Paul Ferguson’s inauguration ceremony for University of Maine president will be held this week, capping a weeklong series of events marking the occasion.Ferguson is to be inaugurated Thursday morning at the Orono campus.Events leading up to the ceremony included student research exhibits, oral presentations and performances, a performance by UMaine’s 38-member Symphonic Band in Portland, a showcase of graduate student research, and a keynote address by historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.The UMaine system’s board of trustees last year approved Ferguson’s appointment as 19th president of the flagship campus.
State officials say a new Maine law will give more protection to Mainer consumers who use pre-paid contracts for home heating oil.Governor Paul LePage says the new law requires oil dealers to register with the commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation by June 30 each year if they intend to offer pre-paid contracts for the following season.
A crash involving two vehicles transporting prisoners has led to a lawsuit by a Maine State Prison inmate.The lawsuit by Clifford Perkins claims the driver was operating the vehicle negligently and unskillfully when the crash occurred, causing injuries to Perkins.The crash occurred on April 22, 2010, in Thomaston.Perkins originally was sentenced for burglary and other offenses.
The Waterfront Concerts announced another show for the Bangor Waterfront this summer.Wednesday August 22nd, Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford will play along the Penobscot.It’s part of a several month long, North American Tour, called the ” Rock of Ages Tour”.Ticket costs start at 41.75 and will go on sale Friday Morning at 10am at Mark’s Music in Brewer, through waterfrontconcerts.com, or through Ticketmaster and pay by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
A Boothbay man who was reported missing Sunday morning has been located safe and soundOfficials 91-year-old Robert Guillard had gone for a walk on his forty acre property Sunday morning, several hours later he had not returned and his wife notified authorities.He was found behind his home off from the River Road.
Bright colors were being created at the Maine Discovery Museum Sunday.Kids could create rainbow mobiles.Organizers say it’s a chance to teach the children about colors and what happens when they mix.It also shows them how a mobile works.” It’s great because they’re not only having fun, but they’re learning at the same time,” said Weekend Visitors Service Manager, Janice Casper.Usually the museum is closed on Mondays, but since it is the start of april vacation they’ll be open from ten to five.
Governor LePage and Maine’s Republican majority legislature are leaving their mark on the 2012 election year session, which is completing the bulk of its business for the year.Eligibility changes to MaineCare will remove thousands from the rolls, and collective bargaining rights are being cut back.Republicans, hoping to protect their House and Senate majorities in the coming elections, passed portions of the governor’s education-reform bills, over-hauled State Housing Authority oversight and pushed a bill that addresses unemployment cheating, but also rolls back benefits.In other areas, the legislature okayed a study into an east-west toll highway, plugged loopholes in scrap metal theft and child sex solicitation laws and continued snipping regulatory red tape.
Governor LePage has used his line-item veto power to excise two portions on the Maine budget balancing bill that was sent to his desk late last week.This is seldom used, but Governor LePage hopes it changes the roughly $40-million supplemental budget.He does not think cuts the legislature authorized for general assistance, the all-purpose welfare program run by cities and towns were deep enough.LePage also vetoed the portion of the budget that authorizes Medicaid funding to house people involuntarily in secure public institutions, such as the state mental hospital.The Maine Constitution says a majority of all the elected members in each house is sufficient to override the line-item veto.
A 51-year-old kayaker who was reported missing near Saco Bay in southern Maine has died.A Maine Marine Patrol aircraft found the man’s kayak upright and empty about 150 feet off Higgins Beach.A Coast Guard rescue helicopter located him, but he was unresponsive.Officials say he was wearing a lifejacket and wetsuit.He was transferred by Coast Guard boat crews to Maine Medical Center.
Fire crews will remain on Lasalle Island, off Rockport until dark Sunday evening, trying to put out a wildfire.The fire was called in Saturday night and has burned nearly 3 acres of mature softwood, several structures were threatened.Helicopters were doing bucket drops for much of the afternoon Sunday.Officials say they will return to the site at 6 am Monday.
Maine Forest Rangers and firefighters are still on scene at a wildfire in Medway.Officials say the fire has burned 32 acres of grass, brush and timber in a remote area off I-95.It’s just one of many reported across the state this weekend.They say because of gusty winds and low relative humidity the fire spread quickly Saturday.They spent much of Sunday mopping up hot spots.Investigators believe the fire started by some sort of human element.
A local church opened its doors for the community Saturday.The Hammond Street Congregational Church held a marketplace for local vendors and crafters, along with some from out of state.Folks could find a little bit of everything,pottery, jewelry and wickless candles.Church members say they like to expand beyond their doors.” Hammond Street Congregational Church is really an inner city church.