Hermon Middle schoolers got a glimpse of what their working lives might be down the road.Many occupations were represented at the job fair at their school, from firefighters to game wardens, television news too.The students picked out career workshops to attend then dug right in.Principal Jim Russell says what happened Thursday is important for tomorrow.”It’s never too early for these kids to start thinking what they like to do.
A Sabattus woman is going to prison for 10 months for her role setting up sham marriages.37-year-old Angela Roy sobbed in federal court in Bangor Wednesday as she described her role.Roy was recruited by two Massachusetts men to find people willing to marry foreign nationals for a fee.She also arranged sham wedding ceremonies, including her sister’s.
Mainers have an extra day to get their tax returns in.Monday, April 18th is the deadline, but that’s Patriots’ Day here in Maine, so you have until Tuesday, April 19th to get your returns in .The postal service is ready for all the tax returns anticipated to come in last minute.
A huge part of the nation’s history is heading to Bangor.The Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Bangor Public Library.One of only 26 of the original Dunlap Broadsides printed on the night of July 4, 1776 will be in the Stairwell Gallery at the library.
The president of Bates College in Maine is stepping down after nine years.Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the seventh president at Bates, said Wednesday she’ll step down in July to assume a new job elsewhere she said will be disclosed in the next two weeks.During her tenure, she increased student financial aid, boosted fundraising, developed a plan for facility upgrades and completed a strategic planning process for curriculum, research and student life.But her biggest achievement may be guiding the institution through the recession.Bates Trustee Scott Bierman says Hansen “managed the college with skill and determination through the most turbulent economic times in recent memory.”(Associated Press)
A tasty twist was put on some literary classics Wednesday evening.Friends of the Library put on their 10th annual Books to Eat event at Eastern Maine Community College.There were about 25 entries in five different categories, with inspiration being taken from childhood favorites like “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to award winning novels such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird”Many of the cakes were auctioned off as part a fundraising effort.But the night wasn’t all about tasty treats…The Friends of the Library were holding the event to bring awareness to National Library Week.The library at Eastern Maine Community College is open to the public.
Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center spent Wednesday in negotiations with the hospital.They voted Tuesday night to authorize a second strike if they can’t come to terms on a new contract.They went on strike for one day last fall.Members of the Maine State Nurses Association say that serious under-staffing at EMMC compromises patient care.The nurses have been working without a contract since September 30th of last year.They decided on Wednesday not to strike at this time.The Nurses Union representative Judy Brown, says they hope they’ll be able to resolve the issues when they resume negotiations in May.
Waving signs and walking through campus, students, faculty and the community came together at the University of Maine to celebrate the Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered community after an act of hate threatened to bring them a part.A pride flag was raised to kick off “Pride Week,” but it was stolen just one day later.Investigators say it appears the flagpole was yanked nearly out of the ground.The act shocked and infuriated many in the UMaine community including Administrative Assistant Suzanne Molton.”It’s really a form of violence, really in my estimation and if people feel that was what else will they do that’s really my big fear,” she said.Student Kelsey Flynn couldn’t believe this happened at the UMaine campus.”We’re a good campus, we’re a good community, the fact that it happened here I couldn’t believe it, I thought that we were better than that I guess.”Flynn says the flag is more than just a piece of fabric, it represents a community of people who’ve overcome so much.”It’s a symbol of us and our community the fact that they chose to deface it means that they’re defacing us as a whole.”Flynn says the theft is a step backwards but for her and the GLBT community it’s a chance to regain strength and move forward.”We’re just gonna come back stronger we still have an entire pride week and we’re going to make it fabulous.”Senior Associate Dean of Students Kenda Scheele says the outpouring of support is a testament to the diversity fostered at University of Maine.”This community supports everyone and Pride Week is important because it’s a way for us to show how we support everyone,” she said.Police are investigating the incident.
Construction crews have started knocking down the Kennebec Ice Arena in Hallowell.Workers from Cianbro are in the process of demolishing the 40-year-old arena.The roof collapsed on the ice rink in March under the heavy weight of snow and water.Three people were inside at the time of the collapse and they all made it out safely.Crews expect it will take around three weeks to finish the job and clean up the mess.
A man accused of running a credit card scam up and down the East Coast has been arrested in southern Maine.According to Belfast police, 19-year-old Jonathon Hinote bought hundreds of dollars worth of Visa gift cards and gasoline at the Circle K in Belfast in July 2010.Police say Hinote had figured out how to illegally reload a credit card that had never been activated by the issuer.Hinote is accused of pulling the same scheme in states as far away as Florida.He was arrested in Brunswick during the weekend.