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Boothbay Harbor Man Wins Raffle Prize Of A Trip To Salento, Italy, And Can’t Wait To Try The Olive Garden There

Reading the newspaper. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorUpon hearing he won the drawing for the luxury guest house in sunny Salento, Apulia in southern Italy, Alden Jordan fell over backwards while reaching for his Italian dictionary. OK, so he didn’t react quite that way, but he said he was surprised to win. The Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s European raffle drawing was held on April 4 at the company’s Damariscotta office. And Jordan wasn’t the only winner from the Boothbay region. Trevett resident Marianne Reynolds’ ticket was also drawn. Reynolds will be vacationing in Les Carroz, French Alps in an inviting chalet. “This is great. It’s one of those things, you know … you buy a ticket but you never think you’re really going to win anything,” Jordan said. He actually bought two tickets (the day before the drawing) according to Joy Braley, executive director of Heartwood. “Our board member Becky Recor was promoting the raffle right up to the last hours. She ran into Alden in a hardware store I believe, and convinced him to enter,” Braley said. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

Parishioner That Only Attends Mass On Christmas And Easter Desperately Trying To Remember What The Hell The Stations Of Lacrosse Are

Stations of LacrosseChristians across Maine gathered in their local churches Friday for a series of liturgies marking the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday services are part of the Holy Week rites that began with Palm Sunday and conclude with the celebration of the Resurrection on Sunday. At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner, part of St. Michael Parish, Deacon Jeff Lewis and Clarence McKay led about 75 parishioners through the 14 Stations of the Cross, moving around the interior of the church, praying and singing at each as they depict Calvary, the crucifixion and the entombment of Christ. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Only Caribbean Person At Sugarloaf Reggae Festival Looks At The Crowd Through The Kitchen Window Near The Sink

Sugarloaf Reggae FestivalCARRABASSETT VALLEY — Maine’s biggest cure for spring fever was underway Saturday during Sugarloaf’s 26th annual Reggae Festival. It was a scene in which three bananas and a chicken drank beer with a Gumby. The ski resort celebrating spring to the beat of Caribbean music got a boost from warm and sunny weather. “People just need this,” said Jacob Martinsen of Boston. “It’s been a long, cold, brutal winter and this is just what we needed: some sun, some friends — some fun.” Soft snow, spring skiing and riding and plenty of music, sunshine and an eclectic cast of characters from across New England and the world made memorable moments for many. University of Maine students Samantha Harrington and Madeline Mazjanis stopped dancing long enough to shoot a “selfie” with the crowd in the background. The pair and their friends said they came to celebrate the change of seasons and the snow. Chet Jordan, 23, said he’s been coming to the resort’s annual reggae festival since before he could walk. “My mom would bring me up here in my sled,” he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Lecturer At Women’s Wellness Event Tactfully Avoids Mentioning Everyone In The Audience Looks Like 10 Pounds Of Suet In A 5 Pound Bag

World Of Women's WellnessWATERVILLE — One by one, Ellen Thorne dumped 11 teaspoons of sugar into a small empty apple juice container, the mound of sugar at the bottom representing how much was in one serving of what’s typically considered a healthy beverage. Thorne, 21, a University of Maine at Farmington student, and fellow volunteer and UMF student Jenna Williams explained the eye-opening reaction Saturday at Thomas College from people watching the demonstration, especially parents, when they saw the amount of sugar in the variety of soft drinks and juices spread out on the table. “It’s important to have that interaction between age groups on these health issues,” Williams, 21, said. “Just by seeing it like this really shows them the problem.” The demonstration by the two nutrition students was one of dozens at the 17th annual Inland Hospital World of Women’s Wellness event, a daylong affair that promotes healthy living and medical advice to hundreds of women each year. About 500 people attended, officials said. “It’s a place where women can get together under one roof and find local resources and good and reliable health information,” said Sara Dyer, Inland’s director of community relations. Dozens of community organizations donated time and resources, including eye screenings from Kennebec Eye Care and Walmart; healthful eating and lifestyle information from Hannaford Bros., Champions Fitness Club and Barrels Community Market; and several opportunities to be pampered, including massages from Agora Salon and Day Spa and hair styling from Prime Cut Salon. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Local Mental Illness Group Says Suicide Prevention Is An Idea So Crazy It Just Might Work

Reading the newspaper. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorDIXFIELD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group will host a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, to discuss suicide prevention and awareness with parents, school staff, businesses and organizations. It will be held in the cafeteria of Dirigo High School. Dottie Adams of Hanover, who works with the NAMI Maine Combined Support Group in Rumford, said this is the first time the group has done a public presentation in the region. “We were looking for ways to get out there, speak to people and lessen the stigma of mental illness,” Adams said Monday. “We decided that for our first educational night, we would focus on suicide, as it’s such a part of this area. We’re hoping to help people understand it a little better.” (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Civic-Minded Local Man Donates Waterskiing Ramp To Damariscotta Lake

Damariscotta Lake waterskiing rampA car went through the ice on Damariscotta Lake March 18 but all three occupants were able to get out safely. The accident occurred about 100 feet from the tip of Wavus Point, and the car was only partially submerged. According to Jefferson Fire Chief Walter Morris, only the driver of the vehicle got wet and emergency medical personnel from Central Lincoln County Ambulance checked out all three people. The trio declined to be transported, he said. Dan Hennesey, of Jefferson, was driving the car. Hennesey said he was headed for a pressure ridge in the ice and was unable to stop. When the car hit the ridge, down it went. He estimated aside from the area of the pressure ridges, there was three feet of ice on the lake at the time. (keep reading at the Lincoln County News)

UMaine Football Team Adds Another Red Shirt To Their Program. Three, If You Count Victims

Zedric Joseph UMaine football playerA University of Maine student is being held on a murder charge in connection with a double stabbing in Florida that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man. Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach was being held at the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Ga., according to a jail official. Joseph, who played football for the University of Maine, was brought to the jail shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on warrants out of West Palm Beach for one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, the jail officer said. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday afternoon that they had issued the warrant for Joseph. The Richmond County Jail officer said that Joseph was being held until West Palm Beach police arrive to pick him up and return him to Florida. The Florida sheriff’s office confirmed that deputies received a report of a stabbing Friday in the 1600 block of Quail Lake Drive in West Palm Beach. When deputies arrived, they found two victims. A woman had been stabbed in the hand and a man had suffered multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The man, Ricardy Chery, 23, died from his injuries. The woman, Vashti Laurore, 23, was treated for her injuries and then released from the hospital. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Sanford Public Works Overlord Seen Wearing A Nehru Jacket And Stroking A Persian Cat As He Looks At His Salt Pile

Sanford Maine salt pileSANFORD – As in many Maine communities, the number and severity of storms this winter have strained the Sanford Public Works Department’s budget, as overtime has ballooned and salt and sand stocks have dwindled. However, so far, the city has managed to weather the snow removal storm better than other towns. “We’re at our max but other towns (in Maine) are in a much worse position than we are,” said Donna Gray, assistant to Sanford’s public works director. City Manager Steven Buck points out that the public works budget is actually on track, despite the snow removal burden.At 33 weeks into the fiscal year, Public Works Department expenditures stood at approximately 63 percent of budget, which, Buck told the City Council at a meeting on Feb. 18, is where spending should be at this point in the budget cycle. (read more at the Weekly Observer)

Tests At Ogunquit Timeshare Resort Detect Near-Lethal Levels Of Discount Disney Three-Day/Two-Night Vacation Vouchers And $100 Gift Cards, And Some Carbon Monoxide

Timeshare resortOGUNQUIT — Twenty-one people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and seven of them had to be hospitalized following an incident Sunday at a Route 1 time-share resort that the fire chief said was not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Fire Chief Mark O’Brien said tests at the resort detected highly elevated levels of carbon monoxide – 300 parts per million compared to 35 parts per million, the level that triggers carbon monoxide detectors to go off. “These were extremely high levels,” O’Brien said Sunday night during a news conference outside the resort. “These were 10 times what the normal levels would have been. It’s very scary. We could potentially have had 21 deaths here.” The affected building, one of four on the property, did not have any carbon monoxide detectors – an omission that might constitute a violation of state laws, the fire chief said. (read more at Portland Press Herald)

Local High School Point Guard Briefly Considered Passing The Ball To A Teammate

Maine High School varsity basketballFresh off an opening-round victory, the Wolverines are Augusta bound. Now that the where is known, that only leaves the who and when. The Wiscasset High School boys varsity basketball team will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at the Augusta Civic Center against the Western Class C conference champion Dirigo Cougars. The boys team is coming off a tightly-contested dual against the Old Orchard Beach Seagulls. The two teams battled, scraped, built-up leads and knocked them back down in what would be a 66-59 Wiscasset victory after all the dust had settled. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

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