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Town Planner Didn’t See Calls For His Resignation Coming, Which Explains A Lot

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorAbout a dozen residents called for the resignation of town planner Tad Redway at a forum held Aug. 25. Also during the meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to keep the mil rate the same for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at $14.50. In what became an informal, emotional expression of anger toward Redway for performing what the residents said was an unsatisfactory job, residents argued that Redway’s planning was getting in the way of commercial development due to proposed regulations that were too confining. Specifically, residents said they were frustrated about a particular aspect of the town’s comprehensive plan. Chairman Dan Dubois allowed the public comment portion of the forum to continue for more than an hour. Committees and administration in Arundel have been working for more than two years to adjust the town’s comprehensive plan. Town committees have been reconfiguring the comprehensive plan since The Chesapeake Group completed its market and branding study earlier this year. The study concluded the town should utilize its agrarian roots and image as a tool to attract businesses. (read more at The Kennebunk Post)

Students Excited To Begin Their Eighth Year Of Sixth Grade At UMaine Farmington

UMaine FarmingtonFARMINGTON — More than 500 new students were welcomed to the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon during a matriculation ceremony. Of the 518 students, 430 are first-year students and 88 are transfer students, said Jamie Marcus, director of admissions. Eighty-eight percent of the incoming class is from Maine, representing 15 of its 16 counties, while the rest are from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. One student is from Africa. “On behalf of the Admissions Office, I can say that I am wicked excited to officially welcome you to the University of Maine at Farmington, your new home for the next four years,” Marcus said. He said most of the first-year students come from Cumberland County, while most of the transfer students come from Franklin County. Half of the transfer students are coming in from four-year colleges. He said the Class of 2018 is very talented academically, coming in with a grade-point average of 3.0. Sixty new students will enter the UMF Honors program and 11 are Mitchell Scholars, which Marcus described as “a huge and prestigious honor” for UMF. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Cranky Old Maine Humorist Of Indeterminate Gender Having Trouble Picking One Topic Not To Be Funny About

Cranky Mainer of indeterminate genderShe who believes in spiritual, semi-mystical magic is out in the yard digging a hole. We’ll get to that later. Right now I’m thinking that the cartoon guy with the sign that says “The end of days are here; repent,” is on to something. Dig these headlines: Ebola running wild across the planet. A tornado in Maine. Two hurricanes and an earthquake on the same day in Hawaii, another earthquake rattlingthe pinot noir grapes in the Napa Valley, Gov. Rick Perry being indicted, recycling gone amok in Waterville, the tea party, monsoon rain, and now — wait for it, here it comes — a tick in our backyards that makes us allergic to meat! Say what? A tick that makes us allergic to Big Macs and Whoppers, meatballs, hanger steaks and sirloin tips? OMG, is bologna on that list? This is serious. How does one make a Manwich burger with tuna or tofu? Evangelist Pat Robertson was laughed at for suggesting that earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly an Earth-destroying meteor were all part of God’s punishment for letting someone’s nephew in Las Vegas marry someone’s son from Alabama. Is it possible that this tick is heaven’s punishment for eating fast food? As if obesity and gas weren’t enough, now Burger King has incurred God’s wrath? Maybe vegans have had it right all along. Perhaps vegans are messengers from beyond. Maybe they are “The Others”? I know the economy is struggling. Obama’s numbers are down, and the Red Sox are being shamed by Mo’ne Davis, but this tick thing is out of control. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Union Negotiators Announce That All The Donuts Are Gone Already

fairpoint union negotiators mainePORTLAND, Maine — Union negotiators with the ability to call a strike of about 2,000 New England employees of FairPoint Communications are mulling their next step after being forced to work under contract conditions they don’t like. Members of two unions that represent FairPoint employees began working under the terms of the company’s last offer Thursday morning, after management declared an impasse in negotiations that allowed them to impose the most recent offer on workers. “We’ve not decided what’s going to happen,” said Peter McLaughlin, a lead negotiator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2327. “The options are to work under the imposed agreement, we could be locked out or we could strike — those are the big three options.” McLaughlin said lead negotiators for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont do not have a deadline for making a decision. Members of the union authorized declaration of a strike before the contract covering about 800 Maine workers expired Aug. 2. “Nobody takes a strike lightly, but it’s not like we’re hesitant,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve been working at this for some time, and we’re not all new to this process, and we know what we need to do.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Scarborough Has A “Canine Education And Enforcement Committee.” The Town Is Mostly Paved And Nearly Everyone Poops Indoors, Too

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorSCARBOROUGH — As the first summer with new leash laws and a beach monitoring program comes to a close, the Canine Education and Enforcement Committee is prepared to make recommendations for improving the welfare of dogs and endangered birds on town beaches. Over the course of five meetings this summer, the seven-member ad-hoc committee reviewed tag programs for dogs, researched the feasibility of dog parks in town, created signs and education materials, and oversaw the new piping plover beach monitoring program. The panel also worked to ease a transition to the new leash laws for dogs on beaches, which have divided dog owners and beach-goers for several months. But tensions on the beach continue. “Scarborough is not going to earn their dog-friendly badge,” committee member Cheryl Larou said. The town began changing its animal control ordinance after an incident last summer, when an off-leash dog killed an endangered piping plover and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service served the town with a suggested $12,000 fine. In response, councilors enacted a ban on off-leash dogs that was struck down by a nearly 3-1 margin in a December referendum. Councilors then formed an ad-hoc committee to craft a new animal control ordinance to satisfy dog owners and better protect the endangered birds on town beaches. (read more at The Forecaster)

Police Accuse Suspected Child Molester Of Being A Lawyer

lawyerLawrence Winger, a well-regarded lawyer who lives in Falmouth and has an office in Portland, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with possessing child pornography. Maine State Police said Winger, 63, turned himself in at the Cumberland County Jail, nine days after Computer Crimes Unit searches of his home at 12 Bay Shore Drive and his office on Pearl Street. The searches yielded a laptop computer and two external hard drives, one of which contained dozens of images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity, police said. None of the images appeared to be of Maine victims, authorities said. Winger was cooperative during the searches, said Detective Justin Kittredge of the Computer Crimes Unit, who made the arrest. Winger was accompanied by his lawyer, Neale Duffett, when he surrendered Wednesday, and was released on $500 bail. The case will be turned over to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, Kittredge said. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

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)

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