The wind industry in Maine remains strong according to some people gathered in Augusta Friday.That group was comprised of contractors, developers and other supporters of wind power.About one-hundred of them were at the State House.State lawmakers have set a wind power goal for Maine.They’d like to see six times as much power generated by wind five years from now.Wind policy debates continue in Augusta.This week lawmakers altered a bill which now discourages wind farms from state waters.The legislation promotes development a minimum of ten miles off-shore.That change came about after input by Maine’s commercial fishing industry.
A bug that threatens Maine’s maple syrup industry was the topic of discussion in Orono Friday.The Asian Longhorned Beetle feeds on maple trees and can reduce the amount of sap.Allison Kanoti with the Maine Forest Service gave the lecture on the beetles.Kanoti says the beetles will eventually kill the maple trees because they don’t have any natural enemies to keep them under control.Kanoti also told folks how they can help keep the beetles away.” One thing they can do is not take their firewood long distances because Asian Longhorned beetles an other insect pests will travel in firewood.
The Augusta Board of Education has approved a nearly 26-and-a-half million dollar budget.It still needs City Council approval.Superintendent Doctor Connie Brown says the budget means cuts to several programs, including multimedia classes and summer school.She says it also adds an electrical instruction program, expands the health occupation program and increases nursing staff at Cony High School.City Council votes on it Monday, April 12th.
Police say a driver who fell asleep at the wheel escaped with minor injuries when his car rolled over in Palmyra.State Trooper Jonathan Wilson says the driver drifted off to the side of the Hope Road this morning and rolled the car on its roof.Wilson says the driver was able to get out of the vehicle without any help.He has minor facial injuries and was taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.The driver’s name has not been released.
A Rockland man accused of abusing and causing the deaths of several horses in Waldoboro was in a Wiscasset court Thursday.Donald Genthner, 51, is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and four counts of aggravated animal cruelty.Police say Genthner recklessly caused the deaths of three horses and mistreated eight others.