriend, who was in the apartment at the time.Bucklin requested a court appointed attorney Thursday.