Firefighter airlifted to MMC after vehicle overturns

A Shapleigh fire truck rolled over on Newfield Road Sunday night, trapping the female firefighter who was driving.

The Maine State Police, who are handling the investigation, said the accident, which took place just after 5 p.m. forced authorities to close the road for several hours.

The firefighter, whose name was unavailable, was taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Her condition was not available.

An eyewitness, who was riding a motorcycle, told WGME-TV, that the fire truck toppled after hitting the soft shoulder.

The witness said the truck narrowly missing four motorcyclists. No one else was in the fire truck.


Accident disrupts traffic, causes minor injuries

An accident involving two cars blocked northbound traffic on Route 1 for a short period Sunday morning.

The accident, reported shortly after 10 a.m., blocked traffic from Portland to Main streets.

Three people involved in the crash were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, officials reported.


Tuna weighing 684 pounds takes top prize in tourney

Of the 12 tuna caught during the 13th annual Sturdivant Tuna Tournament, a 684-pounder, caught Thursday by Tyler McLaughlin aboard the Pacifier, took first place at final weigh-in Saturday night.

The second-place tuna, weighing 481.9 pounds, also was brought in on the Pacifier.

None of the 40 boats in this year’s tournament topped the 819-pound Maine State Rod and Reel record, leaving the $50,000 grand prize unclaimed.

First prize was awarded $6,250, and second- through fifth-place winners received $3,250, $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Also placing were a 437.5-pound tuna brought in on Hooker I for third place, a 408.3-pound tuna on the Cindy K for fourth place and a 395.5-pound tuna on the Kathleen Jean for fifth place.

The tourney started Thursday and ended at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Beneficiaries of tournament proceeds include scholarship programs at Northern Maine, Southern Maine and Washington County community colleges, the Byron R. Gouzie Foundation, the McAuley Residence at Mercy Hospital, the Isaac Baker “Baker-Mobile” fund and the Maine Community Foundation.


Seaplane with two aboard crashes on Brandy Pond

Both occupants survived when a seaplane crashed here Sunday, according to law enforcement officials.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the plane crashed on Brandy Pond at 2:15 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known if the occupants were injured.

WMTW-TV reported that crews were working to contain fuel leaking from the plane.


Wiffle Ball tournament hits fundraising milestone

An annual Wiffle Ball tournament in Vermont that raises money for the Travis Roy Foundation has topped $1 million.

Hundreds gather every summer to play ball for charity at replicas of Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in Pat O’Connor’s backyard in Essex. The tournament — which took place from Friday through Sunday — brought in more than $300,000, lifting nine years’ worth of donations to more than $1 million.

The first Maine team to participate in the tournament, the South Street Hard Shells, brought in $8,600 toward its $10,000 fundraising goal, according to its website, www.mainersfor

Travis Roy, who started the foundation after a hockey injury left him paralyzed, was on hand to celebrate the milestone over the weekend.

Roy, who lives in Boston but grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, was playing his first game for Boston University when he was injured in 1995. His foundation seeks to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and provides grants to survivors to help them lead independent lives.


First of Virginia-class subs due soon for overhaul

Workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are preparing for a milestone next month with the arrival of the USS Virginia.

The Virginia represents the first in the class of submarines to undergo a major overhaul, and Capt. Bryant Fuller said the shipyard will be “setting the standard.”

The shipyard in Kittery has been preparing to work on the new submarines since it was removed from the base closing list in 2005. The Portsmouth Herald reported that by next year, one-third of the shipyard’s 4,400 workers will be assigned to Virginia-class submarines.

The nuclear-powered submarines are more technologically advanced than the Los Angeles class, which has been the yard’s bread and butter.


Island Trail Association launches online guide

An organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Maine’s wild coastal islands is going online.

The Maine Island Trail Association said it has launched an online version of its annual paper Guide to the Maine Island Trail, which it has been producing for 22 years.

The online guide’s contents will be updated in real time, contain a search function and include local weather and tide information.

Association members have complete access to the online guide. Others have access to a trial version of the guide, which provides information on 10 Maine Island Trail sites.

The Maine Island Trail Association oversees a “water trail” of some 185 islands along the coast. Since 1988, it has entered into agreements with island owners to allow recreational access to their islands in exchange for volunteer stewardship services.


Annual lobster festival finishes five-day run

Maine’s largest festival celebrating the state’s signature seafood wrapped up Sunday evening.

The gates to the 63rd annual Maine Lobster Festival closed at 6 p.m. Sunday. The festival each year draws about 100,000 visitors who gobble up more than 20,000 pounds of lobster.

The festival, which kicked off Wednesday, featured music, a parade, crafts shows, Coast Guard station tours, cooking contests, children’s activities and road races.


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