A dogged pursuit... of poop

KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- You've seen dogs who sniff for drugs and dogs who sniff for lost hikers. But this week, two dogs have come to Maine from Michigan to sniff for.. poop.

Sable and Logan work for Environmental Canine Services. They came with their owners, Scott and Karen Reynolds, to the Kittery Trading Post Tuesday to demonstrate their ability to search for "illicit discharge" in storm drains.

The dogs only alert to human sewage. And that helps scientists who are trying to figure out whether brooks or beaches are being contaminated by animal runoff or by human waste from pipes that aren't hooked up properly. The dogs work a lot quicker than traditional sample tests, and that can save towns money when they try to pinpoint their problem.

FB Environmental Associates contracted with the company to bring the dogs to Maine. This week, Sable and Logan will be working in towns between Kittery and Portland.

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Ebb and flow of turnpike traffic has Maine rolling

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If traffic on the main artery into Maine is any indicator, tourists are taking the Pine Tree State by storm.

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that 7.8 million transactions took place on the 109-mile long toll road in July, which was about 5,000 less than last year.

"Traffic has been relatively stable from 2011 using 2012 numbers," stated Dan Morin, the MTA's public relations manager.  "The summer months are our busiest times.  If you look at a flow chart, you will see a definitive spike, precipitously, moving upward during the summer months.  That's where we get most of our revenue and traffic numbers."

TRUE NORTH HEALTH CENTER CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY

Fifteen years ago, three nurses shared a vision about a new kind of health care. One that would strike a balance between medical science and healing arts. Kathryn Landon-Malone, a pediatric nurse practitioner, was one of the three. She says, "Once we started the process, we couldn't stop." To read more and learn how you can help True North celebrate its anniversary, go to www.dianeatwood.com/catchinghealth/2012/08/true-north-health-center-cele...

Blueberry picker finds body in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Police in Portland, Maine, are investigating the discovery of human remains over the weekend.

Lt. Scott Pelletier says it appears that skeletal remains were wrapped in a blanket. The remains were discovered Saturday by a man picking blueberries on a trail near Hutchins Drive.

A cadaver dog and anthropologist assisted.

Police say they have some clues as to the identity of the remains, believed to be those of a woman. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.

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Movies: "Safety Not Guaranteed"

Movies: "Safety Not Guaranteed"

 

“Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me.  This is not a joke.  You’ll get paid after we get back.  Must bring your own weapons.  I have done this once before.  SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.”

 

That’s the classified ad that sets off the storyline of this sweet little indie, starring Aubrey Plaza, the taciturn April of TV’s “Parks and Recreation.”  

 

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

UMaine Extension Offering 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is announcing that the 4th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in various communities within Cumberland County.

Events in Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Portland, South Portland, Windham and Yarmouth begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. Registrants will receive a booklet describing each site and a map showing specific locations.

Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally.