Dispatchers in Somerset County are now better equipped to help law enforcement locate missing and abducted children.The director and all of the staff at the Somerset County Communications Center underwent training last year with the the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Now dispatchers there have a new policy when dealing with missing kids.
University of Maine trustees have approved changes to the U-Maine field house and Memorial Gym on the Orono campus.They agreed to issue bonds to refinance 30-million dollars of debt and to provide seven million dollars for the 14-million dollar renovation project.The project will focus on improving ventilation and access for the disabled, as well making improvements with regards to hazardous materials in the facilities.
The advice of N-O-A-A is to remove the dam entirely or install a fish passage.Some of those projects have already happened and more are scheduled for the near future.People up and down stream are consulted before a project begins but they take into account more than just people’s opinions.They look at many issues, and sometimes like on Brewer Lake in Orrington it’s found to not be in the best interests to remove a dam, but in other cases, including one just down stream in Orrington, we’re told it’s the right move for all involved.”Some of the things that we’re trying to do are a lot along the lines of looking at the habitats, water quality, fish community, plant community, to make sure that we have a good understanding of what actually happens with those kind of projects,” said Rory Saunders a Fishery Biologist with the National Marine Fish Resource.One of those projects was in Orrington.
Radio station Z107.3 is once again trying to get turkeys on the tables of lots of folks who otherwise might have to do without this Thanksgiving.It’s the tenth year for the “Free the Z” turkey drive.Starting Tuesday, morning show host “The Kid” will be camping out in an rv at the Hannaford parking lot in Brewer.And he’ll stay there until 2,011 turkeys are donated.”From little kids with their pennies to businesses who challenge each other, you get to meet different people from all walks of life,” he said.All of the turkeys collected will go to Manna Ministries in Bangor, which will pass them out to area families.You can also give a ten dollar donation, which covers the cost of a turkey.
Maine’s community colleges will receive 11.3 million dollars in private support.Governor LePage made the announcement Monday.The money will be used to help expand occupational programming, upgrade facilities, buy instructional equipment and technology, and provide financial aid to students.It’s hoped it will help grow enrollment in Maine’s seven community colleges from 18,500 students to 25,000 over the next seven years.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held public meetings this summer to discuss ways owners of dams can comply with new federal laws aimed at recovering endangered Atlantic Salmon.Two possible solutions are the removal of dams or the installation of fishways.Some think groups like NOAA are only concerned with reintroducing fish to the rivers of Maine and not with any other impact that may arise..But, those in charge of these projects say they take into account a number of factors, including the environment, and the dam owners, those who live on and use those waterways.”Maintenance costs can be a big factor, fish communities obviously a factor that we’re very concerned with, water levels for camp owners and things” said Rory Saunders a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fish Resource.
The effort by some Maine wreath makers to decorate every headstone in Arlington National Cemetary with a holiday wreath took a step forward Monday.Jersey Mike’s Subs donated one hundred thousand dollars to Wreaths Across America.The sandwich shop has hundreds of locations nationwide donated the money raised during their Christmas in July celebration.The money raised will be enough to cover the cost of placing wreaths on 60 thousand of the 220 thousand headstones.Those wreaths will be placed Saturday December 10th, during the National Day of Remembrance.
The Bangor City Council held a swearing in ceremony this morning for three new membersl….Ben Sprague, Joe Baldacci, and James Gallant were elected last week…Cary Weston was voted new Council Chair, replacing Susan Hawes, who served as chair for the past year.Two years ago when Weston was elected to the Council, he was the youngest member, now the council has gotten even younger.”I was the young guy by ten years and now I feel like I have gray hair,” said Weston.
The state fire marshal’s office says it will never know what caused a fire that destroyed a home in skowhegan yesterday.Due to the extent of the damage, the fire marshal’s office has ruled the fire as undetermined.It happened just after 9 o’clock Monday morning.