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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)

Local Shut-In Trying To Figure Out What In The Hell ILY LOL Means

Valentine's Day cardsFREEPORT – The hundreds of people in the Freeport area who live in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or who receive Meals on Wheels – people who might not otherwise get a Valentine’s Day card – will get one this year. For several years now, in fact, Positive FM, an adult contemporary Christian radio station in Freeport, has collected and distributed “Forget Me Not” Valentine’s Day cards. Children who are barely able to scrawl their names, as well as school groups and adults who make an event out of signing the cards, contribute to the effort, said Suzanne Happs, general manager of Positive FM. “Very often students will sign who they are and their age,” Happs said. “It lights up (the recipients’) faces to see that a younger person has thought of them.” (read more at Tri-Town Weekly)

Proposed Sanford Theme Park Could Give Excited Tourists A Chance To Remove Asbestos From An Abandoned Mill Building Or Shovel A Parking Lot

Sanford Maine theme parkSANFORD, Maine — Bill Underwood has a vision to bring a theme park to Sanford. It’s a vision that he believes has the potential to revitalize the Sanford community and bring a much-needed boost to Maine’s economy. It’s also one that officials in neighboring Wells are closely following. “Obviously, it’s way too early to speculate as to the issues or concerns that we might have, but the first and most concern would be traffic impacts around the Exit 19 turnpike exit in Wells and traffic heading up Route 109,” said Wells Selectman Bob Foley. “Having said that, a new theme park-type attraction, done right, could have a big impact on the economy of the state and the region. Our local hotel and restaurants could see an off-season or even in-season increase in revenue. It could add to the economy and jobs all around.” Underwood, of Springvale, who formed York Pines Inc. last spring, hired consultants knowledgeable in the entertainment industry to conduct a feasibility analysis to determine if Sanford could be a potential location for a theme park. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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