The losing bidder for a state natural gas contract has filed a formal appeal asking the state to reconsider its decision to award the contract to another company.Summit Natural Gas of Maine narrowly lost the bid, documents filed with the Bureau of General Services show.The winning bidder was Maine Natural Gas Corp.The state asked for bids from companies to supply natural gas to state property on both sides of the Kennebec River in Augusta.Maine Today Media, reports Maine Natural Gas proposed a $19.3 million project with 46 jobs.Summit proposed a $150 million project with 435 jobs and service to 15,000 customers as well as state property in Augusta and Gardiner.The disparity between the bids is one reason Summit asked the state Thursday to reconsider.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after a series of homemade bombs sparked small fires in Winslow this week.No one has been hurt and there has been no property damage.The latest incident occurred Thursday when a device, described by investigators as an aerosol can and a carbon-dioxide canister, left a scorch mark about two feet in diameter in the parking lot of Winslow Junior High School.A similar device was reported burning at the corner of Pinehurst Avenue and Woodlawn Drive in the early morning hours Tuesday.
The uncle of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds has been convicted of assaulting another one of the little girl’s relatives in a dispute sparked in part by her disappearance.Lance DiPietro pleaded no contest Thursday and was automatically found guilty by a Kennebec County Superior Court judge.
The Maine Department of Transportation says ferry service is getting back to normal following a mechanical problem at the ferry terminal in Lincolnville.The transfer bridge malfunctioned on Tuesday, making it impossible for people to move between the ferry and the terminal.
Dozens of Maine schooners are setting sail from Rockland for a friendly race to Camden.The Maine Windjammer Association’s 36th annual Great Schooner Race gets under way Friday, when up to 20 historic schooners take off from Rockland and sail to Camden.The informal competition aims to take passengers and spectators back in time to when cargo-laden schooners out of Maine would race to market to get the best prices for their loads.The race begins at 11 a.m.
Last week, the Sweetest Thing in Bangor was broken into.The thief, or thieves, took $4,000 dollars worth of technology and money, but Thursday, a cash mob took place at the store.The idea was simple…show up, spend money, have fun.Customers say it was an easy way to show their support.Amber Small, one of the Co-Owners of the Sweetest Thing, says it was easy to forgive whoever stole from the business, especially after Thursday’s event.She said the love and support from the community is worth much more than what was stolen.
The University of Southern Maine’s President is leaving that post to take a new job within the UMaine system.Chancellor James Page announced Thursday that Selma Botman will be replaced by Theo Kalikow as USM President.He spent 18 years as President of UMaine Farmington.Botman has come under fire this year from faculty and staff unhappy with her leadership.She will fill a newly-created position as a special assistant to the chancellor.
A man died Thursday morning while trying to put out a fire on his property in Casco.Investigators say the man had a heart attack after reporting that his garage was on fire.Crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the house but a vehicle parked near the garage was destroyed.Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.