The Maine House of Representatives now has one more Republican on board.Representative Michael Willette of Presque Isle says he is switching parties.Willette says the Democrat agenda is too focused on the bidding of special interest groups, to the detriment of the people of Presque Isle and the State.The switch now increases the Republican majority to 78 seats in the House, the Democrats have 72.
State Police are investigating what officials are calling suspicious circumstances following a fire in the Knox County town of Washington.Officials say the fire broke out in a home on Bill Luce Road shortly before 10 o’clock Thursday night.Now it appears there was a home invasion leading up to that fire.The Maine State Police says that a woman who lives there called police around 9:45 after a man came into her home.The it said the man showed a weapon but didn’t use it, and there was a brief confrontation between the two.It was at that point the woman realized her house was on fire.The man ran off when the smoke alarms started going off.The woman’s three children were asleep at the time of the confrontation.
In another annual tradition, students read their winning veteran interview essays this afternoon at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.Local students visited with veterans earlier in the year.After talking with them, they wrote essays on the Veterans’ war and life experiences.It’s something that one student says you can’t learn anywhere else.The High School winner of the contest was Jacob Valley, a Senior at Brewer High School.The middle school winner was Meg Nadeau, an eighth grader at Winslow Junior High.Both students will receive a five hundred dollar savings bond.
Contestants for a big competition may be right in your backyard.The Maine Forest Service announced it’s accepting nominations for its new register of big trees in the State.Last year’s list had more than 100 trees and the competition is tough.Each tree is scored based on various measurements.
Boy scouts and cub scouts from Newport are taking a stand against hunger.They’ll host their annual food drive, scouting for food.You can drop off non-perishable food items at Bud’s Shop ‘N Save in Newport from 4 Thursday afternoon until 4 Friday afternoon.The food will go to the Newport community food bank which serves Dixmont, Etna, Plymouth, Palmyra, and Newport.Last year Newport scouts collected more than 1500 pounds of food.
The Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops says it’s closing 36 restaurants and 18 kiosks in New England.The closing list includes two stores in the Portland Area.Tim Hortons says it has lost 4.4 million-dollars this year on those locations, and is focusing instead on markets elsewhere in the Northeast and Midwest.
Tips* Try roasting just the turkey breast* Use broth to moisten the stuffing instead of butter* Put on your “eating clothes” SOMETHING STRUCTURED/ NO STRETCHY GARMENTS* Eat slowly, put your fork down, savor the whole experience* Balance extra calories with physical activityApple-Topped Mashed Sweet PotatoesPOINTSÂ® Value: 4Servings: 10Preparation Time: 20 minCooking Time: 90 minLevel of Difficulty: ModerateThis delicious combination is certain to impress your holiday guests.Be sure to use Golden Delicious apples because they hold their shapewell while sautÃ©ing.Ingredients 5 pound(s) sweet potato(es), medium-size, scrubbed, pierced with a fork 1 Tbsp butter 2 medium apple(s), Golden Delicious, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/2 cup(s) orange juice 1/2 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling on final product 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 1 spray(s) cooking sprayInstructions * Preheat oven to 400ÂºF.
The folks at Kontio’s Automotive Repair Shop in Hermon offered a special treat to veterans Thursday.All veterans could receive a free oil change.They were also given a gift bag, free roses from Chapel Hill Floral, and refreshments.B & L Auto Parts donated the oil filters, Napa provided the windshield washer fluid and Advance Auto Parts helped with the oil.Owner Jeffrey Kontio says he felt it was the least they could do for all the veterans.” They’ve given the ultimate sacrifice to the country.
Folks in Winterport gathered to pay tribute to veterans Thursday.The Winterport American Legion Argonne Post # 138 hosted the event, which it’s been doing on Veteran’s Day for many years.A guest speaker from the University of Maine ROTC was there to speak.A wreath was placed on the memorial outside the library, then taps was played.”We wouldn’t have what we have today without veterans.
In Bar Harbor, local heroes came together for an honorary afternoon.The YMCA teamed up with the Birch Bay Retirement Village to host a luncheon for nearby veterans.Food, entertainment and supporters helped celebrate their years of service.”We’re really grateful for all they’ve done, too.
Police say neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in an accident that killed a man crossing the street in Augusta Tuesday.Police say 47-year old John Moore of Augusta was crossing four lanes of traffic when he was struck.Police say the driver apparently didn’t see him.Moore was taken to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, where he died.The accident is still being investigated.
Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.It’s a day to pause and thank the men and women who have served, and those that continue to serve, in our nation’s military.In Brewer and Bangor Thursday morning, thousands of folks turned out to do just that.The marched from Brewer to Bangor.