Wednesday, December 11, 2013
From staff and news services
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Crash victims identified as pair of Bangor residents
The victims of a weekend motorcycle crash in Clifton have been identified as Bangor residents.
Police on Monday identified the victims of the Sunday evening crash on Route 9 east as Jason Emerson, 40, and Elizabeth Gould, 36.
Authorities said the two were killed when their motorcycle hit a guardrail about 6 p.m.
A witness reported that the motorcycle was speeding and passing other vehicles when its driver lost control on a curve, went into the oncoming lane and struck the guardrail. Both riders were thrown and pronounced dead at the scene.
Charter school says it has many unsolicited resumes
A charter school that's scheduled to open this fall received more than 100 unsolicited resumes from prospective faculty members for just a handful of positions.
Harpswell Coastal Academy Head of School John D'Anieri said resumes started coming in before the school's charter application was approved in February. The contract between the school and state was signed in May.
He says it was gratifying not just to see the quantity of candidates, but also the quality. He told The Times Record that five talented people have been hired. Four are Maine residents already familiar with Maine Learning Results standards.
The school is scheduled to open in the fall with 60 students in grades 6 and 9. Eventually, it will have grades 6 through 12.
Sam Chapman, 60, dies in wood chipper accident
Authorities say the owner of a western Maine tree cutting company has died in a wood chipper accident.
Police say Sam Chapman, 60, of Bethel was cleaning the interior of a chipper Sunday morning when a 3-foot long, crescent-shaped metal shield came off and punctured his chest.
Police say he was lending the chipper to two people and was showing them how to operate and clean it.
Oxford County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Hart Daley told the Sun Journal that Chapman remained conscious and alert in the moments after the accident but died before a medical helicopter could fly him to a hospital.
Chapman owned Chapman's Tree Services and was also an avid golfer and a popular local songwriter and musician who often performed in the area.
Completion date expected soon for Memorial Bridge
The contractor working on the new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine expects to be able to set a date for opening the bridge to traffic within the next several weeks.
The final span is in place at the bridge. Archer Western Contractors is working on balancing the weight of that 2.5-million-pound span with the weight of counterweights. The lift mechanism of the bridge is still being adjusted.
Other work that needs to be done is paving, bridge rail installation, roadway markings, installing signage and other maintenance.
The new bridge is replacing a nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine.