Early-bird fishermen need permits at Sebago Lake park

Maine state parks officials say fishermen who want to launch their boats early in the morning this season at Sebago Lake State Park will need to purchase Early Launch Permits.

The permit requirement takes effect Saturday and remains in effect for the remainder of the summer season. Those who don’t get permits will have to wait until 9 a.m. for the gate to open.

Early Launch Permits cost $10 and include the gate combination.


Fisherman spots man’s body in Winnepesaukee River

Officials say a man’s body has been recovered from the bottom of a river after it was discovered by a fisherman.

Laconia police said the body was spotted shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday by a man fishing in the Winnipesaukee River behind the Meredith Bridge Cemetery.

The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of family members. Police say an autopsy is scheduled this week.


Two people die when vehicle leaves I-89, crashes into tree

Police say two people are dead following a fiery single-vehicle accident on a New Hampshire interstate.

State troopers were called to the crash site on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said a northbound vehicle burst into flames after leaving the highway and striking a tree.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released.


More than 1,500 turn out for auction of Balsams items

Decades of history and hospitality are being sold at auction in the latest step toward restoring the nearly 150-year-old Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.

More than 1,500 people showed up for Saturday’s auction in Dixville Notch, where more than 2,400 items were being sold.

The hotel was sold for $2.3 million in December to two local businessmen who hope to renovate it and re-open it next year. Spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne said more than 1,200 of the items had been sold as of mid-afternoon, with a vintage barber’s chair going for $1,600.

The auction does not include any furniture or photos from the famed “ballot room,” where residents vote just after midnight every four years to lead off the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.


One person dies after canoe with five flips in reservoir

State police are trying to figure out what caused a canoe to overturn in Notown Reservoir in central Massachusetts, sparking a frantic search for those who were missing that ended with the discovery of one dead victim and survivors.

Troopers responding to a report of a half-naked man walking on Route 2 in Leominster near the reservoir early Saturday learned about the incident from the man. He told police that he was in the canoe with four other people when it overturned and that only two were accounted for.

Troopers, police dogs, a helicopter and divers worked with Leominster police and firefighters searching for the missing people who were all found within an hour after police learned about the incident.


America’s Cup series tickets on sale for summer regatta

Tickets are now on sale for the America’s Cup racing series being held in Newport this summer.

The seaside city is hosting a sailing festival at Fort Adams State Park from June 23 to July 1, including four days of World Series regatta racing.

Tickets are required only from June 28 to July 1. They cost $10 per person per day. Children under 12 are free.

Newport is the final stop on the World Series circuit before the America’s Cup race in San Francisco.