Lakefront properties in the Katahdin region have been leased to camp owners for years but soon those lessees can own them.Landowner Katahdin Timberlands is putting 7-hundred lakefront camp lots on the market.The lots are located in unincorporated parts of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.Land Forester Howard Weymouth predicts the sale of the recreational properties will cause a construction boom for the region.”A lot of our lessees are from the Millinocket area and we think there will be a lot of construction, a lot more work on the camps that sort of thing, they have the opportunity to own the land,” he said.While the property has been located here for over a hundred years, Real Estate broker Dan Corcoran says now it’s becoming more attractive as a tourist destination.”It’s always been considered a mill town but that’s been changing in recent years, it’s being discovered and people are finding out there’s really a hidden gem in Central Maine,” he said.The lots will be offered for sale to the leaseholder of record at market value.As many as 3-hundred lots could be up for sale by the end of the year.
The governor has signed into law a bill designed to expand dental care in Maine.It lets independent-practice dental hygienists to own radiograph equipment and to take x-rays.The lawmaker who sponsored the bill says it will expand more affordable dental care to the mostly rural, underserved parts of Maine.
There’s been another arson fire in Gorham.Maine fire investigators say someone intended to burn an unoccupied house and set the grass on fire but the wind shifted, so the fire missed the house.The Maine Department of Public Safety says it’s the fifth arson fire in the past three weeks in Gorham.
A man who was hospitalized with burns led Maine Drug Enforcement Agents to a suspected methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle.Agents searched an apartment on Blake Street after a man who was there was badly burned Tuesday and taken to a Portland hospital.
Folks traveling on the Bullseye Bridge in Bangor can expect delays, starting Monday.Its surface is being upgraded.The project starts at the intersection of Ohio Street and Griffin Road, ending where Griffin intersects with Kenduskeag Road.Traffic will be down to one lane.The project is expected to be finished by the end of june.
The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race will mean some traffic delays in Bangor this Saturday.From 8 am to 2 pm inbound traffic on Broadway will be diverted at Six Mile Falls onto the Finson Road and Ohio Street.Drivers are urged to use McCarty Road in Glenburn to access Ohio Street, signs will be posted.Outbound traffic on the Six Mile Falls bridge will be down to one lane.Beware of pedestrians in that area, please drive extra carefully there.Traffic on Valley Lane will be one way to Bruce Road.Bruce Road will be closed to traffic from Kenduskeag Avenue, except to folks who live on that street.
A brush fire kept firefighters from Philips and the Maine Forest Service busy Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters arrived on the scene on Reed Road to find that a half-acre was burned and a generator shed was on fire.fire crews managed to save the home on that property.
A Maine woman has sued a Nevada-based health care company for what she says was a misleading job offer.Cynthia Littlefield of Warren says in the suit filed this week in Maine she was recruited for a job in California by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
An Augusta man who held his girlfriend against her will in their city apartment for several days, beating her and burning her with cigarettes, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Robert Allan Horr was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Maine’s public advocate is joining the New England Power Pool as part of ongoing efforts to lower the cost of electricity for homes and businesses.Membership gives the public advocate greater involvement in the decisions made by ISO-New England, the operator of the New England power grid.Richard Davies, Maine’s public advocate, says he’ll seek to build alliances to work on behalf of Maine consumers.The New England Power Pool is a voluntary association of 450 entities, including utilities, energy producers, power marketers and consumer advocates, which serves as an advisory body to ISO-New England.