This week some high school students around the state will have a chance to see the inner workings of the Maine Supreme Court.For the past six years, the high court has visited high schools around the state and students hear oral arguments in actual cases.High Schools in Waterville, Windham and Auburn have been selected this time around.Students receive copies of the briefs in advance and after they hear the arguments, they’ll have the chance to ask lawyers questions.The case schedule and briefs will be posted on the Supreme Court’s web site.court.state.me.us.
Some unemployed Mainers may have have received incorrect notices about their unemployment eligibility.The State Labor Department says a computer glitch caused people who filed a weekly claim for benefits on Sunday or early Monday to receive notices there were no available weeks to claim.Officials say the problem was fixed by mid-morning and are encouraging anyone who had trouble filing a weekly claim during that time to try again.
More cases of the drug-resistant staph infection MRSA have been reported on Vinalhaven.Officials at the maine CDC say as many as fifteen new cases have been reported on the island this year.That brings the total to around three dozen cases in the past two years.Health officials say it’s been most pervasive among members of the lobstering community and their families.They advise folks on Vinalhaven to practice good hand hygeine and keep sores covered up to keep the infection from spreading.
A Jonesport man will spend six months in jail for not paying state income taxes.61-year-old Jackie Fenton, a commercial fisherman, pleaded guilty to not filing his state income taxes for the years 2003 to 2008.Fenton will also have to pay back more than 16-thousand dollars.It’s the second time Fenton has been convicted of not filing a tax return for multiple years.
The former Patten General Store is being demolished to allow for the removal of contaminated soil.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the four day project is being done using federal stimulus money.The town of Patten took ownership of the former Patten General Store and gas station due to unpaid taxes.Around 1,300 tons of contaminated soil has already been removed.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agents say they’ve arrested two men from New Sharon in connection with a break-in at the Farmington Police storage garage last month.Police say the men stole several hundred marijuana plants that were seized in Phillips.29-year old Todd Welch and 26-year old Joshua Allen are charged with burglary, theft, and several other crimes.A third suspect, 39-year old Scott Bard of Farmington, was arrested for unlawful possession of drugs during the search of his residence after the arrest of one of the other suspects.Police say more suspects could be charged in the case.
An organization at the University of Maine would like you to know “You-Are-Loved.”Monday night the Touchstone Project is joining several other campus organizations for the nationwide suicide-prevention awareness project, You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project.Folks can gather around the University Mall area from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday night to hear their message and help celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered Community.Whitney Kagnas is a graduate assistant for the UMaine Counseling Center.
Rape Response Services Annual Auction 2010Items for the Live and Silent Auction Include:Strand of Cultured Pearls from Quality JewelersOne year subscription to Bangor MetroTwo $125 Hannaford Gift CardsPatriots football autographed by Kevin Faulk, New England PatriotsPuck autographed by Michael Ryder, Boston BruinsBrian Scalabrine autographed picture, Boston CelticsHandcrafted queen size quilt, quilted by the Zonta Club of Bangor2 University of Maine football tickets and 2 sideline passes for 11/20/10 Flower bouquet subscriptionGift certificate for a rafting trip for 2 on the Kennebec or Penobscot riversfrom North County RiversMother of Pearl Earrings from Lia Sophia Autographed baseball from Red Sox hall of famer Bob “the Steamer” Stanley Two Gift Certificates for a one hour massage at Tranquil Moments Health CenterCommemorative Walking Stick from Peavey ManufacturingGift Certificate from Diversified InkFree Medium Coffee per Day for One Month at Tim HortonsGift Certificate for 10 Yoga Classes at Central Street YogaGift certificate for one overnight stay Courtyard by MarriottMatted and framed photograph, “Mussels under the Tide” Celeste Cota PhotographyMatted and framed photograph, “Chained to the Sea” Celeste Cota PhotographyMatted and framed photograph, “Boat Parking Bar Harbor” Celeste Cota PhotographyStained Glass Wall Hanging from Chapel Hill Floral2 Dozen Homemade Cookies a MonthScarf, Made from Hand-Felted Wool from New Zealand and Maine Sheep One month of tanning from Sunrich2 Gift Cards to The Furniture GalleryA Spa Day including a massage, pedicure, cut & style from Balance Hair & Body3 Gift Certificates for a free Color & Cut from Bella Hair StudioBlack bag from Bella LunaGourmet Food, Wine and Gift Card from State Street Wine CellarProfessional Wine Kit from Bangor Wine and CheeseGift Card from Mark’s MusicComedy Tickets from Spectacular Event CenterDiamond Heart Pendant and Chain from the Diamond MineAntique Rocking ChairGift certificate for one night’s lodging at the Four Points by SheratonGift Certificates from your favorite restaurants including:Jimmy V’sGovernorsTesoro’sSea DogHarvest Moon DeliBagel CentralFiddleheadsJava Joe’s CafeLuna Bar & GrillPaddy Murphy’s Woodman’s Bar & GrillVerveBenjamin’sAmerican Grill, Bangor Hilton Garden InnOriental JadeAngelo’s PizzeriaMiguel’s Mexican RestaurantMassimo’sMontesMarket BistroGift Certificate to Rebecca’s Gift Card for a Haircut at SerendipityGift Card for Epic SportsGift Box from Grasshopper Shops of MaineArbonne Candle and Arbonne Gift Certificate Book, scarf & journal from Metropolitan SoulFramed Maine Print from Jerry Hogan 2 Beaded Jewelry Sets from Just Bead It2 Scarf Sets from the Scarf Ladies1 lb.
The city of Bangor has three days of paving planned for this week, beginning on Monday.All of East Summer Street will be repaved.Also starting on Monday crews will be working on Garland Street re-doing from Howard Street down to the dead end of Garland.On Tuesday crews will work near Division Street.
Maine motor vehicle officials say a new postcard notification system will cut costs of the drivers license renewal process.Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will send postcards instead of license renewal packets to drivers who are due for license renewals.The bureau mails between 105,000 and 220,000 renewal packets annually at a cost of about 78 cents per notification.