Deep in the heart of the woods of Milford, volunteers from the ATV Airline Riders brave the heat and bugs as they build a bridge for their fellow riders to enjoy.President Earl Oak says it’s part of giving back and making things better for the ATV community.”Without the bridge we have to go other places to get around it, which would be further around and it just makes another good trail network,” Oak said.This new bridge will replace one just down the road they say is now just a collection of wood.The old bridge was on a steep hill and after rowdy riders abused it, it’s no longer safe.The group’s Vice President, Jim Butler, says it’s an example of the kind of image some people have in mind when it comes to ATV riders.”The general public sometimes has a consensus that we’re all rebels and like to ride around and tear things up, we have to overcome that,” said Butler.The airline riders want to change that perception.
The family of an elderly Farmington woman who died after being attacked in her apartment has established a reward fund in hopes of capturing her killer.Grace Burton died last month from stab wounds as a result of the attack.Police say the attacker lost a lot of blood and that they have DNA samples but haven’t found a match.The account has been established at Franklin Savings Bank.You can send a donation to the Grace Burton Reward Fund.
A five year old boy has been killed in Jackman, after a logging truck crashed into the home where he was sleeping.Authorities say the truck was travelling on Main Street when it went off the road, struck some telephone poles and then ran into the home.The crash happened around 2:30 this morning.The young victim was sleeping on a downstairs couch at the time.We’re told many of the logs fell into the house.Other family members were also home at the time, but they were not injured.The driver of the truck has been taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with unknown injuries.We’re told the logging truck was from Canada.The accident remains under investigation.Main Street in Jackman was closed immediately following the accident but as of 8:30am one lane was reopened to traffic.
Bangor’s Finance Committee talked about buying a fire rescue boat at its meeting Monday.City Council wanted to spend $180,000 to buy a boat from a company in Washington state.But that’s been put on hold while discussions take place to see if the boat can be bought from a Maine company.Monday, Bangor’s Fire Chief announced that they have found a naval artitect and boat builder here in Maine, but they still have to iron out the details, such as the total price of the project.Memebers will be presented with more detials at the next Finance Committee meeting.
The state agency that investigated last winter’s lift accident at Sugarloaf Ski Resort is recommending that ski lift mechanics be licensed.The Maine Elevator and Tramway Safety Board voted unanimously Monday in favor of licensing standards for lift mechanics.
University of Maine System trustees have approved a proposal to construct a new planetarium and observatory at the Orono campus.Trustees met Monday in downtown Bangor.Jeff Hecker, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says there are about four hundred students who take astronomy courses every year.He believes the new observatory and planetarium would enhance the school’s programs and also provide research opportunities.The university’s current observatory was built in 1900, while the planetarium dates back to 1954.”It’s long overdue to move up with newer technologies.
Testimony will begin Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student.A jury was chosen Monday in the case of 23-year-old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick.He’s charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.Police say he was driving drunk in Orono in January 2010 when he struck and killed 20-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden.They say he took off and crashed his truck on I-95 in Etna about a half-hour after Bakley was hit.Last week, a judge denied a motion to prevent the truck from being used as evidence.Cheney’s lawyer, William Bly, says this case is difficult for everyone.”First of all everybody involved in this case has a lot of sympathy for the Bakley family.
The Bangor Humane Society says more than ever it needs folks to come on in and adopt pets.With more than 2-hundred cats, the shelter on Mount Hope Avenue is nearing capacity.The Humane Society is offering discounted prices and promotions all summer long for those adopting pets.Stacey Coventry says pet owners are surrendering animals at an increasing rate because of the economy.She urges folks who are looking for a pet to adopt because they will not only save some money but also an animal’s life.”It’s a great deal.