It’s time to start thinking about camping.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is once again offering its First Time Campers program.Maine residents who want to try their hand at camping can enter the raffle.44 randomly selected families will win a free weekend of camping at one of 11 Maine State Park campgrounds.The raffle is only open to Maine families who have never gone camping.For more information or to apply visit www.take-it-outside.com.You must apply by May 31st.
The chief of the Maine State Police is stepping down.Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says Colonel Patrick Fleming is retiring effective May 1st.TV5 has obtained a copy of a memo Fleming sent to his department that says the new Commissioner of Public Safety, John Morris, has decided not to reappoint him to the position, so he decided to retire.A spokesperson for the governor’s office would not confirm that and several calls to Fleming were not returned.Fleming was appointed to the post by former Governor John Baldacci in 2007.He’s a 27-year state police veteran.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is being recognized with a prestigious national award for innovation.The center was awarded the Pankow Award for Innovation on Thursday at an awards gala in Washington, D.C., put on by the American Society for Civil Engineering.The center was honored for developing its so-called “bridge in a backpack” technology, which allows materials used to make the arches for bridge spans to be carried to a construction site in duffel bags.Once at the site, the material is inflated and filled with concrete to form arches that support a bridge span.
A Kennebunkport couple has won the Real Maine Weddings Contest.Laura Plaisted and Nolan Hood have won a wedding package valued at up to $100,000.The announcement was made Sunday at a Maine Wedding Association Bridal Show in Freeport.Hood is a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard.
(AP)As the spring thaw begins, Maine officials are asking for residents’ help in reporting when the ice goes out on lakes and ponds.The Department of Conservation is asking Mainers to send the ice-out dates for posting on its website so the public can have access to the information.The department’s Boating Facilities Division website already contains historical information for ice-out dates on major lakes going back to 2003.Folks can email the division when ice out occurs on a specific water body so it can be posted.Send that information to [email protected]
Calling all country jammers.The Peakes Hill Lodge in Dedham hosted a country jam, featuring Doug Baker and the Real Deal Band.Owner, Kellie Boyd says they started it last spring and it really took off.It gives folks a chance to get on stage and dance and sing, they are even trying to get it televised.Boyd says it’s a mix between American Idol and the Dick Stacey Show.” I think there’s a real need for it.
Folks with vacation on the mind could head to the Maine Travel and Adventure Expo this weekend.The first annual event was put on by the First Light Shows from Dennysville, Maine.Folks could see exhibitors from bed and breakfast places or white water rafting and sky-diving.Organizers say they felt this was the right time and right place to have an event like this.While it featured out of state vacations, there were also plenty of stay-cations that are more affordable.They say the exhibitors were very pleased with the turn out.” We’re getting an incredible response from the businesses.
A man from Scarborough is going to prison for 18 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter for killing another man when he rammed his car into him in a jealous rage.Timothy Antone was sentenced yesterday in Portland in a plea agreement with prosecutors.