State, local officials plan for Bushmaster's departure

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor Baldacci says he plans to visit employees of Bushmaster Firearms in Windham later this month to talk about their future, now that the company has announced it will be closing the plant at the end of March.

State Senator Bill Diamond, who met with the governor Tuesday, says those employees could be retrained for other industries, but with any luck, the town will be able to attract a new manufacturer into Bushmaster's 60,000 square foot building.

Dick Dyke, who sold Bushmaster to The Freedom Group in 2006, still owns the building where the company is housed. He tells NEWS CENTER that his goal is to have a new company in that building when Bushmaster's lease expires in July, even if it means investing in that business himself.

Bushmaster employs 73 people at its Windham facility.

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Windham High School Winter Concert

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High School Winter Concert - December 14, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Naples Winter Carnival 2010

Naples Winter Carnival 2010

Naples Carnival
Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th
Two full days of winter fun on Long Lake, Naples Maine, Town Dock
Radar Run * Sat & Sun --- 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Poker Rally * Saturday --- $$ Prizes
(Registration: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Food Booths * Naples Fire Dept & Lions Club
PLEASE WELCOME !!!
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Town looking for creative ideas to reopen beleagured beach

RAYMOND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials in the town of Raymond are seeking proposals from the public to help them reopen their beleagured beach.

The beach on Sebago Lake was closed for a variety of issues last summer.  Water quality tests showed high levels of E-coli due to the heat, as well as animal and human waste.  Warm temperatures also drove up the number of users, many of whom failed to clean-up after themselves, leaving behind piles of trash.

"This is an experiment," said Raymond Town Manager Don Willard.  "We are going to see if the private sector has a better idea."

The town is looking for people interested in operating the beach as a private, for-profit enterprise.

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An Acoustic Evening Concert, FREE!

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First Fruits Ministries
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Because Of Our Generous Sponsors, Admission Is FREE!

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Operation Tribute growing to help more military members

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- What started three years ago as a way to say thanks to the children of Maine service members, Operation Tribute has quickly grown to help thousands of kids throughout the Northeast.

"It really is time that we step up and show our appreciation," said Marc Badeau, the founder and driving force behind Operation Tribute.  "The time for bumper sticker slogans is over.  You know, putting the yellow ribbon on your car is nice, but this is a real way to be able to give back to the family and give back to the troops in a way that is very meaningful to them."

The way Operation Tribute works is simple.  Service members sign up to receive a gift for their children and the organization ships a present to the child as a way to say thanks for their sacrifice.

Join us for a night of family fun & festivities!

Join us for a night of family fun & festivities!

Naples tree lighting and silent wreath auction.

December 12, 3-7pm at the Singer Center located at the Village Green in Naples.