The Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton celebrated the grand opening of its new self-guided nature trail.The Wabanaki Interpretive Trail is point seven miles long.It explores the history of fish in the Pushaw Stream and Native American fishing.Molly Lizotte, a Senior at the University of Maine created the trail as part of her senior capstone project.She says the past year of planning was worth it.”It feels really nice to see it come through, I didn’t think at times we would actually get to this stage but it’s good and I’m really excited to see what it does to the refuge,” Lizzotte said.The self guided nature trail is the first in a series of interpretive walking and canoe trails at the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.If you would like more information, visit their website at www.hirundomaine.org
Folks in Bangor had the chance to have lunch and talk with a man who wants to be Maine’s next governor.Eliot Cutler is running as an Independent.He was the speaker at Fusion Bangor’s Noontime Networks luncheon.Cutler used the first 20 minutes of his speech to lay out his vision for the state.
Maine State Prison inmate Michael Chasse continued his testimony Thursday in his trial in Rockland.He’s accused of kidnapping and assault at the prison and is representing himself.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in june of 2008.Thursday, Chasse said he told the prison worker she got herself into the situation and had she stayed seated like he asked, he never would have done anything to her.He said he told her he had planned a killing spree and he was filled with anger that had been building for years.Thursday afternoon, the judge put a time limit on Chasse’s testimony, forcing him to wrap up.Closing arguments will be heard Friday morning.
Fire destroyed the Big Apple Citgo gas station in Corinna Thursday.It happened just after noon at the store on Newport Road.A passer-by saw smoke coming from the back of the building, and went in to tell the folks in the store.The manager, a worker and two customers were inside at the time — all got out safely.Corinna Fire Chief, Leslie Bolstridge tells TV 5 when they arrived on scene there were flames and smoke coming from the roof.The fire was controlled, but he says they are always extra cautious when dealing with a fire at a gas station.”There’s always the potential of getting into the fuel tanks, fuel lines, the pumps, anything erupting, hard time getting the power shut off,” said Chief Leslie Bolstridge with the Corinna Fire Department.Fire crews from five towns responded to the blaze.No word yet on what sparked the fire.
A boil order in Bradley remains in effect until further notice.The boil order, which went into effect Monday, was expected to be lifted after a few days.The order came as a result of a construction accident near the fire station.But the Superintendent of the Old Town Water District, Frank Kearney, says the order remains in effect while construction is still going on near the water main.Kearney says residents may get a notice early next week that the order has been lifted.He says residents need to continue to boil their water until they receive that notice.
Police are looking for a burglar, or burglars, following break-ins at places in Winterport and Unity.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office received a report Tuesday morning that Forrest Truck and Auto Body on North Main Street had been broken into.The owner told police several thousand dollars worth of shop tools were taken, along with a computer.Earlier this week police say a change machine at The Rivertown Wash and Vac was vandalized.It’s unclear how much money was taken from there.And investigators are also looking into a string of burglaries that occurred in Unity.Three reports were called in Tuesday morning from homeowners living on different roads.Police say a flat screen television, safe and a handgun were reported stolen.If you have any information you’re urged to call the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at 338-6786.
A man from Massachussetts is in critical condition, after an ATV accident in Dresden.It happened Wednesday night around 7 p.m.Wardens say the 42-year old victim , whose name has not yet bee released, was riding on Hunter Road, a private road off of Route 197.His 4-wheeler went off the road and struck a tree.The man was flown by medical helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Wardens say he was not wearing a helmet.The crash is now under investigation.
Millennium in Palmyra has been fundraising for area organizations since January.This evening folks gathered at the M Room Pub, the bar and restaurant at the facility, for the presentation of those funds.Every month the folks at Millennium have chosen a new local charity or cause to support.They donate half of all door proceeds from their “Fundraiser Fridays” to the group of the month.Sara Peavey, President of Millennium, says, “It’s a great night to come down.
Lots of folks were “arrested” in Bangor today, but didn’t seem at all bothered by it.The Muscular Dystrophy Association held its annual lock-up at the Sea Dog Restaurant.Local police, fire, and military rounded up the jail birds, who had to work the phones to raise bail money.Some TV5 news persons got to play judge for a day.10-year-old Bryan Riley of Jay is an MDA State Goodwill Ambassador.
Community Action Agencies help thousands of people in towns across the state.Much of the funding comes from the state, therefore strict accounting and auditing practices have been put in place to track how the money is used.Recently the state has put forth a proposal to adopt new rules but the people who run non-profits say some of the changes don’t add up.Today, a public hearing was held in Augusta to discuss the changes.DHHS has stated that the “Maine Uniform Accounting and Auditing Practices for Community Agencies”, also referred to as MAAP regulations, needed to be updated to be more in line with federal rules.Many agree that the new rules may save agencies and taxpayers money.
25-year-old Jerome Richards pleaded guilty to two lesser charges and was sentenced to time served.Richards was arrested in June when an off duty trooper saw him walking toward the entrance of the Maine savings Federal Credit Union wearing a black hoodie, backwards, with eyeholes cut out, and black latex gloves.When he saw the trooper on the phone, he took off.Police tracked Richards down, and say they found the sweatshirt, the gloves and BB guns in his vehicle.