The 70th annual Agricultural Trades Show kicks off in Augusta on Tuesday, January 11th.More than five thousand people are expected to attend the week long event.It’s hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture and is free to get in.Organizers say dozens of lectures, demonstrations, and meetings will be featured, along with more than 100 exhibits featuring the newest in agricultural products, equipment and services.
It is being called a planned assassination attempt.Saturday morning’s shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has sent shockwaves across the nation.Fellow congresswoman Chellie Pingree spoke out on Sunday about the Arizona shootings, as did Congressman Mike Michaud, and Senators Snowe and Collins.Pingree and representative Giffords served on the armed services committee together.Pingree says incidents like this are a reminder of the risks of being an elected official.
Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has released a new map that focuses on the state’s public reserved lands.The map, “Your Maine Lands: recreational map and guide to public reserved lands,” is a comprehensive guide to the hundreds of thousands of acres of public reserved lands across the state.Public reserved lands are remote, and unstaffed, state-owned lands that are managed for a number of purposes, including recreation, wildlife, and timber harvesting.
A broken water main resulted in the loss of water pressure for Bangor residents Sunday night.The water main on Garland Street broke before 8pm Sunday, temporarily closing down State Street from Cascade Park to the Hogan Road.Crews were able to fix the break, and had water restored by ten o’clock that night.
The Maine State Housing Authority says 184 new affordable-rental apartments will be built in six Maine cities.The authority approved allocation of nearly 30-million in federal low income housing tax credits to finance construction of the privately owned apartments.The housing developments slated for funding include senior units in Ellsworth and Biddeford and family units in Lewiston, Berwick, Freeport and Portland.(AP)
Efforts to repeal and legally challenge the heath care reforms enacted last year by Congress are causing a stir from both sides in Maine.Nine groups advocating for seniors, labor, women and other causes are planning to rally Monday in the State House to urge Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General William Schneider to support the Affordable Care Act.Schneider has expressed interest in Maine joining a multistate lawsuit against the health care law.The conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center and Americans for Prosperity-Maine plan to rally to urge Schneider to add Maine to the lawsuit.(AP)
A Central Maine police department is holding a police academy, but it’s not just for men and women in blue.The Auburn Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy is open to members of the community.Beginning in February, the ten week program will provide citizens information on topics such as police patrols, use of force, drunken driving enforcement and much more.Participants aren’t trained as police officers, just given an overview of how police operate in the department’s ongoing efforts to enhance the public’s understanding of the role and function of the police department.Police say they will conduct a background check on applicants and that people with felony convictions or extensive criminal backgrounds won’t be accepted.(AP)
Newport has talent and it was on display for everyone Saturday.The Newport Cultural Center hosted the talent show.Folks from surrounding areas could take part too.Those in attendance were treated to singing and dancing from all sorts of genres of music.Former district music educator, Bruce Brown found all the performers.” We think it’s important to not only showcase local talent but also to give people something they can do with their family on a weekend afternoon at low cost.
Folks gathered in Dexter Saturday for the Hal Wilkins Memorial Bridge dedication.The covered bridge is only the fourth in the state.wilkin’s snowmobile was driven across it Saturday by a friend.Wilkins was a long-time member of the snowmobile club and friends say a great supporter of community and volunteerism.The bridge was made through an Eagle Scout project.” We lost Hal in 2005 and this is just a way to honor his works and to memoralize his life.”” We felt that we should have some kind of way to honor him because of all the work he put in just as basically community service just for the club and town.”Club members say they expect close to 100 snowmobiles to use the bridge a day during the busy season.
Michael Taylor sifts through debris on a cold winter day trying to pick up pieces of his home and the pieces of his life, it’s all he has left after his mobile home went up in flames.”There’s nothing, no words that can describe the feeling that you no longer have anything, you just can’t describe it,” he says.Taylor was at work when the fire broke out, when he came home he saw his home fully engulfed in flames.”You just stand there shaking your head because there’s nothing you can do about it, it is what it is.”Fire crews from Levant and Kenduskeag teamed up to battle the blaze, but there was little they could do to save it.
Thin Mints, Tag-A-Longs, Samoas…you know what i’m talking about…Girl Scout cookies!Friday night,the Sunberries Neighborhood Girl Scouts held their annual cookie rally at the Morgan Hill Event cCnter in Hermon.It was all things cookies…from Girl Scout cookie trivia to cookie stacking, but girls say the organization is about more than just their famous fundraiser.Girl Scout, Keely Gonyea, says “I think Girl Scouts, it says that girls can do something really big for our community and our world if we get together and try.”Organizers of the event say they would like the Morgan Hill Event Center for donating the space.The girls who attended tonight’s event get a head start on their cookie sales, but all girls scouts will begin selling the famous treats come Monday.
There are lots of moose in Maine, but something happened involving a moose in Gray that’s rarely seen.A bull moose at the Maine Wildlife Park was caught on tape with only one antler.The park’s director say the first antler fell off earlier this week and the second could drop any time.Moose always shed their antlers in winter, but usually that happens deep in the woods.Because this one is in captivity, we get a rare glimpse of it.
Governor LePage has extended a state hiring freeze through the end of the year.It’s one of two executive orders he issued.The other lets officials in state agencies question people they deal with about their immigration status.That order rescinds one that had been issued by John Baldacci.