Governor LePage’s administration is calling on all state agencies to look closer at every dollar they spend.Wednesday, they unveiled their new budgeting process called “Zero Based Budgeting.”Maine’s Finance Commissioner, Sawin Millett, met with the media to go over the budgeting tool that the LePage administration hopes will help state agencies get the most out of it’s limited resources.
New England is seeing a revival in farmers growing grain.Maine and Vermont were once the bread basket of the northern U.S., but they lost that distinction in the 1800s, when the Erie Canal and intercontinental railroad made it easier to bring grain east from the Midwest.But small farmers on the nation’s coasts are growing wheat again as more people clamor for locally grown food.
Due to doctors orders, Greg Allman was forced to cancel some tour dates, including the performance on the Bangor Waterfront.But organizers have found a new act to take his place.Dickey Betts and Great Southern will take the stage on Saturday, September 3rd.Dickey Betts is a founding member of the Allman Brothers and is credited with both singing and writing the groups biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man”B.B.
One Portland building was evacuated due to the earthquake.The ten story Intermed building along Marginal Way was also evacuated last year in June following an earthquake in Ontario, Canada.Just like a year ago, it’s the people on the top two or three floors who tell us they really felt the building sway.Within minutes all floors were evacuated and the elevators were shut down, forcing people to walk down the stairs.From what we know, everybody made it out alright, even the many medical patients.
A vote to allow a new methadone clinic in Rockland has been tabled to next month.Planning officials approved the zoning change earlier this month.Monday night, city councilors agreed to hold off on their decision, in order to allow the city attorney to look over some questions from residents.They have to do with the new clinic’s desire to treat other patients in addition to those seeking methadone.If approved, the clinic will open on New County Road in the same building that used to house a different methadone clinic.The city council’s vote is now scheduled for September 7th.
Three women were arrested and accused of breaking in to a restaurant in Brewer.According to police, early Friday morning an alarm went off at a restaurant on South Main Street.When they arrived on scene, 25-year-old Sloan Murray of Brewer was found outside holding a key.She was arrested for two outstanding warrants from Portland.Then we’re told the restaurant’s alarm went off again and police found two women leaving the building.They arrested 18-year-old Whitney Devlin and 23-year-old Ashley Farquhar, both of Brewer, for felony burglary.
2 people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries after a two car collision in Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon.Police say 45 year old Emery Pratt was driving a pickup truck on Water Street, when he and his passenger, 59 year old James Braley, were struck by another pick-up.That truck was being driven by 67 year old Christopher Taylor.Police believe Taylor may have had a possible medical issue because authorities say he blew right through a stop sign on Foster Street.
A man who was shot by Portland Police as he tried to flee in a car has pleaded guilty to three charges, settling the criminal case against him.But 30-year-old Jonathan Mitchell of Veazie says he still intends to sue Portland police for excessive use of force in the April incident.Mitchell pleaded guilty Monday to being a habitual offender and two other charges.
Rumblings of the earthquake were felt right here in Maine.We received several messages from viewers who say they felt shaking.We spoke to University of Maine Associate Profesor Alice Kelley with UMaine’s Climate Change Institute who told us just three minutes after the Virginia earthquake hit, seismic activity was recorded in Orono.”That energy actually travels through the rocks in the earth’s crust and so you feel the vibration not as strong as if you were right there where it’s happening but you know certainly a little tremor, just enough to make something move something that’s easily vibrated might move….
Country music station The Bear and Fox Sports Maine are switching places on the radio dial.Beginning September 1st, The Bear will begin broadcasting on 97.1 and Fox Sports Maine will call 104.7 home.Vice President of Blueberry Broadcating Bruce Biette says country music is popular in the Bangor market.He says the change will allow for more listeners to access The Bear.”To be able to take the Bangor signal that we’ve got and move it a bit so that we’re still covering all of the other areas to increase the circle.”Fox Sports Maine will continue to simulcast on AM radio.
Zone radio owner and Bangor’s most famous resident, Stephen King, hosted his first ever press conference Tuesday to announce a new talk radio show.The Pulse Morning Show will make its debut on WZON AM and FM on September 12th from 6 am to 10 am and online at zoneradio.comLong-time politician Pat LaMarche and former television reporter Don Cookson will host the show which will offer news and commentary on local and national news topics.They hope to be a voice for the people of Bangor and want to attract all types of listeners.”We’re going to try to be informative, we’re going to be provocative, we’re going to be amusing and we’re going to try and be a positive community force which is something that I’ve always tried to be a part of,” King said.”This is about community and it’s about trying to bring some sort of reasoned perspective to what’s going on in Maine and in our country,” Cookson said.The Pulse will continue to broadcast Red Sox, Bruins, high school games and their afternoon sports show but have no plans to expand sports.On the day The Pulse Morning Show launches, they will be collecting groceries and gas cards for Wounded Warriors.
It’s a collection of gowns that’s six years in the making.”When people ask you where did you get all the gowns, tell them at a vending machine at the car wash so that’s what I usually tell people.”Victoria greeley accumulated formal gowns when she hosted tea parties at her home.Behind every dress there’s a story about the girl who wore it.”Everyone could dress so the daughter who is having a birthday, a six year old, an eight year old, ten year old could get into what we call a princess gown.”But now she’s parting with the memories as she steps into her new role of fairy godmother.Greeley is donating pieces of her collection to the Cinderella Project, a group that gives formal wear to girls who would otherwise not be able to afford a dress.It’s the perfect pairing of these gowns and the young girls that need a gown.Victoria says these dresses are more than just fabric, it’s a chance for young girls to feel special during a memorable night of their lives.”I think it’s thrilling for the mother and father to see the girl in the gown and for her to have this memory, it’s a memory you make.”The Cinderella Project has been transforming girls into princesses for the past five years.
Those asleep in the apartments above the Cambridge General Store woke with a bang.”All of a sudden the restaurant shakes and I thought it was my brother you know fumbling around with pots and pans or something, so I get up and I look and he comes out of his bedroom and says ‘What’s going on?'” said Jeremiah Merrill, who works at the store and lives in the apartments above.The noise was a tractor trailer hitting the side of the building.