The Bangor YMCA runs a program that helps those who suffer from heart or lung disease get back on a healthy track.The program just received a $10,000 booster shot from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.People in the rehab program are referred by doctors.
Long term care facilities and home health agencies are now better prepared if disaster strikes.For 7 months, emergency planners have been taking part in a federally funded preparedness and emergency response program.Tuesday was a celebration of the program’s success.Many of the healthcare facilities deal with people who can’t help themselves, so having an efficient evacuation plan is top priority.Maine Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Major General Bill Libby was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s event.
Portland Police are asking for help finding who threw a chemical bomb in a park where Occupy Maine protesters are camping out.Police were called to the park around four Sunday morning for a report of an explosion.They say they found evidence of a chemical bomb.Witnesses say they saw a small silver sedan driving by the park as they heard what sounded like a bottle or can landing.A short time later the device exploded in a tent where supplies were stored.No one was hurt.Anyone with information is asked to call 874-8533.
Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream is buying a Maryland company with a similar name, and similar game.Giffordâ€™s Ice Cream and Candy of Maryland was founded in 1938 and sells its sweets throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and Washington, D.C.Giffordâ€™s of Skowhegan has been making ice cream since 1983, but has been in the dairy business for a century.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The cost of heating your home is on the rise, with prices shooting up by an average of six cents a gallon last week.And now a local organization wants to make sure Mainers can afford to stay warm this winter.United Way of Eastern Maine is raising money for emergency fuel funding.They’ll be selling little blue houses at participating Dysarts and Foster’s On the Run locations around the state.They’re hoping to offset federal cuts to funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.Lower income guidelines, this year, have disqualified families who have come to rely on it.”We have had a number of calls from people that have got their denials and are very concerned.
A fire that destroyed a Freeport business has been ruled an arson.21-year-old Christopher Veysey has been arrested.Police say he’s a transient originally from Hartland.The fire destroyed a building housing Bob Mile’s Plumbing & Heating on Route 1.Veysey was arrested by a fire investigator around nine Tuesday morning as he was boarding a bus in Portland bound for South Carolina.Police say he broke into nine vehicles in the parking lot of the Freeport business and set fire to four of them.The fires spread to the building.Police say he’s a suspect in break-ins Monday in Guilford.
A messy crash involving a pick-up and a tractor-trailer in Auburn Tuesday.Police say an 85-year-old man was driving along Turner Street when he drifted over the center line by Saint Philip’s Church and crashed head-on into a big rig that was hauling demolition debris.The truck hit another vehicle then crashed into a house.The elderly man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.The homeowner said she just left the house to walk to her mother’s house when she heard the crash and saw smoke.She says her kitchen is destroyed and the foundation is damaged.
Maine’s largest state workers’ union has filed a complaint with the Maine Labor Relations Board accusing the state negotiators of violating the law as the two sides tried to reach an agreement on new contract.The complaint filed Monday by the Maine State Employees Association says the state abandoned negotiations at a important time, tried to skip the bargaining process by seeking legislation and proposed concessions that were not proposed for other unions.Adrienne Bennett, a spokesperson for Governor Paul LePage, told the Portland Press Herald that the complaint follows a pattern that started last week with another aimless accusation about the state hiring subcontractors.A union representative says talks are continuing between the two sides after they agreed to go to mediation in August.