Fire destroyed a business in Patten early Thursday morning.Crews from five departments were called to Patten Auto Body just after midnight.When they arrived, the Houlton Street business was reportedly already fully engulfed in flames.Fire fighters spent most of Thursday morning on the scene.There has been no word yet on a cause.
Maine’s gubernatorial candidates have offered up their ideas on what they would do to get Maine’s economy going.Jobs and the economy were major themes in last night’s televised forum at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland.Democrat Libby Mitchell said the state needs to invest in education and cut the state income tax.
Maine’s campaign oversight commission has voted to further investigate a website that targets independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler.Cutler’s campaign asked the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to investigate the website, whose creator has remained anonymous.
Many people gave the Saunders Brothers manufacturing plant up for dead when it closed its doors and went to auction last spring in the western Maine town of Greenwood, a victim of the sour economy and cheap imports.Less than five months later, machines are humming again as a skeleton crew puts out rolling pins, brush handles, dowels and other wood products.Maine’s wood products industry has been on the slide for years, with numerous plants going out of business.Now, a Portland woman and her partners have bought not only the shuttered Saunders Brothers factory, but three other plants as well, all in hardscrabble areas of Maine.
A two car collision on Norridgewock Road in Fairfield has left two people dead one person injured Wednesday.Police were called to the scene around 5:15 this afternoon.Officials say it appears that one car was turning left into the Big Apple when it was struck by an oncoming car.Patrol Sergeant Matthew Bard says its not uncommon to see minor accidents in this high traffic, high speed area.”We do have frequent accidents here with the store, it’s a 55 mph zone.
The union representing 150 Maine nurses at the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle have reached a contract agreement with administrators.The local unit of the Maine State Nurses Association had been pushing the hospital to agree to increased staffing levels.The unionized nurses voted last week to ratify the two-year contract.The Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the contract Wednesday.The agreement includes an immediate two percent pay increase, with no wage adjustment in 2011, and allows for increased staffing in the emergency department.
Some senior citizens in Orono had the chance to raise their concerns about healthcare reforms Wednesday.An Obama administration official visited the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community.Polls show seniors to be disproportionately against democrat’s health care plans.Deputy Assistant Secretary on Aging, Cindy Padilla says as a group, seniors vote faithfully and in large numbers and are usually pretty aware of how the government’s actions can affect them.” One of the most important things for us is to make sure that we get the right information out.
Camp Capella in Dedham launched the groundbreaking for the Memories for a Lifetime Garden Wednesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, this garden will leave a lasting impression on many.It’s called the Memories for a Lifetime Garden.”Well the garden is really all about memories.
One of the sweetest spots in Bangor is celebrating its 65th anniversary, and saying “see you later” to one of its original owners.Frank’s Bakery started out on Hancock Street in Bangor in 1945 and in 1947 it moved to its current location on State Street.Frank Soucy Jr has been with the shop since the beginning, baking up sweet treats for Mainers, but now, he’s calling it a career.All of the goodies at Frank’s Bakery are made from scratch, and that’s just how the business began.”What you put in is what you get out of it,” advised Frank Soucy Jr.Frank started the sweet shop with his dad and brother back in 1945 when he was just 19 years old.