At first glance Allyson Mitchell looks like your average teenager, but what she did two years ago is pretty extraordinary.” I saw my brother in there and I just did the big sister thing and took him out and shut the door behind him, had everyone stand in the house.
Local pet owners can get some help paying for spaying and neutering for the next couple of months.The Bangor Humane Society is offering the program to low-income pet owners.Folks who qualify can stop by the Humane Society to pick up a discount voucher.The goal is to reduce the number of homeless animals resulting from overpopulation.”There’s just not enough homes.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re lost for a way to say “I Love You” to that special someone, the men of the Mainely Music Chorus want to help you out.Quartets from the chorus will be performing “singing valentines” on Valentine’s Day.You can hire the guys to sing a classic love song or most any song by request.Russ Van Arsdale says it’s a gift guaranteed to bring a smile.”When someone receives one they react, they get this feeling like “oh” and then it turns into a smile and then sometimes a little tear trickles down.
Middle school students are being put in the driver’s seat in an effort by the University of Maine to get them excited about science.The Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden is one of fifty schools taking part in a UMaine pilot program for future scientists.The students are taking a hands-on approach to learning force in motion.They’ve built propeller car models to learn concepts like gravity, friction and force.”This helps them kind of form a place to make those concepts really come to life for them,” said teacher Lori Mitchell.The results of the program will then be sent to schools across the country.To learn more about the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, visit their website here.
Union leaders and workers gathered at the State House to oppose several bills before lawmakers that they say are hurting folks who are struggling.The group stood on the steps of the Hall of Flags and asked lawmakers to imagine walking in their shoes before voting on the bills.Union officials say the bills in question would weaken worker’s compensation and make it harder to collect unemployment.
A Maine environmental advocacy group is urging legislators to not weaken the powers of a regulatory agency that oversees the state’s vast Unorganized Territory.Environment Maine on Thursday delivered 17,000 letters, postcards, petitions and emails from Maine residents to the State House in opposition to proposed legislation it says would weaken the scope and power of the Land Use Regulation Commission.
A former Presque Isle woman has given Northern Maine Community College a $5-million dollar gift.Mary Barton Akeley Smith now lives in California.Her donation will proved most of the $6-million dollars needed to renovate two buildings on the Presque Isle Campus.School officials say what’s now the dining commons will be transformed into a fitness center, and the college gymnasium will be turned into a student center.Last year Smith gave the college $1.2-million dollars to advance its alternative energy program.
Crews from four departments responded to a fire at a home in Benton Thursday afternoon.Just before 3:00 a passerby called the fire department after noticing fire and smoke at the house on the Gogan road.Fire crews said the house was fully involved when they arrived.
Maine’s Chief Justice Leigh Saufley was led into the house chamber by governor LePage to deliver her State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers.Saufley touched on topics including improved courthouse safety, streamlining administrative services to the public, and live streaming the appeals courts’ oral arguments on the web.
Even in the dead of winter, when the ground is frozen over, there’s a place in Corinth that is still trying to grow.Corinth Wood Pellets is a business that combines one of Maine’s necessities with its resources.”We have huge thermal energy needs, this region has an abundance of solid bio fuel,” said George Soffron, the company’s CEO.The company is one of four in the state producing wood pellets to use as an alternative to oil for heating.Over the last three years, their efforts have garnered support from the federal government, but in order to expand they say they’ll need more.”We feel as though solid bio fuels or solid fuels are disadvantaged in the way the USDA views renewable energy fuels.
The driver in a head-on collision in Frankfort last year that caused another driver to lose part of her hand will be sentenced next month.William Hinkle Jr., 35, of Frankfort pleaded guilty this week to operating under the influence and aggravated driving to endanger.
Lisa Trimper, wellness coach at Eastern Maine Medical Center talks about an upcoming event “Swim For Your Heart.”Swim for Your Heart Tuesday, February 14thJoin Eastern Maine Medical Center and the American Heart Association for free swim events to promote a heart healthy lifestyle!
The movie “The Road Back” will be hitting the big screen soon and like any good film, it needs a poster.”The Road Back” is a film about teen depression and anxiety.It stars and was written by local high school kids with the guidance of the non-profit group “Project Aware” and Acadia Hospital, which serves as executive producer.NESCOM students have been designing movie posters for the film.Thursday, people involved in the film chose NESCOM Junior, Kiera Plante, as the design winner.It was written by local high school kids with the guidance of the non-profit group “project aware” and acadia hospital, which serves as executive producer.We’ll be telling you a lot more about this project in the coming weeks.A website will soon be launched and you’ll meet some of the young people involved in the film.