We’ve all heard of the tooth fairy, but in Washington County on Wednesday, the tooth ferry made an appearance.It’s a mobile dental unit providing oral care to kids.”We are able to provide preventive dental care, meaning cleanings and fluoride and sealants.” The Washington County Children’s Program has teamed up with New York University’s College of Dentistry to bring the outreach program to Machias for a week in October.”It gives kids a very positive outlook on dentistry because they have fun,” said Gay Haroutunian, a speech pathologist.
Students at the Adams School in Castine tossed bottles containing messages into the ocean two years ago, hoping someone would eventually get them.Two years later, a Massachusetts man found one while on vacation in the Azores.”I was really surprised because I totally forgot I had a bottle launched,” said student Liam Griffin.Griffin, Hannah Flood and Dustin Colson wrote their notes and put them in a bottle, releasing it into the Gulf Stream.Teacher Cheryl McFadden says the group sent the bottle as part of a project to learn about communication.”It’s interesting to us that people can communicate without using technology,” she said.The group wrote their age, school and where they wanted the bottle to travel during its voyage.Dustin wanted it to float to an African safari to play with the animals in the wild.”I like that they’re are fast and stuff like the cheetahs,” he said.Hannah wanted the bottle to cruise the exotic lands of China.”I just like that how all the different words have the different symbols because I just think it would be hard to memorize,” she said.The bottle traveled about 3,000 miles to the Azores, a Portugese group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Next week, Bangor City Councilors are expected to sign a document to return the Post Office to the Downtown area.County Administrator Bill Collins says the Post Office will move into the former district court building on Hammond Street.That will happen on October 31st and it will be open to the public on Monday, November first.Collins says the county will spend about $100,000 to renovate the building.City Councilors are expected to approve a 20 year lease next week.
A 28-year-old woman from Thomaston is going to jail after pleading guilty to kidnapping and terrorizing an 18-year-old woman in Rockland.Jessica Gagnon pleaded guilty last week to charges of kidnapping, violation of conditions of release, tampering with a witness, assault and terrorizing.Gagnon has been sentenced to 16 months behind bars.31 year old Felicity Butler and 26 year old Zachary Clarke, both of Rockland, are awaiting trial on charges stemming from the same incident.Police say the two women invited the victim to an apartment for drinks in December, then attacked her and drover her to another location, where they held her against her will.Clarke is accused of tampering with a witness, terrorizing and violating conditions of release.
A family of three was killed in a head on collision on Route 1A in Dedham Tuesday.A pick-up truck and a car crashed into each other about a mile away from the Lucerne Inn.It happened around 4 o’clock that afternoon.Authorities say the car missed a slight curve in the roadway, crossing over the center line and into the path of the truck.All three people in the car, 34-year-old Carlos Tapia, his wife 23-year-old Rachelle, and her 4-year-old daughter died at the scene.The driver of the pick up, 43-year-old Stephen Glickman, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.The occupants of both vehicles were all wearing seat belts.Carlos Tapia was serving at the U.S.
A federal agency that manages ocean energy in the Outer Continental Shelf and the state of Maine have formed an offshore renewable energy task force.The task force met for the first time on Tuesday, discussing the commercial leasing process for offshore renewable energy and presenting a draft task force charter.Governor John Baldacci called it “an important next step for Maine and the nation in meeting the challenges of energy independence and security, climate change and economic development.”One of key missions of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is to manage the ocean energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.Similar task forces have been formally established with Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland.
An electrical malfunction send firefighters out to battle a blaze at a home in Skowhegan early this morning.State Fire Investigators say a light above a kitchen stove was to blame.A neighbor on Bennett Avenue called in the fire just before 1 a.m.Fire officials tell us the first floor was destroyed, with some damage to the second floor.We’re told a woman was in the process of moving into the home, but was not living there yet.Crews from Skowhegan, Norridgewock, and Madison worked to contain the flames.
A man from Bucksport is going to prison for two years for setting fire to a restaurant and trashing a municipal recreation center, among other things.Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Allen appeared in Hancock County Superior Court, where he entered eight guilty pleas to charges stemming from his drunken acts of destruction in Bucksport last Fall and Winter.Last September, Allen was arrested after police saw him walking away from Crosby’s Drive-in Restaurant on Route 46 and then noticed smoke coming from the building.In february, Allen vandalized Bucksport’s recreation building, then stole a nearby car, leaving his photo i-d behind in a pile of broken glass.
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is celebrating 25 years and thanking all those who have helped them along the way.Executive Director, Dennis Marble says they wouldn’t be what they are without the generous support of the community and so many local businesses.Folks attending the celebration were treated to some music and a tasty dinner.Marble wasn’t with the shelter from the start but says it’s definitely come a long way.” We started like many shelters do as an overnight shelter, 12 beds.
The public was invited to a town hall style meeting in bangor Tuesday night, hosted by Second Congressional Candidate Jason Levesque.Levesque says they’re trying to cover the entire district and make sure folks from all over have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.Levesque says it was important to have an informal meeting because everyone is equal.And the one message he hopes everyone leaves the meeting with.” That I’m going to listen to them.