Environmentalists are expressing a mixture of worry and relief as a study panel wraps up its review of possible changes in Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission.The panel on Thursday finished its work on a report that stemmed from a bill to abolish LURC.RESTORE: The North Woods and the Natural Resources Council of Maine said they’re relieved the report does not recommend doing away with the agency, which regulates development in Maine’s vast unorganized lands.But the council opposes giving agency oversight to county officials, saying they lack statewide perspective to properly manage development.RESTORE says some of the recommendations could “emasculate” the agency and that they fail to increase public accountability for land-use decisions.(The Associated Press)
A customer service and marketing company in Lewiston, Maine, plans to expand and add up to 50 jobs.Argo Marketing Group says it has acquired the former GCS call center in Pittsfield and plans to hire 20 customer care agents immediately, followed by 30 more within two months.The company said Thursday that more growth is planned after that.CEO Jason Levesque says the expansion will give the Pittsifeld-Newport economy a local boost while allowing the company to tap into the area’s highly skilled and dedicated work force.(The Associated Press)
Help Keep ME Warm has shattered their original goal of raising a $140, 000 dollars thanks to a big check from an anonymous donor.Last month, Pat LaMarche of the Pulse Radio Show, camped out in a hobbit hole to raise funds for LIHEAP.The heating assistance program has seen some severe cuts in the past couple of months.The community donated over $25,000 dollars, which Stephen King matched.Then this week, an anonymous donor from out west called, wanting to make a $50,000 dollar donation and have Stephen King match it.King did, and that brought the total collected for LIHEAP funds to just over $240,000 dollars.
Some members of the Air Force played the role of Santa’s elves Thursday.The airmen stopped by the Airport Mall in Bangor to help assemble bikes that were donated to the Hands of Hope Christmas Program.The guys are pretty quick at assembling the bikes and have already put together over a hundred.They say all the work will be worth it come Christmas morning.Hands of Hope still needs about 60 bikes to fill all of their wish list requests.If you’d like to donate, you can call Kathy at 852-0520
The Penobscot County Regional Communications Center helps a lot of people throughout the year.And now it’s offering extra help to military families.Workers at the dispatch center, along with other county and state employees, have been collecting toys and other items for the families.The gifts aren’t just for the holidays, many of them can be used to help folks through the winter, even the entire year.”Our military is important to us, it’s just a way that we can kind of help them because of what they’re doing for us,” said Executive Director James Ryan.In the past families who have received the gifts have said thanks by wrapping gifts the next year’s selected families will receive.
A young singer from Orono is headed to the big apple for the opportunity of a lifetime.At just 16-years-old, she’ll be making her debut at one of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, Carnegie Hall.Christina Long is a junior at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.
Residents of Lee will tell you it’s the definition of small town Maine.”Here basically everybody waves, you go to the local store and say hi to everybody, everybody knows where you work, what you do for work,” described Paul House of Lee.In a community this small, when tragedy strikes, it affects the whole town.
The trial of a man accused of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro in 2009 continued in Augusta Thursday.Prosecutors say 50-year-old Raymond Bellavance Junior set fire to the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop because he was mad his former girlfriend was working there.Thursday, a forensic DNA analyst took the stand.She testified she received six samples from the gas can found at the scene and was unable to find a DNA match.
We’re spending more than we have, so we have to make cuts.That’s what Governor LePage had to say at a press conference Thursday afternoon.He says he doesn’t take pride in the cuts to MaineCare that he’s proposed but says it’s what needs to be done.The governor says a decision needs to be made by the end of January so the supplemental budget can take hold by April.He says if a decision isn’t made by then, the budget hole gets deeper by a half-million dollars every day.”What I’m asking the legislature is simply this.