The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Husson University and the Penobscot Community Health grants for nursing education.The university will receive 251-thousand dollars for two new advanced nursing programs.The funds will be awarded each year for three consecutive years.Penobscot Community Health will receive a 250-thousand dollar grant to establish a nurse practitioner residency program with Husson.
The halls of Acadia Hall at Eastern Maine Community College will soon be ready for students to live in come fall semester.It’s undergoing a transformation that will make it more energy efficient.”We’re replacing the windows, the insulation and the heat plan of this building to improve its energy envelope,” says Director of Student Life Dan Belyea.
Belfast’s waterfront will come alive this weekend with music, games and much more.The Maine Celtic Celebration kicks off Friday and will continue through Sunday.Celtic musicians from throughout the state will take the stage.You will find men in kilts and even a cheese rolling contest.It’s free to attend, but donations are appreciated.For more information visit the website www.mainecelticcelebration.com.
A former selectman in Chelsea who’s facing criminal charges involving town funds has decided not to take a new position in the town government.Carole Swan was elected last month as an alternate on the planning board with four write-in votes.But she wasn’t sworn in at the town meeting.The interim town manager says Swan’s lawyer sent a letter Wednesday saying she appreciates the offer, but will not be able to accept the position.
A stroll through downtown Eastport will get a more colorful this weekend.More than a dozen shops are hosting the town’s first Art and Antiques Walk.This Friday, customers can peruse galleries on water street while enjoying drinks and dessert.Original artwork and unique antiques will be showcased by vendors.This week’s walk will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Afterward, there will be a free concert in the new Overlook Park in downtown.Store owners plan to host the event again in August and September.For more information, contact Cynthia Morse at 853-4773.
Some people are angry that an Arabic news network journalist will deliver the keynote address at a fundraiser for a museum honoring an American Revolutionary War hero in Maine.General Henry Knox Museum Executive Director Ellen Dyer said the museum saw an opportunity for a timely discussion of what’s going on in the Arab world with its invitation to Abderrahim Foukara, Al-Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief.He’ll speak at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on July 28.Enough people have written emails and made phone calls to express dissatisfaction that officials have moved the post-speech reception to a private home.
The driver of a tractor-trailer who died after colliding with Amtrak’s Downeaster in North Berwick, Maine had a checkered driving record that included two citations for unsafe operation of a commercial vehicle.The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety says 35-year-old Peter Barnum of New Hampshire, also had six speeding tickets and one seatbelt violation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from 1992 to 2009.
The Governor’s office says two new faces will be added to a department focused on business growth.Deb Neuman and Denise Garland have joined the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.Neuman has years of experience as a small business owner, and will serve as the department’s Deputy Commissioner.Garland is joining the department as the Director of the Office of Business and Community Development.She comes to the team after helping manage the state’s financial and human resource service centers.In a statement from the Governor’s office, LePage says he’s extremely pleased with the additions.
The victims of last month’s domestic violence murder suicide in Dexter were remembered in Harmony Tuesday evening.Authorities say that Amy Lake, and her two children, Monica and Coty, were killed in a domestic violence murder suicide, in which family patriarch Steven Lake took his own life.Tuesday, friends, family, and those looking to put an end to domestic violence showed up at C & R General Store in Harmony to sign a petition to rename two bridges in the town.The first bridge to be renamed would be the Higgins Stream Bridge on Route 150.Supporters are hoping to call the overpass the Amy, Coty, and Monica Bridge To End Domestic Violence.The other bridge to get a new name would be the Mainstream Bridge on Route 154.That connection would be called the Remember Me Bridge, which would honor all victims of domestic violence.Tuesday’s event was just the kick-off of the re-naming petition drive.The petition will available at 12 different locations.For more information, you can contact Sandra Mitchell at 683-2316.Mitchell not only wants these bridges renamed, but she would also like to see some type of law in place where domestic violence offenders are ordered to wear a monitioring device.
Bangor police made a drug bust in a church parking lot.They were told there was a man acting strangely in the lot of the Abundant Life Church on Broadway Monday afternoon.An officer was sent and wound up searching the truck of Corey Roi, 32.Police say Roi was arrested after the officer found white powder, drug equipment and pills including oxycodone in that truck.
An account has been set up to help a woman from Dover-Foxcroft who was impaled by a tree branch that fell last week during a storm.Authorities say 47-year-old Rory Schmand was driving on Douty Hill Road in Sangerville when the branch broke through her windshield.