The future of SAU 31 is not something a generation of former students is willing to put to chance.”We voted yes,” said longtime Howland residents, Brenda and Orman Jackson.When they heard the district was facing a major budget shortfall, they didn’t hesitate to help with the proposed solution.”We just want to make sure the school stays open.”They voted in favor of a $1.1 million loan the district is seeking.”I believe it’s the only way to go,” said the Jacksons.
The Maine Labor Department says the state’s December unemployment rate was 7 percent, unchanged from the November 2011 figure.Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass said Tuesday the preliminary 7 percent figure for December is also lower than the 7.5 percent rate a year earlier.The number of unemployed totaled 48,700, down 3,800 from a year ago.Maine’s unemployment rate for December is lower than the national rate of 8.5 percent, down from 8.7 percent in November and 9.4 percent one year ago.The Labor Department says the state figures continue to be volatile from month to month and are subject to significant revisions.
Lawmakers in Augusta are considering a request to name two bridges in Harmony after a family who was gunned down in Dexter last year.It’s been seven months since Steven Lake shot and killed his estranged wife Amy, and their two children, Coty, and Monica before turning the gun on himself.The incident has shined a light on the issue of domestic violence in Maine.
A state panel has cleared the Christian Civic League of Maine and the Christian Education League of claims that they illegally fired a former administrative staffer and tried to intimidate him for filing a complaint.Michael Hein had worked for the Christian Civic League of Maine since June 2006 and was fired August 2010.Hein told the Maine Human Rights Commission that he was retaliated against him as a “whistleblower” for telling the Department of Labor that the group had an illegal working relationship with a staff writer.The league said Hein was fired because of deep philosophical differences between him and the new leadership of the league and his unwillingness to change.Hein reportedly said on Monday he knew he had a difficult task.
A new report says there’s been a big increase in the number of Mainers who pedal to work, and that upsurge in bicycle commuting far exceeds the national figure.The report released Monday by the Alliance for Biking and Walking says the number of Mainers who commute to work by bicycle increased by 120 percent between 1990 and 2009.
The longtime rector of a historic Episcopal church in Gardiner has been suspended by the Diocese of Maine for two years following an investigation that found he engaged in sexual misconduct consisting of “inappropriate language and interpersonal boundary violations.”The Rev.
Two University of Maine football players have been suspended from the team indefinitely because of their alleged involvement in a pellet gun shooting on campus last week.Freshman defensive backs Aamad Bush and Malik Walker, both 18, were charged with assault and criminal threatening.Campus police say Bush and Walker fired shots from BB guns at two occupants of a dorm room.Neither victim required medical treatment.The Bangor Daily News reports that athletic director Steve Abbott said Walker and Bush will be prohibited from practicing with the team during winter workouts and spring practices.
15,000 jobs and energy savings for many Mainers, is what UMaine engineering professor Habib Dagher says will happen is an offshore windfarm is built.He said that while speaking Sunday at the University of Maine in Augusta.Dagher says harnessing energy from offshore wind will let Mainers heat their homes with electricity while making Maine less reliant on foreign oil.