This year marks the 30th year that the Walter Hunt Memorial 5-K race has been run on the Fourth of July.It was warm at race time and the runners braved the heat going from Brewer to Bangor.The race helped to raise money for the Sub-5 track club.UMaine standout runner Riley Masters of Bangor won the race, three seconds shy of the record time, winning in 8 minutes 13 seconds.Elizabeth Brunton of Birch Harbor won the women’s race in 10 minutes, 10 seconds.
To kick off the holiday weekend, some folks decided to get transported back to the 18-hundreds.And they had a blast while doing so.The Friends of Fort Knox sponsored a Civil War cannon firing, featuring the 6th Maine Battery Civil War re-enactors.The cannon is a full-scale replica of a Parrot Cannon used extensively during the Civil War.It produces extremely loud blasts, but organizers, like Leon Seymour, say folks love the experience.
One Central Maine organization sent out the message, during this patriotic holiday that our senior citizens are Americans who deserve freedom from hunger.The folks from Spectrum Generations in Waterville are encouraging people to donate to Meals on Wheels.They’ve been providing the service for 40 years.A record number of seniors, shut-ins and disabled adults are now relying on the program for five nutritious meals each week.” For many people this will be the only company that they see all week,” said Dot Freeman, Director of Development for Spectrum Generations.
State Land Use Regulators will consider whether to allow a streamlined application for a wind farm on nearly 700 acres of timberland in Eastern Maine this week.First Wind LLC plans to file an application with the Land Use Regulation Commission this fall in Carroll Plantation and Kossuth Township in Washington County.The proposed 25-turbine wind farm would be about eight miles south of the existing Stetson Wind Farm.On Wednesday, the land use regulators will consider whether to add that acreage to the expedited permitting area.
Senator Susan Collins took time this Fourth of July to christen American Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Independence.The ships home port will be Portland and it will carry more than 100 passengers on cruises along the Maine coast this summer, with stops in several communities, including Rockland.The Independence was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.”To name this beautiful ship Independence on Independence Day is perfect timing.
Maine State Police have divers as well as evidence technicians in Northern Maine searching for evidence related to a triple homicide in Amity.Maine State Police say an arrest has been made in connection with the fatal stabbings of a boy and two men.According to an affidavit, the man charged with the murders planned on moving in with a woman who had a child with one of the victims.A Maine State Police spokesman says 20-year-old Thayne Ormsby, who was staying in Orient, was charged Friday with three counts of murder.Ormsby has been arrested on a fugitive from justice charge in Dover, New Hampshire.An affidavit says Ormsby told police, he killed 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan because he believed he was a drug dealer.It goes on to say Ormsby admitted to killing Ryan’s 10-year-old son, Jesse, and Ryan’s friend, 30-year-old Jason Dehahn.The bodies of the three were discovered on June 23rd.The document also reports, Ormsby told police he planned to move into Tamara Strout’s residence in Weston and live there with her 16-year-old daughter she had with Jeffrey Ryan.
Three people taken to the hospital with burns after an explosion at a business in York Saturday evening have been treated and released.Crews were called to The Meat House on Route 1 around 4 o’clock for a report of an explosion and a fire.The fire was out by the time officials arrived, but three people, including two patrons, suffered second degree burns.The fire chief says a vendor was using a butane desktop burner to cook some hord doeurves when the burner ignited, creating a fireball big enough to set off the sprinklers.There is some water damage to the store.The state is now involved with the investigation.”We’re required to notify the maine department of agriculture.
Crews responded to a fire on the Bald Mountain Road in Orland Saturday evening.Orland Assistant Fire Chief Bob Conary says the home was fully involved when they arrived on scene.Crews from Bucksport, Dedham and Lucerne assisted.Conary says the home is a total loss.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.He says the fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.No one was home at the time of fire.Conary says the homeowners were on their way to New Hampshire, but have since returned.The Red Cross has been called in to help.Conary says they were faced with a few challenges.” Well it being a holiday weekend man power was kind of a challenge.
To kick off the holiday weekend, some folks decided to get transported back to the 1800’s, and they had a blast while doing so.The Friends of Fort Knox sponsored a Civil War cannon firing, featuring the 6th Maine Battery Civil War Reenactors.The cannon is a full-scale replica of a parrot cannon used extensively during the Civil War.It produces extremely loud blasts, but organizers say folks love the experience.”You can hear that cannon for miles, so you can imagine what a battlefield in the Civil War would have been like with 60 cannons.
The man accused of burning down a coffee shop in Vassalboro has been formally charged with two counts of arson.Authorities say Raymond Bellavance Jr., 49, destroyed property and endangered lives when he set fire to the Grandview Topless coffee shop.Owner Donald Crabtree and six others, including two infants, were sleeping in a room connected to the business.All escaped without injury.
As we celebrate a patriotic holiday this week-end, one central Maine organization is sending out the message that Senior Citizens are Americans who deserve freedom from hunger.The folks from Spectrum Generations in Waterville are encouraging people to donate to Meals on Wheels.
State Police plan to step up their patrols for the holiday week-end, and through next week.Colonel Patrick Fleming says this is one of the busiest weeks on Maine roads partly because of tourists in the state.State police plan to use aircraft and additional troopers to patrol the roadways.Last year, there were four highway deaths during the three day holiday week-end.This year, they have a goal of reducing crashes and targeting aggressive drivers.