July 25, 2013

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LePage will attend service for victims of train disaster

Gov. Paul LePage plans to travel to Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Saturday to attend a memorial Mass for the victims of the this month's train disaster there that involved a Maine railroad company.

LePage will also meet with Colette Roy-Laroche, the town's mayor, and other dignitaries.

The town of about 6,000 people is located 10 miles from the Maine border.

"While a line divides our countries, it does not divide our people and it is important for Maine to support our northern neighbors during this time of need," LePage said in a written statement.

On July 6, a runaway train operated by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway rolled down a hill and crashed in the center of Lac-Megantic, setting off explosions that killed 47 people.

The railroad, based in Hermon, Maine, has been transporting crude oil through Quebec and Maine for delivery to an oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Last week, a five-person delegation from Franklin County visited Lac-Megantic to offer support and find out how Mainers could help.

The delegation included Danny Devoe, a French-speaking state employee who works in the governor's office on trade issues between Maine and Canada.


Probation system veteran will lead correctional center

A veteran of the state's probation system has been tapped to lead the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, an appointment the department's commissioner says will benefit the public by helping prepare prisoners for when they are released.

Commissioner Joseph Ponte appointed Scott Landry, currently the department's regional administrator for central Maine, as superintendent of the medium-security prison.

Landry has served with Maine Pretrial Services, federal probation and was a supervisor in the Portland office of MDOC's probation department.

Landry takes over for Scott Burnheimer, who retired after several years with the department.

Prisoners typically are assigned to probation once they are released from confinement, a period of supervision while they adjust to society and a mechanism to reduce the chance the prisoner will reoffend.

"The selection of Scott sends a strong message of our department's commitment to public safety by improving an offender's opportunity to be successful upon their return to the community," Ponte said in a statement.

Landry has served as a regional correctional manager and administrator since 2005.

Landry has a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Southern Maine and a master's in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service. 


Maine prices of heating oil, kerosene rise; propane falls

Gov. Paul LePage's office says heating fuel prices are on the rise in Maine.

The Republican governor's Energy Office said Wednesday that the current average price statewide for certain heating oil is $3.42 per gallon. That's up three cents from last week and up six cents from two weeks ago.

Kerosene prices have also risen to a statewide average of $3.48 per gallon. That's up three cents from two weeks ago.

At the same time, propane prices dropped. The statewide average for propane has dropped eight cents in the past week to $2.63 per gallon. 

LePage to sign proclamation to honor Korea War veterans

Gov. Paul LePage is encouraging Maine residents to join him in honoring the state's Korean War veterans this weekend.

The Republican governor will sign a proclamation on Thursday that makes Saturday Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day. LePage will be joined by a group of veterans at the Capitol.

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