As the Labor Day weekend comes to an end, the gas prices are trending up again, not only in Maine but Nationwide.However one analyst thinks the increase may be short lived.Maine Gas Prices surveys showed the average retail price up three point six cents a gallon in this past week in our state with the average price now standing at 3-72 a gallon.That increase is not as large as what has happened nationally where prices are up nearly 6 cents a gallon and it’s going for 3-67 on average around the country.The Maine average is a one dollar and five cents more than it was at this time last year, and 98 cents more a gallon nationally than it was following Labor Day 2010.One of the analysts is forecasting the prices to degrease near the end of the month as the switch to cheaper Winter gasoline is made and the peak of hurricane season passes.
A 48 year old Florida woman was found dead in a submerged rental car Sunday morning.The body of Joann Boardman was found in Eastern Bay in Lamoine by a passerby who saw the car sticking out of the water.A 2012 Ford Focus was in the water at the end of Route 184.Boardman had been attending a family wedding reception in the area and was thought to be heading back to her hotel and went the wrong direction and ended up in the ocean.The accident is still under investigation.
The Coast Guard is crediting the use of a life jacket for saving a man’s life Sunday after he went into the water of the Harrington River near Five Islands in Harrington Bay.Around 8 o’clock in the evening the Coast Guard was called after a friend of the man lost sight of the 62 year old while watching from shore.The man’s name was not released.After a two hour search the crew used night vision goggles and spotted him wearing his life jacket and clinging to his kayak in the 60 degree water.The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.He reportedly is doing well.
Some members of law enforcement hit the pavement on their motorcycles Sunday, to raise money for the Special Olympics.The Knox County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the United Bikers of Maine-Knox County for the second annual Torch Ride.They started out at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.This is the largest fundraiser for the Special Olympics.More than 70 bikes left the museum and they expected to have close to 200 when they returned back for the BBQ.” I got involved last year with the athletes.
Officials say excessive speed is to blame for an all-terrain vehicle accident that injured a Massachusetts man.The Maine Warden service says 23-year-old Ryan Murray of Lowell, Massachusetts was hospitalized with a possible leg fracture after the ATV he was a passenger on landed on top of him after hitting an embankment and flipping over Sunday morning in the Franklin County town of Industry.Wardens say the driver, 22-year-old Justin Messina of Tewksbury, Massachusetts was thrown clear of the machine and managed to roll the ATV off Murray.
(Associated Press)Police are investigating a fatal head-on collision in Mars Hill.State Police say a pickup truck and station wagon crashed into each other Route 1 a little before 6:30 Saturday evening.Officials say a passenger in the station wagon, 51-year-old Nathan York of Medway died at the scene.York’s 21-year-old son, Jerome, was driving the car and was treated at a Presque Isle hospital and released.Jerome york’s uncle, who was a passenger, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.The driver of the pick-up truck, 51-year-old William Barton of Mars Hill, was treated and released from a Presque Isle hospital.
A car accident in Hudson closed down a road for several hours Sunday.Little information is known about the accident.But the road closure on the Old Town Road which is Route 43 at the intersection of Hudson Road with is Route 221 was opened backed up a little before 1 pm.We will bring you more information on the accident when it becomes available.
It wasn’t just tourists at the Windjammer Festival Saturday.Some pirates paid a visit to Camden as well.They drew a crowd while dueling in Harbor Park.They came to the festival because they heard there would be some ships to raid.”We’ll walk around a little bit and get familiar with the crowd and possibly parlay a few jewels.”Later in the day, the crew demonstrated weapons and cannons to mini pirates in training.
A Guilford man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center Friday afternoon after being impaled through the chest by a rafter.27-year-old Josh Parker was traveling along Route 150 in Guilford when he fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his pick-up,crashing into a garage.Parker was impaled by a rafter from the garage.According to rescue crews, Parker was alive and conscious when they arrived.He was transported to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, where he was then airlifted to EMMC.Parker’s condition is unknown at this time.There was extensive damage to the garage and the vehicles inside.Parker’s truck is also severely damaged.
Maine Forest Rangers had to make a rescue on the Appalachian Trail Friday afternoon.A helicopter had to land on a small ledge atop Chairback Mountain to fly out a hiker who had broken an ankle…Sixty-three-year-old John Abbot of Ohio had cell phone reception and was able to call his wife, who alerted Maine authorities.The Maine Forest Rangers were helped out by game wardens and members of the Applachian Trail Club, who had to hike about a half mile into the woods to bring the hiker back to the helicopter.He was flown to Bangor International and then taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center.No word on his condition.
A memorial horse ride and walk is being held this Labor Day in memory of Katrina Windred.Windred’s body was found alongside a road last year.She was a noted horse trainer and loved to ride.The money raised will benefit her son who has a medical disorder.You can be a part of the event this Monday beginning at 10am at Camden Hills State Park.It costs $3.00 to get in.There’s a suggested donation of $17.00 to participate.
Chicago native Nicole King has been baking cupcakes for family and friends since she was 15.But it wasn’t until she moved to Bangor four months ago that she decided to take her hobby a step forward and turn it into a business.”I love cherries, I always have and Green Acres is one of my favorite shows,” King says.That’s how Cherry Acres was born.When the owner of Giacomo’s restaurant Downtown needed a baker, a friend suggested King to whip up her delicious treats.”I know someone mentioned they were excited because they’ve seen these cupcakes on tv, you know in Boston and New York and didn’t think they could even get them here so people are excited that there’s something new and adventurous.”Add the power of social media and you’ve got king’s recipe for success.With the click of a mouse, Cherry Acres has developed over a hundred friends on Facebook and followers in the Twitterverse.”I’ve only been here for four months.
The Flash in the Pans Steel Band is celebrating Labor Day with a special benefit concert.It kicks off at Ellsworth Harbor Park Monday at 7:30 pm.It’s free but the group is asking for donations for the “Everybody Eats, a Free Community Meal” program.The program provides free meals to the public every Monday from 3 to 6 pm at Saint Dunstan’s Church in Ellsworth.
A fleet of twenty-eight windjammers and sail boats will be making a splash in Camden Harbor this weekend.The fleet arrived in Camden Friday afternoon to begin off the three day festival celebrating sailing and tourism.Guests can enjoy food, fireworks on the harbor and a boat parade.Tours will also be available.For a complete list of events, log onto camdenwindjammers.com.