Folks in East Millinocket will have a chance Monday night to talk about a possible plan to sell the Katahdin Paper mill.It’s a move that would keep the mill open, but could also mean cuts in town services or programs.The public hearing starts at 6 p.m.
Kristen Sutherland, director of My Friendâ€™s Place, talks about what the agency is all about.My Friend’s Place703 Essex Street, Bangor MEHours: Mon-Fri 8-3pm945-0122Website: www.myfriendsplaceprogram.comEastern Area Agency on Aging450 Essex Street, Bangor MEHours: M-F 8:00 – 4:30Local line: 941-2865Toll-free: (800) 432-7812Website: www.EAAA.org
Firefighters in three Down East Maine communities say they’re warily gearing up for spring and what they fear will be a resurgence of arson fires.Officials say that over the past two years nearly 100 arson fires have struck the Perry, Pembroke and Robbinston area, burning vacant homes, barns and fields.Perry Fire Chief Paula Frost says the departments are getting ready because as soon as the snow melts “they’ll be burning stuff up.” She says “everybody is on edge.”Two investigators have reportedly been assigned to the area.
Ten more people have filed a health complaint with Maine utility regulators, opposing Central Maine Power’s changeover to “smart meters.”The complaint seeks to suspend CMP’s smart-meter installation or force the company to offer an alternative to customers who don’t want the devices on their homes.The petition is the first one in Maine to focus exclusively on health concerns.Smart meters send information through radio waves.CMP says they don’t pose any health risks.But critics say there’s no conclusive proof and that the question deserves more study.
The Maine Turnpike Authority will be holding a public meeting on Monday following a continuation of Friday’s private meeting.That meeting was reportedly held to discuss the resignation of Paul Violette the executive director of the M.T.A.Violette reportedly stepped down Thursday.The turnpike authority has come under intense scrutiny by the Maine legislature and a government accountability report over the agency’s spending practices.
Budget cuts are again up for discussion in Augusta Monday.This time, it’s proposed funding for welfare and Mainecare.In particular, the appropriations committee will be looking at spending for food supplement services, general assistance, temporary assistance for needy families as well as other programs.
(AP)The University of Maine at Farmington has received a national science foundation grant to study the impact of environmental and land use changes on ecosystems and the economy of the Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine.University officials say faculty members and students will use the $66,000 award to collect and analyze data this spring and summer to better understand the impact of climate change, invasive species and land use patterns on lake habitats, forest ecology and the area’s nature-based tourism economy.The college will work in partnership with Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust on the project.
The winter months can be an expensive time for home owners, and a local organization wants to help cut down your heating bills.Maine Interfaith Power and Light hosted an energy efficiency presentation at the Keith Anderson Center in Orono.The event is designed to help homeowners learn how to save energy and money in an eco-friendly way.Board member, Laurie Osher, says it can be done by following a few simple steps around the house.”The most efficient things people can do is to insulate their attic, which is pretty low cost and to insulate their basement and then to tighten up holes, places they don’t even know that air is coming through.”The organization says making those adjustments could reduce home energy costs by twenty-five percent.
Today, art classes from around the state collaborated for a special showcase.For the next two weeks, students ranging from pre-K to high school will have their work on display at the Bangor Mall.If a picture is worth a thousand words, than students throughout Maine have a lot to say.
(AP)Maine Congressman Mike Michaud is being recognized by the National Association of State Veterans Homes for his work in Washington on veterans’ issues.The groups this week awarded Michaud its Legislator of the Year Award for his leadership in improving long term care service and benefits for veterans, along with his work to provide adequate reimbursement for the nation’s network of 140 state veterans homes.
The Maine State Scholastic Chess Team Championships were held at the University of Maine Saturday.It’s a team competition for folks in kindergarten up through seniors in high school.The tournament was first started back in 1971 and is the largest held in the state this year.Organizers say it’s a hobby that folks can do all their lives.” It’s mental exercise.