The link between chemicals, overweight kids and diabetes was discussed in Waterville Friday.The Environmental Health Strategy Center and Colby College environmental studies program hosted the event.Organizers say there is new research that suggests household chemical exposure could be playing a big role in childhood obesity.They tell us a big culprit is BPA.They want policy makers to continue pushing forward with things like the Kids Safe Act.” The human health impacts and the social and economic monetary costs of obesity and diabetes in this country are huge.
It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the folks at the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville.The freinds organization has been supporting programs at the Maine Children’s Home through a series of fundraisers since 1961.
On Saturday, October 15th, the non profit Penobscot Valley Ski Club will be holding its annual ski and snowboard equipment sale to benefit the club.The sale will take place at the Bangor Armory, 647 Main St., in Bangor.Doors open at 9a.m., and the sale ends at 4p.m.To learn more about the club, click HERE.
A 23-year-old Augusta man serving a life sentence for a brutal machete attack on a Maine family is appealing his conviction and sentence.Daniel Fortune was convicted of attacking a Pittston father and daughter during a late-night home invasion in May 2008 that left William Guerrette Jr.
Governor Paul LePage is proclaiming “Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day” to thank property owners who allow the use of their land for recreational purposes.Volunteers are needed for Saturday’s event to help clean up properties where the state has identified illegal dumps.Forest rangers and the small woodlot owners association have identified more than 100 illegal dump sites on private land throughout Maine.
Maine’s Office of Securities and other state and federal agencies are holding a free, half-day program to provide advice and materials to help people guard against becoming victims of scams and other forms of financial exploitation.Saturday’s conference in Bangor will address topics of particular interest to older investors and consumers, including emerging investment scams and identify theft, as well as mail and telemarketing scams.
The CEO of MaineToday Media says 38 workers at The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram are being laid off in two weeks and another 23 workers have agreed to voluntary buyouts.In a statement, Richard Connor blames a decline in advertising revenue for the cuts, the bulk of which are coming from the news department.
The Millinocket town council unanimously approved an amendment to a TIF for public land use.T.I.F., or Tax Increment Financing, employs future tax gains for current town needs or imporvements.The town wants to be able to use the funds at its discretion without having to get individual approvals from the state each time the money is used.It will now go to the state department of economic and community development for approval.Millinocket is hoping to use the funds for recreational trail development.According to the town manager, this TIF affects any public land in Millinocket.
Swing dancers and live music lovers were reporting to the dance floor in Brewer Thursday night.It was the annual Big Band Dinner Dance.All the proceeds benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center.The 17 piece Queen City Band performed at the event.Organizers say it’s a chance for the community to get all dressed up.They hoped to raise $10,000 dollars and have exceeded that goal, raising more than $30,000 dollars.