The Milbridge Select Board members have submitted an application for a federal grant worth $300,000 dollars.The grant would pay for half the cost of a new town office and library.But board members want voters to have the final say as to whether or not the new town office and library will be built.Citizens can make their voices heard February 13th at 7PM in the Milbridge Elementary gym…that’s when the question will be put to a vote
It looks like former Maine Turnpike Chief Paul Violette will go to prison for five years.The Maine Attorney General’s office accuses him of stealing gift cards and money to pay for personal travel, meals and other expenses.Violette was Executive Director of the Turnpike Authority for 23 years before resigning under pressure in March.Violette’s lawyer says his client will plead guilty to getting unauthorized control over the Turnpike Authority’s property.It’s a plea deal that calls for no more than five years in prison.Violette had already agreed to pay the authority $155,000 to settle a civil lawsuit.
Central Maine Power Company has ordered one of its contractors to stop work while an accident that killed a worker is being investigated.John Plante, 44, of Oakland was on a utility pole in Saco when he fell from as high as 50 feet.He was working for a company out of New York State hired by CMP.Investigators have said the death appears to be accidental.
Over 60 years after his plane was shot down in Germany, a man from Millinocket receives his Purple Heart.Edwin Waite joined the Air Force after Pearl Harbor and was deployed to Germany when World War II broke out.In 1944, Waite’s plane was shot down and Waite was shot in the leg during the attack.Waite and a couple other soliders were captured and became POW’s until the end of the war.Thursday, Senator Susan Collins presented Waite with the Purple Heart.Waite was also presented with a flag that flew over the US Capitol.
An advisory committee that was formed to help save the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor met for the first time Thursday.Thirteen people have been appointed to the panel.The facility is facing major cuts to its budget.If closed, it would leave Riverview in Augusta as the state’s only publicly run psychiatric center, which we’re told is already at full capacity.Members of the committee believe taking the center out of the community would leave a huge void.” Everything is being couched in terms of providing care we can afford.
Police say a Vassalboro man accused of shooting another man in his home told them he did it in self-defense.Police say 55-year-old Joseph Gagnon shot 22-year-old Rafael Encarnacion around midnight Tuesday.A police report states Gagnon told his brother he shot Encarnacion because Encarnacion was threatening his family.Court documents also say Gagnon had been beaten up by Encarnacion in the past and said he wasn’t going to let it happen again.Police say Encarnacion and Gagnon’s daughter had gone to Gagnon’s home that night to check on Gagnon’s girlfriend Jamiee Laney.
The University of Maine campus welcomed another candidate for the system’s chancellor position.Meredith Hay is currently working in Arizona, where she recently held the position of Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Arizona.”Quite frankly, it’s the trustees and the will of the presence of the system to look at how we move higher education from where it is now to something that’s sustainable and affordable for the future of the state of Maine,” said UMS Chancellor Candidate, Meredith Hay.She says there’s one thing she’d take under her wing if put in this position.”The state of Maine, we really have to do a better job of articulating the return of investment that the state and the taxpayers get from this marvelous system you’ve created.