Two Maine guys known for creating colorful geysers from Coke and Mentos candies claim they’ve set a distance record for a vehicle powered by that concoction.Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of Buckfield built a rocket car powered by 54 bottles of Coke Zero and 324 Mentos.They say the Mark II traveled 239 feet, which is nineteen feet longer than they went last year, and this time on only half as much of their special fuel.Voltz says the single-cylinder engine they used is powerful enough that you really shouldn’t try the experiment at home.Grobe and Voltz shot to fame five years ago when they demonstrated their soda and Mentos creations in online videos set to music.
Kingfield has Maine’s best drinking water.That’s what judges decided Thursday at the 25th Annual Drinking Water Taste Test in Freeport.They sampled water and rated it for taste, clarity and aroma.Kingfield’s water was deemed the best untreated water, Madison’s was ranked number one for chlorinated water.In a runoff between the two, Kingfield was the winner and will now represent our state in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington in February.
The Federal Bureau of Energy Management has formed a task force to assess a proposal to place wind turbines about a dozen miles off Maine’s coast.It’s a first step in creating the nation’s first deepwater wind farm.The panel is considering letting a Norwegian company run the pilot program.The Maine Wind Energy Initiative says if the project is approved the turbines could be built within five years and would generate enough power for 18,000 homes.The energy bureau expects to take a couple of years to make a decision.
Old Town High School students are helping Santa fill his sleigh for kids in need this Christmas season.The student council is putting on a toy drive Friday.The student’s will be camping out until 10 Saturday morning, so you can stop by anytime and drop off a donation.All the gifts will be given to Toys for Tots.
A former Ashland High School english teacher accused of gross sexual assault has been jailed for violating bail conditions.Stephen Wierzbowski, 27, is the focus of a state police investigation that spans from Greenville, where he used to teach, to Ashland where he most recently taught.
Christmas came early for the Penquis Journey House.On Friday morning they received a 5-thousand dollar check from retailer, TJ Maxx’s TJX Foundation.The TJX foundation contributes to programs that help disadvantaged women and children.”You folks are out shopping and supporting our business and we really like to be in many different ways supporting our community,” said TJ Maxx District Manager Barry Blaine.Journey house is a transitional housing program helping young pregnant women and young parents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.The house provides short term shelter and support services.Heather Lee-Lindsey receives services from the Journey House.
The No Child Left Behind Act has been in place for nearly a decade.Now Maine, and other states across the country are looking to change some of the provisions of the legistlation.The federal government is now offering states a chance to change up the requirements of the act to better suit their school system.Included in the flexibility request, the state would have to address how they plan to recognize, account, and support the school system.A forum held Thursday by the Maine Department of Education gave the community an opportunity to speak out.Many teachers in the audience agreed with the idea of a growth model, which would track the same kid over time to determine their level of acheivement.While standardized testing would still be a requirement, it may not hold as much weight in determining a schools performance level.For more information, or to add your input, you can head over to the Maine Department of Education’s website at maine.gov/edu
A Canadian man is facing two wrongful death lawsuits for a car accident that killed two women in September.Brenda Sampson of Bangor filed a lawsuit against 44-year-old Hugh Fraser of Halifax, Nova Scotia.A separate lawsuit was filed last month by Melinda Salisbury of Otis.Sampson’s sister and Salisbury’s mother were killed when the minivan they were in crashed head-on into Fraser’s car on Route 9 in Eddington.They claim fraser fell asleep at the wheel.
An organization at the University of Maine is making a bold statement to raise money.Members of the university chapter of the Bangor Area Habitat for Humanity are camping out for two nights in a makeshift shelter with no heat.They’ll be collecting donations from the campus community.They hope to raise awareness about substandard housing in the area.A problem they say goes un-noticed.” It’s really more of a hidden problem.