Investigators say a dryer caused a fire that left seven people displaced from an apartment building in Waterville Monday morning.Firefighters credit smoke detectors for alerting those residents to the fire in the King Street building.All the tenants were out by the time crews got there.We’re told the building has extensive damage.
The Department of Corrections is making some changes at the Maine State Prison to better accommodate inmates and their families.Starting Sunday, January 29, changes to the prison’s visiting hours will go in effect.The prison will offer for more evening hours for visitors who have to work during the day, but will no longer allow visits Monday through Wednesday.
Tax-Aide is a free program sponsored by both AARP Foundation and the IRS to help individuals and families complete their tax returns.Their councilors have been trained in both federal and Maine state tax laws, and have passed an IRS test to qualify to prepare tax returns.Services are being offered in 19 locations across 5 Eastern Maine counties.For more information, or to find the nearest location, call 211.
Maine’s Ethics Commission is considering a request to investigate the 2011 campaign finance reporting by the two political action committees that promoted the 2011 Lewiston casino citizen initiative.That referendum proposal was defeated resoundingly by the state’s voters.On Wednesday, the commission will consider the investigation request by CasinosNO!
A legislative committee has endorsed an anti-bullying bill that would set guidelines for schools statewide.The bill failed to move forward last year when critics said it would restrict free speech and be too costly to enforce.Members of the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee said Tuesday they have high hopes for a new version of the bill, which makes clear that students’ First Amendment rights are protected.Democratic State Rep.
Four community transit services in Maine are getting free buses from a New York county.The Maine Department of Transportation says a fleet of 14 buses rolled into the state Tuesday from the Westchester County Public Works and Transportation Department in New York.
From budget cuts to education, Governor LePage hit on a number of hot topics in his first State of the State address, including a 221 million dollar shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services.”As a state, we must move closer to the national welfare average.
Last summer Belfast received $400,000 in federal clean-up funds.The money is from the EPA and it’s to help clean up polluted areas to get them ready for development.Belfast’s economic development director says the money will be used to conduct environmental assessments.The assessments are voluntary and are at no expense to property owners.Anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend an information session Thursday night from 6pm to 7:30pm at Belfast City Hall.
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has resigned his membership with the Maine Sheriff’s Association.Last week, Sheriff Smith called for Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross to resign from the position of President of the Maine Sheriff’s Association.
The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled that a real estate management company did little to stop the harassment of a gay couple living in a Waldoboro apartment complex.In January 2009, the couple Joseph Bonnadio II and William Paquet told Realty Resources Management that they were verbally bullied by other residents.Realty Resources sent a short note to tenants informing them of the claims.Human Rights Commissioners say the company didn’t do enough to prevent discrimination on its property.
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will be in Maine this weekend.He’ll speak at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus, at 11am Saturday morning.The President of USM’s student body helped organize Paul’s appearance.Maine’s Presidential Caucuses will be held in February.
This year’s Penobscot Relay For Life is still about 4 months away, but community members are already starting to fundraise.At Tuesday’s kick-off rally, team leaders launched their fundraising efforts for the year.Last year, Relay For Life of Penobscot raised a little more than $197,000 dollars for local cancer patient and research programs.This year, they’ve set the bar even higher and hope to raise $214,000 dollars.This year’s Relay For Life of Penobscot will be May 18th and 19th at the University of Maine track.For more information on how to get a team started, you can log onto www.relayforlife.org/penobscotme
The UMaine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor is offering free admission all year long through a partnership with Machias Savings Bank.The museum is located on Harlow Street.It has a collection of more than seven thousand works of art.At any given time, there are four different exhibits are on display.The museum also offers educational programs for folks of all ages to learn more about the arts.”Cultural enrichment of the community, a place to go to see the wonderful works of the permanent collections from artists anywhere from Picasso to John Marin and Winslow Homer is just a wonderful gift to the community,” says Curator George Kinghorn.To learn more about the museum and how you can become a member, visit www.umma.umaine.edu.
The future of SAU 31 is not something a generation of former students is willing to put to chance.”We voted yes,” said longtime Howland residents, Brenda and Orman Jackson.When they heard the district was facing a major budget shortfall, they didn’t hesitate to help with the proposed solution.”We just want to make sure the school stays open.”They voted in favor of a $1.1 million loan the district is seeking.”I believe it’s the only way to go,” said the Jacksons.