Crash on Log Cabin Road kills Sanford man, 26

A Sanford man was killed late Saturday night when the car he was riding in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole at 198 Log Cabin Road in Arundel, according to the York County Sheriff’s Department.

Bobby Hem, 26, of 2 Daylight Ave. was killed in the crash around midnight Saturday when he was ejected from the car. Sheriff’s deputies said Hem was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 2002 BMW two-door sedan involved in the crash was driven by Brian Roche, 31, of Old Orchard Beach.

Roche was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford with injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.


Maine State Police are investigating the crash.


Fire guts mobile home on Tenney Hill Road

A mobile home in Casco was gutted by a fire Sunday night.

The homeowner was working on a detached garage when the fire started around 7:40 p.m., said Casco Fire Chief Jason Moen. No one was injured.

Moen said the fire appeared to have started in the area of the furnace.


Firefighters from Casco, Naples and Raymond responded and put out the blaze in about two hours, he said.

Moen wouldn’t name the owner of the home at 39 Tenney Hill Road, but said he is the only person who lives there and is now staying with friends.

Blaine Small is listed as the owner in the town’s assessing records.


Voting absentee? Deadline for requesting ballot is near

Maine voters have a few more days to request an absentee ballot for next month’s election.


The deadline for absentee ballot requests is Thursday. That also includes requests to vote in the presence of the municipal clerk.

Requests will only be accepted after the deadline if the Secretary of State’s Office accepts the reason for its delay.

Voters can return absentee ballots until 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 5.

The statewide ballot will include five questions asking voters whether they want to support certain bond proposals. The bonds on the ballot include those for Maine’s roads and bridges, armories and universities.


Memorial Bridge will close overnight for next few days


The recently reopened Memorial Bridge linking Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, will be closed overnights through Thursday so crews can install a plaque and eagle.

All traffic will be barred from midnight to 5 a.m. From 7 p.m. to midnight, traffic will be limited to one alternating lane in each direction.

The closure is needed to put up the refurbished 90-year-old eagle and plaque that were on the Portsmouth side of the first Memorial Bridge. Two dozen pieces weigh about 7,500 pounds total.

Further closures may be needed depending on weather and how well the plaque goes back together.

The new $81.4 million bridge opened in August, replacing one that was built in 1923.



Wild blueberries can help heart, researchers report

A new study says wild blueberries have the potential to improve heart health.

In their study, researchers from Germany’s University of Duesseldorf and the United Kingdom’s University of Reading and University of Northumbria concluded that wild blueberries may help blood vessels function better and remain healthier, thus relieving pressure on the heart.

Wild blueberries are native to North America and grow naturally in Maine and eastern Canada, the only places that grow them for commercial sale.

Maine’s annual harvest averages 86 million pounds a year.

The study was published last month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.



Board names local woman young farmer of the year

The Maine Potato Board has selected a 23-year-old Aroostook County woman as its 2013 young farmer of the year.

Officials say Sara Corey of Monticello is the first woman to receive the award. She’s also the youngest recipient of the award.

Corey runs a specialty seed-potato operation and has expanded into specialty oats. She’s credited with using global positioning technology and irrigation to streamline her operation.



Autism institute to open at UMaine in January

A new institute is opening at the University of Maine for educators and others who work with children with autism and for post-secondary students seeking to follow that path.

Maine families will also be able to get services and resources through the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research, which will open Jan. 1.

The institute is a partnership of the Maine Department of Education and the university’s College of Education and Human Development.

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