On Wednesday, Operation Veterans Pension will host a free seminar on veterans benefits.The seminar will provide information on the veterans administration aid and attendance pension program.It will begin at 6:30 at the Sunbury Village Retirement Community in Bangor.If you’d like to attend, call Sunbury Village at 262-9600.
Tuesday was the final day of the groundline exchange program in Ellsworth and fishermen took advantage of the opportunity to swap rope for cash.As Diana Bosch reports, more than 50,000 pounds of rope was collected.On a hot August day, lobstermen and fishermen from across the state traveled to Ellsworth, it was their last chance to swap their ground line rope for cash to buy sinking rope.”We’ve taken almost two million pounds of groundline out of the ocean that would have otherwise gone to a landfill or been burned in a backyard,” said Laura Ludwig with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation.Nearly one thousand fishermen have collectively received over 2.6 million dollars in vouchers to help them buy the more expensive sink rope, which is required by new federal rules.We spoke with some fishermen off camera who said they are worried about the future of their business.”They’re losing the ability to fish in certain areas, they had to just avoid putting traps in certain areas knowing they would lose those traps because of the sink rope,” said Ludwig.Although the new rope rule is hitting fishermen in the wallet, it’s helped Terry Veysey’s business in Waldoboro.
The hot, dry weather has forced most fire departments to stop issuing burn permits.A burn permit is needed for any burning.Chief John Marshall with the Ellsworth Fire Department says even the smallest fire like a campfire can get out of control.He says his department hasn’t issued a burn permit in two weeks.Although wet weather is in the forecast this week, it doesn’t mean any permits will be issued anytime soon.”Just because it’s wet outside on a given day doesn’t mean the fire dangers are going be up, the next thing is this dry weather, even a spark of a chainsaw or piece of outdoor equipment that doesn’t have a spark connector on it anything that could create a spark like that if it gets into that dry duff, with a little bit of a breeze could cause a fire.”If you have any questions about burn permits, you can contact your local fire department or forestry office.
A man from Belfast accused of killing his girlfriend pleaded not guilty today in Waldo County District Court.39-year old Dennis Edgecomb is accused of strangling 42-year old Pamela Green in her home in Morrill last month.An affidavit states Edgecomb called 911 to report he had been attacked by Green and that he choked her.Edgecomb told police he pushed Green onto the couch and choked her until she stopped moving.He told the dispatcher that he tried CPR, but it didn’t work and that he didn’t mean to kill her.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office say an accidental electrical problem sparked a fire in Plymouth Sunday that destroyed a mobile home.Fire crews say when they arrived at the home on West Etna Road, smoke and flames were coming from the eaves and the kitchen window.A family of five lived there.
The fire that destroyed the Big Apple Citgo gas station in Corinna last week was likely caused by an electrial problem, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.Investigators say it appears the fire began in the space between the first and second floors.A passer-by saw smoke coming from the back of the building, and went in to tell the folks in the store.The manager, a worker, and two customers were inside at the time, and all got out safely.
The Maine State Employees Association is giving its endorsement to Democrat Libby Mitchell in November’s gubernatorial election.The association, which represents more than 12,000 state employees, announced on Monday that its board voted Friday to give the nod to Mitchell.The president of the M.S.E.A.