John Bapst student killed in car crash in Prospect

PROSPECT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 16 year old John Bapst Memorial High School student Owen Krause was killed in a car accident on Route 1A in Prospect on Wednesday morning. Police say Krause's Lincoln sedan suddenly veered left into the oncoming lane and struck a dump truck head-on. The Bapst junior was killed instantly.

Bapst Head of School Mel Mackay says grief counselors are at the high school today and will be tomorrow, in order to help students and staff cope with Krause's death. Mackay also sent a letter home with parents informing them that all after-school activities were cancelled on Wednesday.

In the letter, Mackay says, "Our deepest sympathies go out to Owen's family and to his friends, so many of whom are part of this school community...This loss will be felt for a long time to come."

A spokesman from the Waldo County Sheriff's Office says the crash is under investigation.

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Bangor assistant superintendent placed on administrative leave

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Robert Lucy, the assistant superintendent for the Bangor school systems has been placed on administrative leave.

Superintendent Betsy Webb said Lucy is on leave while the school department investigates allegations that he told teachers to allow students to change their answers on a standardized test in 2011. This happened while he was the principal at Orono Middle School.

Doctor Webb said administrative leave is the usual procedure for the school department when handling these types of situations. She also said this does not reflect any decision that School Department is currently making.

UMaine students surprised with flash mob concert

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- On Wednesday night the Asphalt Orchestra will play a concert at the UMaine Collins Center. To help drum up interest the orchestra had a little surprise for people on campus.

The orchestra performed a flash mob concert on campus Wednesday. It started in the Hilltop dining commons at noon and they performed at a few other places on campus.

Co-Director of the Asphalt Orchestra Ken Thomson said the group is a 12 piece marching band and they play a wide variety of music ranging from rock, to jazz, to classical. Thomson said he has noticed that performing flash mob concerts before the main event helps bring in a few more people to the show.

UMaine's Lobster Institute Celebrating 25th Anniversary

The University of Maine-based Lobster Institute is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 21, with a research showcase at UMaine's Memorial Union.

The showcase, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature more than 20 poster presentations and displays of a range of projects focusing on issues such as lobster health sampling; bait amounts; stock assessment; and value-added product development.

Displays include a model of the Habitat Mooring System, a new concept in moorings that was developed at UMaine; a mounted lobster shell nearly 30 inches long; lobster traps and tools; and an exhibit tracing the history of the institute.

The showcase will be held in the atrium area in front of the UMaine bookstore in the Union.

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Medway man to get 10 years in high-speed chase

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Medway man who tried to run down an Orono police officer, then led police on a 15-mile, high-speed chase in January will get a 10-year prison sentence.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Lauren MacArthur pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including two counts of assault on a police officer, reckless conduct, refusal to submit to arrest and criminal speeding. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated attempted murder.

Police say the 27-year-old MacArthur tried to run down an Orono police sergeant directing traffic after a University of Maine hockey game, then led police on a chase through three towns that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

He also faces federal charges in connection with two guns found abandoned near where his vehicle as eventually stopped.

Harvest time in our big garden! 2012

Harvest time in our big garden!  2012

Well it's harvest time in our large garden and we are in high production!  We're harvesting potatoes, which is always fun.  Harvesting potatoes is like going on a treasure hunt.  You know where to dig but you have no idea what you're going to find!  Soon these lovely yellow and white orbs begin poking through the earth and it's like finding gold!  We've also harvested lots of tomatoes and we are canning them like crazy, over 30 quarts so far!  I did a video on canning tomatoes last year so if you'd like to see it CLICK HERE!

RSU 19 school board wants to take out a loan to help with financial troubles

NEWPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- At Tuesday night's RSU 19 school board meeting, board members discussed several topics which included the RSU's budget problem.

School board members voted to take out a 10 year $3.6 million loan to try and get out of the massive financial deficit the RSU is facing and to help pay the bills for this fiscal year.

RSU 19 Superintendent Gregory Potter said an audit shows the district was $400,000 in the red for 2011 and the 2012 fiscal year ended with an additional $2 million negative fund balance.

Potter said it will now be up to the voters to decide if the district will get the loan. If it does not there will be tough decisions to be made.