A man from Searsmont who was left paralyzed after a freak accident will soon be getting special rehab that could one day help him walk again.Nick Defrancesco has been accepted into the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Connecticut which focuses on specialty rehabilitation.He will be leaving Maine Wednesday morning…Defrancesco was accepted on scholarship, which means no cost for him.Defrancesco and his partner Trisha went to the Belfast Curling Club earlier this year to enjoy a day off together.But he slipped on some ice and crushed two vertebrae.He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where doctor’s diagnosed him a quadriplegic and told him it was unlikely he would walk again.IT’s a notion he refuses to accept and hopes to work on while in Connecticut.
A former president and alumnus of Husson University in Bangor has died.Delmont Merrill passed away Monday with his family at his bedside.Merrill was president of Husson from 1978 until 1987.During his presidency, Husson started a nursing program, the first master’s degree program in business and the first international program.Prior to becoming president, Merrill worked as a professor, athletic director, administrator and coach.He served in the Marine Corps during World War Two.His service was commemorated in the Steven Spielberg epic “Price for Peace, Freedom Doesn’t Come for Free”, which was prepared for the national D-Day Museum.Funeral services will be announced soon.
Even with a quick response from fire crews.A couple in Lagrange have lost almost everything in a fire.Meghan Hayward has the story.” I put wood in the wood stove and I sat down to have a cup of coffee and I looked over and I saw smoke and then there was fire.”Gayle Milian and Willard Knights say fire crews were at their home on Brimstone Lane in Lagrange about ten minutes after they placed the call.They were able to get out safely, along with all their pets.” Three dogs and 6 cats.”Lagrange Fire Chief Roger Stanley says he believes the wood stove is what caused the fire.” We did some checking and the elbow on the bottom where it came out of the woodstove, water had gotten down in it and rusted and rotted out and that’s where the fire started.”Stanley says the house is a total loss.” The stove is on one end of the trailer.
It looks like a wood stove is to blame for a fire that destroyed a home in Lagrange Tuesday morning.The call to firefighters came in at 6:00 AM.By the time they got to the scene on Brimstone Lane, the structure was engulfed in flames.The two owners, Gayle Milian and Willard Knights, were home at the time the fire broke out.
Fire crews responded to a structure fire on Elm Street in Newport Tuesday morning.Firefighter Michael Thompson says when they arrived on scene smoke was coming from the front and right side of the building.The building was home to D.C.’s Bar and Grill.Thompson says about 5 surrounding towns were called in to assist.He says they did have some challenges battling the flames.”Heavy fire and smoke were present upon our arrival so it was tough to get in and see where the root cause of the fire was.
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.