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News Minute: Here is the latest New England news from The Associated Press

MAINE:

LYNCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) – The Maine warden service says a pilot is OK after his plane crashed into Aziscohos Lake and flipped over. Spokeswoman Edie Smith of the Maine Warden Service tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston that state police are investigating the northern Oxford County incident, which happened Saturday night. No further details were immediately available.

ORONO, Maine (AP) – A University of Maine duo has teamed up on a book to help female football fans understand college football. Professor Sandy Caron and former Black Bear football player Mike Hodgson are authors of “Tackling Football: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding the College Game.” They call it an easy read designed to make college football more enjoyable for the female fan.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine game officials say the deadline is near for online applications for the any-deer permit lottery. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says applications are due by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow. It’s free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery, which will be held on Sept. 9. Applicants can go to www.mefishwildlife.com and select Any Deer Permit.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – If you missed last weekend’s TD Bank Beach to Beacon race in Maine, you can still run the route thanks to a new DVD that puts runners on the course while training on a treadmill. Boston-based Outside Interactive launched a DVD at last week’s race in Cape Elizabeth featuring the Beach to Beacon course.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) – More than a dozen bands and performers from across New England are taking part in a concert to benefit a scholarship fund named after a New Hampshire woman who was killed during a home invasion. The concert starting at 1 p.m. today at Alpine Grove in Hollis is a fundraiser for the Kimberly Cates Memorial Scholarship. Cates was killed in her bed and her 11-year-old daughter was maimed in the attack at their Mont Vernon home on Oct. 4, 2009.

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire in a Nashua condominium building that left 19 people, including five children, homeless. WMUR-TV says firefighters were called to a reported garage fire on Spring Cove Road on Saturday night. By the time they arrived, the flames had spread to an attached eight-unit condominium building where two units were burning and fire was extending into a third.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire’s Transportation Department is looking at reduced snow plowing next winter due to highway budget cuts. The Portsmouth Herald says today that overnight plowing of some state roads that have low travel volumes are being considered, but no final decisions have been made. A state transportation spokesman says the department’s highway maintenance bureau faces an 11.5% cut for 2012 and a 13% cut for 2013.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – They’re planning a birthday party for New Hampshire resident Florence Tolland on Tuesday. She’s turning 107. Tolland lives at the Presidential Oaks retirement home in Concord. Gov. John Lynch is planning to attend her party. Last year, children presented Florence with a large drawing of a birthday cake, each of the 106 candles finger-painted by them.

VERMONT:

BURLINGTON, Vt, (AP) – A federal judge is to hear arguments later this month on a request to unseal search-warrant documents in a raid on the home of a longtime Caledonia County, Vt., police officer. The Burlington Free Press says a court hearing is set for Aug. 22 in the case stemming from an Aug. 3 raid at the St. Johnsbury home of Phil Ciotti. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives removed more than 500 guns from Ciotti’s home.

PLYMOUTH, Vt. (AP) – Former Gov. Jim Douglas has been elected to be a trustee of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation’s Board. The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation was established in 1960 by John Coolidge, the son of the president. The foundation’s offices are located in Plymouth, Vt., where Calvin Coolidge was born, raised and is now buried.

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) – The South Royalton, Vt., post office is offering a special pictorial postmark to celebrate the town’s birthday. Next Saturday morning, a postal employee will stamp customers’ letters and postcards with a unique postmark at South Royalton High School. Specially authorized by the U.S. Postal Service, the special postmark is an inexpensive souvenir of the occasion.

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) – Vermont State Police say a man apparently drowned while fishing at Little River State Park. Police say 59-year-old Daniel Forsey of Essex Junction was with a friend at about 4:30 p.m. Friday when the water began to rise from a dam. It was being released as part of Green Mountain Power’s routine power generating process. An autopsy has been scheduled.

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