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From WCME News:In Portland today, a substantial reduction in bail for one of the four suspects in the murder earlier thi...
09/20/2022

From WCME News:

In Portland today, a substantial reduction in bail for one of the four suspects in the murder earlier this year of 43-year-old Derry Coffin of West Bath, (pictured), believed to have been drug-related.

Justice MaryGay Kennedy reduced bail for 44-year-old Thomas McDonald of Westbrook from $500,000 to $50,000 in the course of a Zoom hearing, in which MacDonald appeared from the Aroostook County jail in Houlton, where he is now being held.

MacDonald’s attorney said that prior to his arrest in this case in June, McDonald had only one recent conviction in nearly 25 years, for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

MacDonald, who faces charges of felony murder and robbery, is said to have told police he did not know that the gun used in the murder was loaded, and found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, hanging out with the wrong people.

The smartest start to your day is the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz!Your up-to-the-minute Midcoast news and sports, your fr...
09/20/2022

The smartest start to your day is the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz!

Your up-to-the-minute Midcoast news and sports, your frequent forecast and more!

Join Jim Bleikamp 6-9

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FIRST from WCME News:After hearing Police Chief Scott Stewart report that the intersection of Maine Street (northbound) ...
09/19/2022

FIRST from WCME News:

After hearing Police Chief Scott Stewart report that the intersection of Maine Street (northbound) and Bath Road (eastbound) is not a high crash area, Brunswick town councilors have abandoned a proposal to replace the yield sign at that intersection with a stop sign.

Councilor Steve Walker also noted that state transportation statistics indicate that the intersection of Harpswell and Middle Bay Roads is a higher crash site, and that attention be paid to more safety there.

From WCME News: Former Governor Paul LePage is today unveiling what he refers to as his Parents Bill of Rights, which li...
09/19/2022

From WCME News:

Former Governor Paul LePage is today unveiling what he refers to as his Parents Bill of Rights, which like Republican education plans in other states, focuses on math, science, and reading, and calls for the removal of sexually explicit instruction.

LePage says the plan will help boost students who have fallen behind during the pandemic, cut costs through consolidation, and empower parents through school vouchers.

Democrats say it's a plan to distract from the harm he did to education by underfunding public schools and attacking teachers.

Meanwhile, Governor Mills is highlighting a new report from the Census Bureau showing that Maine’s uninsured rate dropped from 8.0 percent in 2019 to 5.7 percent in 2021, representing the largest percentage decline among all states in the nation.

WCME News Exclusive:There are indications that the recovery of 19-year-old Talon Turcotte is on track at Maine Medical C...
09/19/2022

WCME News Exclusive:

There are indications that the recovery of 19-year-old Talon Turcotte is on track at Maine Medical Center, after his motorcycle struck a telephone pole on Raymond Road in Brunswick on Saturday evening.

Talon's father, Jason, informs WCME News that after a day of initial surgery on Sunday, Talon is undergoing surgery today for rods and pins in his right leg.

Meanwhile, Phil Redo, a resident of Raymond Road, tells WCME News that utility poles along the road appear to be too close to the blacktop of the road and may be in violation of state transportation standards. Redo says he plans to be in touch with officials at town hall on this issue.

Police investigation of the crash continues.

WCME Sports:Patriots take a first-half lead and hang on for a narrow win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Final: Patriots 1...
09/18/2022

WCME Sports:

Patriots take a first-half lead and hang on for a narrow win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Final: Patriots 17 Pittsburgh 14.

Jim Bleikamp here. I am fairly certain that some who stop in here often will take an interest in this piece--particularl...
09/18/2022
Yes, at least 94% of teachers report paying for school supplies out of pocket

Jim Bleikamp here.

I am fairly certain that some who stop in here often will take an interest in this piece--particularly teachers, and their friends and family members.

I recall from my own long-ago youth that my mother--a junior high math teacher--often spent out-of-pocket on stuff for her students.

She was not alone then--or now.

Note: This is from the website Verifythis.com--a fact-checking division of the media company Tegna--owner of News Center Maine.

“I've never known a teacher who didn't spend money. It absolutely is the norm. And sometimes, it is the expectation,” D.C. teacher Dominique Foster told VERIFY.

FIRST from WCME News:A 19-year-old man identified as Talon Turcotte of Durham is at Maine Medical Center in Portland wit...
09/18/2022

FIRST from WCME News:

A 19-year-old man identified as Talon Turcotte of Durham is at Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it struck a telephone pole in the vicinity of 44 Raymond Road in Brunswick, while he was apparently trying to navigate a corner of the road.

Turcotte was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

During the investigation, Raymond Road was briefly shut down.

(Photo, courtesy, Brunswick Police)

WCME Sports: College football:Andrew Boel completes 17 of 20 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Bowdoin Co...
09/18/2022

WCME Sports:

College football:

Andrew Boel completes 17 of 20 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Bowdoin College Polar Bears win their season opener, beating Hamilton 41-13.

WCME Sports:Midcoast high school football:Freeport Falcons put up a fight until the last minute of play, and picked up t...
09/17/2022

WCME Sports:

Midcoast high school football:

Freeport Falcons put up a fight until the last minute of play, and picked up two touchdown runs from Jordan Knighton but lose to Wells 35-28. It's the first loss this season for the Falcons.

The Mt. Ararat Eagles whip the Camden Hills Windjammers 48-15.

Boys soccer:

North Yarmouth Academy falls to Traip Academy 4-2

Field hockey:

In Brunswick, Ellie Sullivan scores in the final minute to give the Dragon girls a 1-1 tie with the Oxford Hills Vikings.

Morse girls lose to Cony 6-2.

Lincoln Academy girls fall to Leavitt 8-1.

From WCME News:In Portland, a judge has released an affidavit, containing the chilling details of how police came to cha...
09/17/2022

From WCME News:

In Portland, a judge has released an affidavit, containing the chilling details of how police came to charge four men in the gunshot murder of 43-year-old Derry Coffin of West Bath earlier this year.

One of the defendants, Anthony Osborne had just been released from prison, had known Coffin for two decades and had spent the day before the shooting calling Coffin to meet up with him in Portland, offering to sell him drugs.

Shortly after Coffin and a friend, Annabelle Hartnett met with Osborne, at least two people pulled Coffin out of a vehicle on Woodford Street in Portland and beat him, demanding money. Police interviews indicate that he turned out his pockets to show them he didn’t have any money and ran down the street and fell down. At that point, one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot Coffin twice in the stomach, then turned the gun on Hartnett. The bullet passed through the brim of her hat, narrowly missing her head, but a second shot tore through her arm.

However, she played dead and managed to survive.

WCME Sports:Midcoast high school football: A game in which you heard every play live on 99-5 WCME and a game won very co...
09/17/2022

WCME Sports:

Midcoast high school football:

A game in which you heard every play live on 99-5 WCME and a game won very convincingly by the Lisbon Greyhounds over the Oak Hill Raiders 48-6.

Lisbon quarterback Jimmy Fitzsimmons led the charge--scoring three touchdowns, with two more from Josh Carter.

Other football action:

--Morse loses to Spruce Mountain 54-22
--Windham shuts out Brunswick 46-0
--Cheverus beats Fryeburg 20-6

On this week's WCME Creature Feature we began the search for FOREVER HOMES on the Midcoast for the combination dachshund...
09/16/2022

On this week's WCME Creature Feature we began the search for FOREVER HOMES on the Midcoast for the combination dachshund/ lovebug Candi and the older feline gentleman Kobie.

All brought to you by the animal lovers at Darling's Brunswick Ford--Bath Road--you'll do better at Darling.

If you are interested in either Candi or Kobie, drop by Midcoast Humane in the Brunswick Industrial Park or visit MidcoastHumane.org.

This morning 6-9 on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, your morning Midcoast news and sports updates, your frequent forecas...
09/16/2022

This morning 6-9 on the WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz, your morning Midcoast news and sports updates, your frequent forecast,

AND

--AT 7:35, the man who once served as Speaker of the Maine House, and now makes music tinged by Memphis--Pat Colwell, in advance of his tribute to Etta James at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Brunswick on Saturday evening.

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FIRST from WCME News:A big load of money from the U-S Department of Agriculture is headed to Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freepo...
09/15/2022

FIRST from WCME News:

A big load of money from the U-S Department of Agriculture is headed to Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport.

$35 million for an initiative to promote climate-smart agriculture (CSA), particularly for beef, dairy, wheat, rice, and specialty crops. This project will develop the tools and approaches necessary to catalyze change by equipping and training technical service providers for CSA implementation, creating transition finance incentives for producers, and developing a self-sustaining marketplace for climate-smart commodities.

FIRST from WCME News:In Freeport, the RSU-5 School Board gets a briefing on the school district's ongoing implementation...
09/15/2022

FIRST from WCME News:

In Freeport, the RSU-5 School Board gets a briefing on the school district's ongoing implementation of so-called ALICE training for both staff and students, to prepare for the possibility of an active shooter situation.

ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, and while it has been controversial in some areas of the country, it has so far won praise from RSU-5 administrators who have undergone the training and from Ryan McGee, Lisbon's police chief and interim town manager, who is also the parent of a daughter attending RSU-5's Durham Community School.

Mast Landing School Principal Emily Grimm says unlike previous school safety protocols, ALICE calls for the sharing of accurate information about the location of a shooter. Grimm also says the ultimate ALICE goal is to evacuate and to "buy time" to keep students and teachers safe before police arrive.

ALICE has already been implemented in Brunswick, and implementation is underway in Lisbon.

You'll hear the voices of those involved in ALICE training in RSU-5 on the Thursday WCME Midcoast Morning Buzz.

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From WCME News:A Bowdoin College student has been awarded a Voyager Scholarship from the Obama Foundation. These scholar...
09/14/2022

From WCME News:

A Bowdoin College student has been awarded a Voyager Scholarship from the Obama Foundation. These scholarships, which include up to $50,000 in financial aid and travel stipends, are being awarded to 100 recipients who plan to pursue a career in public service.

Paulina Lizeth Morales of Dallas, Texas, is studying education, government and legal studies. She grew up in a mostly black and brown community of immigrants and first-generation Americans, and wants to focus in her career on humane immigration policy and equitable access to education.

First from WCME News:18 new apartments, with rents targeted to modest incomes, may be coming to the downtown and near-do...
09/13/2022

First from WCME News:

18 new apartments, with rents targeted to modest incomes, may be coming to the downtown and near-downtown areas of Bath.

Bath Housing Development Corporation has been authorized to pursue funding to support the development of the units, walkable to downtown, at a so-far unspecified location.

Funding will come from MaineHousing’s new Rural Affordable Housing Rental Program.

Bath Housing Executive Director Debora Keller says the timing is critical, saying also that employers of all sizes struggling to hire because of housing issues, while vacancies are non-
existent.

First from WCME News: A man who worked in production for nearly 40 years at Bath Iron Works, and retired in 2014 as vice...
09/13/2022

First from WCME News:

A man who worked in production for nearly 40 years at Bath Iron Works, and retired in 2014 as vice-president of operations, is returning to the company in that role.

David Clark, who has spent the last several years in various roles at several shipyards, will come back to BIW on September 26, when he will be responsible for the manufacturing department that constructs the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer for the U.S. Navy.

FIRST from WCME News:Kate Foye, the downtown representative on the Brunswick Town Council, makes a surprise decision not...
09/13/2022

FIRST from WCME News:

Kate Foye, the downtown representative on the Brunswick Town Council, makes a surprise decision not to seek re-election this November, after just one term.

Foye says in a statement that while it was an honor to serve on the council, job responsibilities and family commitments no longer provide the flexibility required to do this work in the way she is committed to doing it.

Last week Foye waged an emotional and unsuccessful battle to delay a council vote on the move of the town's only polling place from Brunswick Junior High School to the Recreation Center at Brunswick Landing.

This moves leaves District 6, the downtown district, without any candidates for the seat being vacated, so write-in votes will decide the winner of the seat in November.

Kate Foye also serves as State Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications, and has a background with the Mills administration.

Two other council incumbents, David Watson and Steve Walker will seek re-election, and are unopposed. School Board Chair Beth Bisson and board members Mandy Merrill and Elizabeth Sokoloff are also seeking re-election--and running without opposition.

In Topsham, incumbent Select Board members Matt Nixon and Marie Brilliant will run unopposed, but there will be competition for the Topsham SAD-75 school board seat being given up by veteran board member Holly Kopp.

Jim Burak, who briefly served as an appointed board member, will be opposed by Haley Kulas.

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WCME Sports: Bowdoin College goes to the professional ranks to find its new men's hockey coach. Ben Guite is a native of LaSalle, Quebec, who coached the ECHL’s Maine Mariners in 2021-22, going 33-31-5 in his first and only season with the team, and leading the Mariners to their first playoff appearance. (Photo, courtesy, Bowdoin College)
Jim Bleikamp here. Just had a culinary experience that was so totally excellent that I would feel a certain guilt if I didn't share it. I have this evening downed the outstanding Caesar Salad on the menu at the new 555 North restaurant inside the Federal Hotel (formerly Captain Daniel Stone Inn) on Water Street in Brunswick. Some context here. I eat salads in an attempt to maintain a healthy balance in my diet, but I am not a Green Machine in the way of certain friends. Caesars have always been among my favorites in the salad family, but frankly I never knew it was possible to make a Caesar as fine as the one I had this evening. Three words: Through. The. Roof. Totally satisfying as a main course--and I am one to usually view salad as a side dish. I thought you would want to know. And by the way, they are NOT paying me to say this--this is an entirely free and well deserved endorsement. We are very fortunate here on the Midcoast that 555 North has moved up the coast from Portland. I probably should have snapped a photo of my dinner for this post--it was very lovely-looking as well as tasty, but since I didn't, the 555 logo will have to suffice as the visual here.
Something we wish not to miss. So we won't. Some photos of Saturday's gathering to celebrate the retirement of Peter Wild from the Brunswick Fire Department after 25 years of professional and 13 years of volunteer service. That totals to nearly FOUR DECADES of service. Always a fine thing to see Peter here on the WCME page. Thanks to Brunswick Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1718.
From WCME News: With the Brunswick Town Council having voted late in June to approve a controversial emergency moratorium on housing development, slapping a 180-day pause on the review and approval of most housing development projects, the corresponding job of establishing a task force to encourage affordable housing options is underway. At-Large Councilor Dan Ankeles tells WCME News that at its meeting next week, the Town Council will be presented with a proposal that would create a task force dedicated to providing recommendations on a speedy basis, with the goal of making sure that the town is doing all it can to make sure that new housing in town features some variety.
From WCME News: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says she has tested positive for COVID-19, and released the following statement: “Last night, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m fortunate to only be experiencing mild symptoms, thanks to the vaccine and booster shots. My positive result is one of hundreds recorded each day in Maine and across the country, and it’s a good reminder that COVID is not done with us. So, as we embrace the Maine summer we know and love, I urge everyone—Mainers and visitors alike—to remain vigilant in our fight against COVID. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Get tested if you’re feeling sick. I will continue to follow CDC protocols and, until I am fully recovered, remain at home working remotely for the people of Maine.” Pingree is fully vaccinated and has received both booster shots, giving her the strongest available protections against serious illness or hospitalization. She will continue to monitor symptoms and isolate for at least five days, consistent with Maine and U.S. CDC guidelines.
From WCME News: 988 is a number which we are likely to soon know better--here in Maine and elsewhere. It's the number of a new nationwide su***de and mental health crisis hotline. A July 16 deadline has been established for every state to implement the new 988 hotline so that it connects callers with local responders, and Maine officials say they expect to meet the deadline. The new system will operate like the 911 emergency call line, but is intended specifically for those experiencing a mental health crisis.
WCME Sports: Thomas Labbe, the star senior midfielder of this year's Brunswick Dragon boys lacrosse team, is named to the 2022 Varsity Maine All-State team. Labbe, already an all-American and the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, led the Dragons to the Class B state title, scoring five goals in a 14-13 win over Yarmouth. Also named to the team, Henry Bergeron, a senior defenseman at North Yarmouth Academy. Named to the girls All-State team are Katelyn D'Appalonia and Maggie Holt, also of North Yarmouth Academy.
From WCME News: A pointed response from Maine Second District Congressman Jared Golden in the wake of a federal court ruling from Judge James Boasberg that federal regulators violated both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act with new regulations that failed to adequately reduce the lobster fishery’s threat to the North Atlantic right whale: “Judge Boasberg’s ruling is the latest in what has been an unrelenting and groundless campaign against Maine lobstermen by elite, out-of-touch conservation groups and their city-dwelling, silver spoon donors and lobbyists. The Maine lobster community is working to understand the full implications of the ruling and determine next steps, and I will continue to fight alongside Maine lobstermen against yet another effort by special interests and unelected officials to ignore scientific data as they try to put lobstermen out of business.” -
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From WCME News: It's a ruling seen as a large win for environmental groups and at the same time a major loss for the lobster industry. A federal judge has ruled that federal regulators violated both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act with new regulations that failed to adequately reduce the lobster fishery’s threat to the North Atlantic right whale. In a 43-page ruling, Federal Judge James Boasberg writes that “For centuries, these whales were imperiled by excessive hunting, but today the greatest human-caused threat comes from entanglement in fishing gear,” and the judge goes on to say that "much of that gear is dropped into the ocean by crews fishing for lobster.” The Maine Lobstermen’s Association says in a statement that it will not allow the industry to go down without a fight. The parties have been ordered to submit a proposed briefing schedule for the remedies by July 20. There will be a status hearing July 22.
From WCME News: It's a mystery. Why has the Coast Guard stopped the operation of the ferry from Richmond across the Kennebec River to Swan Island? It's also notable that a date has so far not been set for the service to resume. It's not clear what prompted this move--the state has provided ferry service between Richmond and the island since the 1960s and the current ferry has been in service for seven years. This move has caused the cancellation of field trips to the island at the end of the school year. There is apparently no record of the boat being inspected as a small passenger vessel, and as a result the captain of the port deemed it as “a significant unsafe boating condition and an environmental threat to the port and navigable waterways.” An order, issued May 27 and signed by Capt. A. E. Florentino, reads: “In my capacity as Captain of the Port in Northern New England, I have determined that operation of your vessel with passengers for hire represents a significant unsafe boating condition and environmental threat to port and navigable waterways of the United States. Therefore, I hereby order you to immediately cease operations as a Passenger Vessel until such time as it can be shown to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard that your vessel is being operated in compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations.”
From WCME News: Two people are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a small private Cessna plane crashed at Portland International Jetport shortly after take-off. The airport director says the plane "broke apart" when it crashed. Photos of the wreckage show that the tail section had partially split from the cockpit. (Photo courtesy, Portland Jetport)
Heads-Up! --The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 201 in Topsham, with work to begin next Wednesday, July 13th and be finished by September 9th. The project area begins north of Old Augusta Road and extends north for nearly four miles, ending at the Bowdoin town line. You may encounter lane closures and alternating, single-lane traffic patterns. --Also on July 13, paving work will begin on Route 24 in Brunswick, and be finished by September 9th. The project area begins south of Mountain road in Harpswell and extends north for almost eight miles, ending near Forrestal Drive in Brunswick. Once again, you may encounter lane closures and alternating, single-lane traffic patterns.
From WCME News: The cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a two-story home at 2 Chase Lane is under investigation by Brunswick firefighters and police, although this fire is not believed to be suspicious, and the lone resident escaped without injury. It was a fire that went to a second alarm, and received mutual aid from Topsham, Bath, West Bath, Freeport, Lisbon, Durham, Phippsburg and Woolwich. Fire Chief Ken Brillant says it was a firefighting operation made difficult by the fact that it was located outside of the hydrant area and required water to be trucked in.