January 28, 2013

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The board indicated that legal definitions and loopholes prevented it from going further.

"The Kid Safe Products Act that was passed is very important ... and has been very successful," said Taylor. But without further legislative detail, "no more action is likely to be taken" to product toddlers, older children and pregnant women.

The proposal, which would require companies to inform the state's Department of Environmental Protection about which products contain the chemicals of highest concern under Maine law, is backed by a coalition of at least 50 grass-roots organizations. It would set priorities for action to get those chemicals out of the products Maine children are exposed to every day.

Initially, consumers would notice no change on store shelves, said Taylor. The legislation would make certain, however, that what's "on store shelves is safe."


N.H. man injured when snowmobile slides into tree

A snowmobiler from New Hampshire was injured Monday when his sled slid off Interconnected Trail System 89 near Jackman and hit a tree.

Andrew Raymond, 45, of Pelham, N.H., was taken to Jackman Region Health Center and later to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter, said Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

Raymond was riding a rented 2011 Skidoo snowmobile, MacDonald said. He was the last in a line of four riders when the other three stopped in front of him about 9:20 a.m. Monday.

"Raymond tried to avoid a snowmobile in front of him, applied the brakes and attempted to stop, but slid off the trail into a tree," MacDonald said. "Speed and poor visibility due to snow dust appear to be contributing factors."

Raymond, who complained of back and chest pain, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, said MacDonald. The incident remains under investigation.


Man pinned between truck, chipper flown to hospital

A man from Brighton Plantation was taken to a Bangor hospital by LifeFlight helicopter Monday after he was pinned against machinery in a logging accident.

Freeman Cromwell, 62, was working on a wood chipping operation about 9:15 a.m. when the equipment shifted on the icy road, said state police Sgt. Peter Michaud. The accident happened on land owned by the Plum Creek timber company.

Cromwell suffered injuries to his legs and internal injuries to his midsection, Michaud said.

A spokeswoman at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where Cromwell was taken, said she had no information on him.

Michaud said Cromwell was the driver of a tractor-trailer chip truck being fed by an industrial wood-chipping machine. Cromwell walked to the back of the tractor-trailer when the chipper slipped, pinning him between the chipper and the rear of the trailer.

No one else was injured, and no charges are expected.

Michaud said he and Trooper Reid Bond are assisting inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the investigation.


Maritime Museum to erect sculpture's 'masts' in spring

The Maine Maritime Museum says six 120-foot-tall spires representing the masts of the schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship built in the United States, will be erected this spring, joining bow and stern structures on the museum campus on Washington Street.

"This is an exciting moment for the museum, for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history," Amy Lent, the museum's executive director, said in a press release Monday. The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. A dedication ceremony will be held June 1.

The Wyoming sculpture is believed to be the largest outdoor sculpture in New England. It was conceived by Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.

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