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MILO, Maine (WABI) – Maine’s largest solar farm now lies in Milo.

It is the future of powering thousands of homes and businesses.

Senator Susan Collins and developers of the $30 million project were in attendance for a ribbon cutting Friday.

“Milo is very proud to have a role and a very large green energy project that will benefit everyone,” said Peter Hamlin, Milo Chairman of the Selectboard.

Folks backing the project say continuing to invest in renewable energy will ultimately lower electric bills for Mainers.

“And will save more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually. That is truly remarkable,” said Senator Susan Collins.

This solar farm will power more than 3,000 homes and businesses.

“We’ve also completed projects in Oxford, Fairfield, Winslow, Augusta, on Churchill Road near the Capitol. So yeah, it’s happening across Maine,” said Bob Cleaves, Co-founder of Dirigo Solar.

Harnessing solar power is still a work in progress.

Work still needs to be done at improving batteries that can store it more efficiently.

“Not only to work on improving the storage by batteries but look at whole new technologies so Maine really can lead the way in solar energy,” said Senator Collins.

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – A LaGrange man has been indicted for manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed his passenger last year.

Randall Hamm was arrested in December.

He’s also charged with aggravated drunken driving.

State Police say Hamm was driving an SUV on the Medford Road in LaGrange in July of last year with he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over.

His passenger, 35-year-old Desarae Bourgoine of LaGrange, was thrown out and killed.

Repairs were quickly made

MILO, Maine (WABI) -A bridge in Milo developed a sinkhole this morning.

A public works crew was performing maintenance on Trafton Bridge when a piece of equipment drove over a section of the bridge deck and the pavement broke, revealing a seven foot hole.

Sand underneath that section of the bridge had apparently been disintegrating over the years.

Public works filled the hole, and the bridge has been deemed safe.

The westbound lane was closed for much of the day but is expected to reopen this evening.

Dr. Nirav Shah reminded the people of Maine that the pandemic is not over and we are not out of this yet.

Dr. Nirav Shah reminded the people of Maine that the pandemic is not over and we are not out of this yet.

Although Mainers are getting more vaccines, the state has seen an increase in things like positivity rate and hospitalizations over the last two weeks.

In Piscataquis County the overall case count has nearly doubled in the last month.

“The range of those cases goes from individuals as young as nine all the way up to 85,” explained Shah. “There has been one hospitalization. Thankfully, there have not been any deaths. These cases have affected for example three healthcare workers in Piscataquis County. There have also been no confirmed outbreaks. But we are seeing is a significant uptick in community transmission.”

The community transmission has been found to have come from restaurants and apartment complexes.

Shah says this is a reminder of why following safety guidelines is so important.

Two adults and two children were in the building at the time

MILO, Maine (WABI) – Milo’s town manager says it’s a “miracle” no one was hurt when a building partially collapsed with a family inside.

Police say four people — the woman who owned the building, her boyfriend, and her two kids — were living in the old Masonic Building on Main Street. They were all there Monday around 2:30 p.m. when part of the roof caved in.

Town Manager Bob Canney says luckily, they were in a different area of the building than where the damage occured.

The family’s three cats also survived.

Canney says the woman was working to repair the roughly 100-year-old building. Now, it will have to be demolished.

The town is looking into whether a building next to it needs to come down, too.

The fundraiser plays a major role in helping the club raise money for trail maintenance

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – While COVID is making larger gatherings more difficult, one snowmobile club is doing their best with an annual event.

The Ebeemee Snowmobile Club held their “Ebeemee Fly-In” this morning, with some attendees riding their sleds in, while others, like the name suggests, dropped by on planes.

To ensure people’s safety, the club required face coverings and social distancing measures, but still did old favorites like their fifty-fifty raffle and the “Adopt A Trail” programs.

With over seventy miles of trail to groom, the club said that events like the Fly-In are vital to maintaining a classic Maine staple, and encouraged others to get involved through both donation and participation.

“You know, many hands make light work, and money funding is huge,” explained Laurie Plourde, the club’s President. “That’s always the big thing, it all comes down to that. You have to have cash flow to make trails flat and wonderful, so, join a club, over and over again. And most importantly, join Ebeemee Snowmobile Club.”

And if you’d like to help, or join, the Ebeemee Snowmobile Club, you can find them on Facebook.

BROWNVILLE, Maine (WABI) – One of Maine’s oldest fishing derbies made it’s return this weekend.

The 59th Annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held, with dozens of entrants competing to catch fish in return for a wide variety of prizes.

Prizes varied from cash to gift cards to even a brand new ATV, and all entrants had to pay was a ten dollar entry fee, with all proceeds going to the Milo Fire Department’s various charities and events.

Organizers and volunteers say that the derby is a proud Maine tradition that gives people a chance to have some outdoor fun for a good cause.

“The local economy really needed a fishing derby,” explained Ricky Bradeen, a volunteer for the derby. “A lot of people come in, they buy gas, they buy food, they buy groceries to camp, and the other thing is, they to outdoor recreate, they get to icefish, get to have fun, and they’re also supporting the local fire department, which is then gonna go back out into the community to various charities and stuff so you’re really helping out everybody and having a fun time.”

“It’s just the atmosphere, being outdoors,” said Doug McClure, an entrant in the derby. “Like I said, having lots of family around, we play games and fish and we just really enjoy being up here.”

“That’s exactly it. It’s all about getting together with family and enjoying some time outside, finally,” added John Sirois, another entrant.

While COVID forced them to cancel the usual in-person drawing, it will instead be held online at 7 tonight.

You can watch that at https://www.threeriverscommunity.me/fishingderby/

The residence belongs to two adults.

MILO, Maine (WABI) – Officials say two people are without a home Tuesday night after a fire in Milo.

It happened on Park Street.

Milo’s fire chief says there were two people inside at the time, but they made it out ok.

However, two pets didn’t make it.

We’re told the house and a barn were badly damaged.

Investigators will now try to figure out a cause.

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