The second-largest utility in Massachusetts has agreed to buy electricity from three wind power companies.Those business include Blue Sky East in Maine.Not included, Massachusetts-based Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind farm.The utility agreed in 2010 to a 15-year deal to sell half of its power going to the National Grid.The business is now looking for a buyer for the second half.Time is ticking, since Cape Wind has plans to build a large wind farm in Nantucket sound.
Senator Susan Collins says it’s time to elevate the level of political discourse in America.In a speech in Portland Wednesday, the Republican says last month’s deadly shooting in Tucson, Arizona, spurred a discussion of the need for a more civil tone in public debate.
A single car accident in Unity sent the driver to the hospital Tuesday night.37-year-old Sarah Scott reportedly tried to pass another vehicle on Route 9 when she lost control.Maine State Police said the vehicle rolled onto the driver’s side in the opposite lane after hitting snow that had drifted across the road.Scott was taken by Unity ambulance to the hospital in Waterville after complaining of minor pain.The road was closed for about a half hour as crews pulled her Jeep back onto it’s wheels and towed it away.Two children were reportedly also in the vehicle at the time: a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, they were not injured.Police said everyone was wearing their seat belt.
A man known as the “Burly Bandit” is going to prison for 10 years.He was sentenced on Wednesday for 11 bank robberies in six northeastern states.48-year-old Robert Ferguson has admitted to a crime spree that began in April of 2010.He robbed a bank in Buffalo, New York, then hit banks and credit unions in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.The last bank job happened on July 13th when the Bangor Saving Bank in Orono was robbed.
The 27th annual Trek Across Maine cycling event is this June.Thursday night is your chance to learn more about it.Members of the American Lung Association will be at the Sea Dog in Bangor from 5:30 until 7:30 to answer any questions you may have.You can also sign up your trek team right there.They will fill you in on what you need to know, from preparation to fundraising.For more information e-mail Kristen at [email protected] or call 1-888-241-6566.
A local retirement community is helping out Bangor Troop Greeters with brunchSunbury Village in Bangor is hosting the event.It takes place the final Sunday in February from noon until two.There will be live jazz music.The price of the brunch is by donation with all the money going to the Bangor International Airport Troop Greeters.For more information, including how to make reservations, call 262-9600.
Some researchers say the cost of electricity from wind mills off Maine’s coast can be competitive with current costs to deliver power.A federal-government sponsored study says it seems possible to hit a target of 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour for energy delivered from offshore turbines.The study says building floating platforms on land and towing them out to deep water is cheaper than building the turbine towers out to sea.
The mother of a Maine National Guard recruit who died during basic training says her son had the flu.19-year-old Private Jordan Chase of Lewiston died Sunday in a South Carolina hospital.His mother says her son was suffering from pneumonia and the H1N1 flu.He was hospitalized after completing a physical test at boot camp.
Monday night, February 21st, around 9:15, Wilton Police responded to a home invasion that was in progress.Police say an unknown person was trying to get into the home through a back door that was locked.The resident called 91- and warned the attempted intruder that they had a gun, but the person continued to try and break in.The resident fired a single gunshot and that’s when the prowler fled in an SUV type vehicle.It is unknown if the would be intruder was hit by the gun shot.If you have any information on this attempted crime please contact the Wilton Police Department at 645-4222.
The Oscars may be this Sunday but the place to be seen won’t be in Hollywood but Granville Rental’s showroom in Holden.That’s where Sweetest Thing, Bangor Wine and Cheese, Wicked Wines, Granville Rental, and Anne Marie’s Kitchen will be throwing a fundraiser party to benefit Penobscot Theatre Company.While the idea is to raise funds for the program, it’s also an event to celebrate the success of the theater’s current production, Dirty Blonde.The “It’s a Wrap” party will be held on Sunday, February 27th at 6 p.m.
Some experts say the ongoing unrest in the Middle East is impacting gas prices here in North America.On Tuesday, the price of oil jumped six percent to 95 dollars a barrel.Pumping gas was always a necessity for Bangor resident Bob Wheeldon, but the increase in gas prices has made it a luxury.”It’s affected money we put into groceries.
A Madison man who allegedly led police on a chase Monday morning, pleaded not guilty today to the charges against him.According to the Madison Police Department, 46-year old Steven Couture refused to pull over.Police say Couture was speeding and operating with a suspended license.Two Skowhegan officers joined in pursuit of Couture and six miles later, they say they were able to stop his car.Couture remains in the Somerset County Jail on $5,000 bail.