January 28, 2013

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Completed in 2006, the life-size sculpture was built on the location where the original ship was built by the Percy & Small Shipyard.


Bachelor's degree in flying OK'd at UMaine Augusta

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved a new bachelor of science degree in aviation.

The degree program, which was approved at Monday's meeting, will be offered through the university's Augusta campus to meet a growing need for commercial aviation professionals.

The program is geared toward students interested in becoming FAA-certified commercial pilots while earning a baccalaureate degree. University officials say the new aviation degree is the result of a nearly three-year collaboration between UMA and Maine Instrument Flight, an Augusta-based aviation company.

The trustees were also updated on Monday on an academic credit transfer plan within Maine's public colleges and universities, which is designed to make it easier for students to move among Maine's public universities and from the community colleges.


Snow causes slick roads, minor crashes at rush hour

Snowfall blanketed much of southern Maine on Monday evening, causing a few minor crashes during rush hour and slowing traffic.

The Maine Turnpike Authority lowered the speed limit to 45 mph from Kittery to Augusta, hoping to stave off more crashes.

The forecast called for 2 to 4 inches of snow throughout southern Maine, with precipitation tapering off around midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather is supposed to warm up beginning Tuesday, with temperatures in the upper 30s in Portland. On Wednesday, temperatures could exceed 50 degrees in much of southern and central Maine, the weather service said.


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