Burn victim in critical condition after stove fire

A guest at the New Meadows River Cottages in West Bath suffered extensive burns and had to be flown to a Boston hospital after a fire broke out early Sunday morning in his cottage.

West Bath Fire Chief Greg Payson said the 43-year-old male victim had been cooking and left food unattended on the cottage’s kitchen stove.

A neighbor spotted smoke coming out of the cottage and contacted the West Bath Fire Department. Payson said the man, whose name is not being released pending notification of his relatives, was in distress outside the cottage by the time firefighters arrived around 1:17 a.m.

“He had suffered burns from head to toe,” Payson said.

Payson said the investigation determined that the man suffered the burns while attempting to extinguish the stove fire. Firefighters found two empty fire extinguishers inside the cottage, which sustained more than $15,000 in damage.

The victim was transported by a Brunswick ambulance crew to Maine Medical Center in Portland before being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“He’s in critical condition,” Payson said late Sunday afternoon. “He’s not doing well.”

Payson said the man had been renting the cottage on a long-term basis. New Meadows River Cottages is located on Bath Road near the New Meadows River.


Parents of Murdered Children to hold fundraiser

Families of murder victims across the state are organizing a benefit supper to help create a memorial.

The Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children have scheduled the fundraiser for Saturday at the Capital Area Technical Center, which is adjacent to Cony High School. Vicki Dill, a member of POMC, said there will be two seatings, one from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and another from 6 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the supper will be used to finish site work for a memorial that is expected to be erected later this month at Catholic Holy Family Cemetery off Townsend Road.

The memorial will include up to 500 names of murder victims inscribed in black granite tablets. In between the tablets, a red granite centerpiece will feature the organization’s symbol, a red ribbon. The granite base will be unpolished.

Families of murder victims across the state have submitted names to be included on the memorial, said Dill, whose 18-year-old sister, Debra Dill, was murdered in 1973. Names are still being accepted, she said. Applications to add names to the memorial will be available at the supper.

Tickets for the supper are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children and $20 for a family. Tickets will only be sold at the door.

For information, call Dill at 727-7221.

Comments on proposed crow hunting seasons sought

Maine officials are soliciting comments about the proposed crow hunting seasons for 2015 and 2016.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has proposed a new crow hunting season and will take comments until May 30. Crow season would take place from early February to mid-April and early August to late September in far northern Maine. The proposed season in the rest of the state would take place from late January to late March and early August to late September.

There would be no daily bag limit.

Comments can be sent to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State St., 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Comments can also be emailed to [email protected] or phoned to 287-5202.


Maine Sea Grant program invites research proposals

The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is seeking proposals for research projects related to the nearshore scallop fishery in Maine.

The sea grant program is making money available for small research projects that emphasize cooperation between fishermen and scientists. The program hopes the projects will help improve the management of Maine’s scallop fishery.

Scallop fishery representatives and staff from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Penobscot East Resource Center and Maine Sea Grant will review the proposals for scientific merit. Maine Sea Grant said it expects proposals will include requests for $2,000 to $10,000 in grant money.

Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. on June 16. Submission guidelines are available at its website.


Farm & Homestead Day to focus on rural living skills

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host an event about rural living skills in Unity on June 14.

Organizers said Farm & Homestead Day will include workshops about how to use a solar oven, coffin building, tool sharpening, raising rabbits for meat, growing herbs and working with leather. There will also be spinning and weaving classes and activities for children, such as papermaking and building bird boxes.

The event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 14 at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. More information is available at its website.


Spring survey of green sea urchins continues

Maine’s annual spring dive survey of green sea urchins is underway.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources began its survey during the first week of May. A diver for the department and a commercial sea urchin harvester are working from an industry vessel that will move north from York County and wrap up in Cobscook Bay in Washington County in about two months.

The divers gather data about urchins in nine regions off the Maine coast. Urchins are also brought to the surface to be measured.

Maine fishermen caught more than 1.8 million pounds of sea urchins in 2013, when the catch was valued at nearly $5.3 million. The marine resources department has conducted the survey every year since 2001.

– From staff and news services

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