A familiar, furry face is bidding Maine visitors farewell for the season at the turnpike’s southern gate.Miles the Moose was at the York toll plaza today to say so-long to departing tourists.Turnpike toll collectors also handed out 15,000 refrigerator magnets to motorists.The pennant-shaped magnets depict the state’s natural beauty, as well as some traditional Maine activities such as boating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The Piscataquis County registry of deeds record room will be closed all this week.The county manager says the room sustained extensive damage from heavy rains.The registry will continue to record documents that are mailed in or brought in during the week.Documents from 1970 through 2011 are available for viewing on line at mainelandrecords.com.
For more than two years now, the Kingsbury family in Bangor has given TV 5 a very personal and emotional look at the affects of ALS.Jim Kingsbury was diagnosed with the disease nearly five years ago.Joy Hollowell traveled to Biddeford for the latest chapter in his life story.=====Jim and Lisa Kingsbury are celebrating a milestone.
The menu is traditional Italian.”We have two pans of pasta with marinara sauce, we have bread sticks, salad, tiramisu,” said Renee Ireland, General Manager at the Olive Garden in Bangor.The service is rooted in a tradition of its own.”It’s ten years ago this year that we’ve been doing this,” said Ireland.As Ireland points out, there are some jobs that are always on the clock.”Police department, fire department, we could be going into emergency rooms.”Logging lots of hours, but not so many thank yous.
Rain or shine, the show must go on.The Waterfront Concert Series will wrap up its Labor Day weekend as planned, Monday.Lady Antebellum will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.The band is one of the final performances of this summer’s concert series.With just three more shows to go, Waterfront Concerts president, Alex Gray, says this season has been a good learning experience.”As we get to know the city and we get to know the site, we know the challenges that it presents from time to time, but overall it’s been a very successful series and we’re very excited to come back in 2012 and we’re currently working with the city to do so.”Concert goers concerned about Monday night’s weather can bring their ponchos and rain coats in with them.They’ll have to leave their umbrellas at home, though.Gray says they don’t want anyone’s view of the stage to be affected.
Tropical Storm Irene left New England more than a week ago, but the damage left in her wake is still not cleaned up.Now members of the Maine Incident Management Team along with crews from other states have been dispatched to Vermont to help with the efforts to reopen the Green Mountain National Forest.About 90 percent of the roads within the Forest have been assessed at this point, and crews are finding severe damage to those roads along with the bridges and culverts.There is some tree damage along the trails but the washouts created by the rainfall is the biggest concern.The priorities will be to get some of the most popular trails like the Appalachian Trail cleared from brush and debris and get as many roads open as possible before the fall foliage season begins.
A Guilford man is in serious condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center after being impaled through the chest by a rafter Friday afternoon.27-year-old Josh Parker was traveling along Route 150 in Guilford when he fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his pick-up,crashing into a garage.Parker was impaled by a rafter from the garage.According to rescue crews, Parker was alive and conscious when they arrived.He was transported to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, where he was then airlifted to EMMC.
The kids are back in school and Labor Day Weekend is over, the next sign of fall is now upon us.The Maine Department of Conservation will be issuing fall foliage reports starting next Wednesday the 14th.The reports will be published on their website Maine Foliage until October 19th or until the entire state is past peak foliage conditions.This is the 53rd year of reports put out by the Maine Forest Service.Forest Rangers will base the conditions based on data collected in seven zones throughout the state.The website will have a new design this year to be accessed easier and faster on mobile devices, and people will be able to post photos directly to the site by using their phone.
Motorists who use the Bog Road in Hermon will have to find an alternate route later this week.The railroad crossing is being replaced and that will close the road to any thru traffic from 7am Thursday the 8th until the next morning.The Bog Road connects Route 2 in Hermon across to the Hinckley Hill Road.Addresses 826 and higher can be reached from Route 2 in Hermon and addresses 795 as well as Pond Road, Smith Road, Treadwell Acres, Wheeler Road can be reached by using the Newburgh Road.
As the Labor Day weekend comes to an end, the gas prices are trending up again, not only in Maine but Nationwide.However one analyst thinks the increase may be short lived.Maine Gas Prices surveys showed the average retail price up three point six cents a gallon in this past week in our state with the average price now standing at 3-72 a gallon.That increase is not as large as what has happened nationally where prices are up nearly 6 cents a gallon and it’s going for 3-67 on average around the country.The Maine average is a one dollar and five cents more than it was at this time last year, and 98 cents more a gallon nationally than it was following Labor Day 2010.One of the analysts is forecasting the prices to degrease near the end of the month as the switch to cheaper Winter gasoline is made and the peak of hurricane season passes.
A 48 year old Florida woman was found dead in a submerged rental car Sunday morning.The body of Joann Boardman was found in Eastern Bay in Lamoine by a passerby who saw the car sticking out of the water.A 2012 Ford Focus was in the water at the end of Route 184.Boardman had been attending a family wedding reception in the area and was thought to be heading back to her hotel and went the wrong direction and ended up in the ocean.The accident is still under investigation.
The Coast Guard is crediting the use of a life jacket for saving a man’s life Sunday after he went into the water of the Harrington River near Five Islands in Harrington Bay.Around 8 o’clock in the evening the Coast Guard was called after a friend of the man lost sight of the 62 year old while watching from shore.The man’s name was not released.After a two hour search the crew used night vision goggles and spotted him wearing his life jacket and clinging to his kayak in the 60 degree water.The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.He reportedly is doing well.
Some members of law enforcement hit the pavement on their motorcycles Sunday, to raise money for the Special Olympics.The Knox County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the United Bikers of Maine-Knox County for the second annual Torch Ride.They started out at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.This is the largest fundraiser for the Special Olympics.More than 70 bikes left the museum and they expected to have close to 200 when they returned back for the BBQ.” I got involved last year with the athletes.
Officials say excessive speed is to blame for an all-terrain vehicle accident that injured a Massachusetts man.The Maine Warden service says 23-year-old Ryan Murray of Lowell, Massachusetts was hospitalized with a possible leg fracture after the ATV he was a passenger on landed on top of him after hitting an embankment and flipping over Sunday morning in the Franklin County town of Industry.Wardens say the driver, 22-year-old Justin Messina of Tewksbury, Massachusetts was thrown clear of the machine and managed to roll the ATV off Murray.