Today, it was back to school for local firefighters in Orono and Old Town.Both departments were trained in how to respond to rare railroad emergencies.The rail safety group behind the event stressed how important it is for emergency responders to get the experience.”The education is really important because the dangers are very unique in a rail incident as much as they would be in an air incident,” said Norma Griffiths, of Maine Operation Lifesavers.As one of four hazmat teams in Maine, Orono and and Old Town would be the first responders to hazardous leaks in surrounding communities.
Rehabilitation agency, ESM, is inviting the public inside its new training center.The group is holding an open house for its new whole life community support training center Thursday beginning at 2 o’clock in Skowhegan.ESM is a whole life community rehabilitation agency that serves more than 700 customers in Central Maine.If you’d like to attend, contact Stacy Oliver at 622-5946.
It was a big night for republicans, both nationally and here in Maine.Members of the GOP gathered at the State House in Augusta Wednesday morning, celebrating their take over of both Houses of Legislature.Meghan Hayward reports.”This is just a fantastic day, obviously as a Republican.
Employees at Bangor Hydro planted a tulip garden in their backyard for a good cause.We were there as employees planted 1,000 pink tulip bulbs at Bangor Hydro’s corporate office on Illinois Avenue on Wednesday.The garden is a part of the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tulip Project.Bangor Hydro’s Communications Director Susan Faloon says this is just another example of the company’s commitment to helping the community.”So many of our employees have a connection in some way to somebody with cancer that we all really felt like this was a really important initiative and we’re having a lot of fun,” she said.If you’d like to help the pink tulip project, you can sponsor bangor hydro’s garden by logging onto www.pinktulipproject.org.All of the money raised will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation.
The Brewer Federal Credit Union wants to help its neighbors in need.The credit unions branches on North Main Street and Dirigo Drive will be collecting non-perishable food items.Beginning Wednesday, November 3rd, you can make your donation.
The 235th Marine Corps is celebrating a birthday this weekend.The Greater Bangor Area Detachment #1151 of the Marine Corps League will host Bangor’s Fourth Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball.This Saturday, you can celebrate with them at Jeff’s Catering on 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer at 6 o’clock.If you’d like to attend, you must purchase a ticket in advance by calling Richard Stitham at 989-4543.Tickets are 25 dollars per person, 45 dollars per couple.
Manna Ministries is gearing up to collect turkeys to give to families this Thanksgiving.This is the fifteenth year the group will be giving away the turkeys.Bill Rae, the group’s director, says this year their goal is to collect 6,800 turkeys.That’s 300 more than 2009.Rae says it’s important that the community comes together to help its neighbors.”Our economy is shot, the federal government hasn’t been able to help, it’s about neighbors, which is the second part of it.
The jury began deliberating just after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of Rory Holland.The 56-year-old Biddeford man is on trial for killing two brothers.Holland has admitted that last June, he fatally shot 19-year-old Gage Greene and his brother 21-year-old, Derek, outside his home but he says he shot the brothers in self defense.The defense began calling witnesses Monday afternoon.They’re focusing on a fight between Holland and Derek Greene that occurred about a month before the shooting, after Greene accused Holland of groping him.We will update you when more information becomes available.
Republican Paul LePage, a tea party-backed candidate who’s promised to trim state government and make it more business-friendly, has been elected governor of Maine.The Waterville mayor defeated independent Eliot Cutler and three other candidates to become the first Republican to be elected governor since John McKernan won his second term in 1990.
Republican candidate for Governor Paul LePage went into the midnight hour early Wednesday morning just two votes shy of the leader, independent Eliot Cutler.By 3a.m., he was starting to slowly pull away from Cutler, and into the lead.LePage addressed his supporters early Wednesday morning in Waterville.
A Cranberry Isles man accused of stabbing a man in Southwest Harbor is in jail.Police arrested Harry Beers, 48, Saturday after a fight at the American Legion dance hall.Police say the victim was stabbed multiple times.He was released from Mount Desert Island Hospital over the weekend.
Fire broke out late Monday afternoon, destroying a Norway home.Norway Fire Chief Dennis Yates says about thirty firefighters from five local towns fought the quick moving fire that gutted a two-story wood-frame house.A woman that was in the house when the fire broke out got out safely, as did the family dog.A firefighter was treated at a hospital for a leg injury then released, no other injuries were reported.No word yet on what caused the fire.
A man from Millinocket is waiting to be sentenced after pleading guilty to burglarizing a gun shop.19-year-old Corey Damon was arrested in August, a few hours after a break-in at the Mill Creek Rod and Gun Shop store in Orrington.About a dozen guns were stolen.
While students at a Winterport elementary school may not be of age to vote, that didn’t stop them from participating in an election Tuesday.The students voted on their favorite cookie and as Diana Bosch reports, they learned that every vote counts.Go vote!