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.

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The State parks of Maine had a record breaking camping season

State Parks in Maine - including ours right here in Aroostook County- are celebrating what turned out to be a record breaking camping season. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and lands announced recently that through September, 255,553 campers had been recorded for the 2018 year.

County healthcare providers open new advocacy center to help kids

County healthcare providers say the opening of a new advocacy center to help children who've been sexually abused is a huge positive in this community. Providers of the Northern Light A.R. Gould hospital say there were huge challenges in treating kids who have experienced sexual trauma in that many of the resources and services were located Bangor south. To now have a site that's county based opens the door to more kids and families getting access to services and treatment to cope and eventually heal the wounds of trauma. ###

All aboard for the PI historical society foliage molly trolley ride

The Presque Isle Historical Society hosted a fall foliage ride aboard Molly the Trolley on Saturday. Kim Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors, served as tour guide, narrated the trip, providing historical information along the journey, including discussion of the area's first settlers.

A former County advocate for domestic violence was back for a local event

A former County advocate for domestic violence awareness who now works at the state level was back in this neck of the woods recently. Francine Garland Stark is the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She was formerly the executive director of the Hope and Justice Project. She recently took part in the Walk It Up Presque Isle event put on by her former organization. Garland Stark says she enjoys getting out and visiting her member agencies often, especially during domestic violence awareness month.

Tomorrow nights debate is an important one

We at WAGM are gearing up for an important evening tomorrow night, one that will hopefully help you make an informed decision at the polls on November 6th. We're hosting a second congressional district debate. This is video from the congressional debate in 2016. Aroostook Partnership Advocacy Chair and co-moderator Jason Parent says the second congressional district is one of the races to watch this year...as it's one of the key races that will dictate the balance of power in Congress. In the runnning are republican Bruce Poliquin, who currently holds the seat, democrat Jared Golden, and independents Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar. Parent says it's important for people to hear from all four candidates...he adds that it's important to host a debate up here so that Aroostook County's voice is heard and have the issues we face here come to the forefront of the conversation. He says topics of conversation will include the economy and workforce expansion, the opioid crisis, and health care.

 

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Posted: 10/19/2018 - Quick breakdown of the playoff brackets in Classes B, C, and D for County teams.

Posted: 10/19/2018 - Matt's top four players to pick up and play for Week 7.

Posted: 10/18/2018 - Hodgdon's Sarah Williams is still third in the Most Valuable Coach award voting.

Posted: 10/18/2018 - Nick Brewer is the WAGM Athlete of the Week

Posted: 10/17/2018 - The CAHS boys and girls soccer teams are the only undefeated teams in the County.