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WNSX News, With Stu Marckoon
WNSX News, With Stu Marckoon
Local News 3-11-14
Southwest Harbor Vote
(SW Harbor) – Southwest Harbor will cough up $300-thousand dollars from its surplus account to delay road construction in the middle of town this summer. Voters yesterday approved the suspension of work for July and August at the request of business owners who said they would suffer severe financial losses if the roads are torn up. The final vote yesterday was 308 to 264.
Weather slicks up roads, storm warning posted
(Caribou) – Some slippery roads early this morning as snow started falling overnight. Today’s snowfall is not expected amount to much more than an inch. Tomorrow, though, is another story. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Eastern and Northern Maine. Along the coast, 3-to-6 inches of snow is expected with heavier amounts inland – some places will see a foot accumulate. Coastal areas are also expected to see a mix with rain and ice.
Lamoine Town Meeting
(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine pick a new Selectman today as the annual municipal election runs until 8-o’clock tonight. Two people are running for the seat being vacated by Selectman Cynthia Donaldson who is retiring. Heather Fowler and Bob Christie have waged a vigorous campaign for the seat. Town officials are keeping watch on the weather for the open town meeting tomorrow night as a winter storm warning is now posted. Should travel become dangerous, a motion to adjourn to a new date would likely be made at the start of the open meeting, putting off town business until next month. There are no provisions under state law to postpone a town meeting ahead of time.
Woman dead in Limington fire
(Limington) – A 52-year old woman from York county has died in a house fire. The Fire Marshal’s office tells WNSX Ingebord Young died from smoke inhalation in the blaze on Route 25. A passing motorist reported the fire early yesterday morning. Investigators say it appears the fire started in the living room and she tried to escape from the burning home. There were no working smoke detectors in the rented home which also had a second apartment.
(Ellsworth) A weekend crash on the Bucksport Road could’ve been a lot worse for a Southern Maine man who fell asleep at the wheel. The Ellsworth American reports 59 year old William Boudreau of Saco drifted across the road and off the shoulder in Chevy SUV at 11:35am on Saturday. The vehicle then struck a support wire for a utility pole and trees. He wore his seatbelt and complained of arm pain. The vehicle was extensively damaged and the pole cracked when it was struck. Damage to the pole is estimated at a thousand dollars.
(Dedham) A traffic stop netted a summons and arrest yesterday afternoon for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The Regioncal Communications Center received a report of a pickup truck that operated erratically on Route 1A in Dedham at around 2:40. Officer Jeff McFarland stopped the truck in Ellsworth and issued a summons to 42 year old Russell Poor, Jr for operating after suspension. While at Poors’ residence, 43 year old Ralph Fowler, Jr was arrested on a Belfast District Court warrant for unpaid fines. Officer McFarland transported him to jail .
Maine Governor Paul
LePage says his "Open for Business Zones" proposal will help make Maine a leader in
attracting investment and growing jobs. The Republican
governor touted his idea at Brunswick Landing on Monday. He says the zones will
provide tax and energy relief,help businesses train and recruit workers, and
give employees the right to opt out of union membership. It's targeted at
businesses that invest more than $50 million and create at least 1,500 jobs.
Under the bill, companies would be encouraged to hire Maine
workers and contract with other Maine
companies. The proposal has already come under fire from labor union officials
and Democrats, signaling the difficulty it faces in the Democratic-led
MDI League Explores County Charter
(Bar Harbor) – Might Hancock County need to expand its County Commissioners roster to five members from three? Would a county manager be a good option? Those questions and more could be addressed through a county charter which Hancock County does not have. The MDI League of Towns will likely poll elected officials in each member town to see if they’d like to see a county charter commission formed. Brooklin resident Hendrick Gideonse recently addressed the League of Towns, looking for endorsement of a charter effort.
(Augusta) A bill that aims to provide veterans with instate tuition costs at Maine’s public universities and community colleges advanced with unanimous support from the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee today. The bill is sponsored by Ellsworth Democratic Representative Louis Luchini and would grant all veterans in state tuition rates, regardless of their state of residence. The bill now awaits the consideration of the full Legislature.
(Ellsworth) A Brooklin architect says he’s running for County commissioner, not as a partisan candidate or against incumbent Percy “Joe” Brown, but to represent folks in his district. Mike Sealander tells WNSX his town residents suggested that he run. Sealander says he’s confident he can adequately serve the 11 towns within his district and the county as a whole. He says he also hopes, if elected, to evaluate the roles between the County, municipalities, and state government and whether they serve their roles correctly.
(Washington) Five biofuel producers in Maine will receive a substantial chunk of money from the USDA Rural Development Program. State Director Virginia Manuel reports over 78 thousand dollars will go to producers in Portland, Corinth, Strong, Athens, and Ashland. Four of the five companies produce wood pellets, the fifth produces biofuel. Maneul says the Advanced Biofuel Payment has invested over $1.6 million in Maine’s biofuel producers since the Program’s inception in Fiscal Year 2009.
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