Just days after it was announced that Village Net Media was closing, someone has offered to buy the publishing company.Reade Brower,the founder and president of “The Free Press”, says he hopes to have newspapers back on stands as early as next week.Under the deal, Brower would get all remaining assets of Village Net Media, including papers like “Capital Weekly” and “Bar Harbor Times.”56 people worked for Village Net Media.Brower says he’s talking with some of those employees about his staffing needs.
The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems a $26,000 grant to combat childhood obesity.The money will be used for the group’s Youth Health Lifestyle Program.The program was created four years ago as a childhood obesity prevention project.
A bill to protect emergency responders from insurance rate hikes for on-the-job accidents faces more votes by Maine lawmakers.The bill received unanimous approval in the house last week.State law bans insurers from raising rates of police officers for motor vehicle accidents that occur while they’re working.This bill would extend that protection to all emergency responders.
The Governor says he’s willing to go to court over a dispute with the town of Millinocket.Town Manager Gene Conlogue says the governor is withholding over 200 thousand dollars that is owed to the town over a disagreement about operating cost for the Dolby Landfill.LePage says Millinocket town officials agreed to help out with the cost, but Conlogue says no such agreement was made.The town has reached out to the Attorney General’s office, questioning if LePage can legally withhold the funds.Conlogue said Monday, they don’t know when they’ll hear back about the money, but hope it’s soon.If the issue hasn’t been resolved by June, the school district will have a problem, because the town has already included the 200 thousand dollars in their budget.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for LePage says the Governor is prepared to see what the Attorney General issues for an opinion, and if litigation is necessary, the governor is willing to take the route.
A man from Searsport accused of sex crimes against three children made his first court appearance Monday.Brian Doucette, 31, is charge with visual sexual aggression against a child, sexual misconduct against a child, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.
Police continue their investigation into a shooting in Lamoine Sunday that left one man dead and three others injured.It happened around 4:30 in the morning outside a home on Douglas Highway.Police say 32-year-old Lawrence Sinclair of Ellsworth, who is known as Randy, died from a gunshot wound to the head.Police say he showed up at a house in Lamoine, which belongs to Michael Carter and Tacy Mullins, with three other men from Ellsworth.30-year old Torrey Garland is in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center, while 35-year old Joshua McKinney is being treated for less serious injuries at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.The third man was 24-year old Jacob Sinclair, Randy’s brother, who was not injured.
March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month.An agency in Bangor hopes putting a spotlight on the issue will help break barriers.United Cerebral Palsy of Maine has been a fixture in the community since 1954.UCP offers behavioral health services for those with developmental disabilites.26-year-old Marco Orlando has Asperger Syndrome and has been receiving services since he was in preschool.Being in an environment with others just like him taught him more than just the fundamentals.”Over time I realized it’s not a death sentence and over time things do get better,” he said.He now works in the office giving back and setting an example to those living with Aspergers.He says he owes his independence to UCP’s services.”I was careful of letting people see things of me, let them not see certain things of me, UCP gave me the tools so to speak to let me be myself,” he said.In May, UCP will host its “Life without Limits” gala at Hollywood Casino in Bangor.It features dinner and a silent auction.It’s thirty dollars per person, fifty per couple.For more information call 941-2952, extension 204.To learn more about UCP of Maine, visit their website here.
According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, a fire that nearly destroyed much of Main Street in Madison last week, was intentionally set.The fire broke out at the antique store on Main Street last Tuesday.Sergeant Grimes with the State Fire Marshal’s Office says it looks like the fire was set near the basement.The investigation continues.
Some students in Piscataquis County started the week getting their hands dirty.It was all part of a learning experience.Kids in kindergarten through grade three worked with volunteers to celebrate agriculture.”My teacher just told me that people were coming in to make, to talk to us about butter,” said 2nd Grader Austin Seavey.
An organization known for community service and cookies, turned 100 Monday.The Girl Scouts Organization was started back in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia.Monday, members of troop 877 in Bangor celebrated the big birthday by taking a look back.Girl Scout Brielle Dickson says “It makes us feel good to know that they’re still caring this long because before, we learned, they couldn’t vote as women, so that makes us proud of ourselves.”Some famous faces who used to be Girl Scouts include Martha Stewart, Hillary Clinton, and Barbara Walters.
Moving day at the new Hampden Academy is set for June 14th.Construction of the high school has been on time and nearly $5 million dollars under budget, according to school officials.Joy Hollowell was given a tour of the state-of-the-art digs.=====”There’s spaces here that bring tears to my eyes, they’re just so gorgeous,” says Ruey Yehle, principal at Hampden Academy.It’s hard to believe that Yehle is talking about a school.
A deadly shooting in Lamoine early Sunday morning stemmed from a conflict between four men, according to State Police.Officials say Lawrence ‘Randy’ Sinclair, Torrey Garland and Joshua McKinney, all of Ellsworth, arrived at a home on Douglas Highway around 4:30 a.m.Police say they were met outside by one of the residents, Michael Carter.Police say it’s unclear, at this point, what happened next, but all four men were shot.Sinclair and Garland were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where officials say Sinclair later died from a gunshot wound to the head.Garland remains there in critical condition, while the other two men are being treated for less serious injuries.Â Police continued their investigation outside of the home Monday.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office say five fires over the weekend were the result of arson, include two in Vassalboro and Rumford allegedly started by teenage boys.A 17-year-old boy in Vassalboro is accused of setting a motor home on fire Friday.