Fire destroyed a house in Athens Thursday morning.It happened on Valley Road around 9:30.A member of the Athens Fire Department tells TV 5 it looks like the blaze started in the kitchen and spread quickly.We’re told three dogs and a cat died in the fire.
Many of us haven’t had to look at a driver’s manual since we tested for our license.But Friday, AAA is hosting a workshop for drivers who’ve been on the road for awhile.It’s called ‘Keeping the Keys’ and is aimed at helping older drivers stay safe behind the wheel.The Safety Expo will give drivers tips on how to recognize changes in driving that come with age.If you’re interested in attending, you can stop by the Muskie Center in Waterville from 10 a.m.
A Rockland man accused of robbing a Camden pharmacy earlier this month was in Knox County Superior Court Wednesday.Twenty-nine-year-old Sean Higgins was captured in Connecticut and brought back to Maine.Police say he passed a note to the pharmacist at the Rite Aid, demanding drugs.The pharmacist complied and police say Higgins left on foot out the back door.Bail was set at $10,000, but Higgins will remain in the Knox County Jail because his bail was revoked for previous drug possession crimes.
An Auburn woman was killed yesterday when her motorcycle collided with a pickup truck.Police say fifty-four year old Margaret Wing died instantly when she was hit along Route 4 in Turner.They believe the truck’s driver turned in front of her at an intersection.Police say she was not wearing a helmet.
If you live in Hancock County and have hazardous trash, here’s a chance for you to throw it out.The Hancock Planning Commission will host its Annual Hazardous Waste Collection this weekend.The hazardous trash will be accepted from 9am to 1pm outside Ellsworth High School.If your town is registered for the event, it’s free.If not, the cost is $25 per person.For a list of participating towns, or for more information, you can visit hcpcme.org.
At Camp KidCare the kids are the stars.With the help of a supporting cast of counselors these campers are learning lessons all while having fun.”It helps the students stay engaged in the summer months and it helps prevent learning loss during those crucial times,” said Michelle Russell, KidCare America Director.As part of a “Blockbuster Summer,” the camp takes the movies the kids love to watch and turns them into hands on activities.”We’ve visited the desert of Maine while learning about the desert, we’ve gone to Speedway 95 and the Darling’s dealership to learn about Cars 2 and this week is Diary of a Wimpy Kid and we’re overcoming obstacles,” Russell said.By using an obstacle course like this one, campers are learning how to overcome obstacles in their own lives.A lesson where the end result is confidence.”I wanted to believe in myself and I believed in myself and I just went at it and got it,” said camper Brandon Savage.The campers and counselors are giving this summer a five star rating.”We’ve seen our kids grow not only the students who are participating but the high school students who volunteer as well.”Like any good Hollywood film, the campers can’t wait for the sequel, and have already made plans to attend next year’s camp.
A couple of unwanted visitors are making their way into Maine.”They’re good hitchhikers,” said Karen Coluzzi of the Maine Department of Agriculture.Their life size versions aren’t so scary, but their lifelong threat to the state, well, that’ll make any arborist’s skin crawl.”These are both tree killing pests.
Penquis will host an event to help unemployed people in Piscataquis County.The block party and resource fair will include a free barbeque, distribution of food from local food banks and information on community resources.School supplies will be handed out too.It’s free to attend and will be held rain or shine Thursday from 11 to 1 at the Penquis office, 50 North Street, Dover-Foxcroft.
The town of Mariaville is celebrating its 175h anniversary.The party will last two days.On friday there will be a benefit supper for the area food pantry, followed by coffee house performances, featuring local talent.Saturday kicks off with a parade at 10 in the morning.
At first glance, 6–year-old Kaleigh seems like your average golden retriever, but she’s got quite a trick.”One of the golfers and I’m not even sure who it was decided to see how smart she really was and they gave her the key and she started bringing it back to the clubhouse.”Golfers returning their carts at WhiteTail Golf Course in Charleston can cut a corner, thanks to Kaleigh.”Pretty stunned.
The numbers that will appear on the first Gold Star family license plates were drawn by the Secretary of State this morning.The gold star plates are given to family members of military men and women killed in action and also to family members of 9/11 victims.Secretary of State Charles Summers randomly drew the numbers for the first 53 gold star plates issued in Maine.The chips that were drawn came from a Yarmouth based company that donated the tokens.The families who receive the gold star plates will also get the chip that was drawn as a keepsake.Secretary of State Summers says drawing the numbers in a lottery was the only fair way to do it.