After an eight year reign, it’s Governor John Baldacci’s last month in office.Having served in the worst economy since the depression, he’s says he’s still proud of the economic growth Maine has had.Taking a look back, Baldacci says a peak moment for him was when Lincoln Paper and Tissue reopened in 2004.It was during a time when Millworkers were fighting for their jobs as companies were filing for bankruptcy.In two weeks, Governor Baldacci’s family will head north to their new home in Holden.Baldacci won’t say what he plans on doing full-time in the future, but he says the energy sector, healthcare and teaching are all areas of interest.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now offering hunting and fishing licenses online.You can now buy licenses by logging on to mefishwildlife.com.Hunters and anglers can purchase licenses around the clock and print them from their very own printers.
Bangor city councilors Thursday night were presented with a different plan for a new arena that would cost less money.Developers showed the council a plan to combine a new auditorium and civic center into one building, moving the project closer to Main St.They say the reconfiguration would cost about $65-million, which is lower that the $80-million price tag given to councilors last month.On Monday night, the council is scheduled to vote on whether to proceed with design development for a new arena.A group of Bangor citizens is collecting signatures, hoping to force a referendum that would allow voters to decide if a new arena should be built.
There’s been some interior decorating going on at a family-owned restaurant in Searsport.Paper fish are popping up all over the place.Those fish represent support, and hope, for a little girl who has leukemia.Eight-year-old Kylie Merithew, the daughter of one of their long time waitresses, was diagnosed with Leukemia this year.”She told us and it was more for support at that point.
Eighth graders at Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport are learning a few things about running a small business.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they’re using those lessons to help raise money for their class trip.”We’re doing the eighth grade annual Maine Sampler which is basically the eighth grade all makes something related to Maine.
A former University of Maine student has pleaded not guilty to charges of taking video recordings of other students taking showers in a university dorm.Nineteen-year-old William Russell of Guilford is facing three charges of invasion of privacy.Russell allegedly recorded three males on a video camera without their consent.He has been suspended from the university until next fall.
A Beals woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend, Nicholas Richards, earlier this week in Eastbrook.Twenty-three-year-old Ashley Crowley has been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of burglary.Authorities say the arrest follows an investigation into the shooting outside a house in Eastbook.Police say Richards was shot by the homeowner after Crowley came to the door to report a car crash nearby and asked the homeowner to come outside.Crowley is charged with robbery in connection with that incident.Crowley also faces a robbery and burglary charge in connection with two home invasions earlier this month.Authorities say Richards also participated in those crimes.The shooting death of Richards is still under investigation by State Police.
Shopping locally — that’s green.Buying things second hand — that’s green too.How about using re-usable bags to wrap Christmas gifts — another green idea.Two local women are blogging to help others have a merry and green Christmas.” My mom taught me that Christmas doesn’t have to be about red and green.
To contact the SPCA of Hancock County:SPCA of Hancock County141 Bar Harbor RoadTrenton, ME 04605Telephone: (207) 667-8088Fax: (207) 667-8011Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 – 5:00 pmOur morning hours are dedicated to the cleaning and care of the animals and facility.Closed Sunday & Monday
One person was taken to the hospital after a morning car crash in Thomaston.It happened just after 7:30 Friday morning at Route 1 and Dexter Street.According to Officer Mike Blais with the Thomaston Police Department, 66-year-old Kenneth Elwell Sr.
Maine environmental regulators have voted to phase out a chemical used to harden plastics in some food containers, baby bottles and cups.The Board of Environmental Protection’s vote Thursday still has to be authorized by the Legislature before it’s finalized.The board designated bisphenol-A, or BPA, and nonyl-phenols, or NPs, as Maine’s first priority chemicals under the state’s 2008 Kid-Safe Products Law.