AUGUSTA (AP) — A man who says his jewelry company employers called him a “Big Indian” has won $40,000 in a lawsuit he filed in Maine.
Jason Brown says his employers’ comments about “Indians and firewater” made him feel reduced to his Native American heritage as a joke and a stereotype. Brown is a Penobscot Indian Nation member.
VASSALBORO (AP) — The Maine Attorney General’s Office says police officers were justified in fatally shooting two people who were in a pickup truck that rammed a police cruiser.
BREWER (AP) — Regulators say Maine fishermen’s sea urchin harvest was about in line with recent averages in 2017.
Fishermen in Maine, California, Alaska and other states harvest sea urchins for their roe, which is used as food. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says fishermen in the state harvested a little less than 2 million pounds of urchins last year.
AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control says five more people have died from the flu in the past week, even as the number of new cases and hospitalizations slowed.
The state said Wednesday that the number of new confirmed cases dropped 23 percent from the week before to 497, and the number of hospitalizations dropped by half to 54.
Morse High School Assistant Principal Eric Varney has been nominated to take over as principal of the high school from outgoing Principal John Pinkerton.
The school board will consider the nomination at a special school board meeting this Monday at 11:15 a.m.
BRUNSWICK — On Wed. March 21, at Coastal Landing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., recently retired University of Southern Maine Professor Allan Whitmore will discuss the conditions and events that resulted in the burning of the South Church in Bath in 1854.
BATH — Registration will open on Monday, March 12 for a five-week Lego Robotics class for children in grades two to four. The free classes will be on Tuesday afternoons from April 3 through May 8 (excluding the April vacation week) from 3:30-5 p.m.
With no candidates on the ballot, write-in candidates will battle for a seat on the MSAD 75 school board at the annual town meeting in Harpswell Saturday.
While Harpswell doesn’t keep track of write-in candidates, there are at least two announced candidates for the three-year term: Incumbent Joanne Rogers and newcomer Peter Huntsman.
Before it can apply for funds to give the village area a facelift, Lisbon has to give residents a chance to offer input.
A public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant application has been set for the next Lisbon Town Council meeting, March 20. The town intends to apply for the $300,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Additional parking planned for downtown Brunswick would rely on federal funding in order to move the project forward, according to town officials.
On Wednesday, students across the country will participate in a walkout to protest gun violence. Among students participating in the Midcoast are those from Morse High School.
The snow is falling and most area schools systems have canceled school for Thursday already. Many businesses have also announced they will be closed due to weather and some town have announced warming facilities in the event of power outages.
This Friday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m., the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber will be honoring 10 local business and community leaders for their company’s work and their individual successes at the annual awards night called The Big Night Out.