August 2, 2013

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Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will work with the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy to develop the system that could help guide construction of future offshore renewable energy devices.


LePage plans to send gifts of lobster to other governors

Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he will soon send baskets of lobster products to all 49 other governors in an effort to spread the word about Maine's signature seafood.

LePage made his announcement at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. During his appearance there, he and Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher touted a new law that will pump more money into marketing Maine lobster.

DMR spokesman Jeff Nichols said the baskets will likely include products made with lobster but probably won't include a live lobster.

"It's a chance for him to reach out to colleagues around the country and share with them the true flavor of Maine," Nichols said.

While LePage was at the festival, Kerry Altiero, owner of Rockland's Cafe Miranda and Maine's 2012 Lobster Chef of the Year, presented him a lobster dish he called "Lobster a la LePage," made out of lobster meat tossed with pineapple, cilantro, scallions, lime juice, cumin seed, black sesame seed, poblanos and jalapenos with olive oil served atop tortilla chips with salsa on the side.

The Maine Lobster Festival is now in its 66th year and draws about 100,000 people annually. It continues through Sunday.


Trooper: Maine-made ballistic material saved life

An Indiana state trooper thanked workers in Maine for saving his life.

Trooper Jarrod Lents was shot six times June 17 in a shootout in which he killed a man robbing a southwestern Indiana gun shop, but his ballistic vest stopped the bullets.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Lents visited the Maine company that makes the material used in the vests on Wednesday to say thank you. Speaking at Tex Tech Industries in Monmouth, Lents said the impact of the bullets felt like a sledgehammer, and he assumed he was dead. One bullet struck his arm but was stopped from doing more damage by the vest.

Company officials say Lents is the 14th person known to be saved by material made at Tex Tech.


New name but same wacky events at Redneck 'Blank'

The event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics is under way in Hebron.

After being forced to change its name, the event now known as the Redneck "Blank" runs through the weekend with unorthodox events like lawn mower races, mud runs and burnouts.

The event will feature a pig roast, beer tent and live music, including nine bands.

One of the highlights on Friday will be a demolition derby. The Sun Journal newspaper says other events include bobbing for pigs' feet, toilet seat horseshoes and a greased watermelon relay race.


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