A plan to get rid of dams and help certain fish has been moved forward by state environmental regulators.The Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan to decommission the Howland Dam and build a fish bypass.That would let fish, including atlantic salmon and shad, to migrate upstream.It’s part of a 50-million dollar plan to remove, or route water around, three dams on the penobscot river…Last week DEP cleared the way for decommissioning the Veazie and Great Works dams…The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has also approved the plan.The corps of engineers still has to sign off on it.
After spending 26 years on a light keeper’s station in Isle Au Haut they’re ready to pass on the magic to someone else.But as Meghan Hayward tells us, there is plenty this lighthouse keeping couple will miss.Jeffrey and Judith Burke have operated an antique light keeper’s station on Isle Au Haut as a bed and breakfast for 26 years.But now they are ready to retire and have put it on the market.They say there will be plenty they will miss.”Wonderful.
The head of the company that resurrected an Old Town mill, was in town today and hinted that they might be bringing more jobs to Maine.Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton toured the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill this afternoon then she enjoyed a cookout with workers.Rumors have been swirling that Patriarch might buy the Katahdin Paper Company in East Millinocket.
Some pesky ants are doing more than just ruining a few summer picnics.Local bug experts say fire ants are a real problem in parts of Maine.So they’re working on a way to squash the growing population, naturally.Despite common sense, researchers at the University of Maine are disturbing a fire ants nest in Orono, even at the risk of getting of getting stung.”It’s a sharp, burning pain.
Drinking and driving has been ruled out in a deadly car crash in Enfield last month.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says 38-year-old Leanna Lancaster was behind the wheel, when the car went off Route 2 the night of June 15th.Police say she had not been drinking.Two passengers, 24-year-old Kourtney Grindle Murray and 18-year-old Christina Pegg, both of Greenbush, died in the crash.Police say it appears the car was heading south when it strayed into the northbound lane and hit a tree.The investigation continues.
A section of Route 9 in Osborn was reduced to one lane Thursday morning while crews cleaned up an accident.According to Chief Allan Shorey of the Osborn Fire Department, a state worker was driving a Department of Transportation vehicle when he hydroplaned, lost control, and rolled over into a wooded area around 6:30 Thursday morning.The driver was able to get out of the vehicle right before it burst into flames.Mutual aid was called in from Mariahville.”It was so hot, it was just fully involved when we got here.
It’s summer, and that means yard sale season.Folks can find all kinds of bargains this weekend in Bangor at Penobscot Community Health Care, where they are holding a yard sale to raise money for the employee heating assistance fund.There will be tables filled with plants, crafts, books, furniture, and even baked goods.Penobscot Community Health Care is located at 1012 Union Street in Bangor this Saturday, July 24 from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon.The yard sale will go on rain or shine.
The town of Farmington is mourning the loss of Police Chief Richard Caton.Caton died Sunday morning due to complications from leukemia.He was diagnosed with the illness in 2008.A resident of Strong, the 52-year-old was the Chief of Police for the town of Farmington since 1998.His obituary says Caton loved to hunt, fish, and landscape.Full honorary police services will be held at one o’clock Saturday at Mount Abram High School in Salem.Visitation will be from 10am until noon.Caton is survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.