Drug raids last week resulted in the arrests of five men in two counties.25 year old Robert Boggia of Blue Hill and Whiting, and 26 year old Craig Young of Whiting and 25 year old Ryan Sargent of Cutler were charged with trafficking and growing marijuana.Police say more than 250 marijuana plants were found along with more than 15 thousand dollars in cash, processed pot, and a pair of handguns.In a separate case, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents also arrested 39 year olds John Snider and Jason Cramer of Harrington.Both men were arrested after allegedly leaving a pot growing area with a garbage full of marijuana.Both are charged with marijuana cultivation.All five men will appear in court in November.
A teen from Liberia, being helped by a couple from Winterport, has undergone life-changing surgery.Diaworseh Doupu,17, had two severely crippled feet.Brian and Marsha Richardson worked for nearly three years to bring her to Boston for surgery.She arrived in May.Last month, her right foot was repaired.
After announcing last week that the Maine Jump is closing, it appears the business is bouncing back.On the businessesâ€™ facebook page, it says the Maine Jump will stick around, but under new ownership.John Dobbs started it up in July.He decided to close it when attendance took a big dip at the start of the school year.The Maine jump, with a new owner, will re-open Wednesday.
Workers are expected to start returning to the Katahdin region paper mills, maybe as soon as Tuesday, now that they have a new owner.New Hampshire-based Cate Street Capital signed paperwork Friday night to take over and rename the facility the Great Northern Paper Company.They say that they expect to hire up to 250 people at first, with work starting for some Tuesday.Cate Street is waiting for the transfer of environmental permits from the previous owner.
It may only be mid-September, but state health officials say it’s never too early start thinking about protecting against the flu.Maine health experts say flu vaccines are plentiful and available now.In fact, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Sheila Pinette, tried to get the point across today by publicly getting her shot.The CDC says influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.Anyone can get sick from the flu, but certain groups are at greater risk for serious complications.They include older people, young children, people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions and certain other long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Doing more to encourage people already in the work force to take college classes is one of the goals of a new approach by the University of Maine System Trustees.The UMaine board of trustees met for the first time this school year.Fundraising and enrollment were two of their main talking points.They announced a new system-wide enrollment plan.It’s a first for the university.They hope it will serve as a guide to UMaine campuses facing enrollment challenges.As for the budget, Richard Pattenaude, the System’s Chancellor, says they’re aiming a little higher this year.”They’re going to try and exceed this year’s current number of eighteen million dollars.
Supporters of Racinos in Biddeford and Washington County are asking voters to say yes on question two at the polls this November.Business leaders, farmers, and supporters of the “Yes on 2” campaign rallied in Biddeford and Bangor Monday.Question 2 seeks approval of Racinos in Biddeford and Washington County.Those who back the campaign say a yes vote will bring hundreds of jobs to the area and millions a year in revenue.Last fall, Biddeford voters embraced the Racino proposal with 59 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed.The statewide vote will take place November 8th.
In 1963 then President Kennedy envisioned a national service corps.Two years later, after his death AmeriCorps VISTA was born.Volunteers In Service To America…That’s what VISTA stands for in AmeriCorps Vista.Now for the second time in three years a team of eight volunteers is in Bangor to help the city with some much needed work.”Things that we, that I never would have dreamed of”, said Samantha Sladino of New City, New York.”Doing the work up here in Bangor, been down to Alabama doing disaster work, I’ve done wildfires last year as a corps member, worked on the oil spill last year as well, just like a variety of experiences that I never would have had,” said second year member and team leader Caleb Kulfan of Grand Rapids, Michigan.In 2009, volunteers also helped out in Bangor and it was an easy decision to ask for the help this second time around, said Bangor Parks and Rec Director Tracy Willette.