The father of the toddler who went missing from her Waterville home four months ago says the time has come to turn the focus back on his daughter.Justin DiPietro said at a candlelight vigil attended by about 60 people on Thursday night that too much attention has been placed on him and on Trista Reynolds, the mother of Ayla Reynolds.Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing from her father’s home Dec.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is marking Earth Day with an event to show its newly installed solar energy system.The environmental advocacy organization plans an event Friday at its headquarters near the Capitol in Augusta.The council partnered with ReVision Energy to install solar panels.
A lawyer for former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says the consumer advocate wants a Maine jury to hear his lawsuit from the 2004 election now that it’s been reinstated by the state’s high court.Attorney Oliver Hall said Thursday that Nader will continue to pursue his claims that Democrats and others conspired to try to keep him off the ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states.Nader sued in Maine after the statute of limitations expired on his federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C.
Bangor city council members gathered for a budget workshop Thursday night.The meeting statred with a discussion regarding the $1.1 million offset in the budget due to the line-item veto of the state general assistance funding by Governor LePage earlier this week.The million dollar shortfall could result in funding being lost or cut back for programs in Bangor.It could also mean a jump in property taxes.”It’s going to come out of an increased tax rate or a decrease in service or some other situation that we haven’t seen present itself,” said Bangor City Council Chair, Cary Weston.”We talked about the nuclear approach, which might be that we cap it.
The top official of the American Legion Auxiliary will be touring the state this weekend.The organization’s National President, Kris Nelson, flew into Bangor International Thursday afternoon, and had quite the entourage waiting for her.Some ladies from the Maine Chapter of the Auxiliary were on hand to welcome Nelson on her first trip to the Pine Tree State.The purpose of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support military veterans and their families.Nelson will be visiting the Togus Veterans Home in Augusta and then traveling up to Millinocket for the organization’s Junior Convention.Nelson will be joining the Maine Troop Greeters this weekend to welcome home some soldiers.If you’d like to join in, that flight is scheduled to land at 7:20 Saturday morning.
Downeast Horizons motto is, “People helping people.” At it’s annual Autism Awareness Walk-A-Thon on Thursday they took that motto on the road.”We have approximately 80 to 100 people involved in the walk and it’s adults and children with developmental disabilities and the people that are helping them and some volunteers from local communities,” said Tony Zambrano, Executive Director of Downeast Horizons.Downeast Horizons provides services to those with developmental disabilities.
Lakefront properties in the Katahdin region have been leased to camp owners for years but soon those lessees can own them.Landowner Katahdin Timberlands is putting 7-hundred lakefront camp lots on the market.The lots are located in unincorporated parts of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.Land Forester Howard Weymouth predicts the sale of the recreational properties will cause a construction boom for the region.”A lot of our lessees are from the Millinocket area and we think there will be a lot of construction, a lot more work on the camps that sort of thing, they have the opportunity to own the land,” he said.While the property has been located here for over a hundred years, Real Estate broker Dan Corcoran says now it’s becoming more attractive as a tourist destination.”It’s always been considered a mill town but that’s been changing in recent years, it’s being discovered and people are finding out there’s really a hidden gem in Central Maine,” he said.The lots will be offered for sale to the leaseholder of record at market value.As many as 3-hundred lots could be up for sale by the end of the year.
The governor has signed into law a bill designed to expand dental care in Maine.It lets independent-practice dental hygienists to own radiograph equipment and to take x-rays.The lawmaker who sponsored the bill says it will expand more affordable dental care to the mostly rural, underserved parts of Maine.
There’s been another arson fire in Gorham.Maine fire investigators say someone intended to burn an unoccupied house and set the grass on fire but the wind shifted, so the fire missed the house.The Maine Department of Public Safety says it’s the fifth arson fire in the past three weeks in Gorham.
A man who was hospitalized with burns led Maine Drug Enforcement Agents to a suspected methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle.Agents searched an apartment on Blake Street after a man who was there was badly burned Tuesday and taken to a Portland hospital.
Folks traveling on the Bullseye Bridge in Bangor can expect delays, starting Monday.Its surface is being upgraded.The project starts at the intersection of Ohio Street and Griffin Road, ending where Griffin intersects with Kenduskeag Road.Traffic will be down to one lane.The project is expected to be finished by the end of june.