Lakes Region Briefs

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Dutton Hill Bridge
closed into autumn
GRAY — The Maine Turnpike Authority expects the Dutton Hill Bridge to be closed to traffic through mid-November during construction.

The bridge is closed to facilitate a $1.5 million construction project, which the turnpike authority described in a press release as “major rehabilitation work.” 

The bridge, which was closed beginning June 22 and passes over the Maine Turnpike, carries roughly 1,100 vehicles each day. 

“Work on the bridge consists of raising the existing bridge structure to provide a minimum vertical clearance of 15’6”, replacing the concrete deck, repairs to the existing abutments and piers and reconstruction of the bridge approaches,” the release said.

Detour signs will be posted in the area to redirect traffic to Portland, Blackstrap Road and Forest Lake roads.

“Message boards will be in place to inform approaching travelers of the closure. The Maine Turnpike Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding during this construction,” the press release said.

Naples to celebrate Fourth
with parade, fireworks
NAPLES — The causeway will be full of action next Wednesday for the Naples Independence Day Celebration.

The celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. with a parade, according to an agenda of events on the town website. Participants do not have to register ahead of time, and should arrive at the town office, 15 Village Green Lane, at 1 p.m. The theme is “Celebrating the American Dream.” 

Fireworks on Long Lake will start at dusk. Parking is available on the Naples causeway, at the town office and town beach overflow lots.
 
Pontoon boats sought
for fishing tourney
STANDISH — The non-profit Outdoors Again is recruiting pontoon boat owners to volunteer boats and two to three hours of their time for the 4th annual Bass Fishing Tournament for paraplegics, quadriplegics and others confined to wheelchairs.

The tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Saint Joseph’s College on Whites Bridge Road and will also feature music and food.

More than 50 volunteers will be assisting with transport on/off the boats and casting/reeling fishing poles.

To volunteer, contact Holly McHale,  hollym@outdoorsagain.org or 207-247-8131 ext 1004.

After milfoil found, DEP
urges boaters to be vigilant
AUGUSTA — After confirming the discovery of Eurasian water milfoil on a boat entering Pennesseewassee Lake in Norway, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is urging boaters to clean, drain and dry boats, anchor lines and fishing gear before and after launching in Maine waters.

The aggressive aquatic plant was intercepted May 31 by a Lakes Association of Norway courtesy boat inspector.

“This finding by the alert inspector reminds us that anyone enjoying Maine lakes and rivers can unwittingly move plants, fish and other organisms between waters,” said John McPhedran, Biologist for the DEP. 

“DEP urges boaters to clean mud, plants, and animals from their boat, trailer, motor and other equipment; drain all water from the boat, boat engine, and other equipment away from the water; and dry anything that contacts the water.  The Clean, Drain, Dry message is promoted nationally to reduce risk of moving plants, animals and pathogens,” McPhedran said.

Red Cross blood drives
at Point Sebago, Smitty’s

PORTLAND — The American Red Cross will hold three blood drives in the area in July.

The first will be held in Casco, at Point Sebago, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10.  In Windham, drives will  be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 at Smitty’s Cinema and from noon to 5 p.m. July 18 at the Windham Veteran’s Center.

Donors will receive a Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome.

The Dutton Hill Bridge over the Maine Turnpike in Gray is undergoing a $1.5 million construction project.