The University of Maine is saying farewell to two very special long time employees.Doreen Vaillancourt has spent the past 45 years working at the College of Engineering at U-Maine.Jimmy Vaillancourt, her husband, has worked in the Print and Mailing Department for the past 44 years.Both are retiring at the end of June.
The stage has been set for a KahBattle in Bangor.It’s a battle of the bands organized by the folks who put on the KahBang Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.They asked musicians to submit their work, and Friday organizers announced the seven bands that were chosen to take part in the KahBattle of the bands.That will take place on July 16 at Peakes Auditorium in Bangor.
The vote was close, but when all the ballots were counted, clifton residents turned down a moratorium on a proposed wind farm.The final count was 86 to 75.Clifton planning board member Bill Rand says the turnout for Thursday night’s vote was so large, the meeting was moved outside to accommodate everyone.At issue is four wind turbines that Bangor developer Paul Fuller wants to build on Pisgah mountain.A resident of Clifton pioneered the petition to get the 180-day moratorium on the ballot.Crystal Phillips felt many citizens were still uneducated about the wind farm project.”We started the moratorium to try to buy more time,” says Crystal Phillips.
Police in Aroostook County are looking for a Littleton man who they say led them on a short chase through Houlton Tuesday night.They say a man called 9-1-1 to report his daughter was being followed by her ex-boyfriend, 20-year-old Ronald Lewis.Police say Lewis was under house arrest on an unrelated charge at the time.Houlton Police then received a report from State Police that both vehicles were seen at a residence.When police approached, they say Lewis fled.Police say after his vehicle crashed into woods, Lewis took off on foot.
Federal regulators are planning a major increase in how much pollock can be caught.It comes after fishermen said the current limit would prematurely shut down the season.The National Marine Fisheries Service says under the new rules, fishermen can catch 35 million pounds of pollock this year – that’s nearly six times the original amount of 6 million.If the numbers hold up, the change could go into effect next month.Last month, Fishermen switched to a system in which they work in groups to divide an allotted catch.
An Augusta woman who started a fire at the Dollar Tree Store in Augusta last spring won’t be going to jail.60-year-old Linda Capano admitted to setting fire to a cardboard sales display in the store.In exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated criminal mischief a judge dropped the arson charge against her.The prosecutor says Capano lit the fire so she could be ‘praised for alerting people about the danger’.