Eddington residents will vote Tuesday night on whether or not to enact a six-month moratorium on wind power projects in their community.Town Manager Russell Smith says the planning board has been working on a windmill ordinance since last summer but needs more time.The meeting begins at seven a the Eddington School.
Senior nursing students at the University of Maine received some special training Tuesday.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the idea is to get them ready to respond to any type of disaster across the country.The nursing program at the University of Maine has teamed up with the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, which is providing health services response training to senior nursing students.”It builds capacity for any of the chapters across the United States depending where these nursing students land after they graduate.
Heating oil prices have not changes since last week according to Maine energy officials.The Office of Energy Independence and Security noted that the average price of heating oil as of Tuesday was $2.68 per gallon.The highest prices are slated at $2.86 per gallon in northern Maine, while the lowest prices are standing at $2.56 per gallon in southwestern Maine.The statewide average kerosene price was $3.06 per gallon, which was unchanged from a week ago.Propane came in at $2.81 a gallon, down 6 cents from last week.
Fire crews in Bangor battled a fire in an apartment building near the federal building early Tuesday morning.The call came in a little before 5am that a 9 unit apartment building on Spring Street was showing smoke.Crews arrived within minutes, and managed to contained to fire to the upper walls of the 3 story building.We’re told there was minimal damage.Everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reported.The Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to determine a cause.
Folks along the east coast are bracing for what could be the wettest March on record in some areas.The National Weather Service posted flood warnings and advisories Monday from Maine to the Carolinas.The Kennebec River is running high.Several inches of new rain over the next day or so is expected to push many rivers over their banks.New York City, Boston, and Portland are among the cities expecting new all-time records for March rainfall.
Augusta Police are looking for a man who held up a gas station worker.Police say the robbery took place at a J&S Oil convenience store on Mount Vernon Avenue around 9:30 Sunday night.Police say the man showed a weapon to a gas attendant and made off with some money.He’s described as between 5’8″ and 5’10” in height.He was unshaven, and was wearing khaki pants, a maroon hooded sweatshirt with gold lettering, a ball cap, and white sneakers.If you have any information, call Augusta Police 626-2370.
A four year debate of salt water fishing licenses ended on Monday when Governor Baldacci signed a bill into law that creates a saltwater recreational fishing registry.The law will go into effect on January 1st of 2011.In this new bill the registry is free once you purchase a freshwater fishing license.Striped Bass endorsements will cost $5 for residents who do not have freshwater licenses, and $15 for all nonresidents.Fees for commercial operator’s licenses, including charters and smelt camps, are $50.The bill is expected to generate $1,700,000 for the state.
Voters in Unity have turned down a moratorium on wind turbines.Town officials say the 6 month moratorium would give them time to develop a wind power ordinance.But voters turned the idea down at Unity’s annual town meeting held Saturday.Residents in several other Maine communities have recently passed ordinances restricting wind turbines in their towns.
Bangor city councilors met Monday evening for a budget workshop.Councilors would like to see a reduction in the proposed tax rate for the 2011 fiscal year.The council gave the interim city manager direction on what they would like to see in his proposed budget to accomplish that.Cuts to several areas, such as the fire department, the bangor public library, and overtime budgets were discussed.Council chair, Richard Stone says these budget cuts could mean cutbacks in services in some areas.
We have more information on President Obama’s visit to Maine this Thursday.He’ll be attending a rally at the Portland Expo.The event is part of the President’s effort to sell his health care overhaul at campaign-style events.President Obama is expected to speak around 3:25 p.m.Tickets to the event will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 a.m.
The second of two men charged in a machete attack on a father and his 10-year-old daughter will go to trial in May.Daniel Fortune, 22, is charged with aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy for a home invasion in Pittston nearly two years ago.Fortune’s foster brother,Leo Hylton, 19, has already been sentenced to fifty years in prison for his role in the attack.Jury selection will begin may 4th in Somerset County Superior Court.
Four people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a crash on the interstate in Hampden.It happened between the Carmel and Coldbrook Road exits on the southbound side around 7:30 a.m.State police say a pick-up cut in front of another truck.One of the vehicles ended up going down an embankment into the tree line.Three of the four passengers in that pick-up were taken to the hospital along with the driver of the other vehicle.We’re told all of their injuries are minor.