It was business as usual at this weeks Bangor City Council meeting on Monday night.A big topic of discussion on this week’s agenda, the revitalization of West Market Square.The first phase of a proposed series of projects is intended to improve the corridor between downtown and the City’s Waterfront.City Councilor David Nealley brought the $800,000 proposal to the table. $345,000 were TIF Funds budgeted from 2013, $255,000 from 2014 and $200,000 budgeted from sewer funds. The City agreed to move forward with the $455,000 utility part of the plan, to replace sewer and water lines for example, and hold the rest of the work for now.Council members also agreed to let Geaghan’s Brewery expand. TIMKA, Inc. Will develop a .78 acre parcel of land on Dutton Street for the purpose of expanding the brewery. As passed, TIMKA will pay $55,000 to the City and invest $1.5 million dollars into an expansion of the brewery operation including equipment, site work, and parking. The Council also accepted a $2,000 donation from the Discovery House and a $2,000 donation from Joseph Baldacci for the continuation of the Community Connector Odlin Road Bus Route through October 31, 2013.
It’s game week for the UMaine football team. The Black Bears open the season on Saturday. Michael Cole can’t wait to get it going. He missed half of last season after having surgery on his knee. Cole is closing in on the programs all time sack record.
The state fire marshal’s office says a fire at an unoccupied house in Waterville was started by someone, but they don’t know yet if it was an accident or intentional.It happened early Sunday morning on Elm Court.The house has major damage.We’re told it’s owned by a bank and has been empty for about 5 years.The investigation is ongoing.
More federal funding is coming to Maine for airport improvements.Six airports will share $1.8 million dollars for safety upgrades as well as general improvements. The Newton Field Airport in Jackman, Waterville Robert Lafleur Airport, Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland, Belfast Municipal Airport, northern Maine regional airport in Presque Isle, and Brunswick executive airport will each get a slice of the money.
Monday was clean up day on the Bangor Waterfront after the American Folk Festival.The 3 day event ended Sunday.Organizers say it brought in thousands of people from throughout the country.So far, we’re told donations from festival goers total $110,000 dollars, and there’s still money to be counted.Festival organizers say they received positive feedback on changes they made from last year.
A Presque Isle woman is Miss Maine Collegiate 2014. Casey Bonville was crowned the winner. She will travel to Orlando, Florida next summer to compete in the national Miss Collegiate America pageant.
Do you want to feature your pet on our station?To do so: Just send us a picture. E-mail it to WABI at email@example.com. Please put “Attention I Love My Pet” in the subject line.Or slip it in the mail. send to WABI TV5, Attention I Love My Pet, 35 Hildreth Street, Bangor 04401. If you’d like your picture back, include a self addressed, stamped envelope.Kennebec Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week: Meet Daisy-MaeHello, I’m Daisy-Mae. I am a 4-year old spayed female with a lot of love to give. I am the sweetest girl in town, and I just adore people! I love walks, playing, and snuggle time. I would do as the only pet in my new home, but I am sure to bring years of love and laughter to whoever takes a chance on me!Would you like to help KVHS save lives? Become a Patron of KVHS. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information about Daisy-Mae:Contact Kennebec Valley Humane Society626-3491 or go to:www.pethavenlane.org
Dyan Walsh director of community services for Eastern Area Agency on Aging talk about free in-home balance tests for seniors and how you can get grab bars installed if you need them.For more information contact Eastern Area Agency on Aging:1-800-432-7812www.eaaa.org
Since 1888, the Windsor Fair has been entertaining Maine families. This year’s version got under way Sunday. For starters, you can look forward to seeing a pumpkin that weighs half a ton. There are plenty of rides, and food, agricultural attractions too. On Monday, dairy farmers got to showcase award-winning livestock. The blue ribbon winners for “showmanship” shed some insight into preparing cattle for competition.”Scratch them a little bit, talk to them. Get them used to being around you. Put the halters on them and get to lead them kind of like a dog on a leash. Get them used to being around people,” said Kristen Davis of Silver Valley Farm. Organizers expect that 100,000 people will visit the fairgrounds in the next week.
A 19-year veteran of the Brewer Police Department was charged with drunk driving over the weekend. Captain Chris Martin was cited for Operating Under the Influence on Saturday night in Bangor. According to Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts, his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit. Bangor Police found the 41-year-old in a parked car on Griffin Road just before 8 pm.Martin was placed on administrative leave Monday morning.Brewer Police say they’re conducting an internal investigation.
Some competitive farm-hands looked to chop their way to the top in Windsor Monday. The 17th Annual Woodsmen’s Day drew quite a crowd at the fairgrounds during the morning. Events included chopping, sawing, log rolling, and axe throwing. The Bar Harbor based “Axe Women Loggers of Maine” brought their talents to the event. Alissa Harper and Michelle Morse of the all-female logging competition touring show looked to triumph over the local challengers. They say the equipment is just as important as their overall fitness. The group’s leader, Alissa Harper, admired her sponsor-created log rolling device and said. “So you roll the log with. These are special racing PV’s because you turn it over and then you can use the spikes to roll the log that way too. We all have chopping stands and logs in our backyards and, you know, axes on the coffee tables and the closets.”It has been a busy summer for the axe women. They’ve been performing at fairs four times a day.Last week, 5 of their 8 members walked away from the World Championships in New York with cash prizes.
Police believe they’ve dismantled a meth lab in Houlton.Houlton Police say they were looking for 25-year-old Justin Lincoln on a probation violation last Sunday.They looked at a home on Foxcroft Road.Police say the homeowner gave them permission to search it.They found what they thought was a meth lab and called in the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.Agents removed materials they say can be used to make meth.A few days later, Lincoln was found at the house of 37-year-old Jennifer Cote in Linneus.They were both arrested for drug trafficking.Cote made bail, lincoln remains behind bars.
Two elementary school teachers and one middle school teacher are finalists for the Maine Teacher of the Year.Mary Graziano is a fourth-grade teacher at Hartland Consolidated School.Suzen Polk-Hoffses is a kindergarten teacher at Milbridge Elementary School. Karen MacDonald teaches language arts at King Middle School in Portland. The three were chosen from a field of six semi-finalists.They’ll compete in a final round of interviews now.The winner will be announced at a surprise school assembly next month.
Fire crews from several towns were called out to battle a fire at a 10 unit apartment building in Bucksport yesterday.20 people were displaced…When crews arrived, according to Bucksport Fire Captain Pam Payson, not everyone in the building was accounted for. “Initially there was a report of someone inside, male thought that his son was in there. We had difficulty at first trying to keep him away from the building.””We were out,” said Estelle Vincent one of the residents of the apartment building. “I got a phone call that the house was on fire and my son was originally in the bedroom sleeping.””We did have our hose lines,” said Captain Payson. “And did eventually find that the son was out so everybody’s accounted for in this building.”Vincent called the fire, “Devastating, we just every picture, my kids are in sports, my son’s high school, we lost everything, every picture, every memory, pretty much everything we had is gone.”After putting out the flames, the fire crews stayed overnight here at 31 Main Street in Bucksport to make sure there were no more hotspots. Then first thing Monday morning, the Fire Marshal arrived to begin the investigation.”No idea at this point, State Fire Marshal is here at this time, so we really at this point don’t know,” said Captain Payson.”We did hear that there were a couple loud bangs,” said Vincent. “And the heater system was bad, so I’m not really sure. Thank God we weren’t home at the time, but just thank God we’re all safe.””There is a lot of water damage, obviously a lot of fire damage on the left hand side of the building, probably a total loss but who knows,” said Captain Payson.The Red Cross gave the families a place to stay and is helping them out with other necessities.A couple of pets died in the fire.
Poker is the most recognizable card game on the planet. Now a man from Freedom says he’s invented the next evolution of poker.Phillip Duncan has been developing Maine Arena Poker for the past sixteen years in his spare time. It’s a game that’s amassed an underground following all over New England and he’s even made Governor LePage a fan. “I taught him the game in two minutes flat,” Duncan said.At first glance, it looks like an old fashioned game of five card draw or Texas Hold ‘Em. The formula Duncan invented can be adapted to any style of poker.Once the traditional game ends, dice are used by each player to “attack” the remaining cards as long as the players wish to continue the battle. It gives the player who lost the original hand a chance to win some of their money back. To turn it into a game for kids, you simply eliminate the gambling. Some of the decks Duncan has created feature famous characters from movies, cartoons etc. but he can’t sell those decks yet. He’s still working on getting the rights to use the actual characters on his cards. In the meantime, he uses his original drawings or whatever pictures fans of the game send him to make the playing cards.Duncan has a patent on the game, but says he doesn’t have the ability or the means to market it globally. He’s decided to auction off the rights to Maine Arena Poker to the highest bidder. His asking price may seem high but he thinks the whoever the buyer is is getting a steal.”I’m gonna auction it off to Hasbro or it could be Oprah. I don’t know who’s gonna bid, but I’m gonna start the bidding at $65 million. And that’s 99% of Arena.”Out of the one percent he’ll keep, he plans to donate $1 million, split three ways between the Halcyon House in Skowhegan, The Humane Society and the Maine Food Bank. He’s hoping his game will become the next family card game like Uno as well as a game played online or even one day in casinos.”There’s Texas Hold ‘Em and they sell Texas Hold ‘Em tins up here in Maine. Why not sell Maine Arena Poker down in Texas.?”For more information on how to play Maine Arena Poker you can visit http://www.duncandimensions.com/
Growing up, she watched her father cook professionally.Now, Devin Finigan is following in his footsteps and making her mark on the town of Stonington.Joy Hollowell takes us to Aragosta.===Fresh is something Devin Finigan doesn’t take lightly. As chef and owner of the newly opened Aragosta restaruant in downtown Stonington, Finigan knows her customers expect local- from the lobster to the lemon custard.”We’re so fortunate to live where we live,” says Finigan. “We have amazing, local farms that produce amazing vegetables. And then the fishermen, I mean right off the boat.”Finigan worked for years as chef of the Blue Hill Inn. When the opportunity came to open her own place, she knew Stonington was a perfect match.”I ended up meeting my future landlord in the Boston airport while I was headed to Spain to go cook,” explains Finigan. “And the cards just started to unfold and it was seriously meant to be.Aragosta means lobster in Italian. Finigan smiles when asked just how much she goes through at the restaurant.”About 375 to 400 pounds a week. We are constantly picking lobster at Aragosta,” she answers.Her signature dish is butter poached lobster ravioli with citrus beurre blanc, lemon confit and farm greens. “I run out of it every night,” Finigan says.Aragosta opened its doors in June. Nearby merchants tell us it’s a welcome asset to downtown Stonington. As for Finigan’s dad, he can now be found in his daughter’s kitchen, helping her during the summer months. Finigan calls it a dream she hopes she never wakes up from.”Oh my gosh, I pinch myself every day especially when I come to work and there’s these huge schooners at the window that are setting their sails and they’re about to sail away, I feel like I’m living in this Stonington postcard,” she says, “It’s pretty great.”===Aragosta is located at 27 Main Street in Stonington. They are open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday and dinner Monday through Saturday.Sea glass jewelry made by Devin’s husband, Luke, is on display in the front of the restaurant. Finigan says they do take reservations and there is typically a waiting list for the dinner seatings.You can reach the restaurant at 367-5500 or log onto their website www.aragostamaine.com
The Maine Lottery is giving away a truck full of bucks during a drawing this weekend at the Windsor Fair. A Ford F-150 and $10,000 will be given away Saturday, August 31st at 5 p.m. The truck is on display at the fairgrounds all week long. Earlier this summer, players could turn in Jumbo Bucks scratch tickets for a chance to win the truck and other cash prizes. The ten semifinalists were drawn a couple of weeks ago. Folks at the fair can also sign up from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday for a chance at other raffle prizes.
A local dermatology office is offering free skin cancer screenings next month. You can get one at Maine Dermatology in Lincolnville, starting Tuesday, September 3rd. The screenings are by appointment only.Patients can scheduled a follow-up appointment afterwards or get information about other providers in the area. To make an appointment, call 230-1007.
A man from St. George accused of a string of crimes in Midcoast Maine wants his bail lowered so he can get out jail and be treated for liver disease. 47-year-old Ricky Block is charged with two dozen counts of burglary and theft. He’s in jail on $15,000 bail.Block’s lawyer says Block asked a judge Monday to reduce his bail and offered his own set of conditions if he’s released, including reporting to police twice a day. Block’s pleaded not guilty to the crimes which authorities say took place last winter in Cushing, Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston, Thomaston and Warren.The judge is expected to issue a decision in a few days.