Governor LePage today presented his spending plan for Maine for the next six months.His proposed supplemental budget focuses mainly on paying down debt the state owes to hospitals.Maine would pay nearly $250-million to hospitals for debts racked up from 2006 thru 2009, leaving the state owing another $150-million to hospitals.LePage says by not paying those bills, the state caused a fiscal crisis in the hospital industry that cost 600 jobs.
There’s a free seminar on veterans benefits this weekend.It will take place at Sunbury Village Retirement Community on Saturday at 2:30.The seminar will discuss VA Aid and Attendance Program, which provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses a certain amount of money a month.TO RSVP or learn more call Sunbury Village at 262-9600.
You can get in a workout while learning a thing or two about trees.The Orono Land Trust is hosting a tree identification snowshoe trek this weekend.A forest expert from UMaine will lead it.The trek steps off at one Saturday, storm date is Sunday.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT GAIL AT 866-0041.
If you’re looking for a 2011 calendar, a local senior center can help you out.The Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor is selling three different calendars put together by members.Seniors created the artwork that fills the calendar.
State government offices will close at 3 o’clock this afternoon due to the snow storm.Governor Paul LePage says business is a priority, but safety is as well, “I’m shutting down government early so state employees have the time and daylight they need to get home safely.
A Bangor man has been arrested in connection with a reported home invasion last month.Forty-six-year-old Dennis Wood is charged with robbery, attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault.Bangor Police officers responded to a residence on Newton Street last month.They were told two males had knocked on the door, told the resident their car had broken down and they needed to use a telephone.Authorities say when the resident reached inside to get a phone, one of the males tried to force his way into the house.The resident was able to fight off the men, who quickly left the area on foot.The case remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.Wood remains at the Penobscot County Jail.
Maine water districts are being asked to cut the levels of fluoride they’re putting in public water supplies.The cuts reportedly being recommended by the State Health and Human Services Department are to bring Maine into compliance with newly adopted federal guidelines.Maine has been calling for 1 to 2 parts per million of Fluoride, but new federal guidelines say a seven tenths part per million level offers sufficient protection from tooth decay.
Maine is getting 410-thousand dollars back from its long time computer supplier.It’s to settle a claim the State was overcharged.The state sued managed technology partners and an affiliate, saying they collected excessive profits on State contracts for five years, ending in 2008.
One of Maine’s most visible environmental groups has named a new leader.Lisa Pohlmann of Jefferson will become executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.She will succeed Brownie Carson who’s stepping down this month after twenty-six years with the council.The council is actively involved in environmental policy development at the State house.
Tuesday was the official kickoff for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Penobscot.Bangor area community members and Relay team captains gathered tonight at the Bangor Banquet and Conference Center to talk about launching their fundraising efforts for this year…This year’s theme is “Birthdays” because every dollar that relay for life of Penobscot raises goes to help those with cancer live to see another birthday.The relay has become so popular that it has to be moved to a new location this year.It will be held at University of Maine track.With the relay being held at the UMaine track this year, there will be some new set up rules and procedures.To take a look at those, or if you have any question on how to start your own team you can visit the Relay for Life website at www.relayforlife.org/penobscotme.
A local rehabilitation center is dealing with an outbreak of scabies.According to Doctor Stephen Sears with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they received a call from Brewer Rehabilitation and Living Center about scabies at the facility.The CDC has provided the center with fact sheets on how to get rid of the contagious skin disease.We contacted the Brewer Rehab and Living Center today, they said they would send us a statement, but we have not yet received it.
Sheila Grant thought something was off when her typically rambunctious puppy wasn’t running around the house.”He had been acting a little tired of depressed but I thought he was sort of moping because we weren’t getting out in the yard.”She and her husband decided to take two-year old Churchill to the vet just as a precaution.”That’s when he was diagnosed as having salmonella.