Sabattus motorist injured when car runs into moose

A Sabattus man was seriously hurt when the car he was driving crashed into a moose on the Maine Turnpike on Saturday night.

Maine State Police said the accident occurred in the turnpike’s northbound lanes near mile marker 10 about 7 p.m.

The moose crashed through the windshield of the car driven by Keith Hanson, 50. Hanson was seriously injured and taken to York Hospital but was expected to be airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland, said Cpl. Jerry Carr.

Hanson’s wife, Lori, suffered injuries to her face and hands and was treated at York Hospital. The couple’s 7-year-old daughter was also in the car but was unhurt.

The car, a four-door Buick sedan, was totaled, Carr said.�


Award-winning lobster chef can be seen on show’s rerun

Maine’s newly crowned lobster chef of the year is taking to the airwaves.

New England Sports Network is airing a half-hour program about the annual Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition. The show debuted last month and is airing again at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Lobster Chef of the Year 2010 was crowned after a cook-off competition during the Harvest on the Harbor food festival in Portland. Kelly Patrick Farrin, a chef at Azure Cafe in Freeport, won the title with his herb grilled lobster tail on arugula white chive ricotta gnocchi and corn milk.

The show includes feature stories on the chefs who competed and a look at Maine’s lobster industry.

Local mastering engineer wins his third Latin Grammy

Adam Ayan, a mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering & DVD in Portland, won his third Latin Grammy Award on Thursday night.

Ayan won for his mastering work on “A Son De Guerra,” nominated for Album del Ano, or Album of the Year.

The artist, Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, also won Grammys for Best Contemporary Tropical Album and Best Tropical Song for the album’s first single, “Bachata en Fukuoka.”

Ayan won two Latin Grammys in 2007 for his work on Guerra’s last album, “La Llave de Mi Corazon.”

The Latin Grammy Awards were broadcast from Las Vegas.


Baldacci voices his gratitude for those serving in military

Gov. John Baldacci used his weekly radio address to express gratitude to those who have served their country in uniform.

He said he hopes the parades, banners, and flag-lined streets show that Mainers are thankful for their service.

Veterans Day came as two Mainers gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The holiday coincided with memorial service at Houlton High School for Marine 1st Lt. James Zimmerman. A New Portland native, Army Spc. Andrew Hutchins, also was killed in Afghanistan.

Baldacci said Mainers have an obligation to remember that the nation is at war, even when the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq have slipped from the headlines.


Deal conserves 4,800 acres as part of Appalachian trail

The National Park Service recently closed on a $2.4 million deal to conserve nearly 4,800 acres in northern New Hampshire as part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Forest Legacy Program funds were used to purchase the land from father and son landowners Thomas and Scott Dillon of Anson, Maine.

The purchase includes land in the Mahoosuc Mountain range east of Berlin, N.H. The Mahoosuc Range straddles the Maine/New Hampshire border. The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that the deal will protect eight miles of the trail.

The land will be managed by the U. S. Forest Service White Mountain National Forest for public access and pedestrian recreation, including hunting and fishing, wildlife habitat conservation and trail protection.


First Amendment coalition names executive director

A New England group formed to increase freedom of information and government transparency has named its first executive director.

Rosanna Cavanagh, who has law and business degrees from Cornell University, will lead the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Her appointment was announced early this month by the coalition’s president, Thomas Heslin, executive editor of The Providence Journal. Cavanagh has previously worked at the corporate law firm Ropes & Gray in Boston.

She quoted Judge Damon Keith, who said, “Democracies die behind closed doors,” and said the coalition’s ultimate goal is to strengthen democracy so that it truly serves and represents the people.