Fire officials say something left cooking on the stove is what sparked a house fire in Hampden Sunday.Firefighters were sent to Western Avenue near the Hampden-Newburgh town line around 9 Sunday morning.Route 9 was closed for a few hours as crews from several towns fought the fire.No one was home when the fire broke out.
State Fire Investigators say an electrical malfunction started a fire that destroyed a home in Newport on Sunday.Fire crews arrived to find the single story structure surrounded by flames.No one was home at the time, and a cat and a dog were rescued.A firefighter was overcome by heat and taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital.
The people of Etna and Carmel got into the spirit of Memorial Day on Monday.That’s nothing new: They’ve held a Memorial Say parade every year since 1946.Veterans from both towns marched through Etna at around 10 o’clock Monday morning.After a short service at the Etna Cemetary the group headed off to Carmel to finish up the festivities.Those involved say it’s important pass down the tradition to the younger generation.
A few hundred people lined the streets in Winterport to help honor the men and women of our armed forces.The parade kicked off around 11 o’clock Monday morning as veterans, students, firefighters, and others marched down Main Street.Members of the Hampden Academy marching band were on hand to help energize the crowd.Winterport residents were very appreciative of the parade participants, as well as the meaning behind Memorial Day.
A part of Maine’s Acadia National Park is closed to the public to protect nesting peregrine falcons.Park officials say that peregrines have been spotted in and around Beech Cliff on the Southwest side of Echo Lake.Park Rangers said that if the nesting effort appears unsuccessful, the area would be reopened.If the peregrines successfully nest, the area will remain closed until approximately five weeks after the last chick leaves the nest.
A close call for a camp owner in Hudson Monday morning after a brush fire on his property got out of control.Firefighters from Hudson and Old Town were called to Beechwood Avenue around 2:15 in the morning.A debris fire spread to a pile of wood, the flames slid by the camper where the owner was sleeping.They did get to the side of a garage, causing quite a bit of damage.Fire danger is high throughout much of the state because of a lack of rain.
Memorial Day observances were held across the state on Monday.Folks gathered at the Augusta Cemetery Monday afternoon for a wreath-laying ceremony.The Maine Veterans’ Coordinating Committee sponsored the event.Many people attended, and looked on as wreaths were laid in remembrance of those who gave their lives for this country.
Memorial Day has it’s roots in the the years after the civil war.Back then it was called Decoration Day, to honor solders killed in that conflict.Now, it’s a day to reflect upon the sacrifices made by so many during our nation’s wars.Veterans from World War Two to the Global War on Terror walked along the streets of Bangor to the applause of grateful citizens.The veterans surely know what this day is about.”To honor the men who have given their life and their blood for this country.”And so do the folks on the sidelines.”They put their whole future on hold and they go and they protect our country.”Although Memorial Day is to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty, it’s a great time to say thanks to those heroes who served and came back home.Like Bill Knight, a World War Two Veteran, and now a troop greeter.
The biggest search in 40 years at Baxter State Park is underway.A hiker from Ohio has been missing for three days.41-Year-old Michael Hays of Stow, Ohio, was last seen Friday afternoon on the Knife Edge trail, which connects the two highest peaks, Baxter and Pamola on Mount Katahdin.Park Director Jensen Bissell said at midday Monday, some tracks had been spotted in a snow field below the south rim of Mount Katahdin.He says searchers are now following up to see if those tracks were made by Hays.The search for hays is the largest in Baxter State Park since the early 1970s.The search began Saturday after Hays failed to sign out on a hiking register at a trail head.
After a year hiatus, folks in Bar Harbor were able to observe Memorial Day this year..The Commander of the American Legion Post 25, Jeana Durost said missing out on last years events prompted this years ceremony “Oh I got all kinds of ugly e-mails and letters people were not happy.”One of those upset about missing out last year was business owner and veteran George Clemens.
A 6-year-old was flown by medical helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, after a car crash over the weekend.It happened Saturday in Day Block township.Police say 36-year-old Michelle Surles of Corinth and her family were headed West on Route 9, when Michelle slowed down to make a turn into the Machias River Campground.That’s when a tractor trailer driven by 51-year-old Adam Pjanic of New Hampshire crashed into the suv’s side.Surles was taken by ambulance to the hospital.We’re told they have since been released.Another passenger, 42-year-old John Surles was not injured, nor was anyone in the big rig.No charges have been filed in connection with the crash.