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Damariscotta Adult Entertainment Is… Is… I Think I Just Threw Up In My Mouth A Little

burlesque costumeThe Damariscotta Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a draft adult entertainment moratorium ordinance Wednesday, Sept. 3 and scheduled a townwide vote for Wednesday, Sept. 17. The ordinance would temporarily prohibit adult entertainment establishments, which include adult book stores, novelty stores, spas, theaters, and video stores, as well as escort agencies, strip clubs, and other businesses. The establishment of such businesses “could pose serious threats to the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Damariscotta” without regulation, according to the ordinance. The ordinance cites evidence that such establishments have negative effects on the surrounding areas, such as “perceived” decreases in property value, and that they “facilitate illicit and undesirable and, in some cases, criminal activities …” Adult entertainment establishments “can often be incompatible” with surrounding uses, particularly when in close proximity to day cares, homes, houses of worship, parks, schools, and similar areas, according to the draft ordinance. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

One Goes Round And Round While Getting Nowhere And Making An Incredible Amount Of Noise. The Other One Is A Race Car

governor lepage NASCARRepublican Gov. Paul LePage on Friday hailed a $50,000 public investment in a NASCAR race car as an effective way to brand Maine to a national audience – if only for one race. Democrats quickly blasted the move as a “monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.” The state of Maine is paying for the branding effort with $15,000 from LePage’s contingency account and $35,000 from the state tourism budget, according to Doug Ray, spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development. At a news conference in Portland, state officials and local businesses unveiled the Maine-branded race car, which will be driven by 20-year-old Fort Kent native Austin Theriault in a Sept. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Kentucky. “Maine” is emblazoned beneath an image of mountainscape, trees and moose on the hood of the blue race car. The driver’s side features a lobster and a lighthouse, while the passenger side features a moose, trees, fall foliage and blueberries. On the rear bumper is an image of a red sign that says “Come in. We’re open.” Both sides feature the “Open for Business” slogan LePage placed on signs near the Maine-New Hampshire border. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Local Theremin Player Has Reasonable Backstage Demands

bethel theremin playerA musical instrument that can be played without being touched made its debut recently at the gazebo on the Bethel Common. The instrument, owned by Conni St. Pierre of Bethel, is called a theremin. It is one of the first music synthesizers invented. The electronic instrument is controlled by two metal antennae that sense the relative position of the musician’s hands. One hand controls the frequency of the sound through oscillators, while the other hand controls the volume (amplitude). The musician never touches the instrument. It sounds a little like something out of science fiction, and in a way it is. The instrument was used to generate background music for the 1951 science fiction movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” as well as for the 1960s TV show “Dark Shadows,” Conni said. (read more at the Bethel Citizen)

Local Field Hockey Player Tells Her Coach That Shhe Wooodha Scllooored Blut Mikaylerrrr Wnnndddt Pssss

maine field hockeyTURNER — Her shots may not have broken a pane of glass, but neither Leavitt sophomore Allie Belaire, nor coach Wanda ward-McLean cared. “None of her shots were hard shots,” Ward-McLean said. “She just stayed low and was in a good position.” Three of Belaire’s tips and touches beat Maranacook keeper Autumn Munn in the second half and Sadie Royer added another goal in the first half as the host Leavitt Hornets topped the Black Bears 4-0 Thursday in a persistent biting mist. “This gives us some confidence,” Ward-McLean said. “We didn’t have a lot of returning players. We’ve had a couple games in a row now where we’ve scored a few goals, and it has the girls thinking, ‘We can score, we can hold the other team.’ It’s important for us now.” The Hornets lifted their record to 2-1, and have scored 13 goals in two games since a season-opening 4-1 loss against Mt. View. “It was good to poke a few more in there,” Ward-McLean said. “On a day like today, one slip and it’s a tie game. It was nice to get that second and third goal at least.” (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Scarborough Fire Department’s ‘Save The Basement’ Strategy Works Like A Charm

scarborough save the basementIn the aftermath of a three-alarm fire that destroyed much of the Scarborough Commons office building off Route 1 Monday, the building owner and others expressed thanks that no one was hurt. However, recovery from the fire could be difficult for the 18 tenants of the building, many of whom lost everything in the fire that was reported at about 7:41 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8. At a press conference held late Tuesday afternoon, the State Fire Marshal’s Office announced that the cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction in the ceiling above one of the treatment rooms in Unit No. 7, which is leased by a chiropractor. Scarborough Fire Chief Michael Thurlow called it “a significant structure fire,” which broke out at 7:21 p.m. Fire crews were on scene until 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, he said. Three firefighters were taken to the hospital for minor heat-related injuries and have since been released, Thurlow added. He said it was “a challenging fire to fight” because crews could not safely enter the building and had to fight the flames from the outside. (keep reading at the Current)

Coroner Pissed There’s No Box For ‘Trampled By Elephants In Maine’ On The Form

hope elephantsHOPE — A former veterinarian who turned a small farm in midcoast Maine into a sanctuary for two retired circus elephants was killed Tuesday morning when one of the animals apparently stepped on him after he fell in their enclosure. James Laurita, co-founder of Hope Elephants, was found dead inside a corral shortly after he went in to feed the two elephants, Rosie and Opal, around 7 a.m. Knox County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Carroll believes Laurita fell into the corral and hit his head on concrete. An autopsy conducted later Tuesday by the state medical examiner concluded that Laurita, 56, died from asphyxiation and multiple fractures resulting from compression of the chest, presumably because one of the giant mammals stepped on him. It was not immediately clear Tuesday what would become of the Hope Elephants organization or the animals themselves in the wake of Laurita’s death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to investigate, police said. A man who was keeping media away from the facility Tuesday said there is another elephant handler on staff and that an emergency plan is in place to take care of the elephants. The sheriff’s department is still investigating, but has ruled Laurita’s death an accident – one that rocked this rural town in the Camden Hills area of Knox County. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Police Charge Rockland Man With Being Dunkin’ Disorderly

Adam HallROCKLAND, Maine — An unhappy customer is in legal trouble after allegedly stealing a sign when he couldn’t get a sandwich. Adam Hall, 22, of Rockland was arrested and charged with theft after Rockland police said he stole a stand-up vinyl sign from outside the Dunkin’ Donuts in Rockland. Police apprehended Hall early Sunday morning. Hall told officers that he stole the sign because when he went to order a sandwich he claimed was being advertised, he was told it was not on the menu, according to Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. The chief said he did not know the type of sandwich that Hall sought. Hall also was charged with ripping out a sunflower from the flower garden at the adjacent ice cream shop at Home Kitchen Cafe. Hall told officers that sunflowers were too tall and that the ice cream shop had not been open long enough to deserve having such a flower. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Kennebunk Library Offers Another Blissfully Reading-Free Summer To Local Kids

booksSummer at the Kennebunk Free Library is always a funfilled, busy time of year, filled with special programs for children, teens and adults. Many local businesses and individuals support us as we present our summer reading programs. We’d like to take a moment, and thank them. The Kennebunk Fire Department discussed fire safety, demonstrated firefighter gear, and allowed children to explore one of the engines and the ambulance. Ken Odrzywolski, D.V.M., of the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital, judged our 22nd Annual Pet Show, awarding prizes to chickens, a pig, a hamster, some guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of dogs. Nancy Boutet of Aquaholics spoke to local teens about surfing, sharing tips and exciting stories from her lifetime of surfing. Duffy’s Tavern & Grill hosted our July Trivia Night, supplying snacks and a festive night out for our loyal contestants. Ian Durham and Carl Gurtman of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England gave presentations on astronomy. Scott Negley brought his portable planetarium to show constellations visible in the summer skies. Detective Bill Vachon from the York County Sheriff’s Department demonstrated crime scene investigation, including a tour of the Mobile Crime Scene Lab. Willy Jones presented information on whales and how our actions on land affect them. (keep reading at the Kennebunk Post)

President Assures The Public That He’s Considering Thinking About Mulling Over The Possibility Of Having An Idea

presidentWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States. Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and he will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group. The president, who campaigned for the White House in 2008 on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, has struggled to articulate how he wants to address Islamic State, telling reporters last month that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to tackle the group. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday. The interview was conducted in Washington on Saturday. “The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” he said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

My Girlfriend Told Me To Kiss Her Where It Stinks, So I Drove Her To Waterville

waterville odorWATERVILLE — A 200-gallon heating oil spill from a Fairfield home storage tank is suspected by Waterville fire officials as the cause of a gaseous odor reported Friday by neighbors on Water Street in the city’s South End, fire Chief David LaFountain said. A combination of the spilled oil, which is believed to have entered the sewer system about 6 a.m. Friday, and the breezy, humid weather created a situation in which a sewer clear-out pipe at one building and small holes in sewage pipes in the area allowed an odor to escape into the air. The fumes alarmed Water Street-area residents, who complained about a dangerous odor coming from the area, according to Waterville fire Lt. Shawn Esler. “The sewage pipe system created a draft, which found its way through any opening it could,” Esler said. State officials said more investigation is needed into the cause of the odor. Peter Blanchard, director of the Division of Response Services in the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Friday evening that it is unclear what caused the odor. Blanchard said he spoke with a DEP supervisor who said the Fairfield spill was not related to the Waterville incident. However, LaFountain isn’t so sure. “I’m not convinced that it wasn’t,” he said. LaFountain acknowledged that the incident presents a mystery that needs to be investigated. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

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