An Alpaca farm in Unity has a unique gift to offer.It may be difficult to wrap or put in a stocking but the memories will sure make an impact.For a flat fee, you can sign up for an annual Alpaca rental from the Northern Solstice Farm on Crosby Brook Road.It gives you access to the farm and to your Alpaca.You can work with the animal and also keep up with your new friend’s progress online.Owner Robin Fowler says the gift is about more than memories.
There’s something missing from the streets and sidewalks of Hartland.As with the rest of the state, the town is feeling the warm absence of Mother Nature this winter, but it could soon be feeling the burden of a snow season without cleanup.”December 7, we stopped plowing,” said Weston Gould, owner of plow company, Double Diamond.The company has been contracted to plow the streets of Hartland for the last five years, but Gould could be taking the business elsewhere due to a dispute over payments.”It’s been six weeks.
A woman from Gardiner accused of stealing more than $150,000 from her employer pleaded guilty Wednesday.BettySue Higgins, 54, appeared in court in Augusta.Authorities say she embezzled $166,000 from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association during a four year period.The judge accepted her guilty plea Wednesday.A sentencing date has not been set.
City Planner Linda Johns told city councilors Tuesday that Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, has secured a lease for a dispensary and submitted a site plan application.Clarification about exactly what Northeast wants to do with the site will be made before the proposal is presented to the planning board, which may occur at its January meeting.The Bangor Daily News reports that no growing would take place at the site.Northeast has launched its marijuana growing operation in Thomaston and plans to supply all four of its clinics from that facility.Maine already has three open licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Ellsworth, Biddeford and Auburn.(The Associated Press)
The Maine man who has accused a former Syracuse University basketball coach of sexual assault and has himself been charged with child abuse offenses has been arrested for allegedly violating bail conditions.Police report they arrested 23-year-old Zachary Tomaselli on Tuesday afternoon, a day after receiving a tip that he had given a car ride to a minor in violation of bail conditions.Tomaselli cannot have contact with anyone under 18, except for incidental contact at work.Tomaselli has accused former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine of molestation in 2002 when he was 13.
A federal lawsuit brought against the county by a guard at the Hancock County jail who was injured during a scuffle with an inmate has been settled out of court.John Wall, at attorney for the county government and the sheriff’s department, said Tuesday that the sides had reached an agreement but that exact terms still needed to be finalized.Wall tells the Bangor Daily News that the deal will be kept confidential.Brad Ewing said he suffered a back injury during an incident with an inmate in early March 2009.
Rates are going down for residential and small commercial electric customers in Maine.The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved new rates Tuesday that will result in prices going down more than 6 percent in the Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro Electric service areas.The PUC says the lower prices are a reflection of a robust auction process, where companies offer competing bids to supply power.Commission Chairman Tom Welch says the lower rates will result in savings of about $50 million next year.The new rates will be in effect for one year beginning March 1, 2012.(The Associated Press)
A Navy shipbuilder in Maine says it had to fumigate a warehouse and part of a warship because a shipment of parts from the West Coast contained about two-dozen venomous black widow spiders.Bath Iron Works employees discovered the arachnids in a crate containing vertical launch system components.
A big birthday for the National Guard was celebrated in Augusta.The National Guard turned 375 Tuesday, which makes it the oldest military organization in the country.The organization dates back to the militias of the 13 original colonies.The oldest units were organized in 1636 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony militia.National Guards have fought in every American war from the 1600’s to present combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hope is shining bright at CancerCare of Maine.The Lights of Hope tree was lit Tuesday at EMMC’s CancerCare of Maine.All the lights on the tree were bought to remember those who have battled cancer.Over 600 lights were purchased and all the proceeds will go back to CancerCare of Maine to help those in the community struggling with the disease.You can still purchase a light for the tree, just call Healthcare charities at 973-5055 for more details.
Christmas trees can be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.There are some experts who say protecting your home really comes down to common sense.Some might lead you to believe that a Christmas tree in your home is a fire waiting to happen.