Central Maine News: Waterville Residents Getting Ready to Start Curbside Recycling
These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.
This week, Waterville residents will take out the trash the old way. A new system of city trash collection begins, bringing changes to long-standing habits. According to the Sentinel, Waterville is moving to a pay-as-you-throw system in the fall, but city leaders hope that by starting curbside recycling now, residents will develop recycling habits that will mean less trash and lower costs under the new program. The pay-as-you-throw system begins in September, when residents will be required to buy official trash bags for rubbish disposal. (Sentinel)
The Augusta Boys and Girls Club for Teens has a funding problem. Spurwink ended its direct relationship and ceased funding the operations of the club, which serves 200 Augusta-area teens per year. According to the KJ, that has left officials and volunteers with the local club, who have known for about a year that Spurwink had planned to end the arrangement, to scramble to cover the annual $125,000 operating budget in other ways, including seeking to re-establish the nonprofit status it gave up when it joined with Spurwink. Those with the club say charging teens or their families fees to participate in club programs is not under consideration by the board. 65 percent of Cony students have families with incomes low enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. (KJ)
Have you had problems with an unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. A report in today’s Pediatrics says an Apple iPad caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital. (AP)
Gov. LePage is urging congressional action to prevent a looming shortfall in federal highway dollars. In a letter, LePage criticizes Congressman Mike Michaud for failing to work with President Barack Obama’s administration to find a solution. Michaud, who’s challenging LePage for governor, said in a statement that he co-sponsored a bill to fix the problem but it was blocked by Republicans. (AP)
Maine officials hope that a new database will help prospective college students make more informed decisions about what degree to pursue and how much to borrow for their education. The database will allow users to view first-year earnings of graduates from Maine public universities and community colleges in various programs. (AP)
A New Hampshire man who was 16 when his lover persuaded him and his friends to kill her husband has been moved to a minimum-security prison. Wlliam “Billy” Flynn was transferred this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary. Pamela Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison. (AP)