Even though the weather is getting colder out there, the Bureau of Parks and Lands wants to remind everyone that there’s still plenty to explore in Maine’s outdoors.This Sunday, they’ll kick off their annual Take it Outside events, which offers families five days of winter activities held in Maine’s state parks.Families can stop by the Youth Ice Fishing Derby this weekend at Lake St.
Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000 acre national park in the Katahdin Region is facing some opposition from mill workers in East Millinocket.The United Steelworks Local 37 represents the Great Northern Paper Company.They say the park would be detrimental to the forest industry they rely on.In a statement, Quimby said the proposed Maine Woods National Park is supported by current and former mill workers and by dozens of businesses in the Katahdin Region.Quimby wants to give thousands of acres to the federal government for the park.
The Maine Board of Education has signed off on improvements to six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement.Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Wednesday that the board approved the list of six schools that would be the first since 2005 to be slated for state construction funds.The schools are Morison Memorial School in Corinth: Sanford High School & Regional Technical Center: Newport Elementary School: Emerson School in Sanford: Charles A.
A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental practice has been sentenced to six months in jail for embezzling about $120,000 from the business.Celine Davis was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to have no contact with anyone who works at Augusta Orthodontics.
State police are hoping a $40,000 reward will bring in tips that lead them to the person who killed a Woodland man nearly four years ago.The body of 56-year-old Darrel Smith was found by his wife in February 2008 inside the small sawmill he operated adjacent to his home in northern Maine.Police say he had been robbed, then shot.
A proposal to close the Hampden mail processing facility isn’t sitting well with local residents, and Wednesday night, people made sure their voices were heard.If was standing room only at a public meeting regarding the possible closure of the facility.The Postal Service says it would save almost $8 million dollars if the Hampden facility was to merge with the Southern Maine processing plant in Scarborough.While the move could save the postal service money, it would likely affect mail delivery.Wednesday night’s meeting was just to allow for public input.A final decision on the proposal will be made sometime in May.
A company in central Maine has been honoring veterans around our state the past few years.Wednesday, they paid their respects to the family of a Medal of Honor recipient from Lincoln who died in combat trying to save others.George Gunning’s days in the military seem a million miles away from this workshop in Windsor, but as you watch him work, it’s clear his days of service are anything but over.”Didn’t realize it was going to be this big, but we wanted to do something,” said Gunning.Three years ago, he, along with his wife, Donna and fellow veteran, Burt Truman, unknowingly carved out a future for themselves in a business that’s all about others.”It’s an honor for us to be able to do it,” said Donna.They started the Eagle Cane Project in the state, and have since given out more than a thousand canes to Maine veterans for free.”If a veteran wants a cane, he gets a cane.”Recently though, they decided to broaden the criteria, when they heard about a Medal of Honor recipient from Lincoln who was killed in Somalia back in 1993.
A timeless fairytale came to life at the Bangor Public Library Wednesday.The Teen Reader’s Theatre performed a comical version of Hansel and Gretel to children.There weren’t any costumes and very little props, that’s because the group wanted the audience to get lost in the story using their imagination.The audience then followed bread crums into the Lecture Hall where they built their own gingerbread houses.To learn about the Teen Reader’s Theatre, you can call the library at 947-8336
A Lincoln man is facing terrorizing and criminal threatening charges.Lincoln’s police chief says 54-year old Terry Libby was arrested Saturday night.His wife called police saying her husband might be depressed.She told them he shot a firearm in their bedroom when no one else was home.Police say when they went to the house, Libby cooperated with them.He was evaluated at a local hospital before being taken to jail.
An overdose of bath salts caused the death of a man from Bangor last July, according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.It’s the first recorded fatal overdose of bath salts in Maine.Police say 32-year old Ralph Willis was on Center Street yelling at people the day he died.Willis apparently charged at an officer, which led to a scuffle.We’re told Willis ripped the antenna from the squad car and broke the windshield.Police say Willis told them he was on bath salts.He was taken to jail, then to a Bangor hospital, where he died.
Police say a man attending his son’s basketball game at a Maine elementary school went to the cafeteria and stole $40 in student lunch money.Police say 46-year-old Christopher Cope of Dresden told them that he needed the money to buy kerosene to heat his home.Authorities say Cope was at the Hall-Dale Elementary School in Hallowell on Jan.
The Maine Board of Education has signed off on improvements to six schools in critical need of renovation or replacement.Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said Wednesday that the board approved the list of six schools that would be the first since 2005 to be slated for state construction funds.The schools are: Morison Memorial School in Corinth, Sanford High School & Regional Technical Center, Newport Elementary School, Emerson School in Sanford, Charles A.
Maine residents can now check the state prisons department website to find out whether any convicted felons are living in their communities while on probation.The Department of Corrections website allows people to search through the database of state’s more than 9-thousand adult prisoners and probationers.