Environmental regulators to hold hearing on Calais LNG Extension

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will decide at it's meeting next week whether to grant Calais LNG an extension until January 15th to rule on its application to build a liquified natural gas terminal in Calais. Calais LNG asked for the extension last month after it's option to purchase 250 acres of land for the project expired. Calais LNG is also in the process of finding a new investor. The Board of Environmental Protection can decide to approve the extension request, or return the application as incomplete, The meeting will be held next Thursday at  1:00pm at the Elks Lodge in Augusta.

FIRST EVER ARK ANIMAL SHELTER "KITTYPALOOZA!"

The Ark Animal Shelter of Cherryfield and Ellsworth is holding its first ever “KITTYPALOOZA” satellite animal adoption event on Sunday, December 19th from 11 to 4 at the former H.C. Austin Furniture building on Main Street in Ellsworth.  Admission is free.

Cats, cats and more cats!  (Kittens too, of course.)  The Ark’s going to have at least 20 orphaned & hopeful adult cats at the H.C. Austin building that day - all who are looking for their “furr-ever” home.  Adult cat adoption fees will be waived on December 19th only, with the exception of the mandatory $15 rabies inoculation.

The Ark’s offering many other fun opportunities at their Ellsworth KITTYPALOOZA..  Dr. W.

LePage team takes ideas from business owners in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The transition team of Governor-elect Paul LePage is reaching out to business owners in the state to hear their thoughts on how state government could work better for them.

The Governor-elect's Office is working with state leaders and local chambers of commerce by holding "Red Tape Review Workshops." One meeting was held at Ellsworth City Hall Tuesday morning, during which local business leaders were on hand to share their thoughts on what kinds of regulatory reforms in Augusta could help businesses in the state.

Many in attendance expressed concern regarding high taxes in Maine as well as the high cost of providing employee healthcare. Members of LePage's transition team are hoping that more business owners will attend future sessions.

Man dies in construction accident

DEER ISLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Hancock County Sheriff's office says a man that fell while working on the Deer Isle bridge died from his injuries.

They say 29 year old Ercio Gasques was from New Jersey and was employed by a Pennsylvania contractor working on the bridge.

They say Gasques fell off the bridge mid afternoon Sunday.  Officials say he fell about 40 feet, and suffered massive head trauma and died enroute to the hospital.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department will be helping OSHA with their investigation of the work place fatality.

Calais LNG loses option on land, asks state board for another extension

CALAIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Calais LNG missed another deadline Wednesday to show the Board of Environmental Protection that it has a new financial backer for the project, and it's option to purchase a key 250 acre parcel of land for the LNG terminal has expired.   Art Gelbert, development manager for Calais LNG says he is hopeful that the board will grant Calais LNG an extension until January 15th so that it can work out a deal with the landowners. He says without that piece of land the project could not move forward.  Gelbert also stated that more than 20 million dollars has been invested in the project so far.

Calais City Manager Diane Barnes says the city wants the project to move forward. "For right here in Calais, all of Washington County, even in all the state of Maine it means good paying jobs," Barnes said. 

Hancock county Diabetes Support Group featuring Reflexology: Therapy for Feet and Hands

The Hancock County Diabetes Support Group will meet on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom (Door C) at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Michael MacDonald will present a session on Reflexology: Therapy for Feet and Hands. Michael will explain how reflexology can improve circulation and reduce body stress. If you would like a hands-on session with Michael at this meeting, please come with clean feet and socks.
            The Hancock County Diabetes Support Group which meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is facilitated by the staff of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Center. This program is free and open to the public. Call 664-5475 for more information.

BAGADUCE CHORALE PRESENTS A WARING BLEND

BLUE HILL - The Bagaduce Chorale Holiday Concert will take on a decidedly Fred Waring look on

Friday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, December 11 at 3 p.m. at the First

Congregational Church of Blue Hill.
   
     Music Director Bronwyn Kortge of Lamoine has reached into the past this season to celebrate the

creative genius of Fred Waring who set to choral music so many familiar holiday tunes. Waring and

his Pennsylvanians, the group's moniker, recorded and inspired much of the music associated with

this holiday season, including White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and a special rendition of Rudolph

the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
   
     "When I was a little girl," Kortge said, "it just wasn't Christmas until we played the music of Fred

Waring and his Pennsylvanians on the hi-fi.