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.
A Belfast man is charged with burglary and theft after money went missing from a 91-year-old woman’s bank account.Police say 22-year-old Michael Redding admitted to going into the woman’s home several times since February, taking her ATM card, withdrawing money, then returning the card without her knowing it.
Two Washington County men have been charged with arson.Eighteen-year-old Levi Woodman of Perry was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail where bail was set at $25,000.Twenty-two-year-old Jeremy Farley of Baring was served at the jail, where he was being held on other charges.The charges stem from a fire earlier this month which destroyed a seasonal home on the Ox Cove Road in Pembroke.Authorities have been investigating a rash of fires and burglaries in Perry, Pembroke and Pleasant Point over the past two years.
A local group of bargain shoppers will be sharing their tricks of the trade Saturday in Bangor.The organizer of the group began couponing a year ago and says she cuts bills at stores in half, saving hundreds of dollars.She created the Bangor Chapter of Clipping for a Cause so she can introduce couponing to others.
The Maine Warden pilot that died when his plane crashed on Clear Lake last month might have been trying to ride out a snow squall, that’s according to the Maine Warden Service.Officials say pilots sometimes land on frozen lakes during squalls.60-year-old Daryl Gordon was finishing up a day of general patrol when his plane went down in Piscataquis County.Another warden in the area of the crash reported low visibility at the time.
The Maine Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate from the Penobscot County Jail who died in the hospital after he refused to be treated for an injury he suffered when he fell in the shower.Officials say 71-year-old Thomas Hart of Bangor died last Saturday, about 24 hours after he told doctors he didn’t want to be treated for a broken hip.Sheriff Glenn Ross says Hart died of complications associated with his refusal of treatment.Hart had been in jail for about a month after he was arrested for failure to pay a $40 cab fare.
Maine lawmakers approved a $65 million supplemental budget to address spending in the year that ends June 30th, sending the bill to Governor LePage for his signature.The budged received strong bipartisan support after receiving unanimous support from the appropriations committee.The majority of the $65 million gap comes from overruns in the Department of Health and Human services.A two-year budget for the two years starting July 1st is still being deliberated.
The Blue Star Mother’s hosted a special guest Thursday night.Specialist Joshua Tilton of Bangor is a member of the Maine Army National Guard’s 1136th transportation company.He returned from his first tour in Afghanistan in March.Joshua spoke about his time stationed overseas.He also talked about how nice it is to receive care packages from the Blue Star Mothers and other groups like them while so far away from home.
A woman from Florida faces up to twenty years in prison and a million dollar fine for mailing Oxycodone to Maine and planning to sell it.33-year-old Vasthi Ramcharitar pleaded guilty in a Federal courtroom in Bangor.Court records say she and another person illegally mailed more than five hundred oxycodone tablets to Maine, then sold them to people in Waldo County.
A project that’s been years in the making finally came to fruition in Bangor on Thursday.The Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System moved into a new space that’s the first of its kind in the state.The facility will offer veterans services that they couldn’t get in the old building on Hancock Street.VA treats about six-thousand veterans already, and they expect this facility to help even more.Since veterans travel from all over for care, clinic coordinator, Bridgett Brozyna, say this project was really driven by patient need.”They needed these services closer to home, and not needing to travel in such a distance because Maine is such a large state.
Freshmen girls in Somerset County are learning that this isn’t a man’s world.The students got hands on experience in non traditional careers by local professionals during an all day event at Skowhegan Armory.Speakers from the Somerset County Career and Technical Center discussed their career paths and the challenges they faced.David Keaton, one of the creators of the event, believes this will instill confidence in young women and help break the gender barrier.”The barriers are only in our minds and if you have an interest and you want to go into something that typically is dominated by males that they have the opportunities to see themselves in that field.”This was the first time the statewide event was held in Skohegan.Organizers hope it will become an annual event to continue to teach young women that no job is out of their reach because of their gender.
Some lucky students won free bikes for reading books.The “Bikes for Books” program rolled into the Hartland Consolidated School.For each book a student read, they were able to enter their name in a drawing for a free Huffy bike.The folks at the Corinthian Masonic Lodge say they created this event to encourage kids to read more.”We feel that it’s really important to not have kids just exposed to it as homework that they have to do but to give them kind of a positive encouragement to read and hopefully through the process of trying to read for a bike they learn to like reading a little bit more,” said Matthew Fowle, Master of the Corinthian Masonic Lodge.Students from Saint Albans and Hartland Consolidated schools took part in the event.
Governor LePage delivered a spirited speech on Thursday recapping a sometimes controversial first 100 days in office.Speaking in front of business leaders at the Blaine House, Governor LePage outlined where he says Maine’s business climate has gone in the past 35 years.