July 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Residents who live near the track have complained about the noise since the Downeaster extended its service north of Portland to Freeport and Brunswick last November.

WMTW-TV reported that councilors enacted the noise ban following a Maine Department of Transportation study showing there are fewer vehicles crossing the tracks than previously thought. All the crossings have gates that go down when trains are approaching.


Newly planted tree saplings stolen twice from local park

Police in Bath are investigating the theft of 11 apple tree saplings from a public park.

The thefts occurred last month at the 10-acre South End Park along the Kennebec River. The trees were planted with help from an $8,000 grant from the state under the Project Canopy urban forestry mission.

City Arborist Tom Hoerth told The Times Record that the first five saplings he planted were stolen within days. So he planted six more. Those were taken too.

The trees were only an inch in diameter, making it easy for them to be removed. Larger trees were not stolen. He says the stolen trees are worth a total of about $550.


Rail company, Maine DEP disagree on oil reports, fees

The state Department of Environmental Protection is telling a Massachusetts-based railroad to report its oil transports across Maine and pay the associated fees.

DEP spokesman Jessamine Logan said the department sent a notice of violation to Pan Am Railways asking it to report the oil transports and pay the fees as required by law for April and May, or explain why it isn't doing so. The company has until Aug. 6 to respond.

Pan Am Executive Vice President Cynthia Scarano said the company is not filing reports because Maine law requires reports only for refined oil, not crude oil.

Legislators this spring changed the law so it now includes crude oil, but it doesn't go into effect until Oct. 1.

From January through March, the railroad carried 47.9 million gallons across Maine and paid more than $34,000 in fees that go to the state's oil-spill cleanup fund.


Tennessee woman vanishes while hiking trail in Maine

A Tennessee woman has disappeared while hiking in western Maine.

Game wardens said 66-year-old Geraldine Anita Largay of Brentwood, Tenn., was supposed to meet her husband Monday in Wyman Township. Wardens say she texted her husband but never arrived.

The Maine Warden Service said an employee of the Stratton Hotel received a call from a female hiker Wednesday evening who said she spent Tuesday night with Largay at a lean-to on the Appalachian Trail.

Largay was wearing a black pullover shirt, tan pants, a blue hat and a black-and-green backpack when she was last seen Sunday on Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation.


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