February 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Kickball championships in Bridgton open to public / Car skids into tree in Bowdoinham / Visit a hotel and help Habitat ... and other news from around the state.

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Kickball event will benefit environmental group's work

Want to feel like a kid again? Bridgton will host the Four Square World Championships on Saturday, and the playful competition is open to the public.

Four square is the classic schoolyard kickball game in which a square court is divided into four sections. Each player takes a square and must defend it from other players.

More than 100 people are expected to participate in the World Championships, which will be held at 5:15 at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton. Entrants will be divided into two women's and men's divisions. There will also be a competition for children.

The Four Square World Championships are organized by Peter Lowell, a longtime four-square fan who works for the Lakes Environmental Association. The $10 registration fee at the event will go toward the work of the environmental group.

Officials from Square Four (squarefour.org) will oversee the event.

There is no advance registration required but to help with planning, competitors should email Lowell at lakes@leamaine.org.


Woman hurt when car skids into a tree in blowing snow

A 20-year-old woman traveling south on Post Road lost control of her car just before noon Monday and skidded sideways into a tree.

The accident occurred near 253 Post Road (Route 138). The woman, who was driving a 2008 Mercury Milan, drove around a corner where snow was blowing into the road when she lost control, according to Cpl. Aaron Skolfield of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department.

The driver was treated at the scene, then taken by ambulance to Mid Coast Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


Fundraiser for Habitat offers half-price room rates for $35

More than two dozen inns, hotels and resorts in Maine are offering half-off deals this spring to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

The Maine Innkeepers Association's annual "Hospitality for Habitat" fundraiser offers visitors 50 percent off room rates at participating establishments between April 22 and May 23 in exchange for a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Since the fundraiser was started in 2004, the association has raised more than $100,000 to help build homes for Maine families.

Participating businesses are listed on the association's website, www.maineinns.com.


House, Senate likely to vote on supplemental plan soon

Maine lawmakers are likely to vote this week on a $153 million supplemental state budget.

The budget rewrite bridges over $88 million of unanticipated Medicaid costs and $35 million in revenue shortfalls due to the lagging economy. It balances the budget for the year ending June 30.

The Appropriations Committee last week unanimously endorsed the budget, enhancing prospects for passage by the House and Senate.

Passage would clear the way for lawmakers to turn their full attention to the two-year budget for fiscal 2014-15, which begins July 1

Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a $6.3 billion spending package.


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