Governor Paul LePage is in Maine’s easternmost county Friday meeting with business leaders and residents for his eighth Capitol for a Day event.he governor is starting the day with a stop at the Wreaths Across America Museum in Columbia Falls, which houses photos and awards documenting the history of the Wreaths Across America program since wreath-company owner Morrill Worcester began donating wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery 19 years ago.LePage also plans stops at Wyman’s of Maine blueberry company in Cherryfield and the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s reservation at Pleasant Point.
Friends of Maine’s Mountains sponsored a presentation on renewable energy Thursday evening.About a dozen people gathered at UMaine to hear Physicist John Droz, Junior speak on the topic.While Droz talked about issues such as fossil fuels and nuclear power, many people where there to hear his take on industrial wind energy.If you couldn’t make it out Thursday, the entire presenation is online at energypresentation.info
The last waterfront concert of the summer is Friday night.George Thorogood and the destroyers are coming to Bangor, which means some streets downtown will be closed.Railroad Street will shut down at noon Friday, as will Front Street from the Sea Dog Restaurant to Railroad Street.You can park in the Pickering Square Parking Garage and on-street parking areas downtown.Handicap parking is available along Front Street.
The ground work is under way for what will become Augusta’s largest private employer.The MaineGeneral Medical Center is a 312-million dollar project.A formal groundbreaking is set for Friday.MaineGeneral says the project should be completed in 2014.At the peak of construction it’s expected to employ 630 workers.
This weekend you can get your dog and your car washed at the same place.It’s the first ever furs and fenders wash to benefit both the SPCA of Hancock County and the Kisma Preserve of Trenton.Proceeds will be split in half between the two agencies.It’s happening this Saturday from 9am to three 3pm at the Hancock County SPCA in Trenton.Each car wash costs $5.The dog washes range from $5 to $20 depending on the dog’s size.
Police are investigating an accident in Norridgewock that sent a woman to the hospital.It happened around 11am Thursday morning on Waterville Road.The Somerset County Sheriff’s office says 44-year-old Laura Russell’s SUV veered into the other lane and hit a tractor trailer.47-year-old Kimberly Ludden of Unity was driving the truck.We’re told Russell suffered leg fractures.Her vehicle was destroyed.There is more than $35,000 damage to the truck.The driver was not hurt.
A Pittston man accused of threatening his wife and stabbing her dog has admitted he did it.29-year-old James Macinnes pleaded guilty to domestic violence terrorizing and cruelty to animals Tuesday in Augusta District Court.He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation.
A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend and a long-time friend in Maine.29-year-old Joel Hayden was in a Portland courtroom Thursday.He’s accused of shooting to death the mother of his four children, 27-year-old Renee Sandora and 28-year-old Trevor Mills of New Bedford at Sandora’s home in New Gloucester.Sandora’s parents told police Sandora had kicked Hayden out of their home and told them that Hayden accused her of having a relationship with Mills.Hayden’s charged with two counts of murder.
With pumpkins growing and the crisp air moving through, the Homewood Farm is ready for fall.”People had a good time, people are excited about it, glad to see something closer to home for them,” says the farm’s owner Trude Beardsworth.This year, she and husband, Jeff Beardsworth, have set up a corn maze designed to get you trapped in Maine.”We had a lot of lobstermen patronize our maze last year and they all suggested we do something for the Downeast so we really tried to make it look like a Downeast picture.”A picture that created quite the challenge for their surveyor.
New census data released today shows that nearly 13% of Mainers are living in poverty.The findings were released by the Maine Center for Economic Policy at the statehouse Thursday afternoon.According to the data 167,000 Maine people live in poverty.The folks on-hand at Thursday’s press conference are hoping Augusta lawmakers are paying attention to just how many Mainers are living below the poverty line.
The first work session of the Land Use Regulation Commission Reform panel took place in Bangor Thursday.There will be a series of meetings before the study panel makes recommendations to the legislature about the future of LURC.The LURC Reform Committee was formed under legislative directive to determine whether the Land Use Regulation Commission should be reformed or dismantled.LURC currently regulates Maine’s 10-million acre unorganized territory.