Ice breaking mission a success before it starts

GARDINER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was smooth sailing for crew members participating in the Coast Guard's annual ice breaking mission up the Kennebec River, because for the first time in recent memory, there was no ice to break.

"Most of what we have seen up the river has been all drift ice, small pieces, nothing worthy of breaking, so to speak," explained Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Jesse Deery, who was at the helm of the 65 foot ice breaking tug Tackle. 

"Normally you've got some choke points, so even if it does break up with the weather, the warm temperatures, and the winds, you may get some ice build up in the choke points of the river where the river bends," he added.  "We had anticipated some of that after last week's over flight, but like I said, it has pretty much just broke itself out."

Oakhurst Dairy Recognized for its Best in Class Sustainable Business Practices by Innovation Center

Oakhurst Dairy Recognized for its Best in Class Sustainable Business Practices by Innovation Center

Oakhurst Dairy Recognized for its Best in Class Sustainable Business Practices by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Company Receives Honorable Mention in Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability Award Category


Credit union settles suit with embezzler

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- A Brunswick credit union has settled a lawsuit filed against a former employee who's been convicted of stealing a half million dollars.

Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union officials last week agreed to accept $370,000 in restitution, instead of the full amount stolen by Marsha Richard of Topsham.

Prosecutors say the 23-year employee stole the money by manipulating accounting entries for checks that credit union members had deposited but that had been returned for insufficient funds. She pleaded guilty in September. She was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on January.

Her lawyer tells the Times Record that she has already repaid $50,000.

She may still be required to pay the full amount by a federal judge.

Car accident on I-295 N

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  State Police are on the scene of a car accident at mile marker 38 on I-295 N. 

One person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  NEWS CENTER has a crew on the scene and we will release more details as soon as they are made available. 

This accident has not caused a traffic delay in that area.

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 50 Years of the Annual Windjammer Days

Scheduled to take place June 24 th - 27th 2012, this year’s 50th Annual Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival will be one to remember, as the region celebrates fifty years of the famed historical event to commemorate the historic Windjammer tall ships, who carried large amounts of cargo from one continent to another, marking Boothbay Harbor a center of American shipping and ship building.

The annual Windjammer Days Festival, hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, will feature its classic line-up of events including: a hometown street parade, an antique boat parade of more than 30 boats, waterfront concerts, museum exhibits, kids tents, pancake breakfasts, golf tournament, boat excursions, live theater, art and craft shows, historic maritime stories and a spectacular firework display over the harbor!

River cleared of fishing shacks ahead of ice breaking

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- It's still winter but there's a sign that spring is around the corner: The Coast Guard is ready to bring ice-breaking operations on the Kennebec River.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert said Tuesday that people should remove their ice shacks and fishing gear as soon as possible.

Starting on Monday, the Coast Guard will break ice from Merrymeeting Bay to Gardiner to reduce the risk of ice jams and flooding as snow and ice begin to melt.

The 65-foot Portland-based Shackle, 65-foot Rockland-based Tackle and 65-foot Southwest Harbor-based Bridle will participate in the operation.







“Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

 “Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

T3” is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the State including four brand new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to:  Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy. 

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails Founder.