A national transportation research organization has identified 50 transportation-related projects it says would support economic growth in Maine and improve quality of life.The projects include replacing the Martins Point Bridge in Portland and rehabilitating the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, developing a new cargo port at Sears Island and building an east-west highway from Calais to Coburn Gore.Most of the projects listed by the nonprofit TRIP would cost millions of dollars.Some of the projects already have been funded.The organization is reportedly scheduled to present the organization’s findings during a news conference Thursday in Portland.TRIP was founded in 1971 and is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers and labor unions.
The owner of a Manchester barber shop says his business has been broken into for the fifth time in the past three months.Dana Geneseo says he’s installed a video camera, alarm system and even a windowless door at Dana’s Barber Shop since the first break-in on Sept.
The Maine State Board of Education has nearly completed its appointments to the State Charter School Commission, allowing a second pathway to approval of charter schools.The board on Wednesday announced the appointments Richard Barnes of Kennebunkport, Donald Mordecai of Scarborough, William Shuttleworth of Camden and Shelley Reed of Wayne.
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A big budget gap had lots of people talking at Wednesday night at RSU 26 Board of Directors meeting.Parents, teachers, and students spoke out about the 2 million dollar budget shortfall that the school district faces.Many people in the audience were there to offer ideas about potential solutions to ease the RSU’s money problems.Cuts to the school district could lead to more than a dozen staff members being let go.Orono High School students also made a plea to the board.The students presented a petition with over a hundred signatures asking the board to reconsider making any cuts to staff.If you’d like to make a recommendation on how to bridge the budget gap, you’re asked to call the RSU 26 Superintendents office at 942-44405.
A federal lawsuit brought against the county by a guard at the Hancock County jail who was injured during a scuffle with an inmate has been settled out of court.John Wall, an attorney for the county government and the sheriff’s department, said Tuesday that the sides had reached an agreement but that exact terms still needed to be finalized.Wall tells the Bangor Daily News that the deal will be kept confidential.Brad Ewing said he suffered a back injury during an incident with an inmate in early March 2009.
State drug agents say a man from Thomaston accused of taking part in a major bath salts ring in Knox County had $170,000 worth of the drug in his possession.Agent say they seized 2-and-a-half-pounds of bath salts in the past week from a house in Thomaston and a car in Waterville.
Brewer is one step closer to getting a medical marijuana dispensary.City Planner Linda Johns told city councilors Tuesday that Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, has secured a lease for a dispensary and submitted a site plan application.Clarification about exactly what Northeast wants to do with the site will be made before the proposal is presented to the planning board, which may occur at its January meeting.The Bangor Daily News reports that no growing would take place at the site.
An Alpaca farm in Unity has a unique gift to offer.It may be difficult to wrap or put in a stocking but the memories will sure make an impact.For a flat fee, you can sign up for an annual Alpaca rental from the Northern Solstice Farm on Crosby Brook Road.It gives you access to the farm and to your Alpaca.You can work with the animal and also keep up with your new friend’s progress online.Owner Robin Fowler says the gift is about more than memories.
There’s something missing from the streets and sidewalks of Hartland.As with the rest of the state, the town is feeling the warm absence of Mother Nature this winter, but it could soon be feeling the burden of a snow season without cleanup.”December 7, we stopped plowing,” said Weston Gould, owner of plow company, Double Diamond.The company has been contracted to plow the streets of Hartland for the last five years, but Gould could be taking the business elsewhere due to a dispute over payments.”It’s been six weeks.