Governor LePage says the editors of Forbes magazine told him the state will continue to have poor showings in its rankings for best states for business until it adresses “structural problems” and the governor felt that meant high energy and welfare costs.Maine ranked 50th on the list.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that destroyed a house and a barn in Litchfield.The fire chief says crews were called to the property on Plains Road shortly after 5:30 this morning.He says the fire “got a big jump” on them and both buildings were up in flames when crews got on scene.A horse that was inside the barn was able to get out.The buildings were burned to the ground.
The attorney general’s office is deciding if any charges will be filed against a 13-year-old boy after three pipe bombs were found in a home in Monson last week.Fire investigators, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, and a state police bomb team helped recover the homemade devices.They say the teenager was experimenting with explosives, but no evidence was found to indicate that he planned to use the bombs on any target.
Kwanzaa begins Monday the 26th, to prepare for it the 7th annual Kwanzaa presentation will be held this Sunday night, the 18th.It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street in Bangor.It’s being organized by the Maine Human Rights Coalition.They’ll talk about the seven Kwanzaa principles and the history of the celebration.There will be food served.
LET’S BEGIN THIS WAY.ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, IN DENVER, I HOPE TIM TEBOW SPENDS MOST OF THE AFTERNOON ON HIS BACKSIDE.NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING HE STANDS FOR OR SAYS BUT FOR THE FACT THAT HE IS THE DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK AND HE IS PLAYING MY TEAM THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.THAT SAID, LET’S GET TO ALL THIS “TEBOWING” THAT IS GOING AROUND.FRANKLY I JUST DON’T GET IT.TEBOW IS WIDELY MOCKED FOR WEARING HIS RELIGION ON HIS SLEEVE AND FOR PRAYING ON ONE KNEE BEFORE OR DURING GAMES.FOOTBALL ITSELF IS A RELIGION TO SOME.BUT THANKS TO TEBOW THE COMBINATION OF FAITH AND FOOTBALL HAVE BECOME A TOPIC ON TALK SHOWS, NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION INTERVIEWS.TEBOW’S OUTWARD DISPLAY OF HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH IS COUPLED WITH AN UNORTHODOX PRO PLAYING STYLE.THIS COMBINATION HAS, STRANGELY, MADE HIM A POLARIZING PLAYER IN A GAME WATCHED BY MILLIONS EACH SUNDAY.ON THIS SUNDAY, AT 4:15, THE TEBOW-LED DENVER SQUAD WILL TANGLE WITH THE PATRIOTS ON THEIR HOME FIELD…A STADIUM NEW ENGLAND HAS NEVER PLAYED WELL IN.I DON’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOME DIVINE POWER IS GOING TO DECIDE THE GAME.FOOTBALL OUTCOMES ARE DECIDED BY BLOCKING AND TACKING AND SOME BIG PLAYS.BUT I AM AMAZED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE PUT THIS YOUNG QUARTERBACK ON THEIR “HATE” LIST BECAUSE HE PROFESSES HIS RELIGION OPENLY.ITS NOT LIKE WE ARE STRANGERS TO RELIGION AND SPORTS BEING INTERWOVEN.THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME.ATHLETES IN ACTION IS ANOTHER WELL-KNOWN AND POPULAR ORGANIZATION THAT COMBINES RELIGION AND SPORTS.MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE THAT GOD HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS IN N-F-L GAMES OR WATCH THE SCOREBOARD.MY POINT IS THAT THIS HOOPLA OVER “TEBOWING” IGNORES THAT FACT THAT IT IS NOT NOVEL AT ALL.EVERY NASCAR RACE BEGINS WITH A PUBLIC PRAYER BEFORE THE CALL OF “GENTLEMAN START YOUR ENGINES.”IN THE END THE GAME SUNDAY WILL COME DOWN TO WHETHER OR NOT EACH TEAM, IN A COMPLICATED STRATEGY, EXECUTES CORRECTLY.TO SINGLE TEBOW OUT FOR HIS “VISIBLE” RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SEEMS SHALLOW TO ME.HOW MANY TIMES HAVE RED SOX FANS STOOD AND CHEERED AT BIG PAPI CROSSES HOME PLATE AND RAISES HIS ARM TOWARD HEAVEN?DO WE CRITICIZE PROFESSIONAL BOXERS WHEN THEY DROP TO ONE KNEE BEFORE A FIGHT AND MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS?TEBOW OWES HIS SUCCESS ON THE FIELD TO A VARIETY OF REASONS.THE BRONCOS HAVE WON SIX STRAIGHT AFTER A POOR START DUE IN LARGE PART TO HIS ON-FIELD LEADERSHIP.BUT THIS IS NOTHING NEW FOR TEBOW.WHEN HE WAS A PLAYER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HE DREW A TON OF ATTENTION EVERYTIME HE PLAYED.
An organization in Bangor is getting a lot of help with its goal of making sure 2,000 children get Christmas gifts this year.One group lending a hand to Hands of Hope is the Bangor Area Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
A nurse who works in Pittsfield will soon report for duty in Afghanistan.Friday, her colleagues came together to send her off.Bea Russell is a nurse in the Emergency Department of Sebasticook Valley Hospital.She’s also a Navy Reservist from Ripley who found out she was on the list for deployment a couple of months ago.”Mentally it’s been really challenging especially trying to get everybody ready you want to make everything simple as possible for everybody at home while you’re gone for the year,” she said.Co-workers held a party complete with cake to bid her farewell and safe keeping.CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane is a veteran of Desert Storm who says this gesture is a small token of their appreciation.”It wasn’t a pleasant time in a lot of ways but what made it acceptable was where I worked was very caring and made sure that they celebrated my leaving,” Alexander-Lane said.Russell leaves the day after Christmas.
A Lewiston company plans to add up to fifty jobs in Pittsfield.Argo Marketing Group is moving into the former GCS call center in Somerset Plaza.The plan is to immediately hire twenty customer care agents and another thirty within two months.Owner Jason Levesque says they’re already accepting applications.”We’re looking for someone with a cheerful disposition, we want people to be happy here, that’s why we’re remodeling the entire facility now, we want them to love their job, love their consumers, love their customers and be part of the Argo family this isn’t a job, it’s a career,” he said.For more information, visit argomartketinggroup.com.The Pittsfield facility is scheduled to open January 2nd.