The University of Maine has been ordered to restore wetlands on its Orono campus by the Environmental Protection Agency.The wetlands were filled between 1984 and 2009 during the construction of buildings, roads and parking areas.The EPA says the university violated the federal Clean Water Act by failing to obtain the required federal permit from the Army Corps of Engineers before filling the wetlands.EPA’S order requires removal of approximately 2 acres of landfill and snow dump and restoration of the underlying wetland.They say the university has cooperated with them since they learned of the violations.
There was an accident Tuesday afternoon involving a bicycle and SUV.Police say around 4 o’clock 33-year old Daniel Neptune of Bangor was riding his bicycle on Maine Avenue toward Hammond Street.An SUV was heading in the same direction down Maine Avenue when Neptune pulled out into the path of the vehicle and was struck.Neptune was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with a possible broken arm.Police say the cause of the accident was driver inattention and failure to yield on Neptune’s part.
A Bangor man was hit while crossing the street in Bangor Tuesday night.It happened around 6 pmPolice say the vehicle was turning right onto Hammond Street from North Hildreth Street and did not see 53-year-old Robert Royal crossing.Royal was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center with head injuries.Authorities say the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.There were no charges.
When a baby is on the way, much of the focus is on the mother-to-be of course.But there’s a program by Eastern Maine Medical Center and Penquis dedicated just for dads.Boot camp for new dads gives first time fathers-to-be a chance to chat with dads that have already gone through the “firsts.”First time changing a diaper…first time bathing a baby…first time your child gets sick.The “experienced” dads bring along their own babies for some hand-on training.Pizza is served too.The boot camp takes place the last Wednesday of the month at EMMC, and goes from six until nine at night.
Expect some traffic delays near Sylvan and Hogan Roads in Bangor.The Bangor Water District will be installing a new water line in that area.The outbound lane of Sylvan Road is going to be closed for nine days for that project.It starts tomorrow and will last until October 22nd.For more information you can contact the Bangor Water District 947-4516 extension 246.
The Maine Municipal Association hosted its annual convention in Augusta Tuesday.More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the two-day conference at the civic center.The association holds the event to help city and town officials get the latest training and education on issues they may face in local government.
Now an update on a story we first told you about last week involving alleged animal abuse and neglect in Dedham.State District Humane Agent Chrissy Perry says state officials obtained a search warrant today for the trailer on Bald Mountain Drive in Dedham where authorities say the abuse took place.Last Wednesday, we reported that 6 horses and 2 cats had been rescued from that residence.
Maine’s highest court has rejected an appeal from an accused elementary school hostage-taker who claimed his constitutional rights were violated because a jail didn’t provide him the newspapers he wanted to read or let him watch TV news programs of his choice.57-year-old Randall Hofland, who is now at the Somerset County Jail, faces kidnapping and other charges for allegedly taking a Stockton Springs fifth-grade class hostage at gunpoint on Halloween in 2008.
Some of Maine’s candidates for governor are unveiling their plans for education reform.Independent Eliot Cutler says his “No Excuses” education proposals include support for charter school legislation and rewarding teachers for student performance.Democrat Libby Mitchell would expand pre-kindergarten services to every school district and guarantee grants for every qualified high school graduate to attend the state university or community college system.Republican Paul LePage is calling for a “Learn to Earn” program.