Proudly raising a sign to wish his son well, Rob Ramsay says he’s filled with pride when he looks at his son Ryan, a Freshman at Maine Maritime Academy.Ryan joins more than two hundred other cadets on the training cruise.”For him to be doing what he’s done has made me understand he put a goal in front of himself and he’s obtained it,” Rob said.The cadets boarded “the State of Maine” in Castine Harbor while their families waved goodbye on shore.They will spend two months in various countries, working with a Belfast-based organization to launch small GPS equipped sailboats at several locations.Onboard the ship, the cadets called and text messaged their families to say their final goodbyes.”It’s a sad thing but in a sense I feel an opening door for him,” Rob said.”It’s still bittersweet I’m excited for him but it’s always sad to say goodbye,” said Sara Perry.Perry and her high school friend Linda Blaeis said goodbye to their boys Oliver and John for the second time.While they admit it doesn’t get easier, their sons have both accomplished so much during their time at MMA and that trumps any feeling of sadness.”Yeah I think my son has made great strides and it just took him a while to go this route he’s going to have a great life,” Linda said.The cadets are set to return in June.
A Woodland woman and her two sons barely escaped their burning home early Tuesday morning.Fire crews were called to Langley Road around 1 a.m.Caribou Fire Chief Roy Woods says when they arrived, the two-story house was engulfed in flames.Chris Monroe’s 21-year old son told firefighters he was asleep in the basement when he awoke to the flames.He woke up his brother and mother, and the three escaped.One dog died in the fire.Chief Woods says there were no working smoke detectors in the home, and that the fire was started by an electrical problem in the kitchen.The house as well as a car parked in the driveway were destroyed.We’re told the Monroes have no insurance.The Red Cross has been called in to help them.
Searsport police received a call last night from a local man who said he had been hearing explosions outside his home.As it turns out, what he heard was just one of more than a dozen earthquakes that have shaken the area since Saturday, April 30.State geologist, Bob Marvinney, says the quakes were small, less than a magnitude two.They’ve been occurring between Bucksport and Searsport.Most people won’t feel them unless they’re close to the epicentre, the point of the earth where the quake starts.Marvinney says these clusters of earthquakes are not uncommon in Maine, and he expects the area to have more.
A Woodland woman and her two sons barely managed to escape their burning home early this morning.Fire crews were called to Langley Road around 1 a.m.Caribou Fire Chief Roy Woods says when they arrived, the two-story house was already engulfed in flames.Monroe’s 21-year old son told fire fighters he was asleep in the basement when he awoke to flames.He woke up his brother and mother, and the three got out.One dog died in the fire.Chief Woods says there were no working smoke detectors in the home.The house as well as a car parked in the driveway were destroyed.We’re told the Monroes have no insurance.The Red Cross has been called in to help them.No word yet on a cause.
Should Bangor move forward with plans for a new arena?That’s what city voters will decide on Wednesday.Some local residents have serious doubts about the project.=====”I have been looking for reasons to vote yes.”But come Wednesday, Linda Thomas says she will vote “no” on a new arena.
The next to last space shuttle mission launch is just days away and Maine has a number of ties to the program.Bangor International Airport is one of the alternate landing sites for a space shuttle returning to Earth.York High School Graduate Chris Cassidy made his first space flight in 2009 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and will be going to the International Space Station in March 2013.Frederick “Rick” Hauck was born into a Navy family, went to Tufts University, and studied nuclear engineering at MIT.He was a naval test pilot until he got the call from NASA.That lead to him being part of three trips into orbit on the space shuttle.
A wind power developer has withdrawn – for the time being – an application for a 117-megawatt wind farm in Highland Plantation, Maine.Highland Wind, which informed the Land Use regulation Commission on Monday, said it intends to resubmit its plan at a later date.
An airline agent who received an icy stare from the ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while checking him in at Portland’s airport the morning of the attacks says he’s feeling “great joy” upon hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden.Michael Tuohey checked in Mohamed Atta and accomplice Abdulaziz Alomari at the Portland International Jetport for their connecting flight to Boston, which they crashed into the World Trade Center hours later on the morning of Sept.
Police say someone painted graffiti including “Osama today, Islam tomorrow” and “Go Home” outside the largest mosque in Maine’s largest city following the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Portland Police Chief James Craig described a brazen incident in which a vandal or vandals used red spray paint outside the Maine Muslim Community Center between 6:30 a.m.
A day after a Maine mother was laid to rest, her mysterious death remains under investigation in New Hampshire.More than 300 people attended Monday’s funeral for 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer at Lake Region High School in Naples, Maine, whereshe graduated in 2008.Last month Dittmeyer’s car was found idling with its hazard lights on and her 14-month-old daughter inside early on April 23 at a New Hampshire ski area.
It’s decision day for union nurses and Eastern Maine Medical Center administrators.Last week, the two sides came to a tentative, one year agreement on a contract.On Tuesday, the union baragaining team will present that contract to the nurses with a recommendation to ratify.And the E.M.M.C.
Two teens had to be rescued from the Stillwater river after their canoe capsized around 5:00 Monday afternoon.Both Orono and Old Town Fire Departments put boats in the water and brought the teens to shore.No injuries were reported and the teens were taken home by their parents.