Tim Horton’s is hoping to make it a warmer winter for some local homeowners.That chain is selling chocolate chunk cookies with smiley faces drawn in the frosting.The cookies are being sold for a dollar.Every cent from every cookie sold goes to the Penquis Good Neighbor Fund, which helps folks heat their homes.The goal is to raise enough money to heat at least five homes this winter.”You know a lot of folks are having a hard time to heat their homes and what not so this is a way that we can contribute to the fund.
More than 70,000 acres sounds like enough space for almost anything, but according to some, a proposed national park doesn’t leave any room for them.”It divides users of the land,” said David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.Because hunting and snowmobiling would not be allowed in the park, Trahan feels Roxanne Quimby’s vision is shortsighted and doesn’t consider the affect it will have on Maine’s sportsmen.”Well, it starts us down this road of dividing users of the land up and telling one you can’t use it and one you can.”Trahan joined others in Augusta to contest a feasibility study for the park.”I don’t believe we should be wasting federal dollars on anything that we know is a bad idea,” said Jim Robbins, CEO of Robbins Lumber Company.But not everyone agrees.The group behind the feasibility study says they’ve received overwhelming support from people in the area.The National Park Citizens Committee sent us a statement saying the point of the study is to get all the facts.They believe the park will be a huge boost to Maine’s economy.”All of Maine needs help.
Trick or treating may be over but the celebrating didn’t stop for some local students.Tuesday they learned about the post-Halloween holiday, the Day of the Dead – a time in Mexican culture to remember lost family and friends.A plate full of bread and fruit is quite a change from the bags of candy most kids are still rummaging through in the days after Halloween.This meal is honor of the holiday, the Day of the Dead, a tradition in Mexico and other Central American countries.Sophomore Necole Harrison says, “The Mexicans basically celebrate living on the day of the dead and it’s a day to visit their dead ancestors.”Mexican native and Messalonskee High School Spanish teacher Eunice Loredo shared that celebration with students at the Hudson Museum in Orono.It’s part of her mission to expand their world.
A measure that allows trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to use interstate highways in Maine and Vermont has won Senate passage, putting the provision one step closer to final approval.The heavy truck provision was included in a transportationspending bill that was approved 69-30 Tuesday.
Now that Halloween is behind us, folks are beginning to plan for their Thanksgiving meal.That includes local soup kitchens, like Manna in Bangor.Manna is extending its annual invitation for people to sign up for a Thanksgiving meal.Some may be worried they won’t have enough money to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table.
A man accused of trashing the special care unit of Pen Bay Medical Center was in court on Monday.19-year-old Trevor Libby of Searsport is charged with felony aggravated criminal mischief and terrorizing.According to the Knox County District Attorney, he’s being held on a $2,500 cash bail.Police say Libby broke several pieces of equipment along with windows and glass doors at the Rockport hospital last week.