Folks could jump into the world of an artist Saturday.The Pottery, Art and Writing Studio in Stockton Springs had an open house.The studio has been opened for more than a year, but owner Asha Fenn wanted people to be able to see what they have to offer.She says the arts allow you to be creative and break away from your every day roles.” We as human beings are creative creatures.
The Memorial Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire is open again and much earlier than expected.The bridge, which carries US 1 traffic over the Piscataqua River was closed earlier this month after inspectors found damage.Officials had said it would take three weeks for the repairs to be done.But the 87-year-old bridge opened just before noon Saturday.(AP)
Police have charged a woman in the shooting deaths of her estranged husband and another man inside a Rumford home they shared.Twenty-four-year-old Gayla Sheldon was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in the killings of 48-year-old Roger Day and 22-year-old Victor Sheldon back in August of 2009.Twenty-one-year-old Richard Moulton Jr.
A man has been indicted on a murder charge in the stabbing death of a Maine man.Thirty-year-old Peter Bathgate was indicted Friday in the death of 47-year-old Paul Allen of Augusta.Whose body was found earlier this month along a road in Hallowell.A State Police affadavit says Allen had been stabbed and a broken cane was found near his body.It quotes Bathgate as saying he went into a rage after seeing allen flirting with his girlfriend.(AP)
Surrounded by his family and friends, Miles Lufkin celebrated his 100th birthday at the Marsh Island Apartments in Old Town.A milestone birthday, Miles himself couldn’t believe it’s been 100 years.Miles is described as a working man by those who know him best.It’s a trait, his granddaughter Kristy Plummer says she looks up to.”He’s a very quiet man, but very gentle, very kind, very loving man,” she said.Kristy came in from New Hampshire to help Miles celebrate the big day bringing little Miles, her son who is named after him.”I’ve just been very close to my grandfather growing up, I’ve always spent a lot of time with him so I wanted to name one of my boys after him,” she said when asked about the name.Kristy wasn’t the only one who made a trip, Miles’ son Glendon traveled all the way from Arizona.Glendon credits Miles’ active lifestyle as the secret to all the years.”He danced most all his life up until about maybe 2 or three years ago he was dancing every week.”While he won’t be dancing his way through life anymore, this new centarian looks forward to packing on another 100 miles in his life.
This time last week, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree was still decorated with the wishes of several children, which left organizers worried that those kids might have to go without presents under the tree this year.Kids at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden heard about that and stepped in to help.They raised more than $900 this past week.They put collection jars all over campus and held fundraisers.The Student Council made a donation too.Thursday night, teacher Rob Burke visited the tree and picked out 40 angels.Friday afternoon, the students joined him on a shopping spree at Target.The kids were looking to fulfill all of the 40 gift wishes, but were only able to fill 39, not because they didn’t have the money but because they couldn’t find the exact gift one child asked for.
A Brewer man accused of raping a University of Maine student remains free on bail.Kyle Harriman, 18, is charged with gross sexual assault.The UMaine student called campus police in October, saying she had been assaulted by Harriman.As part of his bail conditions, Harriman is to have no contact with the alleged victim and must stay off the UMaine campus.He’s due in court again in February.
New buses will be rolling into Bar Harbor thanks to a federal grant.The Jackson Laboratory will get two new buses for its commuter fleet in Bar Harbor.If you’d like to subscribe to the service and are not an employee of the Jackson Laboratory, you can contact Downeast Transportation at 667-5796.
After an eight year reign, it’s Governor John Baldacci’s last month in office.Having served in the worst economy since the depression, he’s says he’s still proud of the economic growth Maine has had.Taking a look back, Baldacci says a peak moment for him was when Lincoln Paper and Tissue reopened in 2004.It was during a time when Millworkers were fighting for their jobs as companies were filing for bankruptcy.In two weeks, Governor Baldacci’s family will head north to their new home in Holden.Baldacci won’t say what he plans on doing full-time in the future, but he says the energy sector, healthcare and teaching are all areas of interest.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now offering hunting and fishing licenses online.You can now buy licenses by logging on to mefishwildlife.com.Hunters and anglers can purchase licenses around the clock and print them from their very own printers.
Bangor city councilors Thursday night were presented with a different plan for a new arena that would cost less money.Developers showed the council a plan to combine a new auditorium and civic center into one building, moving the project closer to Main St.They say the reconfiguration would cost about $65-million, which is lower that the $80-million price tag given to councilors last month.On Monday night, the council is scheduled to vote on whether to proceed with design development for a new arena.A group of Bangor citizens is collecting signatures, hoping to force a referendum that would allow voters to decide if a new arena should be built.
There’s been some interior decorating going on at a family-owned restaurant in Searsport.Paper fish are popping up all over the place.Those fish represent support, and hope, for a little girl who has leukemia.Eight-year-old Kylie Merithew, the daughter of one of their long time waitresses, was diagnosed with Leukemia this year.”She told us and it was more for support at that point.
Eighth graders at Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport are learning a few things about running a small business.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they’re using those lessons to help raise money for their class trip.”We’re doing the eighth grade annual Maine Sampler which is basically the eighth grade all makes something related to Maine.
A former University of Maine student has pleaded not guilty to charges of taking video recordings of other students taking showers in a university dorm.Nineteen-year-old William Russell of Guilford is facing three charges of invasion of privacy.Russell allegedly recorded three males on a video camera without their consent.He has been suspended from the university until next fall.