A skydiving accident in Pittsfield Sunday morning sent one man to the hospital by LifeFlight.Officials with the Pittsfield Fire Department said the man came down too fast and hard when he hit the ground at Pittsfield Airport.They received the call to respond around 10:00 a.m.Fire Chief Bernard Williams said the man suffered a few broken bones and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
An ATV crash in Lee sent three to the hospital Saturday afternoon, including an 11-year old girl.It happened around 4:45 p.m.Officials with the Maine Warden Service say 68-year old Paul Boucher of Lewiston was driving an ATV carrying his 3-year old grandson and another young passenger when he swerved to miss an ATV coming from the opposite direction on Madagascal Pond Road.Wardens say Boucher tried to then steer back onto the road, but over-corrected himself, sending his ATV into a ditch on its side.
The Maine Department of Corrections says its Juvenile Division has won the highest grade from a national organization that looks at safety, security, programs and other areas in corrections systems.The Performance-based Standards organization, in its 2012 ratings, gives Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland a level 4, the highest PbS Level possible.
A new set of national rankings finds New England to be a relatively bike-friendly region, with five of the region’s six states scoring in the top half among states nationwide.The League of American Bicyclists ranked Massachusetts third, behind Washington state and Minnesota, based on factors like enforcement of bike safety laws, infrastructure, public education and encouragement for cycling.Maine ranked ninth, Vermont 18th, Connecticut was 20th and New Hampshire came in 22nd.
14,000 gravestones belonging to veterans throughout the state were adorned with a flag, Saturday.The annual Grave Flag Ceremony took place Saturday morning at veterans’ memorial cemeteries around the state.Governor LePage joined about three hundred volunteers and members of the American Legion in remembering those who served their country.The program started in 2007 and because of overwhelming support from Maine communities, it’s raised $25,000, to date, to help fund each event.
In honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, hundreds of flags were laid at an Orono cemetery, Saturday.Members of the Orono Fire Department, American Legion and a local boy scout troop spent the morning laying flags on the graves of veterans in Riverside Cemetery.They placed hundreds on gravestones dating back as early as the Civil War.Orono Fire Lt.
Officials with the National Weather Service say smoke from wildfires in Canada is moving into Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.They say northwest winds were bringing smoke from distant fires in Quebec and Ontario into northern New England on Saturday afternoon.Officials say the most noticeable effect would be the smell of smoke across parts of the region, especially in the mountains, but that the smoky smell might be noticed along the Maine coast and southern New Hampshire as well.Weather forecasters say the smoke should also result in reduced in visibility in some areas.
Surrounded by the work of art professionals, some budding artists created something all their own.”It’s always good to try something new and there’s a lot of things to try here,” said 9-year-old Emma Paterson-Dennis of Bangor.The University of Maine Museum of Art, with funding from WBRC Architects and Engineers, put together this “Art Factory” event with different creation stations where kids could try these things for free.They were taught by local experts and learned different artforms like origamy.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – MaineGeneral Medical Center is trimming 47 jobs in a cost-cutting move aimed at meeting its operating budget for the coming fiscal year.Officials at the Augusta hospital said 15 jobs are being eliminated and 32 vacant positions won’t be filled.President and CEO Chuck Hays told the Kennebec Journal the reduction affects both MaineGeneral Medical Center and its parent organization, MaineGeneral Health.Earlier this month, Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor announced it was eliminating nine positions, several of which were vacant, because of budget pressures.
Less than three months after adding table games to its gambling mix, Hollywood Casino in Bangor is adding two more poker tables.Casino officials say they’ve added two Texas Hold `em poker tables because of strong demand from customers.The casino put out four Texas Hold `em poker tables, three other poker tables, six blackjack tables and a roulette table on its gambling floor in March after Penobscot County voters last fall approved the addition of table games.The casino had been limited to slot machines since its 2005 opening until voters approved the change.
A 20-year-old man is going to prison for 15 years for setting fire to a western Maine boarding house while residents were sleeping.Todd Fickett of Norway was sentenced Friday in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.He pleaded guilty in March to burning down the boarding house where he lived after threatening another resident during a fight over stolen food.