The facility’s exterior renovations include replacing approximately 22,000 square feet of insulated wall system and installing 5,200 square feet of windows. The 8-foot windows at the top of the facility’s high walls are key to filling the interior with ambient light, comparable to the original design of the field house when it was constructed in 1924. The windows were replaced by insulation in the late 1970s.
The exterior renovations were deferred until summer to accommodate the indoor track season, and will not deter the annual Special Olympics on campus or UMaine’s many youth sports camps.
The Pit in Memorial Gym closed for five weeks beginning April 7 for the installation of a sprinkler system. During that time, work will also begin for new and renovated men’s and women’s sports locker rooms.
All renovations and construction are scheduled be completed as early as September. The project is one of UMaine’s major initiatives under Pathway 5, Stewardship of Place: Restoring the Dream, of the Blue Sky Plan.
UMaine Police Department, in conjunction with the Old Town and Orono Police departments will hold a drug take back event on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 AM. to 1 PM., at the Hannaford Supermarket at 500 Stillwater Ave. in Old Town.
Representatives from the Holy Family Food Pantry will also be there to collect non-perishable food items for local families in need.
Please check your medicine cabinet for outdated prescription drugs and drop them off with us to be safely disposed of.
And check your food shelves and bring any non-perishable food items for the Holy Family Food Pantry.
Location: 500 Stillwater Ave., Old Town – Hannaford Supermarket
Date: Saturday April 26, 2014
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
The official web page for Commencement 2014 is now on-line. Please note that Commencement will be a ticketed event this year. Click on the Tickets link on the page. This page will also provide live feeds of the ceremonies on May 9 (Graduate Student / Faculty Recognition Ceremony) and May 10, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM.
Bookmark this link.
February 7, 2014
Domestic violence awareness advocates share information and resources at State House
For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 7
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has proclaimed the month of February to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. He joined domestic violence awareness advocates in his office last week to sign the proclamation and praised them for their work.
“There is no room for any type of violence in Maine and I will do everything I can to stop the abuse,” said the Governor. “Violence awareness advocacy groups are an intricate part of helping raise awareness and supporting victims, and I commend these organizations, which are truly making a difference.”
According to Regina Rooney, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence’s Public Awareness Coordinator, “In 2013, nearly 40,000 youth in communities throughout Maine participated in education around dating violence and healthy relationships, provided by advocates from MCEDV resource centers. Outreach and awareness-building with young people is essential to laying the foundation for a violence-free future.”
On Thursday, Feb. 6, domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the State House in Augusta where they displayed and shared informational material with the public. Those who participated in this year’s event included, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Hope & Justice Project, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, Next Step, Family Violence Project, New Hope for Women, Family Crisis Services, Safe Voices, Caring Unlimited, Wabanaki Women’s Coalition, and the Maliseet Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
The Governor invites Mainers to join violence awareness advocates in helping to raise awareness on this important issue by encouraging statewide youth, families, schools, law enforcement communities, government agencies, elected officials, civic organizations and other interested groups to show support for the organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy and services and assistance to victims.
The Proclamation is as follows:
WHEREAS, the youth of Maine are this State’s most precious resource and greatest hope for the future, and ensuring their safety, well-being, positive development and growth into healthy citizens is a priority and responsibility we all share; and
WHEREAS, the transitional adolescent years present new challenges and choices for teens as they experience dating relationships for the first time; and
WHEREAS, teen dating violence, including physical, verbal and
emotional abuse, sexual assault, and harassment via texting, email or “instant messaging” is a reality for many teenagers in Maine and it is a reality of which many parents and caregivers are unaware; and WHEREAS, studies also indicate that effects of violent relationships can be serious and put victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and adult re-victimization; and
WHEREAS, both Houses of the U.S. Congress have declared February as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize February, 2014 as
TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH
throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.
Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26.
The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus. The event is free and open to the public. UMaine will also host “Skate with the Bears” from 2:30–3:30 p.m. to allow visitors a chance to meet the UMaine hockey teams.
The trophy will also be available for a public viewing session from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
For The Maine Campus
The University of Maine was one of the 20 locations across the state last week to take part in a test of Maine’s emergency preparedness procedures led by local emergency responders and National Guard units throughout New England, including New York and New Jersey.
The operation, known as the Vigilant Guard, staged several scenarios to test existing response procedures, including a hostage scenario at the State House in Augusta, according to a memo released by the Maine National Guard.
Agencies were tested to assess “their knowledge and expertise in assessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency response measures,” the memo stated.
Last week’s operation represented the first time the Vigilant Guard visited New England. With more than 3,000 members of the National Guard, local emergency responders and civilian groups, it was “the biggest operation by far,” Chief Master Sergeant Kelly Hoffses said.
Students and faculty arriving on campus early Tuesday and Wednesday found the area between Fogler and Alumni Hall cordoned off and occupied by a multitude of military and emergency vehicles in front of Holmes Hall. Affected sites included Holmes Hall, Moosehead Road, Beta Lot, Holmes Lot, Merrill Lot and parts of Fogler. A press release from the university alerted students and faculty about the closures. With the exception of certain ancillary functions at Fogler, campus traffic and activities went unhindered by the drill.
The university supplied emergency responders and the National Guard with a makeshift laboratory in Holmes Hall. The drill simulated a potential hazardous material leak reported to public safety by a janitor. Firefighters from the Orono Fire Department arrived on the scene only to determine the need for additional support. Members of the National Guard responded and arrived to cordon the area, identify the chemicals and assess the hazard.
Responders and Guard members “did a great job,” according to Wayne Maines, the UMaine director of safety and environmental management. “Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”
While responders were not tasked with the job of cleaning the chemical site, they performed extensive analysis and evaluation of the threat.
“They have to test every chemical,” Maines said.
In Holmes Hall, small vials from campus laboratories were released and mixed with refuse and household chemicals, such as Pine-Sol, which the team sifted through to sort and analyze. Some members of the team were dressed in full bio-contamination suits and could be seen entering and exiting the building all day.
Much of the drill was conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Orono Fire Department was joined by members of the National Guard from both the Bangor barracks and from New York. Wednesday, Nov. 6, members from the New Hampshire National Guard responded to a call for assistance in real time, arriving from the barracks in New Hampshire to the university in five hours.
With preparations in the works for more than a year, the university was approached by the Maine Emergency Management Agency with a request to incorporate the campus into the operation. Requests for comment from MEMA about the selection process were not answered.
The purpose of the Vigilant Guard is to “identify strengths and weaknesses [in emergency procedures],” Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Hoffses said. Building successful, strong relationships between local emergency responders and larger groups, like the National Guard and MEMA, is essential, according to Hoffses.
The exercises performed Tuesday and Wednesday replicated conditions that may be experienced in bio-terrorist activity, chemical leaks and spills. Such events are not rare. According to a 2010 report published by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 194 hazardous material spills occurred in Maine in 2006. The total number of spills recorded by the DEP that year were 2,974, a majority being non-hazardous material and oil.
On July 18, 2011, more than 50 gallons of hazardous material spilled at the NAMCO facility in Westbrook, requiring the evacuation of all workers, with firefighters from six cities and members of the Presumpscot Valley Hazardous Material Team responding to neutralize the chemicals, according to an article from the Portland Press Herald.
The Associated Press reported on June 3, 2012, that a chemical spill at the QuantumClean facility in Scarborough left three workers hospitalized and required local firefighters and emergency responders to contain and neutralize the chemicals.
Just recently on Feb. 21, 2013, nearly 150 people were evacuated from Hitchner Hall after a chemical reaction caused the release of chlorine gas.
Quick responses in past incidents helped to ensure the safety of the public and minimize injuries. With the training from the Vigilant Guard operation, local groups will be better equipped to react when hazardous chemical spills occur in the future.
Maines was on the scene with members of UMPD and student security to coordinate activity and provide information to students. “It’s important for students to know the importance of the [Maine National] Guard. And they’re right here in Bangor,” Maines said.
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November 6th, 2013
Hourly Wage: $15.54 – $16.01
The University of Maine is seeking applications to fill the position of Police Officer.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to practice Community Policing in a culturally, racially, and academically diverse University community of student, faculty, and visitors, many from Maine but some coming from across the United States and throughout the world. Work schedules will vary and will include day, evening, midnight, weekend, and holiday work, as well as numerous special “extra” details such as duty at many athletic events. Officers interact regularly with the community, most often in a positive and supportive role, to improve their educational and living activities and opportunities at UMaine.
Minimum requirements include an Associate’s Degree or equivalent hours, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to meet all requirements defined by the State of Maine for a Law Enforcement Officer license to practice, within one year of hire. Candidates will be required to successfully complete a series of testing including written and oral examinations, a psychological interview, a background investigation, a physical, and a polygraph test.
Certification by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy is preferred. If not certified, the applicant must take the ALERT test and a physical assessment test in order to meet the MCJA criteria. Starting salary may be $15.54 to $16.01 per hour depending on Maine Criminal Justice Academy Certification. Benefits include qualified health and retirement plan, educational incentives, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and shift differential. Shift differential is paid for evening and midnight shifts.
Position typically require: balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. May be subjected to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, oils, bodily fluids, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noises. Excellent hearing, clear speech, and excellent eyesight (corrected acceptable) are required. Must be able to function well under pressure with adverse stimulation and in potentially life-threatening situations. Appropriate background checks will be required.
To apply, please submit a current application along with a cover letter and resume relating qualifications and skills applicable to the duties specified above. Incomplete application materials cannot be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants is found.
11/06/2013 08:57 AM EST
Exercise Vigilant Guard continues today, Wednesday, November 6, 2013
##Today’s major simulated events:
* Statewide: Many County Emergency Operations Centers, and several local EOCS are exercising today. They are dealing with the aftermath of the fictional ice storm and blizzard. This includes massive power outages, emergency power failures at hospitals or other critical sites, damage to public buildings, and farm impacts including dead livestock. Counties are also testing multiple communications systems. * Orono: The hazardous materials response at the University of Maine campus continues today. * Jackman: a simulated bus accident will prompt cross-border a response. * State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise * Public health officials continue to respond to a simulated disease threat, and will be exercising mass dispensing of medications at a variety of locations
##About the Exercise:
The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.
The exercise continues statewide through noon on Friday.
11/05/2013 08:57 AM EST
##Tuesday, November 5, 2013:
Within the exercise scenario, Maine is faced with a simulated major winter storm (ice storm similar to 1998 followed by a blizzard and frigid temperatures), a major structural collapse, several mass casualty and hazardous materials incidents, and security threats, as well as other various scenarios, all happening at the same time.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise, using the scenario as an opportunity to train on emergency procedures. Representatives from most state agencies, several federal agencies and the American Red Cross, coordinate their activities in the EOC.
Today’s major simulated events:
* Brunswick: at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, response to a simulated structure collapse begins. This response will continue around the clock through Thursday. A number of multi-jurisdictional teams will rotate through the site. * Orono: The University of Maine campus will be the site of a hazardous materials threat * Calais: a hazardous materials accident will involve cross-border response * Augusta: a security incident will bring responders to the State House complex (late afternoon into evening).
At any of these sites, and others over the next few days, the public may see emergency or military vehicles, or groups of uniformed responders. Exercise vehicles will not be using lights or sirens.
##About the Exercise:
The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners. The main focus is interagency coordination in the event of domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.
The agencies will be pushed to use their knowledge and expertise accessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency-response measures. Just as in real life, these fictional events will create consequences that will require additional emergency intervention.
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013
Attorney General Mills Warns Door-to-Door Meat Sales are a Recipe for Deception
AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is warning Mainers about fraudulent door-to-door meat sellers who have been active in the state recently. The sellers claim the meat is left over from a delivery that fell through. They say you can buy the meat at extremely low prices, but the meat turns out to be very expensive and low-quality — and they won’t allow you to cancel.
Often the scammer tells you a local restaurant “couldn’t take the whole order,” or that a neighbor to whom the meat was to be delivered was not home. Such come-on lines usually are completely false. They just lead you to think you can get a great bargain — if you make a snap decision to buy. That’s a recipe for deception. Such scam-artists often fail to obtain required licenses, and they often fail to give customers the required written and oral three-day cancellation notices.
Follow these tips to avoid being cheated by door-to-door meat or food sellers:
Some door-to-door food sellers are legitimate. To check whether complaints have been received against a company — or to report a door-to-door food scam contact the Maine Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-436-2131 or 626-8849 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by email at email@example.com.