Funding for 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grants

Plan a community volunteer service projects commemorating Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17, in your community. Successful applicants will receive $500 to help implement projects.
The MCCS challenge to communities all over Maine is to develop volunteer service projects that; unite community sectors in service, address a problem or condition that impacts quality of life for individuals or a community, and provides those who serve an opportunity to reflect on the link between their service, the problem, and the local implications for the community residents.

Maine soldier surprises son at school

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This weekend is off to a great start for a 5th grader from Alfred.

Brayden Melvin didn't think his father, Corporal Rob Morissette, would be home from Afghanistan until around Christmas. But Friday, Morissette showed up at Melvin's school to surprise him.

Brayden had seen news reports of other kids who were surprised by their fathers at school, and he told his mom that it would be great if that happened to him.

Morissette has been serving in Kabul with the 1136th Transportation Company out of Sanford since March. He said Brayden has been a big help to his mom. Cpl. Morissette said, "He's grown up a lot. And he's been the man of the house when I've been gone, so I'm really proud of him."

Cpl. Morissette has to return to Afghanistan on December 4, but he will be around for Thanksgiving and Brayden's 11th birthday. His tour ends in March.

Eleven Maine Hospitals Selected for National Quality Improvement Effort

Eleven hospitals across Maine will participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Hospital Quality Network, an innovative, nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The AF4Q initiative is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. Maine’s AF4Q initiative is led by Quality Counts in close collaboration with the Maine Health Management Coalition and the Dirigo Health Agency’s Maine Quality Forum.

During the AF4Q Hospital Quality Network, hospital teams will work together to improve the quality and safety of patient care by piloting and testing new quality improvement strategies over an 18-month period.

Lebanon Rescue Honored as Maine EMS Department of the Year

Lebanon Rescue Chief Samantha Cole is proud to announce that the men and women who volunteer with the Lebanon Rescue Department were honored with a very prestigious award on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 while attending the EMS Conference in Rockland, Maine. The Lebanon Rescue Department was honored as the 2010 Department of the Year.
“The men and women work hard year round to help their community and never ask for a thank you, but I think it is important that these volunteers receive recognition for the excellent service that they do for the community and for the sacrifice that they make. This award is an amazing honor for the volunteers and we are so proud to have received it.” Chief Samantha Cole added.
Each year, awards are given out for EMS Department of the Year, Call of the Year, Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year and also members of the medical services are inducted into a very elite “Maine EMS Hall of Fame”.

Bull Moose Scarborough Adds Books Creating the Largest Store of its Kind in New England

The Scarborough Bull Moose Warehouse Store expansion to more than 13,000 sq. ft. will be complete on November 13, making this single store the biggest retailer of books, DVDs, video games, and CDs in New England.
The expanded Bull Moose will have room for over 20,000 books of all genres as well an even larger selection of music, movies, and video games.  People who expect Bull Moose to be a price leader will not be surprised to learn that all books will be 35% off list price. 
“Because we’re a cost cutting locally-owned business, we think we can operate more efficiently than big box retailers – this allows us to extend our low prices to books too,” says owner Brett Wickard. “And we’re going to carry a wide variety of books that appeal to everybody… we’ll have the best selling new releases, a kids corner with children’s books, books for young readers, older readers and everyone in between,” added Wickard.

Traffic Advisory for Lebanon

Town officials from Lebanon and Milton will continue to work with the States DOT to have the bridge fixed as soon as possible. There will be concrete barriers put up to block all traffic.
Larry Torno, the Lebanon road commissioner and his crew will be putting up the barricades on Monday November 15th in the morning. Signs will be put up at the beginning of the road to alert motorists so they don't travel all the way to the bridge to be turned around.
"We understand the hardship this causes for residents traveling into Milton and will cause about a ten minute extended travel for those residents to go through to the Champion Street bridge into Milton. We also understand that a lot of people from Lebanon cross the bridge to go to the weekly ice races also.

York County corrections officers picket sheriff

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the corrections officers's union at the York County Jail spent the day picketing against the current sheriff, who's running for re-election.

Members of the National Correctional Employees Union Local 109 voted to support Craig Gagne for sheriff over the current sheriff, Maurice Ouellette.  They say Ouellette hasn't taken their complaints of misconduct against two superior officers seriously and that there's poor morale at the jail.

However, only half of the corrections officers bothered to vote, and some of those who did not vote say they have no problem with the current administration.