The University of Maine has been awarded a sizable grant for research into prosthetics.The $512,736 grant comes from the National Science Foundation.It will be used to help fund a program to design and develop a prosthetic robot hand, as well as other technology to improve rehabilitation and quality of life for people with hand disabilities.
Bangor Hydro crews are on the scene of a power outage.Affected customers are located in Ellsworth, Clifton, Mariaville, Waltham and surrounding towns.They say over 2,000 customers are without power.Crews are working to isolate the problem and restore the power as quickly and safely as possible.You can report outages by calling 1-800-440-1111
Police say three men face charges after a Biddeford motel room was broken into and a man was beaten with bats and clubs.Police say the suspects used a baseball bat to smash out a large window Saturday at the Sleepy Hollow Motel, where the victim, a female and a small child were staying.Police say the attackers yelled racial slurs as they beat the man, who was hospitalized.Police arrested 20-year-old Dale Pinkham Jr.
The closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station’s commissary and base exchange has been postponed.The stores were scheduled to close in March, a few months before the base is closed altogether.But the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama requires the Secretary of Defense to decide whether the stores could continue operations.The base’s commanding officer, Captain Will Fitzgerald says he’s asked operators of both low-cost stores to continue providing services and products being a final determination.(AP)
For a few hours, they can be anyone else.”I have a really great charm, so whenever there’s a nice gentleman there I can really tell him what I want him to do and I usually get my way,” said gamer, Lisa Rancourt.Sounds like every woman’s dream, but for this gamer it’s actually a survival tactic.”The basic goal of the game is not to die in the game.”She’s acting a part in one of more than a dozen games at the snow con game convention.
A 16-year-old boy was killed in a skiing incident at Sugarloaf Mountain.A spokesman for the resort says Josh Waldron skied into an object off an advanced trail Saturday and died around noon.We’re told Waldron was the son of a Wugarloaf employee and was a Junior at Carrabasset Valley Academy.The crash happened on the Hayburner trail, which is one of the resort’s most difficult.
The cold weather caused a water main to break in Downtown Bangor leaving businesses without water.The Bangor Water District says the main broke at about one o’clock last night.Crews arrived an hour later and worked through the night and into the afternoon to fix the main in the middle of the road on Main Street.David Knowles with the Bangor Water District says the frost around the main caused it to snap.The break shut down Dunkin Donuts but Gold Star Cleaners and Carquest were open for business.The water was turned back on at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
Penobscot County Deputies seized more than two hundred marijuana plants from a mobile home in Argyle.The sheriff’s office received a tip about an indoor growhouse on Southgate Road Friday.Deputies arrived at the home Saturday and the homeowner approved a consent search.A total of 261 marijuana plants were found inside.Deputies summoned 39-year-old Blaine Tozier for growing and cultivating.Deputy Mike Knights says it’s not often they find growhouses during the winter months.”Most of the time when we deal with out marijuana it’s usually in September, October in the fall of the year when everybody’s getting ready to harvest.
A Prentiss woman is doing all she can to help rescued horses….Joyce Pomeroy and her sister opened the Last Stop Horse Rescue farm five years ago.Now, they’re licensed by the state to take in animals who need a safe home.But all this work doesn’t come without costs.To help ease the financial burden they had a bake sale Saturday at Tractor Supply in Bangor.They say the support has been overwhelming.” We’ve been having so many tearful moments for people that just come in.
Folks could get in a workout, while learning a thing or two about trees.The Orono Land Trust hosted a tree identification snowshoe trek Saturday.A forest expert from UMaine led it.They say identifying trees during the winter is much more challenging due to the lack of leaves on deciduous trees.” Well it’s like a clue game.
It’s been twelve weeks since TV-5 meteorologist Todd Simcox and Chris Ewing began the Y’s Biggest Mover program and now it’s the moment we’ve all be waiting for…just how much did our biggest movers lose in all.After plenty of sweat and hard work their final totals were determined today.Chris’s final weight came in at 235.8 pounds, which means he lost a total of 25.
The Stinson Cannery in Belfast has sat idle for ten years but this summer, it’ll have a new look when it opens as the Frontstreet Shipyard, a project that’s been ten months in the making.”First there was a negotiation phase, then we found out the city was involved and there was another layer to the negotiation process,” said JB Turner.Turner of the Kenway Corporation is part of a group of marine industry owners that bought the area.He will manage the shipyard.
The trial of Randall Hofland, the man accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than 2 years continued Friday.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop the night of October 23rd, 2008, then fled the scene, causing an 8-day manhunt before holding students hostage.Thursday was the prosecution’s turn.
Governor Paul LePage was already hearing it from critics for deciding not to attend Martin Luther King celebrations on Sunday and Monday.That was before Friday morning, when he fired off a few choice words for his critics.LePage is no stranger to speaking his mind, that’s what some voters found appealing about him.