The new Orono Public Library is scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8th. But right now, a lot of the books remain in the old library.How those books all get from one spot to the other is with lots of help.”Ok. Ready?””Let’s get it started!”Work is underway in Orono, packing books up for a ride to the new library on Pine Street.”We were doing a little calculation earlier, like, is this going to take us 12 hours?” says volunteer Margaret Clancey.There’s no elevator here, so the books are passed down the stairs through a human chain to keep them in order.”It’s kind of fun,” says 9-year-old volunteer Elsa Jolliffe.”It’s kind of amusing because you’re just taking them very fast,” says 12-year-old volunteer Molly McAleer.More than 30 volunteers are pitching in, many of them, trained professionals.”I have to move wood during the winter and I usually have a train with my brother,” says McAleer.On Wednesday, these book carts will be shrink wrapped and moved across town, where the shelves are ready and waiting.”Then it feels like, when the library opens up, it will be my library. I’ll be more a part of that library than I would have been otherwise,” Clancey says.Heavy books, light books, people like Elsa Jolliffe love all kinds. Her mom works here.”I’m glad that she does, because I get to spend a lot of time here and it’s really fun,” she says.”Seeing the young kids here, too, I think any time the community can come together for something, I think it makes everybody feel good,” Clancey says.They’re still looking for volunteers over the next couple of days, even though these hands will have moved a lot of books already.”A thousand maybe,” says McAleer.”Probably a thousand already!” says Clancey.That means there’s only 36 thousand more books to pack, a process that will be repeated – in reverse – at the new location.”Ok, here we go,” says one volunteer, heading back up the stairs.A grand opening celebration will be held at the new library on Saturday, September 12th.
Two paving projects scheduled to take place in Bangor today have been pushed to tomorrow. Starting Friday, crews will be paving part of Milford and Essex Streets near Mary Snow school.They’ll also be working on Hobart Street, which runs off Broadway in front of Bangor High School.Drivers should expect delays in those areas.
Folks who are still feeling the impact of flooding last year may be able to tap into some money to help them out. The Maine Community Action Association is heading up a statewide program that’s offering more than $2.2 million in reimbursements. The money is available for anyone affected by severe storms and flooding from April 28th to May 14th, 2008.Individuals, families and non-profit organizations can apply for the funding. It can be used to cover repairs, out-of-pocket expenses and health services.If you’re interested in applying for the money, you can contact your local Community Action Program.
If you’ve driven by the Bangor waterfront this week, you’ve probably noticed all the tents.They’re being set up for this weekend’s American Folk Festival.Meghan Hayward has more on what it takes to pull off the Folk Fest.It’s that time of year again when folks flood the Bangor waterfront for the American Folk Festival.The festival crew has been hard at work making sure it goes off without any glitches.”The operation crew came last Thursday started unloading trucks that we had brought and then the tent crew came in on Monday and actually started assembling the tents.”The planning for this year’s festival started shortly after last year’s ended.Operations Manager Betty Derbyshire says it get a little easier every year.”Because the locals are on top of what they need to be on top of.”Derbyshire says they’re right on schedule and will be ready to go, hoping for good weather.”There are some plans for emergency back up. It’s just it’s hard with an outdoor festival to completely cover every contingency so it becomes a question of degree.”Safety is also a big concern. Bangor Police will be out in full force.”The Police Department will be staffing probably about an extra 350 hours of overtime through the weekend.”So what safety issues do they look out for?”The biggest safety concerns we have are people, pedestrians paying attention to traffic. Crossing legally on crosswalks and abiding traffic signals and things of that nature.”Derbyshire says they expect another big turn-out and she encourages folks who have never been to the festival to check it out.”So if they are coming because they like a particular kind of music they’ll probably find it. But the fun of it is finding music you never experienced before.”
A man from Wilton who admitted to killing his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.On August 21, David Cook pleaded guilty to manslaughter.Matteo Hansen died last November from injuries the medical examiner said were consistent with being kicked or punched. When police arrested Cook in December, he said the toddler died after falling down the stairs.Cook agreed to plead guilty in return for a six-year prison sentence.His sentencing was delayed in order to give the victim’s parents a chance to address the court. In Maine, parents have the right to address the court.
It’s the 33rd Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival in Sidney this weekend. Festivites get underway Thursday evening with a number of concerts at the Silver Spur Riding Club. Bluegrass big names like Simon St. Pierre and Dailey and Vincet are set to hit the stage Friday and Saturday. Hundreds have set up their tents, campers and RV’s to take in the sounds of what is the root of American music. Bluegrass is at the heart of the Cormier family who make up the band “Blistered Fingers”. Sandy Cormier says, “It’s not just bluegrass, it’s a family reunion.” Greg and Sandy Cormier started the festival 18 years ago and have since turned it into a 2-time event each summer. For more information on the festival please visit Blistered Fingers.
It’s a sure sign that fall is around the corner…Bangor’s city pools have closed for the season.Last Sunday was the last day of operation for the Pancoe and Dakin pools.Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette says his crews will now spend time giving the pools a good cleaning, and doing any necessary repairs.Later this fall, they’ll winterize the facilities before the cold weather arrives.Willette says he’d like to be able to keep the pools open later into the summer…but staffing is a problem this time of year, since most of the lifeguards are college students heading back to campus.
Tens of thousands of people are expected on the Bangor waterfront this weekend, for the American Folk Festival.Safety is, of course, a big concern.Railroad police are trying to get the word out that trains will be operating along the waterfront during the festivities.And as Amy Erickson tells us, that means festival-goers need to stay alert.< "any time is train time. Always expect a train. You just never know when a train is coming. Nobody knows except the railroad."Fred Hirsch hopes all American Folk Festival goers will bear that advice in mind this weekend as they enjoy themselves on the waterfront.Hirsch is the state coordinator for "operation Lifesaver," which educates the public about railroad safety.He joined Railroad Police Sergeant Tim Falvey Thursday, to advise folks to pay close attention while walking near the railroad crossings in the midst of the Folk Festival attractions.Trains will be running through the area all weekend."when you hear the train, most of the kids like to run up to the crossing as quickly as they can. Our best advice is to stay back 40 or 50 feet and enjoy it that way.""even though it's going as slow as 10 miles per hour, it's unable to stop quickly, so bear that in mind. Some kids see it coming and like to go for a little ride. But it can do just as much damage at 10 miles per hour as it will at 50."Hirsch says one of the biggest problems during the Festival is folks trying to put items on the tracks...coins are a big problem..."everything from a piece of wood to a coin to a rock...those things can shoot out and hit somebody, especially if you have a large crowd around."Falvey says the tracks can be especially dangerous to those who've had too much to drink...since they aren't as alert as they'd normally be. "we had one incident a few years ago where a girl had too much to drink and actually started walking into the train as it was going through the crossing. Luckily, we were able to pull her out of the way. But keep in mind there may be people around you who've had too much to drink and may not be as aware as you and I might be."Falvey's best advice?Stay back...and stay alert.Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>
A convicted sex offender from Sherman is going to prison for twelve years.Forty-two-year-old Kirk Gould was sentenced in Houlton Superior Court Wednesday.He was convicted of sexually assaulting a relative from the time she was 11 until after she turned 16.The state described Gould as an unapologetic sexual predator who robbed a young girl of her childhood.” She was stuck, she was alone and she didn’t fell she had anyone to turn to. He was keeping her at the house, he wouldn’t let her see friends, wouldn’t let her ride her bike to friend’s houses, wouldn’t let her use the internet, anything. He essentially had her captive and abused her. This is a situation where he took the bed frame off the bed so no one would hear him abuse her, he went to his doctor and got prescribed testosterone for more energy, he got prescribed cialis so he could essentially make himself a medically enhanced sex offender.”Gordon says too often, victims do not come forward because they’re afraid no one will believe them.He hopes this sentence will send a message to victims that if they do come forward, their voices will be heard.
Bangor Savings Bank is reminding customers not to give out their account or pin numbers to anyone over the phone.Senior Vice President Yellow Light Breen says they got over 200 calls Wednesday from folks who had received an automated voicemail threatening to block their debit cards if they did not call back and leave their account information and pin numbers.Breen says by the end of the day, they had talked with about twenty customers who had given their information and needed to change their account numbers.But Breen says the latest scam is limited.It appears they’re only calling cell phone numbers that start with 299.Breen says it’s important for customers to stay on guard.” The number one and best and only line of defense is our customers out there to just be on alert and to know as I think most have learned by now your real bank will never ever ask you to give up confidential information like accounts and passwords in an email or voice mail. We just never will, period end of story.”Breen wants folks to know their information has not been hacked and these people are just randomly calling the 299 numbers, hoping to stumble across Bangor Savings Bank customers.
Police are investigating a robbery in Palmyra that happened Wednesday night.There are few details, but authorities have confirmed that there was a robbery at the Dunkin Donuts.Officials say they got the call just before 9.We’ll bring you more details on this story as they become available.
More details have been released regarding the death of an 80-year-old woman from Monmouth.43-year-old Kenneth McDonald went before a judge via video in Waterville Wednesday.He’s charged with murdering his 80-year-old mother at the home they shared in Monmouth.Court papers say Janice McDonald had severe facial injuries and died as a result of multiple sharp force and blunt trauma to the face and neck.Police reported finding a bloody knife in a bathroom sink and the clothes Kenneth McDonald said he was wearing the night before the death were found in a hamper covered in blood.Nowhere in the affidavit does it say that Kenneth McDonald admitted killing his mother.McDonald has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
A mother and her baby escaped from their burning home Thursday morning…all thanks to a working smoke detector.Authorities tell us the call for help came in around 2 o’clock.Fire crews from Hermon as well as Levant and Carmel arrived on the Swan Road a short time later.Fire fighters were able to save the home.The fire reportedly started in the dryer.
Fire crews in Waldo County were busy with a fire in Palermo Wednesday night.That call came in a little before 11 pm.It was reported as a garage fire, but there was concern flames had reached the home as well.Fire fighters were on the scene for about 5 hours.
While at Acadia National Park Wednesday, Governor John Baldacci visited with some of Maine’s future scientists.The governor made a stop at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.That’s where University of Maine freshman biology majors are spending the week, as part of a special orientation retreat.The director of the school of biology and ecology says the retreat is a chance for students to get to know their academic advisors and fellow students.She says it’s important to start them out on the right foot. “These are the next generation of scientists…so I think getting them started in a really positive direction…we talk a lot about the opportunities available to them,” Said Ellie Grondin, the school’s Director. “We’ll tour a couple of labs tomorrow..as well as go on a whale watch and hike in Acadia National Park.”The students will make their way to Orono on Friday to begin campus-wide freshman orientation.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is releasing more information about the fatal crash in Steuben Tuesday night that killed two teenagers.Authorities say 17-year-old Zachery Dean of Columbia Falls ran a stop sign and crashed into a car driven by 31-year-old Brooke Burgess of Steuben.It happened near the intersection of Route one and Eastside Road.Dean was killed in the crash, as was his passenger 15-year-old Morgan Parritt of Steuben.A 12-year-old girl was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Her condition is not known at this time.Burgess was not seriously injured.
A teenager from Morrill is recovering in the hospital after an ATV accident.Wardens say 18-year-old Ryan Jackson was riding alone in the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management area of Montville last night.He hit a tree that had fallen in the road, severely injuring his leg.Jackson was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he’s in fair condition.
The AFSCME highway to healthcare tour made a stop in bangor this evening to educate folks on healthcare reform.The RV started in Montana and traveled across the country. Bangor is the last stop on the tour.Folks shared stories about experiences they’ve had with the current healthcare system.On the bus there are laptops and cell phones that folks could use to tell senators how they feel about healthcare reform.Organizers say it’s important to educate the public because of all of the misinformation that is circulating about healthcare reform.”Its’ basically a monopoly in our healthcare where one or two companies control 80 to 90 percent of the market and can charge whatever they want and provide as little as they want. That’s part of what the public option is all about. Creating some real competition in the market place to keep these insurance industries honest and make sure they are providing a service that is accountable to the patients and not just the stockholders.” Says organizer Maryanne von Nordeck.Organizers say they’ve had overwhelming support for their cause throughout the tour.They say much of the controversy surrounding healthcare reform stems from misinformation. For more on this you can visit their website, www.makeamericahappendot.com.
A parking lot that was the scene of a police investigation in Lincoln last week, was on Wednesday the site of a memorial service.About a dozen people gathered to honor the memory of Brian Steven Isdell. Police found the 55-year-old truck driver from Tennessee near death in this lot on Main Street last Thursday. While an autopsy says Isdell died of a heart attack, police say he was involved in a fight with two local teens a few minutes earlier.Folks in Lincoln said Wednesday they felt the need to gather at the site as a show of respect while Isdell’s funeral was being held in Tennessee.”It’s very tragic what has happened. And we hope that his family will see this and know that we really care about what happened to him,” says Gina Ryder, of Lincoln.”As a community, or even as a few individuals, to share that burden, to lift that grief off that family is just a wonderful show of compassion,” says Vicki Garnett, of Lincoln.Lincoln police say they will be in contact with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s office this week to determine what, if any, further action should be taken with regard to the teens involved in the fight.
A Glenburn man is going to prison for at least the next three years.Thirty-four-year-old Benjamin Tibbetts was sentenced Wednesday for violating a past probation.A judge found there was enough evidence to conclude that Tibbetts had committed a series of thefts in 2008. Tibbetts is accused of stealing pellet stoves last year from Sunrise Home and Hearth in Bangor, where he worked, then selling them at discounted prices.He has yet to enter a plea in that case or go to trial. But Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts says that could change on Friday, when Tibbetts could chose to admit to the crime. That could change Tibbetts’s jail time.