The federal government is looking for a new owner for a remote 200-year-old lighthouse six miles off the coast of southern Maine.The General Services Administration is seeking applications from government and nonprofit agencies to take ownership of Boon Island Light, located six miles off of York.Officials tell the Portsmouth Herald that July 16 is the deadline to submit a letter of interest.The 123-foot-tall lighthouse is owned by the U.S.
A political action committee that opposes Maine’s same-sex marriage referendum on November’s ballot formally launched its campaign Saturday.The No Special Rights Pac, and their supporters held a press conference on the steps of Lewiston city hall.They want people to know they’re against legalizing gay marriage in the state.We contacted Mainers United for Marriage, a group formed to get a “yes” vote this November.Spokesman, David Farmer, said their campaign won’t be changing because of this group.He said they’re just asking that all loving, committed couples be able to get a marriage license.
Dogs joined their owners Saturday evening to fight cancer.It was the first ever Greater Bangor Bark For Life, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.More than 130 people and more than 100 dogs took part.It’s the only event of its kind aimed at bringing canine members of the family along to walk with their owners who might be a cancer survivor or currently battling cancer.
Officials at the Hancock County Sheriff’s office said one person was killed in an accident along Route 1 in Orland Saturday afternoon.According to police, 33-year old Melissa Hewitt of Orland was turning onto the road from Route 175 when she was hit by a driver heading east.Officials said Hewitt was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other car, 65-year old Virginia Holmes of Prospect, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.At this point, police don’t know if speed was a factor in the crash, but said the stretch of road where the cars collided has always been dangerous.”Number of accidents here every summer.
The Kennebec Valley Gas Co., which has proposed a natural gas pipeline through central Maine, is being sold to the subsidiary of a Colorado-based company.The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says the sale agreement between Portland-based Kennebec Valley Gas Co.
Two film makers have chosen Maine as the setting for their next picture, but before they begin filming, they need to find their stars.Blue Potato will be the first national feature film set in Aroostook County.It will be filmed in Van Buren and surrounding areas this summer and fall.Itâ€™s a coming of age drama set during the fall potato harvest.The first casting call for the production is Saturday, June 23rd (9am to 5pm)at Husson Universityâ€™s Gracie Theater.For more information, find Blue Potato on facebook by searching “blue potato movie”
A judge has awarded more than $3.6 million to a Maine woman who was nearly decapitated when a man and woman cut her throat and killed her friend in 2009.Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hjelm awarded $2 million in general damages, $1 million in punitive damages and more than $600,000 for medical expenses and lost income to Tracey Neild.Neild filed suit against Earl “Buddy” Bieler III, 27, and Corina Durkee, 45, who are serving lengthy prison sentences for murder and attempted murder.
It’s been 6 years since the burning body of Trevor Sprague, a homeless man, was found beneath the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge in Bangor.Friday, a South Dakota man pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.26 year old Kenneth Bruning of South Dakota was sentenced to 7 years in prison after entering an Alford guilty plea.This type of plea deal means Bruning has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but does not admit to murder.This type of agreement is usually used when both the prosecution and defense have solid cases and the verdict could easily go either way if the case were to go to trialAs part of the deal, the prosecution dropped a murder charge, which would have had Bruning looking at 25 years to life in prison for the death of Trevor Sprague.
According to Waldoboro police, a pickup truck carrying three people collided head-on with an SUV on Route 1 at around 11:00 this morning.Police say one of the passengers in the pickup truck was killed and the other two were taken to the hospital.The driver of the SUV was also taken to the hospital.Part of Route 100 was closed for several hours today.Names of the people involved have not been released.The accident remains under investigation.