After a brief reprieve, Maine gas prices are back on the rise.Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the average retail price of a gallon of gas has risen a penny to $3.83.The small jump followed last week’s nearly two-cent loss.The average price in Maine is three cents above the national average.Prices are 26 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago and more than 14 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.The national average has increased nearly 29 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 28 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Thieves have been known to steal copper pipes from vacant homes, but the bandits who broke into an Augusta house made off with much more.The owner of the home called police last week to report that not only had the copper been stolen, but the furnace and circulator, and two oil tanks were also missing.Police tell the Kennebec Journal, reports that the theft could have occurred any time since November, the last time the home was last rented.The owner lives in Massachusetts and came to Maine to check on the house.The incident report did not indicate how the equipment might have been removed or how much oil the tanks held at the time of the theft.Police estimated the losses at more than $5,000.
Chancellor Richard Pattenaude is attending his last University of Maine System trustees meeting as leader of the seven-university system.Monday’s meeting at the flagship university’s campus in Orono will feature votes on new academic programs to meet work force demands as well as a new bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality.Trustees will also consider tenure applications and a collective bargaining agreement.Pattenaude, who has served since 2007, is retiring.
The nation’s two independent senators have a message for former Governor Angus King if elected to replace Olympia Snowe, pick a side.Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut say if King is elected he’ll find the Senate’s run by the two major political parties and independence has its limits.King’s said he wouldn’t decide which party caucus he’d join before he gets to Washington if elected.Lieberman and Sanders both caucus with the democrats.
Firefighters can never get enough training.The Hancock County Firefighters Association hosted their Annual Fire Academy.Over the past 6 weeks various men and women have learned all kinds of skills.Organizers say it’s not just new firefighters that take part.
A Holden woman was rescued from her farmhouse early Saturday morning when fire ripped through it.Officials say a Holden police officer rescued 45-year-old Catherine Gignac out of a first floor window.She was the only one home at the time of the fire.They say the house is a complete loss and are not sure where the fire started or the cause.Gignac had three dogs, two died in the fire.The home was not insured.The Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate.An account has been set up for Gignac family at the Bangor Savings Bank Brewer branch.The branch is located at 425 Wilson Street and can be reached at 989-1944 during regular business hours.
Heavy trucks are being temporarily banned from thousands of miles of secondary roads across northern New England with the early arrival of spring.It’s not uncommon to post signs on poles along roadways, but officials have had to do it about three weeks earlier than usual.When the roads are posted, businesses have to delay deliveries until the road beds dry out, lighten their loads or ask the state for exemptions for such tasks as picking up milk at dairy farms or delivering firewood.Officials say if the warm weather keeps up, the road postings could come to an earlier-than-usual end.
Starting this fall Husson University will offer four new degrees.Husson officials say they’ll be offering bachelor’s degree in forensic science, software development, environmental science and hospitality and tourism management.Husson President Robert Clark says the new programs aim to provide students with an education that will lead to a professional career.
Close to 30 students representing various schools in Penobscot County had their spelling skills put to the test.The spelling bee contestants are in grades sixth through eight, all vying for a chance to represent the state at the national spelling bee in Washington DC in May.Husson University was the site of the competition.
A brother-in-law of Governor Paul LePage has been hired at the state planning office.Jody Ledoux, who is married to a sister of LePage’s wife, was hired as Director of Administrative Services, with an annual salary of almost seventy-thousand.Ledoux is the second LePage family member to work in the Executive Branch.
A Gray man has been hospitalized after his small plane made a crash landing onto an ice-covered lake in southern Maine Saturday.Officials say 65-year-old James Schaff suffered chest and leg injuries when his floatplane crashed on Pleasant Lake in Otisfield, about thirty miles northwest of Portland.They say Schaff’s floatplane struck the ice, nose first after he attempted to take off from the lake where he has a residence.He was able to free himself from the wreckage and was conscious and alert when crews took him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he is listed in stable condition.The FAA is investigating the crash.