Some New England apple growers say it’s the earliest bloom they’ve ever seen – and that’s what has them worried.The unusually warm weather in early April had fruit trees blossoming two to three weeks ahead of schedule on average.That’s left plenty of time on the calendar for the region’s notoriously unpredictable weather to strike back with a killer freeze.But some local growers are remaining optimistic.”So when we bring the bees in, the hives will go right here.”For the past 30 years bees have been brought to Mainely Apple’s orchard in mid-May to begin pollination.”I’m keeping an eye on everything, but it’s probably gonna be a week to 10 days earlier.” John and Elaine Olsen were pruning their trees on bare ground back in March.
One person was placed under arrest Monday evening after a car crash in Hermon.Officials responded to a single car accident on the Fuller Road at about 6:30pm.They say the car struck several trees.Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Nadeau says the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident, and has been arrested.There were three people in the vehicle, two of them did sustain injuries.
Two teens from Swans Island were indicted by a Hancock County grand jury for allegedly breaking into fifteen homes near Long Pond in January.James Lemoine, 18, was indicted on 12 counts of burglary, 13 counts of aggravated criminal mischief and three counts of theft and criminal trespass.Roman Cook, 18, was indicted on nine counts of burglary and aggravated criminal mischief and three counts of theft.Back in January, the two had been ice fishing on Long Pond in Mount Desert when the break-ins and vandalism allegedly occurred.Police estimated the damage to the homes to between $70,000 and $100,000.
A small business owner is sending a gift basket to the White House, after a lighthearted request from the President.Bill Milliken was singled out this month by Obama as a small business owner who’d benefit from health care reform.Milliken – known as “Bill the Beer Guy” — owns Market House Coffee and Maine Beer and Beverage Co.The President jokingly said, “In exchange for this publicity, i hope i’m going to get some samples of beer, ok?”So Milliken arranged for a basket filled with beer from 10 brewers.Governor Baldacci and Maine Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree joined him for today’s official send-off in Portland.Milliken says it’s his patriotic duty to send the President a basket of beer — especially on Patriots’ Day.
A rough economy, proposed budget cuts that would eliminate programs and majors, those are topics UMaine has to face when looking for prospective students.But at the annual open house at the Orono campus, high schoolers were showing up by the hundreds.The turnout surprised even the UMaine administrators, like Senior Associate Director of New Student Relations Liz Downing.
While Maine officials work on a deal to save the nation’s last sardine cannery, the Department of Labor has approved federal help for workers.Senators Snowe and Collins say the Labor Department has approved trade adjustment assistance for the roughly 130 workers at the Stinson Sardine Cannery in Prospect Harbor, which shut down last week.
An accident in Abbot Saturday resulted in the death of a Guilford man, according to police.At about 3:30pm 34-year-old Charles Emery was headed south on the Back Abbot Road when, police say, he came around a corner and lost control of his vehicle.An investigator with the Piscataquis County Sheriffs Office says Emery lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet and struck a utility pole, and a large tree, before coming to rest.The investigator said that Emery was ejected from the vehicle.