Nine military men and women who administered life-saving medical treatment to troops on the front lines were honored Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington D.C.Among them was a woman from Maine.Coast Guard member Erica Aberle of Brooklin was chosen to receive the Angels of the Battlefield award for her branch of the service.Those attending the ceremony included members of Congress and high-ranking officials from the Department of Defense.Aberle’s parents were also there to take it all in.
The Maine Department of Education is planning to apply for even more federal funding, and they’re hosting a series of meeting to ask Mainers what they want.Five meetings will be held throughout Maine, the first was held in Orono Wednesday night.The department is developing Maine’s blueprint for education reform and its application for $75,000,000 or more in federal funds.The meetings run from 4 to 7pm and was open to the public.Thursday’s meeting will be held at the University of Maine Farmington.
The state of Maine is getting $41,000,000 from the federal government to help build and renovate schools.The money can also be used to buy land where schools will be built.Maine’s congressional delegation says these bonds let local and state governments get low-cost financing for school projects without interest costs.
The number of Maine state workers who get paid more than $100,000 a year has nearly doubled since 2006.That’s according to a website of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.www.maineopengov.org highlights state payroll details.That information lets you compare state workers’ salaries and benefits and tracks property growth in every community.The policy center is also highlighting a new site: www.greatschoolsforme.org, which lists local spending information including school employee payrolls.Some at the center say they are watching the trend.
The skis have been put away and the lift chairs have come to a halt.Hermon Mountain is closed for the season…Owner, Bill Whitcomb says they normally close in March, but usually near the end of the month.Whitcomb says the warm weather played a role.He says despite it, they still had a pretty good season.”We have no complaints.
There’s a meeting in Orrington tonight on contaminated land left behind at the HoltraChem plant that closed ten years ago.Through the years thousands of tons of chemicals have seeped into the ground there.The Saint Louis-based company Mallinckrodt owned the plant when it closed.That company has spent around 40-million dollars for clean up, and says it’s ready to finish the job – a task that the company says would take about a hundred million more dollars and five years to complete.The state is pushing for even more: a clean up expected to cost up to 250-million dollars.Mallinckrodt officials say the state’s plan would take up to twelve years to complete.Company officials are holding a town meeting to discuss the plans with folks in Orrington.
Some tense moments in Lamoine this afternoon after a three year old boy was reported missing from his home.Game wardens, state police, and Acadia National Park rangers began a frantic search around 2:30.A game warden tells us the warm weather has caused a lot of melting, which made the search difficult in the wet woods.The good news came at 4pm.
A bill that started out as a way to cut back on motorcycle noise has evolved into a proposal that would require motorcycle riders to display inspection stickers.The pending legislation received initial house approval Tuesday.The transportation committee says nearly 40% of Maine motorcycles aren’t inspected.If passed, an inspection sticker would be required on the rear of bikes as of January 1st, 2012.The bill also calls for a study of motorcycle noise.
The Fire Marshal’s Office says a fire in Hermon Tuesday night was accidental.Tim York from the Fire Marshal’s Office says it was a grease fire on the kitchen stove.Firefighters were called to the Clark Road around ten.Since its just down the street from the fire station, fire crews were on scene in minutes.But, flames were already shooting out of the home.The homeowner, Nash Reynolds, made it out safely.Firefighters from Hermon, Glenburn, Levant and Carmel had the fire under control quickly.Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis believes the fire started on the kitchen stove—it spread through the home.He says in some ways, it’s good the fire broke out when it did.”It was good that it was this time of night, with the dew is set, because it’s very dry around here, so that wasn’t an issue.
State officials have launched an investigation after they say several dead dogs were discovered at a home in Enfield.The town’s animal control officer, Bruce Hallett, says they found at least eight dead dogs and six living dogs at a home on the Darling’s Estate Road.The director of the state’s Animal Welfare Program, Norma Worley, says the owner surrendered the animals to them.The living dogs have been taken to the Penobscot Valley Humane Society in Lincoln.Worley says they will have a vet examine the animals, and she says an autopsy will be performed on one of the dead dogs.At this point, no charges have been filed against the man who was living there.Worley says once they have all the results back, they will compile a report and take it to the District Attorney.
A Brownville woman was injured Tuesday after her car rolled over, and she was pinned underneath it.Authorities say the crash happened around 6:30 pm on Route 11 in Brownville.Fifty-one-year-old Kathleen Mitchell was the only person in the vehicle.Brownville Police Chief Nick Clukey tells TV-5 she was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over.Clukey says when rescue crews found her, Mitchell was partially underneath the car’s door.