Fire officials are stressing the importance of working smoke detectors after two people were able to safely escape their burning home in East Millinocket. The call came in at around 4:00 Saturday morning for a fire that significantly damaged the home. The State Fire Marshal's office is now investigating the cause of the blaze.

Maine Wardens rescued a group of capsized canoeists in high winds on Ripogenus Lake on Friday. When they arrived, wardens found two canoes overturned and five out of nine people from an Outward Bound group in the water in winds that were creating 4 to 6 foot high white caps. Everyone in the group was wearing life jackets and the rescued were treated for hypothermia.

An organization that focuses on rehabilitation of criminal offenders will receive more than 900 thousand dollars from the federal government to support its work. The Belfast-based Restorative Justice Project provides life-changing guidance to juveniles and adults by helping them take responsibility for their actions and make amends by giving back to their communities.

A yacht formerly used by several American presidents will arrive in Belfast today to be restored by the company, French  and Webb. The 104 foot 'Sequoia' was built in 1925 and used by presidents like Herbert Hoover, JFK, and Jimmy Carter. The ship will be restored in a barn with a wall of windows so visitors can watch as the work is completed.

A Youth Day hunter’s breakfast this Saturday will help fund the Hudson Veterans Memorial project. The breakfast of bacon, eggs, pancakes, and beans will begin at 4:30 at the Hudson Town Office. Find more information on the Hudson Veterans memorial Facebook page.

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