Summer time means many things for Mainers.For drivers, it means road closures due to construction.The I-95 Southbound in Augusta will have some ramp closures, beginning Wednesday night.Workers are removing and installing new pavement.On wednesday, the Exit 112 off-ramp will be shut down at 7 p.m.
A home bomb shelter built in the 1950s to protect a Maine man and his family from a nuclear attack is being threatened by an Augusta sewer project.Eighty-six-year-old Donald Tuttle, who drove a concrete truck for 30 years, built the underground, concrete bomb shelter behind his Mount Vernon Avenue home.The shelter is entered through a backyard shed, also made of concrete.The shelter is in the way of a $17.3 million sewer project, due to start this week.
Maine police are collecting DNA samples from men with histories of violence as part of their investigation into the stabbing death of an 81-year-old Farmington woman.Farmington police say they have a DNA sample from the man suspected of stabbing Grace Burton in her home on June 21.
Maine lawmakers will take a fresh look at a bill to study youth sports-related head injuries during next January’s session.Before adjourning last week, the Legislature decided to sideline the bill so the Education Committee can review it next year.The sponsor, Saco Democratic Rep.
The Bangor Band celebrated the Fourth of July with a special patriotic performance Monday evening.Monday’s concert was one of the final performances the band will hold at the Bangor Bandstand in Bass Park.With construction on the new Bangor arena set to start soon, the band must find a new place to play.Conductor Fred Goldrich says the future is up in the air.The band still hasn’t heard back from Parks and Recreation as to a new location where the band can play.But fans of the live musical performance say they’ll follow the act anywhere.The final Bangor Band performance at Bass park will take place Tuesday, July 5th at 7 PM.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources confirms that a northern pike has been caught in the Penobscot River.The species was illegally introduced nearly a decade ago into Pushaw Lake.Pike grow larger than other native Maine fish such as salmon and brook trout, and often feed on those species.
State officials are asking you to keep a close eye on your watercraft…especially the parts in the water.The state Department of Environmental Protection is asking boat owners to make sure there are no invasive plants attached to their boats as they put in or take out of the water.If you are camping or having a cookout, the Maine Forest Service wants to make sure the asian longhorned beetle is kept out of the state.That can be done by purchasing firewood locally for your campfire.Last year the Maine legislature banned campers from bringing in out-of-state firewood.
A 16-year-old boy from Canaan remains in criticial condition after crashing his ATV in Newport.The Maine Warden Service says he was riding with a relative along Murray Road around 2 p.m Sunday.Authorities say he was going too fast to make a turn and instead went off into the woods.
What better way to kick off the Fourth of July than with pancakes?It’s exactly what happened in Brewer Monday morning.It was the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Brewer Auditorium.Hundreds of people show up each year to get pancakes, sausage, juice and much more.For some, it’s become a tradition.” Nice place to come.
Bar Harbor in the summer time is filled with tourists enjoying the Maine coast for their vacation.Locals and tourists alike stand shoulder to shoulder along the parade route to honor America.They come from all around the country to line the parade route in Bar Harbor to celebrate Independence Day.”It’s a family tradition for us we’ve been coming here for many, many years,” said Eileen and Russ Smith of New York City, ” And this is her third year,” Eileen said referring to their daughter, ” She’s three years old and this is her third year and we come to the Parade every year.”Some, like the Smiths, travel for miles to be part of it.
Thousands of folks in central Maine also celebrated the July 4th holiday by lining the streets of Winslow Monday morning.It marked the 21st annual Winslow Family 4th of July celebration.Folks started lining the parade route as early as 8:30 Monday morning to see the parade that got started a little before 10:00.The Winslow parade featured mini race cars, fire engines, antique cars, and of course a tribute to the men and women in uniform.Monday’s parade is just a part of a 4-day family celebration in Winslow.