Students in RSU 18 are certainly doing their part to help out those less fortunate this Thanksgiving.Members of the Messalonskee High School student council organized the food drive along with other students all over the district.Students contacted central Maine businesses and asked for donations.
The Maine Labor Department says the state’s October unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, a slight drop from September’s revised figure.Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass says October’s preliminary rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than September’s 7.5 percent, and 0.3 percentage point lower than the October 2010 rate.Maine’s October 2011 figure compares to the national 9 percent unemployment rate.The Labor Department says the number of Maine unemployed workers in October totaled 50,700, down 2,100 from a year ago.The U.S.
Family members are calling a 9-year-old Winslow boy a hero for remaining calm and calling for help after his father was knocked unconscious in an ATV accident.Brennan Dunton’s aunt says the boy was riding an all-terrain vehicle with his father, Brian, in Farmington on Saturday when a front wheel caught a dip and sent the ATV careening into a tree.The aunt, Amy Smith, told the Morning Sentinel that Brennan, riding on the rear seat, had cuts and bruises.
A tractor trailer and a Subaru Outback collided in Steuben Tuesday morning, shutting down Route 1 for two hours.The Washington County Sheriff’s Department says the car turned into oncoming traffic around 11 o’clock, hitting the truck head-on.84-year-old Julia Williams of Richmond, Virginia was driving the Subaru.
An accident involving a tractor trailer and another vehicle has closed down Route 1 in Steuben at this hour.Dispatchers say the accident is near Bushey Enterprises on Route 1 and there are injuries and entrapment.The accident happened around 11 this morning.We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
Members of the Occupy Maine movement in Portland are considering seeking a permit for their encampment after meeting with city officials to discuss violence and other illegal activity.The permit, which would be subject to council approval, would specify the number of tents, their location and the number of people that could be part of the encampment.Deese Hamilton, a protester who participated in Monday’s meeting, tells The Portland Press Herald a permit would help limit disruptions that have deflected attention from the group’s main goal of highlighting economic inequality and corporate influence in politics.The Lincoln Park encampment has been the site of drug use and violence, but City Manager Mark Rees says most of the problems are not caused by the people directly involved with the protest.(The Associated Press)
A search for invasive bugs suspected of arriving in Maine has come up empty, pleasing state Forest Service officials.Using traps from York to Limestone containing scents of the targeted insects, the Maine Forest Service entomology staff found none of the most dangerous invasive insects they believed were threatening the state’s forests.Out of the 2,600 trap samples processed this past year, the Forest Service found no Asian longhorned beetles or emerald ash borers.Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says the traps did come up with some bugs officials weren’t expecting, including two new beetles that were added to the agency’s collection of more than 50,000 native and exotic insects.(The Associated Press)
A local store wants to get books into the hands of kids this holiday season.Bangor Bull Moose is holding a book drive until the end of the month.You can stop in and buy one of more than a dozen children’s books.The store will then donate it to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.Freeman Saunders, manager of Bull Moose says, “Literacy being just so important, I mean, the way the economy is now the gift of a book to a child, at Christmas especially, is just so important.”Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will distribute all the books to local groups helping children this season.
Looking at High School Junior Kyle LeBlanc, you’d never know the torment he endures.Kyle describes himself as a very caring person, “I’m really nice, I’m shy at times, I’m nice to everyone, like I’m not mean to anyone.”Perhaps so nice because Kyle knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a bully’s hateful words.The harrassment started when Kyle was a 5th grader in Connecticut.Kyle remembers some of his darkest days, “They would harass me, threaten me, just do like really horrible threats and then I’d be picked on.
The Department of Transportation has a message for drivers this winter.In ice and snow, take it slow.Brian Byrne of the Maine DOT says, “Everybody’s in a hurry to get it or get somewhere and sometimes they don’t think ahead to leave enough time to get to work, when you got a snow storm coming up, things can get slippery very fast.”The Maine DOT says the need for speed is the biggest contributing factor in traffic accidents during the winter months.”Usually, what I recommend is three to four seconds of following distance on a regular day, but when the snow is coming down you want to double that up.