Saturday’s weather made move-in day a challenge at colleges across the state.Students at Husson University moved into their dorms this weekend.Classes start Monday morning.After the moving was completed and most of the parents cleared out, students attended a welcome reception with President Bill Beardsley…then took buses to the American Folk Festival on the Bangor waterfront.This year, move-in day was more crowded than usual…thanks to the growth the University is experiencing.Officials are reporting record-breaking enrollment.
Heavy rain wasn’t enough to stop dedicated walkers from coming out for a cause in Bangor Saturday.The second annual Bangor Walk to Defeat A-L-S kicked off at Hayford Park.Walk Chair Lisa Kingsbury was thrilled that despite the weather, attendance was up…more than 200 walkers took part this year.The goal for this year’s walk was 25-thousand dollars…all of which will go towards research for treatment options and a cure.Kingsbury got involved with the cause because husband has A-L-S…also known as “lou Gehrig’s Disease”…it’s a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.The life expectancy of an A-L-S patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
A man from Dover-Foxcroft is charged with selling live, wild trout he took from waters near his home.Thirty-eight-year-old Mark Cox is facing a misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of wild brook trout. He’s due in court later this year.Cox faces up to six months in jail.Capt. Dan Scott of the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife says agents placed Cox under surveillance after receiving a complaint through the Operation Game Thief program.Scott says Cox was using multiple methods of catching the fish.
A logger from Skowhegan has been ordered to pay almost 95-thousand dollars in restitution to ten victims after he is released from prison for timber theft.Gerald Nelson Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison last year on charges of theft from woodlot owners in Maine and New Hampshire.In a decision released this week, a Lincoln County judge ordered Nelson to pay the restitution when his sentence is completed.According to the Attorney General’s office, the timber thefts occurred between 2000 and 2006 from landowners with woodlots in Augusta, Fairfield, Newport, Freedom, Peru, Carmel, Sumner and Canton, as well as a town in New Hampshire.
Maine Senator Susan Collins was among the mourners who turned out in Boston Saturday to honor the late Senator Ted Kennedy.A two-hour funeral Mass was celebrated.Kennedy will now be buried alongside his slain brothers at Arlington National Cemetery.Hundreds in Boston lined nearby sidewalks as the funeral procession passed.In his eulogy, President Barack Obama praised Kennedy for “the good he did” and “the dream he kept alive,” despite what Obamareferred to as “personal failings and setbacks.”Kennedy died Tuesday at 77, more than a year after he wasdiagnosed with a brain tumor.
Folk Festival vendors aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the huge crowds on the waterfront this weekend.Business owners all over the greater Bangor area are reporting a boost in sales.Hotel rooms are booked, and restaurants are seeing more patrons than usual.Heather Van Frankenhuysen owns Bella Luna Boutique on Main Street in Bangor.She’s hoping many of the folks spending time on the waterfront can make it to the downtown area as well…to check out some of Bangor’s specialty shops and eateries.Van Frankenhuyzen says during last year’s Folk Festival, she tripled her sales.Things haven’t been quite that good so far this year, but she’s still hoping for a solid weekend.
Maine’s tax reform legislation takes effect in January, and state revenue services officials want to make sure retailers understand the changes.Maine Revenue Services is hosting sales tax seminars across the state beginning on August 31st.The seminars will focus on changes affecting sales, use and service provider taxes included in the tax reform legislation passed this year.The seminars will be held twice daily from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 23 locations across the state.The seminars are free, and open to the general public.For a list of seminar locations, log on to the Maine State website.
A 65-year-old woman who served nearly 6 years in prison for killing her husband and chopping him up into pieces is behind bars for allegedly stealing two containers of baby powder from a grocery store in Dexter.Vella Gogan of Skowhegan appeared in Penobscot County Superior Court today on a violation of probation charge. Bail was set at $5,000. Gogan has been charged twice with violating probation since she was released from prison three years ago. She was charged with murder in 1999 for allegedly killing her husband in his sleep at their Hartland home. Gogan, who later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, maintained that she had been abused by her husband during their 37-year marriage and shot him out of fear he was going to kill her.
A man from Glenburn pleaded no contest today to stealing pellet stoves from a company in Bangor where he worked, then selling them at discount prices. 34-year-old Benjamin Tibbetts was sentenced to three years for the crime. He’ll serve that at the same time as another three year sentence he received earlier this week for a probation violation.Tuesday a judge found there was enough evidence to conclude that Tibbetts was guilty a series of thefts in 2008, which violated his probation. Those crimes included stealing pellet stoves from Sunrise Home and Hearth, which is now out of business. Until today, Tibbetts had not entered a plea in that case. His lawyer, Jeffery Silverstein, says Tibbetts was also ordered to pay 5-thousand dollars restitution.
Classes at the University of Maine start Monday.First-year students started arriving today.Meghan Hayward met up with a new student as she moved into her new home.The University of Maine campus was flooded with UMaine students, faculty and staff friday, who helped welcome the class of 2013.”The number is 1,803 students, a little bit lower than it was the past few years, but we’re very pleased with it and I think it says a lot about young people, students choosing the University of Maine.”Kennedy says poor economic conditions have affected first year enrollment, but overall enrollment is up one percent, partly due to an improved retention rate.Kennedy credits that to their first-year experience program, which places all first-year students together in dorms.A lot of volunteers help make their move into the dorms a little easier.”They’ve got a cue for the parents and students coming in. The flow has been extraordinary good, virtually no waiting times.”Tracey Martin is moving in her daughter, Krystal.She couldn’t believe how easy it was.”From the moment we pulled into the line they offered us drinks, they offered us food. They processed us and we pulled in and they unloaded pretty quick.”Krystal is the first child Tracey has sent to college. She’s feeling all kinds of emotions.”Nervous, excited for her. I’m going to miss her. That’s going to be the hardest not having her home every night and not knowing where she is.”Krystal says she’s ready for college.”I’m looking forward to not having my parents around all the time. I’m looking forward to meeting new people so I’m excited.”Krystal will be majoring in accounting with a concentration in international business.She hopes to be an accountant for an international firm in Spain some day.There is one thing her mother wants her to remember.”I’m proud of her.”
A crew of young adults has been working hard for the past few weeks to weatherize a home in Bangor. Friday, they gave the governor a tour of what they’ve accomplished.Violet Smith has lived in this big house for nearly 35 years, but this winter she’ll be a little warmer thanks to the work of these young men.”There was no insulation in the house at all. The sides of the house, the porch wasn’t heated so it was all going out through there. So we pulled up the floorboards and put insulation in there, and through the walls,” says 24-year-old Jamie Goodall, of Bangor.They added two tons of environmentally-friendly insulation to Violet’s home to make it more efficient and cut heating costs. They’re part of the Young Mainers Weatherization Corps.The state program uses stimulus funds under the Workforce Investment Act, to teach work and life skills to Mainers between the ages of 18 and 24.”I’d like to do this as my life-long career, definitely,” says Goodall.”These are tools that I’ll be able to not only take with me in the future but to be able to do this in my own house. It’s just good tools to know,” says 18-year-old Adam Smith, of Corinth.The governor says the program is like a smaller version of the Civilian Conservation Corps, employing people who need jobs with work that needs to be done.”I thought it was important since we were making this attempt on energy, new energy, wind energy, that we get the young people involved – like they did in Roosevelt’s administration – and engage them in this whole field,” says Governor Baldacci.The program has about 60 young adults learning and working in weatherization throughout the state.”It’ll be warmer than it has been. I’m very grateful to have them do the house and to have such nice men working,” says Violet Smith.”It feels good helping people, making them nice and warm in the wintertime.”
A man from Rockland is being blamed for a car crash that knocked out power to part of the town.Police say 39-year-old Michael Leon was driving on Union Street last night when he slammed into three utility poles. About 200 Central Maine Power customers throughout Rockland lost electricity. Leon is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, OUI and having drugs in his system and vehicle.Power crews spent the night working to restore service and had it up and running before 9 o’clock this morning. Leon was taken to Knox County Jail and released on $600.
Police are looking for the person who robbed a Dunkin Donuts in Palmyra with a knife. Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputies say a man, who’d covered his face, walked into the restaurant on Route 2 Wednesday night, with customers inside. He showed a knife to the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk gave the man money and the suspect ran off. He’s described as thin, around 5’09 to 6’0 tall, 150 pounds, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Anyone with any information about the robbery can call the Sheriff’s Department anonymous tip line at 474-0230.
Dozens of healthcare providers from the greater Bangor area came together Friday for a discussion on health care reform.Congressman Mike Michaud hosted the round table discussion at Eastern Maine Technical College’s Rangeley Hall.Michaud invited physicians, nurses and members of medical associations to come together to offer their input on the current efforts to reform healthcare.Michaud has been spending the August break holding healthcare reform meetings across the district with his constituents, but he says providers haven’t been given enough opportunity to share their thoughts on the subject.
It’s apple season, and Maine-ly Apples in Dixmont opened for business today.From 10 am to 5 pm folks could pick their favorite apples.Co-owner John Olsen says the rainy weather hasn’t stopped them.Just delayed things a bit.Olsen says there is no permanent damage to the trees, but some of their varieties will be in short supply this year.But despite the smaller crop, they company is not raising prices because of the recession.
Maine environmental regulators have given final approval to a wind farm near Rumford.It’s a $120,000,000 project.Twenty-two wind turbines will be build at Partridge Peak, Flathead Mountain, and Record Hill in Roxbury. It would become Maine’s fourth major wind farm.The principal developers are former Maine governor Angus King and Robert Gardiner, former head of Maine Public Broadcasting and one-time director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
A teenager from Waterville has pled guilty to charges stemming from a fire at the former Waterville Boys and Girls Club.18-year-old Nicholas Laws will spend 30 days in jail on a criminal mischief charge, and he will be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea to burglary if he complies during his probationary period.Laws is one of five adults and four juveniles charged with setting a fire in a pool at the club back in March.A video was made and posted on YouTube with their names in the credits.Police say a parent came forward and reported the video.
A fire in Hermon could have been disastrous, but thanks to quick action everyone made it out okay.Crews were called to the home on Swan Road just after 2 o’clock Thursday morning.Jennifer Stalter, the home owner, had put a load of laundry in the dryer just before heading to bed. The electric dryer caused the clothes to catch fire.Luckily the home’s smoke detectors went off, and Stalter was able to get out of the home with her young daughter and two pets.Fire officials say running large appliances, like dryers, when you’re not home or awake can be dangerous. “No matter if you do the maintenance like you should they certainly can cause a fire. They’re a high heat source and so I’d advice people never to run anything if they’re not home.” “I can tell you I will never put another load of laundry in and go to bed,” Stalter Said on Thursday. “I will never do a load of laundry and leave my house. I probably wouldn’t have a house today if I had been at work or wherever.”Fire officials say working smoke detectors and a quick response time by crews helped to limit the damage done by the fire.The dryer and clothes were destroyed. But the rest of the home was left virtually untouched by the fire.