Legislature Deals With Biennial Budget and Hospital Debt Repayment
LD 1555, “An Act To Strengthen Maine's Hospitals and To Provide for a
New Spirits Contract,” passed both the Maine House and Senate
unanimously under the hammer, moving the state closer to repaying the
debt owed to hospitals. The measure will pay Maine’s hospitals,
restructure the state’s liquor operations and sales, and advance bonds.
The biennial budget proposal for 2014/2015 was also considered by the
House and Senate, with a 102-43 vote in favor of enactment in the House
and a 25-10 vote in favor of enactment in the Senate. The budget
proposal now awaits a decision by Governor LePage. The full budget
document is available HERE.
Community Preservation Grants available; deadline July 1
Each year, Historic New England provides Community Preservation Grants
of $1,000 each to a small to mid-sized heritage organization in each of
the six New England states. These grants support projects that raise
the visibility of historic preservation and present diverse stories of
life in our region. Past projects have included the renovation of a
historic theater in New Hampshire, preservation of hand-colored
photographs in Rhode Island, and the purchase of archival shelving to
preserve family papers in Vermont.
Historic New England seeks to support projects that complement our
goal of telling diverse stories of New England life. Award recipients
will be announced in August 2013.
The application is simple. Apply online before Monday, July 1.
Learn more about the Community Preservation Grants program, and see a list of previous recipients HERE.
Maine History Corner
At the turn of the century, two of Maine’s famous citizens were oxen –
the world’s largest, in fact. Owned by A.S. Rand of Stetson, and named
A. Granger and Mt. Katahdin, the two oxen weighed in at about 6600
pounds and were too big to do farm work. In order to keep their leg
muscles strong enough to support their massive weight, Rand placed the
oxen’s water at the end of a raised board so they were forced to
exercise their leg muscles in order to reach it. Because they were too
large for farm work, Rand exhibited them around the northeast United
States and southeast Canada. They were even displayed at Madison Square
Garden in 1906. After the death of Mt. Katahdin, the ox was mounted and
used in events such as parades until it was destroyed in a 1934 fire.
Lore says that A. Granger was buried under an apple tree in Stetson
following his death. For more information on these remarkable animals