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Public Hearing on Callahan Mine Cleanup

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Folks in Brooksville will share their thoughts tonight on a $23,000,000 cleanup plan for the old Callahan mine.The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public hearing on the plan at the Brooksville town office. The mine closed in 1972 and left behind a number of contaminants, such as arsenic, lead and zinc.It’s been deemed a Superfund cleanup site by the federal government.Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m.The formal comment period on the plan ends September 10th.

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Habitat for Humanity Helps Ellsworth Family Build Home

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Habitat for Humanity in Hancock County is working to help a family in Ellsworth build a home.It’s for Cori and Michelle Plaisted and will be the 14th Habitat home in the county.To raise money for the project, Habitat is raffling a 2009 Schwinn gas-powered scooter.Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.You can pick up the tickets at the State Little League Tournament at Demeyer Field in Ellsworth, the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, the Gateway Music Festival and Cadillac Mountain Sports in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.The winner of the scooter will be drawn at the end of the Blue Hill Fair, next month.

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Fire Damage at Corinth Wood Pellet Plant Minimal

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Damage to a wood pellet plant in Corinth was much less than originally estimated, after a fire there Monday night. Initial reports were that the fire destroyed some of the pellet making machines, at a cost of hundreds of thousand of dollars. But the C-E-O of Corinth Wood Pellets, George Soffron says only one piece of equipment was slightly damaged and it was fixed for about 15-hundred dollars.The plant was closed for scheduled maintenance when the fire started.Crews were able to keep it contained to one area of the facility.Soffron says the fire didn’t affect operations, either, and the facility was back open yesterday, as planned.

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Four Men Arrested and Charged with Robbery in Bangor

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Four men have been arrested and charged with robbery in Bangor.19-year old Eric Moore, 18-year-old Alex Justice, 28-year-old David Walker and a 17-year-old who has not been identified.Bangor Police Department were called to Main Street between Shaws and Dunkin Donuts a little after 2 Thursday morning.Authorities found a man with severe head injuries and multiple facial fractures.Police say the man had been walking with a woman near Second Street when the four charged with the robbery, approached them and grabbed the woman’s purse.Police say the man then ran after the four in an attempt to get the purse, at which time the four men began to punch and kick him.Moore, Justice and Walker remain behind bars at Penobscot County Jail.There has been no information released about the juvenile.

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Local Folks Remember Lives Lost

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Some local folks hit the ground today to make a point about nuclear weapons.Members of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine laid down in memory of the more than 200,000 people killed in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.The bomb was dropped on hiroshima 64 years ago today.” We have to seek a non-violent cooperative, diplomatic way of dealing with the threats and not the use of nuclear weapons.”Peace and Justice member Doug Allen says we all should be concerned with the threat nuclear bombs have on the future of our planet.

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The Maine Institute in Bangor is Attracting and Retaining Talented, Young Workers

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The Maine Institute in Bangor plays a crucial role in the medical field.It’s also attracting, and retaining, a lot of talented young workers.Meghan Hayward takes us inside.”We do what’s called exploratory clinical research and what that basically is is translating scientific information into medical applications.”Claire Deselle of the Maine Institute in Bangor says the focus here is on chronic diseases, particularly cancer.”We can’t cover all of cancer but we do have some specific areas where we have expertise and resources that we can leverage that gives us a unique advantage.”Another unique aspect of the research center is that more than half the staff are under forty.”A couple of things are exciting about having a young staff. For one thing you have a lot of enthusiasm and energy and a lot of fresh ideas. Another thing there’s always been a concern that there’s been a brain drain out of the state of Maine and we hope we are doing a small part to bring talent back or keep good local talent.”Ryan Lynch is a research assistant at the Maine Institute.He is originally from Maine and received his bachelor and master degrees from the University of Maine.Lynch says he’s happy to work in his home state.”It’s really great knowing that we’re working on relevant and important research here.”The Maine Institute collaborates with the University of Maine.Which is something Lynch says benefits the students and the institute too.”To have this type of equipment at this institute so close to the university it really allows us to do some really incredible, in depth research that otherwise wouldn’t be happening.”Deselle says the state of Maine is at an advantage with the type of research taking place here.She says the institute’s capabilities will continue to grow.”In terms of economic development is to actually see some of the work we do become adopted eventually into medical practice and some of the work become spin-offs and form new businesses here in healthcare and bio-medical world.”

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CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer in Maine for Gala

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A legendary journalist is spending the evening on the coast of Maine for a good cause.Bob Schieffer, host of “Face the Nation,” is the featured speaker at a gala in Rockland.Schieffer has been with CBS news for 40 years…and has won just about every award in the business.Amy Erickson had the chance to talk to Schieffer in Thomaston.”I’m one of those lucky people that got to do what he wanted to do when he was a little boy. I’ve had a great life and a lot of fun.”CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Scheiffer says this trip to Maine is certainly more pleasant than his first time here…during a Presidential primary in the dead of winter, back in the 80s…”I’ll always remember standing beside this frozen lake with snow in the background and I had this big parka on and it looked like an eskimo. Best picture of the whole story was me standing in that parka.”Schieffer was invited back to Maine this time to be the guest speaker and gala honoree at a celebration for Thomaston’s Henry Knox Museum.He’ll spend the evening at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, signing copies of his latest book and speaking about his 52 years in the news business.The host of “Face the Nation” is one of only a handful of journalists who’ve covered all four major beats in Washington…The White House, Pentagon, Capitol Hill and The State Department.He’s the recipient of seven Emmys…and has covered every presidential campaign since 1972.Schieffer says without a doubt, the most exciting and interesting was in 2008.He earned rave reviews from his peers after moderating the final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.It’s a moment in his career he’ll never forget.”We were all seated at the same table. I could reach out and touch them and let me tell you, you had to slice through some pretty heavy tension in the air. It was pretty clear they didn’t like each other very much. But I mean, how could they at that point in the campaign?””From the standpoint of just intellectual challenge and downright fun, moderating one of those debates is just the most fun you could possibly have.”During his talk, Schieffer plans to address the current state of American journalism…it’s a subject close to his heart.He says he sees a dangerous trend developing…especially when it comes to online news, since, as Schieffer says, there’s no editor involved.”The worst newspaper has somebody on the staff who knows where the stuff comes from. Things appear on the web and you don’t know if they’re true, if they’re false, you don’t know where they came from.””The value of mainstream journalism is that the stories have been vetted. We still do it the traditional way. We don’t publish or broadcast something unless we think it’s true. Those are not the standards in a big part of the web.”

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State Workers Prepare for Another Shutdown Day

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Maine state workers are gettting ready for another state government shutdown day on Friday. Friday marks the second of 20 shutdown days included in the spending blueprint approved by Governor John Baldacci and the Legislature. But there are several key exemptions. State ferries will remain in operation, game wardens and other law enforcement officers will be on patrol, and Maine state parks and historic sites will remain open and staffed. The $5.8 billion general fund budget freezes state employee merit and longevity pay in addition to the shutdown days. It also requires state workers to begin making contributions toward their health insurance. (AP)

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Librarians Get Resourceful During Loan Shutdown

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Until last month, on any given day, there were about six thousand items being transported between libraries in the state – the requests of people doing research, or tracking down particular books.But the service has come to a sudden halt, leaving many folks frustrated.”We have at the Belfast Free Library about 50 thousand items on our shelves,” says director Steve Norman. “But there are about 9-million items available statewide you can request.”Norman says until recently, every month they would lend and borrow about 3 thousand books, movies, and other resources from libraries around the state through the interlibrary loan program.”It was working very well,” says reference librarian Betsy Paradis. “People would make their requests and within a couple of days or over a weekend their items would be here. They were really happy. So its been tough without it.”When a new delivery vendor terminated their contract unexpectedly in July the program came to a halt, leaving items piled up around the state.”It’s hard. We hate to leave people hanging,” she says.They say everyone from children to serious researchers used the system.”You can have almost any library in the state of Maine deliver something to your hometown library just like that,” says John Clayton, who has been using the system for years. “It’s been a real inconvenience, I think, that’s it’s been down lately.”Dean Corner with the Maine State Library says they’re working hard to sign a new delivery contract in the next few weeks, but at the very least the shutdown has illustrated how many people in the state rely on the loan service.”Every day, we have a stream of people asking us if interlibrary loan is working again,” Norman says at the Belfast Free Library. “So there really is a strong sense of dismay and disappointment that it isn’t working now.”Until the program is up and running again, they’ll be taking matters into their own hands.”We librarians are resourceful,” Paradis says. “We’ve been doing deliveries ourselves to try and make up for it.”

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Cote Indicted on Multiple Charges

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An Ellsworth man accused of breaking into a man’s home in Bar Barbor and with breaking into cars has also been indicted.22-year-old Scott Cote is accused of entering a home on Cleftstone road around 4 in the morning.Police say the homeowner woke up and convinced Cote to leave after giving him a non-alcoholic beer.Charges against Cote include burglary, theft, criminal trespass, driving after losing his license and violating conditions of release.

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Blue Hill Man Indicted for Sex Crime

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A Blue Hill man has been indicted for yet another sex crime.50-year-old Theodore Stanislaw was indicted earlier this year for multiple sex charges for things that allegedly took place in 2004.The more recent charge is unlawful sexual contact for something he’s accused of doing in July 2006.

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Bucksport Man Charged with Gross Sexual Assault

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31-year-old Victor Ireland of Bucksport has been charged with gross sexual assault and five counts of unlawful sexual contact.Authorities say the crimes were committed in Bucksport between July of last year and May of this year.

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Blue Hill Man Indicted on a Sex Charge

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And the Hancock County Grand Jury has indicted a Blue Hill man on a sex charge.50-year-old Theodore Stanislaw is accused of unlawful sexual contact for something police say took place in july 2006.Earlier this year he was indicted for multiple sex charges for things he’s accused of doing in 2004.

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Ellsworth Man Formally Charged in Deadly Car Crash

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An Ellsworth man has been formally charged in a deadly car crash.Police say 33-year old Anthony Robbins was drunk and driving too fast when he crashed a car into a telephone pole on Reach Road in Deer Isle in January.A passenger, 47-year-old Lisa Martin of Ellsworth, was killed.Charges against Robbins include manslaughter and aggravated criminal OUI.

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World War II Veteran Receives High School Diploma

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A Bangor man who had waited a long, long time for his high school diploma is waiting no longer.He’s a World War II veteran who, just today, graduated.Meghan Hayward has his story.” I never thought I’d get it, I dreamed of it.”Charles Colburn is talking about his high school diploma.He was drafted into World War II, so he never got it.That is until now, on his eighty-seventh birthday.”Most wonderful thing that ever happened.”Even after holding the diploma in his hands he says it’s hard to believe.”But I said I’ve got to get it. So I did. I come over and I said by golly I will.”His daughter Jane Helsley along with her husband and daughter were at the ceremony.jane says her dad could not be happier.”So to him it’s kind of like a piece of a missing puzzle. He’s done a lot in his life but he always felt there was a little missing and this was it.”So where will the diploma go?”My whole wall is all the certificates and everything I’ve received over the years. And I got a special place right in the middle. It’s not going to one side it’s going right in the middle. I got it all picked out.”And how will he feel every day he walks by that wall and sees his high school diploma?”Each day it’s going to make me feel a little bit better. Because when people say you graduated? Yes I graduated. I’ll be proud.”

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Jackson Lab Breaks Ground On New Facility

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Wednesday the folks at Jackson Lab broke ground on a new facility to advance their research with mice. The state is picking up half the cost and lab officials say it wouldn’t have happened without that.The building will be used to freeze mice embryos for later use as well as prepare other mice for research at the lab. Jackson Lab had hit a rough patch financially but seems to have turned the corner, and lab officials say the new facility should help them further stimulate the local economy. “We’ll employ probably, at the end of the day, 100 people in the building,” says CEO/VP Chuck Hewett, “that’s 100 jobs, folks that pay income tax, spend money in town, we make payroll in 70 different zip codes in the state of Maine so we think it spreads around pretty well.”

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Rumford Shooting: Person of Interest’s Sketch Released

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State Police have released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with a double murder Monday night.Police say he’s about six feet tall, in his twenties, has shoulder-length black hair and may have been wearing gloves. They also say he may have changed his appearance.Witnesses at the scene reported seeing a man running away from the scene of the shootings.Authorities were called to the home on Pine Street Monday night.Inside, they found two men shot to death.22-year-old Victor Sheldon and 48-year-old Roger Day were both shot in the head.Anyone with information is asked to call State Police 1-800-228-0857.

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Environmental Project Attempts To Boost Economy In Hancock County

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

The federal government is spending $200,000 to help potential property investors in Hancock County separate fact from fiction. “So the idea is you know there’s a lot of older industrial sites, gas stations sites, landfills etc. that people are afraid to invest in because of real or perceived environmental conditions,” says Glenn Daukas. Daukas is the project manager for Campbell Environmental Group who is spearheading the Brownfield Project. The mere perception of environmental issues can reduce the value and use of properties even if there are no issues present, and that can scare off investors. “The idea of this program is to identify these sites and do investigations on them to determine what are the true environmental risks associated with them,” says Daukas. Once the risks are determined they can either clean them up or let investors know the price tag of any needed cleanup. “It’s not an unknown,” Daukas adds, “it’s not some type of thing where they’re saying there used to be ethal-methal bad stuff here and we could be looking at $500,000 to $1 million in cleanup when in reality it may not need any cleanup or in fact a $25-$50,000 cleanup.”One site that is already being called a Brownfield success is Gordon’s Wharf in Sullivan. Tom Martin is the Executive Director of the Hancock County Planning Commission. “Gordon’s wharf was an old granite loading site and the town wishes to acquire it,” says Martin “using the grant money, as a public access to Taunton Bay in Sullivan.”Gordon’s Wharf is close to getting a clean bill of health from the Maine DEP and that has organizers of the project smiling. “That’s the goal of this entire program,” says Daukas, “to identify these sites, identify the risks, and get the property back into a viable economic use, whether it’s open green space, waterfront access, both are a success of this program.” >

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Glenburn Man Sentenced for Halloween Robbery

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A man from Glenburn who admitted to breaking into the Family Dollar Store in Brewer last Halloween night will spend a year behind bars. 20-year-old Charles Dion was sentenced today for robbery and theft by unauthorized taking. He was ordered to pay back more than 26-hundred dollars to the family dollar store, too.Dion will also serve a concurrent sentence for stealing and wrecking two trucks, along with some misdemeanor charges. Dion worked at the Family Dollar store and was one of four men who robbed the place.18-year-old Raeleigh Hill of Eddington, 20-year-old Jason Goodin of Holden and 19-year-old Jesse Hatch of Eddington are already serving time for the crime.

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Archaeology Dig at Fort Knox Reveals Clues to Past

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Budding archaeologists are spending the week at Fort Knox in Prospect.A special field school is allowing amateurs to try their hands at digging for clues to the past.Amy Erickson has more.”A tremendous amount of history. You just have to find it.”That’s just what Faith Campbell intends to do.She and six other students are spending the week at Fort Knox’s second annual Archaeology Field School.It’s a chance for budding archaeologists to study under a master…and help dig up clues to the Fort’s past.They’re focusing on an old foundation near the Visitor Center.The spot once housed support buildings while the Fort was under construction.”My working idea is that this is the blacksmith shop. We found a number of artifacts that went along with that, including nailstock that was used to make nails…and other tools that make sense together only if they’re at the blacksmith shop.”Historical Archaeologist Peter Morrison is the project leader.He’s helped the students uncover everything from railroad spikes to buttons…even some old crockery.”It makes the history quite real when you find something that…the last person that held it was a blacksmith, this is where he dropped it…sometimes you get a really direct connection to that history.””It’s adding to the story of Fort Knox. There were many support buildings here. We don’t know where they were. There is, in fact, an undiscovered Fort Knox, so every time we do a field school, we’re discovering more about it and adding to the base of knowledge about Fort Knox.”Campbell, for one, wants to do her part to help others make that connection to Maine’s history.”So many of our history textbooks talk about Virginia and Massachusetts.””not a lot has been written about Maine history, or as much as we’d like.”

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