A Milo police sergeant is back on the job, after he was accused, then cleared, of domestic assault.42-year-old Damien Pickel was arrested in March after his then-wife reported he had attacked her a month earlier.The charges were dismissed by the district attorney.After his arrest, Pickel was placed on administrative leave without pay and later resigned.Last month, Pickel held a press conference expressing his desire to be back on the force.Tuesday night, the Milo Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to reinstate him.We’re told that Sergeant Pickel returned to work Thursday morning.
Maine and the rest of New England have had a second straight year of mild red tide outbreaks, bringing a sigh of relief to the clamming industry following two straight years of widespread clam flat closures due to red tide.Clam diggers were hurt in both 2008 and 2009 when red tide outbreaks resulted in extended closures of hundreds of miles of clam flats in Maine.Red tide is caused by naturally occurring algae that produce a toxin that can make clams and mussels unsafe to eat when toxin levels are high.Darcie Couture of the Department of Marine Resources, says only small numbers of clam flats have been shut down this summer because of red tide.(The Associated Press)
To learn more about Cathy Speronis, check out her website at www.cookinwithcathy.comIf you’d like to take a look at the recipe for Cathy’s Scalloped Potatoes HERE For her Panko Crusted Pan Fried Haddock with Sauteed SpinachHERE and for her Blueberry and Bing Cherry JubileeHERE
A Bangor man who took his family to the state fair says he won’t be going back.He wishes to remain anonymous, but told us he ran into problems with the fair’s no re-entry policy.He says last night when it started to rain his family tried to get their umbrellas from the car.On the way out, fair officials told him they wouldn’t be allowed back in.He says his family was wearing the wristbands given to them upon entry, but the attendant didn’t care.They decided to go home, calling the $30.00 they paid ‘a waste.’The fair does offer parking inside its grounds for $5.00.Anyone with a spot has access to their car at all times.And the Civic Center has been kept open for anyone who wants to keep dry.
A local pet boutique is helping out the SPCA of Hancock County.The Walkin’ The Dog Shop in Bar Harbor is raffling off two prize baskets worth more than $75.00 each.One of the baskets is filled with items for dog owners, and the second for cat owners.Tickets are a buck each or you can buy six for $5.00.They’re on sale at Walkin’ The Dog on Main Street in Bar Harbor.Te drawing will be August 22nd.
Maine blueberries are at the center of a food fest coming up this weekend.Blue Hill will host its third annual Blueberry Festival.It starts with a blueberry pancake breakfast.There will be lots of food vendors, as well as games for the kids too.The Blue Hill Blueberry Fest is Saturday from 7am to 3pm.It takes place on the grounds of the Blue Hill Congregational Church on Tenney Hill and across the street at the Legion Hall.
As a singer, Maine resident Gene McDaniels had pop chart success in the early 1960s, including his biggest hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay.”He was versatile, transitioning to jazz and soul, composing the anti-war soul classic “Compared To What.”He kept writing songs, including Roberta Flack’s number one hit in the seventies, “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”Others who sang his songs include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles.McDaniels died Friday as his home in Kittery after a short illness.He leaves behind his wife and six children.Gene McDaniels was 76.
The Maine Department of Transportation will use an underground camera to help figure out what triggered an 8-by-10-foot sinkhole at a Route 1 intersection in Ellsworth.The hole opened up following Monday night’s storm.Road crews filled it with gravel.
A Florida man has been rescued after taking a fall along the Appalachian Trail in Dead River Township Tuesday morning.Wardens say it took nine hours to get 52-year-old Douglas Doane from the wilderness to the hospital because of the terrain.They say he might have broken his shoulder.
A stabbing in Brewer lands one woman in the hospital.Police responded to the Riverhouse Apartments on Penobscot Square in Brewer Wednesday afternoon.While authorities can’t say much at this time, they will say two sisters got into a fight, and one of the woman received a puncture wound to the back of her shoulder.That injury is said to be minor.No charges will be filed at this time
The Orono Police Department has charged two people for breaking into the Orono Bog Boardwalk.Surveillance video from the night of July 24th shows two young women and two young men on the walk.18-year-old Tyler Thomas of Bangor and a 16-year-old boy from Bangor are charged with criminal mischief.Thomas was arrested for violation of probation from a previous charge.Police say the juvenile was in violation of probation from a theft charge.Police say three benches were vandalized, about a thousand dollars in damage.Orono Police Captain Josh Ewing says they were able to track down the vandals with the public’s help.
Manna ministries is helping students get the tools they need to head back to school.It’s Manna’s 15th school supply drive.You can drop off new items at Manna at 629 Main Street in Bangor.Executive Director Bill Rae says this year the need is greater than ever.”This is one of the most difficult seasons of the year and the hardest for people to understand the necessity of giving our students, our neighbor’s kids tools to go to school because that’s what these are, these are tools to go to school and I use tools because that’s what these are, napsacks, pencils, paper, 3-ring binders, they’re all tools for these kids to go get a quality education,” Rae said.If you’d like to sign up to receive the donated supplies, you can sign up at Manna on August 15th through August 19th from the hours of 9 am to 3 pm.For more information, you can call Manna at 990-2870.
A new committee has been formed to study the feasibility of a national park near Baxter State Park.Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby has proposed the 70,000 acre park.The committee will work with her to find out the economic and social impacts the park would have on the area.Quimby wants to give the land to the Federal Government.She wants to give 30,000 other acres north of Dover-Foxcroft for recreational use.The committee thinks the study will answer several questions residents have and let them come to the right conclusion about the park.”I see a lot of plusses for it and we need to get the facts out there and put all the information together and get it to the public so they can be supportive of a feasibility study.