It’s a first of a kind in our state, and residents along the Mid-Coast are drinking up the rewards.Aqua Maine cut the ribbon Monday, on its new water filtration plant in Rockport.The $7.2 million dollar project went on-line last month.Mirror Lake has been the primary source of water for the area since the late 1800’s and like many other city plants in Maine, the H20 was treated but not filtered.But new EPA regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act, prompted Aqua Maine to invest in the new system.It uses large scale membranes to filter, a new type of technology in Maine.”The water is actually strained under pressure across a very sophisticated membrane,” explains Rick Knowlton, Vice-President of Operations for Aqua Maine.
Just a little more than a year ago, thousands of people lined the shores of Acadia National Park to watch the waves forced ashore by Hurricane Bill…Several people were swept off the rocks into the water, and one girl was killed…Today, as Hurricane Igor swung by the Northeast, hundreds gathered to witness the power of the ocean once again, despite a high surf advisory…”It’s challenging, it’s inviting,” said one visitor to Acadia National Park, Eileen Chafel of Boston.Fortunately for the safety of all involved, the tide was receding during the prime daylight hours.” It’s generally safer as the tide recedes,” said the Public Information Officer for the Park John Kelly.
Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission say they’ll wait until after a new Governor is elected before they issue new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgendered students.Commissioner Ken Fredette brought the issue up at this morning’s meeting in Augusta.
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Lepage still holds a big lead in the five-way race, according to a new survey.Critical Insights’ survey for several state newspapers gives Lepage 38 percent, followed by 25 percent for democrat Libby mitchell and 11 percent for independent Eliot Cutler.
A man from Sullivan was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after trying to save some items from his burning garage Sunday.Sullivan Fire Chief Mike Hiser says Brian Hastings was treated and released from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.Hiser says the fire started while Hastings was welding in the garage.The garage, and the contents inside, were destroyed.Hiser says he believes Hastings was insured.
Lady Gaga is coming to Portland monday, to join in a rally against the miIitary’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.The rally takes place at Deering Oaks Park at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon.The singer will be joining Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, who has organized the event.Lady Gaga is expected to stand alongside veterans discharged because of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy.The organization is trying to pressure Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to vote for a repeal of the rules.
A man has died following an accident on Route 17 in Jay Sunday.Police say 75-year-old William Espeaignette of Weld called 911, following the accident.They say he collapsed while on the phone with dispatch.He was found on the road next to his cell phone unresponsive.His truck was located off the road in the woods, over an embankment about 50 yards away.He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was a comic book lover’s dream Sunday at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.The third annual Bang Pop, Comic and Pop Culture Con took place.There were comic book creators, writers and artists on hand.And plenty of merchandise and collectibles.Organizers say one of the big attractions was the exclusive replica of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key Series, the echo key, which was debuted at the event.They say the event draws a variety of folks of all ages.” You get to sort of get in touch with where the roots are for comic books.
The Maine Valley Artists have teamed up with six Tim Horton’s Restaurants in the greater Bangor area for a good cause.Each artist is raffling off a painting and all the proceeds will go to Spruce Run in Bangor.Spruce Run is a non-profit organization that helps people affected by domestic violence.The artists feel it’s important to raise awareness about domestic violence and let people know anyone can be affected by it.Part of the project includes a meet and greet with the artists at a variety of local Tim Horton locations.Artists Lisa Lawson-Miller and Terri De Natale were at the Broadway location Sunday.” It’s important because first of all that artists are willing to paint for a cause.
Folks boarded a bus in Bangor Sunday and took part in the Tommy Knockers Tour.The annual tours have been taking place since 2004 and is the literary tour for well-known and Maine native author, Stephen King.Organizers say Sunday’s trip had people from Maryland and Canada.They also say it’s not uncommon to have international folks wanting to take the tour.Two of the stops include the Thomas Hill Standpipe and the Mount Hope Cemetery.The other stops are kept a secret.” Stephen King is world renown.