DOWN EAST NOTES
Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sersema, asked by a reader which small city has the liveliest/best dining scene, replied: "Thinking back over the past year, I think I'd give the honor to Portland, Maine (which is where I'm getting my fabulous smoked salmon and mussels for tomorrow night)."
Down East - If you take the average debt incurred by a student obtaining a four-year degree at a public institution in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia last year (for Maine the average is $23,792) and compare it to their 2008 median household income (Maine's is $46,581), you find that Maine is the fourth least affordable jurisdiction, behind only Alabama, Iowa and Mississippi. Maybe this financial burden is one of the reasons why new figures out this week show
Press Herald - An astronomical high tide coupled with a powerful snowstorm caused widespread flooding and road closures along the
Forecaster - The Regional School Unit 1 superintendent said that a projected 84 percent cut in state subsidy in the next few years might actually be optimistic. . . RSU 1 is already coping with a state subsidy loss of nearly $600,000, the impact of a $63 million state spending curtailment ordered this fall by Gov. John Baldacci that includes a $38 million cut in Education Department funds to support local schools. Shuttleworth and his staff planned to cover much of the loss through staff development cuts and not filling vacant positions.
Independent Eliot Cutler says that, if elected governor, he wll end Dirigo and Maine Care and instead provide "essential health care services for all
Susan Cover, Kennebec Journal reports that the last time a
The League of National Bicyclists lists