A state police safety board has determined that a Maine state trooper could have prevented a crash that sent him to the hospital with minor injuries and caused $10,000 in damages to his cruiser.The board determined that Trooper Jedediah Malcore didn’t take appropriate evasive action when his cruiser just missed hitting two vehicles, veered off the road and rolled over on Aug.
Dozens of ideas have been submitted to Augusta by taxpayers as suggestions of how to save the state money.The suggestions are going through a website set up by a task force who has to find 25 million dollars worth of savings in the general fund to balance next years budget.The task force will give their recommendations to the Appropriations Committee by December 15th.You can still submit your proposal by visiting their website.
Multiple crews responded to a fire call in Plymouth Wednesday morning.Six different towns responded to the scene of a fully involved mobile home fire a little after 1:00 A.M..The initial call said there was smoke showing from the home on the Green Road.When fire fighters arrived it was fully engulfed in flames.According to neighbors, the family made it out of the home safely.Crews from the Plymouth Fire Department were still on the scene as of 4:00 A.M.No cause has been determined yet, but the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
A new survey shows Mainers are feeling worse about the economy now than last spring, and about a third of those polled think it’ll improve in the next year.Critical Insights of Portland interviewed 600 people across the state by phone between last Tuesday and Saturday.A tenth of those responding said the economy is doing better than it was 12 months earlier.
Maine taxpayers are making their feelings known about how the state can save money as they submit their ideas to a government website.Among the more popular ideas are requiring drug tests for all welfare recipients, increasing taxes for everybody making over $250,000, limiting the time to file disability claims and cracking down on Medicaid cheats.Those and dozens of other ideas have been submitted by the public to the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force, which is in the process of finding $25 million in general fund savings to balance the next fiscal year’s state budget.The task force must report its recommendations to the Appropriations Committee by Dec.
Business was booming at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony Wednesday night.Recognition was given out to companies and individuals from across the state who have continued to thrive, despite the poor economy.John Ratzenberger was the keynote speaker, a name you might remember from his days as Cliff Clavin on the hit TV series “Cheers.”The Maine State Chamber joined Ratzenberger’s campaign to help create ten million new skilled jobs by 2020.
The billions of dollars needed for the President’s proposed jobs bill add up to nothing more than an old adage for Governor LePage.”If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” said the Governor.He says the bill would create nothing more than government handouts.”It’s not a jobs bill.
A construction worker became trapped under pavement and rubble Wednesday afternoon on Limerock Street in Rockland.Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan says the worker, whose name isn’t being released, was standing next to the trench where a sewer pipe is going when the ground let go.He says by the time crews arrived, the man was freed from the debris.Jordan says his injuries are non-life threatening.
Augusta officials are not happy the city’s library was being used in pro-racino campaign literature.Lithgow Public Library Director Elizabeth Pohl says a patron brought the “Yes on 2” brochure to her attention Friday.Pohl says the “Yes on 2” campaign did not check with the library first or city officials before using the picture.Pohl says the photo was taken when the library was closed.
There will be some trash talk in Milo Thursday night.A representative from Casella Waste Management will provide information on single stream recycling and pay as you throw trash disposal for folks in Milo and Brownville.The meeting is set for Thursday, October 26 at six at Milo Town Hall.
A Skowhegan based ice cream company has announced they’re buying a Maryland based ice cream company and they won’t be spending a lot on new stationary.Gifford’s Ice Cream of Maine is buying Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy based out of Silver Spring Maryland.Despite the fact that the owners of both companies are named John Gifford (Gifford’s of Maine is also co-owned by Roger Gifford) and they offer similar product lines the two companies have never been linked until now.Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, Vice President of Sales at Gifford’s in Skowhegan says they’re excited to be expanding their business and they’re hopeful it can help generate more jobs.
The backpack program kicked-off in RSU 64, which includes Kenduskeag, Stetson, Bradford, Hudson and Corinth.”Right now we’re starting it out kindergarten through second grade and then we hope to expand it to third through fifth grade later on in the year, once we know this is sustainable.”It’s to make sure children have food over the weekend, providing them with 3 meals per day.There are 16 students signed up.”We know there are many families, for many different reason, the economy or mom and dad have been laid off, are not getting the proper nutrition over the weekend.”The hope is they’ll return to school Monday fueled by food, ready to learn.”Research shows they’re not ready to learn if they’re not getting the proper nutrition over the weekend, until Tuesday or Wednesday.”the program is run from the Safeplace Food Pantry in Corinth.Manager, Bud Drew says he wanted to get this program rolling after seeing hungry children in the area.”We look at children between six and eight.
This week is National Pro Bono week and Maine’s Chief Justice announced a new way to recognize attorneys who provide free legal services to those in need.Wednesday in Augusta Chief Justice Leigh Saufley announced the creation of the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program.The counsel is made up of 9 Maine attorneys and is designed to recognize lawyers who help low-income clients for free.