Sunday, April 20, 2014
From staff and news services
(Continued from page 2)
West Paris Fire Chief Norm St. Pierre said the home became fully engulfed in flames as crews arrived.
The Sun Journal reported that the wind showered nearby buildings with embers and even ignited a fire on St. Pierre's truck, parked a block away. He said he put it out with snow.
Firefighters focused on keeping the fire from to spreading to other buildings. About 45 firefighters helped extinguish the blaze.
Bean sets aside $1.5 million for 200 nonprofit groups
L.L. Bean is distributing $1.5 million in community grants that were approved by the company's board for distribution before the company's fiscal year ends next month.
The catalog retailer says gifts ranging from $500 to $25,000 are being disbursed to more than 200 nonprofit organizations. That's above and beyond a $2.5 million donation to get kids interested in the outdoors and another $1 million given to the National Parks Foundation this year.
Over the past 10 years, the Freeport-based company has donated nearly $30 million to nonprofit organizations.
This year's recipients include the Appalachian Mountain Club, Nature Conservancy, Maine Audubon, Maine Island Trails Association, Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. The company is also supporting the Island Explorer propane bus system in Acadia National Park.