As UMaine student Jack Bruce nears the end of his sophomore year, he’s doing so with the praise of his professors.But it’s not because of how he did in class, it’s for something he did on his own outside of the classroom.”Turn this on” With the flip of a switch, Jack Bruce’s robot springs to life.
All seaplanes that use Maine waters are now required to carry a “lake and river protection” sticker.The program is part of an effort to bring attention to the threats invasive plants pose to lakes and ponds in our state.The sticker reads: “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers – Preserve Maine’s Waters.” The sticker costs $20.
Two complaints filed against public school social worker Don Mendell have been dismissed.Mendell has been a school social worker and student counselor at Nokomis regional high school for 23 years.The complaints claimed that Mendell violated the social workers’ professional code of ethics by appearing in the fall of 2009, urging Mainers to support the “vote yes on one” campaign, which defeated Maine’s gay marriage law.The board of social worker licensure in Gardiner ruled to dismiss the claims.
A former University of Maine assistant professor has sued the school in federal court.Laurie Osher worked in the department of plant, soils, and environmental sciences.She was hired in 1999 for a research and teaching position.Eight years later, she was denied tenure by the university.Osher claims that was in “retaliation for her complaints of discrimination against her” based on her disability and sexual orientation.The university says it denied her tenure because Doctor Osher failed to meet the department’s requirements.
For the immediate future, Husson University will not be pursuing a law school.Husson president Robert Clark says they’re grateful to the state supreme court for its careful review of the school’s petition, but have decided not to continue to push for accreditation at this time.Husson will continue to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice, and undergraduate degrees in paralegal studies.
A Rockland woman was arrested Sunday after police say they caught her with more than 60 ecstasy pills.19-year-old Sadie Knight was approached by Rockland police officers after they were told she had drugs on her and was out making deliveries.Police seized pills, more than $300 dollars cash and an unloaded gun they say was hidden in her car.Police say the street value of the drugs is around $1600.
It’s been five months since the Lincoln News building burned down, destroying everything in that newspaper and print shop.Monday morning, employees showed up for work in their brand-new building, and they say it won’t be too long before they’re printing there again.For folks who love the Lincoln News, it’s a welcome sound.
The Maine Senate has given final approval to a compromise bond package that scales back the total to $57.8 million and sends it to voters this June.The package retains money for major elements including highways and preservation of a northern Maine railroad.The Senate’s 30-5 vote followed a 102-44 House vote for final approval.The new bond figure is lower than the $85 million package that was approved last week by the House but fell short of final passage in the Senate, where Republicans held back their votes.The compromise reached over the weekend not only lowers the total for this package but also scales back bond package that’s already scheduled for a June vote by $13.5 million.- (AP)
The Maine Senate has approved a compromise bond package that scales back the total to $57.8 million, but still retains money for major elements including highways and preservation of a northern Maine railroad.Senators voted 31-4 Monday to accept the deal and send it to the House, where approval was also expected.
Fans of Food Network will notice a familiar name on the show tonight.Gifford’s ice cream factory in Skowhegan will be featured on an episode of “Unwrapped.”Gifford’s was contacted by the network after winning the title “the world’s best chocolate ice cream” at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin last year.In December, a film crew spent the day at the plant, learning what makes Gifford’s “Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate” so unique.Again, the Maine ice cream company will be featured on the Food Network show “Unwrapped” tonight.It begins at 8:30 p.m.
Warmer than usual temperatures are prompting another state landmark to open its doors early.Part of Fort Knox in Prospect will be open next week, during school vacation.The fort grounds, visitor center, rest rooms and gift shop will all be available for the public to use.You can visit from 9 a.m.
On April 12th, 1861, a single mortar round burst over Fort Sumter in South Carolina, signaling the start of the Civil War.Maine played an important role in defending the North against the South.Now, exactly 149 years later, a website has been launched through the state, guiding visitors to the 148 monuments around Maine that memorialize the patriots of the Civil War.The address is http://www.maine.gov/civilwar/sentinels.htmlThe monuments featured range in age from Bangor’s, which was put up while the war was still in progress, to Lisbon in 1999.The website also provides information on Maine’s participation in maintaining the union.The website is the work of Governor’s Baldacci’s Maine Civil War Sesquicentennial committee.
Maine lawmakers have reached a deal on a bond package that’s trimmed down from the bill that was blocked from final approval last week.State House officials say the $57.8 million package includes funds to preserve 233 miles of railroad track that are being abandoned in northern Maine.