Just a dozen days after the primary elections were held in Maine, more than 230 soon to be high school senior girls arrived at Husson University Sunday.The 64th annual Dirigo Girls State kicked off with registration.Paperwork was filled out, and directions were given to their dorm room that will be their home for the week, and they got settled.Tonight the girls got their first taste of politics.Senator Susan Collins and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills were scheduled to speak to them.The students had to be selected from their high schools, and will take part in a busy week.They were all looking forward to meeting new people, but they knew it would be a great experience.Other speakers this week include Tim Wilson from the Seeds of Peace Program in Ottisfield, and Governor John Baldacci.The students will role play in mock government session to learn how government works in the state.Then on Wednesday primary elections will be held, with the general elections Thursday.Friday is an inauguration and awards ceremony.Two delegates will be sent to the national convention in Washington DC.
The Maine Warden’s Service search for a missing man in Washington County has been called off for the night because of darkness and thunderstorms in the area.40 Year old Scott James of princeton was boating on Big Lake in Township 27 on Saturday afternoon.High winds and waves were reported while James was in a 16 foot boat with a 25 horse power motor when he fell in the water.An unidentified juvenile was fishing with him and threw a life jacket to Mr.
Some dads battled it out for a new grill Saturday in Bangor.WHCF and Solution FM radio sponsored a father’s day contest.Five fathers had to race to put together a 3-burner gas grill.And whoever assembled it correctly first, got to take home the grill.Family members could stand by and cheer on their dads but, they weren’t allowed to touch any of the pieces.Stephen Treadwell of Carmel was the lucky winner but, not without some challenges.” It was a lot of little pieces and you had to read instructions which is something I don’t do often.”” I talked to a few people just kind of put our heads together and what were some ideas we could do for Father’s Day.
A Hampden teenager was being remembered Saturday.The second annual Nathan Clark Soccer Tournament was held.Meghan Hayward was there.The local community coming together, kicking some soccer balls and remembering Nathan Clark.That’s the vision Emily Robson had when she first decided to put on the Nathan Clark Soccer Tournament.” It’s really important for us to be able to get together and remember Nate and to play soccer because Nate love soccer.”The body of Nathan Clark was found in a gravel pit in Hampden in March of 2009.All the money from the tournament will go toward the Nathan Clark Scholarship Fund.Nate’s father, Daniel Clark decided on the criteria for the scholarship.” Students who successfully complete a building construction or similar program at UTC and are furthering their education in building construction, electrical, plumbing or something in that field.”Clark says in his son’s junior year he was very active in the UTC Program.Clark says he’s happy to have an event like this.” My purpose of anything is I don’t want anyone to ever forget and this is a way to give a reminder of Nate on a real regular basis.”Clark says the support folks have given his family has been wonderful.” Just saying how much he would have loved to be here himself.
The heat sure is nature’s reminder that we’re knocking on summer’s door…and is very timely for what’s to take place in Rockland Saturday night.The tenth annual Summer Solstice will be held on Main Street–with local restaurants and shops offering food and sidewalk sales.This year, a new event at the festival: the first ever rock dogs pooch parade.It steps off at five at Camden National Bank with the finish line at Loyal Biscuit, which is a pet supply business: a dog contest will be held there following the parade.Summer Solstice fun in Rockland runs from 5 to 9 Saturday night.
There was a free health fair in Hallowell Friday, and more than 2-hundred people showed up for it.It’s the second year for the Healthy Aging Learning and Living Expo at the Cohen Community Center…There were about thirty vendors offering free sun safety screenings, spinal screenings, and much more including free hair cuts.
The American Red Cross is looking for folks to come out and donate– they say the need for type O blood is critical right now.To encourage folks to donate, the Red Cross is holding their annual chill ‘n grill super blood drive tomorrow at the Brewer Auditorium.The event features a pancake breakfast at 8:30 in the morning, and Texas Roadhouse will be grilling at 11.
The Annual Canoe Hullabaloo in Old Town promises to offer lots of activities tomorrow–many of them, focused on entertaining children.Kids can get their faces painted, play games, participate in a hula hoop contest, and visit the public safety building, where firefighters are offering tours and the opportunity to be photographed with fire trucks.There’s also a silent auction, music, and food.The event is sponsored by the Friends of the River Coalition in cooperation with the Old Town Rec Department and the Old Town-Orono YMCA.The fun begins at 10 tomorrow morning, and ends at 2.
A man initially charged in the murder of an Old Orchard Beach man took the stand again today to testify against two people who are on trial for that murder.Winston George was killed inside his home two years ago.Rennie Cassimy was charged with murder but struck a deal with prosecutors.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department wants people to know that 9-1-1 service has been restored to the Ellsworth area.Friday afternoon, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department had reported that the 9-1-1 system for Trenton, Lamoine and likely some surrounding area was not working.It is not known what caused the interruption in service, but again, that service has been restored.
The University of Maine is saying farewell to two very special long time employees.Doreen Vaillancourt has spent the past 45 years working at the College of Engineering at U-Maine.Jimmy Vaillancourt, her husband, has worked in the Print and Mailing Department for the past 44 years.Both are retiring at the end of June.