ST. JOHN VALLEY - It may have been unseasonably cold for the first week of March, but, to put a contrary spin on the popular television phrase, Winter is going.
And with the annual exit of the cold season, folks need to set their clocks 60 minutes forward. People usually do this on Saturday night, but the official start for Daylight Saving Time is 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
WALLAGRASS/ SOLDIER POND – Early Friday morning, 7 March, officials from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife went to Soldier Pond to get Max the orphaned moose and relocated him to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, said district game wardens.
MAINE- With stream flows, snowpack, and river ice all within a typical range, spring flood potential could be considered normal for this time of year. However, continued frigid weather will hold all those risk factors in place, likely elevating flood potential in the next few weeks.
AUGUSTA– The Maine office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Gambling Control Board have joined together with Hollywood Casino and Oxford Casino to help individuals who think they may have a problem with casino gambling. The result is the expansion of locations for individuals to sign up for a program known as self-exclusion from two to 14 sites.
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday, March 6 that nearly $60 million in payments will be awarded to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel. In Maine, five advanced biofuel producers will receive payments.
In Maine, five advanced biofuel producers will receive a total of $78,280 under this payment announcement:
WASHINGTON- In response to a decision on Thursday, March 6 by the Canadian National Energy Board to approve the reversal of the Line 9 Sarnia to Montreal pipeline, U.S. Sen. Angus King urged Secretary of State John Kerry to require a presidential permit for, and conduct an environmental impact study of any future proposal that calls for a reversal of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline in order to pipe tar sands south through Maine.
AROOSTOOK COUNTY- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has announced the arrests of five men for Class B trafficking in synthetic hallucinogens and a sixth man for Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs (oxycodone).
CARIBOU- This morning, March 7, marks the 11th day in a row with a low temperature of below zero at Caribou. This is by far the longest stretch of sub-zero nights at caribou so late in the winter season. Back in late February and early March in 1980 there was a stretch of 7 nights with a low below zero. The all-time record for the most consecutive nights with sub-zero temperatures was set back in January and February of 1961.
AUGUSTA- Secretary of State Matt Dunlap determined on Wednesday, March 5 that enough valid signatures have been submitted to advance a citizen initiative seeking "to prohibit the use of dogs, bait or traps when hunting bears except under certain circumstances."
FRENCHVILLE– Two students at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville are raising money for the PAWS Animal Welfare Society Shelter in Fort Kent. As part of a service learning project, Caitlyn Chasse and Madysen Picard-with help from Principal Lisa Bernier-chose to organize several fundraising activities to benefit the shelter.
WASHINGTON– Following a letter last week from U.S. Sen. Angus King, the Treasury Department announced that it is streamlining health insurance reporting requirements for businesses. The rules, mandated under the Affordable Care Act and finalized on March 5, will only require a single, consolidated form to avoid duplicative reporting and simplify certification options for employers that provide healthcare, including an option to ease reporting by not separately identifying full-time employees.
FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Chamber Mixer" will be held at 5-6:30 on Friday, March 7 at the new Home Solutions' location. All chamber members are invited, along with spouses, friends, and those looking to become a member.
WASHINGTON- The Senate Special Committee on Aging, of which Sen. Susan Collins is ranking member, held a hearing titled, "Income Security and the Elderly: Securing Gains made in the War on Poverty" on Wednesday, March 5. Among the hearing's panelists was Dixie Shaw, who is the director of Hunger and Relief Services for Catholic Charities in Caribou. Ms. Shaw testified at the invitation of Sen. Collins.
FORT KENT – On a bitter cold night in late January, a blazing fire devastated a potato warehouse east of Fort Kent and destroyed much of the equipment and supplies that GB and D Farms kept there. Yet on March 1, on an equally cold evening, a community came together in warmth and friendship for a traditional spaghetti feed fundraiser.
Yes, we have a young moose in our community. Yes, we are all feeding him. Yes, most of us have spent our lives in this area. Yes, we have all been taught not to touch eggs in a nest and leave wild animals alone and blah, blah, blah, etc., etc. We don't need a biologist or newscasters to enlighten us. The local TV station should have vetted their story a little better. There are always two sides to every story.