Transportation officials say two-way traffic has resumed on a lift bridge between Maine and New Hampshire that was struck by lightning strike.New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was in lift mode when lighting hit.
For the first time in more than 40 years, Mainers can buy and set off their own fireworks this July 4th in communities where they’re legal.Steve Marson has opened five Pyro City fireworks stores statewide, including one in Winslow, which has been open for about a month.
Bangor City Councilors have approved the budget for the 2013 fiscal year.The more than 89-million dollar budget includes a 45-cent increase on the mill rate, funding for roadwork and a wage increase for union and non-union city employees.Councilors delayed a vote to expand the Hope House.
A fireworks ban in Waterville will stand for now.A resident who attempted to overturn the recently-approved ban fell short of gathering the necessary signatures needed to force the city council to reconsider the measure.Kendrick Whitney said he believed the ban should be amended to allow residents to use fireworks on a limited basis for celebrations such as graduations and anniversaries.The council voted earlier this month to prohibit the sale or use of consumer fireworks within Waterville city limits.Councilors cited noise and safety concerns as well as trash left behind by exploded fireworks.The Morning Sentinel, reports Whitney fell about 300 signatures short of the 1,500 needed ot force the city council to revisit the ban, or have the issue sent to voters to decide.
Court records show the Maine man who died in a shootout with border patrol agents at a home in Jackman over the weekend had faced domestic violence charges earlier this year, but reached a plea agreement in that case.Authorities said 75-year-old Charles Robinson died from a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday after opening fire on agents who were assisting the sheriff’s department on a domestic disturbance call.One of the agents was hit by shotgun pellets, but his injuries were said to be superficial.
Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles has upheld a three-year license suspension for a truck driver involved in a crash that killed a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut.Investigators said the trucker, Charles Willey of Dexter, was speeding last August in Farmington when his tractor-trailer carrying sawdust tipped and crushed part of a minivan carrying campers and counselors from Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Conn.Twelve-year-old Tess Meisel, of Westport, Conn., was killed.Willey appealed the three-year suspension of his driver’s license, but a state hearing officer denied the appeal, saying Willey had been operating negligently and at an unreasonable rate of speed, directly resulting in the young girl’s death.The victim’s mother, Suzanne Tanner, said she was relieved by the decision but still upset that Willey had even appealed his suspension.
Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker is the winner of this year’s Maine International Film Festival’s Mid-Life Achievement Award.Schoonmaker will receive her award on July 17 in Waterville at a screening of “Goodfellas,” one of more than two dozen films she’s worked on.Schoonmaker is best-known for editing the films of director Martin Scorcese, with whom she has worked for more than 40 years.She has received seven Academy Award nominations for best editing.
A Passamaquoddy basket maker in Maine is one of nine Americans to be awarded a 2012 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.Molly Neptune of Princeton says she started making scraps of ash wood into baskets as a girl and received encouragement from her mother and other basket makers.Neptune, who was born in Indian Township, is known for her intricate weaving techniques, such as her signature creation, acorn-shaped baskets.She says the award recognizes the work of four generations of basket makers including her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Additional rangers have been brought into Mount Rainier National Park to help recover the body of a ranger who fell to his death during a rescue operation Thursday near the summit.Nick Hall is a native of Patten, Maine.
Back in March the director of Bangor International Airport Rebecca Hupp left her position to take a similar job in Boise, Idaho.At that point the assistant director, Tony Caruso was named the interim director.At last night’s Bangor city council meeting, the interim tag was removed and Caruso was given the job officially.Caruso was the assistant for nearly ten years.
It’s called work for a reason and according to Camp Capella’s Executive Director, Dana Mosher, all that work has paid off.”It all comes down to this day and you just sit back and say wow, we made it again, we’ve got another year, kids are here again with all their smiles and laughter going on..”It’s not always easy…the camp relies on donations.Mosher explains,”Well you know we don’t get any federal dollars, state funding, we don’t get any stimulus packages here.”But the months of fundraising seem to fade away as Camp Capella comes to life.Campers may face physical and developmental disabilities, but at Camp Capella…they’re only defined by one word…kid.Camp Counselor Sam Bedore says “If there’s maybe a game where someone can’t exactly get up from a wheelchair, we give them a bat so they can swing the kick ball.