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

new sweden maine fire departmentNEW SWEDEN, Maine — The combination of a working smoke detector and the family dog meant a New Sweden homeowner was able to escape his burning home early Tuesday morning with no injuries. The state fire marshal was on his way to the scene of the fire that destroyed the 380 Station Road home owned by Mark Prestwood, according to Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi. A neighbor spotted the fire and called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Susi said Tuesday morning. When firefighters arrived, he said they found the house fully ablaze and turned their attention to saving an attached garage. Susi said 20 firefighters from Caribou, Stockholm and North Lakes Fire and Rescue engaged in a “fully exterior” battle with the fire and were able to save the garage and two vehicles parked inside. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Grateful Dead Manager Asks Interviewer What Was The Question Again, Again

grateful dead managerIt was the summer of 1966 – at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam, with the Civil Rights Movement in full bloom – when 23-year-old Richard Loren embarked on a pop cultural journey with some of the most influential rock icons of the day. That transformative time was reflected in the revolutionary spirit of the music being made. “Bob Dylan turned the Beatles on to some dope and we went from ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,'” recalled Loren in an interview from his home in Nobleboro. “Rock was a movement then. It was the catalyst for change, the driving force behind the counter-culture.” Over the next decade and a half, Loren went from booking hot new rock acts like the Doors and Jefferson Airplane in New York City to organizing the Grateful Dead’s legendary concerts at the pyramids of Giza in 1978.

Death Metal Bands Want To Remind You To Only Fantasize About Killing Yourself And Everyone You Ever Met

bangor rise above festThe third annual Rise Above Fest — a day long music festival featuring metal and hard rock bands, benefiting suicide prevention organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets for the spring concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, via Ticketmaster, in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The festival, a collaboration between Waterfront Concerts and the band Seether, will feature Seether as headliner for the second year in a row, along with New England hard rock band Godsmack, which is making its third appearance on the Bangor Waterfront. Also headlining the concert will be legendary guitarist Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and rockers Papa Roach. The lineup is rounded out by All That Remains and the Butcher Babies. The festival’s name is taken from the song, “Rise Above This,” which Seether front man Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother. His brother took his own life seven years ago before he ever got a chance to hear it and it was that experience that brought about the creation of Rise Above Fest. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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

vienna maine fireVIENNA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) A late-night fire destroyed a house in the town of Vienna, Sunday. The Vienna Fire Department responded around 10 p.m. Sunday to the fire at 11 Mountain Road. When firefighters got to the scene the house was fully involved. Everyone inside the home made it out safely and there were no injuries. (see more at

Thomaston Man Dooms A Seal, Which Seals His Doom

thomaston man hits sealROCKLAND, Maine — A Thomaston man only will [sic] receive fines for striking a seal with his skiff this past summer, sharing Suboxone with his fiancee and driving to endanger if he adheres to terms of a deal approved in court Friday. Justice William Stokes accepted a plea deal worked out between the Maine attorney general’s office and defense attorney in the case against 27-year-old Adam L. Dodge, who was charged by the Maine Marine Patrol with killing or injuring an animal with a motor vehicle. Defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse said his client agreed to plead guilty to that charge and two others as part of a compromise. Morse said his client only admits he hit a seal while coming into shore from his lobster boat in Rockport Harbor on Aug. 13. Morse said several people on land thought Dodge intentionally turned the skiff into the seal while heading to shore. Dodge also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of furnishing Suboxone in September in Thomaston, as well as driving to endanger on Aug. 21 at the Union Fairgrounds. A charge of endangering the welfare of a child, which was connected to the Aug. 21 incident, was dismissed. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

College Starts Sustainable Agriculture Farm On The Site Of A Sustainable Organic Dairy Farm That Went Out Of Business

Inigo Montoya. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it meansFAIRFIELD — A layer of crunchy snow covers the 120-acre former dairy farm in a corner of Kennebec Valley Community College’s Harold Alfond Campus on a gray afternoon in mid-December. It’s the last day of the fall semester and there’s hardly anyone around, but signs of all the work that has been put into the farm are everywhere. There are laying hens, Katahdin sheep and pigs in a newly refurbished barn and two large high tunnels, which are like greenhouses, teeming with spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and other vegetables. Not far away, construction workers are putting the final touches on a brand new building, the Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation, which is scheduled to open in January. The end of the semester and the first harvest of the farm’s produce — which totaled more than 6,800 pounds this fall — mark an important milestone for KVCC and it’s fledgling sustainable agriculture program. It’s been just more than one year since the school launched the program, along with a culinary arts program, making it the only community college in the state to offer a degree in sustainable agriculture and give students the chance to run a working farm. “I think this time of year is the real test of what we’ve been able to do,” said Richard Hopper, KVCC president, as he made his way through the snow to one of the high tunnels. “When you come out here in the snow and ice, and open up one of these white buildings and see all the vegetables, it’s phenomenal.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

UMaine Supervisor Hates Christmas, No One Quite Knows The Reason. But I Think That The Most Likely Reason Of All, May Have Been That His Heart Was Two Sizes Too Small

umaine orono hates christmasORONO, Maine — An email from a University of Maine supervisor, directing employees to refrain from displaying Christmas or other religious-themed decorations on campus, has sparked outrage on the campus and in the community. The story, first reported by WABI-TV on Wednesday, spread wildly across social media: A Facebook group called Bring Cheer Back to UMaine had more than 600 members as of Thursday. UMaine officials said the email from Monday, Dec. 8, was sent by Daniel Stirrup, the university’s executive director of auxiliary services, to his departmental managers. The university released the following as the text of Stirrup’s email: “Just wanted to remind everyone that Auxiliary Services is not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations. Winter holiday decorations are fine but we need to not display any decoration that could be perceived as religious. This includes xmas trees, wreaths, xmas presents, candy canes, etc. What is allowed are winter themes, plain trees without presents underneath, decorative lights, but not on trees, snow flakes, etc. If you are unsure, best to not use or ask me for clarification.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Lena Dunham Now Says She Was Raped By Dr. Aziz In The Marabar Caves

a passage to indiaEverybody listen up: Lena Dunham says a man who raped her in college is NOT named Barry. Consequently, Dunham’s blabby new memoir, in which she spills about everything including a sexual assault in college, is going to be altered to attach a different fake name to her assailant. Her publisher, Random House, is changing future editions of the best-selling Not That Kind of Girl to assign a different pseudonym to the man she said raped her, a man she described as a campus Republican named “Barry” who attended liberal Oberlin College with her. Except there really is a well-known Republican activist named Barry who went to Oberlin and he wasn’t the assailant; in fact, didn’t even know Dunham. He got a lawyer to complain. Meanwhile, an investigation by the Republican-defending website Breitbart found that the rest of Dunham’s description of her assailant (about his voice, his mustache, where he worked on campus, the radio talk show he hosted, etc.) didn’t match up with anybody at the small college in Ohio. The website last week accused Dunham of deliberately deciding to “hurl suspicion” at the real and innocent Republican named Barry. “Under scrutiny, Dunham’s rape story didn’t just fall apart; it evaporated into pixie dust and blew away,” the website charged. On Tuesday, Dunham wrote an essay for BuzzFeed explaining that “Barry” was just a made-up name. (read more at USA Today)

Elderly Man Recalls Turning The Machines On

glyns johns biographyFifty-five years into a career that he admits he stumbled upon almost by accident, legendary producer and engineer Glyn Johns has finally done something he swore he would never do – write the story of his life recording the greatest artists in rock.  “For many years, people have brought it up and I always said, ‘No way,’” Johns says with a laugh during a recent phone interview. Fortunately for classic rock fans, Johns changed his mind.  Johns’s just-released memoir “Sound Man” (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House) is a fast moving chronicle of a life immersed in music. Self-effacingly, he says he only happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right people.  Those people include Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, The Eagles, The Steve Miller Band, The Small Faces, Procol Harum, Traffic, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Neil Young and dozens more recorded by Johns in his first decade in the studio. Among the behind-the-board tales in “Sound Man” are the first Rolling Stones session; The Kinks’ epochal singles “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night;” The Who’s “My Generation” and later albums including “Who’s Next,” where Johns served as producer. He remembers being asked by Bob Dylan to oversee what could have been the greatest rock super-friend alliance of all time – a joint album by Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Johns describes visiting each Beatle and Rolling Stone to gauge their reaction to Dylan’s idea. All but Jagger and McCartney were on board, he says, with George Harrison and Keith Richards being the most vocal supporters.  (read more at the Maine Edge)

Pew Lobbyist Lauds Maine For Its Plan To Generate $1.9 Billion In Renewable Energy That Will Only Cost Ten Or Twenty Billion

green energy lobbyistsORONO, Maine — Maine set an example for other states to follow in its renewable energy investments and growth during the past decade, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “By establishing aggressive goals for clean and efficient energy, Maine is harnessing its renewable resources to create new job opportunities, attract investment and strengthen its manufacturing base,” Tom Swanson, manager of Pew’s clean energy initiative, said. Pew, a nonprofit that aims to shape public policy through research in the areas of the environment, economic policy and health, hosted an event and panel discussion at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday morning and unveiled its findings. Maine was one of eight states Pew chose to highlight in its “Clean Economy Rising” initiative, the others being Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. States were recognized for different contributions. The report on Georgia, for example, trumpets that state as the fastest-growing solar energy market in the country. Pew’s report lauded Maine for having the highest renewable portfolio standard in the country, calling for 40 percent of the state’s total electric supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2017. Most other states call for about 10 percent. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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