Patricia Foley was online signing up for her yearly park pass through the Bureau of Parks and Lands, when she noticed the “First-Time Campers” program.”It is for families and children that are not getting outside anymore, that are kind of growing up without that experience in their lives,” says Sandie Sabaka, Assistant Park Ranger.
Starting next week, the town of Lincoln will be celebrating its homecoming.It’s an event that’s been going on for decades.Packed with festivities including a parade, fireworks, comedy shows, and much more, the event is expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000 from across the country.Organizers say everyone who attends has a certain spirit about them.
This weekend, the waters off Searsport and Stonington will play host to lobster boat races.Lobster boat racing season started last month with ten races on the schedule until the end of August.The racers compete in different classes, divided according to boat length and horse power.
Flags in Maine are flying at half-staff today in honor of a soldier from Exeter, killed in combat in Afghanistan.Private funeral services for Staff Sergeant Eric Shaw were held in Augusta today followed by a graveside service at the Maine Veterans Cemetery.Shaw was killed last month when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan.He was serving his third tour of duty with the 101st airborn based in Kentucky.He leaves behind a wife and three young children.Eric Shaw was 31.
The Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of a fire in Orland last Saturday is undetermined.Officials say there’s too much damage to the home on the Bald Mountain Road.Crews from Bucksport, Dedham and Lucerne assisted.The home owners were not home at the time of the fire but were insured.
Not much is left of a lobster boat in the Rockland Harbor, after it burst into flames earlier today.The Coast Guard says two local lobster fishermen were hauling pots with a new piece of equipment they had on board when it sparked and started an oil fire.Officials say the men couldn’t put the fire out onboard, so they steered over to the breakwater to escape: they were not injured.Witnesses say they saw the fire start suddenly and burned for quite awhile.
Bail has been pulled for a convicted sex offender facing sexual assault charges after authorities say he tried to escape the Knox County Jail in Rockland.Officials say 44-year-old Bradley Lemay climbed the fence in the jail’s exercise yard Friday.A prison guard ordered Lemay down.
Maine land-use regulators are hinting they’ll deny an expedited permit to a Canadian company that wants to build a third series of wind turbines in Maine’s western hills.Transcanada has twenty-two towers turning out power and twenty-two others under construction at Kibby mountain near Stratton.The company wants to build fifteen more wind towers in that region and has asked for quick permitting for the project.But state regulators have indicated they’ll oppose rushing the process, and it’s not clear if Transcanada has any appetite for taking a longer route.
A citizen initiative on a proposed casino in Oxford County will top the statewide ballot on November 2nd.Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap conducted a drawing today to determine the placement of bond issues on the ballot.A 5-million dollar bond for dental health programs will lead off.