Eight Maine airports are receiving a more than 2-million dollar federal boost, according to Senators Snowe and Collins Wednesday.770-thousand dollars in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration will go to Hancock County-Bar Harbor airport to update a runway safety area.Nearly 570-thousand will go to Knox County Regional Airport to help pay for a new terminal building.The rest of the funding will go to airports in Millinocket, Pittsfield, Wiscasset, Princeton and northern Maine, for various safety and upgrade measures.
An Eddington man who police say ran a home daycare and downloaded child pornography on his computer was indicted by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.39-year old Walter Ramsdell III is charged with possessing sexually explicity material.State Police arrested Ramsdell earlier this month at his home on Main Street, where he and his wife run the “Care-A-Lot” Daycare Center.Investigators with the state’s Computer Crimes Unit say they uncovered Ramsdell’s computer activities while monitoring a network where child pornography is shared.Ramsdell is free on bail.
Fans of the Twilight saga packed the Bangor Mall Cinema 10 for the opening of Eclipse, the third movie in the series.There were an estimated 1,200 tickets sold, including four sold out midnight shows and 4 sold out 2:45am shows.several local businesses were providing services at the theater, including A Total Look day spa doing vampire makeovers and Hot Topic selling Twilight gear.Deb Belisle, director of operations for the Cinema, says this is the biggest event the theater has ever seen.
A former Maine prosecutor accused of downloading child pornography on his home computer has waived his right to a jury trial.James Cameron, Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, asked for testimony to be heard by a judge instead of a jury.The trial in federal court will begin in August.The 48-year-old Cameron of Hallowell remains free on $75,000 unsecured bail.
First Lady Karen Baldacci was the guest of honor at a luncheon to promote local foods and raise some money for a local non-profit.The Winterberry Heights Assisted Living Facility in Bangor hosted the event.The lunch highlighted local foods and featured courses featuring Maine products.Folks on hand enjoyed everything from fresh Maine salmon to strawberries.Mrs.
Maine’s budget for the next fiscal year faces a hole of 85 to 100 million dollars because of congressional refusal to authorize billions of dollars in extended stimulus aid.The budget for fiscal 2011, which starts July 1st, assumes the state will receive another 85 million dollars in stimulus money.
The owner of an Ellsworth gymnastics center has received a national award.Doug Springer, owner of Springers Gymnastics Center was recognized for excellent small business practices by the National Association for the Self Employed.He was given a $4000 grant by the organization last year, to help grow the boys program at the gym.Springer was so successful with that, male enrollment increased 10%.The association was so impressed they presented him with this award, which comes with a $20,000 check.