In a day and age where time is always of the essence, it seems ironic that down by Pittsfield’s train tracks things finally start to slow down.While it’s been more than a century since passenger trains first came through here, the depot still stands where it was built.”1888 was the date that this building was constructed.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ask parents to play an even larger role in education.Portland Senator Justin Alfond is sponsoring a measure to would require every school board in Maine to develop a “Parental Involvement Plan.”These plans would provide parents with learning and behavior expectations, update parents on student progress, and offer ways parents can help their children succeed.
The public will have a chance to comment Wednesday, February 8th, on a $27.5 million budget for schools in Augusta.Board members are looking for ways to make some cuts to it.Right now the plan calls for at least a 4-percent increase for property taxpayers.
Classes will not be held tomorrow at Washington Academy in East Machias so students and faculty can attend a funeral service for a student killed in an accident Sunday.16-year old Frank Finn of Whiting was a passenger in a pick-up that crashed on Route 191.The driver, 20-year old Aaron Foss of East Machias, suffered minor injuries.According to State Police, speed and alcohol were likely factors in that crash.No word if there will be charges filed against Foss.Finn’s services will be held at 11 a.m.
Governor LePage is not happy with the Appropriations Committee’s latest budget plan, designed to close a $221 million gap.LePage says he was presented a plan on Thursday and said he would not sign nor veto the proposal.Now, the governor says their plan has drastically changed.According to LePage, the latest plan eliminates nearly all the structural changes necessary to make Maine’s welfare system affordable and sustainable.He says it’s full of gimmicks and if the plan moves forward, there will be another large shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services.Monday afternoon democratic leaders said they’re continuing to find alternative solutions to repair DHHS, despite premature threats from the governor to veto the budget.
55…62…66…Those used to be common ages to retire, but lately, those milestones are just numbers.A see-saw economy, coupled with folks living longer, is changing the way we view “the golden years.”Seniors have had to put their retirement plans on hold because of the recession, but there is also a group of Mainers that just want to keep working.Financial experts say there are certainly pluses to that, but there can negatives as well.Joy Hollowell brings us part two of a special report on Delaying Retirement.===”I started with the bank and opened the Hogan Road office,” says Jane Irving.33 years later, the Senior Vice President at Bangor Savings Bank says she still loves her job.”I think part of it is because it has always been a challenging position,” explains Irving.
Lining the walls of John Calderwood’s office is proof of decades of hard work.After 21 years in the Coast Guard, followed by 30 more shoeing horses, it would seem the only thing missing from here is a sign of retirement.”I don’t think I’m going to ever live long enough to accomplish everything I want to accomplish,” said Calderwood.Maybe that’s why after a failed attempt at retiring years ago, John has given in to a lifelong labor of love.”As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great way to spend a retirement.”Here is where he’s built a new career as a blacksmith.”I work down here seven days a week.
A man accused of holding up a Millinocket pharmacy in August pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.Authorities say Nicholas Skoby, 30, of Rockport walked into the Rite Aid on Central Street, showed a handgun and handed over a note demanding prescription drugs and money.In court Monday, Skoby admitted to one count of robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.A sentencing date has not been set.
A $5 million dollar project is nearing completion in Dover-Foxcroft.The town’s courthouse has undergone some major renovations in the last few months.After working in a cramped and outdated space for years, staff moved into their new offices last week.”We’re very pleased to be in it.
They’re known as the golden years, a time to sit back and relax after years of punching the clock.But thanks to today’s shaky economy and rising health care costs, many are re-thinking their retirement plans.A recent study shows fewer seniors are planning to retire at the age of 66, and they cite the financial crisis as the number one reason why.Joy Hollowell has part one of a special report on Delaying Retirement.=====Each week, Mike Johnson teaches a Computer Boot Camp at the Career Center in Bangor.”Now, you type in whatever it is that you want to type in,” he tells a student.Johnson is 65, an age when folks typically think about retiring.”Would that I could,” Johnson says with a laugh.Timing early on his career played a big role in retirement plans.”At one point, I was planning to, but I had a 32 year career with Delta Airlines,” explains Johnson.