It’s day two on the job for Governor Paul LePage.Today, the governor is expected to announce his choices for three commission seats- the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Marine Resources, and the Department of Economic and Community Development.Thursday, Maine’s 74th governor got right to work, with a breakfast meeting, then the swearing in of three new state officials.He issued the oath of office to Secretary of State Charles Summers, Attorney General Bill Schneider, and Treasurer Bruce Poliquin.In one of his first official acts, Governor LePage issued an order allowing officials in state agencies to question people with whom they come into contact about their immigration status.The executive order rescinds one that had been issued by John Baldacci.The governor also extended a hiring freeze through the end of the year.
Democratic candidate for Governor Rosa Scarcelli, her husband Thom Rhoades, and political consultant Dennis Bailey were behind a website designed to put down independent candidate Eliot Cutler, that’s what Cutler’s attorney is saying.Bailey has admitted to being involved in the website called “The Cutler Files”.Scarcelli and Rhoades have not.Cutler’s attorney says Maine’s campaign oversight panel should interview Bailey, Scarcelli and Rhoades to see who owned the Cutler Files website and how much money was spent on it.
Last year attendance at Maine parks and historic sites was the highest it’s been in twenty-one years.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Land says 2.6 million people visited the parks and sites, which is a jump of nearly 11 percent from the previous year.Out of Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites the most popular was Reid State Park in Georgetown with more than 181-thousand visitors, followed by Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg.
A pound of coffee for a pint of blood.That’s the deal all month at the American Red Cross donor center in Bangor.Blood donors get a coupon for free Dunkin Donuts coffee.It’s the fourth year for the give a pint, get a pound partnership.Lisa Frazell of the Red Cross says winter is when blood is needed most.
Tax season is here and so is free tax help in the Bangor area.AARP is training about forty volunteers to help local families with their tax returns.It’s a week long program to certify them to do state and federal taxes.They will provide free help for low to middle income taxpayers.Volunteers will be working at twenty sites in the greater Bangor area.To find a location closest to you, dial 211 for the social services hotline.
Congressman Mike Michaud has been named as co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus.Michaud met yesterday with the French ambassador and says he’s honored to help lead the group.Its mission is to engage in dialogue and to foster good relations with French officials.
If you’re driving on this stretch of Route 2, you may notice a new message asking for your help.”We want them to have the number and to call and to express their views that they’re concerned about the condition of this road,” said Town Manager, Tom Richmond.It’s Carmel’s latest effort to convince the state to make some major road repairs.However, Richmond doesn’t believe it will be granted any time soon.
A fire broke out at a business in bangor Thursday afternoon.Fire crews were sent to Bangor Armor Liners, a truck bed lining company, around 3:30 P.M..Fire officials say they were initially concerned with the possibility of hazardous materials, but the fire was contained to an office area and was knocked down quickly so the hazardous threat didn’t materialize.There was only one worker in the business at the time of the fire.He says he noticed fire coming down the side of the furnace and left the building.The fire marshal’s office will investigate.
The Maine Children’s Alliance presented the 2011 School Readiness Report in Augusta Thursday.The findings showed both significant gains and losses.Several organizations specializing in early childhood issues set up booths along the Hall of Flags for Infant Toddler Awareness Day.State Representative Seth Berry says the first five years of life are the most critical for any child’s future development.”Early childhood is where it’s at, if we don’t get to them prenatally, early in society then we’re missing the boat,” he said.Judy Reidt-Parker with the Maine Children’s Alliance is the lead staff person for the project.The report shows 87 percent of women who are pregnant in Maine have access to prenatal care in the first trimester, that’s better than the national average, which is 76 percent.But the study also showed Maine had a high rate of children growing up in poverty.
Jury selection will pick up again tomorrow in Belfast for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on Halloween, two years ago.The process to seat a jury in the trial of 57-year-old Randall Hofland began today.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop in October of 2008That incident triggered a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Authorities say he held a number of students hostage before he surrendered.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts.
A business in Ellsworth had to close for a short time Thursday after a fuel spill.The owner of Complete Tire Service, Peter Bedard, says about 200 gallons of fuel was dumped after a fuel tank ruptured.They had to close their business for a few hours and were able to get in touch with all their customers to reschedule.Bedard says they called the fire department as soon as they noticed the spill.”They arrived shortly after and was able to contain it so it didn’t go into the drain or outside.”Bedard says they were able to save about 180 gallons of fuel that can still be used.
Old Town Police arrested a Connecticut man Wednesday night wanted in that state on felony warrants, including kidnapping and robbery.Authorities received word that 28-year-old Rudy John might be at a residence on Main Street in Old Town.Just before 9:30 Wednesday night, officers surrounded the residence and attempted to make contact with the people inside by phone, but all the numbers they had were disconnected.John eventually came out and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.Authorities in Connecticut are making arrangements to bring him back to face the charges against him there.