WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, applauded several victories for Maine in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget and renewed his commitment to fighting for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
PORTLAND - A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine supreme court, which ruled that a state agency's approval of the complex deal was invalid.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The duties of the Aroostook County Deputy Sheriffs includes the investigation of convicted sex offenders who fail to register with the Maine Sex Offender Registry as required by law. The "Maine Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999" created the registry which is maintained by the state. It is updated daily based upon registrations received from offenders living in Maine. Depending on the nature of the conviction, offenders are required to re-register every three or six months. If they do not, law enforcement is notified by the registry.
PRESQUE ISLE- Last month, participants at The Aroostook Medical Center’s Community Lunch and Learn shared their thoughts, opinions and suggestions on how TAMC could become a better healthcare facility. This month they will learn how some of those thoughts may be put into action. Sylvia Getman, president and CEO of TAMC, will present the plan to make TAMC the “Best Rural Healthcare Organization in America.”
AUGUSTA– The Maine Charter School Commission voted on Monday, March 3 to approve the state’s first virtual charter school. The unanimous approval authorizes the independent Commission to enter into contract negotiations with Maine Connections Academy, which plans to start serving as many as 300 students from across the state this fall.
ST. JOHN VALLEY - When Fiddlehead Focus stopped printing the popular weekly paper and switched to a web-based publication, one of the features that people missed was the crossword puzzle. Now, thanks to hard work and innovative thinking, the crossword has returned in a new online rebirth.
PRESQUE ISLE— Two academic programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are joining forces this spring to provide the campus and community with an accessible way to explore the world of science. The Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Biology programs are again presenting a lunchtime seminar series that will provide a forum to present scientific research, as well as management and applied science. The series is conducted by UMPI students and faculty, and other local and regional scientists. This is the second time the two groups have hosted the series.
PRESQUE ISLE—The University of Maine at Presque Isle is partnering with two community organizations—the Wintergreen Arts Center and The Aroostook Medical Center—to celebrate Brain Awareness Week in early March.
FORT KENT – While in the area covering the Junior World Cup Biathlon, famed television show host Bill Green of Bill Green's Maine stopped by Rock's Family Diner in Fort Kent on Tuesday night, 4 March, to interview several of the male models and organizers from the Fort Kent Lion's Club calendar.
EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK— For several months now, the Congrès mondial acadien 2014 has been working closely with various health and safety services, and the municipalities to ensure a safe environment during the many activities that will take place in Aug. 8-24. In this spirit of collaboration, in the upcoming months the CMA 2014 will consult with the residents and businesses.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- Below are the students chosen from each County school for the Aroostook League's All Stars, also known as "All Aroostook." Students from the St. John Valley are bolded for easier identification.
FORT KENT- University of Maine at Fort Kent senior, Kimika Forbes has earned a spot on the Women’s Premier Soccer League Boston Breakers reserve team. Forbes attended the team’s tryouts this past weekend in Hanover, Mass. With the Breakers’ first-string goalkeeper leaving to join the U.S. National team, she will have an opportunity for a spot on the team’s roster.
BRUNSWICK– U.S. Sen. Angus King released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that they will continue to exclude white potatoes from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly referred to as WIC.