20 Dec WCME Midcoast News December 20, 2015
The founding director of a highly regarded associate degree program in composite science and manufacturing at the Southern Maine Community College campus in Brunswick has resigned. Andrew Schoenberg says he’s leaving out of concern about student safety after the college’s president refused to reconsider the elimination of a full-time lab manager position. Students are exposed to toxic chemicals and industrial machinery in the composites lab. An industry group that helped the college to create the program says it will end its partnership and is removing more than a million dollars worth of laboratory equipment from the school.
23-year-old Andrew Sproul of Boothbay is at Boston Medical Center with severe head injuries after the explosion of a large truck tire at a Sears auto center in Salem, New Hampshire, where a worker was killed. Sproul was a customer at the center. His grandmother says he is in serious but stable condition.
Stavros Mendros of Lewiston has been ousted as chairman of the Androscoggin County Republican Committee after controversy regarding almost eight thousand dollars in missing cash and the resignation of the committee’s treasurer. The missing money has apparently been repaid.
The Brunswick Dragons’ star football running back Will Bessey (pictured) is one of three finalists for the 45th James Fitzpatrick trophy to be awarded next month in Portland to the top senior high school football player in the state.