BOYS BASKETBALL Belfast Area 71, Leavitt Area 69 Calais 78, Shead 39 Cape Elizabeth 52, Waynflete 34 Dirigo 73, Wiscasset 46 Falmouth 71, York 51 George Stevens 66, Searsport District 64 Greely 56, Lake Region 40 Hall-Dale 42, Mt. Abram 33 Hermon 50, Foxcroft Academy 35 Hodgdon 74, South Aroostook Community 51 Jonesport-Beals 78, Machias 57 Lee Academy 69, Bucksport 57 Madison Area Memorial 53, Monmouth Academy 37 Medomak Valley 55, Maine Central Institute 48 Morse 54, Mount View 41 Mountain Valley 47, Boothbay Region 46 Nokomis Regional 54, Lincoln Academy 39 Oak Hill 51, Telstar Regional 48 Old Town 53, Ellsworth 47 Penobscot Valley 53, Piscataquis Community 47 Poland Regional/Whittier 49, Gray-New Gloucester 33 Sanford 65, Cheverus 61 Seacoast Christian School 61, Sacopee Valley 30 Spruce Mountain COOP (Jay/Livermore Falls) 47, St. Dominic Regional 41 Sumner Memorial 83, Narraguagus 39 Winslow 69, Camden Hills Regional 59 Yarmouth 77, Freeport 30 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Fort Fairfield vs. Madawaska, ppd. to Jan 17. Yarmouth 77, Freeport 30 GIRLS BASKETBALL Camden Hills Regional 48, Winslow 36 Cape Elizabeth 49, Waynflete 45, OT Carrabec 59, Winthrop 10 Easton 49, Ashland Community 27 Freeport 69, Yarmouth 31 Gray-New Gloucester 52, Poland Regional/Whittier 41 Greely 38, Lake Region 33 Leavitt Area 57, Belfast Area 54 Medomak Valley 48, Maine Central Institute 27 Mount View 41, Morse 40 Nokomis Regional 54, Lincoln Academy 36 Orono 49, John Bapst Memorial 25 Penquis Valley 49, Central 39 Rangeley Lakes Regional 61, Acadia Christian 0 Sacopee Valley 38, Seacoast Christian School 15 Schenck 47, Houlton 46 Van Buren District 66, Fort Kent Community 48 Wells 34, Fryeburg Academy 28 York 55, Falmouth 37
Waterville playing at Colby College’s Alfond Center and hosting Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop.Good start for the home team. They were up 2-0 in the second period. Chris Lee surprises the goalie with a long distance shot and it goes in! Just like that, it’s 3-0 Waterville.Later in the second, Purple Panthers up 3-1, and check out the ridiculous behind-the-back pass by Thomas Sturtevant. That sets up Thomas Samson, who lights the lamp! Waterville goes up 4-1.But MHW would fight back with four unanswered goals, including one from Matt Plourde. The Hawks would win it in overtime, 5-4 the final.
Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection is recommending a state board reject a petition to remove the chemical BPA from packaging for baby and toddler foods sold in the state. The DEP supports another part of the proposal though, banning BPA in infant formula cans.Maine’s environmental regulators must decide if BPA exposure is harmful to children and other vulnerable groups like seniors.They also have to decide if there are safer alternatives available at a comparable cost.The Board of Environmental Protection will make a final decision on January 24th.
So Congrees has avoided the fiscal cliff, for now.It means most Mainers won’t pay more in federal income taxes this year, but most of us will pay much, much more in social security taxes.Thousands of mainers are ringing in the new year, knowing they will now be paying out a little more.A rise in payroll taxes means the government will now collect close to $100 more from the average Maine family’s monthly paycheck.That’s more than a thousand dollars a year.”I think it is the uncertainty that goes through your mind, as you have three young kids 10, 9 and 6 and looking to spend on hockey, and skiing, we were just talking about that,” said Rene Smyth, a mother from Portland. “It just makes you question you don’t know going forward.”Some worry this could have a greater impact on the local economy, since many will have to tighten their belts even more.”A family making 50 thousand dollars a year doesn’t have a great deal of discretionary capital to spend, so that thousand dollars may represent a third of it, a quarter of it, 20% of it. So it is serious.” said John Everets, of Portland.That is a great deal of money.Others are not as concerned: however, they say this is what is best for economy in the long run so sacrifices have to be made.”We have got to do everything and everybody has got to kick in. So, I am not thrilled about paying two percent more, but I do realize everybody has got to contribute,” commented Bill Spears, also of Portland.News 8 Financial Analyst Kristin Guibord says the average person has no control over this tax hike, and the best advice is to now work it into a family budget. “So, we need to take a deep breath, and just figure out how to make it work within our budgets, and let it go as much as we can.”The federal payroll tax is returning to 6.2%.Last year’s rate of 4.2% cost the government 120 billion dollars a year in tax revenue.
Olympia Snowe said good-bye to the US Senate on Thursday.”I feel blessed that I was able, through all of my time, to accomplish what I did, because it’s just infinitely harder now.”Sitting in her partially-packed-up Washington office, Olympia Snowe reflects on her decades of public service, eight terms in the House and three in the Senate, but she always returns to the issue that prompted her to call it quits last year: partisan gridlock.”We should individually and collectively be embarrassed by what’s occuring here.”Snowe has grown frustrated with the way she says the president and congressional leaders box out rank-and-file lawmakers like herself, rendering them practically useless.She says the political heavyweights are more interested in taking jabs at each other through press releases and floor speeches than they are in coming together and doing even the most basic legislative work.”My concern is it’s going to create generation upon generation of lawmakers who think this is the only way in which you conduct yourself, but there is another way and there are some of us who still remember it.”Snowe says compromise helped her achieve what she lists as her greatest accomplishments: creating a low-income fuel assistance program, fighting for the men and women who work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Bath Iron Works, and helping to bring technology into Maine classrooms.Her biggest disappointment?Not being able to enact a balanced budget amendment.”We would not be in the position we are in today as a nation if we were forced to have a balanced budget.”Maine’s outgoing Senior Senator blames Congress for a lot of the nation’s problems.”I mean, there’s no reason we should be in the economic doldrums we’re experiencing today, but we have wasted precious time over the last few years by engaging in this political combativeness for the purpose of gaining political leverage in the next election.”The next election is not an issue for Olympia Snowe.She’ll be working to fix washington as a private citizen.”I don’t want to be part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution and I just didn’t see it changing right from the inside.”Snowe’s US Senate term ended Thursday at noon.She’s started up the group Olympia’s List to support politicians she views as consensus-builder.She’s also writing a book and plans to lecture.
Angus King is now US Senator Angus King.He succeeds Olympia Snowe, who retired after three terms in the Senate.Vice President Joe Biden gave the oath to newly elected senators this afternoon, first as a group, then individually.King was escorted to the Senate floor by Maine’s now Senior Senator Susan Collins.Collins then joined King for a reception to greet supporters from Maine.King, who served two terms as Maine governor, was elected to the Senate in November.
The governor’s energy office says heating oil prices are up about a penny a gallon from last week.The current average price in Maine is $3.65.Propane prices dropped to an average of $2.69 a gallon, which kerosene went up two cents to $4.11.
Maine’s Energy Director, Kenneth Fletcher, is retiring.Patrick Woodcock of Hampden will take over that post Monday.Woodcock advised Senator Olympia Snowe on energy and environmental issues for eight years.The 67-year-old Fletcher has advised Governor LePage for two years on energy issues. He had worked in the pulp and paper industry for more than thirty years and also served in the state legislature.
Former UMaine President Lloyd Elliott has died.That word from George Washington University. Elliott was that school’s president from 1965 to 1988.From 1958 to 1965 he served as president of the University of Maine.In Orono in 1963, Elliott awarded an honorary doctorate to US President John F. Kennedy, shortly before his assassination.On the George Washington University campus, the School of International Affairs was renamed the Elliott School in his honor.Lloyd Elliott was 94.
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth welcomed their first baby born in 2013.Zhane Ilaric was born at 11:58 P.M. on Wednesday, to the proud parents Tara Ward and Joshua Minkiewicz of Southwest Harbor. The new baby boy weighs 11 pounds and is 23 inches long.The family is pictured with nurse manager, Tiffany Benner.Hospital staff presented them with a congratulatory gift basket, loaded with items from local businesses.
Authorities say they’ve broken up a smuggling ring in which narwhal tusks were brought to Maine from arctic Canada then sold in the US.Andrew Sarauskus of New Jersey and Jay Conrad of Tennessee will be in federal court in Bangor next week to face smuggling and money laundering charges.Court documents say the two men were among other Americans who had the tusks shipped to them by two Canadians who smuggled the whale tusks into Maine, hidden in a trailer with a secret compartment.Narwhals have long spiral ivory tusks and are known as the unicorns of the sea.It’s illegal to import their tusks into the US.
A Milo man is going to prison for five years for selling drugs.43-year-old John Woodard had pleaded guilty to dealing oxycodone.Investigators say he sold 3,600 tablets over a four-year period.
A former Maine prosecutor awaiting sentencing for child porn faces a new federal charge.The US Attorney’s Office has charged James Cameron with criminal contempt.Prosecutors say he cut off his monitoring device on November 15th and fled to New Mexico.He was captured there on December 2nd.Cameron is due in federal court next week.
All the books and movies are out, but local Harry Potter fans have something new to look forward to.Later this month, the Gracie Theatre in Bangor will host a parody of the series called Potted Potter. It’s a two-man show on all seven Harry Potter books.But before it takes the stage, the theatre is getting promotional help from some animals who are pretty common in the wizarding world. Live owls from Birdsacre Sanctuary will be at the Bangor Public Library this weekend for kids to come see.”The man who does the program is going to bring three owls: a great horned owl, a saw-whet owl, which are those little, tiny ones, and a bard owl. He’ll be discussing for about 45-50 minutes a program that talks about the owls, their personalities,” explained Jeri Misler, Managing Director at the Gracie Theatre.Attendees will have the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to Potted Potter.The owl program is free. It’s taking place on Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 am in the Bangor Public Library’s children’s section.Potted Potter will be performed Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 and 8:00 pm at the Gracie Theatre on Husson University’s campus in Bangor. Click here for more information.
New year, means new goals. For a lot of people that means taking control of their weight. Jackie Conn joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at 5 to talk about space.AMAZING SPACE!Foliage in the Fridge: Keep fruits and vegetables prepared to eat and easy to grabLeave it out of the Living Room: Make your living room a “no food/no drink” area.Better Bed: It’s been proven that a good night’s sleep promotes healthy weight. If you have a less-than-great mattress consider replacing it or getting a mattress topper.Orderly Office: Keep a stash of nutritious, lower-calorie snacks to help you stay away from the chips and candy bars in the vending machines.Exercise your Environment: Keep your equipment cleared of clutter and keep a pair if comfortable shoes with you at all times.
A Maine State Prison inmate who admitted to writing a threatening note to President Obama has been sentenced. Leroy Dunn, 31, pleaded guilty in April to threatening to kill President Obama. Thursday, a judge sentenced Dunn to 33 months in prison, he will also be on supervised release for 3 years. Dunn is already in prison on drug charges.
Waking up to negative temperatures may not be the perfect start to your morning, but over the past few days, cold temperatures have been a wake up call for people across the state.Justin Platt is used seeing the thermometer drop below zero by now. He’s a gas attendant in Bangor and for him, staying warm is just part of the job.”I dress in layers, put the old calories on, keep ‘em going, and just stay busy,” said the gas attendant.Like Platt, many of us are prepared for the cold temperatures, but it doesn’t mean we enjoy it. Especially students, because sub zero temperatures usually means indoor recess.Principal of the Vine Street School in Bangor, Tim McCluske said “November through March have some very cold days where we have to keep them inside to keep them safe.”The Vine Street School in Bangor has taken a different approach. They’ve turned indoor recess into activity central. Students can draw, play with Legos, hit the books, or even play some video games – something they look forward to on a chilly day. “Now when the announcement is made that they have to stay inside, there are no groans and moans. They’re wondering what station they’re going to,” said McCluske.While you’re bundling up the kids for school, you can’t forget about fido!Bangor Humane Society Public Relations Manager, Stacey Coventry said “You want to limit their time outdoors. Days like today, only 10-20 minutes at a time. Let them com in, warm up a little bit before you send them back out.”Be sure to check your pets when they come indoors. Coventry said red paws or ears could be a sign of frostbite. “They give us the same signs we do when they’re getting really cold.”As the days get colder, it seems like bundling up is the best you can do.
Friends and family of a 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with cancer are raising money for her treatment.Mikayla Violette, 10, was diagnosed with bone cancer last month.A bake sale fundraiser was held at the Good Will Hinckley school Thursday to help her out.All the baked goods were donated by family, friends, and students at the school. “Yeah, I feel a lot better knowing she’s going to have money put towards that and she knows there’s going to be people behind her to help her overcome this and there’s a long life ahead of her that she can fulfill,” said Good Will Hinckley sophomore Kayla McKenney.The folks behind Thursday’s event say they’ll host several other fundraisers in central Maine over in the coming months.WABI will keep you posted.For more information on how you can help, call Louann at 399-0551
A Waterville bar with a reputation for fights and other illegal activities had its license renewed by city officals, on one condition.Waterville City Manager Mike Roy said the city council told the owner of the Bob In he must install exterior security cameras. This comes after Waterville Police told the council they’ve been called to the Bob In more than 100 times this past year.The owners have six weeks to have the cameras installed.
Just a few months after the director of Maine’s medical marijuana program was dismissed, members of the medical marijuana community here in Maine say the program is in a shambles. New rules governing Maine’s medical marijuana program went into affect December 31. But those who participate in the program and must comply with these rules say they have a problem. As of January 2, the rules still were not posted publicly and many of people had no idea whether they were breaking the law. “The worst case scenario is that you will have a patient or a caregiver who is not aware of these rules that took affect and have an interaction with law enforcement and that law enforcement will then take action against the patient or caregiver because they’re not in compliance with the rules they’re ignorant of,” said Paul McCarrier, head of the Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers Association.Ken Alberts, Director of Licensing and Regulatory Services at DHHS, sent out an email on December 21 to all “interested parties” which contained the rule changes. Many patients and caregivers say they signed up to be included on that mailing list but never received the email containing the rules. In the letter, Alberts also says the posting of the rules could be delayed because of the holidays, but says the adopted rules still take affect on December 31. Patients and caregivers were part of the new rule making process, convincing state officials to eliminate some of the proposed rules that were considered by many to be unrealistic. “They reduced the fence restriction from 8 feet to 6 feet. They got rid of the nuisance lighting and they also got rid of any requirements for setback leaving that in control of municipalities,” McCarrier said.But McCarrier says the lack of communication between patients and caregivers and DHHS officials is troubling. It’s a problem many of those in the medical marijuana community thought had been rectified under former program director John Thiele. Thiele ceased being the program’s director back in November. He says he was fired, but DHHS officials say Thiele resigned. Either way Thiele said back in November he was trying to get his old job back, a move that patients and caregivers around the state would like to see happen. “It’s really disappointing,” McCarrier said. “I think it shows, with the firing of John Thiele, the program is not running well and that we need to see John Thiele back in his position or we need to see someone competent running the program.” DHHS spokesperson John Martins said Thursday not to expect John Thiele back running the program anytime soon. “John Thiele resigned his position at the Department of Health and Human Services and his resignation was accepted. We are in the process of recruiting a new director,” Martins said in a prepared statement.Martins also said the staff in the medical marijuana program are not ignoring patients and caregivers. He says the staff of two is simply overwhelmed. “There is a high volume of calls in this program – in fact, we average between 100 and 150 calls per day. We have two staff dedicated to responding to these calls. We have also implemented a new menu-driven phone system that will allow for more efficiency. We are certainly taking steps to improve responsiveness.”As of January 3, the rules were posted at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/rulemaking/adopted.shtml To request a hard copy of the rules you can call 287-9300