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.
A controlled blueberry burn got out of control in Jonesboro Saturday afternoon.The call came in from Hatch Knoll Road just before noon.Officials say the fire spread to woods adjacent to the blueberry field that was suppose to be a crop for later this summer, burning seven acres.They say the landowner had all the proper equipment and permits necessary and will not be charged.
An Orono man is dead after he lost control of his motorcycle while getting onto the interstate in Bangor.State police say at 1:09 Saturday morning, 58-year-old Delis Lane was taking the on ramp from Route 395 to I-95 northbound.Police say he drove right off the ramp, which forms a loop shape, and his motorcycle landed on the median of the highway.
The man accused of stabbing three people to death in Amity in 2010 was found guilty Friday.Thayne Ormsby, 21, was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of arson by a jury at Houlton Superior Court.It took the jury about three hours to convict Ormsby of the brutal murders of Jason Dehahn, 30, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, and Jesse Ryan, 10.As the verdict was read Ormsby emoted nothing, but outside of court the Ryan family expressed nothing but sadness.”Our family is gone, you know, and they can’t be replaced.
Students took a break from their regular school work in Hampden for a day of creative projects.Reeds Brook Middle School hosted innovation day.It was a chance for the students to work with high schoolers and professionals on original concepts.Students from Wagner Middle School also took part.The students watched a Skype presentation at the New Hampden Academy.In the past, days like innovation day have covered other topics like agriculture.
Thereâ€™s a cleanup effort taking place at Baxter State Park.The park is looking for volunteers to take part in this year’s roadside litter patrol.Itâ€™s on Saturday, May 5th from 9-noon.Volunteers will meet at park headquarters in Millinocket.If you’d like to help out, e-mail Laurie Rich [email protected] deadline to sign up is May 2nd.