The week in review for Maine – January 25, 2008

The good: Biddeford-based Intermat this week received a $12.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the research and development of materials for use in submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The bad: The Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission this week downgraded their 2008 forecast for job and personal income growth in Maine. The five-member commission reduced its job growth estimate from 0.3% to zero percent, and its growth estimate for personal income for the year from 4.4% to 3.5%.

The Blob: The city of Lewiston has been beaten by a large, doughy blob “comprised of grease, flour and rags” that has taken over a major sewer line in the city. At a loss for a solution to combat this menace, a public services employee told WMTW the city has chosen to replace the 170-foot sewer line at a cost of up to $60,000.