The town of Hermon is changing the way it handles emergency services.At a meeting Thursday night, town councilors decided to transition to a fire-based medical service.Town Manager Clint Deschene says ambulance services will now be through the fire department, and be paid for by the town.The volunteer unit has been in place for more than forty years, but it’s a separate entity from the town and has never had a contract.Residents had a chance to weigh in on the changes at Thursday night’s meeting, and several bids from private ambulance companies were also discussed.
The largest fine ever issued by the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices will not be appealed.The Republican State Leadership Committee was hit with the $26,000 fine for late reporting of it’s spending in five state senate races last fall.Groups must file the reports within 24 hours so that publicly financed candidates can get matching funds quickly.The initial fine recommended was $41,000.
The Women Veterans Plaque “A Heritage of Service’ will be dedicated at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the state capitol.As part of the ceremony, commemorative coins will be presented to more than 150 women veterans.Fund raising for the silver commemorative coins will continue, since organizers say there has been a lot of interest in recognizing women veterans who have passed away.
A Levant pilot is okay as of Friday morning, after crashing his small plane off of the Hughy Road in Stetson Thursday night.According to rescue crews, the plane went down near a snowmobile trail around 5 o’clock.We’re told the small, two-seater plane had engine trouble, lost power and crashed.Ellery Batchelder is the pilot of the small sports plane and has 20 years of experience.We spoke with him at the scene of the crash Friday afternoon.He told us the plane had a bad vibration and then the engine quit.Batchelder says he tried to land the small aircraft but crashed near a snowmobile trail off Hughy Road.”I just brought it down to just above the stall speed and held the plane there and kept it in the open area I could find until she come to a stop,” he said.Batchelder was able to get out of the cockpit, walking away from the crash with just a bruise on his ankle.He believes one of the blades on the propeller came apart and caused the engine to vibrate so hard it threw the carborators off.The F.A.A.
A fund has been set up to help a Millinocket family who lost their home when it was engulfed in flames Thursday night.Millinocket and East Millinocket fire departments were on the scene of a house fire in Millinocket.We’re told that fire crews arrived at the home on Aroostook Ave at around 8:30p.m.It’s unclear how many people were home at the time the blaze broke out, but at least one person has been taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.Fire officials say they don’t believe the home is a complete loss, but a lot of damage has been done to the home.Crews left the scene initially a little after 2a.m.
About 130 people are losing their jobs at Bath Iron Works.The shipbuilder is winding down construction of two Arleigh-Burke class Navy destroyers and shifting focus to building a different type of destroyer, the Zumwalt class.So fewer workers are needed.In January, BIW laid off engineers and designers connected with the Arleigh-Burke project.The Shipyard employs more than 5 thousand people.
A member of a prominent logging family has withdrawn her name from consideration for Maine Labor Commissioner.Governor Lepage says Cheryl Russell told him business matters requiring her attention prevent her from serving in his cabinet.Russell worked for years as business manager for her family’s logging business, Hanington Brothers with operations in Aroostook, Washington and Penobscot Counties.She’s owner and president of Competitive Edge Consulting which is based in Lincoln and once served as Executive Director of the American Loggers Council.
The family of a Kenduskeag man who lost everything when his mobile home caught fire is hoping you can help him rebuild his life.We visited Michael Taylor at the remains of his home in January.Authorities say his mobile home caught fire on New Year’s Eve.
A young girl is making a big impact on the Bangor Humane Society.After reading a book about a young girl who raised money to support her hometown zoo, nine-year-old Grace Hills decided to follow in the main character’s footsteps and help the animals in her own community.Grace, a student at Downeast Elementary in Bangor spoke to her school’s principal about collecting donations for the Humane Society.For the past two weeks, the school has been collecting items and raising money for the organization.Stacey Coventry, a representative for the Humane Society, calls Grace an inspiration.”It just shows that you don’t have to be an adult you can be a kid in third grade, have a great idea and mobilize your whole school community.”The humane society says the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.They just had their spring meeting where they discovered they were in need of such items.
A major retailer is headed to Ellsworth.TJ Maxx is opening a store at the Maine Coast Mall.The chain plans to move in there this spring.It will be taking on thirty-thousand square feet of space at the high street location.According to Executive Director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Micki Sumpter, the store is a welcomed addition.”I think it will help the economy.
A lot of folks in our part of the nation are getting heated up over what the President plans to do to home heating help.About 65-thousand Mainers rely on Maine’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.President Obama’s proposed budget threatens its future.His plan would slice nearly the five billion dollar program in half.The state of Maine receives 56 million dollars in LIHEAP funds.
Although it may not look like it, these kids are on the front line of a major battle.”We want to keep our heart healthy,” said third grader, Maddie Meale.Together, they’re using gym class to fight heart disease, which kills more than four thousand people a year in Maine.”You really need to take care of your heart, and heart disease can kill you sometimes,” said classmate, Amelia Silva.A lesson they almost had to learn this year when the secretary at Ellsworth Elementary suffered two heart attacks.
Members of the Maine State Nursing Association were picketing in downtown Bangor Thursday.They say they are trying to get the support of the public by putting pressure on board members of Eastern Maine Medical Center.They say they want them to do whatever they can to get their contract settled.They say they have had no luck meeting with board members in group or individual settings.”So we decided that it left us with no alternative but to take out actions to the streets in front of businesses of the board members to enlist the aid of the community.”EMMC Spokeswoman Jill McDonald released this statement.”This kind of tactic is to be expected in a union contract campaign.
Governor LePage has reached out to executives of Meriturn Partners, an investment firm from California poised to buy two mills from the Katahdin Paper Company.Meriturn officials toured the mills in Millinockett and East Millinockett on Wednesday.The agreement to buy the mills has conditions attached, including arrangements to develop a biomass co-generation facility at the Millinocket mill, a new collective agreement with non-unionized employees, environmental and commercial due diligence and agreements on property taxes.The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in East Millinocket says the property tax agreement is the biggest concern for them.
High school students throughout the state were competing against each other at the University of Maine Thursday.Their mission, study a certain product and come up with the best way to sell it.High school students took part in the Junior Achievement of Maine annual Titan Challenge.”Which puts students in the driver seat to be CEOs and marketing professionals.”Six high schools were at the University of Maine in Orono.
Some Democrats say they’re concerned about the Governor’s choice to head up the Department of Education.Governor LePage has chosen former State Senator Steve Bowen, who also worked for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think tank.Bowen also taught junior high school and high school social studies for 8 years.House Minority Leader Emily Cain questioned Bowen’s experience and blasted the Maine Heritage Policy Center saying the organization is “Notorious for manipulating and misrepresenting information to support a right wing political agenda.