University of Maine System trustees are voting on a proposal to construct a new planetarium and observatory at the Orono campus.Trustees are meeting Monday in Bangor.University officials say a new observatory and planetarium would enhance the school’s physics and astronomy programs and allow for sophisticated research by master’s level and Ph.D.
Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands says a week-long archaeological dig at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in New Harbor has been postponed one week, to July 25-29.Park Historian Tom Desjardin says the dig was postponed a weekdue to the overwhelming response to the call for volunteers.Volunteers will dig for historic artifacts associated with acolonial fishing village.(The Associated Press)
Three people are still hospitalized after a plane crash near Matinicus Island Sunday afternoon.Pilot Rob Hoffman was treated and released.Passengers 47-year-old Eva Murray of Matinicus and 56-year-old Abagail Read of Appleton were taken to a Portland hospital.Murray is in fair condition, Read is satisfactory.53-year-old Karen Ford of Waterville was taken to a Lewiston hospital…she’s in serious condition.The aircraft went down about 150 yards off shore…it had just taken off from the island and was heading to Owls Head.
Police are letting folks know there is counterfeit money circulating in Bangor and they should be on the look out.Several folks having yard sales Saturday fell victim to the counterfeit money.Two people are out sixty dollars and another, nearly twenty dollars.They say the bills are darker in color and a bit shorter than the average bill.The victims say they are very upset.” Sick to my stomach.
(Associated Press)Police say a 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in Bowdoin Saturday evening, as he was trying to retrieve a ball that had bounced across Main Street.The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s office says the child was under adult supervision but broke free from a relative who had tried to stop him from running into the road.Officials say no charges have been filed against the driver.
Pirates were taking over Fort Knox Saturday.It was the annual Pirates Festival.Organizers say it gets bigger every year.They also say it makes sense to celebrate it along the Penobscot River because the first pirate in the northeast sailed the Penobscot Bay.There were real pirates and even a pirate ship for everyone to see.” It’s another event to bring people out to the fort where they can experience the beauty of the fort and understand its history.
It was the fourth annual Penobscot River Revival Festival Saturday on the Bangor waterfront.Its purpose is to celebrate the river and all the values it holds for everyone.They also used it as an opportunity to raise awareness of all the work being done on the river.They say until the Clean Water Act in the 1970s, the Penobscot River was not properly taken care of.
Both gay marriage supporters and opponents say they expect to be able to raise enough money to get their messages out if the issue is put to a statewide vote in November 2012.Campaign finance reports show that the two sides in the ballot fight that overturned Maine’s gay marriage law spent $9.6 million in 2009.Those seeking to revoke the gay marriage law spent nearly $4 million.Last month gay marriage advocates announced that they’d be gathering signatures necessary to put the measure to a state vote again in Maine.But they’re waiting until January to decide whether they’ll submit the signatures.
(Associated Press)Two males have been arrested following a jet ski accident on Sebago Lake Friday.Nineteen-year-old William Hanson of Raymond struck a visible rock in the lake and was ejected from his jet ski.A water rescue by the Maine Warden Service was conducted.Hanson and 19-year-old Patrick Ciez of Windham were found and brought back to the boat launch.Hanson was treated for minor injuries on scene.Both Hanson and Ciez were arrested for operating while under the influence of alcohol and were taken to the Windham Police Department.The Maine Warden Service is investigating the incident.
If your vehicle has a loon license plate, you can get into any of Maine’s state parks and historic sites for free over the weekend.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is extending this offer as a thank you to Maine drivers who have purchased loon plates, which support conservation efforts in the state.For a complete list of state parks and lands, visit parksandlands.com.
A film about food that has been shown at festivals across the nation has made it to Blue Hill.It’s called, “Ingredients, the Local Food Movement Takes Root.”It’s about farmers and chefs trying to create a sustainable food system, and doing so locally.You can see it at the Blue Hill Public Library at 6:00 p.m.