Articles by Terry Karkos

 

River Valley residents in shock over deaths, injuries in Brewer accident

By Terry Karkos on July 17, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — River Valley residents reacted with shock and disbelief Wednesday morning to the deaths of a Rumford couple and the serious injuries of a Mexico couple in a head-on collision in Brewer on Tuesday. Police said Joseph Richard, 76, of Mexico, was traveling west on Route 9 when …
Forester Jeff Williams stands on property in North Yarmouth that has been overtaken with honeysuckle, at right, Japanese bayberry, bittersweet, burning bush and multiflora rose, all invasive species. "The homeowner wants to do a commercial harvest, but I have advised him against it," Williams said. "Once harvested, the honeysuckle would make it difficult to regenerate the native trees and plants."

Pandora’s Box: Waging war on invasive plants in Maine is a full-time job

By Terry Karkos on June 29, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Living next to a cemetery isn’t a great place to be unless you happen to be an invasive plants and trees educator like Patty Cormier. Her yard beside Riverside Cemetery on Route 2 in Farmington is a veritable Pandora’s box of invasive plants and trees. Birds and …
A 1997 GMC Jimmy in the foreground traveled about 1,500 feet through front yards lining Harlow Hill Road, ran over hedges and crossed through two lanes of back and forth traffic on Roxbury Road without hitting anything before slamming into the Speck Mountain Evangelistic Church and Outreach at 33 Roxbury Road in Mexico.

Two elderly Rumford residents shaken up in bizarre accident in Mexico

By Terry Karkos on May 25, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — Two elderly Rumford residents were involved in a bizarre accident Saturday afternoon when their sport utility vehicle struck a church on Roxbury Road. Driver John Hall, 91, complained of chest pain from the safety belt and his wife, Mary Hall, 90, complained of anxiety, Mexico police Lt. …

Gray woman gives birth in driveway by herself

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 24, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Steve Bronish got the surprise of his life Friday morning when his daughter gave birth to a baby girl while standing in her Gray driveway. At 5:18 a.m., by herself, Abigail Cain delivered her own baby, Danica AnnMarie Cain, who weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured …

Missing snowmobiler found in Byron camp

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 05, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
BYRON, Maine — A snowmobiler missing for several hours Saturday morning was found OK at a local camp, Roxbury Selectman Mike Worthley said Saturday night via Facebook. Worthley said the snowmobiler went riding at 1 a.m. Saturday and was later reported missing. Members of the Maine Warden Service set up …
The driver of this demolished 2010 Hyundai Elantra was taken to Rumford Hospital on Friday afternoon when a tire that came off a loaded logging truck on Route 2 near Rumford Center smashed into the car, police said.

Tire falls off logging truck, destroys car and injures motorist in Rumford

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 04, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A local woman was injured Friday afternoon when her car was destroyed by one of two tires that came off a loaded logging truck on Route 2, police said. Constance Breton, 58, suffered minor injuries and complained of pain, Sgt. James Bernard said at the scene. She …
Framed through the arch of a fishing rod, Jonathan James, of Eddington, is seen adjusting fishing lines on West Grand Lake in June.

New fishing rules for 2014 include allowances for year-round fishing in some ponds and lakes

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 27, 2013, at 8:27 a.m.
RUMFORD — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife continues work to simplify its fishing rulebook, now available at most town offices. Additionally, there are six significant changes listed in the 2014 magazine-format book. The general law for lakes and ponds in the southern and eastern counties now allows …

Rumford town manager ‘disappointed’ with mill’s machine shutdown after $1.1 million tax reduction

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 20, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Tuesday that he is disappointed that NewPage Corp. will shut down its No. 12 paper machine indefinitely by mid-February. Ron Hemingway, president of the Local 900 United Steelworkers, told the Sun Journal that “around 120 people” may be affected by that shutdown. …
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Two Peru men facing drug trafficking charges

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 16, 2013, at 6:08 a.m.
PERU — State police arrested two local men Thursday afternoon on felony drug trafficking charges. Trooper Jason Wing charged Corey Noel Beale, 33, of 100 Pleasant St. and Dwight F. Millett, 26, of 71 Pleasant St. with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. They were taken to Oxford County Jail in …
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Jay schools' running, race-walking and skiing coach and educator Randy Easter, left center, strides past fellow participants at the Spruce Mountain High School track in Saturday afternoon's Running for Randy 1-mile family fun run/walk fundraiser for Easter in his fight against cancer.

Community honors beloved Jay coach, educator battling cancer

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 11, 2013, at 5:35 p.m.
JAY, Maine — Melting snow plopped loudly to the ground late Sunday morning as town officials surprised Randy Easter during a dedication ceremony to him at the end of Lavoie Street Extension. Easter is a beloved longtime running, race-walking and skiing coach and educator for Jay schools. He was diagnosed …

New high-end alpine ski shop opens in Bethel

By Terry Karkos on Oct. 25, 2013, at 7:33 a.m.
BETHEL, Maine — A new alpine-based ski shop recently opened for the season on Route 2 between Bethel and Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry. Sport Thoma is an 8,300-square-foot store at 288 Mayville Road. It is owned by Peter and Nancy Kailey, a Sunday River founding family. The Kaileys …
Hoping to save their beloved downhill ski area, Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford, 14-year-old Curtis Gauvin of Rumford, flanked at left by Avery Sevigny, 11, and at right by her sister Rylee Sevigny, 10, both of Mexico, organized a 5-kilometer fun run for Aug. 10 that starts and ends at the Hosmer Field track on which they're standing. All proceeds from the race they've dubbed the "Hit the Track for Black 5K" will go to Black Mountain.

Youths organize fun run to save Rumford ski area

By Terry Karkos on July 12, 2013, at 8:06 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Three River Valley youths took matters into their own hands late last month after learning that their favorite ski hill was being closed due to a funding crisis. Alarmed, Curtis Gauvin, 14, of Rumford, and sisters Avery Sevigny, 11, and Rylee Sevigny, 10, both of Mexico, quickly …

Rumford selectmen OK animal shelter deal, get update on Black Mountain

By Terry Karkos on July 04, 2013, at 10:04 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Selectmen approved an animal sheltering services contract Wednesday night with a local provider and discussed matters pertaining to the July 23 municipal budget vote. They also heard an update about Black Mountain of Maine ski area. An executive session for a personnel matter was tabled until the …

Otisfield town meeting voters OK petition opposing transportation of tar-sands oil

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal on June 30, 2013, at 1:14 p.m.
OTISFIELD, Maine — Voters approved a $1.4 million municipal budget at the annual town meeting Saturday morning in just three hours. They also OK’d every article in the 25-article warrant that sought approvals, including two citizen-initiated petitions. One opposed the possible transport of tar-sands oil through Otisfield and Maine; the …
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Black Mountain owner closes Rumford ski area

By Terry Karkos on June 26, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine —The Maine Winter Sports Center, which has owned and operated Black Mountain in Rumford since 2003, has announced its intention to close the alpine mountain, effective immediately. “The timing is unfortunate coming off our best season ever,” Andy Shepard, president and chief executive officer the MWSC, stated in …

Budget angst brews unrest at Rumford board meeting

By Terry Karkos on June 23, 2013, at 8:43 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Budget angst and unrest over taxes is giving selectmen heartburn. Emotions roiled at a meeting this past week when newly re-elected Selectman Brad Adley said it had been “an interesting week,” of which selectmen spent more than eight hours cutting the budget. “It really sucked and I …

Burglary, theft charges pending against West Paris man shot by state trooper

By Terry Karkos on June 14, 2013, at 12:52 p.m.
WEST PARIS — A young man who was shot three times by a Maine State Police trooper Saturday night remained hospitalized at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Thursday. A nursing supervisor said Tuesday that James Reynolds, 18, of Sumner Road was listed in critical condition. Since then, his …
Deputy Chief Chris Bryant of the Rumford Fire Department, center left, and Al White, a tenant at 1806 Route 2 in Rumford, talk outside a garage that caught fire late Saturday afternoon when flames engulfed a riding lawnmower parked beside the garage.

Riding lawnmower catches fire, burns Rumford garage

By Terry Karkos on May 19, 2013, at 5:34 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Rumford and Mexico firefighters were sent to a tractor and structure fire on Route 2 late Saturday afternoon. But when they arrived, the tractor, a small riding lawnmower, had been pulled away from a garage at 1086 Route 2 and flames on the garage wall were extinguished. …
Rumford firefighter Jeff Harren waits to throw more absorbent material onto fluids leaking from a Chevrolet Blazer involved in a three-vehicle collision on Route 108 in downtown Rumford on Friday.

Woman suffers injuries in 3-vehicle Rumford crash

By Terry Karkos on May 18, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
RUMFORD — A Rhode Island woman in town for a wedding this weekend was injured Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on Route 108 at the Congress Street intersection, police said. Cynthia Conant-Arp, 65, of Warwick, R.I., complained of a neck injury and was taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford …
An M/T Pockets tow truck crewman retrieves a 1997 Subaru Legacy station wagon late Thursday afternoon from a drainage ditch along Thad White Road in Mexico. Its teen driver backed the car onto the dirt road's soft shoulder and the wagon flipped over and fell into the ditch, landing atop and pinning a teen who was riding on the roof, police at the scene said.

Dixfield teen riding atop car roof pinned under it after rollover

By Terry Karkos on May 17, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
MEXICO, Maine — A Dixfield teenager who was riding on a car roof Thursday afternoon on Thad White Road was pinned under the car when it rolled into a drainage ditch, police said. Firefighters from Mexico, Rumford and Dixfield lifted the rear of the car and held it up, allowing …
 
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