RICHMOND — State Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, and Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, will be on hand for a community forum in Richmond on Wednesday.

The forum is meant to provide citizens with opportunities to share concerns, ask questions, and learn about the work of the 125th Legislature, according to a news release from the state Senate Democrats office.

The forum will be from noon to 1 p.m., at the Richmond Senior Center, 314 Front St.

Goodall will address a variety of topics and provide a brief overview of proposed and passed legislation, including the budget, investment bonds, insurance, elections, labor laws, education and economic development.

“I can promise that there will be no shortage of topics and I look forward to an open discussion about legislative and state issues impacting our communities,” Goodall said in the release.

Augusta surgeon cleared by jury

AUGUSTA — An Augusta surgeon was cleared by a jury late Thursday of a malpractice complaint brought by an Augusta woman.


The jury in Kennebec County Superior Court deliberated just more than an hour before returning an 8-1 verdict that Dr. Richard Morand was not negligent in performing gallbladder surgery on Melissa Stackhouse of Augusta.

The trial in the civil case started Tuesday morning.

On May 13, 2011, a three-person medical malpractice screening panel had cleared Morand 3-0 of negligence/malpractice.

Court records show the laparoscopic surgery occurred Jan. 24, 2008, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, and Stackhouse was discharged the following day.

Later, she underwent reconstructive surgery Feb. 8, 2008, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.



State park admission is free Sunday

AUGUSTA — Maine residents get free admission Sunday, Father’s Day, to all 48 state-owned and -operated parks, according to a news release from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

“We want to say thank you to all Maine residents who year after year support our beautiful state parks and historic sites with a special day just for them,” said bureau Director Will Harris. “We hope many Mainers will come out and enjoy a wonderful, fun day outdoors with their dads and granddads and great-granddads.”

The free admission for residents is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All vehicles with Maine license plates will be allowed free entrance to Maine state parks and historic sites except Baxter State Park and Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect. Admission to Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect will be free.

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