Millions of trees across North America have been eaten away from the green metallic emerald ash borer beetle. So far, the beetle has not found its way to Maine. State Forest Entomologist, Colleen Teerling has spent part of the summer pairing and training volunteers with colonies of ground wasps, who feast on these type of beetles. Teerling said temporarily bagging wasps to catch the beetlesworks well, because wasps can fly to the tops of trees where the beetle begins to eat.
The Secretary of Transportation was in Orono today and it was bridges that brought him. Secretary Ray Lahood was invited by Congressman Mike Michaud to tour one of the research facilities at the University of Maine.Lahood was able to see some of the students’ cutting edge research projects first hand. Governor Baldacci was also there.Lahood seemed impressed with what he saw, and thinks the projects being done at the University of Maine will go well with the new green direction the country is leaning to. “I’m going to take this information back, I’m going to offer an opportunity for them to come to Washington,” said Lahood, “and make some presentations, there is definitely a role for our government in what is going on here in this innovative incubator is what I would call it.”Researchers with the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center have designed something called “bridge in a backpack”.It features a carbon fiber fabric that’s unfolded, inflated and coated with a resin at the job site, then filled with concrete.
During the weekend in Gilead, nine cars on the St. Lawrence & Atlantic train went off their tracks. A few of the cars were carrying hazardous chemicals, but state environmental officials say there was no indication of any leaks. The train derailment caused Route 2 to be closed down over the weekend. Though Route 2 is now reopened, state police are advising drivers to avoid the chrash site due to activiy. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the causeof the crash.
A 21-year-old Marine from western Maine was killed in Afghanistan on Friday. While supporting combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland died. Based out of Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Lance Cpl. Bernard was assigned to the 2nd Battalion and 3rd Marine Regiment. Thousands of U.S. Marines are trying to secure parts of theTaliban stronghold in their largest-ever operation in Afghanistan.
The Millinocket Regional Hospital unveiled their new helipad on Monday, much to the delight of hospital staff looking on. “It’s gong to be a great asset to the hospital and the community,” says Ron Brown, the President of the Board of Directors, “living this far out in the wilderness a lot of ambulances just can’t be fast enough, and this is just a fantastic service for this area.”The $125,000 pricetag was split several ways according the Executive Director of Life Flight Tom Judge. “It was a combination from the state of Maine, the transport bond of 2005, the USDA, some federal help, and obviously the local community,” says Judge, “a strong resource with the hospital and katahdin timberlands.”Congressman Mike Michaud was on hand to help celebrate. “It’s what life flight is all about,” said Michaud, “it’s more than just numbers, it’s about human beings, individuals, and what this service will definitely provide.”The day was capped off with the Life Flight helicopter making an appearance in what turned out to be a busy past week for the air ambulance. “We’ve been in Corinna, we’ve been in Swan’s Island,” says Judge, “we’ve been in Fort Kent, we’ve been in Lincoln, we’ve been sort of hither and tither, Skowhegan over the course of the past 14 days, the 2 helicopters have done about 14 flights in the last 24 hours.”Patients will be able to get from Millinocket to Bangor in about 20 minutes, and that is what this project is all about. “It really shows how Maine comes together,” says Judge, “and to make sure that in all our worries about health care that we know that in rural maine our emt’s, our fire departments, our paramedics, our life flight, we’re actually going to be there, we’re going to be there today and we’re going to be there tomorrow.”
A woman from Sidney was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash sunday.58-year-old Mary Pelletier and her husband, 61-year-old Billy Pelletier, were on a motorcycle that was hit by a jeep on Route 7 in Corinna around noon sunday.The Pelletiers were taken by Life Flight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where Mrs. Pelletier underwent surgery. At last report, she was in serious condition, her husband Billy was in fair condition with several broken bones.Police say the Jeep crossed the center line and struck the bike. The motorcycle flipped over at least three times according to police. Police and Life Flight crews said that wearing helmets saved the Pelletier’s lives.28-year-old Becky Mitchell of Corinna who was in the Jeep suffered minor injuries. She was treated and released.
In Lewiston an 8-year-old girl who was staying overnight with her cousin and an uncle died Monday when the uncle’s apartment caught fire.Taylor McQueeney lived across the street from the apartment which began to burn around 3:30 Monday morning.Her body was found in the third floor apartment around 8 Monday morning.The fire spread to three other buildings.No other injuries have been reported but as many as seven families were displaced.The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a candle left burning overnight started the fire.Investigators say candles were being used for light in the third floor apartment because the power had been turned off because of non-payment of the power bill.
The man charged with murdering an Old Town woman along the Penobscot River nine days ago told friends he committed the crime, and there was a witness when it happened.Those are among details being released Monday related to the death of 19-year-old Holly Boutilier.According to court documents, surveillance video from Hollywood Slots shows two white males leaving the crime scene a week ago Saturday.One of them is believed to be 34-year-old Colin Koehler, who is charged with the crime.The other, a witness, says they were taking a walk along the river with Boutilier when Koehler pulled out a knife.The police affidavit says the victim died from multiple stab wounds to her abdomen and a laceration to her neck.Koehler was arrested after a police standoff on Tuesday and is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.
An Oakland man faces charges after being accused of threatening his girlfriend and her 12-year-old daughter with a butcher knife.On Saturday police arrested 35-year-old Gregory Canham.Charges against him include domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and drunk driving.Waterville Police made the arrest because Oakland Police were busy making another arrest.Police say Canham drove drunk to the woman’s home and was upset.The woman and her daughter ran from the home and called police.
“The first time I saw someone ‘throw’ a pot, I was struck by the magic. Now, some 15 years later I still feel that magic when I sit at my wheel,” says Natalie Ann Gardner.Natalie has been making pottery in her studio in Palermo, Maine for many years. Her work is influenced by her love of the outdoors and her interest in simple, sculptural form. She often receives comments on the oriental feeling of her pottery and studied with the well known Japanese potter, Makoto Yabe.Returning to college as a non-traditional student in the 90’s she pursued a degree in art, and found her niche. Natalie creates both functional and decorative ceramics. All of her work is handcrafted, mostly wheel thrown, and sometimes altered to produce an interesting shape or style. Surface decoration is kept to a minimum to allow the shape of the piece to “speak.” Each piece can stand alone as a functional work of art, or as part of a collection.You can meet Natalie Ann Gardner and check out her pottery at the American Folk Festival August 28, 29 and 30 in the folk art and craft marketplace area. For more information on Natalie Ann Gardner and her work please visit Golden Apple Pottery.***Content is from Golden Apple Pottery Website.
Folks who travel Route 2 in Bangor will need to take a detour in the Penjejawock Stream area.The Department of Transportation is replacing Red Bridge, between Meadowbrook Road and Young Street.Motorists will be directed to a detour route using Hogan Road and Mount Hope Avenue.Crews are expected to wrap up the construction by November 9th.
An air quality alert has been issued for much of coastal Maine because of high levels of ozone. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued the warning Monday morning. People are being advised to limit their outdoor activities. The alert covers much of the coastline from Kittery to Bar Harbor. It is in effect until late Monday night.For more information DEP’s toll free ozone hotline 1-800-223-1196: DEPâ€™s ozone web site: www.maine.gov or Air Quality Forecast (select â€˜Maine Air Quality Forecastâ€™).
A Wilton man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son last November is expected to plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter.Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes says his office has been notified that David Cook will change his plea during a proceeding this week in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington.Cook was arrested last December in connection with the death of Matteo Hanson.The boy died Nov. 29th from injuries that the medical examiner said were consistent with being severely kicked or punched.Cook initially told police that the child fell down the stairs after being pushed by his 3-year-old sister.
Small businesses impacted by last summer’s massive fire in Northeast Harbor are now eligible for special federal loans.Economic injury disaster loans are given out through the small business administration to help business owners repair damages or stay open after a disaster.The fire in July of last year wiped out several businesses, including a restaurant and an art gallery.Senator Olympia Snowe just announced that business owners can apply for the loans through September first.The maximum loan amount is two million dollars.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be at the University of Maine Monday to check out a new process that could cut the time and money it takes to build bridges. Researchers with the University’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center have designed the so-called “bridge in a backpack”.It features a carbon fiber fabric that’s unfolded, inflated, and coated with a resin at the job site, then filled with concrete.Habib Dagher, with the center, says the bridges are faster and cheaper to build, and last longer than conventional bridges.
Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean spent Sunday in Maine.He was in the pine tree state to talk about health care reform and promote his new book.Dean attended the Androscoggin County democrats annual volunteer barbeque Sunday at Range Pond State Park.Dean is a physician and former governor of Vermont.He’s written a book called “Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.” Dean is a huge supporter of health care reform including a “public option” for people who want insurance provided by the government.
Governor John Baldacci says Maine’s county jail expenses aren’t growing as much as they have in the past.Baldacci says the expenses are now growing at less than one percent, compared with nine percent in years past.Those numbers follow the creation of a state Board of Corrections.Board members are charged with overseeing spending at Maine’s jails and developing ways to save money.On Friday, the governor held a ceremonial bill signing for a law that further streamlines programs and services offered by thecounty jails and the Department of Corrections. It expands victim notification requirements, modernizes the county jails’ home release program and clarifies the board’s budget review process.The bill takes effect September 12th.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell spent Sunday at the University of Maine, meeting the newest Mitchell Scholars and their families.Each year, one graduating senior from every Maine public high school receives a Mitchell Scholarship for approximately five thousand dollars.The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic potential, community service, and financial need. Recipients must be residents of Maine who will be entering their first year of a two or four-year accredited college or university.Since 1995, the Mitchell Institute has awarded more than 7 million dollars in scholarships to more than 16 hundred Maine high school graduates.
Crews spent Sunday cleaning up the damage from yesterday’s freight trail derailment on the Maine/New Hampshire border.It happened in Gilead Saturday afternoon.20 cars were sent off the tracks.No one was injured, but some nearby residences were evacuated, and Route two was closed for several hours.Officials say 11 of the cars normally contained ethanol but were empty at the time of the incident. The other nine were carrying paper.The train was traveling from Auburn to Quebec on the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad line.Cranes arrived this afternoon to move the cars. It’ll be at least two days before the line is reopened.
Three people are hospitalized after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.It happened just after noon Sunday on Route 7 in Corinna.Sheriff’s Deputies say a group of motorcyclists were travelling together when one of the bikes was hit by a car that crossed the center line.61-year-old Billy Pelletier and 58-year-old Mary Pelletier, both of Sydney, were riding on the motorcycle at the time of the crash…both were injured and taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.Deputies say Billy Pelletier has several broken bones, and Mary Pelletier required surgery.No word yet on her condition.Both were wearing helmets.Police have not released the identity of the driver of the car…but a passenger in that vehicle, 28-year-old Becky Mitchell of Corinna, was also injured and taken to the hospital.No word on the extent of her injuries.The crash is under investigation…so far, no charges have been filed.