Few would argue that Mount Desert Island isn’t a beautiful place, but few see the trash that gets left behind.”We assume that the shorelines are pristine but when you get up close to them there’s a lot of garbage out there, a lot of debris, a lot of debris in the ocean,” said Ron Greenberg, who has lived on the island for over 30 years.To help keep the island looking its best, community members and local agencies have gathered together to pick up the debris.
The Katahdin region paper mills now have a new owner.The New Hampshire based company, Cate Street Capital, signed paperwork Friday evening, buying the paper mills and employing several hundred workers starting Tuesday.A LePage spokesperson confirmed that they have closed in escrow.Closing in escrow means that Cate Street Capital will take over the mills at a considerable financial risk, while it awaits the transfer of environmental permits from the previous owner which cannot occur until September 27.
A Norridgewock man was indicted Friday in connection with the shooting death of an Anson man nearly two years ago.40-year-old Robert Nelson has been charged with murder in connection with the October 31, 2009 shooting of 60-year-old Everett Cameron.Police say Cameron was shot to death while sitting in his truck a short distance from his home.Detectives formally arrested nelson at the Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan, where he is being held on unrelated charges.Nelson is expected to appear in court sometime next week.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a Hiram man died Friday afternoon after fire swept through his home on Tripptown Road.83-year-old Ralph Fournier was found in his home shortly after firefighters arrived on scene.Investigators suspect the fire was caused by the wood stove or a propane heater.
Despite the chilly weather, people in Winterport were having a BBQ.The event has held to show off the new community playground at the Leroy Smith School.From swings to slides, it looked like the kids approve of the equipment upgrades.Former student and Boy Scout Zachary Hardy, played a big role in putting together the playground.Among the improvements to the playground are two new pieces of equipment, a maple tree and a new bench.
A research group in Bangor is looking for people to take part in a trial study that aims to increase good while lowering bad cholesterol.Acadia Clinical Research is taking part in the study, which involves two drugs designed to balance cholesterol levels.Those who qualify will be provided with the drugs for 5-year study.Anyone interested in taking part can call Acadia Clinical Research at 941-9965 and ask for Debbie H.
Some downtown Bangor streets will be closed because Reba McEntire’s coming to town.Railroad Street will shut down Saturday morning at 6am as will Front Street from the Sea Dog Restaurant to Railroad Street.You can park in the Pickering Square Parking Garage and on-street parking areas downtown.Handicap parking is available along Front Street.
Beginning Monday, if you’re traveling to Acadia National Park you should be aware of a bridge closure that includes a detour.Stanley Brook Bridge in Seal Harbor is closing so Department of Transportation crews can begin replacing it.Those traveling along Route 3 will be re-directed to Stanley Brook Road and Jordan Pond Road.The DOT is also advising motorists towing large rv’s there are several low clearance bridges along the detour route.Stanley Brook Bridge is expected to be closed 35 days for the construction.
We’re still waiting to hear final word on the sale of the Katahdin Paper Mills.We spoke to Senior vice President Richard Cyr of Cate Street Capital, the New Hampshire company that’s in the process of buying the mills.