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.
Limestone has a new interim town manager, but he's no stranger to the community. NewsSource 8's Kathy McCarty has more.
The Sargent Family Community Center hosted the annual Peanut Carnival today, providing a fun-filled afternoon for area youth. Volunteers set up various booths and games, from face painting and bowling, to basketball and a bounce house. Smiles and laughter were plentiful, as children competed and tried their luck at the many carnival-like games. "We're experiencing record numbers for this event," said Program Director Andrew Perry. "Attendance has been phenomenal, just an amazing time. We're really excited about carrying on the tradition of the Peanut Carnival." Perry says well over 200 children participated in the event, making this year's Peanut Carnival one of the best in Rec Department history.
Today at Dr. Levesque elementary School in Frenchville they and a splash party and Fun day to promote 5210 Lets Go Program. Brandon Beville was there and has has the story.