Two people were briefly trapped after a deck collapsed at an apartment in Paris.Police say a pressure treated wood deck, holding six to eight people came down just before nine Saturday night.They say two people were briefly trapped between the house and the deck and four people were taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The New England School of Communication in Bangor graduated it’s largest class yet.One-hundred students received degrees in a variety of communication related fields.The school says they have doubled their numbers in recent years.School officials say they feel confident they have trained the students so they are prepared for their new jobs.” Our students are going out, many of them have jobs at this point.
Maine Police say a standoff with a man suspected of shooting a Portland woman has ended peacefully.Officials say the suspected shooter surrendered Saturday night after police fired tear gas through his apartment windows.They say the woman was walking down Cedar Street when she was shot in the chest, with what they believe to be a pellet gun.She was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Senator Susan Collins praised her fellow senator, Olympia Snowe in a speech before the state republican convention.Collins said it’s been an honor to serve alongside Snowe.collins also told delegates they left the 2010 convention with a feeling something big was about to happen and it did, Mainers elected a republican governor and legislature that enacted Maine’s largest tax cut, while cutting red tape and working with businesses instead of standing in their way.Republican delegates meeting Saturday, are voting on a platform that credits LePage for the historic tax cuts, welfare reforms and reducing state debt.
Students from the Capital Area Technical Center were honored Friday morning for another amazing accomplishment.Forty students from the school did most of the work in building this energy efficient home at Cony Village in Augusta.Students in the electrical, plumbing, and structural building programs spent the past eight months working on the project.This will be the 5th student-built home for Cony Village and the 13th new home they’ve built for KVCAP’s workforce housing development program.
The Maine Center for Disease Control set up shop at Epic Sports in Bangor Friday.May is Lyme Disease awareness month and they hope to educate mainers.They have plenty of suggestions on how to avoid tick bites.They say Epic Sports seemed like a perfect fit because customers are likely to be outdoor enthusiasts.”The classic symptom is a rash, but also can have very serious long-term neurological, rheumatological and arthritic symptoms as well as some cardiac symptoms,” said Epidemiologist, Megan Saunders.The CDC will also offer a tick talk next Wednesday in Lamoine at the town hall.
Those with the Maine Discovery Museum and Junior Cchievement say it seemed like a perfect fit to join forces.” We’re really hoping on just the awareness factor that as parents bring their kids in, learn more about Junior Achievement, they may go back to their school and say we heard about this great program,” said Jill Jamison of Junior Achievement of Maine.Junior Achievement works to educate children about finances and work readiness.” The earlier you can get to the kids the better.
A meeting of the minds gave community leaders the chance to voice their concerns to lawmakers about proposed cuts to the Supplemental Department of Health and Human Services budget.The Waldo County Leadership Circle held a meeting Friday morning to discuss the budget and their concerns.Senator Michael Thibodeau and Representative James Gillway attended the meeting.Lawmakers are proposing cuts to programs and funding to cope with an 89 million dollar budget shortfall.”Some of the proposed cuts are tough decisions but we have to be balanced before we adjourn the 125th Legislature,” said Senator Michael Thibodeau.Those involved in the meeting say the budget will affect everyone in the state from our youngest residents to our oldest and future generations.Some of their concerns include an unhealthy population which would create a rise in health care costs and an increase in crime.”We’re seeing fewer smokers in Maine, we’re starting to see obesity rates go down in children because of our 5210 program all these things will go away, will be dramatically decreased if the Healthy Maine Partnership does not survive,” said Vyvyenne Ritchie, Director of Healthy Waldo.The Waldo Leadership Circle is a group of local stakeholders who represent 35 different service organizations.