Friday, December 13, 2013
From news service reports
Three named as finalists for Teacher of the Year
Two elementary school teachers and one middle school teacher have been named as finalists for the title of 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year.
The Department of Education says the winner will be announced at a surprise all-school assembly in September.
The finalists are South Berwick second- and third-grade teacher Kathy Bousquet, Poland seventh- and eighth-grade special education teacher Shannon Shanning, and York fourth-grade teacher Beth Switzer.
The winner serves as an advocate for the teaching profession, education and students, and represents the state at a national Teachers of the Year gathering in Dallas, a ceremony in Washington with the president and the secretary of education, and at other events and conferences around the country.
2-year-old, father, injured as ATV crashes into tree
A 2-year-old girl was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center after the ATV she was riding with her father went out of control and the two of them hit a tree.
John Walker, 25 was riding a 2012 Polaris 400 with his daughter in front of him on a dirt track along the Androscoggin River when the accident occurred at 3:15 p.m. Monday, said the Maine Warden Service.
The service said Walker slowed on a corner to look behind him and when he pressed the thumb throttle to accelerate, the lever became stuck behind a handle grip that had been added to the machine after it was manufactured. The acceleration threw Walker and his daughter, who was not wearing a helmet, into a tree.
The girl was flown to Portland with facial injuries. Walker was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for leg injuries.
The case is under investigation.
Fire destroys barn but attached house is saved
Fire destroyed a barn at 1862 Royalsborough Road Monday morning but firefighters from Durham and Freeport were able to save the attached house.
The fire was reported at 2 a.m. When firefighters arrived the barn had already collapsed and fire was burning the ell connecting the barn and the two-story home belonging to Richard Lauck and his wife, said Durham Fire Capt. Clifton Larabee.
Seven towns provided mutual aid. A car parked outside the barn burned, he said. Nobody was injured.
The cause appears to be accidental but the State Fire Marshal has been asked to investigate Tuesday.
Duck stamp going on sale for stamp collectors only
Maine's 2012 duck stamp is going on sale for stamp collectors.
This year's edition of the stamp is now available from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The 2012 stamp was designed by Janine Folsom, of Skowhegan, whose painting of a pair of ring-necked ducks was selected from contest entries submitted by Maine artists.
The stamps, which sell for $7.50 each or $10 for a signed one, are for collection purposes only. Proceeds from stamp sales are used by the department for waterfowl habitat acquisition and management.
Seaweed harvesting foes grow in Down East Maine
The number of oceanfront property owners opposed to commercial harvesting of seaweed is growing in Down East Maine.
The "Rockweed Registry" maintained by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy now includes more than 500 oceanfront properties in 12 communities, and many of the property owners don't want seaweed harvested from offshore waters.
The Bangor Daily News said the 2010 Cobscook Bay rockweed harvest totaled about 106,300 pounds, a small fraction of an estimated biomass of more than 100 million pounds. Rockweed makes up at least 90 percent of total seaweed landings in Maine.
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