As we prepare to honor the men and women in the military this Veterans Day, there’s a group among them that deserves recognition, too – military moms.Though most of them aren’t enlisted, they certainly serve our country by holding down the home front while their loved ones are away.One such woman is Bangor author and columnist Sarah Smiley.Soon she’ll be taking on the mission of single mom as her husband heads out for a year-long deployment.For Sarah Smiley, life with three very busy boys rarely stands still.But she admits, in some ways it will soon be on hold.Her husband Dustin, a Lieutenant Commander at the Naval Operation Support Center in Bangor, is preparing to leave for his third deployment.
Husson University hosted a special steel raising ceremony to mark the construction of its new, 11 million dollar building.The Living and Learning Center is a five story multi-purpose building that will include suite-style dormitories for 245 students.It will also be the home of experiential learning classrooms that will give business, legal studies and counseling students hands-on learning experiences.Guests were able to sign the piece of steel before it was raised.”It certainly demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality learning environment for our students well into the future,” said University President Bob Clark.Construction on the Living and Learning Center is expected to be completed in august of next year.
In honor of Veterans Day this Friday, local students hosted an annual celebration.Caroline Connolly takes us to Brewer High School where for the last six years they’ve been saying thank you to service men and women.Skipping first period may have just been the most effective way to teach a high school course in history.”They can learn a lot,” said veteran, Herb Colson.For one hour, students could put the textbooks away, and get a lesson of the past by honoring those who lived it.”I think it’s good for them to know about the Vietnam era where they weren’t appreciated and where the military wasn’t appreciated so much,” said Colson.The school invited veterans for a ceremony their students host yearly, during which they remember what happened at the 11th hour of the 11th day in November of 1918 when World War 1 finally came to an end.”It means everything to me,” said veteran, William Dean.Some have been coming back to the school every November.”I’ve had all the dog tags they’ve given out,” said Dean.Every year, they hope to teach students a lesson that the textbooks sometimes can’t.
Waterville’s police chief is proposing new legislation intended to crack down on the theft of copper and other metals for sale as scrap.Chief Joseph Massey says his officers are often stymied in theirinvestigations because scrap metal processors don’t maintaindetailed records of their purchases and process materials quickly.The Kennebec Journal reports that Massey’s proposal, announced Tuesday, would impose new regulations on scrap-metal processors and higher penalties on those that break the law.Waterville Democratic state Rep.
A 22-year old inmate at Kennebec County Jail has died.Sheriff Randall Liberty says Nicholas Powell was found dead in his cell Tuesday morning.An autopsy has been performed with the results pending toxicology reports.Liberty says an initial investigation indicated Powell died of a drug overdose, possibly opiates.Liberty says Powell was from the Clinton/Fairfield area and was serving a nine month sentence on a domestic violence charge.
A major addition is coming to the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.On Wednesday, the hospital broke ground on its expansion of the Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care.The 2.1 million dollar project will more than double the cancer center’s capacity.
Cavenaugh Kelly, Therapy Coordinator and Occupational Therapist, stopped by our studio on Wednesday November 9th to discuss in-home Occupational and Physical Therapy: specifically as it is practiced at Community Health and Counseling Services.For more information on CHCS click HERE.
Horror author Stephen King is stepping up to help struggling Maine residents facing deep cuts to a federal heating oil assistance program.The Maine native announced Tuesday that the foundation he and his wife Tabitha founded will work with the three radio stations he owns in the Bangor area to raise $140,000 to buy heating oil for low-income residents.He’s asking listeners to donate $70,000, and the foundation will double it.King tells the Bangor Daily News there is a “great need’ for heating oil assistance as the price goes up and federal funding goes down.The federal government told the Maine State Housing Authority that it should expect to receive $23 million in heating oil assistance this winter, down from $55.6 million last winter.(The Associated Press)