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York Marijuana Activists Promise To Deliver Petition To Town Clerk Or The First Convenient Store On The Way That Sells Funyuns

Granny Clampett's Rheumatiz medicine, AKA medical marijuana. Maine news from The Rumfrod MeteorA group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana use in York will submit a petition Wednesday afternoon, its second attempt at getting the issue on the November ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine plan to submit more than 900 signatures to the town clerk, said David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the group pushing for legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. The group had to collect 641 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot after the York Board of Selectmen previously voted against putting the question on the ballot. On July 28, the board voted 3-2 against putting the measure on the ballot, which gave supporters 30 days to collect additional signatures. The selectmen who supported putting the question on the ballot said residents should make the decision about legalizing, while the majority of the board questioned the legality of the measure. Recreational marijuana use remains illegal under state and federal law. “Clearly, voters in York are interested in the prospect of adopting a more sensible marijuana policy,” Boyer said. “People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.” (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Deval Patrick And Maggie Hassan Sign Historic Non-Aggression Pact, Partition Demoulas Supermarkets; Invasion Of Hannaford And Shaw’s Feared Imminent

MolotovRibbentropThe end of the Market Basket crisis could be near as Arthur T. Demoulas and the governors of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts released statements Friday expressing optimism that a deal is close. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan say they expect Market Basket will restore Arthur T. Demoulas to “operating authority” on an interim basis, pending completion of a sale in which Arthur T. would gain control of the company. Arthur T. Demoulas, who has been embroiled for years in a power struggle with rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas’ side of the family, said Friday the final bid he submitted this week “can and should be finalized immediately.” The 71-store chain has lost tens of millions of dollars since warehouse workers walked off their jobs last month to protest the firing of Arthur T. The governors said “all parties report that they are optimistic that an agreement will be reached to sell the company to Arthur T. Demoulas and to restore him to operating authority on an interim basis until the sale closes. Subject to reducing their agreement in principle to writing by Sunday, the board will forestall taking adverse employment action against the employees who have abandoned their jobs. We are hopeful that employees will return to work, and the stores will reopen, early next week.” (read more at Seacoast Online)

Scarborough Middle School To Try New 100 Percent Gibberish Curriculum

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorSCARBOROUGH, Maine — A season of change is on the way at Scarborough Middle School. Based on school officials’ research on best practices at nearby and out-of-state schools, the middle school classroom structure and teacher development will change dramatically when classes begin Thursday, Aug. 28, Principal Barbara Hathorn said. Students will belong to one of three learning communities separated entirely by grade. Formerly, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students were organized into five wings made up of a few classrooms of each grade, and there was one wing made up entirely of multi-age classrooms. In the graded learning communities, students of the same grade will be split into “inquiry teams” with four homeroom teachers, with the exception of one sixth-grade team. Each teacher will instruct students in their IT in one core subject area. The structural changes lead the middle school in the direction toward more integrated, project-based learning, and create a more “equitable” middle school experience for all students, Hathorn said. Hathorn and other school officials have said they believe the school’s old system was not effective as it could be, because the lack of a uniform structure across the school meant teachers and students were not all learning at the same rate. (read more, if you can read, at Bangor Daily News)

Albert? Sharks Have A Week Dedicated To Him. Bigfoot Tries To Get Pictures Of Him. Albert Bowls Overhand

AlbertAlbert Greenleaf does not go lobstering. I don’t know if he ever did, even though he grew up on the western shore of Barters Island. He could go to the waters of the Sheepscot River easier than he could go to town. Albert did go to Germany in the service, though. He speaks German. If you say “guten tag” to him as he is walking to the fire station he will reply accurately and precisely in German. Maybe going to Germany had something to do with why he didn’t go lobstering. I’m not sure. Albert (I call him Bert) told me that he went to school on Barters Island, just across from where Kimballtown Road intersects West Side Road, next to the Baptist Church. He said that the year he advanced from 4th grade to 5th grade, he moved over a row in the classroom. I assume that went on until he attended school in Boothbay. (read more at the Boothbay Register)

Rick Perry Isn’t Fooling Anyone With Those Glasses

rick perry with glassesPORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there’s a next time around. Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire Friday and told them he had not decided yet whether to run again in 2016. His 2012 campaign ended badly when he made several missteps, including a highly-publicized gaffe when he froze up during a televised debate. Perry admitted he underestimated the intensity of a presidential campaign.“Running for president of the United States, I don’t care how good you might think you might be,” he said. “Whether you’ve been elected governor of Texas three times and served for 12 years, it is not good enough from the standpoint of the preparation to run for the presidency of the United States.” If he runs, Perry said, voters can expect a different candidate. “I’ve spent a lot of time in preparation,” he said. “That’s not to say I’ve made a decision I’m going to run. I haven’t. But the reason I don’t choose to run will not be because I’m ill-prepared.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Game Of Thrones In The Icy North Leads Blind People Through A Byzantine World Of Intrigue

Watching television. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorROCKPORT, Maine — An international window treatment company is claiming a Rockport couple concocted an elaborate scheme to bilk the firm of nearly $5 million. Hunter Douglas Inc., based in Pearl River, N.Y., filed a lawsuit June 30 in U.S. District Court in Colorado claiming that Jason T. Throne, Mary C. Throne and Patent Services Group Inc. committed fraud against the company. The attorney for Jason Throne and their company said the Thrones have yet to have the chance to reveal their side of the story. “This is a dispute between Hunter Douglas and one of its former employees and another business,” said George “Toby” Dilworth, in a statement to the BDN. “Jason Throne is not going to litigate this case in the press. However, the allegations in the civil complaint are just that – allegations. The Thrones have not had a chance to present their side of the story in court.”Jason Throne was Hunter Douglas’ senior patent lawyer for more than 20 years. The lawsuit claims that beginning in 1999, he and his wife created a company called Patent Services Group Inc. based in Rockport. Jason Throne would then have that firm bill Hunter Douglas for patent search services that were never performed, according to the lawsuit.  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Explorers Discover Primitive And Superstitious Tribespeople Who Believe That Dousing Themselves With Water Will Cure Diseases

ice bucket challenge in maineIn a grainy video posted on Facebook, Jillian St. Louis and Danna Vaughn, two employees of Ken’s Place Seafood Restaurant in Scarborough, shiver and gasp as they drench themselves with a bucket of ice water and dare their co-workers to do the same, vowing to donate 25 cents to ALS research for each “like.” “I thought I was going to be able to avoid it,” said Jen Skinsacos, a bar manager at Ken’s Place and Vaughn’s sister. “And then they called out the entire crew and posted the video on Facebook.”St. Louis and Vaughn are among the latest to join a social media campaign that has gone viral, bringing in celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Matt Lauer and other notables who get soaked on video for a good cause. The videos are aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal nerve cell disease in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Worst Road In Maine Contest Declared A 14,721-Way Tie

worst road in maineAUGUSTA, Maine — A Camden man who wrote a harrowing account of his trip along Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring is the winner of the Worst Road in Maine contest, according to the Maine Better Transportation Association. Gabriel Zacchai’s entry was selected from among eight finalists, Maria Fuentes, the association’s executive director, announced Tuesday. The contest is run by the 700-member association of businesses, municipalities and individuals that advocates for improving Maine’s transportation infrastructure. Zacchai, a Camden National Bank employee, wrote in his entry about the stretch of Route 15 in Hancock County: “As a 42-year-old native Mainer, I can say with absolute certainty that this is THE WORST PAVED ROAD I HAVE EVER TRIED TO MOVE A CAR OVER IN MY LIFE. I THOUGHT THE FRONT END OF THE CAR WAS GONNA COME OFF!” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Schoolteachers Resign To Remind School Board They Were Told There Would Be No Math

Classroom. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorOn the evening of August 4 the Robbinston school board struggled to come up with $67,933 in cuts to the school system budget. The board was required to do so by the town’s voters at the July 28 budget referendum vote that saw townspeople uphold the budget that had been reduced in contradiction to the school committee’s recommendation. A total of 110 residents turned out for the referendum, with 70 of those voting for and 40 against the reduced school budget. The specific decrease affected the regular education line item, the only area of the budget the committee could reduce the different educational categories by more than 5%.
But before they could get down to the few brass tacks left, AOS #77 Superintendent Jim Underwood read a letter of resignation effective immediately from teaching Principal Brenda Donovan. The 17‑year veteran of the school system has accepted a position with the Alexander school. Underwood thanked her for her commitment to the school. “I’m very, very sad to see her go,” he said. The school committee will now need to find either a teaching principal or a teacher and a part‑time principal to replace Donovan. (read more at the Quoddy Times)

Local Woman Isn’t Happy Unless She’s Telling You She’s Depressed

sarah smileyRobin Williams’s tragic death fortunately brings depression back into focus. I say “fortunately” because the more we talk about it, the more people we help. In January and again in April, I shared with you my own struggles with depression. This past winter I experienced one of my worst episodes. I’m doing much better today, with the help of medication, diet and daily walks, but I owe the biggest thanks for my recovery to my husband, Dustin. I’m a big proponent of treating depression with medication. For many of us, it’s the only way. Diet and exercise serve to augment the medication’s effects. None of us, however, can get better without the help of our closest loved ones. For me, that person is Dustin. Today, when people ask how I got through that dark period, I tell them Dustin, naturally nurturing and a born problem-solver, was smart. I don’t know how he knew exactly what to do. I’m not even sure he knew what he was doing at the time. But when I look back on those months, I realize there were steps Dustin took that led to the dark cloud lifting — because it truly is like a dark cloud that hovers. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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