t's a place for the Shiretown's older residents to call their own. The Putnam House Center for Seniors had its grand opening last week. The senior center sits at 48 Court Street in Houlton. Executive Director of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, Jane Torres, says it's a place for seniors to come and spend time together and participate in activities, like playing cards, knitting, listening to music or just chatting. She says more than 125 people came out for the open house last week. Yesterday was the first day seniors could come to the house to just spend time there. Torres says this is a project the community truly embraced. Businesses either donated to the project or offered good prices.
Collaboration continues between UMFK and UMPI, with the appointment of Jason Towers, who will serve as executive director of enrollment management for the two universities. Towers comes to Maine after 17 years with American National University of New York, most recently serving as their executive vice president of Campus Operations. In his new shared position, Towers will direct enrollment activities for both campuses, as they seek to build stronger partnerships with public schools, universities, and regional employers.
Back in January, Governor LePage issued an executive order placing a moratorium on permits for new commercial wind turbines in Maine and called for the creation of a commission to study the turbines' impact on the environment, property values and tourism. But, a local college program with a wind power curriculum says wind is not only an alternative energy resource..but a strong resource for boosting jobs in Maine. Shawn Cunningham reports.
Fort Kent's town board has appointed police chief Tom Pelletier as the interim town manager. He says so far, its been busy. "The department heads and people in the positions here know what they're doing," said Pelletier. "So when you're put in charge of a group of people who are willing to help and know their job, it makes my job much easier." Pelletier adds that he's only filling in to bridge the gap until a new town manager is hired.
Officials in Madawaska are happy about a bill signed into law last week that allows Maine towns to ban sex offenders from any state or municipal park, athletic field, or recreational facility serving children. Madawaska town manager Gary Picard said that some time ago, officials with the town noticed a flaw in the law - that the state law only allowed the setbacks for registered sex offenders if the property was leased to a nonprofit. Picard called it an inadvertent technicality and he himself gave testimony to lawmakers. He said before the change, the town's ordinance was stricter than the state law, so it was not enforceable. Picard didn't expect the law to be changed this legislative session, but says that Representative Roland Martin's bill was supported unanimously by lawmakers.
With school shootings happening more and more, law enforcement agencies and school districts are looking into ways of being more prepared. In this edition of Police Beat, NewsSource 8's Brandon Beville talks to a Maine State Police Sergeant about a training being held at many schools right here in the County.