NEWCASTLE — Gov. Paul LePage abruptly canceled a scheduled forum at Lincoln Academy on Thursday with little explanation.

Local police officers assigned to oversee the event were present at the scheduled start time, as were members of the public and a handful of protesters.

Ted Talbot, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation sometimes called on to help staff the governor’s forums, told the Portland Press Herald that LePage canceled the forum at the last minute because he felt he needed to stay at the State House while the Legislature continued to work toward adjourning for the session.

Talbot said that he had no further information about what legislation or issue would require the governor’s immediate attention.

Peter Steele, the governor’s communications director didn’t provide further explanation in an emailed statement, saying only that LePage felt compelled to stay in Augusta as lawmakers enter the final stretch.

“The governor really enjoys having weekly dialogues around the state with the Maine people, and he sincerely regrets not being able to attend,” Steele wrote. “But in the frenzied last days of the legislative session, there is just too much work to do in Augusta.”

Legislative leaders have indicated all week that they hoped to finish their work by Friday or Saturday.

It was unclear if a particular bill required the governor’s attention, but he has taken a keen interest in several that lawmakers were scheduled to deal with Thursday or Friday.

Among the proposals is a bill that would greatly expand solar development in Maine, another designed to bail out the state’s ailing biomass plants and another proposal to expand MaineCare coverage through the Affordable Care Act.