Backpacks plus paper plus pencils, before you know it your back to school shopping list is longer than two sheets.These days parents can be overwhelmed by the equation but it doesn’t take much skill to figure out an easy solution to get everything students need to make the grade.”Depending on your child’s age level and maturity level, this is a good time to start talking with them about budgeting, about differences between needs and wants.”Renae Muscatell with Penquis says it’s a conversation that’s happening more often than you think as most of the families coming to her office to receive supplies are asking for help for the first time.Instead of purchasing the essentials at big chain stores, more and more families are shopping at bargain stores such as Goodwill.”Everybody shops here from all realms.
Officials in Orono are considering banning fireworks, which will become legal in Maine starting in January.At a special meeting last night, councilors voted to draft an ordinance that would to ban the sale and use of consumer fireworks.Town manager Sophie Wilson says councilors really want to hear from the community on that idea.Once an ordinance is written, it’ll be discussed at a public hearing, which could take place in October.She says councilors also agreed to explore the idea of giving money to a future skate park at the University of Maine.
A broken dam gate has Newport officials warning boat owners to get their vessels out of the water.Due to the broken gate,caused by the heavy rains brought in by Irene, officials have had to move up the annual Sebasticook Lake drawdown.The drawdown usually happens the second week of September in order to flush out algae buildup.Town officials are looking into a few solutions to fix the broken dam gate.
The Millinocket and East Millinocket mills are a big step closer to having a buyer.Governor LePage announced Tuesday that Cate Street Capital has signed a purchase agreement for the mills.The Governor’s office and the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has met with several potential buyers in recent months.Cate Street Capital is a national leader in developing green energy companies.
The Chief Nursing Officer involved in Eastern Maine Medical Center’s lengthy negotiations with its nurses union has resigned, effective immediately.Lorraine Rodgerson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services throughout the strikes and contract talks.Rodgerson spent twenty-nine years with the hospital.In a statement from EMMC, the hospital says they’re grateful for all her work, but no reason was given for her departure.
An armed robbery in Millinocket Monday afternoon lead to the arrest of two suspects following a chase…and a third was arrested early Tuesday morning.According to Millinocket Police a man entered the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Central Street shortly before 5 Monday afternoon, displayed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants, and handed an employee a note for prescription drugs.He reportedly fled the scene in a what employees told police was a small black car containing two others.The car was later spotted by a Penobscot County Sheriff deputy in Chester and was eventually pulled over in Mattamiscontis.
A bipartisan panel charged with drawing up new boundaries for Maine’s two congressional districts will be deciding which redistricting plan will move forward to the Legislature.The 15-member Reapportionment Commission is scheduled to vote in Augusta LATER TODAY, a day ahead of the Wednesday deadline set by the Legislature to submit a plan.Republicans and Democrats on the Congressional Reapportionment Committee have been swapping competing plans back and forth while accusing each other of slowing down the process for political gain.The federal courts have ordered Maine to even up the populations of the two districts to reflect changes reflected in last year’s census.(The Associated Press)
Appointments by Governor Paul LePage and Republican legislative leaders to a panel that will study the state’s management of Maine’s Unorganized Territory are drawing fire from environmentalists and Democrats.LePage and the House and Senate leaders announced the appointments Friday to the 12-member commission that will advise the Legislature on how to overhaul land-use regulation in the 10-million-acre territory.
Folk Festival artists who rode out the storm in Bangor came together for a special concert Monday night.With the American Folk Festival cut short, a few bands who’s flights were canceled decided to make the best of their situation.Folks gathered at Husson University’s Gracie Theater to hear the acapella group, The Brotherhood Singers, followed by the bluegrass band, Rich in Tradition.Both groups are set to fly home Tuesday.
Flights resumed Monday at Bangor International Airport.All flights were cancelled Sunday morning because of Irene, leaving passengers stranded.But the airport never shut down despite the storm.Spokesperson Tony Caruso says the airport sustained very minor damage and no flights were diverted.On thursday, many airplanes were put in hangars in preparation for the storm.