Wet spring makes for bumper bloom of fungi on maple trees

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The wet weather this spring may dampen the foliage colors this fall, as the leaves of many maple trees throughout the state have turned brown and dropped prematurely due to above normal levels of fungi.

Particularly hard hit are Norway Maples, which are not native to Maine, but are used extensively in urban landscaping and are more susceptible to tar leaf spot - a form of leaf blight.

"At this time of the year, with that kind of a crown, you shouldn't be able to see any daylight through there," explained Bill Ostrofsky, a forest pathologist with the Maine Forest Service, as he walked toward an ailing maple.  "You can see all this marginal browning and discoloration.  Sometimes there are irregular leaf spots on the leaves."

Bath Iron Works lays off 44 salaried workers

BATH, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Bath Iron Works is cutting 44 salaried positions in the engineering department as design work slows down on the next-generation Zumwalt destroyer.

Spokesman Jim DeMartini says the lead ship is now 50 percent complete, so much of the design work is finished for the destroyer. Bath plans to build three of the Zumwalts before construction shifts back to Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

DeMartini says the layoffs become effective on Sept. 23. Workers were notified Friday.

He says the job cuts are necessary "to meet our Navy customer's changing requirements within their available funding."

Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
SYLVANIA 300 Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:00pm Oval - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


The cars and stars of NASCAR race their way back to New England for the SYLVANIA 300 and the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, September 25. As part of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs, this 300-lap event is sure to be pivotal in deciding the series champion.

Remembering and Talking About 9.11.01

Remembering and Talking About 9.11.01

Has it really been that long?

It’s hard to believe what happened on 9.11.01. It’s a day that changed our lives forever. Even my sons, who weren’t yet born.

So much has changed since that horrible day. Who would have thought the term “post-9/11″ would make any sense to us 10 years and one day ago.

A lot of people are sharing their stories from 9/11. Where they were, how they were affected.

My husband and I have watched a few programs on the building of the 9/11 memorial. Just watching these documentations brought back a flood of memories from that day.

On more than one occasion, we’ve turned to each other and said “We’re going to have to explain this to G (our six year old) at some point.”

9.11.01 Memories

I remember being at my desk at the now-defunct alternative newsweekly, Casco Bay Weekly, in Portland, Maine. I was an advertising consultant.

Bowdoin preserves rare Arctic exploration film

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- Bowdoin College has finished preserving a rare film of some of Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan's journeys to Greenland.

The Brunswick school used a National Film Preservation Foundation grant to have a film lab preserve what is believed to be the only existing copy of MacMillan's first film, "Visiting with the Eskimos of Smith Sound," made in 1930.

The 15-minute silent film -- apparently shot between 1923 and 1925 in northwestern Greenland -- shows footage that staff at Bowdoin's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum had never seen before. The film was given to Bowdoin by a man whose parents had owned a film studio in Boston that MacMillan used to edit his film footage.

MacMillan graduated from Bowdoin and made more than two dozen scientific journeys to the Arctic Circle.

Coast Guard suspends search off Monhegan Island

OFF MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says four people have been rescued from Gull Rock Ledge off Monhegan Island.  A fifth was swept off the rock by high surf. That person remains missing.

Saturday night the Coast Guard suspended the search for 32 year old Tommy Clark, an Irish native.  Clark's camera bag and shoes were found Friday evening but there has been no sign of Clark.

Coast Guard officials say one of the other stranded individuals was lifted off the ledge by helicopter, the other three were able to walk off the ledge at low tide.

The Coast Guard says the Gulf of Maine is extremely dangerous with high swells and strong rip currents due to Hurricane Katia which is still off the Atlantic coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory is in effect for Hancock and Washington Counties -- which is east of Monhegan. 

Ni-Da Thai Cuisine-Authentic Thai Cuisine in the Heart of Topsham

Ni-Da Thai Cuisine-Authentic Thai Cuisine in the Heart of Topsham

Our Grand Opening was on Sunday, May 22, 2011 and it was a great sucesss!.

We are now open Monday through Thursday 11am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm.  

You can reach us at (207) 721-8577.   You can also contact us at our e-mail address:

Our company was established in 2011.   Our specialty is Authentic Thai Cuisine.  Our business is located at 6 1st Street, Topsham, ME 04086.