The Spending Revolt Coalition rolled into town today with a message – stop reckless government spending.The group partnered with the Maine Chapter of Americans for Prosperity for a town hall meeting at Paul Bunyan Park in Bangor.The Spending Revolt National bus tour has traveled to twenty five states in the country to educate voters about federal spending.Trevor Bragdon the Director of Americans for Prosperity says it’s important that voters are informed about this issue.”Right now the government spends 12,000 dollars each and every second and in the time it takes the average american to take a shower, those ten minutes the federal government spends 67 million dollars, we wanna highlight that and engage our citizens so that they know when they go to the polls this November that they need to vote for people who are gonna restrain government spending,” he said.The coalition says the national debt is over 13 trillion dollars.The bus also made stops in Augusta and Portland.
Folks had the chance to tour a green building construction training program at the United Technolgy Center in Bangor Tuesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the project will help put a lot of Mainers in new homes.The Pathways Project is a green construction skills training program involving many partners.Participants learn hands-on skills to build energy efficient homes.Beverly and Dana Sands will be the recipients of the first home.” We’re quite happy.
WZON Sports Radio is changing its format.Sports Talk WZON AM 6-20 will become a news-talk-sports format.Zone will continue to cover games for local high schools, Husson University and professional teams.The change will allow greater exposure for their FM station, 103.1 The Pulse and let them focus on more local games.General Manager of the Zone Corporation, Bobby Russell says they see this as a positive move.” So we’re taking the best of that and the best of what worked on WZON am, which is Dale and Clem and the ball games.
A community drive called Winter Wear would like your help getting winter wear to folks in Hancock and Washington Counties.Winter Wear is a collaboration of several non-profit groups.Last year more than 650 coats were given away through the program.Besides coats, they’re looking for hats, mittens and snowpants.To help out call Susan Farley at 664-2424, extension 4450.Below is a list of all the drop off sites.Washington County Collection Locations: Centre Street Church -MachiasWashington County Courthouse- MachiasUniversity of Maine Machias -MachiasWashington Hancock Community Agency Office-MilbridgeThe Maine Sea Coast Mission-CherryfieldEBS-Cherryfield and MachiasCalais Police Department- CalaisCalais City Building -CalaisCalais Elementary School -CalaisCalais High School-CalaisWashington County Community College -CalaisCalais Shop and Save- CalaisCalais Regional Hospital-CalaisBayside Market- MilbridgeFour Corners Shop and Save -ColumbiaUnion Trust Bank-MilbridgeNapa Auto Parts- Milbridge Washington County Distribution Locations :Centre Street Church-MachiasWashington Hancock Community Agency Office-MilbridgeThe Maine Sea Coast Mission-CherryfieldWhiting Community Food Pantry-WhitingCalais Elementary School- Calais Nov.
The state has agreed to buy more than 200-miles of track in northern Maine from the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.It’s a 20-million dollar deal.The funding includes bond money approved by Maine voters, state reserve accounts, balances from canceled projects, and a major shipper on the line is chipping in too.On top of that, the state just received 10-and-a-half million dollars in federal funding for track improvements.Last winter the railway said it would abandon the tracks because of millions of dollars in losses.
Folks running for Bangor School Committee will face off at a candidates forum Tuesday night.It begins at 6:30 at the Bangor Public Library.The candidates will field questions from members of the local media.The public will be able to submit questions too.The forum will be recorded and then broadcast on the Public Access Channel several times before Election Day.
A Bioscan Phase Contrast Microscope and a flat panel 19-inch monitor have been donated to the University of Maine Augusta’s Bangor-based dental health program.The diagnostic tools will help students get a closer look into patients’ mouths.”They’ll be able to use this for the rest of the time they’re in clinic to take samples of patients plaque and be able to look at it under the microscope and be able to detect evidence of disease before it actually starts,” said Joleen Lee, professor of dental hygiene.The office of Doctors Mark Eggleton and Rebekah Blanchette donated the more than $6,000 worth of equipment to the program.They’re one of the few dental offices using the technology.”The bacteria that causes disease tends to be more mobile and that’s where the microscope comes in handy,” said Dr.
There are more than 2 million books on amazon.com and right now, one written by a Maine film critic is a best seller.Christopher Smith of Bangor has been the Bangor Daily News film critic for 14 years now, and was recently named by the Maine Press Association as Best Film Critic for 2010.
There’s been yet another poll released on the race for governor.This one was conducted by the Pan Atlantic SMS Group of Portland.About 500 likely voters were polled.33% of those polled favor Republican Paul LePage for the job.28% say they’re for Democrat Libby Mitchell.Independent Eliot Cutler received 14% support, 5 % went to Independent Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott cam in with less than 1%.
A woman from Lincoln is facing charges in connection with a stolen debit card used at 5 different locations in Bangor and Lincoln.Police say 23-year old Gabrielle Dawson was summonsed Monday night for misuse of identification and forgery.State Police say tips from the public helped identify Dawson.
New campaign spending reports show Democratic congressional incumbents in Maine to be far ahead in fundraising.Reports covering campaign finances through the end of September show that Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud with more than twice as much money raised as their Republican challengers in Maine’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts.Reports to the Federal Election Commission show Pingree with nearly $947,000 in contributions, compared to $350,000 for challenger Dean Scontras.In the 2nd district, Michaud reports $923,000, compared to Jason Levesque’s $409,000.The Democratic candidates also report much larger cash reserves for the remainder of the campaign.
The president of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor says he is retiring at the end of the academic year.67-year-old David Hales, who came to the college in 2006, made the announcement on Monday.Under his watch, College of the Atlantic became the nation’s first “net-zero” campus for carbon emissions.College officials say they expect to have a new president on board by the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year.
A gubernatorial debate was held at the University of Southern Maine Monday night.The debate, sponsored by Portland television station WMTW, saw the five candidates answer questions and have a spirited back and forth about their differences of opinion.All of the candidates spoke about the issues that they believe are most important to the state — including jobs and the economy, welfare reform, the size and cost of state government, as well as health care and energy costs.The three Independents also tried to differentiate themselves from the Democrat and Republican front runners.Some of those in the crowd who were undecided voters said the opportunity to witness the debate first hand helped them make up their mind.
At a town meeting in Newburgh Monday night, selectmen appointed Susan Lessard as the towns new deputy treasurer.Lessard takes over for the former deputy treasurer, Cindy Dunton, who allegedly admitted stealing almost $200,000 from the town over a four year period.Lesard is currently Hampden’s town manager, and will take on the part time position of deputy treasurer in addition to the town manager duties.Officials say that Dunton’s job was a combination of two positions, and the selectmen are still reviewing applications to fill the other opening.