For months now, residents in the Searsport area have been weighing in on a proposal to build a 22 million gallon propane tank at Mack Point.Thursday, the conversation continued in Belfast.Opponents of the project addressed their concerns during a meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.They wanted to know what emergency plan is in place for the tank, and were upset to learn one hasn’t been drafted yet.”It’s entirely unacceptable.
Hundreds turned out Thursday in Augusta to honor Maine’s law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.Members of state and local police, the Maine Warden Service, and the Maine Forest Rangers marched to the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta.83 names are engraved on the memorial.Photojournalist Michael Cole takes you to the emotional ceremony.
The man accused of murdering a firefighter from Florida has been indicted for murder by the Waldo County grand jury.24-year old Daniel Porter is charged with killing 31-year old Jerry Perdomo in what police have called a drug related homicide.Perdomo disappeared after making a trip up to Maine in February.He was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head nearly two weeks later on property belonging to Porter’s family.
As Maine lawmakers worked toward adjournment, five bond issues adding up to $95.7 million won final passage.The House and Senate late Wednesday gave two-thirds majority votes of approval to each of the proposed bonds, clearing the way to send them to voters in November.The largest, $51.5 million, is for highways, bridges, ports and other transportation projects.
Maine lobstermen are hauling in soft-shell lobsters earlier than usual this year, in what some say is an indication of a mild winter and ocean warming trends.Soft-shell lobsters usually don’t start showing up in lobster traps until June or early July.Their early appearance this year could have an economic impact on Maine’s iconic fishery because soft-shells tend to fetch less per pound that hard-shell lobsters because they have less meat.
Folks came out Wednesday to attend the Lincoln school board meeting.It was a packed house at the Mattanawcook Academy library.Several issues were discussed, but one of the biggest concerns of some parents and staff was appropriate communication between them and the school board.A formal complaint has been filed against the superintendent of the school district, by Maine Education Association General Counsel Shawn Keegan, claiming intimidation was used against a second grade teacher.The superintendent, Denise Hamlin, said in a public statement that: “We believe these charges will prove to be frivolous and thinly veiled attacks on the superintendent and school board.
A 2010 salmonella outbreak could land a couple of business men with ties to maine, in jail.Lawyers for Jack and Peter Decoster say the pair is being looked at as part of a criminal investigation into that outbreak that made thousands of americans sick.Decoster Egg Farms used to be the largest egg farm in Maine.Lawyers say a federal grand jury has been meeting to determine if fraud or other crimes were committed in the production and testing of eggs in Iowa.
If you check your closet and have a pair of Sketcher Shape-Up shoes, you could end up getting a chunk of a $40 million dollar settlement.In advertisements, the footwear company claimed that the shoes would help you lose weight, and shape up, but the Federal Trade Commission says those claims aren’t true.Maine’s Attorney General says Mainers will get almost $75,000 dollars as part of the deal
Kids will be singing from the roof tops this weekend in Brewer.Middle and high school students from throughout Penobscot County will be performing the Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof.”This is a unique performance though, because the production is entirely student run.From acting, to lighting, to directing, the kids do it all.Opening night is Friday, May 18th, at 7PM.If you can’t make it to that show, there are a couple of performances set for Saturday, May 20th, at 2PM and 7PM.There is also a performance on Sunday, May 21st, at 2PM.All of the shows will be at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer.For more information or to reserve your tickets, you can call 989-7100.
The Maine Senate Wednesday said yes to nearly $88-million in bond issues.The money would pay for roads, bridges and ports, research and development, higher education and land conservation.A vote is pending on a nearly $8-million bond to pay for clean water projects.The bills face further votes in the house and senate.
A Hermon Middle School employee was hit while walking on school property on Wednesday.According to Deputy Joseph Hallett of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the employee was struck by a pick up truck around 1:00 PM.Hallet said the driver of the truck, another school employee, was coming around a corner and didn’t see the man on foot.