As we celebrate a patriotic holiday this week-end, one central Maine organization is sending out the message that Senior Citizens are Americans who deserve freedom from hunger.The folks from Spectrum Generations in Waterville are encouraging people to donate to Meals on Wheels.
State Police plan to step up their patrols for the holiday week-end, and through next week.Colonel Patrick Fleming says this is one of the busiest weeks on Maine roads partly because of tourists in the state.State police plan to use aircraft and additional troopers to patrol the roadways.Last year, there were four highway deaths during the three day holiday week-end.This year, they have a goal of reducing crashes and targeting aggressive drivers.
A food pantry in Downeast is in need of the public’s help.As Meghan Hayward tells us, if the donations don’t start picking up they won’t be able to serve their entire area.The Whiting Community Food Pantry has more than 600 registered families.And served more than 700 individuals just last month.But the folks at the pantry say they won’t be able to help that many people for much longer.” FEMA’s been cutting us.
A 12-year old girl from Belmont, Massachusetts was seriously injured this morning, when she was hit by an SUV on the Reach Road in Brooklin.State Police a man from Brooklin was driving his Volvo SUV around 10:45 when he hit the girl as she was trying to cross the road.
The Brewer Public Library will shut down next week for some renovation work.Thanks to a federal grant, the library will replace its heating and air conditioning system.Starting Monday, they’ll install an energy efficient heat pump system, which means they won’t have to buy any more oil.Currently, the library uses about 1,200 gallons a year.
Despite the holida weekend, all Maine post offices will be open Saturday, and mail delivery will take place as usual.Mail deposited in postal service blue collection boxes and post office building lobby receptacles will be picked up at the posted time on Saturday.And, post offices with automated postal center kiosks will fully stock the self-service machines prior to the long weekend.Post officies will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the holiday, but express mail will be delivered.
As a result of damage caused by severe storms and flooding between March 12th and April 1st, President Obama has declared Hancock and York Counties as major disaster areas.That declaration makes federal aid money available to reimburse counties, towns, state agencies, and nonprofit groups for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in those counties.
With the state facing a possible $100,000,000 shortfall due to less than expected Medicaid funding from the federal government, Governor Baldacci has ordered a state hiring freeze.The freeze effects vacant positions and limits overtime, travel and other expenses.
A man from Lincoln will spend nearly three years in prison for his role in a cocaine ring.Last March, 50-year-old Anthony Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.A judge sentenced Martin on Wednesday to nearly three years in federal prison: 33 months in all, followed by five years probation.
A man who caused a standoff at the Indian Hill Trading Post and Supermarket in Greenville will spend 120 days behind bars.54 year old Lonnie Gould was sentenced Wednesday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.In August of 2008, Gould walked into the store with a shotgun and threatened to kill himself and others.He pleaded guilty last March to charges of robbery and criminal threatening.In addition, Gould was placed on probation for four years.
John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is hoping to welcome students from around the world.They’re launching a boarding program and hope to welcome their first students in the fall of 2011.They did some research on private schools in New England that offer dorms for students.