September 14, 2013

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Larlee, 45, of Lincoln, appeared in court alone and had no comment. The judge ruled that she qualified for a public defender.

She was released on personal recognizance under certain conditions, including that she stay off school property and have no contact with the alleged victim or anyone under the age of 17.

Authorities say the relationship occurred this summer and was uncovered during an unrelated investigation. Larlee was a technician for special education students at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln.


Award-winning architect to design new arts center

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has chosen Toshiko Mori to design its new building in Rockland.

The arts center, which has made its home in Rockport since its inception in 1952, plans to move to Rockland in 2015. The arts center plans to renovate an existing building at 21 Winter St. and has begun a $4 million fundraising campaign.

Mori is an award-winning architect with ties to Maine. She is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been active internationally since the early 1980s through her firm Toshiko Mori Architect, based in New York City.

She has won two International Art Critics Association Awards. She and her husband, the artist James Carpenter, have a home in the midcoast, and she supervised the redesign of the interior spaces of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.


Maine getting $300,000 for veterans' health care

Maine is getting $300,000 to boost mental health and other health care services for veterans who live in rural areas.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced the grant in a statement on Thursday.

Michaud said the grants will be used to enhance systems that allow Maine health care providers to electronically communicate with veterans who live far away in rural areas of the state. That allows providers to remotely detect issues like post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.


Ballpark will host weekend to honor veterans, families

The Maine Heroes Fund will hold its annual POW/MIA Recognition Weekend Sept. 20-21 at the Ballpark.

The event honors military veterans and their families and raises money to benefit the Wounded Heroes of Maine Fund.

Festivities start Sept. 20 with a POW/MIA Escort Ride, inviting motorcyclists to join the procession to bring the Schneider National "Ride of Pride" and the Indiana Air Search and Rescue Command Vehicle to the Ballpark.

The event will continue Sept. 21, with the Ballpark gates opening at 7 a.m. Food concessions will be available. A ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Gov. Paul LePage reading a proclamation.

That ceremony will be followed by the dedication of the Missing Man chair in the stadium at 1 p.m. The first of its kind in Maine, the seat is dedicated to the more than 92,000 American soldiers who fought overseas and are unaccounted for since World War I.

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