It’s homecoming day for members of the 1136th Transportation Company.The Maine Army National Guard soldiers spent the past year in Afghanistan.They’re due to arrive at the Augusta Armory sometime Tuesday morning.The 173 members were deployed in March of 2010.While overseas, the men and women conducted force protection orders, providing security for base installations.The unit is stationed in Bangor, Calais, and Sanford.
Fire fighters battled a fire at a seasonal camp in Otis Monday night.Crews were called to West Shore Road around 8 p.m.We’re told no one was living at the camp at the time.Fire fighters from Mariaville as well as Ellsworth cleared the scene a few hours later.The Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.
The top executive at the largest Maine-based construction company has been chosen as Maine Maritime Academy’s commencement speaker.Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of The Cianbro Cos., will address the graduating class at the Castine school’s 68th commencement on April 30.Vigue graduated from Maine Maritime in 1969 and will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.Cianbro, based in Pittsfield, has more than 4,000 employees across the United States who work in the construction, refining and petrochemical industries.(Associated Press)
Organizers of Lisbon Falls’ annual Moxie Festival have picked a winning entry for their 2011 theme contest.The winning theme – “Moxie….it’s Maine in a bottle!” – was submitted by Jeff Moxcey of Waterville, whose name is coincidentally similar to the name of the quirky bittersweet soda that was concocted by a Mainer in the 1870s and is Maine’s official soft drink.For his winning entry, Moxcey got a basket filled with Moxie items and will join festival VIPs at the 2011 Moxie Festival parade review stand.In all, the Moxie Festival Committee received 67 entries from Maine, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.The 28th annual Moxie Festival is scheduled for July 8-11.For more information click, or log on to www.moxiefestival.com(Associated Press)
AP – Maine officials say one person was killed and another injured when a plane went down near the Canadian border during a snowstorm that dumped up to 2 feet on the region.Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department said a Canadian search and rescue helicopter reached the site Monday night and airlifted the injured person to a hospital in Canada.
Police are looking for a man accused of holding a Hampden woman at knifepoint.Police say she was driving along Main Road in Hampden Sunday night when she thought she saw a friend walking down the street.This is a sketch of the man she says jumped in her car as she pulled over to offer him a ride.He told police he pulled out a knife and told her to drive.Police say they reached an intersection when her engine light came on and he got out.They say drivers should be careful when riding alone at night.Hampden police are asking anyone with information to call 862-4000.
Three years ago, Hampden town councilors began drafting a plan for their community’s future.”I was unaware of it until I head of it through the grapevine.”But now that the comprehensive plan is in effect, residents like Ed Armstrong aren’t happy.”They trust their leaders to do the right thing, and now they’ve found out about this and they really have an opposing view point,” said Armstrong.The plan acts as a guideline for setting town ordinances in the future.Two of its most disputed points are regulations on water and critical natural resources.
Heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain has caused thousands of power outages for folks across the state.At last check, Bangor Hydro had about 5,000 customers without power, mostly in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.Central Maine Power has over 12,000 customers without electricity, mostly in Somerset and Franklin counties.Both companies say crews have been working around the clock since Sunday to restore power, but weather conditions have prevented significant progress.
The weekend warm-up and the rain that’s been falling is shrinking snowbanks.But the water doesn’t have anywhere to go, which has caused flooding.And that meant work for road crews and home owners who woke Monday up to roadways, and basements, full of water.Many deal with damp basements in the spring, but seeing more than a foot of water at the bottom step is a cause for concern.That kept crews from the Bangor Fire Department busy.”Due to the weather today, (Monday) last couple of days it’s been really warm, so we had a lot of snow melt yesterday and heavy rains today,” said Scott Bolduc a Bangor Firefighter and Paramedic.
Folks in East Millinocket will have a chance Monday night to talk about a possible plan to sell the Katahdin Paper mill.It’s a move that would keep the mill open, but could also mean cuts in town services or programs.The public hearing starts at 6 p.m.
Firefighters in three Down East Maine communities say they’re warily gearing up for spring and what they fear will be a resurgence of arson fires.Officials say that over the past two years nearly 100 arson fires have struck the Perry, Pembroke and Robbinston area, burning vacant homes, barns and fields.Perry Fire Chief Paula Frost says the departments are getting ready because as soon as the snow melts “they’ll be burning stuff up.” She says “everybody is on edge.”Two investigators have reportedly been assigned to the area.