A husband and wife who own an organic beef farm in Blue Hill got an unexpected and rare delivery this summer – twin calves. But the surprises didn’t stop there.John and Betty Tyler are the proud owners of Blue Hill Blondes, raising a rare type of beef cattle.”Blonde D’Aquitane. It’s a French breed that has been in this country since 1972. Most of the animals are up in Canada,” says John Tyler.”It’s just fun to watch them,” Betty says.This summer their rare breed started really beating the odds. “The twins were a surprise,” John says. It started when one of their pregnant females didn’t give birth when she should have. “She was late delivering and she was huge. We thought she was having an awful big critter and it turned out she was having two little critters.”Her sister was also pregnant…and when she gave birth, they couldn’t believe what they saw.”She was having a second one,” Betty says. Two sets of twin girls, all thanks to their 1900-pound bull, Stan.”He fathered two sets of twins this year,” she says, and laughs.The odds of even one set of twins are slim – they’re told between one and seven percent.”They dynamics are different when it’s twins, as opposed to one,” Betty says. “Twins pair up and play with each other – if it’s just one they stay with mom all the time.”It’s nothing new to the Tylers. Twins run in the family.”Our youngest children are twins – twin girls I might add,” John says.But, they say surprises are one of the best parts of having a farm.”Watching the evolution of what happens on a farm – it’s sort of interesting to see the variety of things that await you when you get up in the morning,” he says.
Some kids in Bar Harbor did a little reconstruction work today, piecing together the skeleton of a whale. They were surprised at how easy it was. “It was pretty easy. Once you got the whole thing up you knew that you could do it.”Eight-year-old Zachary Corson is talking about the the Bones, Baleen and Whale Ecology demonstration at the Dorr Museum in Bar Harbor.Children ages eight and up can assemble the skeleton of a 24-foot Minke whale. “I think this really enforces things they learn during the school year through repetition and re-emerging in a school-like atmosphere. And also being out here and being in a place that is not too structured.”Museum Educator Addams Samuel says it also encourages the children to think on their own. “I think it encourages students to do more things hands-on not just within the museum but also out in the wild.”Zachary says he enjoyed putting the whale skelton together.But what was his favorite part? “Well, I think it was the skull they did a good job with it.”Nine-year-old Catherine Ding says she’s never done anything like this before. “The bones, I’ve never seen that before.”Even though it was her first time Catherine says it was pretty easy. “Because we had a picture that we could look at.”And what does Samuel hope the children get out of the demonstration? “A better understanding of how to ask questions about what you do know and do not know and how to fill in those holes.”One thing’s for sure, the students were satisfied with their work. “I think it looks like a masterpiece.”
About thirty clam harvesters gathered at the Hancock Town Office today.All with a common goal in mind, to create an ordinance among surrounding towns that would make it more difficult for people from other areas to dig their clams.The local clammers feel they’re being put out of business by out-of-towners.They say the increased number of clammers is also destroying the clam flats.At today’s meeting, clammers from Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Franklin, Lamoine and Trenton dug in, to put a plan in motion.< "When the red tide's gone basically all our clams will be gone. So we want to manage what we have and better protect it.""We're still about a year away but their next step is to go to each of their town selectman and talk with them to help build these ordinances.""It's very important for this community and that goes from the local stores to everyone. If we're not making money they are not making money either."At today's meeting they selected a few people from each town to go before their Selectmen to take the plan to the next step.
A woman from Lincoln has died as a result of her injuries from an accident in Milford on Saturday.Sgt. Will Sheehan with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department says Penny Darr was riding on the back of a motorcycle, operated by her husband, Tom Darr, also of Lincoln. The Darrs were on Route 2 near the Greenbush town line.Sheehan says the motorcycle rear-ended an S-U-V, driven by Linda Cary of Milford. Sheehan says Cary was making a lefthand turn.As part of the investigation, Sheehan says Cary failed a breathalyzer test and was charged with OUI.
Police have not arrested anyone yet after raiding a home in Veazie where drug dealing may have been going on.Police say they found pot and prescription drugs last night in a house on State Street. They tell us four people live there. A report of an attempted armed robbery at the house last Friday prompted police to look into possible drug crimes being committed there, too. Veazie police worked with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Special Response Team and the Old Town and Orono police on the case. Sargeant Paul Haslam says he’s still investigating both the attempted robbery and possible drug dealing.
Bangor police are still searching for a man who robbed the Big Apple Store on State Street monday night. Police responded to the call around midnight late Monday night. Several officers arrived along with a K-9 unit. The area was searched but the suspect was not found. No weapons were used and the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.Police are reviewing surveillance video from the store. Last nights robbery at the Big Apple is the 6th robbery reported in the past 2 weeks.That makes 17 reported already in 2009. There were 19 robberies reported in all of 2008.The Bangor Police department says there are a number of factors that have contributed to the spike in robberies. The rough economy is on the top of that list according to Sgt. Paul Evans. “Obviously since the economy kind of tanked last year we’ve seen an increase in these robbery calls, crimes against people, places, burglaries to homes, burglaries to motor vehicles have been way up this year,” says Evans, “so yeah we can blame the economic factors and probably other things also.”The suapect in last nights robbery at the Big Apple is described as, male, 5’9″ to 5’10”, medium build, wearing baggy clothing, a white hooded sweatshirt, and a white bandana on his face. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Divisions at 947-7382.The Bangor Police would also like to pass on the following safety tips to help people avoid being the victims of a robbery.Avoid Walking Alone On The Street At NightÂ· Use well-lit roads. Â· Walk near the curb – away from shrubbery where someone could be hiding. Â· Walk against traffic, so that cars cannot surprise you from behind. Â· Keep an arms length away from strangers. Â· If you think someone suspicious is approaching you or following you, cross to the other side of the street and head for the nearest public place. Don’t Make It Obvious That You’re In Unfamiliar TerritoryÂ· Giving the appearance of not paying attention and not being alert is what suspects look for in a victim. Â· Stay sober enough to be able to take care of yourself. Criminals see drunken persons as easy prey. Â· Walk briskly and with confidence. At Night, Avoid Public Parks, Vacant Lots, Alleys and Areas With Excessive Trees and BushesÂ· Know which stores and other public places are open along your route. Â· Don’t hesitate to run back to where you came from to get help. Â· Look for anyone “hanging” around your car or your path to your car. Â· Have your keys in your hand and be ready to open the car door. What Should I Do If I am a Robbery Victim? Â· DO NOT PANIC â€” get a grip on yourself and stay calm. Take some deep breaths.Â· DO NOT RESIST â€” the robber wants your valuables, not you. “Things” can always be replaced … you can not.Â· OBEY THE ROBBER’S INSTRUCTIONS â€” listen closely to what the robber says and do not argue. Try to remember the exact words spoken by the robber as it may help with the police investigation.Â· BE ALERT â€” notice what is happening.Â· LOOK FOR DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS â€” look for things that can not be changed such as scars, marks, tattoos, limps, accents, etc.Â· WEAPONS â€” take careful note of any weapons. You will have to describe it later to the police. If the robber indicates that there is a weapon in his pocket, assume it is a gun. If the robber has a gun, assume it is loaded.Â· DESCRIPTION OF ROBBER â€” compare the robber to your own height and weight to estimate the size of your attacker.Â· COOPERATE WITH THE POLICE â€” if you are robbed, or see someone else being robbed, report it to the police immediately.
A dairy farmer in China says vandals destroyed about 10-thousand dollars in crops after holding a party on his fields.Spencer Aitel owns Two Loon Farms and grows hay and alfalfa to feed his cows. He says Saturday a group of people parked on one of his remote fields, started a bonfire and started drinking.They left behind a lot of trash, but Aitel says tire ruts from all of the cars that pulled in did the most damage. At least two acres of fields are flattened. The vandals also abandoned a truck that state police have now impounded.Aitel says “We’re not really out to nail anybody to the wall. We just want to make sure the access that we do allow our neighbors is wisely used. All we’re looking for is a little cooperation and this sure wasn’t a good example of that.”In a normal summer, Aitel would have already harvested most of the crop that was destroyed. But that work’s been delayed because of the rain. He says he’ll try to recover what he can of the crop.If you have any information in the case, you can contact Maine State Police at 1-800-452-4664.
State Police say a man involved in a car crash in Milford fell asleep at the wheel. 60-year-old Stan Neptune was on Route 2, near Grove Street, around noon today. He was heading toward Passadumkeag, where he lives. Police say Neptune’s pick up ran off the road and into a tree. He was the only one inside.Police say Neptune was taken to a hospital in Bangor where he’s recovering from minor injuries. He told police he was tired and fell asleep, just before the wreck.
Police in Augusta are investigating a deadly crash this noon. The accident happened around 7:30 Tuesday morning on Route 3 near Weeks Mills Road.A man was killed when the car he was driving crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on.The driver of the second car was seriously injured, and was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Police have not released the names of the accident victims.Part of Route 3 was shut down for awhile this morning as police investigated.
Officials raided a home in Veazie Tuesday night, after suspicions that drug dealing was going on inside.Police say they found marijuana and prescription drugs in the house on State Street.No word yet how much.Police say four people live in the residence.Mark Leonard is chief of police in Veazie. He tells TV5 that an incident at the home last week is what brought the potential drug problem to the attention of police. “We had initially taken a report Friday evening of an attempted armed robbery that had occurred here,” Said Chief Leonard. “Through our investigation we learned that there was potentially drug trafficking occuring from this residence which lead us to execute a search warrant today.”The search was handled by the Veazie police department along with the Penobscot County sheriff’s special response team with assistance from the Old Town and Orono police.The incident is still under investigation.
The owner of what used to be a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro before it burned down, plans to go before a planning board Tuesday night with plans for a new building.Donald Crabtree owns the Grand View topless coffee shop.It was destroyed in an arson fire last month.Crabtree plans to go before the Vassalboro planning board to apply to build a new structure.Last time Crabtree appeared before the board was June 2nd, when he asked about extending the shop’s hours and offering music for waitresses to dance to.Later that night, the shop burned down.
A western Maine restaurant owner has died.Peter Benoit owned Peter’s Seafood & Steak” in Jay.He was pronounced dead at his home Sunday night following a car crash on Route 133.His wife, Barbara was reportedly driving at the time.She told police she managed to drive the vehicle back to the couple’s home.There has been no word yet on what caused the accident.
The man accused of setting a fire in downtown Milo last September that destroyed several businesses, took responsibilty for the crime in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom Monday.32 year old Christopher Miliano plead guilty to arson, burglary and theft.He broke into the Hobnobber’s Pub on Main street, then set a fire to cover up the burglary.The fire spread to other buildings, destroying six businesses in all.District Attorney Chris Almy says the judge sentenced him to spend eight years behind bars, followed by four years of probation. “After he’s placed on probation, he’s gonna have to pay restitution and involve himself in alcohol counseling and abstain from using alcohol or drugs.”Miliano also plead guilty to an aggravated assault last November.
The former police chief of Milo, plead guilty to charges in court Monday.Michael Poulin was arrested last March, accused of assaulting his wife at a restaurant. Two members of the Milo Police department witnessed the incident.Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft, Poulin pleaded guilty to charges of stalking and improper influence.District Attorney Chris Almy says these convictions include more than just one occasion. “He plead guilty today to improper influence and stalking in connection with some incidents that involved his wife and these incidents took place over a period of time between October and March of 2009.”Poulin was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and ordered to pay a $1000 fine.He resigned as Police Chief in April.
In most communities along the Maine coast, those working in the ocean or along the shore stick to their own area to fish or to dig.But that’s not the case in one section of the Maine coast right now.People from all over the state are showing up to work those clam flats.The local clammers are planning to do something about it.Bucksport’s Steve Kane makes his way to the scales with 5 gallon buckets full of clams after digging on the flats in the Trenton area. Right now, it’s one of the few areas along the Maine coast that doesn’t have laws limiting the harvest to locals only. “They’re putting us right out of work, their putting ordinances everywhere,” said Kane. “Down on Mount Desert Island, a place where it used to support 200 diggers, the whole place is shutdown. There’s no digging down there: just ’cause they don’t want people on their beach.”If Charles Brown of Trenton and others that work the clam flats in this area get their wish, the majority of the digging would be done by those that live in Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Franklin, Lamoine and Trenton. “We got guys coming all the way from Freeport, Brunswick. We got guys coming from Calais on the other end. They’re gonna kill our clamming here so nobody’s going to be able to make a living here.”There is a meeting planned for Tuesday afternoon ( July 14th, 2009) at 2pm in Hancock to discuss a town ordinance. If it were to pass, diggers like Kane would have to apply to get an out of town license, or find other flats. “Then we have to go to the few towns that are open and there are few. They’re closing every day.” “They’re destroying our flats right now,” said Brown. “Every time 15 or 20 of them come, they take 30 or 40 bushels more of our clams or more that we could have had. They’re ruining it. We don’t have many flats as it is. They got way more area down there and they wanted their town law so stay in your own town.”Terry Watson, a clam buyer, goes where the clams are being dug. He says this has been going on forever. “I’ve been doing this since ’75, as the red tide pushed up the coast, the diggers move up the coast. The guys in town they’re always here, these guys are taking their clams and you know when you come in from away, you’re just trying to feed your family too. I see both sides yeah.”
42.8 million dollars. That’s how much the University of Maine system must shore up over the next four years in order to make budget.Back in February, Chancellor Richard Pattenaude formed a task force made up of faculty and members of the public, to figure out how to do that.Monday, members of that group as well as two others, presented their findings to the UMS Board of Trustees.”How do you take a good university, during a time of challenge, meeting the challenge, but make it better?”That’s the question University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude presented to the task force.The group includes faculty members as well as those who do not work for the school system. “We’ve pushed tuition real hard in the last few years because of rising costs, we’re going to slow that down. We’ve got to make sure it’s affordable,” says Pattenaude.Welcome news to any student, but begs the question, how?David Flanagan chaired the task force and is also the retired CEO of Central Maine Power. He and other members all agree that working together as one system, rather than seven separate schools, would be most beneficial as well as economical.”We’ve found that there’s too much competition between different branches of the University of Maine System. That we’re working sub-optimately, that we should have fewer classes spread out around the system or more distance education” says Flanagan.In addition to the task force, reports were also presented by two other committees, made up of school system staff.The groups are proposing to eliminate up to 25 percent of classes with small enrollment, as well as more than 100 faculty positions, some of which have never been filled. The members also recommend re-examining tuition waivers to make sure financial aid is truly going to students who need it, and creating common school calendars.”It’s probably felt that for each university to be on their own to go out and increase enrollment probably is not doable. And so we have to work collectively and collaboratively as a system and engage the entire state to work on that,” says Jim Breece, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University who also chaired the committee studying academic programs.The Board of Trustees will continue taking public comment on the findings until August first. A draft plan will be presented at the September meeting, followed by more public comment. Chancellor Pattenaude hopes to have a final plan in place by November.Anyone wishing to review and or comment on the three reports, can do so by sending an email to email@example.com or mail to New Challenges, New Directions: c/o Office of the Chancellor, University of Maine System, 16 Central Street, Bangor, ME 04401.
A family of 5 from Pittsfield is homeless after fire gutted their house on Sunday. It happened at the Dodge residence on Hussey road. Wilford Dodge was mowing the lawn when he noticed flames inside the house and called for help.Crews were called in from Pittsfield, Newport, Detroit, Canaan, and Hartland,but by the time crews arrived on scene, the fire had a good head start.No one was hurt, but several pets were killed. No word yet on what caused the fire.Friends and neighbors are raising funds to help the family out. Donations can be sent to: Dodge Family Fund110 Honeywell Ave.Pittsfield, Maine 04967
The Paul Bunyan statue was introduced here in Bangor back in 1959 to help celebrate Bangor’s 125th anniversary. As time and weather have taken their toll, it became clear some major work was needed to restore the iconic landmark to its original form. “Paul was not feeling very well,” says Karl Ward, Presidetn and CEO of Nickerson & OD’ay Inc., and member of The Paul Bunyan Preservation Committee. “First of all he needed a makeup job, and lastly some vandals had taken, well one of things they had taken was his peavey, and the structural foundation here was in very tough shape,” says Ward.The Paul Bunyan Preservation Committee is a group of local businesses who have donated their time and money to restoring the Bangor landmark.”We wanted to commemorate it this year, in it’s 175th anniversary,” says Ward, “we have some serious structural issues we want to repair, besides, the original architect is still with us today. He’s in his 80’s, and we thought what a great thing to do if he could still be with us to see it restored to it’s former glory.”With the restoration just about finished, the committee still sits about $3000 short. Ward also says there is no shortage of people to thank for the top to bottom restoration. “Lane Construction did all the paving, and S&S Masonry did a wonderful job restoring the base, Modern Decorators and Jeanne Savoy of DaVinci Signs who repainted Paul and shaved him up to get him looking good.” With all the help they have already recieved, the giant undertaking is causing the committee to call on some other local businesses, as well as members of the community to help out in any way they can to get them over the hump. “Well what we’re looking for here is, even though some businesses have stepped up, we’re hoping that others can, and we’re also hoping that the everyday citizen of Bangor can step up. It doesn’t matter, we’ve had someone as young as the age of 4 painting Paul’s socks, so any contribution, 10$, 25$, 100$ would be helpful.”Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail it or drop it off at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Office, 647 Main Street in Bangor. Make checks payable to the City of Bangor, and make sure to write “Paul Bunyan Restoration” in the memo line.
Publisher and author Jane Weinberger of Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island, has died.The Mount Desert Islander newspaper reports that she died Sunday night in Bar Harbor.She Founded Windswept House Publishers and wrote several books.She was married for 63 years to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, who served in that role in the Reagan Administration.He died in 2006.She was born in Milford and met Caspar on a troop ship while she was a nurse with the U.S. Army.Jane Weinberger was 91.
Todd Curry shot and killed his girlfriend’s son in Palmyra three years ago. He’s been at a state psychiatric hospital for the past couple of years. Now he’ll be allowed to leave the grounds for supervised visits.According to testimony given Monday, Curry has made extraordinary progress in the past six months at Riverview Psychiatric Facility compared to his earlier behavior.In 2006, Curry shot and killed 13-year old Anthony Tucker during a domestic dispute. Curry pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, claiming he heard a voice in his head saying he needed to kill someone in the house in order to save the world. In 2007, a judge ruled Curry was legally insane when he committed the crime and so wasn’t criminally responsible. Since then, he has been at the facility in Augusta.Monday, the court heard Curry’s request for supervised off-premise outings, starting in 2-hour blocks. His psychologist and the state forensic service testified that such activities, under the close watch of a staff member, are the logical course of action for people in his circumstance. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese says that’s the purpose of these hearings. “It’s important to remember that when people are committed under an NCR to Riverview that the idea is rehabilitation, and going back into society. So this was an appropriate first step for that.”During testimony, a psychologist called the shooting, quote, “A horrible crime, occasioned by serious mental illness and heavy substance abuse.”They say Curry’s progress means he would benefit from gradual release into the community, noting that his father is supportive of him.Family members of Anthony Tucker were also in the courtroom today to watch the hearing. After Curry’s request was granted, Tucker’s uncle said, “That’s the process…what else can you say.”