Camping Reservations Up

Updated 6 years ago

With Memorial Day weekend at hand, Maine’s

parks are gearing up for a busy camping season.

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands says it has taken 500 more

reservations at the 12 state-run campgrounds than at this time a

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Patriotic Display Vandalized

Updated 6 years ago

A Winterport family is angry this Memorial Day weekend.

They’re disgusted that someone vandalized the patriotic welcome-home display they set up for a soldier about to return home from Iraq.

Brittney Ginn’s fiance, Lance Corporal William Shibles, is a Marine who’s spent the last eight months in Iraq.

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EMMC Plans Rejected

Updated 6 years ago

The review is a preliminary analysis, though, and EMMC administrators can still try to win over approval.

The project would build an eight-story tower on the state street campus, consolidating surgery, adding 65-beds, and increasing private rooms.

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Flood Relief in Penobscot County

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci said he received word Friday afternoon that President Bush had added Penobscot County to the list of six other counties – Aroostook, Knox, Lincoln, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo – that had already been declared eligible for public assistance.

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Rockport Drowning

Updated 6 years ago

The Coast Guard said it got a call about 3 p.m. Friday that two people were in the water after capsizing while rowing to a moored boat in Rockport harbor.

Another boater rescued one of the people, but Erwin Hirsch of Marblehead, Mass., was unconscious when he was pulled from the water.

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Winterport Meeting House Reopens

Updated 6 years ago

This weekend’s opening is just in time to celebrate it’s 175th anniversary.

The meeting house closed about two years ago, so work could be done on the steeple, but that’s not all folks will notice.

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Dexter Group Headed to New Orleans

Updated 6 years ago

The First Free Baptist Church of Dexter will continue efforts to help hurricane Katrina victims.

Over the next couple of weeks, they are holding fundraisers to pay for the cost to get there.

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Ring Pleads No Contest

Updated 6 years ago

30-year-old Scott Ring pled no contest to aggravated criminal O.U.I. charges.

It was part of an agreement worked out with the district attorney’s office.

Ring was driving on Route 175 in Orland IN 2007, when his truck veered over the line and hit an oncoming truck.

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Connecticut Youth Dies Following Fire

Updated 6 years ago

18-year-old Alex Whitney of Farmington, Connecticut, was found Tuesday night in the middle of Duck Pond Road with his clothes burned off.

Investigators think that Whitney set the fire, after dousing himself with gasoline.

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New High for Gas Prices

Updated 6 years ago

Gas in several border communities including Houlton and Calais has topped the $4.00 mark for regular unleaded. The Web site puts the highest price at $4.40 per gallon on Vinalhaven.

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Lincoln Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in around 3 o’clock Thursday.

Some dust reportedly caught fire and ignited a blaze in the rafters of the metal building.

That interior height made it tough for fire fighters to reach the flames.

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Knox Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

53-year-old Kenneth Knox was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison for arson, attempted murder, and other charges. Half of the sentence has been suspended.

The incident happened on christmas day 2005.

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FairPoint Fixes Problem

Updated 6 years ago

The Cumberland County Regional Communications Center experienced several interruptions with its 911 emergency system recently.

In response, Fairpoint has installed new equipment, reconfigured its software and revised its notification procedures in the event of a service outage.

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The Dechaine Debate: Part 2

Updated 6 years ago

In part two of &quot:The Dechaine Debate&quot: Catherine Pegram introduces us to those who say justice has for Dechaine already been served. 20 years ago in July, Sarah Cherry was kidnapped from her babysitting job – then strangled, stabbed and tortured.

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People’s Veto

Updated 6 years ago

A coalition called Fed Up With Taxes kicked off its petition drive Wednesday with press conferences in Portland and Bangor.

Campaign director Newell Augur said the Legislature doubled the tax on beer and wine and imposed new taxes on flavored water, soda, sports drinks, juices and other drinks. He said the taxes, which are intended to bolster funding for Maine’s Dirigo Health Program, were passed without any public hearing.

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Maine Publisher Sues

Updated 6 years ago

Angela Adair-Hoy alleges that Amazon’s recent announcement to exclusively use one on-demand publisher violates antitrust law.

Adair-Hoy said about half of her Bangor-based’s sales are through Amazon and that there are about 4,300 potential print-on-demand class members. The suit seeks class-action status, an injunction preventing Amazon from implementing the new policy and monetary damages.

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Fatal Fire in Ellsworth

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators say he set himself on fire in Ellsworth Tuesday night.

Crews were called around 7:30 p.m. They found Alex Whitney sitting in the middle of Duck Pond Road. The Fire Marshal’s Office says it appears he doused himself with gasoline near some power lines, then set himself on fire.

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LURC Recommendations

Updated 6 years ago

Changes include removing development from the north shore of long pond, but opponents of the project say they still have concerns.

Natural Resources Council of Maine executive director Brownie Carson says there is no reduction in the amount of development, which is still the equivalent of two or three new towns in the region, and development still threatens Lily Bay.

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Augusta Walmart Fire

Updated 6 years ago

An employee, who’s a volunteer firefighter, was able to put it out.

Augusta fire chief Roger Audette says the smoke was so thick, the building needed to be evacuated for about an hour.

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MDI Biking Accident

Updated 6 years ago

The 77-year-old victim had reportedly been out on a bike ride. A nephew told police the man wanted to take a quick spin down Oak Street.

When the man didn’t return, his nephew went to find him.

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