Fire reported at clubhouse of Outlaws motorcycle club

Crews from several fire departments responded to a fire at the Outlaws clubhouse on Hollis Road in Dayton Sunday night.

A dispatcher for the Saco Fire Department said two fire trucks from Saco, as well as crews from Dayton and Hollis, responded to a fire that he described as “fully involved” when firefighters arrived.

The fire at the motorcycle club was reported around 9:35 p.m. There were no reports of injuries, and no other details were available.


Efforts expanded to track Lyme disease in Maine

Health officials in Maine are expanding their efforts to track the spread of deer ticks that carry Lyme disease.

The Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention are urging residents, veterinarians and doctors in northern and western Maine to submit ticks to the research institute in an effort to better map the location of deer ticks and learn more about the spread of Lyme disease.

State epidemiologist Stephen Sears said information is needed from Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Somerset, Franklin and Oxford counties.

Lyme disease brings painful and often debilitating symptoms, ranging from headaches to joint pain and fatigue. Directions on how to submit deer ticks for identification can be found on the institute’s Web site at


State officials post warning about investing in gold

Maine officials are issuing a warning about gold investments.

Securities Administrator Judith Shaw said people considering gold-related investments should learn about the risks of investing in gold, as well as the potential rewards.

The Office of Securities has received several inquiries from investors who purchased gold bullion over the Internet from companies offering to hold the bullion on their behalf for safekeeping. Shaw says those secure vaults in which the gold is supposedly held often do not exist.

In other cases, investors are simply unaware of the volatility that can occur in the precious-metals market. Shaw said it’s a myth that gold is a fail-safe investment.


MDI Biological Laboratory constructing new building

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is constructing a new laboratory building to expand its research into why some species can regrow limbs.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $4.5 million project was held Friday at the marine research institution, located in the Salisbury Cove area of Bar Harbor.

The facility will be used by scientists who hope to learn why some primitive organisms such as skates and zebrafish can regenerate their limbs and organs, while humans cannot.

The project is expected to create 25 construction jobs over two years, and support the creation of 20 to 25 permanent jobs at the MDI Biological Lab over five years.


Police investigate cases of vandalism to vehicles

Police are investigating more than a dozen cases of car vandalism that occurred in the Kittery Point area Saturday night.

Police Sgt. Charles Denault said the department received eight calls Saturday night and four calls Sunday morning with reports of damage to vehicles parked in Kittery Point. He said police have identified other cars with damage, but the owners of the vehicles haven’t notified the department.

Denault said the damage is estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.

Police are pursuing a few leads in the case.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Kittery police at 439-1638.