Pine trees are not rare in Maine, but a local research team found they carry a unique material used in a common flu vaccine.”We’ve been going out and collecting needles form conifers.”Professor Ray Fort is one of three scientists at the University of Maine who discovered that pine needles carry shikimic acid, a base ingredient in the drug Tamiflu.”We’ve been testing a variety of procedures for separating out the good stuff.
About 30 protesters gathered in Lincoln Monday morning to voice their concerns about a $130-million wind farm in northern Maine.The protest landed 5 people in jail.A spokesman from the company building the farm says the accusations are simply not true.” We all support the concept of green power, but this is a green scam,” said Gary Steinburg, a Lincoln resident.Gary Steinburg is one Lincoln resident unhappy with the Rollins Wind project in Washington County.He organized a protest against it.”It’s going to destroy Maine vacationland and what we know of our environment for a scam and for nonsense,” said Steinburg.More than 30 people gathered in Lincoln to have their voices heard.According to First Wind, the project consists of turbines that will produce enough clean renewable energy to power more than 24,000 homes, but protesters disagree.
A man from Guilford is going to prison for nine months after pleading no contest today in a child pornography case.49-year old Larry Daggett pleaded no contest to one count of possession of sexually explicity material.State Police say Daggett was getting child porn images on the internet through a file sharing network called gnutella.He was arrested in April of last year.
A man from Shirley waits to be sentenced after pleading no contest today to molesting two young girls in his barber shop.There were 13 counts of gross sexual assault of a minor against 68-year old Donald Denbow.District Attorney Chris Almy says the girls were 11 and 14 when the assaults took place between 2003 and 2005.Denbow was arrested in October of last year.
Medical professionals, educators, and community members gathered in Bangor today for a conference on childhood obesity.Studies indicate about 40 percent of kids entering kindergarten in Maine are overweight or obese.Jessica Donze-Black the National School Director for Alliance for a Healthier Generation was the keynote speaker.”When we look at public health issues that have turned the corner over time, tobacco, seat belts, recycling, kids had a lot to do with moving us in the right direction.”In just the last few years, Donze-Black says things are heading in the right direction regarding childhood obesity.
A new leader and new changes for the Bangor City Council.Susan Hawes was elected council chairperson at a council meeting Monday morning.The council vote came during the public portion of the meeting, rather than the private session.Hawes says the change came amid questions from concerned Bangor residents as to how the process actually works.Also Monday morning, two new councilors were sworn in.Nelson Durgin and Charles Longo, Junior.Both men say they hope to make the council a partnership with the community.”I hope to bring a new set of eyes, and get the community involved so that it’s not just a few people in the council, but it’s a council of 18,000,” says Longo, who’s just 21 years old.”The community ought to be able to recognize that council as a group of people who are dedicated to serving the city and holding the line on taxes and expenses where they can, and providing the people who count on us with some good service,” says Durgin.Longo says he’d like to make Bangor more business friendly.Durgin wants to make sure folks in need of assistance, get the services they need.
Fire investigators say due to the extent of damage, they are unable to determine the cause of a fire that displaced a family of five in Holden early Sunday morning.Crews were called to the Mann Hill Road in Holden just before 4:30 a.m.When they arrived, flames had already engulfed the barn and were spreading to the home.Five people were reportedly in the house at the time.A few of them had awoken to the smoke and got everyone else out, along with most of the farm animals.About 50 firefighters battled the blaze, as well as the gusty wind conditions.
A crash in Baileyville over the weekend claimed the life of a local man.It happened Saturday night around 10 p.m.Authorities say 25-year old Chad Casey was headed south on Route One when his pick up truck crossed the center line.He went down a steep bank, and ended up hitting a guy wire.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Mainers will be protected from electric and gas service cutoffs this winter as long as they are making a reasonable effort to make payments on their bills.Maine’s winter electricity and gas disconnection protection time begins November 15th.
The deadline is drawing near for opponents of a Western Maine casino to ask for a recount of votes approving the four-seasons resort in Oxford County.Opponents have until 5pm Tuesday to request the recount by submitting the signatures of 100 people who voted in the November 2nd election.The ballot question won by about 7,000 votes.
A Norway man has been charged with trying to burn his own home down.23-year-old Troy Murch junior was arrested Saturday night.Authorities claim he doused his living room in gasoline and set it on fire.No one was injured in the fire and it was quickly contained to the living room.Murch is now charged with arson.His girlfriend told authorities that Murch had been distraught.