March 10, 2010

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— PORTLAND

Sailing registration Monday for PHS, Casco Bay students

All students at Portland and Casco Bay high schools wanting to participate in sailing this fall must register Monday.

An informational and registration meeting for parents will be held at 5:30 p.m. that day. For the location, directions, questions and scholarship information, contact Cindy Barnes at 899-4383 or e-mail phssailboosters@yahoo.com.

The cost for the sailing teams -- both varsity and junior varsity -- is $500, and at least half payment is due Monday.

Registration forms may be downloaded at www.sailmaine.org.

Channel 8 anchor Jon Camp leaving job; no reason given

Jon Camp, an anchor at Portland TV station WMTW (Channel 8), will be leaving his job Friday.

A replacement for Camp has not been found, said Ken Bauder, the station's president and general manager. Bauder would not say why Camp is leaving, saying management at the station does not publicly discuss personnel matters.

Camp has anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Tory Ryden, who will continue at the station. Camp was hired in 2006.

Camp did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment on his departure.

Man charged in stabbing at Allen Avenue apartment

A 34-year-old Portland man faces charges of aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing another man in the shoulder in a dispute Wednesday morning.

Portland police were called to an Allen Avenue apartment at 1:30 a.m. and found the victim, a 51-year-old man, who knew his alleged attacker.

Police said Kurt Morgridge was arrested and the victim of the stabbing was treated and released from Maine Medical Center.

WELLS

Public hearing tonight on water extraction regulations

The Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board are holding a joint public hearing on proposed water extraction regulations tonight.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Wells High School.

The regulations govern extraction of 5,000 gallons or more a day. They spell out the application process, which will require the submission of a hydrogeological study and traffic impact analysis. The regulations also state that the extraction may not cause ''unreasonable'' changes to groundwater flow patters or ''unreasonably'' affect surface waters in the town.

The regulations also include a requirement that water extraction from town-owned property has approval at a town meeting vote.

The Planning Board may give its recommendation to the Board of Selectmen, whose choices for action include whether the proposal should be sent out to a town vote or whether it needs revisions, according to Mike Huston, the planning and development director.

Enactment of the regulations requires a town meeting vote.

KENNEBUNK

Four hurt in Route 35 crash, all treated and released

Four people were hurt in an accident on Route 35 on Tuesday night, police said.

According to police, Daniel Crespo, 34, of Winchendon, Mass., was turning onto Cole Road while westbound on Route 35 when the accident occurred. There is a sharp right turn going in that direction on Route 35, with Cole Road on the left.

When Crespo attempted to make the turn, he crossed into the eastbound lane and did not see a car coming in that direction, police said.

The second car was driven by Debra Jacobs, 48, of Waterboro. With her were two passengers: Richard Ludwig III, 26, of Framingham, Mass., and a juvenile, police said.

All four were taken to Southern Maine Medical Center, treated and released. Police said no charges were filed.

AUGUSTA

Governor orders flags flown at half-staff for Robert Reny

Gov. John E. Baldacci ordered all United States and state of Maine flags in Newcastle and Damariscotta to be flown at half-staff, beginning at sunrise today through sunset, in honor of Robert Reny.

The funeral for Reny, who founded Renys department stores, will be held today.

The company is headquartered in Newcastle and opened its first store in Damariscotta in 1949.

Baldacci glad about lifting of U.S. truck weight limits

Gov. John Baldacci says he's pleased by a U.S. Senate panel's approval of a plan to temporarily lift federal truck weight limits in Maine.

The Appropriations subcommittee on transportation on Wednesday approved Sen. Susan Collins' plan for a one-year pilot project exempting Maine's highways from the 80,000-pound federal truck weight limit.

Collins, R-Maine, said the current weight limit disparity on various segments of Maine's interstate highways is an impediment to commerce, increases wear and tear on the state's secondary roads and puts residents at risk.

Maine's Congressional delegation has been working since 1994 to change a law which forces northbound trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds off Interstate 95 in Augusta. That's forced heavy trucks traveling I-95 to Houlton onto smaller, secondary roads that pass through cities, towns and villages.

Labor office gets $28 million for unemployment benefits

Maine's Department of Labor is receiving $28 million from the federal government to be used for unemployment benefits and administering the state's unemployment insurance program.

The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that Maine qualified for the federal stimulus funding to help people entering the work force, seeking part-time work or upgrading their skills to be eligible for benefits.

Gov. John Baldacci said the Legislature made improvements in the state's unemployment insurance program that recognize the needs of today's laid-off workers. The stimulus act made a total of $7 billion available in unemployment modernization incentive payments to states.

Maine listed No. 12 in report on child health, well-being

Maine ranks No. 12 nationally in a report on children's health and well-being.

In its annual Kids Count report released Tuesday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation said Maine children fared worse than the previous report in six categories while doing better in three. The report also says Maine's child poverty rate for children under 18 in 2007 was 21 percent, compared to 25 percent nationally.

It says Maine children lost ground in the percentage of low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality and teen death rates. Maine kids also fared worse in the percentage of teenagers who neither work nor attend school, and the percentages of children in poverty and living in single-parent homes.

But that was offset by the report's improved death rate for children ages 1-14, declining teen birth rate and percent of children living in homes where no parent works full-time.

BATH

Ship named for late soldier to be christened Saturday

Bath Iron Works has announced plans to christen the 32nd Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile destroyer, Jason Dunham (DDG 109), on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The ship is named for Corporal Jason L. Dunham, a U.S. Marine who lost his life as result of injuries he received while serving in Iraq. Dunham received the Purple Heart for his actions, which involved saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.

The ship's sponsor is Debra Dunham, the mother of Jason Dunham.

Jim DeMartini, a spokesman for the Bath shipyard, said the ceremony will take place on the Land Level Transfer Facility off Washington Street.

FALMOUTH

Loading dock fire forces evacuation of Wal-Mart

The Wal-Mart store on Route 1 in Falmouth had to be evacuated Wednesday night after smoke from a loading dock fire swept through the store.

Fire Chief Howard Rice said a fire started in a cardboard baling unit at the rear of the store.

Rice said the fire was quickly extinguished, but crews spent about an hour ventilating the store. The fire was reported around 5 p.m. Wal-Mart reopened later that night.

TOWNSHIP 5 RANGE 13

Camper, 16, on canoe trip reports lightning 'explosion'

A 16-year-old camper on a canoe trip survived a close call with lightning.

The 16-year-old girl from Boca Raton, Fla., was in this remote area west of Baxter State Park when a severe storm kicked up Monday.

The group was on the Mud Pond Carry trail, a muddy canoe portage made famous in Henry David Thoreau's ''In the Maine Woods.''

The girl said water that had accumulated on the trail ''exploded'' in front of her, and she felt a shock, then numbness and tingling in her legs and lower back and up her spine.

Two campers hiked back to a campsite and called for help on a cell phone. The girl was back at camp on Tuesday and was fine.

MOUNT VERNON

Camp counselor dies after being struck by vehicle

Police say a Maine camp counselor has been killed in a vehicle crash.

Police say Corrie Lazar, 21, of Washington state died Monday night after she was struck while walking along Route 41 in Mount Vernon with two other Camp Laurel counselors.

Lazar was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also struck was Mia Jessup, who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The third counselor, Lloyd Olsen, was not hurt.

Joseph Rouleau, the driver, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with minor injuries. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash, but there's no word on any charges.

-- From staff and news services

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