March 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The crews will clean the mains with water flowing in the opposite direction of the natural flow. Sediment in the mains will be released from hydrants.

The water district asks customers who notice a change in the quality of their water to call 761-8310. 

Maine bicycling advocates join Washington conference

Nine bicycling advocates from Maine are taking part in a national gathering of bike advocates in Washington, D.C.

The Maine delegation is joining more than 800 others from around the country at the National Bike Summit, an annual event put on by the League of American Bicyclists. The summit runs through Wednesday.

The Maine group's trip is being organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

The theme of this year's conference is "Bicycling Means Business," which will focus on the positive economic impacts of bicycling.

The summit includes speakers, workshops and meetings with members of Congress.

Maine's participants plan to meet with the state's congressional delegation Wednesday.


Police probe who flattened tires on district school buses

Police are investigating to determine who let the air out of the tires on 15 school buses, causing the local school district to cancel classes.

Lisbon Police Chief David Brooks said classes were canceled Monday after the district's transportation director discovered the flat tires early Monday at the district's bus lot.

In all, police said 23 tires on 15 school buses were flattened and had come off their rims. Police don't have any suspects.


UMaine at Farmington plans to dig 80 geothermal wells

The University of Maine at Farmington plans to dig 80 geothermal wells as part of an ongoing effort to make the campus more energy-efficient and eliminate all carbon emissions by 2035.

The Kennebec Journal reported that the board of trustees approved spending as much as $1.55 million for the project, which will be completed within the year.

Geothermal heating and cooling systems work by using the constant temperature below the surface.

A university report said the system would reduce carbon emissions by about 354 tons a year compared with oil.

The report estimates the geothermal wells will pay for the $1.55 million cost in energy savings in eight to 10 years and will save about 28,000 gallons of oil per year.


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