Two of the five public information meetings take place this week about possible sites off the Maine coast that might be suitable for testing new offshore wind power technology.State officials have identified seven possible sites stretching from southern waters off York County to far Eastern Maine.Officials have until December 15 to select between one and five of the spots to be used as demonstration sites to test components for deep-water wind farms.
Maine State Police have announced an increase in the reward being offered for information related to the murder of Darrel Smith.The initial $30,000 reward has been increased to $40,000.The 56-year-old was shot to death in woodland in February 2008.His body was found in the shop at his home on the Thomas Road.Police have recovered the murder weapon and a safe taken from the Smith residence on the day of the murder, along with other evidence.
The documentary The Way We Get By was the number two top grossing movie at the Bangor Mall Cinema this weekend.And because of the film’s success, the cinema has decided to extend it’s run through Sunday September twentieth.The film grossed close to $4,000, coming in behind the movie “Nine.”The film shadows the lives of three senior citizens serving as troop greeters at Bangor International Airport, the main departure and arrival point for troops since the start of the first Iraq war.
A new program aimed at increasing production of renewable energy is taking off in Maine.That’s good news for a Lincoln business.And, as Meghan Hayward tells us, it’s expected to become even bigger.The Lincoln Paper and Tissue Mill is the first facility in Maine to qualify for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, under the Farm Service Agency.”It allows people or owners of biomass material a way to financially gain by improving or assisting the development and future expansion of biomass production and fuels.”The Lincoln Mill expects good things from the BCAP program.”For us, it may just allow us access to a little more biomass material that would be competitively priced.”In May, President Obama ordered more investment and production of biofuels.A month later, the program was approved.
Maine’s highest court is preparing to hear arguments on the appeals of two Maine men who are serving life terms in separate murders.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear an appeal from 61-year-old Ashton Moores of Bangor Wednesday.Moores was convicted last November of the 2007 murder and sexual assault of Christina Simonin in his Bangor apartment.
A Waldoboro man died Sunday night after he lost control of the Jeep he was driving and struck a utility pole and several trees.Police say 44-year-old Wayne Burnham was traveling on the Friendship Road when his car left the road.According to authorities alcohol and speed may have been factors in that crash.
The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced a $12,000,000 endowment campaign to sustain the artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth.The Rockland museum says funds for the Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment Campaign will be raised in an auction of museum-quality art works.The art will be donated by Wyeth family members, artists, collectors, and others interested in honoring Wyeth and supporting the museum’s mission of celebrating Maine’s role in American art.The auction will be in New York City in October 2010.Wyeth, whose work focused on coastal Maine and Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, died at his Pennsylvania home in January at the age of 91.
The University of Maine system is facing a 43-million dollar shortfall over the next four years.The Board of Trustees met in Bangor today where a new plan to close the gap was proposed.Chelsey Anderson has the details.————Even with an expected 43 million dollar shortfall, there were words of hope and appreciation at the Board of Trustees meeting in Bangor.”We’ve had good conversations.
Seaplanes were landing in Greenville all weekend for the annual Seaplane Fly-in.The festivities kicked off Thursday night.On Saturday, a full slate of events were on tap, from take off and landing competitions, a bush pilot canoe race, and even a grapefruit bomb drop.This is the 36th year for the event.Folks from around the world travel to Greenville to take part.
The city of Waterville celebrated the area’s Franco-American heritage on Sunday.The annual Franco-American Family Festival was held at the Head of Falls in the downtown area.The festivities were open to the public, and featured all kinds of events, from a car show, to kids activities, plus live music and dancing.There were also vendors selling all kinds of Franco-American delicacies.Organizers say it’s their way of teaching folks about the important role played by those French Canadians who came to Maine to work in the mills so many years ago.
A hundred jobs could be in jeopardy when Rumford’s paper mill shuts down one of its production machines.The number ten machine at New Page Corporation is set to begin a temporary, indefinite shutdown on September 18th.Union president Matt Bean says 100 positions, but not necessarily 100 people, would be affected by the number ten shutdown.Company officials say the decisions are driven by the market.They say when the economy rebounds, the machine will be restarted.The number fifteen machine, though, which has been running five days a week, will resume its seven-day-a-week schedule.
A 30-year-old woman from Mars Hill has been indicted in an online child pornography case.Julie Carr was arrested in June after an investigation by British police.She’s charged with gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of minors.Carr was taken into custody after police searched her home.Officers were acting on a tip from police in Britain about video that had been streamed online.Carr is being held in the Aroostook County Jail.
A man from Southern Maine is under arrest, charged with robbing a Millinocket drug store.21-year-old Nicholas Wheaton was arrested at a camp on an island on North Twin Lake.Police say Wheaton is suspected of robbing the Rite Aid on Central Street Friday morning.No one was injured, and police haven’t said if a weapon was shown.
Bikers from around New England descended on Augusta Sunday for an annual Maine tradition…The 28-th annual United Bikers of Maine Toy Run kicked off at the Augusta Civic Center.More than 14-thousand bikers turned out to take part in the charity event.Bikers bring toys to be distributed to needy families throughout Maine for Christmas.Governor John Baldacci suited up and joined the bikers on their run to the Windsor Fair Grounds.