Reports say Hockey East has approved a new playoff format, which will be implemented starting next season.When Notre Dame and UConn join up, all 12 teams will earn a spot in the postseason, which is now three weekends.A single game between seeds 5-12, 6-11, 7-10, and 8-9 will be played first as part of the play-in weekend.The top four regular season teams will get a first weekend bye.Those winners will move on to the traditional format of quarterfinal series and then semifinal and final single games.Next season, with just 11 teams, this will still be the format, with just one less play-in game.
He coached at three different Maine schools. He led the Black Bears to six College World Series appearances. He won over a thousand games during a span of six decades.Simply put: John Winkin is Maine baseball.This weekend, he’ll be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
MaineGeneral Medical Center has sold its Seton campus to the Waterville Development Company for $500,000.The Morning Sentinel reports the sale price for the 80-acres is far lower than the original asking price which was more than 2-million.MaineGeneral’s CEO says the sale will help Waterville by getting the building back on the city’s tax rolls.As a hospital it had been tax exempt.
Boat building students from Rockland wrapped up a 310 mile journey at sea Friday. The ApprenticeShop students delivered a 29 foot whaleboat to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. They were welcomed to applause and the firing of cannons. The 1700 and 1800′s replica whale boat will be on display as part of the WoodenBoat show this weekend.
A local man is headed to prison after stealing just $3.50. 40-year-old Gary Scott broke into the Machias River Redemption Center in both January and February. He’d been convicted of theft four times before that. In Washington County Superior court Monday, Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and two counts of theft in connection with the breaks-ins at the redemption center.He’ll serve two years behind bars.
Two people were taken to hospitals after a crash on Route 11 in Eagle Lake. It happened Thursday morning. Police say a pick-up truck hydroplaned, crossed the center line, and crashed head-on into another pick-up.Both drivers had to be cut from their trucks. Both have internal injuries.
Summer is the season for BBQ’s and yard sales.Manna Ministries is combining the two on Saturday.The fundraiser will benefit Ann’s house in Bangor.Besides items to buy, there will also be plenty of food and a bounce house for the kids. Executive Director of Manna, Bill Rae hopes to raise a few thousand dollars. “We’ve got a waiting list of over 25 moms and kids that are waiting to get into Ann’s house and we don’t want to send them some place else Because there is no place else to go.”The sale starts at 10am on Saturday and will run until everything is gone.There are plenty of tents set up, so the fundraiser will be held in rain or shine.
Penquis has been providing family planning services since 1967, but starting Monday, that will come to an end.The Family Planning Association will now oversee the services across the state. On Friday, the staff at Penquis packed up their offices for the move.When patients head to the new location, they will see some familiar faces. Department Director for Family Enrichment Services at Penquis, Cheri Snow, said “All of the staff that is currently working for Penquis in the clinic will be making the transition to the family planning Association.””It’s continued care, same great people just a different location,” said Priscilla Perry, clinic manager nurse practitioner.The new location will still be in Bangor.Patients can head to 68 Mount Hope Road for services.Doors will officially open to the clinic on July 5th.
Losing a child is something a parent may never fully heal from.On June 23rd, 2007, Sgt. Joel House was killed in an explosion while serving our country. More than six years later, If you take a look around the House family’s home, you’ll see their son is in the forefront of every family picture.”It gives us a satisfaction and a piece to know that my son didn’t die in vain. He died protecting our country,” said Paul House, Joel’s father.Three years after their sons death,Paul and Deanna House created the non profit foundation, House in the Woods.House said, “We started taking veterans, active duty members and their families on fishing and hunting trips.”Something this father said he enjoyed doing with his son. “It’s not just about the hunting and fishing. It’s about the camaraderie.” The retreats help veterans with the struggles of returning to civilian life.The founding couple plans to find a more permanent home for the retreat. Right now, people have donated services and family camps where the vets can stay. On these trips, Men and Woman who fought in Korea to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan get to know each other.The founder said, “You talk to the younger and older vets and they’re going through the same thing.”House explains how it brings him joy to put a smile back on a vets face. “It’s just good to see them open up and the gratitude. Some we see tear up, some will share things they won’t share even with their own family.”For those struggling, they find out they’re not alone. Joel’s father said “Some of them have told me they were contemplating suicide before they came to our program and now these very vets are helping us.”While many volunteers donate services and camps for the guests to stay, House hopes for a more permanent home so he can help even more vets. But for now, a weekend in the woods might be just what the doctor ordered. “It will change your life. If you come to this program it will change your life,” said House. If you’d like to donate to the retreat fund, you can send a check to: House In the Woods Military and Family Retreat, 2819 Lee Road, Lee, ME 04455 or visit their website at houseinthewoods.org.
A new law will limit the use of lead fishing lures in Maine to help protect loons. Danielle D’Auria is a biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, “about 30% of the adult loons that are dying, that are dying due to lead ingestion,” she said. The law increases current restrictions on lead gear. Now the sale and use of any lead sinker 1 oz. or smaller is illegal. The law also bans lead jigs.Jim Snow at Van Raymond Outfitter in Brewer says the new law won’t impact their business very much, “because of the fact that there’s been a law in effect for several years, it may not have as big an impact as it may have if this were some immediate change that was brand new that we hadn’t seen before,” he said.State biologists say the law is needed, because loons are still dying.“They may pick up a piece of lead… this is the lead head of either a jig or spinner of some sort that was found in the crop of this loon that likely died from lead poisoning,” D’Auira explained, while showing a dead loon.While the new law won’t take hold for a few years, fishermen are already concerned about its effects on them.Christ Steiner has been fishing for twenty years, and says he sees no need for the law, “the legislation seems more to be anti-fishing than it does to be loon preservation. I mean I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen more loons now than I did ten to fifteen years ago on the lakes,” Steiner said. Lead lures are less common on shelves, and these days many are made with tungsten or steel, but Steiner says he can’t afford these alternatives, “if we have to go to using tungsten for jigs and things like that the cost is going to rise dramatically for us, I mean they’re expensive as it is.”
A free summer meals program kicked off today in Bangor.Good Shepherd Food-Bank is sponsoring free lunches for kids at five sites.All summer kids who depend on school lunches can get free lunch between 11am-1pm daily.For more information on how to volunteer or where to go to get lunch visit 211maine.org.
A radio fundraiser netted more than $7,000 to help kids and adults with disabilities enjoy summer camp. On Friday, I-95 radio up a two-day donation drive for Camp CaPella in Dedham. The Capella-Thon collected $7,514 on-air and on-line.But the fundraising’s not over yet.Saturday, I-95 and Maine Oxy are hosting a classic car drive and a charity car show. I-95 Classic Drive is from 9-10 a.m., leaving from Maine Oxy in Brewer via Route 1A to NAPA Auto Parts on Route 1 in Ellsworth. Maine Oxy’s Classic Car Show at NAPA Auto Parts is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Plus Retro Rockerz band, lots of food and ice cream, 50/50 raffle, plus prizes for best-in-show. Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause ice cream truck will be at the Classic Car Show until 11 a.m. All donations will also go to Camp CaPella and be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Matching Funds Challenge.
A local TV talk show is helping TV5 celebrate its 60th anniversary. Saturday, June 29th, The Nite Show with Danny Cashman will be a one-hour special, bringing together TV5 personalities from past and present. George Hale, Walt Abbott, Don Colson, Felicia Knight, even Bozo the Clown and Ringmaster Bob will be there.Danny also dug through the archives and found footage of some of the first live programs and commercials to air on WABI. And it’s all at a special time. Usually The Nite Show airs late Saturday night but it’s been moved to 7 p.m. for Saturday. Of course, you’ll see it on TV5.
Acadia Hospital has a new healing garden. On Friday there was a special dedication ceremony. The garden is named in memory of Anita Leonard.She and her husband Ralph spearheaded a campaign to bring a psychiatric hospital to Bangor 25 years ago. Patients are already commenting on the calming effect the space has on them. “Several patients just in the past couple weeks, before the garden was even completed, walked out into the garden, sat on a bench and commented that after receiving services here, it was so peaceful, relaxing,” said Dan Coffey, President and CEO of Acadia Hospital. A centerpiece of the garden is a granite sculpture from last summer’s Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Hospital officials were overwhelmed by the turnout at Friday’s event.
Performers from a local band are inviting you to a concert with a Caribbean twist.This coming Monday “Flash in the Pans Steel Band” is performing at Fort Point Lighthouse. The picturesque location is located along the Penobscot inside Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs.The park entrance can be found at 207 Lighthouse Road. The performance runs from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Refreshments will be available with the proceeds going towards research for type 1 diabetes.
The Dirigo Strawberry Festival is Saturday. The all you can eat event offers sweet treats made from Maine’s own fruit. That event will be held in Freedom at the Dirigo Grange Hall along route 137. It runs from 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Adult admission is $10, $5 for children 10 and under. All funds collected will go towards supporting the upkeep of the Grange and future activities.
Folks in Columbia Falls are celebrating a big birthday, June 28th – June 30th – the town’s 150th anniversary. The festivities start Friday with a Joshua Chamberlain impersonator. Saturday there’s a parade, fireworks and a street dance, among other activities. Then it wraps up on Sunday with a veterans remembrance ceremony and an ice cream social. For a complete schedule and everything you need to know to join the party, log on to www.columbiafallsmerecord.org.
There’s a new place for low income seniors to live in Brewer. Chamberlain Place Senior Housing is a 32-unit housing complex. Friday, seniors celebrated that grand opening with an open house and ribbon cutting. The project was developed by Penquis Housing. Maine has the oldest population in the US, making senior housing a vital part of communities. ” We’ve had more seniors living longer, they’re staying in their homes longer, they’re not able to afford their homes so they need affordable housing,” said Gordon Stitham, executive director of the Brewer Housing Authority. ” This is excellent. It’s beautiful, it’s elegant, it’s friendly,” said Deanna Doane, who hopes to live in one of the units. The Brewer Housing Authority is accepting applications now. There are one and two bedroom apartments in the complex.
A Monmouth man is going to prison for a year after being caught with child porn barely a week after getting off probation for a sex crime involving children. State Department of Corrections records indicate that Raymond LeClair, 47, was charged with possession of 18 sexually explicit movies. Authorities say he had just gotten off probation following a 1998 conviction of visual sexual aggression against a child. LeClair pleaded guilty to the most recent charge in April of last year and was sentenced Thursday.
Folks who live and work in Norridegwock are fed up with the thefts and vandalism taking place in that town. Now, town officials are considering ways to put a stop to it.Earlier this week, the town’s library was broken into and $500 worth of merchandise was stolen. A few weeks ago, someone in an all-terrain vehicle drove through the gates of a local park and pushed a portable toilet into the Kennebec River. These are just the latest in a rash of incidents that have town officials thinking seriously about installing cameras and better lighting to help police catch those responsible. “We rely on physical left at the scene, witnesses, the neighborhood, things of that nature to work a case. Cameras more times than not expedite our investigations,” said Deputy Chief Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County SheriffsThose who work at Yorks Market in Norridgewock say the problem of vandalism in the town is widespread and getting worse.”We’ve had people take mayonnaise packets from Cumberland Farms and step and smush them so it’s all over Main Street,” said Alicia Luce, who has worked at York’s Market for more than three years. “We have to put chains on the trash cans now because people like to take those, tip them over strew them all over the place. No businesses on Main Street can have flowers or signs or anything nice like that because the kids and people who have nothing better to do will come and destroy it.”Luce and her co-workers are very much in favor of cameras being installed in the town.”It’s a he-said she-said thing and it always has been. With cameras we’ll be able to pin-point exactly who it is and do something about it.”Early estimates say the cameras would cost the town roughly $20,000. Law enforcement in Somerset County say with or without cameras, Norridgewock residents are vital in solving many of these cases.”The police cannot solve crime without community help,” Lancaster said. “The community are the eyes and ears for the police and if they do see that type of behavior going on it’s good that they give us a call.”