June 23, 2013

Dispatches

NEW LIMERICK

Utility worker dies after apparent electrocution

A utility worker died after apparently being electrocuted by exposed power lines in New Limerick, Maine State Police said Saturday.

Mark Miles, 44, an employee of Eastern Maine Electric, had been called to a power outage on Friday, state police said. Authorities said he was found unresponsive near some exposed power lines at a private residence. Miles was taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital. State police said it appeared that he had died from coming into contact with the power lines.

AUGUSTA

Weather expected to bring dangerous ozone levels

High temperatures and winds could bring air pollution into Maine that could be unhealthy for some people, state officials say.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the weather conditions this weekend and in the coming week could create higher ozone levels, especially along the coast. Particulate pollution levels also will be rising.

Officials say sensitive individuals such as children and older adults and anyone with respiratory disease and people who are active outdoors are advised to limit strenuous outdoor activities.

Attorney general honored by women’s organization

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has been named woman of the year by an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to seek office.

Emerge Maine honored Mills for her long career in public service by awarding her its annual Woman of the Year award.

ATV hits tree, injures a pair of riders

Two people were injured Friday night in an ATV accident at the intersection of Lower Guinnea and Sawtell roads in Lebanon.

The unidentified driver was trying to turn into Sawtell Road from Lower Guinnea Road at 11:05 p.m. when the vehicle hit a tree, said Daniel Roy, Lebanon assistant Lebanon fire chief.

A female passenger was thrown about 10 feet into the woods and the driver hit the tree head first, said Roy.

Neither the driver or passenger was wearing a helmet, Roy said.

The driver was taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford and the passenger was taken to Frisbee Hospital in Rochester, N.H. Neither one had life-threatening injuries, said Roy.

FAIRLEE, Vt.

Successful schools will share tips at August conference

Successful school districts in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are sharing pointers at a conference in August. They’ve been chosen by the Peers Sharing Success organization, founded by educator Nancy Childress. Her father illustrated the 1960s edition Sally, Dick and Jane reading primers and she was the model for “Sally.”

The districts have made advances in student academic achievement on the NECAP test and will discuss their strategies.

Keynote speakers are Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca and Barbara Moody, president of Learning Forward New England.

The first 100 participants who register by July 1 will receive a never-before-released print of a “Sally, Dick and Jane” sketch.

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