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A big budget gap had lots of people talking at Wednesday night at RSU 26 Board of Directors meeting.Parents, teachers, and students spoke out about the 2 million dollar budget shortfall that the school district faces.Many people in the audience were there to offer ideas about potential solutions to ease the RSU’s money problems.Cuts to the school district could lead to more than a dozen staff members being let go.Orono High School students also made a plea to the board.The students presented a petition with over a hundred signatures asking the board to reconsider making any cuts to staff.If you’d like to make a recommendation on how to bridge the budget gap, you’re asked to call the RSU 26 Superintendents office at 942-44405.
A federal lawsuit brought against the county by a guard at the Hancock County jail who was injured during a scuffle with an inmate has been settled out of court.John Wall, an attorney for the county government and the sheriff’s department, said Tuesday that the sides had reached an agreement but that exact terms still needed to be finalized.Wall tells the Bangor Daily News that the deal will be kept confidential.Brad Ewing said he suffered a back injury during an incident with an inmate in early March 2009.
State drug agents say a man from Thomaston accused of taking part in a major bath salts ring in Knox County had $170,000 worth of the drug in his possession.Agent say they seized 2-and-a-half-pounds of bath salts in the past week from a house in Thomaston and a car in Waterville.
Brewer is one step closer to getting a medical marijuana dispensary.City Planner Linda Johns told city councilors Tuesday that Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, has secured a lease for a dispensary and submitted a site plan application.Clarification about exactly what Northeast wants to do with the site will be made before the proposal is presented to the planning board, which may occur at its January meeting.The Bangor Daily News reports that no growing would take place at the site.
An Alpaca farm in Unity has a unique gift to offer.It may be difficult to wrap or put in a stocking but the memories will sure make an impact.For a flat fee, you can sign up for an annual Alpaca rental from the Northern Solstice Farm on Crosby Brook Road.It gives you access to the farm and to your Alpaca.You can work with the animal and also keep up with your new friend’s progress online.Owner Robin Fowler says the gift is about more than memories.
There’s something missing from the streets and sidewalks of Hartland.As with the rest of the state, the town is feeling the warm absence of Mother Nature this winter, but it could soon be feeling the burden of a snow season without cleanup.”December 7, we stopped plowing,” said Weston Gould, owner of plow company, Double Diamond.The company has been contracted to plow the streets of Hartland for the last five years, but Gould could be taking the business elsewhere due to a dispute over payments.”It’s been six weeks.
A woman from Gardiner accused of stealing more than $150,000 from her employer pleaded guilty Wednesday.BettySue Higgins, 54, appeared in court in Augusta.Authorities say she embezzled $166,000 from the Maine Trial Lawyers Association during a four year period.The judge accepted her guilty plea Wednesday.A sentencing date has not been set.
City Planner Linda Johns told city councilors Tuesday that Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, has secured a lease for a dispensary and submitted a site plan application.Clarification about exactly what Northeast wants to do with the site will be made before the proposal is presented to the planning board, which may occur at its January meeting.The Bangor Daily News reports that no growing would take place at the site.Northeast has launched its marijuana growing operation in Thomaston and plans to supply all four of its clinics from that facility.Maine already has three open licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Ellsworth, Biddeford and Auburn.(The Associated Press)
The Maine man who has accused a former Syracuse University basketball coach of sexual assault and has himself been charged with child abuse offenses has been arrested for allegedly violating bail conditions.Police report they arrested 23-year-old Zachary Tomaselli on Tuesday afternoon, a day after receiving a tip that he had given a car ride to a minor in violation of bail conditions.Tomaselli cannot have contact with anyone under 18, except for incidental contact at work.Tomaselli has accused former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine of molestation in 2002 when he was 13.