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Dexter Group Headed to New Orleans

Updated 6 years ago

The First Free Baptist Church of Dexter will continue efforts to help hurricane Katrina victims.

Over the next couple of weeks, they are holding fundraisers to pay for the cost to get there.

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EMMC Plans Rejected

Updated 6 years ago

The review is a preliminary analysis, though, and EMMC administrators can still try to win over approval.

The project would build an eight-story tower on the state street campus, consolidating surgery, adding 65-beds, and increasing private rooms.

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Rockport Drowning

Updated 6 years ago

The Coast Guard said it got a call about 3 p.m. Friday that two people were in the water after capsizing while rowing to a moored boat in Rockport harbor.

Another boater rescued one of the people, but Erwin Hirsch of Marblehead, Mass., was unconscious when he was pulled from the water.

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Flood Relief in Penobscot County

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci said he received word Friday afternoon that President Bush had added Penobscot County to the list of six other counties – Aroostook, Knox, Lincoln, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo – that had already been declared eligible for public assistance.

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Lincoln Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in around 3 o’clock Thursday.

Some dust reportedly caught fire and ignited a blaze in the rafters of the metal building.

That interior height made it tough for fire fighters to reach the flames.

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FairPoint Fixes Problem

Updated 6 years ago

The Cumberland County Regional Communications Center experienced several interruptions with its 911 emergency system recently.

In response, Fairpoint has installed new equipment, reconfigured its software and revised its notification procedures in the event of a service outage.

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Connecticut Youth Dies Following Fire

Updated 6 years ago

18-year-old Alex Whitney of Farmington, Connecticut, was found Tuesday night in the middle of Duck Pond Road with his clothes burned off.

Investigators think that Whitney set the fire, after dousing himself with gasoline.

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New High for Gas Prices

Updated 6 years ago

Gas in several border communities including Houlton and Calais has topped the $4.00 mark for regular unleaded. The Web site MaineGasPrices.com puts the highest price at $4.40 per gallon on Vinalhaven.

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Knox Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

53-year-old Kenneth Knox was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison for arson, attempted murder, and other charges. Half of the sentence has been suspended.

The incident happened on christmas day 2005.

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Horse Shot

Updated 6 years ago

The York County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Warden Service sent investigators to a farm Wednesday where horse owner Peggy Tardifsaid she heard a shot at about 4 p.m. Tuesday while cleaning out stalls.

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Pellet Plant Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Fire Chief Scott Bragdon says he expects Corinth Wood Pellets Manufacturing to remain closed for several days as a result of the Tuesday morning blaze.

No injuries were reported. The fire began when flames from an exterior burner were sucked into the building by a fan.

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Fatal Fire in Ellsworth

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators say he set himself on fire in Ellsworth Tuesday night.

Crews were called around 7:30 p.m. They found Alex Whitney sitting in the middle of Duck Pond Road. The Fire Marshal’s Office says it appears he doused himself with gasoline near some power lines, then set himself on fire.

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People’s Veto

Updated 6 years ago

A coalition called Fed Up With Taxes kicked off its petition drive Wednesday with press conferences in Portland and Bangor.

Campaign director Newell Augur said the Legislature doubled the tax on beer and wine and imposed new taxes on flavored water, soda, sports drinks, juices and other drinks. He said the taxes, which are intended to bolster funding for Maine’s Dirigo Health Program, were passed without any public hearing.

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Maine Publisher Sues Amazon.com

Updated 6 years ago

Angela Adair-Hoy alleges that Amazon’s recent announcement to exclusively use one on-demand publisher violates antitrust law.

Adair-Hoy said about half of her Bangor-based BookLocker.com’s sales are through Amazon and that there are about 4,300 potential print-on-demand class members. The suit seeks class-action status, an injunction preventing Amazon from implementing the new policy and monetary damages.

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MDI Biking Accident

Updated 6 years ago

The 77-year-old victim had reportedly been out on a bike ride. A nephew told police the man wanted to take a quick spin down Oak Street.

When the man didn’t return, his nephew went to find him.

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Bangor Sidewalks

Updated 6 years ago

The city is applying for a grant that would allow them to build sidewalks near the Downeast School on Moosehead Trail near Capehart, as well as two other locations.

City councilors applauded the efforts during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

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LURC Recommendations

Updated 6 years ago

Changes include removing development from the north shore of long pond, but opponents of the project say they still have concerns.

Natural Resources Council of Maine executive director Brownie Carson says there is no reduction in the amount of development, which is still the equivalent of two or three new towns in the region, and development still threatens Lily Bay.

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Augusta Walmart Fire

Updated 6 years ago

An employee, who’s a volunteer firefighter, was able to put it out.

Augusta fire chief Roger Audette says the smoke was so thick, the building needed to be evacuated for about an hour.

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Gay Rights Appeal

Updated 6 years ago

Plans are moving forward for the Christian Civil League’s attempt to start a campaign repealing Maine’s gay rights law.

State officials are expected to give the go-ahead.

Current law bans discrimination in employment, housing, or access to public accommodations based on race, color, sex or sexual orientation.

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F.E.M.A. Sets Up Shop

Updated 6 years ago

F.E.M.A. workers, along with representatives from the Small Business Administration, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency were in Milford Tuesday.

They’re providing information about relief programs and funding.

The experts point out that it’s important for flood victims to know that they need to register for federal aid, and that calling 211 does not automatically qualify a caller for funding.

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