Carbon monoxide problem causes building evacuation

A building on Congress Street was evacuated Saturday so crews could look into a carbon monoxide problem there, according to the Portland Fire Department.

Crews responded to 415 Congress St. about 1:25 p.m., a dispatcher said.

Around 3 p.m., authorities said the building had been ventilated and that it was safe for people to come back in.

There was no information available as to the problem’s exact cause.


Head-on collision along Route 17 leaves one dead

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a head-on collision on Route 17 in Washington that killed one person Saturday morning.

The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of family.

Witnesses said a vehicle heading east on Route 17, while trying to pass another vehicle, pulled in front of an oncoming truck headed west. The accident happened at about 9 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Tim Carroll of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupant of the truck, whose name was not released, was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash is being reconstructed by the Maine State Police, with assistance from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.


Seventh-grader wins award for best penmanship in U.S.

A Maine boy is making his mark in pen and pencil.

Ricky Schmitt Jr. has been named Grade 7 Grand National Handwriting Champion in the Zaner-Bloser annual competition. That means he has the best penmanship of any seventh-grader in the country.

The cursive writing entries are judged on legibility, size, spacing and slant.

Schmitt’s victory as grand national champion came with a $1,000 prize. He said he’ll put the money toward college.

Schmitt said he first learned cursive writing in second grade. To enter the contest, he submitted a writing sample and explained that legible writing is important for people without computers or cellphones.

He’ll be honored at a school assembly this week.


Town manager candidates narrowed to five applicants

The Board of Selectmen has narrowed its search for a town manager to five applicants.
Interviews are expected to start within the next few weeks, according to Selectman Jason Cole.

He said there were 42 applicants from across the country interested in the position, but none were from Lebanon.

Residents approved the town manager form of government by referendum vote last year. A candidate will be offered the position by June 10 and will start July 1, pending the outcome of a June 14 vote.