As the conversation continues in Washington about federal health reform, some people are leaning on local ways to keep pace with the debate.Folks gathered in Bangor to hear perspectives from the Maine Heritage Policy Center.The center offers lunch sessions every month on different issues, to present their research.CEO Tarren Bragdon says even though people are busy with the holidays right now, they’re still urging them to take the time to learn about President Obama’s plan.”What we have looked at is, what is the impact on premiums.
Brewer police have arrested a man for trafficking drugs, after finding four thousand milligrams of Oxycontin in his home.23-year-old Joshua Russell is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.Brewer police and federal agents searched his home on Elmwood Street.
A holiday bake sale in Carmel this weekend will help out some local library users.Staff at the Simpson Memorial Library are putting on the benefit to raise money for new computers and tech support.The bake sale is this Saturday from 9 until 1, at Ye Old General Store on Route 2 in Carmel.
Peninsula Power wants to put up three wind turbines to help power four local communities.They’re hosting a public speaking series on the topic.The first speaker up is former governor Angus King.He’ll talk about Maine’s wind resources in a video conference speech.That speach will take place Thursday night at seven in the music room of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill.A discussion will follow.
When power outages are a possibility, it pays to be prepared.Loss of electricity can mean a loss of heat, but when you use alternative heat sources there are some things to keep in mind.The top causes of fires in Maine are heating related, and when the power goes out sometimes Mainers improvise, but if alternatives are not used properly they can be deadly.Chief David LaFountain, Waterville Fire Department: “They don’t call it the silent killer for no reason.”Emergency Management director Robert McAleer: “it’s odorless, colorless.” The silent killer: carbon monoxide.It’s why you should never use grills or camp stoves indoors.
A Dover-Foxcroft man has been fined nearly three thousand dollars for selling live, wild trout he had taken from waters near his home.Maine Fish and Wildlife officials say 38-year-old Mark Cox pleaded guilty to possessing 41 fish over the legal limit, and 21 excess fish on two different occasions.The legal limit is five fish.Cox also pleaded guilty to selling 46 brook trout, and possessing live fish.
More than 100 people braved the storm to get their flu shot at Miller Drug in Bangor Wednesday.At eight AM folks were lined up outside the door to get their seasonal flu shot.Owner Bill Miller said the foot traffic was steady but they were able to get people in and out pretty quickly.Miller Drug had two-hundred-fifty doses of the seasonal flu vaccine, but did not have any of the H1N1 vaccine.Miller says it’s not too late to get your flu shot.
Comedian Bob Marley will be in Bangor tomorrow for the premiere of the sequel to the hit movie Boondock Saints.The new movie is called Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day.In the movie Marley plays Detective Greenly, a police officer.Ray Harrington, event coordinator for the Bangor Mall Cinemas, says they are excited about the premiere.
Close to 10 large trucks were stuck on a hill in dixmont for over 3 hours Wednesday.A scene that many truck drivers say is a perfect example of why the trucking project Senator Collins is promoting should be passed.All the trucks were struck on a hill along Route 202 because there was no sand on it.This is a normal path they follow because current weight limits say their rigs are too heavy for part of the highway in Maine.For many of the drivers, the delay means a day without pay because their loads will not be delivered on time.But they say, more importantly, them being stuck poses a danger to other motorists.” It’s unsafe.
Patients are filing through the doors of the new Penobscot Eye Care Facility in Brewer.It features equipment to make frames right on site.Optometrist Kathy Ward says sometimes they have eye wear ready to go before a patient’s appointment is over.Ward says they wanted the new facility to be comfortable and convenient for patients.”It’s a lot of advances over the old building.
This first big snow storm of the year has one local business booming.As Meghan Hayward tells us a lot of Mainers have waited until the last minute to get their vehicles ready for winter.The folks at Tires, Batteries and Accessories in Bangor are seeing customers line up before they’re even open.”This whole week has been absolutely insane.