OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Much of the area snow may have melted away with this week’s warm weather, but there’s still plenty of snow on Old Orchard Street for OOB365’s Winter Carnival.
Town Manager Larry Mead said at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting that the town’s Public Works Department had been hauling snow to Old Orchard Street to build up enough to make the carnival’s signature sledding hill.
“The show will go on,” said Mead. “There will be sledding.”
The annual event, sponsored by local community group OOB365, begins tonight with a sledding party from 4 to 8 p.m. All are welcome. …read more
Another attempt to implement a sales and regulation system for recreational marijuana in Maine is headed to the Legislature with significant changes designed to attract more support.
The Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee voted 13-1 Friday in favor of a broad bill that has been under stop-and-go development since early last year.
The bill, which must gain support from a Legislature that has so far rejected all attempts at creating a sales and regulatory system, would create a combined 20 percent sales and excise tax and would halve the number of plants Mainers can grow for personal use from six flowering plants …read more
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he will work to raise the minimum age for purchasing weapons in his state to 21 years old, marking his first major break from the policy priorities of the National Rifle Association.
Scott announced the proposed gun restrictions nine days after a deadly mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as part of a broad package of legislative initiatives, including new school security measures and a program to deny guns from those deemed to pose a danger to the community.
“I’m an NRA member, a supporter of the Second amendment, and …read more
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will outsource part of the state’s Medicaid application process to a Massachusetts organization even though it will cost the state more than having state employees continue doing the work.
In June, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will eliminate the positions of 10 state employees and enter into a $5.6 million, 25-month contract with a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School that determines whether people are disabled for the purpose of qualifying for state-funded health coverage.
The state chose the vendor without asking for bids from other potential providers. And the annual price tag …read more
ORONO, Maine — Capt. James Settele, chief of staff to the president at the University of Maine, has been named UMaine’s interim director of athletics, effective March 12.
Settele, a member of the UMaine community since 2006, replaces Karlton Creech, who has been named vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver, effective May 1.
Decisions on a national search for a permanent AD will be made by the next president of the University of Maine.
“Jim brings a wealth of leadership experience, institutional knowledge and organizational skills to the interim AD position,” says UMaine President …read more