Wasps to the rescue, of Maine’s forests.That’s what a UMaine graduate student is hoping for.She’s keeping a close eye on some potentially very helpful wasps as a research project.”We’re watching the wasps and seeing what they’re bringing back for prey and also taking a bunch of different weather variable measurements.”Graduate student, Tawny Virgilio has established a theater for bio-surveillance at the Dedham Elementary School, along with other sites throughout the state.”These wasps are a lot more efficient at bringing back prey than any of our traps are at collecting these types of beetles.”These particular wasps prey on colored beetles, similar in appearance and behavior to the Emerald Ash Borer, which hasn’t been found in Maine yet.
The funeral for a soldier from Hartland will be held Friday, in the high school from which he graduated just last year.19-year-old private first class Tyler Springmann was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.Another American soldier also died.Springmann graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in Newport last year.In his honor, Governor LePage is ordering flags be flown at half-staff from dawn until dusk Friday.
Closing arguments began in trial of a 23 year old Garrett, who is accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student resumes Monday morning in Bangor.Caroline Connolly is following the trail and joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon over the phone with the latest.
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Wanted: actors and singers of all types and ages.The Penobscot Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming season.It’s Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at the Bangor Opera House.To secure an audition time, call the box office at 942-3333.For more information on the season and how to get ready or the auditions, visit penobscottheatre.org.
An ATV accident Wednesday evening in LaGrange has landed two teenage girls in the hospital.The Maine Warden Service says that two ATV’s were allegedly stolen from a nearby camp.One vehicle was being driven by a 16 year old boy.The other machine was being operated by 13 and 14 year old girls.The ATV driven by the girls hit a cross bar on railroad crossing gate.That caused both riders to be knocked off the machine.Both girls were taken to EMMC…one with leg injuries, the other with head lacerations and internal injuries.The Warden Service is investigating the accident and has determined that speed and driver inexperience both played a part in the crash.
Folks in Bangor came together Wednesday to commemorate the signing of the peace treaty that ended the Korean War on this day in 1953.Nearly sixty years ago, the guns went silent, signaling the end of the Korean War and a new beginning for South Korea and its people.Although much time has past, Edward Davis remembers it like it was yesterday.”We expect to hear more after that, but absolutely nothing from either side, it was awesome.”The Bucksport native was just twenty years old when he went overseas.Those days are long gone, but the memories of those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom never fade away.”It always brings back his memory to me and as long as we have this, it will always be a part of my life.”It’s a part of his life that’s forgotten by some.While there was no victor at the end of the conflict, South Korea has since established itself as one of the world’s true democracies.For Albert Gibson it was worth the fight.”A lot of people say the war was not worth it, but it certainly was because we saved Korea which is a very vibrant nation today.”The people of South Korea haven’t forgotten the war either.
Folk musician Bill Morrissey died unexpectedly on Saturday.According to his website he died in a hotel room in Georgia while on his way home after several performances down south.Morrissey was from New Hampshire and sang many songs about the struggles of small town New England life.He performed many times in the Greater Bangor Area during his career.Contributions in Bill Morrissey’s name can be sent to the Music Cares Foundation, 3030 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, California, 90404.
The defense has rested its case in the trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student.Prosecutors say twenty-three year old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick was drunk when he ran into twenty year old Jordyn Bakley in January of last year.The defense called its final witnesses to the stand.A forensic pathologist from Virginia testified that he believes Bakley’s autopsy was incomplete.Dr.