Continental Airlines is pulling the plug on its twice-daily flights between Bangor and Newark, New Jersey.The airline announced yesterday that the service will end on June 21-st.Continental is blaming congestion at Newark for the cuts.Bangor International Airport Director Rebecca Hupp says it’s uncharacteristic for any airline to make cuts like this approaching peak travel season.Continental has offered direct flights between Bangor and Newark since 2005.
Imagine losing your ability to talk.To walk.And eventually all other muscular functions, all the while knowing exactly what is happening to you.That’s what its like to live with Lou Gehrig’s disease.Joy Hollowell introduces us to a Bangor couple that’s learning each day holds new challenges, as well as new possibilities.3-year old Jack loves to play catch. The toddler also understands that while his dad would love to throw the ball to Jack, he can’t. Jim Kingsbury is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.”Around the time that Jack was about to be born, I had noticed that my right hand was stiff. And I thought at first it was carpal tunnel,” says Jim Kingsbury.At the time, Jim was working as a chef. He began physical therapy, but the pain wouldn’t go away.”Unfortunately, there’s not a test for ALS,” says Lisa Kingsbury.Which meant Jim had to undergo a series of tests, some of them extremely painful, to eliminate anything else. Finally, a year and a half later, the 47-year old was officially diagnosed with the disease.”He started out in 2006, it was just his right arm. Just, I say that now, I didn’t say that then. Now, he can’t use his right arm at all, his left arm is very difficult for him, his speech is getting increasingly worse, his legs, he’s starting to walk spastically,” says Lisa Kingsbury.Last march, Jim had to stop working. He’s now training to use a voice box, knowing there will come a time when that will be his only means of communication.As for the obvious question of”why us?””I don’t think we ever asked that because I think the question is really, why not us? It can happen to anybody,” says Lisa Kingsbury.The Kingsburys say they’re now looking at life in moments, savoring each one for all its worth.”I can’t worry about tomorrow,” says Jim Kingsbury.”We gotta get through today,” says Lisa Kingsbury.”And I’m going to wake up the next day and say, ‘alright, here we go again,’” says Jim Kingsbury.============Last year, Lisa Kingsbury started a support group in her area.And, on August 29th, she’ll host the second annual “Walk to defeat ALS” in Bangor.May is ALS Awareness month.The Northern New England chapter of the ALS Association is honoring the Kingsbury for their work in raising money as well as awareness about the disease.The chapter says the Kingsburys best exemplify the spirit of ALS Across America.For more information, you can contact the Northern New England chapter of the ALS association at www.alsanne.org
The State Fire Marshal says a cigarette butt is to blame for a fire in Machais that caused quite a commotion Thursday.A building on Main Street that houses apartments and businesses was damaged.And traffic was re-routed for much of the day.Crews from Machias, Marshfield, Machiasport, Jonesboro, and East Machias responded.Fire Chief Joey Dennison says they were able to contain the fire to the first and second floors, he believes that overall the building can be salvaged.Dennison says a cigarette caught a tree on fire, which then spread to the building.
During this time of budget crises, officials in SAD 53 are facing an unusual situation.They just found out they actually have more money in the budget than they thought.”We thought we had large cuts to make and had been planning for those large cuts.” Board members in SAD 53 haven’t had an easy few months.First came the news that the district had to cut more than half million dollars from the budget.That had board members seriously considering closing the Burnham Village School, and possibly the SAD 53 office.But this week, they were shocked to learn that they won’t have to do either.Turns out, a spreadsheet error overestimated the cuts that needed to be made.”It was simply missing out checking one cell in a formula, a spreadsheet formula, and that one click made the difference.”Michael Gallagher is the district’s superintendent.He realized his miscalculation this week, and notified board members immediately.”We were really eyeing over a half a million dollars originally. About 556 thousand dollars.””In the end, the reduction is substantially less. Probably $250,000 less than what we thought we needed to cut.”That means the Burnham Village School will stay open. Welcome news for many parents.But Gallagher says he still feels terrible about the mistake.”The disappointing part about all of this is all the hours and time spent that people put into developing all these other plans for lack of that one good bit of data that would have caused them not to have to do all that work.””Although Gallagher regrets the error, he says he’s trying to focus on the positive. Like the fact that if they do have to make more severe cuts next year, they’ll already have a plan in place.””Personal embarrassment, but district wide, it’s a great thing for us to only have to cut that amount as to over a half a million dollars.”
Continental announced today it will no longer be flying from Bangor to Newark.The airline will be stopping service from B-I-A to Newark on June 21.They currently operate two flights a day between the airports.Once Continental’s service stops, there will only be 13 flights a day out of B-I-A. Travel experts say that number is expected to drop to 9 by fall.Continental representatives say congestion at Newark is the reason for the cuts.The airline will also be stopping or reducing service between Newark and several other cities.
Islanders are talking about a proposed rate hike for the Maine State Ferry Service. Several new fare structures are being considered to make up for lost revenue.”I’m just disgusted with the whole thing,” says Ann Waterman of North Haven.On Friday, the ferry service advisory board will discuss seven different fare increase proposals. Ferry Service Manager Jim MacLeod says they need to make up a 400 thousand dollar shortfall.”State statute says fares have to pay for 50 percent of our operating budget, so that really is where that rate increase is coming from,” MacLeod says.Fares have traditionally been based on where the traveler originates. Rides that start on islands are cheaper than those that start on the mainland. He says that’s one reason they’re short on money.”Over time people have kind of learned a way around the system. So 80 percent approximately of people buy their tickets on the island, which has caused an erosion of our revenue,” he says.He says an aging fleet and increasing costs are also to blame.For islanders already dealing with rising prices, they say any increase could make necessary trips too expensive to make.”If the prices go too high we’re not going to be able to come to Rockland that often,” says Waterman.”It’ll make it hard,” says Harold Duvall of Vinalhaven. “It’s hard enough as it is, fishing is not good, and the prices aren’t good.”The advisory board will narrow down the proposals Friday to the the best option, which they’ll then vote on. The new fare structure will be discussed at public hearings before any increases are made, but changes could be seen as soon as July first.”You’re going to destroy the town on these ferry increases,” says Charles Loring of North Haven. “And if we don’t have a town, we don’t have anything.”The advisory board meeting is open to the public and will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rockland Ferry Terminal.
(AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says an $18 million federal grant will ensure continuation of a biomedical research and education network involving a dozen research laboratories, colleges and universities. The five-year grant is earmarked for the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. Known as INBRE, the network was created in 2001 to help scientists and students conduct research and compete for federal funding. Baldacci announced the grant Thursday in Augusta. He said biomedical research is an increasingly important sector in Maine’s economy, and he’s pleased that Maine students are learning that they need not leave the state to have a meaningful career in science. The network is led by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor.
A jewelry store that’s been in business in downtown Bangor for 37 years is shutting down next week.Bangor is the only city in Maine with two G.M. Pollack & Sons stores.The company has decided to move all its local operations to the Bangor Mall store.Cheryl Worcester is the manager of the downtown store, and has worked there for 24 years.She says it’s tough to see the store close.She thanks their loyal customers for keeping them in business so long. “Basically we’re sad about it too, and we know it’s going to upset a lot of people. A lot of downtown businesses aren’t happy but I have to believe that the company is doing what’s best for the company at this time. We’ve had a lot of fun down here and we’re certainly gonna miss everybody.”Several employees are being laid off. Worcester is being transferred to the mall store.They will remain open downtown until May 29th.
With temperatures rising, it’s important for pet owners to watch out for their animals, especially those outside most of the day.Doctor Dave Cloutier with Veazie Veterinary Clinic says it’s easy to forget pets need more water and access to shade this time of year.It’s harder for them to cool down when they heat up, since they can only pant or sweat through their paws.Cloutier also says it’s important to remember the dangers of leaving pets in the vehicle when its hot, even a short time can cause heat stroke.He says there are some symptoms to look out for.” And if you find that they’re really panting hard and they just seem like their eyes are kind of blood sot and they’re really overheated stop and try to find water, get them in the shade start to cool them down and if they are continuing to have difficulty you actually need to get them to a veterinarian fairly quickly.”Cloutier says if possible leave your pets at home and try to do more with them at night instead of during the day.Police officers urge anyone who sees a dog, or any pet, locked in a hot car to call the police right away.
Students from three Brewer elementary schools got to get outside and enjoy the sunny weather today.The students were walking for a good cause and learning some important values too.”Caring is the thing to do. It will last your whole life through.”Caring is just one of several values Brewer elementary students are learning about.”It’s based on five values caring, family, trust, respect, responsibility, and we saw a need to start kids out elementary school and trying to instill those values in them.”State Street School fifth grader Angel Greer says she’s learned a lot through the project, but most importantly.”That you should always be respectful and use your community caring throughout your life.”Angel has enjoyed teaching the values to younger children and being a role model for them.she even created a poster to show everyone.”My poster is about trust and it has trust is important.”Throughout the year, the students have participated in several community projects.Fifth grader April Burris says what they’ve done is making a difference.”Well one important thing was we collected items for the people that didn’t have a lot. We collected tooth brushes and stuff like that and I think that’s really important.Thursday, the students brought their values and posters along for a dollar walk to raise money for the staff’s relay for life team.The team will take part in the upcoming Old Town relay.Coordinator Ken Bonstein says its times like these that people need to make the effort to help others.”Well I think it’s important that people give back especially when times get tough. And it’s became even more important with things the way they are now.”
Two people involved in a robbery at the Family Dollar store in Brewer last Halloween, were sentenced today.Eighteen-year-old Raeleigh Hill of Eddington was sentenced to nine months in jail for theft.Hill drove the vehicle from the store after the robbery.Twenty-year-old Jason Goodin of Holden was sentenced to six months for armed robbery.Neither had prior records.Two others involved in the robbery, 21-year old Charles Dion of Glenburn and 19-year old Jesse Hatch of Eddington, have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.
Volunteers from “A Wish Granted” have been working hard to finish building a house for a very worthy family.They’re building the Glenburn home for the family of a 14 year old boy with leukemia.Dimitrje Howe-Poteet has been in and out of the hospital for a year and just had a bone marrow transplant, so his immune system is weak.Because of that, the family is unable to live in their mobile home, which contains mold and mildew.So volunteers are building the family a small cabin where dimitrje can recuperate comfortably.They’re making great progress on the home. Today donated drywall was put up.Volunteers say many people have donated time and materials, but more could be done.”More could be donated as far as materials and things but to this point the drywall was donated and the labor has all been donated so it’s been good.” says Alva Philbrook, a volunteer hanging drywall.If you’d like to help or donate supplies, you can call 356-9770.To make a donation, send checks to birmingham’s family market, 10 gilman falls road in old town, 04468. Checks should be made out to “A Wish Granted.”
Roads in downtown Machias have reopened after a structure fire on Main Street. Roads were closed on Route 1 from Whitney’s Tool Shed to the Blue Bird Restaurant Thursday afternoon.According to officials, the building on contains apartments and businesses.They say it was an older building and the fire was difficult to fight when the flames entered the walls.Crews remain on the scene, watching for hotspots.
The community is coming together for a family in Eastbrook, working to move into a new home built by Habitat for Humanity.Construction stopped when someone stole copper pipes from the unfinished home.The Rumill family discovered the theft on Mother’s Day.The stolen copper is worth about $200.Now some students in Hancock County have started a “Copper for Copper” penny drive and area contractors are helping out, too. Kids at Mountain View school in Sullivan, Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan, Peninsula School in Winter Harbor and Connors-Emerson school in Bar Harbor are collecting the coins. So are three local businesses – Tideway in Hancock, The Trading Post in Franklin and Chester Pike’s Galley in Sullivan. Paul Hanna Plumbing of Belgrade Lakes and Broughman Builders in Ellsworth have offered to donate the copper pipes to finish the home.And No Frills Oil in Hancock is giving the family 250-gallons of fuel oil.
A teacher at Brewer High School is getting top honors from Maine’s Education Commissioner. David Morris received the Commissioner’s Recognition Award today in Augusta for his work with at-risk students. Morris runs the alternative education program, helping students who might not otherwise finish school and get a diploma. Morris has guided hundreds of kids toward graduation in the last dozen years. When he’s not doing that, he coaches the school baseball team.
First-time campers in Maine have a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, for free. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is teaming up with L.L. Bean to offer 32 families a free camping weekend. The winners will receive a two-night reservation at a state park, a complete set of camping equipment, four sleeping bags and free food. The contest is part of the governor’s “Take It Outside” program, designed to encourage people to spend more time outdoors.The deadline to enter is May 31st.For information and an entry form, you can go to take-it-outside.com.
During this time of budget crunches, officials in S-A-D 53 are facing an unusual situation.They just found out they actually have *more* money in the budget than they thought.Amy Erickson explains.< "we thought we had large cuts to make and had been planning for those large cuts."Board Members in S-A-D 53 haven't had an easy few months.First came the news that the district had to cut more than a half million dollars from the budget.That had Board members seriously considering closing the Burnham Village School...and possibly the S-A-D 53 office.But this week, they were shocked to learn that they won't have to do either.Turns out, a spreadsheet error overestimated the cuts that needed to be made."it was simply missing out checking one cell in a formula, a spreadsheet formula...and that one click made the difference."Michael Gallagher is the District's Superintendent.He realized his miscalculation this week and notified Board members immediately."we were really eyeing over a half a million dollars originally...about 556 thousand dollars.""in the end, the reduction is substantially less, probably $250,000 less than what we thought we needed to cut."That means the Burnham Village School will stay open...welcome news for many parents.But Gallagher says he still feels terrible about the mistake."the disappointing part about all of this is all the hours and time spent that people put into developing all these other plans for lack of that one good bit of data that would have caused them not to have to do all that work.""although gallagher regrets the error, he says he's trying to focus on the positive...like the fact that if they do have to make more severe cuts next year, they'll already have a plan in place.""personal embarrassment, but district wide, it's a great thing for us to only have to cut that amount as to over a half a million dollars."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Pittsfield.>
A tricky intersection in Glenburn was the site of another car accident late this morning.Two cars collided at the intersection of Hudson Road and Lancaster Drive and Lake View in front of BJ’s Market.We’re told a male driver was stopped at a stop sign and could not see past a letter carrier truck.The driver then pulled out into traffic and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.Deputy Sheriff Mark Lloyd says this is not the first time an accident has occured at the intersection.” Yeah this is a problem area. We’ve had similar accident just two weeks ago. Stop signs on both sides and people still seem to not pay attention.”The female driver in the oncoming vehicle suffered minor injuries.
Students in Winterport have been learning about the water they drink.The “Get Wet” program brings community members, town employees, University of Maine scientists and students together to help understand what is happening in the groundwater.The Samual L. Wagner middle school students recently did a series of tests on local groundwater, and are ready to release their results.Everyone is invited to attend the presentation Thursday night at 6pm at the middle school.For more information, log on to the university of Maine website: www.umaine.edu/waterresearch/outreach/getwet/index.htm
A bill that would allow charter schools in Maine is headed to the senate, but with an “ought not to pass” recommendation.The legislature’s education committee voted 8-5 Wednesday to reject the independently run public schools.They are allowed in 40 other states.Supporters said charter school legislation was overdue in Maine.Opponents voiced concern that such schools would divert funds from local school districts already reeling from reduced state subsidies.