A new report released by Environment Maine shows the state is using innovative ways to cut toxic chemicals out of products.The report spotlights True Textiles, a company in Guilford that has created cloths using recycled materials and corn.Environment Maine’s Nathaniel Meyer says this eliminates toxic stain repellants most fabrics require saving the company up to $300,000 and reduces risks toxic chemicals pose to children’s health.Meyer says the move also gives a boost to the economy by creating green jobs.He believes Maine is going in the right direction.
The debate over a labor-themed mural’s removal from a Maine state office moves into federal court where a judge is being asked to order the multi-paneled art returned at once.The half-dozen people who have filed a request for a temporary order to return the 36-foot-long mural to a Labor Department office say Gov.
A proposal to ban text messaging while driving is moving through the Maine Legislature.The Senate last week passed a measure to outlaw texting and it now awaits a House vote.Lawmakers attempted to deal with all forms of distracted driving last year by adding penalties for drivers who cause accidents while using a cell phone, texting, eating or engage in some other activity.Some lawmakers say it didn’t go far enough.
Fire crews were on the scene of a structure fire in Troy overnight.The call came in at 11:43 Monday night that the Bagly Hill Road home was on fire.Crews from Troy, Unity, and Thorndike all assisted in fighting the blaze.We’re told that no one was injured in the fire, though the Unity fire chief is calling the home a complete loss.The last crews cleared the scene before 5 o’clock Tuesday morning, the Fire Marshall’s office has been called in to investigate.
A whole lot of money was given away Monday night to help fill local food cupboards.Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union held it’s 45th annual meeting in Dexter Monday.But the night was more than just all about business.The Credit Union presented about 15 local food cupboards and organizations with a share of the $18,795 dollars the company has raised over the past year.To come up with all that money, the Credit Union held raffles, participated in bowl-a-thons, and had employees pay for dress down days.Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union says this year Campaign for Ending Hunger was a success, but they’re setting their goals even higher for next year…
Police say they’re not sure how many people were on a Carrabassett Valley fire escape when it collapsed, seriously injuring four people.Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Scott Nichols says the small fire escape at the bar “The Rack” collapsed and fell about 15 feet under the weight of too many people early Sunday.Nichols says the bar was busy Saturday due to a reggae festival.The Rack co-owner Chase Mckendry says the fire escape was built to code, updated and inspected.Nichols says the four people injured suffered broken bones and lacerations.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is reminding customers winter disconnection protection rules come to an end Tuesday.Electric and gas utilities are not allowed to disconnect service from customers who have overdue bills between November 15th and April 19th without permission from the commission’s consumer assistance division.
Tomorrow is another state shutdown day, as part of a plan to save maine money.Most state offices will be closed.Courts will open and certain workers such as state police and game wardens will be working.If you planned to visit a state agency tomorrow, give a call ahead to make sure it’s open.
A popular pizza shop is growing, and for folks in Bar Harbor it means they don’t have to drive to Ellsworth to grab a slice from one of their favorite places.This building in Bar Harbor used to be home to Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant.” Taco pizza and nachos, that’s about as Mexican as we get these days,” said Gerry Nasberg, president of the Acadia Area Restaurant Group.Pat’s Pizza has set up shop in the coastal community.
For most Americans Monday is the last day to file their 2010 tax returns.Because of the Patriots Day holiday, Mainers get an additional day to get their paperwork in.A group gathered on the streets in Waterville to put their name on a document.But the gathering had nothing to do with their own taxes but their hopes of having one major corporation pay up.” I’m retired and I know what it’s going to be like in terms of my retirement with social security and stuff like that to me it’s very important that we get everybody paying their fair share including the corporations of America,” said Peter Madigan.
Kaitlin Smith joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon to talk about the kickoff event for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2011.Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2011 Kickoff EventSaturday, April 30th at 10 am”The Notebook ” viewing at Gracie TheatreSuggested $5 donationAll proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine ChapterAnd, don’t forget to save the date for the Senior Expo: Friday, May 20, at Spectacular Event Center, 9:00-2:00Exclusively sponsored by MARTIN’S POINT HEALTHCAREFor more information contact Eastern Area Agency on Aging450 Essex St., Bangor, MEHours: M-F 8:00 – 4:30Toll-free: (800) 432-7812EAAA.org