It was one of the largest funerals in Maine history yesterday, when roughly 36 hundred law enforcement officers, family, friends, and citizens came together to say goodbye to Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. People waved flags from overpasses, lined with firetrucks, as the motorcade made its way from Skowhegan to Bangor, led by a motorcycle patrol from New York City. The day ended with a rifle salute and flyover for Cole, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

A 7-year-old Maine girl and student at Eliot Elementary School was one of two people killed in a boating accident on the Piscataqua River. Officials say 7-year-old Kaillen Wickman and 56-year-old Laurie Stewart died when a boat driven by John Wickman struck a buoy near the Eliot boat landing. Wickman and Kaillen’s 5-year-old brother are recovering in a hospital.

Acadia National Park lovers can save a little money this month by buying their weekly vehicle passes before the price goes up. The passes currently cost 25 dollars, but will go up to 30 dollars beginning June 1st. They’ve available for sale at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

A 100 year old woman received her GED this month, after telling a young woman she befriended her life story. Bertie Bickford told Lisa Michaud about four years ago that her father pulled her out of school in the 8th grade to help take care of her many brothers and sisters. Michaud reached out to representative Matthew Prouliot, who helped her get an honorary GED from the Department of Education.

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