The newest edition of the Farmer’s Almanac goes on sale this week, and it’s predicting a cold and snowy winter for us.In fact, that’s its forecast for the U.S. stretching from the Great Lakes through northern New England.This is the 196th year of the publication.If you don’t want a snow-filled winter, maybe you’ll catch some relief from the New Hampshire-based old Farmer’s Almanac, but you’ll have to wait until next month to see what it has to say.
Maine paper industry officials are concerned over plans to re-open a failed paper mill in Nova Scotia. The plan calls for 125-million dollars in government help to restart the Newpage Mill on Cape Breton.About 1-thousand people were put out of work when the mill closed about a year ago.A candian company has bought the mill with plans to restart, on a smaller scale.Maine paper officials fear that Canadian government subsidies will let the mill sell products at lower prices.the Canadian mill makes magazine and catalogue paper similar to that made by some of Maine’s largest mills.
The top federal fisheries official in the northeast is coming to Maine.John Bullard has launched a series of listening sessions to hear what issues are facing the fishing industry as well as how it should be structured.Bullard will be in Portland on Tuesday and ellsworth on Thursday.
As Tropical Storm Issac bears down on the Louisiana coast line, folks in Maine are heading south.The Red Cross says fifteen people from Maine were in the Tampa area as of Saturday.Several more Red Cross workers from Bangor will be heading out soon…to help with sheltering and feeding hurricane victims.The Red Cross plans to send even more volunteers.
A Maine woman is one of the big winners in the annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition with her rendition of the Whitney Houston song, “I Have Nothing.” Shayleen Letellier from Arundel, Maine, won the senior division category. She won $500 for her performance Sunday, the conclusion of the three-day competition. In the junior division, first place went to 14-year-old Caroline Carter from Dover. She sang “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked.” Contestants sang on the new Seashell Stage at the beach. They were judged not only on their vocal ability, but also on their stage presence and entertainment value.
Police are investigating after a Portland woman was struck and killed outside her home by a car that then left the scene. Authorities say 61-year-old Bonnie Bachelder was struck at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the car that struck her drove away, but then turned himself into police about 90 minutes later. The 27-year-old Portland man has not been charged. Police say the driver was given a blood-alcohol test after he turned himself in, which is routine in all fatalities involving cars. Results won’t be known for at least two weeks. The car has been impounded pending the outcome of the investigation.
Portland-area college students are being welcomed back to school with two weeks of free bus rides. Beginning Monday, the Greater Portland Transit District METRO and the South Portland Bus Service are offering free rides to students from participating schools. The Ride Free with College ID deal runs through Sept. 8. The rides are being offered to students from Husson University, Kaplan University, Maine College of Art, SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, Southern Maine Community College, the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine.
The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn’t say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of “one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.
Governor Lepage will not be at next week’s Republican National Convention in Florida.He says he’ll focus on state business and spend time with his family instead. Meanwhile, ten Ron Paul delegates and ten Mitt Romney delegates from Maine will be there. The GOP’s committee on contests determined earlier this week party rules were broken when the Paul delegates were elected at the state convention in May.Maine has 24 total delegates to the national convention. Three of the other four are Romney supporters, one is uncommitted
A father and son from Massachusetts are facing charges after a fight at a Maine campground landed two men in the hospital. Maine State Police say 40-year-old John O’Brien and his 19-year-old son, Jonathan O’Brien, both of Billerica, Mass., were arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a brawl Wednesday night at the Papoose Pond Resort and Campground in Waterford. They were held at the Oxford County Jail on $50,000 cash bail each. Police tell the Sun Journal, that 43-year-old William Powell of Farmington was flown to Central Maine Medical Center with serious facial injuries. He is in good condition. Forty-six-year-old Michael Chapman of Farmington was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. More arrests may be made.
The lawyer for a Thomaston insurance agent accused of being involved in an alleged Kennebunk prostitution operation has asked a judge to dismiss the case. Mark Strong Sr. was charged with promotion of prostitution. Police began investigating a woman and the Pura Vida Zumba studio after receiving complaints about possible illegal activities at the site. In his motion to dismiss, Strong’s lawyer said prosecutors have failed to comply with the rules of discovery. In the complaint filed Thursday, defense attorney Daniel Lilley wrote that all discovery should have been provided by Aug. 10. Lilley questioned how his client could be charged with promotion of prostitution when no one has been charged with prostitution in the case. Prosecutors tell The Portland Press Herald, the state will address Lilley’s motion in court.
We told you Thursay about someone going in to the Big Lots in Auburn, claiming they were a repersentative from the United Way and stealing school supply donations.Well it turns out the person who picked up the supplies is legit. They were from a Portland based non profit that works with United Way of York County.The executive director of United Way of Androscoggin County says, they have been in contact with the organization that has the supplies and are working to get them returned.The United Way plans to fill more than 500 backpacks with those supples Friday in Auburn.
A Standish grandmother charged with starting a string of fires across southern Maine has pleaded guilty to six counts of arson. Sixty-six-year-old Carol Field entered her plea Thursday and faces sentencing at a later date. Her defense attorney says she’s likely to serve two years behind bars. Prosecutors say Field admitted to setting 18 fires in York and Cumberland counties, including at Raymond Hill Baptist Church, at Randall Orchards in Standish, in an abandoned house in Limerick, and at a garage in Limington. No injuries were reported. The former nurse’s lawyer said the confession was made under duress. The Portland Press Herald, reports that prosecutors say when they asked her why she did it she said it was because “nobody cared about her or paid attention to her.”
A Maine National Guard medic who was first on the scene of a van crash on I-295 this week says she got to exercise her medical training. Pfc. Lisa Bryant of Scarborough says the driver who was ejected in Bowdoinham wasn’t getting oxygen so she cleared the obstruction so he could breathe. She tells the Bangor Daily News that the man went from unconscious when she arrived to being conscious and talking by the time he was loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter on Wednesday. The 21-year-old University of Southern Maine student is part of the National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion in Gardiner. She called the incident her first “real-world” application of her military medic training.
A blind Rumford man who uses a wheelchair says he fears a pair of men who robbed him won’t face prosecution because he won’t be able to identify them. The 31-year-old victim says he was outside a Lewiston gas station Tuesday night waiting for his brother when the men approached and asked for a cigarette. He tells the Sun Journal, that “being a nice guy,” he gave them one. The suspects said he was too close to the gas pumps, so he moved to the side of the store. They shoved him and grabbed a bag he was holding containing pain medication, a cellphone, a health insurance card and about $200 in cash. One man has been arrested, but police are still investigating. The victim’s possessions have not been recovered.
Visitors to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray can snap photos and get autographs of some of the Maine game wardens who appear on the Animal Planet TV show North Woods Law. The state fish and game department says the wardens will be at the park Thursday afternoon. Officials have received numerous requests for the event from parents of children who watch the Discovery cable TV program. Besides meeting the wardens, visitors will have the chance to see a couple of their K9s to learn more about them and their job. There’s no extra fee for this event, but regular park admission will apply.
The United Way of Androscoggin County is appealing to the public for donations of schools supplies after theirs were stolen from a collection location.On monday, someone pretending to be from the organization entered the Big Lots store in Auburn.Officials say, the person left with several large boxes of supplies intended for the United Way.The organization hoped to fill 550 backpacks Friday.Anyone who can donate supplies is asked drop them off at their location at 66 Ash st. in Lewiston.
Fire broke out inside a three-family home in Minot Wednesday night. The call came in around 8:30 p.m. from West Minot Road. When fire fighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Everyone in the home got out safely.There was an attached barn. We’re told that’s where the fire began although authorities don’t know how at this point.Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Need a crucifix? A picture of Pope John Paul II? A set of pots and pans? Those items and a lot more collected from three closed Catholic churches are up for grabs at a yard sale later this week. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday outside St. Mary’s Church in Biddeford and the Notre Dame de Lourdes rectory in Saco. The Portland Press Herald, reports that volunteers have spent weeks sorting the items from churches, rectories and a school. More valuable items have been given to other churches. The Diocese of Portland announced in August 2009 that it would close three churches in Biddeford and Saco because of dwindling numbers of parishioners and expensive building repairs. Proceeds will go to the consolidated parish’s general fund.
The owners of a Maine summer camp have been accused of allowing counselors under age 21 to hold an “end of year” drinking party. Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies say they broke up a drinking party last Friday night at Camp Waziyatah in Waterford. Forty-six-year-old Gregg Parker and 50-year-old Mitchell Parker were each arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. One counselor, 20-year-old Camila Medina, was charged with supplying alcohol. Police tell the Sun Journal, the Parkers were in the building during the party while about 15 counselors between the ages of 18 and 20 were drinking. Campers had gone home for the summer. The camp offers a range of activities including horseback riding, sailing, dance, pottery, and archery for children ages 7 to 17.