The head of the Smiley family dinner table is missing these days.Lieutenant Commander Dustin Smiley was deployed overseas back in November.Starting this January, Sarah Smiley and her kids decided to invite one guest a week to fill his seat at the dinner table.Thursday night, a unique guest rolled in.Owen, Ford, and Lindell Smiley are huge “Star Wars” fans.Ford fills us in on the guest for this week’s dinner with the Smiley’s “It’s a robot replica of R2D2.”It’s a pretty cool guest to invite to the table, but even R2D2 can’t compare.Sarah Smiley says she wishes it could be her husband at the table “I would love Dustin to be one of our guest.”The creator of this R2D2 replica, Paul Bussiere, pulled a few strings and was able to surprise the family and bring Lt.
Bangor City Councilors held a budget workshop Thursday evening.The budget’s up for discussion were the police and school departments.Due to the operational reductions last year and staffing this year, the Bangor Police Department did not have to make any reductions in their budget.The department had some higher paid employees retire and replaced by new, lower paid staff.”It allows is to save some more on the personnel side and that saved us from having to cut on the operational side, so we’re actually looking at doing fairly well this year so that we’re not going to have to loose any additional services and hopefull not have to loose any additional personnel,” says Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia.As for the Bangor School Department, their budget has had an average increase of 0% over the last four years.Their projected budget for next year is over $200,000 less than it was in 2009.
Piscataquis county officials say its okay that conservationist Roxanne Quimby has blocked off more logging roads that she owns in the county.They say the roadblocks are all on Quimbyâ€™s private property and are not part of county roads.That wasn’t the case last year when Quimby gated a road in Elliotsville plantation that she thought was abandoned.County commissioners ruled otherwise, so Quimby’s workers removed that gate.
Itâ€™s structurally deficient.Thatâ€™s what federal highway officials say about the Martin Memorial Bridge in Rumford.Maine highway officials want the feds to spend $5.2-million to help replace it.The 57-year-old bridge spans the Androscoggin River.Thursday, town officials joined Senator Susan Collins and Maineâ€™s Transportation Commissioner who inspected the bridge.
The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce is working to be bigger and better in 2012.They held their annual meeting and social Thursday night.The chamber recently added a mentoring program, encouraging teens to engage in the business community and hopefully spark interest in them.They also had to move to a larger venue for the event.” ,” said Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Micki Sumpter.Several awards were given out to individuals and businesses.
A federal judge has approved a settlement involving the State of Maine and forty people with disabilities.A Maine Department of Health and Human Services was sued three years ago by three men with cerebral palsy who had lived in nursing homes for years.They claimed the state violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Nursing Home Reform Act by not making it possible of them to live outside nursing homes.
A Coast Guard boat rescued an injured fisherman who needed medical treatment 12 miles off the coast near Jonesport.Coast Guard officials say they were alerted Wednesday morning that a 47-year old fisherman aboard the Sandy Rose had severely injured his hand while hauling gear.A 25-foot Coast Guard boat was launched from Jonesport and retrieved the fishermen, who was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.Chief Petty Officer Rob Childress says proper radio equipment aboard the boat helped communication and allowed the Coast Guard to reach the boat quickly.
Questions are being raised about the hiring methods used for seven employees at the University of Maine System.A story published by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting shows that six of the seven were state officials working in the same agency during Gov.
A nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center received quite the honor.The annual Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Adam Simmons.He’s worked at EMMC for four years.He says he comes to work with a positive attitude and excited to work and hopes it translates to his patients and co-workers.” Very excited and very surprised quite frankly, but also humbled.