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Technology Showcase Held in Newport

Updated 5 years ago

Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport went hi-tech today.The school held its annual student technology showcase.It gives students the opportunity to show their parents all the new technology they’ve worked on during the school year.Students showed off everything from boats to robots.Technology teacher Kern Kelley says the school is always trying to expand the event.This year, were virtual tours for people who couldn’t be there.” So we’ve had people from California Skype in and do video tours around. We’ve had people from Missouri North Carolina. People from all over the country that called in and we walked them around the school to show of the projects we’ve worked on.”Kelley says he always gets great feedback and people are amazed at the technology.

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Clinton Man Brings New Technology to Area

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A Clinton man is bringing new technology to the area.And trying to convince others it’s a practical purchase.Meghan Hayward has more.” I’m showing off compact solar water heater for the first time in America.”Bruce Clark was so impressed with the compact solar water heaters he found in China that he decided to show them off at an expo in Clinton on Saturday.The streets of town were lined with cars full of folks interested in checking the products out for themselves.” I was very interested in heating my house and not paying for foreign oil.”Sean McGrath was so convinced that he bought one.” The price is right and I’m in the market for new equipment for in my house because what I have is old and it’s time to go.”The big question McGrath and everyone else at the expo wanted to know?How does it work?” The heat pipes are made to transfer heat into the water. The pipe is pure copper so the heat naturally transfers up because heat flows up and it also flows the cold water which is the water inside.”Clark says the benefits of the heater are what sparked his interest.” Provided the same amount of hot water that an American split system did only one tenth the cost and the American systems have a 10 page troubleshooting guide to make them work. This has two things you do to make it work.”Clark expects to get a 50 percent return on his money.He says the heater is a practical purchase.” If you believe in the technology and you view them and you are green you will buy them.” McGrath thinks it makes sense.”there’s a lot of benefits. I just see a lot of pluses. I don’t see any negative to it.”

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Pride Festival in Bangor

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Bangor’s Bridge Alliance took over West Market Square Saturday for the first annual Pride Festival.The festivities marked 40 years of gay pride, but it was open to folks of all orientations.The events started Thursday with a film screening…last night, there was a special dinner and meet and greet.Saturday’s festival included local speakers, nonprofit organizations, food tastings and an art diversity celebration featuring local artists.There was also plenty of live music.Organizers planned the festival to coincide with the 40-th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.That’s when gays and lesbians fought back against police raids persecuting homosexuals.

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Car Crashes Into Hydrant and House in Old Town

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It was a close call at a home in Old Town Saturday…as a vehicle came careening into the front yard.It happened at the intersection of Fourth and Center Streets at about 9 a-m.Officer Debbie Holmes says a driver ran a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming Jeep.The Jeep driver swerved to avoid the car, and in the process, drove over a fire hydrant and came to a stop against the house.Holmes says the hydrant stopped the Jeep from doing serious damage to the home.The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Holmes says this isn’t the first time she’s seen an accident like this one in that area.Water district and Fire Department crews were called in to help repair the damage to the hydrant.Holmes says so far, no charges have been filed.Traffic in the area was backed up for some time while crews cleaned up the scene and worked to repair the hydrant.

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Man Drowns in Cross Pond

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A 23-year-old man from Morrill drowned after his canoe capsized Friday night.It happened on Cross Pond in Morrill.Game Wardens say Jared Peterson was fishing with a friend when their canoe capsized in windy weather at about 7:30 p-m.The other man, 23-year-old Johnny Dayton of Belfast, was able to swim to shore.Dayton says Peterson could not swim.Dive teams were immediately called in to start searching for Peterson’s body.< "the search continued that night till about 11 pm, when we suspended it for the night because of poor visibility and this morning at about 6, we resumed the search and found it very quickly after we resumed this morning with the sunlight.">According to Wardens, neither man was wearing a life jacket.They also say alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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Swine Flu Continues to Spread in Maine

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The media hype has died down, but swine flu is still spreading throughout Maine.44 cases have now been confirmed.They include 35 Maine residents and 9 people visiting or staying in the state.Two-thirds of those confirmed with the H1N1 virus since late April in Maine are under the age of 40, confirming a national trend.Three people in Maine have been hospitalized for H1N and two have been discharged.

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Digital Transition Complete

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America has now officially made the switch to digital TV.But it was a bit confusing for some Friday when the nation’s TV stations shut down their analog transmitters.[TAKE VO]{***VO***}Nearly 700-thousand people called a federal hot line this week.About a third of the calls were about federal coupons to pay for digital converter boxes. Another third were handled by live agents, and 30 percent of those were about how to operate the converterboxes. Over 20 percent of the live calls were about reception issues.The National Association of Broadcasters said that 278 stationsit surveyed nationwide received more than 35-thousand calls yesterday, and thevast majority were resolved by re-scanning.According to a survey, about two-point-two million households were still unprepared as of last week.

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Lawmakers Wrap Up Regular Session

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Maine legislators worked well into the wee hours of Saturday morning before wrapping up this year’s regular session at the State House.There were some testy moments…particularly over highway maintenance options that had Democrats and Republicans at odds.Sharp debate over transportation project funding broke out first thing in the morning in the House of Representatives on Friday. The Senate produced a similarly emotional series of tirades late Friday night.In between, idled and waiting for new amendments to take up for voting, some lawmakers staged a wiffleball game on the south lawnof the State House.In his closing remarks, Governor John Baldacci put his focus on the positive, crediting lawmakers for conducting themselves withgoodwill and openness.

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Aroostook County Woman Facing Child Sex Charges

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A woman from Aroostook county is in jail, charged with sexually assaulting a young child.Police say they found the woman through internet child pornography videos uncovered by police in England.30-year-old Julie Carr is charged with gross sexual assault.She was arrested at her home in Mars Hill Friday night.Investigators were led to Carr after police in West Midlands, England, discovered videos of a woman committing sexual acts on ayoung child. Police say the videos had been recorded from a live web-cast, apparently broadcast in the last few days.Carr is being held on $20,000 bail pending a hearing on Monday.Police say she will likely face further state and federal charges.

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Machias Dentist Using German D-N-A Technology

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A dentist in Machias is using European technology to help patients with whole-body healthcare.Doctor James Sparaga says a new test could help you find out what conditions and diseases you might be at risk for in the future.Amy Erickson has the story.

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The Big Barge Leaves Brewer

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It’s another milestone in Cianbro’s massive project for the Motiva refinery.Friday, the Brewer manufacturing facility sent its second shipment of modules down the Penobscot River, bound for Port Arthur, Texas, on one of the largest barges in the world.”The most significant module in terms of weight is in excess of 500 tons on this shipment,” says Cianbro Corporation CEO Peter Vigue.He says these four modules are heading out right on time.”It’s just a clear indication of the capability and the competency of the Maine workforce and the people of this company,” Vigue says.A few of the company’s 525 workers gathered Friday to see it off. As the barge was pulled out, Project Manager Rick Godin had only one thought in mind. “How much time we have before the next barge comes in,” he says, smiling.The shipments will continue until June 2010, carrying 53 modules in all to Texas.”People continue to call us all the time and want to know precisely what the schedule is so they won’t miss it,” Vigue says.Despite the rain, folks who turned out to watch the spectacle weren’t disappointed.”It was huge!” says Janet Murphy, of Orono, who stopped at several points along the Penobscot. “I couldn’t believe it coming around the corner there.””It’s really big. It’s amazing they’re going to get that through the ocean,” says Gloria Gibbons, who also came out to see the barge.Unless there’s bad weather, once the barge hits Penobscot Bay it won’t stop until Texas, taking the pride of people here with it.”We’re sending a clear message to the people of this state in terms of what they’re capable of achieving, and that they can compete with any company anywhere in the world,” Vigue says.The next shipment is scheduled to go out in August.”We have a lot of work to do between now and then,” Godin says, “but we’ll be ready.”

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Bangor Hydro Service Interruption

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Bangor Hydro will be doing some routine maintenance and update to their system over the weekend. Some customers in the Bangor area will experience an interruption in service because of the work being done.The interruption will happen on Saturday, June 13, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.The following buildings will be involved133 Broadway Street, Bangor135 Broadway Street, Bangor136 Broadway Street, Bangor143 Broadway Street, Bangor151 Broadway Street, Bangor128 Cumberland Street, Bangor134 Cumberland Street, Bangor185 Pine Street, Bangor188 Pine Street, Bangor189 Pine Street, BangorCustomers with questions regarding the service interruption can contact Bangor Hydro at 947-2414.

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Elementary Students Learn the History of Bangor

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Do you know how the name of Bangor came about?Some elementary school students got to learn all about it first hand today.”Hereby incorporated into a town by the name of Bangor and the said town is hereby invested with the powers, privileges, and amenities which other towns in this commonwealth do or may do by law.”Some elementary school students got to take a trip back in time Friday.”Today is part of our 175th anniversary celebration. Bangor is 175 years from the incorporation as a city back in 1834. But now we’re reaching back even earlier to when Bangor became a town.”Students were treated to a re-enactment of how the name Bangor was created.”Bangor was actually named after a song and that’s very rare. I don’t know of another one anywhere. Not only that, it was a mistake. It wasn’t planned.”The play tells the story of a sometimes forgetful reverend known as Seth Noble.Noble traveled to Boston to incorporate Bangor as a town.But it wasn’t supposed to be named Bangor.”As it is written as permanent record, Kenduskeag Plantation will now be known as Bangor.””Bangor, no no no not Bangor. The tune is Bangor but the name of the village is Sunbury. There’s been a dreadful mistake.”Third grader Brooke Bowen was excited to learn about Bangor.”I think it’s important to know about where you come from.”Third grader Devin Haggerty read the Declaration of Independence at the start of the play.She was happy to be a part of the re-enactment.”It was kind of exciting. I thought it was cool to be here.”A history lesson the students have been learning about in the classroom for months and one that came to life for them Friday.

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Elementary Students Participate in Books for Bikes Program

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Some students in Etna are the happy owners of new bikes.The Books for Bikes reading program was created through a collaboration with the Masonic Lodges of Maine and the Brain Injury Association of Maine.Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to read.For every book they finish, their name goes into a raffle to win a bicycle.Seven students at the Etna-Dixmont Elementary School received bikes today.Also, through a grant from the Bureau of Highway Safety, every student received a bike helmet.” A lot of families buy helmets but they don’t know how to fit them, they don’t fit them correctly, so the helmet wobbles on their heads and wiggles around a lot. So we go into the classroom and teach the kids how to fit their helmets.”Students at Carmel Elementary School also received helmets today.Students at the Smith Elementary School in Levant will get theirs on Monday.

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Mount Hope Variety Store Closes Its Doors

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Mount Hope Variety store in Bangor closed its doors Thursday.We’re told the closing was a result of some unfortunate circumstances and the current state of the economy.The manager says they have appreciated everyone’s business and enjoyed being a part of the Bangor community.

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Man Dies in Route 3 Crash

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

One man is dead and another in the hospital after a collision on Route 3 that blocked traffic to and from Mount Desert Island.Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies say two pickup trucks collided head-on about 6 o’clock this morning in Trenton. Authorities say 29 year-old William Brownlee was heading south, 31-year-old Brad Kenney was heading north. They say that’s when Kenney’s truck crossed the center line. Both men were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where Kenney died. No word yet on what may have contributed to the crash.

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Veazie Fire Under Investigation

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Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire in Veazie ripped through a home on May Street home.Crews got the call around 6 o’clock last night. When they arrived they say there was heavy smoke showing on the first and second floors of the home.Crews from Old Town, Orono, Bangor, and Holden helped to put out the fire. Officials aren’t sure where it began.Pete Metcalf, Captain of the Veazie Fire Department, says, “At this point it’s too early to tell what the cause of the fire was. We’ve got a lot of clutter in the building that we’ve got to clear out. A lot of overhaul debris they’re taking care of and fire marshal will be on hand to assist us with the investigation, but at this point it’s still too early to tell what the actual cause was.”Officials aren’t sure how severe the damage to the house is, either. An elderly woman lives in the house, but she wasn’t home at the time of the fire.

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Shirley Elementary Shuts Its Doors

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Shirley Elementary School was one of the last remaining one room school houses on the mainland of Maine.In May residents voted to close the school because of rising costs and declining enrollment.The Shirley Elementary School bell rang for the last time Thursday.”I’m sad to see the school close. I think it’s been a very unique experience for the children.” says Joyce Lessard, a teacher a Shirley Elementary.After nearly 175 years, the one room school house is closing.”It’s sad for the community. Cause the school is the center of your community. But it is reality, you know, when you’re down to two students.” says Jacqueline Stevens, an education technician at the school.Ian – a third grader from Shirley, and Dean – a second grader from Greenville, were the only students at Shirley Elementary this year.”I get help with my work a lot that’s the best thing I think.” Ian says.Both students will be go to elementary school in Greenville next year… and have twenty to thirty kids in their classes.”I think at first it’s going to be a real adjustment. But they’re both wonderful students and I think they’ll do fine.” Lessard adds.”I won’t be nervous because I pretty much have a good experience there, two years here, two years there.” Dean says.Ian says he’s, “Looking forward to going there a lot because I know most of the people there and I’m going to be in 4th grade with Mrs. Roberts and she goes on like two field trips a year.” The students and teachers closed out this year and enjoyed their last weeks together by taking a few field trips of their own – One was to the State House another up Mount Battie.”It was a wonderful way to end the school year.” says Lessard.Dean adds, “I had really good friends and we were just like a family, we played with each other, it was very fun…. I’m going to miss this school very much.”

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Winn Fire Leaves Family of Eight Homeless

Catherine Pegram

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Burning food is to blame for a fire in Winn that left a family of eight homeless. The fire on Military Road yesterday afternoon started in the kitchen when some chicken left on the stove caught on fire. Megan and Richard Plaisted live there with their six children, ages 3 to 19. Megan is also pregnant. It took crews from Mattawamkeag, Lincoln, Medway and Lee to put out the flames.The family’s closest relatives live in Upstate New York, so the Red Cross is now offering them help. Lee Academy put the family up for the night in a dorm and an insurance adjustor is making arrangements for them to stay in an apartment.Mattawamkeag Fire Chief Robert Powers says the fire was difficult to fight.”The house was build back in the 1800s. With such an old house there’s a lot of nooks and crannies. The fire is just hiding from us, we’re just trying to be careful.”Powers says one firefighter was treated for heat stress at the scene by Penobscot Valley Hospital.Folks who’d like to help the family with donations can contact Robert Fogg at 736-2033.

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Frozen Poultry Products Recall

Catherine Pegram

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A company in Texas is recalling more than 600-thousand pounds of frozen poultry products because they may contain milk, soy or wheat that’s not listed on the label. Those products can cause an allergic reaction for some people.Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling all 32-ounce bags of Kroger, Fully Cooked, Buffalo Style Chicken Wings, Chicken Wings Sections Coated with Sauce.The bags have “Best By” dates of July 25, 2009 through June 8, 2010.They also have establishment numbers near the zip seal of P7091A, P73477, P13485A, along with a UPC code of 0 11110 97158 6 and Julian dates of 8207 to 9159.So far the company has received no reports of illness.

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