Fingerprints are an easy way to identify someone because no two are like.It turns out the same is true with our breath.Scientists at the University of Maine are now honing in on what we breathe out.And as Joy Hollowell tells us, it’s research they hope will someday save lives.==========Imagine being able to detect cancer, simply by doing this.(exhaling breath)A breath test is something researchers at the University of Maine in Orono have been working on for more than three years now.
In the current economy, many Maine families and businesses are looking for ways to cut heating costs.Monday, the Kingfield Elementary School debuted their new biomass boiler to the public.It’s expected to cut their heating costs in half.It was a dream five years ago and now it’s officially a reality.The new wood pellet boiler at the Kingfield Elementary School is one of three such boilers in the school district, that will not only keep students warm, but will save the taxpayers money says MSAD 58 Superintendent Quenten Clark.
A Bangor bargain business is getting ready to make some improvements that they want you to know about.As soon as the weather lets up a bit, the Goodwill in Bangor will be undergoing construction to the front of the store and to the parking lot.The store entrance will be moved to the front, and will be expanded, and the sidewalk will be extended.
Kids as young as six all the way up to age 18 were ready to test their skills by the Penobscot Pony Club.Riders met in Hampden at the Reeds Brook Middle School for a quiz rally to test their pony knowledge.Organizers say while many kids have the skills to ride they don’t always know all that goes into taking care of a horse.
A bill to protect the jobs of Maine loggers has been sent to Governor Baldacci.The bill deters landowners who receive tax benefits under Maine’s tree growth law from hiring Canadian workers under the federal bonded labor program.That program allows American employers to hire Canadian loggers if certain conditions, such as a shortage of resident labor, are met.
A proposal to divide Maine into two states: north and south, has been shot down by legislative leaders.Representative Henry Joy, a Republican from the Northern Maine town of Crystal, wanted to make a point that there are two Maines: the populated south, and rural north.But legislative council, the bipartisan group of house and senate leaders, took a dim view of Joy’s idea last week and rejected it.
The state’s deer population is getting a boost from this winter’s mild weather after two straight harsh winters that thinned the ranks of the state’s signature game animal.With warm temperatures and scant snowfall, deer have had to expend relatively little energy fighting off frigid cold or tramping through deep snow in search of food.Deer biologist Lee Kantar of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said fawns that were born last year have had a high survival rate, and the baby deer that are born this june are expected to be in good shape because their mothers are strong.The most recent estimate puts Maine’s deer count at under 200,000, down from more than 300,000 a decade ago.
Acadia National Park officials are closing several popular hiking trails to protect Peregrine Falcons that have been showing pre-nesting courtship behavior.The closure of the popular Precipice Trail and other trails near the park’s Precipice and Valley Cove cliffs is expected to last until late July or early August.That’s about five weeks after any newborn Peregrine chicks would be expected to take their first flights.The Peregrine Falcon is listed as a Maine endangered species.Acadia was selected in the 1980’s to be one of the reintroduction sites for a Peregrine Falcon recovery program.Since 1991, more than 90 chicks have fledged on Mount Desert Island.
The Maine Academy of Country Music is gearing up for its three-day country music festival in August.They held a concert in Alton Sunday to help raise money for the weekend event.Six local country music acts performed, with all the proceeds going to their summer concert.The Maine Academy of Country Music was founded in 2002.Their mission is to help get country music back to it’s roots.
There was a long line of people waiting outside the Brewer High School Auditorium Saturday morning at 8am.They were waiting in line for the annual yard sale the outdoor education students put on as one of the major fundraiser for the outdoor education program.The program is an alternative to physical education and is funded independently from the school’s programs.Officials say about 100 people were lined up when the doors opened Sunday morning, but that’s nothing new for this event that’s been going on for about 12 years.