The staff at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging got a lesson in cooking Wednesday.But the meeting wasn’t just to learn how to cook good meals.The staff will be applying what they learned to teach seniors.According to the group, Maine ranks second for the highest rate of food insecurity among seniors in the country.Food insecurity means Seniors don’t know where their next meal is coming from.The class was administered by Cooking Matters for Maine, an organization that teaches low income families how to cook and eat healthy.”The recognition to eat healthy is not a major transformation there are a lot of small things you can do every day to improve your diet,” said Kristen Miale with Cooking Matters for Maine.If you’d like to help the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, you can give them a call at 941-2865.
Four people were in Federal Court in Bangor Wednesday because of a drug raid in November.Police say they are four of eighteen people involved in a cocaine ring busted up when police raided five apartments in bangor, four on Ohio Street and one on Garland Street.Court documents say 27-year-old Manual Trinidad-Acosta and 21-year-old Jacob Garcia, both of New York, were the ring leaders.Wednesday both pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.Fifty-two-year-old Pauline Rossignol of Brewer also entered a not guilty plea to the same charge, as did 46-year-old Edward Cogswell.Rossignol is free, the rest remain behind bars.All four could be on trial in March.
The RSU 26 Board of Directors will hear from its finance committee concerning potential cuts during a meeting in Orono Wednesday night.The school district is facing a $2 million budget shortfall.Board chair Alison Mitchell tells us the finance committee’s recommendations are just the beginning of the budget process.
An official with the Maine Hospital Association says the state owes hospitals $125 million through the remainder of this fiscal year in debt that has accumulated since 2009 as hospitals continue to serve Medicaid patients without being fully reimbursed by the state.That is on top of the $120 million budget gap for the Department of Health and Human Services that Gov.
A Glenburn teen is facing multiple charges after allegedly hurting a Penobscot County Sheriff Deputy.According to the sheriff’s department, Deputy Peter Garland responded to Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon Sunday night where a dance for Bangor High School students was being held.
Town councilors in Hermon will hold a special meeting Thursday night to review a list of purchases the town is considering making.The agenda includes a property located next to town hall, a new fire truck for the town and a dump truck for its Parks and Recreation Department.Town officials are also looking at transferring $58,000 from its town funds to their General Assistance Program, which provides aid to local residents who qualify.The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
An official with the Maine Hospital Association says the state owes hospitals $125 million through the remainder of this fiscal year in debt that has accumulated since 2009 as hospitals continue to serve Medicaid patients without being fully reimbursed by the state.
While temperatures dropped below zero in Maine, Colby College fired up a new biomass plant that will offset the need for oil by burning wood chips, bark and treetops.The Waterville college says its $11 million biomass plant will replace about 1 million gallons of heating fuel with about 22,000 tons of locally produced wood annually.
A coalition that’s pushing for a referendum to mandate increased use of renewable energy in Maine says its initiative would reduce dependence on foreign oil, strengthen the economy and promote energy efficiency.The Maine Citizens for Clean Energy is holding a news conference Wednesday to release the results of a poll regarding its ballot initiative.
Occupy Maine and the city of Portland will square off next week in a courtroom over whether the encampment will remain in Lincoln Park.John Branson, attorney for Occupy Maine, said Tuesday that the parties agreed that oral arguments and testimony will be presented Jan.
Over 50 young lives were cut short on Maine roads in 2011, a number way too high for Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers.The tragedies have inspired Secretary Summers to tour the state and listen to Mainer’s suggestions on how to improve the safety of young drivers.Secretary Summers says education will be key in this process, “We began looking at our curriculm and really trying to determine when the last time it was updated and improved and that was in 1996.”Suggestions at the Bangor stop on the tour ranged from extending the time period before a new driver can have anyone in the car, which is currently 6 months, to uping the hours a person must behind the wheel before getting their license, something the Secretary agrees with, “There’s a lot of suggestions to double that to 70 hrs with 10 hrs after dark, again all aimed at getting more practical experience behind the wheel”And while a lot of suggestions were thrown around during the community conversation, perhaps the most moving part of the meeting was the stories of the families left behind the in the wake of a fatal accident.Kendra Smith knows all to well the heartache, “It will happen to you.