UMaine Christmas Decoration Debacle

ORONO - Controversy is swarming around the University of Maine today, after an email sent out to a group of faculty stated there should be no display of Christmas or other religious themed decorations. On Monday, a manager within auxiliary services at the University of Maine sent an email to his department heads that has led to a holiday decoration debacle now, the University is saying it was a big misunderstanding.

Garage destroyed by fire in Ripley

It's a terrible setback for a mechanic in the town of Ripley.

He lost his garage and all his tools when fire erupted this morning on Route 23.

Ronald Sinclair was working on his sister-in-laws vehicle when it backfired and sparked a fire in the engine.

His brother says it spread quickly and Sinclair was forced to get out.

He called the fire department and moved a few cars away from the burning building.

It was around that time the fire department arrived and snuffed out the flames.

Sinclair says his brother has been a mechanic for decades and is known throughout the area.

He expects he'll be back in business as soon as he can.

Close call off Rockland

(photos courtesy William Travaskis)

Some tense moments today for folks aboard a transport ferry near the Owls Head Light. .

The "Island Transporter" was carrying a cement truck and another truck from Rockland to Northhaven when high winds and waves caused  the load to shift..

That  caused the cement truck to tip over and the vessle to list to one side.

According to "The Working Waterfront" waves were running 7 to 11 feet high at the time.

The Coast Guard was called around 9:30 and stood by as the transporter limped its way to the island where it was moored..

One of the truck drivers received minor injuries..

UPDATE: Officials Respond to Removal of Decorations on UMO

ORONO - There is outrage on social media after some holiday decorations were removed from the University of Maine campus in Orono. An email sent to some staff said things like Christmas trees, Christmas presents and menorahs could not be used as decorations in public areas.

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