Union leaders and workers gathered at the State House to oppose several bills before lawmakers that they say are hurting folks who are struggling.The group stood on the steps of the Hall of Flags and asked lawmakers to imagine walking in their shoes before voting on the bills.Union officials say the bills in question would weaken worker’s compensation and make it harder to collect unemployment.
A Maine environmental advocacy group is urging legislators to not weaken the powers of a regulatory agency that oversees the state’s vast Unorganized Territory.Environment Maine on Thursday delivered 17,000 letters, postcards, petitions and emails from Maine residents to the State House in opposition to proposed legislation it says would weaken the scope and power of the Land Use Regulation Commission.
A former Presque Isle woman has given Northern Maine Community College a $5-million dollar gift.Mary Barton Akeley Smith now lives in California.Her donation will proved most of the $6-million dollars needed to renovate two buildings on the Presque Isle Campus.School officials say what’s now the dining commons will be transformed into a fitness center, and the college gymnasium will be turned into a student center.Last year Smith gave the college $1.2-million dollars to advance its alternative energy program.
Crews from four departments responded to a fire at a home in Benton Thursday afternoon.Just before 3:00 a passerby called the fire department after noticing fire and smoke at the house on the Gogan road.Fire crews said the house was fully involved when they arrived.
Maine’s Chief Justice Leigh Saufley was led into the house chamber by governor LePage to deliver her State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers.Saufley touched on topics including improved courthouse safety, streamlining administrative services to the public, and live streaming the appeals courts’ oral arguments on the web.
Even in the dead of winter, when the ground is frozen over, there’s a place in Corinth that is still trying to grow.Corinth Wood Pellets is a business that combines one of Maine’s necessities with its resources.”We have huge thermal energy needs, this region has an abundance of solid bio fuel,” said George Soffron, the company’s CEO.The company is one of four in the state producing wood pellets to use as an alternative to oil for heating.Over the last three years, their efforts have garnered support from the federal government, but in order to expand they say they’ll need more.”We feel as though solid bio fuels or solid fuels are disadvantaged in the way the USDA views renewable energy fuels.
The driver in a head-on collision in Frankfort last year that caused another driver to lose part of her hand will be sentenced next month.William Hinkle Jr., 35, of Frankfort pleaded guilty this week to operating under the influence and aggravated driving to endanger.
Lisa Trimper, wellness coach at Eastern Maine Medical Center talks about an upcoming event “Swim For Your Heart.”Swim for Your Heart Tuesday, February 14thJoin Eastern Maine Medical Center and the American Heart Association for free swim events to promote a heart healthy lifestyle!
The movie “The Road Back” will be hitting the big screen soon and like any good film, it needs a poster.”The Road Back” is a film about teen depression and anxiety.It stars and was written by local high school kids with the guidance of the non-profit group “Project Aware” and Acadia Hospital, which serves as executive producer.NESCOM students have been designing movie posters for the film.Thursday, people involved in the film chose NESCOM Junior, Kiera Plante, as the design winner.It was written by local high school kids with the guidance of the non-profit group “project aware” and acadia hospital, which serves as executive producer.We’ll be telling you a lot more about this project in the coming weeks.A website will soon be launched and you’ll meet some of the young people involved in the film.
The Department of Homeland Security has awarded over $270,000 dollars to the Fayette Fire Department.The money will come from a Federal Grant known as the FIRE Act.The money will help the Fire Department buy equipment, such as tanker trucks and rescue vehicles.Senator Susan Collins says the funding is invaluable to fire departments throughout the nation and here in Maine.
A teenager in Vassalboro says she hid in a closet while a man attempted to burglarize her home.23-year-old Andrew Prior was arrested Tuesday after police say he tore a window out from the home and went inside looking for items.When Prior opened the closet door he saw the 16-year-old girl sitting inside.Police say Prior ran away and into a getaway car.Prior and his accomplice, 22-year-old Gypsy Carron, are being charged with burglary and criminal mischief.Police are looking into whether or not the two are responsible for any other burglaries in the area.
Police are investigating a deadly crash in Albion.It happened around 5:30 pm Wednesday afternoon.55-year-old Earl Van Norman of Palermo was driving his truck on Drake Hill Road.Police say he lost control of the truck, crossed the center line, left the roadway, and rolled over before crashing into a utility pole.Authorities tell us Van Norman was not wearing a seatbelt.He was pronounced dead on scene.The Kennebec County Sheriff says the initial investigation indicates speed and alcohol were factors.