Delegation comes to Maine to study environmental policy

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A delegation from several Eastern Asian and Pacific countries traveled to Maine to learn about the triumphs and challenges we face balancing economic and environmental needs.

"We are here visiting a variety of environmental projects in the US, and visiting government agencies - both at a federal and state level, as well as NGO's (non-government organizations) and industry, to learn more about how everybody works together to get good outcomes for conservation," explained Nicola Vallance, a conservation advocate with Forest and Bird from New Zealand.

"The Filter Bubble" author Eli Pariser


Eli Pariser is the board president and former executive director of, a liberal public policy advocacy group and political action committee.  Pariser grew up in Lincolnville.

Eli Pariser has just published, "The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You."  The book looks at how websites are quietly filtering the information they share with you.  By mathematically analyzing your online history, sites like Facebook and Google are now targeting you with the content and information you are most likely to click on.

Eli Pariser will be signing copies of "The Filter Bubble" at Owl & Turtle Books in Camden at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 20th and at Longfellow Books in Portland at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 21st.

The music of Suzy Bogguss


Suzy Bogguss' latest album, "American Folk Songbook," was released on July 18th at all Cracker Barrel Country Stores, followed by a wide release on August 2nd.  Bogguss hopes the CD and companion songbook will help introduce traditional American folk songs to younger generations.

Suzy Bogguss had three shows in Maine recently. 

For more information on Suzy Bogguss click here:  SUZY BOGGUSS 

Plane crashes off Matinicus Island

MATINICUS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Penobscot Island Air Service plane lost power and crashed into the ocean while taking off from Matinicus Island late Sunday afternoon. The plane went down just a few hundred yards from the end of the small runway on Matinicus, which is about 20 miles out to sea

Penobscot Island Air flies to Matinicus and other islands year-round. Owner Kevin Waters told NEWS CENTER the company carried more than 12,000 passengers last year.


The Matinicus flight had the pilot and three passengers on board a single-engine Cessna 206G.

Waters says when the flight didn't report in on schedule, the company's chief pilot, Roger Wolverton, flew his plane to the scene and found all four people clinging to wreckage a couple hundred yards offshore. Fishermen from the island pulled them out of the water and they were then flown to the mainland to be treated.


Toddler dies after being hit by S.U.V.

BOWDOIN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A toddler in Bowdoin has died after being struck by a car.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office says that shortly before 8:00 PM Saturday night, Jordan L'Italien was killed as he chased a ball onto Main Street.

He was two years old.

The Sheriff's Office says Jordan was under adult supervision and had broken free from a relative who was trying to stop him from running into the roadway.

Stephen Leppanen of Lewiston was driving the Subaru Forrester that hit Jordan.

Jordan was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department investigation is still open, they are being helped by Brunswick Police and Maine State Police.

Mother tries to save drowning son

WOOLWICH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -  The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's office is investigating an apparent drowning in Woolwich.
   Rescuers will called to the Nequasset Swimming and Boat launch just before 8 PM last night.
  Police say Sandra Knowlen, of Brunswick, was swimming with her son, James, who lives with her.
 He started struggling and she tried to pull him out, but couldn't.
  She ran for help, but by the time she returned he was no where to be found.  A good samaritan found James Knowlen's body and dragged it out of the water.
 CPR was performed. Police do not suspect foul play. 

Gay marriage friends, foes ready to raise money

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Both gay marriage supporters and opponents say they expect to be able to raise enough money to get their messages out if the issue is put to a statewide vote in November 2012.

Campaign finance reports show that the two sides in the ballot fight that overturned Maine's gay marriage law spent $9.6 million in 2009. Those seeking to revoke the gay marriage law spent nearly $4 million; supporters of gay marriage raised close to $6 million.

Last month, gay marriage advocates announced that they'd be gathering signatures necessary to put the measure to a state vote again in Maine. But they're waiting until January to decide whether they'll submit the signatures and put the measure to a statewide vote.