Archive for August, 2010

USM Students Moving Into Dorms Ahead Of Classes

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

GORHAM, Maine (AP) ― Incoming students at the University of Southern Maine are moving into their dorms.

USM officials say nearly 500 freshmen and transfer students are moving into residence halls on Saturday at the university’s campus in Gorham. University President Selma Bottman plans to be there to greet them and their families.

Upperclassmen are moving in on Sunday morning.

In all, USM this year is expecting about 925 freshmen and an equal number of transfer students this fall.

Classes begin on Monday at USM, which has campuses in Gorham and Portland.

Windham stocks its pantry shelves

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Windham’s food pantry is once again stocked up after a major push for donations over the last few weeks.

The pantry teamed up with Senator Bill Diamond and Representatives Mark Bryant and Gary Plummer to get the word out about low donations during the summer months.

Over the past few weeks the pantry has collected more than $10,000, and during a food drive Saturday, collected about 5,000 pounds of food.

Madeline Roberts, with the food pantry, says the food will help them feed area families for the next four months. She says they’ll hold another food drive around Christmas.

4 tornadoes touch down in New England

Friday, August 6th, 2010

GORHAM, Maine — Four separate funnel clouds made contact in New England, the National Weather Service confirmed.

In Maine, tornadoes touched down in Gorham, Limerick and Alfred.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado that stuck Gorham on Wednesday started as an EF0 before strengthening to an EF1 with winds up to 110 miles per hour.

“I couldn’t believe it, I mean this is something we don’t ever see around here,” said Shawn Barden, a witness.

The twister bounced westward through a neighborhood, where it ripped apart trees and threw a swing set and trampoline.

“Trees started falling but we couldn’t hear the tree fall cause the wind was so loud,” said Mackenzie Collins, another witness.

The tornado destroyed two barns and killed two heads of cattle; Norm Justice’s historic barn was one of them.

“It was on the tree line there and I could see it forming. It came quit,” said Norm Justice.

Two other twisters touched down in Maine on Wednesday, including one in Hollis.

On average, the state of Maine sees just two tornadoes per year.

A tornado was also confirmed in Bristol, Conn.

High winds damaged homes and the heavy rain was too much for the city sewers.

The National Weather Service reportedly also investigated reports of funnel clouds in New Hampshire and Vermont.

No injuries were reported in any of the tornadoes.