Just a day after Education Commissioner Susan Gendron announced she was stepping down, another member of Governor Baldacci’s cabinet is leaving.The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services says he’s leaving his position in July.Ryan Low was a key player as Maine struggled to balance its budget, according to Governor Baldacci.He adds that Low earned the respect of democrats and republicans.Low has accepted the job of interim vice president for administration at the University of Maine in Farmington.
It was career day at Hermon Middle School Thursday.Folks from twenty different types of jobs were there to explain what it takes to do what they do to seventh and eighth graders.The kids had a choice of who they wanted to listen to for the 35 minute workshops, and they had the chance to attend three different sessions in the morning.Some of them even chose to come in and listen to Wayne Harvey talk about our jobs here at TV5.Other presenters included a dentist, a writer, a local sheriff, and a member of the National Guard.
Thursday saw another sign of the season: The ice is out on Moosehead Lake.That’s according to Roger Currier of Currier’s Flying Service.He frequently flies over Maine’s largest lake.Every spring he keeps a special watch on things to see when the ice has finally gone away.He officially declared this year’s “ice out” at 10:33 Thursday morning.Ice out is when a boat can make it from Greenville to Northeast Carry without running into any frozen water.
Those who haven’t sent their census forms in have until Friday to do so.At last report, the census bureau says about two-thirds of Americans who were sent forms in the mail have sent them in.If you’ve misplaced or did not receive a form, you can get one at your local census office.If you have questions about the census form, you can visit 2010census.gov
Senator Susan Collins will be in Bangor Friday afternoon, along with military personnel, to recognize the Maine troop greeters.A ceremony has been scheduled for 2:15pm at Bangor International Airport.Collins is being joined by a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Major General Raymond Carpenter, acting director of the Army National Guard.Senator Collins and Major Carpenter will also visit the Maine Military Authority in Limestone.
Volunteers who have come through for Saint Joseph Hospital in Bangor were treated to lunch and special praise on Thursday.More than one hundred hospital volunteers met Thursday at the Saint Mary’s church hall.In the past year, volunteers have contributed more than 19,000 hours of service.
A Rockport man who forced his 4 and 6-year-old sons to fight has been sentenced to two years in prison.26-year-old Pedro Delgado-Bristol pleaded guilty in the case.He was arrested in January after the boys’ mother noticed bruising on her 4-year-old son’s face following a weekend visit with his father.Police say Delgado-Bristol told them the boy fell down stairs.But the boys told police their father made them fight and when they stopped, he hit the younger boy several times in the face with a sandal.
Students at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor are helping to clean up their community.As part of earth week, the students hosted a school-wide neighborhood clean up.It was sponsored by SEAC, the student environmental group and the track team.Chris Packard, a science teacher at John Bapst, says this is a great effort by the students because they can really see what a difference they’re making.The student’s celebration of earth week also includes fundraisers to save the rain forest, a presentation about sustainable food and a school wide blackout day of energy conservation.
A Dexter woman has changed her daily routine because of a latex allergy.Now she’s trying to educate more people about the allergy and what can be done to prevent folks having reactions.Krystle Ahern was 17 when she became aware of her severe allergy to latex.She says she’s had too many reactions to count.Ahern says every time she walks out of her home, she’s taking a big risk.There is a lot of hand washing in her house, she even has to be careful about touching her kids because they could cause an allergic reaction.Ahern has convinced some local businesses, including Rent-A-Center in Dexter, to not use latex balloons.She is also trying to educate the public through a facebook page.Ahern says there are alternatives.
Tea party protesters made their presence known in Bangor and Augusta Thursday.They gathered across from the federal building in Bangor, then moved down the interstate to a rally at Augusta’s capital park.The crowd contained a lot of folks with a lot of different complaints about the direction the government has headed in.The issues driving the protestors include health care, states rights and the inflated national debt.In a symbolic gesture, the group marched to the state street bridge and dumped tea from one bag into the Kenduskeag stream.
A Hampden man accused of dealing drugs returned to jail Wednesday night.Bangor police say they were tipped that Glenn Watson, 58, was selling cocaine from a Bangor motel.Watson had just been released from jail last week, after serving 15-months for dealing cocaine and violating probation.An officer says when she tried to pull him over, he ran a red light, sped away and crashed into a parked car.Police say while chasing Watson on foot, his pants fell down, causing him to fall down some steps.Officers reported seizing more than 2oz.of cocaine worth nearly $7,000 from Watson.
A panel created to come up with ways for the University of Maine to make more money, while saving money, has issued its final report to school leaders.The goal is to close a $25 million budget gap.The panel’s recommendations have been altered to spare some programs previously targeted for cuts, including UMaine’s music, spanish and french majors.Suggested cuts that remain in the final report include majors in latin, german, theater, and public administration.There are recommended staffing cuts too, as well as suggestions to improve revenue.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking for a rate increase of nearly 23%on individual policy holders in Maine.Thursday, some of those folks got to speak out about the proposed changes during a public hearing in Augusta.”It’s gone from outrageous to obscene.”That’s how Peter Beckerman of Sidney describes Anthem’s proposal to increase rates on certain individual policies.
New regulations are going into effect regarding how lead paint is handled during renovations.Beginning on April 22 anyone who disturbs painted surfaces in houses or facilities built before 1978 must meet new lead-safe training requirements.There is an 8 hour training course for contractors, and there is also a certification that firms must now get.The requirements effect anyone doing work for compensation, so homeowners doing their own repairs are not subject to the rules.