Mainers gathered at Schenck High School Thursday evening to voice their concerns over a feasibility study for a national park near Baxter State Park.Roxanne Quimby wants to give more than 70,000 acres to the federal government to create a Maine Woods National Park.Opponents of this move say handing the land over to the federal government will put a severe dent in the logging and mill industry.Supporters argue that the park would be a tourist attraction and would therefore create jobs.Quimby did address a recent interview that hit a nerve with people, in which she called Maine “a welfare state” that has a large population of obese and elderly people.
Folks in Winterport are rallying to the side of a life-long resident of the town who’s caught a bad break.Stephen Clark, 56, has lymphoma and cancer of the esophagus.On Sunday, My Fork Sports Bar and Lounge in Bangor will be the site of a benefit.It starts at 2:00 p.m.There will be a silent auction, pool tournament and raffle to raise funds to help cover some of Steveâ€™s medical bills.And the restaurant will donate a third of all sales Sunday.For more info check out the facebook page, benefit fundraiser for Stephen Clark.
Maine has applied for a $32-million boost to the state’s early childhood programs.The State Departments of Education and Health and Human Services submitted applications this week in a federal grant competition.The money would make early childhood programs available to more high-needs children.Maine is competing for a slice of the federal government’s “race to the top, early learning challenge”, which has set aside a half-billion dollars nationally for the program.
Belfast was Maine’s honorary capital Thursday.The governor’s “Capital For a Day” program aims to get a better grip on Maine’s economic problems by letting him hear directly from local business owners.Governor LePage spent most of his day in Belfast touring five local businesses including the Penobscot McCrum potato plant.
A talented 15-year-old golfer from Hudson who lost his leg to cancer has died.Sam Alexander passed away at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Wednesday after a hard fought battle with the disease.In the last couple of years, he created quite the name for himself in the area.Despite being told he would never play golf again because of his illness, Sam was recognized as Junior Golfer of the Year by the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in September.Local golf pro, Thea Davis, worked with Sam this summer and tells us he’s changed her life forever.”Getting to know that young man was just because of his adversity and he knew he was sick, but it didn’t stop him, it just didn’t stop him.
In the Thomas family, they take their traditions seriously.”We have a military upbringing that, you know, we should all serve our country,” said Jim Thomas.It started generations ago.”My father had served in the army, I served in the navy.”And continues today with Jim’s daughter, Stephanie.”I started JROTC my freshman year.”Stephanie was motivated by a little family competition then.”My sister did it and I just wanted to beat her in rank.”But four years later, it’s a family history of service that’s landed her here.