March 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Rhoads will receive $200, with a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for his school.

He also receives a paid trip to the national final, where he will compete for the national title and $50,000 in cash prizes.


Distributor to soup kitchens looking for new warehouse

An organization that distributes food to 47 pantries and soup kitchens across York County could close unless it finds new warehouse space. York County Food Rescue is being evicted from its current space in Sanford and will shut down unless it finds 4,000-square feet of new space.

Executive Director Tom Vacca tells the Journal Tribune there's no money for rent, so the organization is hoping someone with space will be generous enough to help, or someone will step forward to donate money to lease space.


Sarah Tracy wins special election for town councilor

Voters chose a new town councilor Wednesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat.

The town clerk's office said Sarah Tracy, a lawyer with the Public Utilities Commission, won the District 2 seat over Joyce Clarkson-Veilleux, a retired Army nurse.

Tracy, 37, got 304 votes to Clarkson-Veilleux's 133 votes.

Tracy will fill the unexpired term of Katherine Arno, who had to step down after taking a job out of state. Tracy's term will expire in November 2014.


Man held after brandishing medieval ax in road dispute

A Maine man involved in a feud with another family over access to a dirt road has been charged with threatening a neighbor with a medieval-style ax.

Benjamin Stewart of Sumner, a member of a Renaissance and Middle Ages re-enactment group, was held on $1,000 bail after being charged Wednesday with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Police say Stewart, 26, threatened Richard Pothier.

The Sun Journal reports Pothier said he reached for his gun and Stewart backed off.

Both men called police.


Texas company gets OK to develop 14-turbine wind farm

A vote by Maine's Board of Environmental Protection gives a Texas-based company the go-ahead to develop a 14-turbine wind farm atop Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township.

The board's 5-1 vote Thursday reverses last November's decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny a permit for the 42-megawatt wind farm. It means Quantum Utility Generation can move forward with construction once DEP writes the permit.

The DEP had rejected the application, saying the array of 459-foot-tall turbines would compromise views from Saponac Pond. Analysis concluded the turbines would be visible from 97 percent of the pond.

In its appeal of the department's decision, Quantum and landowner Penobscot Forest LLC contended the value DEP placed on scenic character was "arbitrary" and that the mountain was already developed.


No one injured as plane snags ski, flips on landing

Authorities say a small plane outfitted with skis instead of wheels flipped on a snowy airfield about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The pilot, the only person on board, was not hurt.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department told WABI-TV the plane was taxiing on the runway when one of the skis snagged in the snow, causing the flip.


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