Live online video will show falcon eggs hatching in April

Two cameras that stream live video onto the Internet showed a peregrine falcon laying its first egg of the season in a nest along the coast of Maine.

The Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham said the egg laying took place at 8:45 a.m. Friday.

The institute operates two cameras that are pointed at the nest 100 feet up in a tree. The egg is expected to hatch in 34 days.

The organization has other cameras that are aimed at eagle, osprey and loon nesting sites in Maine.

People can view live video on the institute’s website, www.briloon.org.


Winds topple trees; power lost in 30,000 locations

Strong winds on Friday uprooted trees, brought down power lines and left more than 30,000 homes and business without power across Maine.

The National Weather Service says downed trees have been reported around the state as sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph blew throughout much of the day. The strongest wind gust, 57 mph, was recorded in Otisfield in southwestern Maine.

Central Maine Power Co. said nearly 16,000 customers were without power late Friday afternoon, while Bangor Hydro Electric Co. said nearly 11,000 of its customers had lost electricity.

Mainers enjoyed the warm temperatures that accompanied the wind. Portland reached 68 degrees, breaking the previous record for the date of 65 degrees, set in 1945.


LePage unveils new ‘Open for Business’ sign on I-95

Gov. LePage is advertising his push to make Maine a business-friendly place by having an “Open for Business” sign put up on a busy stretch of highway at the gateway to the state.

LePage unveiled the new sign Friday under a “Welcome to Maine” sign along Interstate 95 in Kittery near the New Hampshire border. LePage has repeatedly vowed to streamline regulations, make government more responsive to business needs and create jobs.


Radiation fears in California spark orders for Maine firm

The owner of a military supply company in Maine said he’s been inundated with orders from people in California buying gas masks and chemical suits.

Maine Military Supply owner Frank Spizuoco of Brewer said hundreds of gas masks are going out the door. He said people are also ordering related gear, including chemical suits, jackets, gloves, pants and boots.

He said the spike in sales started over the weekend. Officials in Japan are struggling to contain crises at nuclear power reactors damaged by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

According to Spizuoco, people are afraid of radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant making its way to the United States.

He told the Bangor Daily News it reminds him of the frenzy after 9/11. He called it “pretty crazy.”