February 10, 2013

Dispatches

From staff and news services

WINDHAM

Early morning fire contained at house

The Windham Fire Department contained a house fire Saturday that required firefighters from around the region to respond at the height of the storm.

A Cumberland County dispatcher said the fire was reported at 6:20 a.m., at a single-family home at 81 Swett Road.

Firefighters were just beginning to leave the scene three hours later to return to their stations to clean up and get warm, the dispatcher said.

Further information was not immediately available.

PASSADUMKEAG

Lawmaker's father-in-law reported missing

Police are looking for a 75-year-old man from Passadumkeag who went missing during the snowstorm.

Police said Gerald Crommett disappeared after leaving his home at 5 a.m., in his pickup truck. WZON-AM said there are concerns because Crommett suffers from a health condition.

Crommett is the father-in-law of state Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

Anyone who may have seen Crommett or his black GMC pickup truck with license plate 794098 are asked to call the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department at 207-945-4636.

PORTLAND

Charitable ocean plunge postponed to March 2

A fundraising plunge into Maine's frigid ocean waters to benefit a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families has been postponed.

Camp Sunshine was scheduled to hold its sixth annual Maine Polar Dip at Portland's East End Beach on Saturday. Because of the snowstorm, the camp has rescheduled the event for March 2.

Organizers have set a goal to raise $30,000, enough to send 15 Maine families to Camp Sunshine, which is located on Sebago Lake in Casco.

Camp Sunshine offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax and take a break together for a week. The camp has served 32,000 people since its inception in 1984.

AUGUSTA

Congressional delegation seeks aid for fishing fleet

All four members of Maine's congressional delegation are asking the federal government for action they say will preserve the viability of the New England groundfishing fleet.

The letter, which was also signed by nine other senators and representatives from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, asks federal officials to fully cover the cost of onboard monitoring of fishing vessels. The delegation said the cost is too much to bear for many fishermen, given the dramatically reduced catch limits they face.

The letter also urges regulators to decide soon whether fishermen can carry over a portion of their unused quota from one year to the next, a decision fishermen say they need so they can plan appropriately.

The delegation's letter was written to acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. 

Fresh produce to be available to seniors

Eligible Maine seniors will be able to get free fruit, vegetables and herbs from local farmers through the state's Senior FarmShare program.

The state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the program is gearing up for another season. Last year, more than 19,000 seniors and 130 farmers took part in the program, which provides $50 worth of produce to each participant. Qualifying seniors contract with local farmers for pickup or delivery.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the state. Last year, Maine received just over $1 million to operate the program.

Seniors may contact an Area Agency on Aging at 877-353-3771 to find participating farmers. A list will appear in a month or so at www.getrealmaine.com.

 

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