Nearly two months ago, Governor LePage signed off on a bill which provides $300,000 to the Department of Transportation to conduct an East-West Highway Feasibility Study.It’s the possibility of that highway running through their backyard that had people rallying in Dover-Foxcroft.Before a meeting about the project, around one hundred people opposed to the plan voiced their opinion outside of Foxcroft Academy, but it was once everyone got inside when things really got heated.Many residents in attendance were farmers, who feel their way of life is being threatened and worry about the negative impact the highway would have on the area.Peter Vigue, Cianbro CEO and outspoken supporter of this project, said this project could be the economic boost the state needs to stay competitive.As it stands, the road would run from Calais to Coburn Gore.The highway would be privately owned, meaning it would not be dependent on tax payer dollars.If the project is approved, the developer would have to pay the state the cost of the feasibility study.
Hampden and Bangor girls tennis facing off on the courts at UMaine today.In the 2nd doubles, Kristi Reichel and Helene Sherburne using some sharp serves to take down Bangor’s Carli Higgins and Erin MacIntosh.In the 3rd singles, Emily Gower of the Broncos with a return that can’t sneak over the net. Point goes to Addie Cutshall of Bangor. But it would be the Hampden girls who take the victory, winning all five matches.The boys teams also in Orono today, but they were facing Edward Little later in the afternoon. Some great plays at the net! First, in the 3rd singles, it’s Ian Miller with a great finish on Sebastian Taylor of the Eddies.Then in the 1st doubles, Hampden’s Kent Reichel and Sam Jordan putting away Chris Cloutier and Richard Grondin with a great backhand. The Broncos advance, also winning all five matches.
The high school tennis team quarterfinals are underway. Soon, another milestone will be reached in Ellsworth. Brian Higgins is well known as a soccer coach, but his tennis wins are pretty impressive too. Tim Throckmorton reports.
Looking for the perfect perennial? You may want to consider heading to Searsport this weekend.The First Congregational Church of Searsport will hold a plant sale.You can check out the greenery starting at 9:00 a.m, Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd.It will be set up in the Penobscot Marine Museum’s park.All of the items come from the gardens of church members with proceeds benefitting local charities and scholarships.
Folks will get together in Bingham Monday to help out someone battling cancer.A bone marrow drive will be held at Quimby Middle School.Itâ€™s from 3:00 to 7:00 Monday.There will also be a Locks For Love hair drive.For more information call the school at 672-3300, ext. 22.
If you get out on the water this weekend, you might want to take along a fishing pole. Even if you don’t have a fishing license.You won’t need one this weekend. It’s free fishing weekend for all Mainers Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd.You can take advantage of it if you haven’t had your fishing license revoked.All rules and regulations still apply including catch limits.For more information visit mefishwildlife.com.
The Newport farmer’s market is open for business.This year they’re making it even easier for folks to take advantage of fresh, local products.You can now use EBT cards to pay for food there.The Newport Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m.until 1:00 p.m.Itâ€™s located on Water St, right next to the police department.
A Windham man who shot and killed another hunter last fall pleaded guilty today to manslaughter.William Briggs,62, struck a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to forty-five days in jail, four years probation, and 500 hours community service.And he won’t be able to hunt for at least ten years.In November, he killed Peter Kolofsky, 46, of Sebago who was wearing blaze orange, saying he mistook him for a deer.Authorities say Briggs failed to properly identify his target.
A man on the run is now in even bigger trouble with the law, after he was indicted by the Penobscot County Grand Jury Wednesday.Brandon Kahl, 27, is charged with domestic violence.Police say Kahl is from Orono and Bangor and is wanted on six warrants and a probation violation.Anyone who knows where he might be is urged to call Bangor police 947-7382. Press six to remain anonymous.
One person was taken the hospital after the car he was riding in went partially underwater in a bog in Milford. Authorities say the driver was on the Stud Mill Road Thursday afternoon near the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.The car went off the road and into a bog on the opposite side of the refuge. About half of the passenger’s side was submerged. Both people made it out of the car before rescue crews arrived. We’re told the passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
It’s been 166 days since Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her father’s home in Waterville.Thursday, police confirmed the news many people were afraid of. “We think it’s highly unlikely that Ayla Reynolds will be found alive,” Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland told reporters.A few hours before police made that sobering announcement, they contacted both of Ayla’s parents. “I can characterize that Trista [Reynolds, Ayla's mother] was understanding, as she has been throughout this entire ordeal,” McCausland said. “She was thankful for the call. Justin [DiPietro, Ayla's father] was also thankful for the call. His reaction was no reaction.”In Portland, Reynolds reacted to the news. “I think the news that I just found out, I would never want any parent to find out,” said Reynolds. “I think my worst nightmare has really come true and what hurts the most is I don’t even know where she’s at.”Waterville attorney John Nale, who helped raise a $30,000 reward for information about Ayla’s whereabouts, announced that reward will expire June 30. Everyone is hoping someone comes forward before then. “They’re going to take the money away and my daughter is just going to still be out there somewhere, but I’ll probably never know,” Said Trista Reynolds. “There’s no hope. I have no hope today.”Nale also had a message for the person responsible for whatever happened to Ayla. “Accept responsibility for what you have done. Show us that you are human and relieve yourself, Ayla’s family, and this community of this burden.”Many unanswered questions remain. McCausland would not comment on items found in the Kennebec River over the past few weeks, items that may or may not be connected to the case. “We have not detailed what they are, and we’re not going to today,” he said when asked about those items by reporters.Despite the fact police found Ayla’s blood in the Violette Avenue home where she disappeared, and that they now believe she’s dead, police say the three adults in the house that night, Ayla’s father Justin DiPietro, his sister Elisha DiPietro, and his girlfriend Courtney Roberts, are still not being truthful about what happened that night. As of now, none of the three have been charged with a crime. “It’s way premature to start speculating on charging anyone,” McCausland said. “Our focus in this case is on finding Ayla and therefore we will take the case where it leads us.”After receiving nearly 1200 leads and six months of exhaustive searching, police are rejecting the notion that this case has turned cold. “This isn’t CSI where everything is solved in 60 minutes,” McCausland said. “Some cases take a great deal of time and effort.”Police are vowing to keep up their efforts until Ayla is found. “There will be more searches, more dives, more interviews, and we are in this for the long haul,” said McCausland. “This case will never close until Ayla is found.”
Four airports in Maine will be getting a slice of about $2-million in federal funding. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded grants to Bangor International Airport, Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, Central Maine Airport in Norridgewock and Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. Most of the money is going to the Norridgewock airport for runway improvement.
State officials say a lot less paper making chemical leaked from two train cars that overturned into the Penobscot River in Bucksport than originally estimated. The Department of Environmental Protection says about 100 to 1-thousand gallons spilled. At first officials thought it might be as much at 6-thousand gallons.The Pan Am Railways train was headed to the Verso Paper Mill when four of its cars derailed Friday night. We’re told the chemical that spilled is a form of liquid latex that’s used to help coat paper during production and it’s typically diluted with water.The two tanks with the latex were emptied yesterday.The other two are being drained today.Officials say over the next few days, three of the four train cars will be moved into the river and pulled out by a crane. The fourth will be lifted up the embankment.
A popular Holden general store was demolished on Thursday. The building G&M Variety was in came down Thursday afternoon.The owners have a new store, G&M Family Market. It is right next door and we’re told it will be more of a grocery store than the other shop. ” It’s new and refreshing yet you’re gonna see the same faces as you’ve always seen in the family. A lot of things to choose from, I think customers will be very pleased,” said Lindsay Hawes, a cashier at the store. G & M Family Market will be open seven days a week.
Members of the military and their families can now learn more about Maine’s ties to the military, without paying a cent.The Bangor Museum and History Center is offering them free admission, through Labor Day.The museum is taking part in a program called Blue Star Museums.It’s one of more than 1,500 across the country that are waiving admission fees for military personnel.The Bangor Museum highlights the state’s connection to the Civil War, World Wars One and Two and the Korean War, among other conflicts.Executive Director Jennifer Pictou says offering free admission is a way to say thank you.”One of the things we want to do here is we want to tell the stories of people from the Bangor area and that includes the veterans. So this is a wonderful connection to get people who are involved in the military today into the military of the past and to bridge that gap and that generational chasm.”The free admission program is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. It’s available to active-duty military with an ID and up to five family members. For a complete list of participating museums, log on to www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Skowhegan police are looking for a man who hasn’t been seen in nearly a week. Jeff Godin was last seen leaving the South Side Tavern in Skowhegan around 1 o’clock Saturday morning. We’re told he was alone at the time and was walking home. He was last seen wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans, baseball cap and work boots. Friends tell us it is extremely uncommon for him to not make it home, and say he would never leave his dog alone for this long. Godin had told someone he would be at work on Saturday morning, but he never showed up. Friends have been searching for him and police tell TV 5 they will talk with the warden service to begin a search. At this time police say there is no evidence of foul play. If you have any information call police at 474-6908.
Fire gutted part of a home in Jonesport this morning, but no one was hurt.Fire Chief Boyd Crowley tells us they got the call just after 8 this morning.No one was home at the time, but workers who showed up to sand the floors of the summer home on Old Town Road arrived and found smoke.Boyd says the damage was contained to the kitchen and a bedroom.The fire marshal’s office is investigating.
Governor LePage says he’s not siding with anyone in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate, despite a recent mailer sent out by one of the candidates. The governor says Republicans have six well-qualified people to choose from and he’s decided not to endorse any of them. His statement comes a day after some voters started receiving this flier in the mail from candidate and state treasurer Bruce Poliquin. It shows a picture of Poliquin and a picture of the governor and says they’re “two conservatives fighting for Maine’s future.”The other Republican candidates are former state Senator Rick Bennett, businessman Scott D’Amboise, Secretary of State Charlie Summers, state Senator Debra Plowman and Attorney General William Schneider.Schneider criticized the Poliquin campaign, saying he’s been trying to ride the Governor’s coattails. Poliquin’s campaign dismissed that as “desperate and incorrect.”
Police said Thursday afternoon they do not believe toddler Ayla Reynolds will be found alive. In a press conference in Waterville, public safety spokesman, Steve McCausland said nothing points to a happy ending in this case. Ayla Reynolds was 20-months-old when she was reported missing in December from her father, Justin DiPietro’s, Waterville home. Police are calling the investigation a criminal investigation, but will not go as far as calling it a homicide investigation. Police believe the adults in the house the night before Ayla was reported missing, including DiPietro, know more than they are telling them. A $30,000 reward being offered in the case will expire at the end of June. Police say this does not change the scope of the investigation, and that searches will continue, although none have been scheduled as of Thursday. Police did find Ayla’s blood in DiPietro’s home and have recovered evidence from the house that is still being analyzed. We’re also told items found in the water behind the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville that might be related to the case are still being analyzed. Police continue to get tips in the case, and say it is too early to speculate about any charges or any suspects in the case.
With the opportunities as vast as Maine’s backyard, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the competition for those jobs is growing.”We need wildlife biologists, geologists, hydrologists, ecologists,” said Mark Doty, Community Affairs Manager at the land and timber company, Plum Creek.The group sponsored this year’s state Envirothon competition held at the University of Maine. It’s the largest contest in Maine for high schools students focusing on environmental issues.”It’s definitely not easy by any means. There was a lot of extra time after school, and meetings and studying and developing our projects,” said Jacob Roy, a competitor for Spruce Mountain High School North in Jay.His team has won the last two years, but there are 15 other teams vying for the state title, this year.”It’s a gamut. They’re being put through a lot,” said Tish Carr, one of the contest’s hosts from the Maine Association of Conservation Districts.Teams go through a series of stations before presenting a proposal on how to take on a current issue affecting Maine’s outdoors.”They get tested for 30 minutes on hands on stuff, like how to use a compass, how to use a Biltmore Stick,” said Carr.The winner will earn a spot at the international round, where they’ll face teams from all across the U.S. and Canada.The goal of the event, though, isn’t to produce winners and losers, but rather to challenge students to do even more than just compete.”I really want to do something with wildlife. I love animals,” said Allyson Mitchell, who was there representing Hampden Academy.Her teammate, Sadie Allain, agreed.”I’m interested in the environment. I know it’s pretty to look at, but what more is there?” said Allain.The winner was Team 1 from Spruce Mountain High School North.They’ll head to Pennsylvania in July for the international round.