Gov. LePage says teens shouldn't need a permit to work

Governor LePage wants to see more younger folks go to work in the tourism industry this summer. The governor says there are 25,000 15 and 16 year olds in the state of Maine, and he'd like to see them make money by working in those jobs. LePage says right now, legislation requires these teens to obtain permits to work. LePage says due to the long process it takes to get a permit, these teens should be able to fill these jobs without having one. "It takes about three weeks within a 10 week system," said LePage. "They get 10 weeks vacation it takes about three weeks to get a permit. Many kids don't do it, we only issue about 3,000 permits. We have a significant shortage in the tourist industry in the summer season." The governor says Maine leads the nation in the percentage of available workers who are actually working, at around 62 percent. He says the national average is 59 percent.

Veterans invited to be honored during August Fest

Veterans from all branches of the military will be honored during August Fest activities in Washburn on Saturday. Hollie Umphrey, chair of the Washburn August Festival, says the entire event is geared toward veterans. She is inviting military personnel - both residents of Washburn and those from elsewhere - to join the day-long celebration.

Organization celebrates 10 years of serving local communities

An organization that serves the southern region of the County is celebrating 10 years. Adopt-a-Block in Houlton started going door to door to meet the needs of a few people. Now, a decade later, they've reached thousands.

Madawaska sets interim budget

Madawaska is operating under an interim budget as officials wait for the revaluation of the local paper mill. Kathy McCarty spoke with the town manager about how this factors into the town's taxes.

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The sky is putting on a show this weekend! A Meteor Shower that happens every year and will be at its peak Sunday night into Monday. Local science educator and big time universe enthusiast Larry Berz shared with NewsSource 8's Katie Zarrilli the reasons that this is an event you won't want to miss.

Mock plane crash to take place tomorrow

Those traveling through or living in Presque Isle may see a lot of emergency vehicles around tomorrow, but there's no need for alarm.

Easton to see mill rate increase

Easton residents and businesses will soon find their wallets a little bit lighter.


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