STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

STATEWIDE ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION & AWARENESS MONTH

Every year, thousands of teenagers across the State of Maine experience dating violence.  February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that focus on prevention. The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are calling on Mainers to help recognize this important month, not only for youth in Maine, but for communities statewide.

Dating violence is “controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can include verbal, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or a combination of these behaviors.”  Dating violence often starts with what may seem like minor behavior, such as teasing and name calling.

Planning Board Meeting

Planning Board Meeting

Planning Board Meeting (Feb. 15, 7pm )The Planning Board meets the first and third Tuesday of each month. This is a public meeting and citizens are welcome to attend and participate. If you have an item for review or approval by the Planning Board, please contact the Planning Department at the information listed below.

Event Location: Council Room @ Municipal Bldg 225 Water Street Skowhegan, Maine 04976

For more information contact: Nicole Martin (207) 474-6904 http://www.skowhegan.org/ skowcodesec@skowhegan.org

Occurs the third Tuesday of every month from August 29, 2006 to August 29, 2011. Next occurence on February 15, 2011.

Heritage Council Meeting

Heritage Council Meeting

Heritage Council Meeting (Feb. 15, 6:00 p.m. )
The Heritage Council meets the third Tuesday of each month. This is a public meeting and citizens are welcome to attend and participate. If you are interested in historic preservation or documentation please join in. Event Location:
 
Council Room @ Municipal Bldg
 
225 Water Street
 
Skowhegan, Maine 04976
 
For more information contact:
 
Nicole Martin
 
(207) 474-6904
 
www.skowhegan.org
 
skowcodesec@skowhegan.org
 

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

Two charged in Somerset County burglaries

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sheriff's deputies have arrested two people after an investigation of numerous burglaries and thefts throughout Somerset County over the last few months.

Ross Correia and Benjamin Tolman, who are both from New Portland, now face several charges.

Most of the break-ins occurred at camps, but some were at homes as well.

The stolen items included guns, tools, flat-screen televisions, and entertainment systems. Some have been recovered from area pawn shops.

Correia, 20, is charged with four counts of burglary and theft, criminal trespass and possession of marijuana. Tolman, 18, is charged with four counts of burglary and theft as well as criminal trespass.

The sheriff's department says so far at least twelve separate burglaries have been solved.

DRHS Key Club sponsors Recycles Week Jan. 24-29

DRHS Key Club sponsors Recycles Week Jan. 24-29

Dexter High School Key Club will be sponsoring a Recycles Week at Dexter Regional High School Jan. 24-29. Key Club members will promote recycling education and will be set up in the lobby each morning to collect computer ink cartridges, old cell phones and aluminum can tabs for Shriner Hospitals.
The collected items are recycled for cash, and 100 percent of the money raised goes to charities such as Shriner Hospitals, Camp Sunshine, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at Children's Floating Hospital at Tuft's Medical Center and Children of Peace International (COPI).
The Key Club will also be set up at the Mid-Maine Solid Waste transfer station on Saturday morning Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. - noon to collect used ink cartridges, old cell phones and can tabs for Shriner Hospitals.

Thousands of Arctic Cat snowmobiles subject of recall

SIDNEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 16,000 Arctic Cat snowmobiles are being recalled because of a defective suspension arm that could cause riders to lose control. 

The recall involves all 2010 Arctic Cat Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M, and CF model snowmobiles.  So far the company says the problem has only been reported in 13 machines, but advises owners to contact their dealer to schedule an appointment to get the issue fixed.

In Maine, there are about sixteen Arctic cat dealerships scattered throughout the state.  At Kramer's Incorporated in Sidney, they have been selling Arctic Cat sleds nearly as long as the company has been making them.