November 25, 2012

Maine/New England Dispatches

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The Cow Power program enables customers to purchase all or part of their electricity at a premium and support Vermont's dairy farms.

The program works by collecting cow manure, mixing it with wash water from the milking equipment and then pumping that slurry into a digester where it is heated for three weeks. The process converts the manure into biogas that is 60 percent methane.

The methane powers a generator.


Pico Peak ski area celebrates 75th anniversary this year

The Pico Peak ski area that helped launch the skiing career of the first American skier to win two Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season.

Andrea Mead Lawrence was the daughter of the founders of the Pico Ski area, Brad and Janet Mead who opened Pico Peak off U.S. Route 4 in Mendon to skiing in 1937. It was in 1952 that Andrea Mead won two gold medals at the Oslo games.


Dartmouth professor plays small part in 'Lincoln' film

An associate theater professor at Dartmouth College has good reason to see the movie "Lincoln" multiple times -- he has a small role in the Steven Spielberg film.

After Jamie Horton appeared in a campus production last year, one of his co-star's friends encouraged him to submit an audition tape. Months later, he was cast as U.S. Rep. Giles Stuart, a New York congressman who was bribed to help ensure passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Horton acted and directed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for more than 20 years before he began teaching at Dartmouth in 2006. He said it was an amazing experience to be part of what he called an epic movie.


Anti-personnel mine found in storage; charges possible

Police say a Claymore anti-personnel mine has been found in a storage unit in Raynham.

Raynham police and fire departments responded to the storage facility shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday to investigate reports of a suspicious device.

Detective Ed Reilly and Lt. Brian Carr quickly recognized the device as a Claymore mine, an anti-personnel mine used by the U.S. military.

Police Chief James Donovan told the Taunton Daily Gazette the mine was not rigged to explode.

The state police bomb squad assisted in removing the device.

Donovan says the investigation is continuing and charges may stem from the discovery.


Groups target ordinance aimed at nuisance properties

Several groups want Providence's mayor to veto a revised ordinance approved by the City Council that targets chronic nuisance properties.

Under the newly worded ordinance, police can issue a $500 fine if they have to intervene to deal with a property deemed a public nuisance more than once in six months. A public nuisance is a gathering where illegal activity creates a "substantial disturbance."

In a letter to Mayor Angel Taveras, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and other civil rights groups call the ordinance "dangerous" and say it may encourage racial profiling by landlords.

The groups say it's impossible for landlords to find tenants who won't ever interact with police and that most discriminate against would-be tenants "who look a certain way."

-- From news service reports

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