Late last month, Union Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center approved a three year contract.Wednesday, the hospitals Board of Trustees voted unanimously to did the same thing.The contract reportedly includes wage increases of between 7 and 13 percent and patient safety improvements, among other things.
The USDA announced Tuesday it’s awarding two Maine organizations with rural development grants.The news was announced at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.Over $300,000 is going to Central Maine Health Care Center in Lewiston.The funding will be deal directly with tele-medicine and will be used for a video conferencing equipment project.It will benefit five counties in western, central and coastal Maine.Also, around $500,000 in funding was awarded to RSU 24.This money will benefit five counties in Maine and two in southern Vermont.It will provide video conferencing equipment to rural schools.”This is going to open the door to bring programs from across the state and across our district to all of our students so we’re really thrilled with that,” says Suzanne Lukas, Superintendent of RSU 24.A tour was also given of the Critical Care Connection Unit at EMMC to see the progress of their tele-health system.The USDA hopes that this grant money will help those in rural areas have the chance to succeed and stay connected in the 21st century.
Winners of this year’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Awards were honored at the state house Wednesday.First lady Ann LePage presented the awards, which recognizes individuals, communities, work places and schools for the roles they play in keeping Mainers healthy.Youthlinks Broadreach Family & Community Services in Rockland and the Mercer Community Club in Norridgewock were among the fifteen award recipients.The first lady plans to take part in the Run for Cash 5K road race in Old Orchard this summer.The race is in memory of Christopher Cash, who died while serving in Iraq.
The man convicted of killing three people in Aroostook County will be in court Thursday for sentencing.Thayne Ormsby, 22, will be back in court in Houlton to learn his fate.Ormsby was found guilty in April of the murders of Jeffrey Ryan, 55, his son Jesse, 10, and Jason Dehahn, 30.The three were stabbed to death in amity in June 2010.Ormsby pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury decided he was criminally responsible for his actions.He faces 25 years to life for each murder conviction.
Waterville Police will have a new home next year.City Manager Mike Roy said a new police station will be built at Head of Falls just down the street from the current station.Waterville City Councilors voted last night 5-2 against buying and fixing up the Morning Sentinel building for the new police station.
Tim Hortons restaurants across Maine are sending kids to camp through coffee.On Wednesday, the restaurant hosted its annual Camp Day.Every cent from coffee sales goes to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation to send kids to any one of the company’s six camps.Since 19-75, the foundation has sent more than 175-thousand kids to camp.”It’s something we’re very proud of.
A man accused of murdering a Florida man and disposing the body in Newburgh was arraigned Wednesday in Belfast.24-year old Daniel Porter pleaded not guilty to killing 31-year old Jerry Perdomo in what police have called a drug-related homicide.Perdomo disappeared in February after making a trip up to Maine.
Maine’s energy efficiency industry will be the topic of discussion at a public forum Thursday, June 7.The Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals is hosting the event.They plan to talk about state efficiency programs that are available to state residents, what lawmakers have been doing to help the cause, and details on a recent meeting at the governor’s office.The forum will be held at the R.H.