We might never know what sparked a fire that destroyed a barn in Aurora last week.State Fire Investigator Tim York tells us there’s just too much damage to figure out a cause.The barn on Great Pond Road caught fire Thursday night.Fire officials say all of the cows in the barn died in the blaze, and several pigs had to be put down because they were severely burned.
A woodstove is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Saint Albans last night.Crews from at least three towns were called to the structure on Pond Road at around 8 o’clock Monday evening.The owner of the home, Keith Gould, was at school when the fire occurred.Crews cleared the scene less than two hours later.Investigators say the fire started around the woodstove inside the trailer, the structure is a total loss.
Lobstermen in Down East Maine claim they’ve built the world’s largest christmas tree made out of lobster traps.A dozen lobstermen on Beals Island spent more than a week trying to set the world record for such a thing.The tree shaped pile is composed of 769 traps and stands fifty feet tall.It’s adorned with lights, and lobster buoys as ornaments.Rockland currently holds the title with a lobster trap tree consisting of 152 traps and standing 35-feet high.
We told you last month about the push to get “Trevor to Denver.”Trevor Allen is a 10-year-old from Old Town who has autism, severe bronchitis, Crohn’s Disease and a condition similar to cystic fibrosis.Trevor’s twin is also autistic.Denver is home to the leading respiratory hospital in the nation.The goal is to get Trevor there for two weeks of treatments.Trevor’s mom has left her job to care for him.Tomorrow night a benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction is going to be held to help pay for Trevor’s trip.It’s at the Elks Club in Old Town from four to eight.For more information contact Marcy Rideout Allen 735-8272.
A meeting took place tonight in Bangor to discuss proposed legislation that would restrict where sex offenders can live.A couple from Bangor submitted the proposal this past summer.Mounting legal bills forced them to stop pursuing the matter though.Bangor City Council was supposed to vote on the proposal last month but postponed that.The council heard from Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia, a member of the rape response team, and other residents of the community.There was no decision on the topic tonight, but it was added to the agenda for the December 13th regular city council meeting.
Union nurses and hospital administrators from Eastern Maine Medical Center were back at the bargaining table today, but still no agreement on a new contract.The two sides were joined by a federal mediator and a representative from Governor Baldacci’s office.Judy Brown, President of the nurses union at EMMC, says the two sides met several times today and she says the tone of the meetings improved.
In what used to be a storage area on the bottom floor of Lengyll Hall is now a high tech training center and research area with the same technology that’s being used in Hollywood.”The cameras, the optical motion capture system that we use here, is also used to film portions of the movie Avatar, so it’s pretty advanced,” says Tom Ordelt, a UMaine Graduate Student in Exercise Sciences.”This is the same stuff that makes video games, I mean all that Xbox and PS3 stuff, this is the same stuff, so these kids are in a way creating their own video game so to speak, so it’s a great experience for them,” says UMaine Assistant Track and Field coach, and former Black Bear, Dave Cusano.