Dan Demeritt, Director of Communications for the Office of the Governor announced his resignation Saturday, a day after reports surfaced that he was facing possible foreclosure on five buildings, including an apartment house destroyed by arson.The Savings Bank of Maine wants a default judgment against Demeritt.
The legislature’s Government Oversight Committee says it has found a million dollars in lavish spending by the Maine Turnpike Authority, $200,000 of which might be illegal.The panel held a hearing Friday.Senator Roger Katz tried to question former Turnpike Director Paul Violette but he refused to answer.
Members of the 1136th Transportation Company of the Maine Army National Guard were officially welcomed home Friday night.The 173 men and women of the Company served nearly a year overseas, providing protection for two of the most important headquarters in Afghanistan…..Friday at the Collins Center on the UMaine campus, the troops were honored with a Freedom Salute Ceremony.But Thank You’s weren’t only given to the soldiers.Governor Lepage, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Senator Susan Collins were all on hand to welcome the Company back home.
A pick up truck and motorcycle collided on Broadway in Bangor Friday afternoon.It happened near Center Street just before 4:30 p.m.The motorcycle ended up under the bumper of the pick up.We’re told the driver of the motorcycle was taken to a local hospital.No word on his condition or the condition of the driver of the pick up.Limited information is available at this time, we will update you when we know more.
First Lady Ann LePage was on hand at the state house as a group of seniors were honored Friday for their lifetime achievements.The Maine Healthcare Association honored the accomplishments of 36 seniors from all around the state.Among those honored were Helen Wildes of Portland who was instrumental in starting many programs that help women.Also honored Friday was World War II veteran Ralph Tetu of Bangor and fellow veteran Robert Brennan who says he was thrilled to have his children in the crowd to see him get his award.
If you’re looking to make changes to your home you might want to get to the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.The Bangor Home Show has been a tradition that dates back more than forty years.Vendors will be on hand with products ranging from roofs to landscaping.Promoter Dean Appleman says it’s the biggest home show in Maine.”This is definitely a one stop shop.
Student and faculty researchers at the University of Maine want to know which green products are actually living up to their name.Using something called Life Cycle Assesment, or LCA, they analyzed consumer products to find out which ones are environmentally friendly.Associate Professor Anthony Halog says it’s a way of measuring the environmental impact of a product across its entire life cycle.He says if you can’t use LCA, the internet is also a valuable resource.”If you are, want to assess specific materials or specific products you can first find LCA on the internet and if not you can contact any consultant at the University of Maine to do it for you,” he said.The event was free and open to the public to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Eastern Maine Community College held a formal celebration to inaugurate its president.Lawrence Barrett began duties at the college in August.On Friday, he was formally sworn in as the school’s sixth president.Barrett has more than two dozen years experience in higher education.His plans for EMCC include creating more academic programs.”We’re going to have a brand new hospitality management associates degree, we’re looking at a plumbing program, we’re looking at expanding a liberal arts program so it’s a two plus two program with University of Maine and Husson University.”Previously Barrett served as Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Services at Purdue University North Central in Indiana.
Maine Maritime Academy’s annual training cruise will be launching four small sailboats, sponsored by area schools.As Meghan Hayward tell us, the students will keep track of the location of their sailboats through a GPS tracking device.Belfast based organization, Educational Passages has teamed up with Maine Maritime Academy staff sailing aboard the State of Maine ship.Four small sailboats, equipped with GPS and satellite transmitters, will be launched at various locations.”We’re going to drop boats off of Jamestown, Virginia.
A woman who fell from Maiden Cliff in Camden Hills State Park last week says her husband hit her on the head repeatedly with a rock before giving her a push.52-year-old Lisa Black gave her version of events in a protection-from-abuse order filed in court.State police say Black and her husband, 68-year-old Charles, fell from the 800-foot cliff on Mount Megunticook.Charles Black was taken into custody as he was released from EMMC, where he was being treated for head injuries sustained in the fall.According to State Police Spokesperson, Steve McCausland, Charles Black was arrested Friday night and charged with aggravated assault.