More than two hundred people packed the Hartland Town Office Saturday to vote on the future of the town’s largest employer, Prime Tanning.Of the 211 votes cast, 196 said “yes” to allow Kentucky based company, Tasman Industries, to buy assets of the operation and the leasing of the facility at a price tag of around 6.5 million dollars.Norman Tasman, the President of the company, says his main goal is to keep jobs.”We want to turn this operation around be successful and not do anything that’s going to harm anyone in the community in the process.”Last year the tannery filed for bankruptcy leaving the town of Hartland in debt.Despite the Chapter Eleven filing, the tannery remains in operation.Victor LeCourt moved to Hartland five years ago and believes Tasman Industries can fix the problem.
Girls were dancing the night away at the Brewer Auditorium Friday evening and their dates were their dads.It was the 29th annual Father Daughter Valentine Dance and it was a sold out event with over 450 tickets sold.The auditorium was decorated with the Valentine theme in mind and a photographer was on hand to take pictures to help remember this special evening.While some dads were being wallflowers, there were other fathers who were cutting up a rug with their daughters.The dance lasted until 8:30 P.M.
Students from Bangor High braved the chilly temperatures Friday evening, all in hopes of bringing awareness to issue of homelessness.The Civil Rights Team set up camp for their 3rd annual Night Without a Home fundraiser around 3 o’clock Friday afternoon.The team has already raised a couple hundred dollars, but they hope to collect more to help out area shelters.The students and their advisor stayed outside until 11 P.M.
Some of the most important hours in the day are when you finally get to bed.The average person needs about 8-hours of sleep a day, but most people get much less.Caroline Connolly recently visited a sleep lab to find out what’s preventing folks from getting the rest they need.Through the mind of a sleeping patient, I had a chance to see what happens when our body finally shuts down for the evening.I learned that even after your head hits the pillow, much of you is still wide awake.”I’m going to turn off the lights and if you need anything, just give a holler”It’s not quite like tucking yourself into bed at home, but for light sleepers, it can actually be even better.
It’s a safe bet that chocolates will please your valentine.This weekend, there will be plenty to choose from.The Greater Fairfield Chocolate Festival begins Saturday.The chocolate buffet offers treats and trinkets from some of Maine’s best crafters.This year’s event is sponsored by the Salvation Army Waterville Corps.There will be live music, lots of shopping, things for the kids to do too at the community center in downtown Fairfield.It’s from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.For more information, visit salvationarmyme.org.
The snow and cold temperatures are hurting a major industry.Ranchers and farmers throughout Maine are struggling to keep livestock alive this winter.The USDA Farm Service Agency wants to remind them they have programs that can help.Among them, the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish.To qualify for help, you must file notice with your local FSA office within 30 days of the time you lose your livestock.For more information, visit fsa.usda.gov.
More details emerged today about Governor LePage’s proposed two-year, $6.1-billion budget.The new budget proposes some changes for state workers and welfare.The governor wants to continue the freeze on cost of living increases for state workers and raise the retirement age to 65.LePage says the budget makes “reasonable reforms” to the government employee retirement system to save $413-million over two years.
A tenured economics professor at Colby College in Waterville has resigned amid allegations he secretly recorded video of a female student in a bathroom while on a school trip to China.Philip Brown has not been charged with a crime, but the State Police Computer Crimes Unit is investigating.In January, Colby College President William Adams told students and staff that Brown had resigned after the college indicated it was prepared to fire him over a quote “violation of student privacy.”A court affidavit says on January 22nd, two students on the China trip found computer images of a partially-clothed female student.Brown later told college officials the students’ accusations were true.
THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY OF US GET CABIN FEVER AND LONG FOR THOSE WARM SUMMER DAYS.THE BIGGEST MEDICINE FOR THAT DEPRESSED FEELING IS SPRING TRAINING.MY BAGS ARE PACKED AND I’M READY TO GO.RED SOX PITCHERS AND CATCHERS OFFICIALLY REPORT ON MONDAY AND POSITION PLAYERS IN ONE WEEK.THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC IN RED SOX LAND THIS COMING SEASON.IN ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL THE SOX HAD ONE OF THE BEST OFF SEASONS.I KNOW THAT GAMES ARE NOT PLAYED ON PAPER.BUT BOSTON MADE SOME MOVES THAT, UNLESS DISASTER STRIKES, SHOULD PUT THEM AT OR NEAR THE TOP THE ENTIRE SEASON.WHEN THEY INKED CARL CRAWFORD TO A 7-YEAR, 142-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL THE SOX GOT AN OUTFIELDER IN HIS PRIME.THE ADDITION OF ADRIAN GOLZALEZ FROM SAN DIEGO WILL SOLIDIFY THE MIDDLE OF THE LINEUP.TERRY FRANCONA WILL HAVE A VARIETY OF GREAT HITTERS TO THROW AT THE OPPOSITION ALL SEASON LONG.OFFENSE IS ONE THING BUT BOSTON NOW HAS ONE OF THE BEST PITCHING STAFFS IN BASEBALL.ONLY THE PHILLIES AND MAYBE OAKLAND ARE IN THEIR CLASS.JUST DROOL OVER THE ROTATION INCLUDING JON LESTER, CLAY BUCHHOLZ, JOHN LACKEY, JOSH BECKETT AND DICE-K.BECKETT AND LACKEY NEED TO PICK IT UP AND DICE-K NEEDS TO SETTLE IN.JON PAPELBON MAY NOT HAVE HAD A GREAT SEASON BY SOME STANDARDS BUT DID SAVE 37 GAMES.
If you grab a bite to eat from the golden arches in Bucksport on Sunday you’ll be helping local middle schoolers.Bucksport Middle School is teaming up with the McDonald’s on Route One in town.The restaurant will donate 25% of Sunday’s sales from 4 p.m.
Three people are under arrest after a drug bust in Milford earlier this week.State Police say Maine Drug Enforcement Agents searched 59-year-old Donald Dunton’s Main Street home on Wednesday.There, they reportedly found more than 1,200 prescription pills, mostly oxycodone and hydrocodone.Agents also say they seized close to $7,000 and a pistol.Dunton is charged with two counts of drug trafficking as well as possession of a firearm by a felon.