An infestation by a noxious caterpillar in the Brunswick area appears to have been killed off by a fungal disease brought on by May’s rainy weather.The Maine Forest Service says a naturally occurring fungus that affects only browntail moth caterpillars appears to have wiped out the infestation in the Brunswick, Bath, Topsham and Bowdoinham.Winter web surveys had showed that the caterpillar population, which can harm human beings, was going to be extremely high this year.
Governor Paul LePage’s campaign promise to allow charter schools in Maine is close to being fulfilled.Without debate, the House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill authorizing charter schools, which try to improve the performance of students who don’t do well in traditional schools.
A citizen-initiated bill calling for racinoes in Biddeford and Washington County fell short of final approval in the Maine Senate, meaning voters will get the final word on the proposal.The bill, supported by Ocean Properties, Scarborough Downs and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, appeared headed for voters no matter what the Legislature did.
Officers from the Bangor Police Department and the State Police have been searching for 29-year-old William Hall after he walked out of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center without permission Tuesday night.Hall was at the facility undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.Police arrested Hall in connection with the death of 28-year-old Melvin Abreu, who lived on Indiana Avenue in Bangor.A court affidavit states that Hall admitted to choking Abreu and throwing him out the second floor window.An autopsy by the medical examiner’s office found Abreu sustained extensive injuries to his head, neck and upper chest areas — and there was evidence of injuries consistent with strangulation.Authorities say that Hall was last seen around eight o’clock Tuesday night in the area near Cascade Park wearing dark blue shorts and a white shirt.If you have any information on Hall’s whereabouts, you are asked to call Bangor Police at 947-7382 or dial 911.
The Coast Guard is searching the waters near Sedgwick for the occupants of an empty sailboat that came ashore in the area of Benjamin River.The unamed twelve foot dinghy had its sail halfway up and footprints on the bow that could indicate it had been in use.The Coast Guard is searching the Eggemoggin Reach area between Deer Isle and the mainland.Anyone with information about the boat or it’s occupants is asked to call the Coast Guard at 767-0303.
Governor LePage has vetoed eight bills, and lawmakers will have to decide whether to over ride those vetoes or not.One vetoed bill says nurses would have to be fingerprinted and subjected to complete criminal background checks to be licensed.In several of the bills requiring studies, the governor objected to the cost at a time the state is trying to save money.
A new map has been published to help you enjoy Maine forestland.Plum Creek Timber Company is offering the map of its landbase and guidelines for free public use of its land.The goal is to inform folks about how they can use the land year round for activities like hiking, camping and snowmobiling.To view the map,visitplumcreek.com/maine
Pieces of the World Trade Center have found homes at two fire departments in Maine.Portions of steel beams from that destroyed building will be put in place at fire houses in Auburn and Farmingdale to serve as memorials to those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks.Thursday morning Auburn firefighter Julian Beale will be picking up the steel in New York to bring back to Maine.
Bangor city councilors voted in favor of taking another step forward in hiring a national management firm to oversee the new Bangor arena.They voted 8-1 Monday night in favor of initiating contract negotiations with the company Global Spectrum.Councilors hope to break ground on the arena sometime next month.