Graduation Rates

Updated 6 years ago

Baldacci says the changes, funded by a $1 million grant, bring 21st Century innovations to high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Besides boosting the graduation rate to 90 percent and decreasing the dropout rate to less than 1%, the consortium seeks to bolster college enrollment and see that more students who enter college graduate.

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Rumford Man Killed While Cutting Tree

Updated 6 years ago

Rumford Police say that a 66-year-old man was killed while cutting down a large pine tree on his lot.

The victim of Saturday’s accidenthas beenidentified as Donald Barker, a former union president who led paper workers during an 11-week strike at the Boise Cascade mill in 1986.

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Woman Killed in Interstate Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The crashhappened at about 8:15 pm in Augusta just north of exit 109.

State Police say a car driven by 25-year-old Tara Gamwell of Portland crossed the median of the interstate, then rolled several times and collided with with a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Amanda Garwood of Winthrop.

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More Mainers Seeking Shelter

Updated 6 years ago

The recent ice and rain followed by sub-freezing temperaturessaw Mainers heading to shelters around the state for aid.

State officials say more people who’ve lost power in the ice storm turned to shelters to keep warm as temperatures in most of Maine dipped into the low teens and single numbers Saturday.

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Thousands Still in the Dark

Updated 6 years ago

Central Maine Power says the number ofcustomers still in the dark because of the ice storm had droppedbelow 68,000 by early evening, with most of them in York County. The utility said it was making good progress Sunday and expectedto complete repairs in more than 20 northern and inland towns bydark. But spokesman John Carroll said many homes in coastal townswest of Damariscotta and through Cumberland and York counties willbe out for at least another night. CMP says more than 500 line workers, 13 pole-setting crews and159 tree crews are in the field, while hundreds more are involvedin support duties.

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Second Lynx Found Dead

Updated 6 years ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is

investigating northern Maine’s second Canada lynx trapping death in

less than a month.

The dead animal was discovered by game wardens Dec. 4 in woods

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Outages Remain Throughout State

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci and Central

Maine Power Co. President Sara Burns say it could be well into next

week before power is fully restored in Maine.

Baldacci and Burns met with police, fire and other officials at

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Storm Shelters

Updated 6 years ago

Officials in Maine say between 150 and 200

people spent the night in shelters after losing their power because

of the state’s worst ice storm in a decade.

About 18 shelters are open, most of them in southern and coastal

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Canadian Power Crews Headed to Maine

Updated 6 years ago

NB Power crews are heading to

Maine to help restore power following the state’s worst ice storm

in a decade.

Heather MacLean, a spokeswoman with the utility, says 18 crews

are headed to Maine on Saturday to help out in the wake of a fierce

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Lubec Man’s Body Found

Updated 6 years ago

Police say the body of 27-year-old Kristopher Fergerson was found Thursday afternoon by a man who was combing a beach in Lubec not far from where Fergerson went missing.

The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

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Bucksport Man Stabbed in Ellsworth

Updated 6 years ago

Police say 22-year-old David Vaughn is being charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities say a 21-year-old man from Bucksport told them he was visiting a friend at the Colonial Motel, and encountered her former boyfriend when he was leaving.

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New Home Contest

Updated 6 years ago

Carol Ann Boucher has been unable to sell her Belfast home for about a year. So to unload her home she has decided to hold an essay contest. People nationwide can pay a 50 dollar entry fee, and submit an essay about why they, or someone they know, needs the home.

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Lamoine Man Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

A jury convicted 39-year-old Steven Robbins of robbery, theft, and assault.

Three years ago a safe with $25,000 in it was taken from his grandmother’s home.

She was handcuffed, a pillow placed over her head, and her phone lines were cut.

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Stolen Items Verdict

Updated 6 years ago

A jury in Bangor has cleared two women accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of items they knew were stolen.

60-year-old Evelyn Dempsey of Hampden and 61-year-old Judy Gariepy, who lives in Arizona, were found not guilty of theft by receiving stolen property.

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Contractor Talks about Belfast Man

Updated 6 years ago

Mike Robbins spent a month fixing up James Cummings’ home on High Street.

He says the 29-year-old man was also fascinated with guns and Adolf Hitler.

Police found Cummings body Tuesday morning.

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Storm Cleanup

Updated 6 years ago

Bangor Hydro Safety Officer John Greaves is urging everyone to give power crews the room they need to work safely.

Don’t approach crews while they’re working.

If you need help, call the Bangor Hydro Customer Service Center.

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Tremont Stand-off

Updated 6 years ago

State Police say they were called to a trailer on Route 102 just after 2 am by a man who claimed he had been threatened by another man with a gun.The caller said thatshots had been fired in his direction.

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Weight Watchers

Updated 6 years ago

Set of pre-measured serving spoons – to make portion control easy

Pedometer – to encourage MORE STEPS!

Herbal teas – to satisfy the urge to enjoy a lot of flavor but few or no calories

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Fort Kent Grant

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci announced Thursday that the grant will come from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

During the floods in late April and early May, the combination of heavy rains and melting snow caused the St. John and Fish rivers to overflow their banks and flood Fort Kent in the region’s worst flooding in more than 100 years.

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Fraser Lawsuit

Updated 6 years ago

Madawaska-based Fraser claims in a federal suit that Valassis Communications Inc. of Livonia, Mich., hasn’t paid for 1.8 million pounds of paper shipped to Valassis’ firm’s Durham, N.C., facility.

Fraser alleges that Valassis ignored its demands for payment in August and September.

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