With most schools starting soon, Manna Ministries needs your help.Manna is collecting school supplies for its fifteenth annual school supply drive.Unfortunately donations are down this year and we’re told demand is higher than ever.Manna’s Executive Director Bill Rae says every donation counts.”The people that are coming down here are different than past years, these are people that had a job last summer that are struggling to keep their houses.
Backpacks plus paper plus pencils, before you know it your back to school shopping list is longer than two sheets.These days parents can be overwhelmed by the equation but it doesn’t take much skill to figure out an easy solution to get everything students need to make the grade.”Depending on your child’s age level and maturity level, this is a good time to start talking with them about budgeting, about differences between needs and wants.”Renae Muscatell with Penquis says it’s a conversation that’s happening more often than you think as most of the families coming to her office to receive supplies are asking for help for the first time.Instead of purchasing the essentials at big chain stores, more and more families are shopping at bargain stores such as Goodwill.”Everybody shops here from all realms.
Officials in Orono are considering banning fireworks, which will become legal in Maine starting in January.At a special meeting last night, councilors voted to draft an ordinance that would to ban the sale and use of consumer fireworks.Town manager Sophie Wilson says councilors really want to hear from the community on that idea.Once an ordinance is written, it’ll be discussed at a public hearing, which could take place in October.She says councilors also agreed to explore the idea of giving money to a future skate park at the University of Maine.
A broken dam gate has Newport officials warning boat owners to get their vessels out of the water.Due to the broken gate,caused by the heavy rains brought in by Irene, officials have had to move up the annual Sebasticook Lake drawdown.The drawdown usually happens the second week of September in order to flush out algae buildup.Town officials are looking into a few solutions to fix the broken dam gate.
The Millinocket and East Millinocket mills are a big step closer to having a buyer.Governor LePage announced Tuesday that Cate Street Capital has signed a purchase agreement for the mills.The Governor’s office and the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has met with several potential buyers in recent months.Cate Street Capital is a national leader in developing green energy companies.
The Chief Nursing Officer involved in Eastern Maine Medical Center’s lengthy negotiations with its nurses union has resigned, effective immediately.Lorraine Rodgerson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services throughout the strikes and contract talks.Rodgerson spent twenty-nine years with the hospital.In a statement from EMMC, the hospital says they’re grateful for all her work, but no reason was given for her departure.