October 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police say handgun was used in Eliot bank robbery / Food bank distributes 10,000 pounds of food in one day ... and other news from around the state

Eliot

Police say one of two bank robbers wielded handgun

Two men, one wielding a handgun, robbed the Kennebunk Savings Bank branch at 7 Levesque Drive in Eliot of an undetermined amount of cash Saturday morning, police said.

The men, wearing black ski masks and blue jeans, entered the bank at about 10:50 a.m. and demanded money.

One of them held a gun while another took the cash, said a police dispatcher.

Police said the men may have fled on foot.

No one was hurt in the incident.

AUGUSTA

Mobile food bank distributes 10,000 pounds of food

Officials say a mobile food bank has distributed about 10,000 pounds of food to more than 800 people in a single day.

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Good Shepherd Food-Bank’s food mobile in Augusta on Friday.

Organizers say that between 10 a.m. and noon more than 800 people had gone through line.

Good Shepherd distributes food to about 600 partner agencies and is the largest hunger relief program in the state.

Joyce Sabins, 54, told the Kennebec Journal that she came to the free food distribution because she needs food to get through the rest of the month or else she might have to go without something else, possibly her medications.

Group urges Maine residents to OK higher education bond

A group of Maine business and community leaders led by Maine’s former chief justice have launched a statewide campaign urging residents to vote in favor of a bond supporting the state’s seven community colleges next month.

Citizens for Higher Education, chaired by former Maine Chief Justice Daniel Wathen, is advocating for the $15.5 million bond that will appear as question No. 5 on Maine’s November ballot. Four other bonds, including ones for Maine’s universities and roads and bridges, will also be on this year’s ballot.

The bond will allow the community colleges to expand and upgrade buildings and classrooms to provide education and job training to more students. The group says that despite the large growth in community colleges over the last decade, many students aren’t able to enroll because there isn’t enough space.

Several television ads urging support of the bond will run up to the election, including one that profiles David Richardson of Ludlow. Richardson got a job at Bison Pumps in Houlton thanks to his education at Northern Maine Community College’s precision machining program after losing his job at a mill.

Citizens for Higher Education’s supporters include former Maine Govs. John Baldacci and John McKernan as well as President and Chief Executive Office of L.L. Bean Chris McCormick.

BOSTON

Federal official to discuss making college affordable

A senior federal official is set to join New England education leaders in Boston on Monday to discuss creative ways to make college affordable and accessible.

U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Education Jamie Studley will discuss President Obama’s recent proposals targeting the soaring costs of higher education when he addresses the Leadership Summit on Cost in Higher Education.

– From staff and news services

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