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Walk for Hunger

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The shelves of a local food pantry are much more full, thanks to the dedication of several volunteers in the Bangor area.They took part in the third annual “walk for hunger,” to benefit the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.The four mile walk stepped off from Grace United Methodist church and proceeded to Saint Mary’s church and back.Participants were then treated to a free community lunch.All the proceeds will go directly to the food cupboard. “There’s a large population of people who either don’t have a place to live…or are looking for a job…so this gives people the chance to get together and help out,” Said the Pastor of Grace United Methodist church Kathleen Macedo.Nine local churches work together to support the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.

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Augusta Police Release Photo of Suspect in Armed Robbery

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Police are asking for help in finding an armed robber in Augusta.It happened just before 1PM Sunday afternoon at the Getty Quick Mart on Western Avenue.Police say a man walked into the store with a blue ski cap and aviator style sunglasses.He showed a knife and demanded money.Police have released a surveillance video photo taken during the robbery.The suspect was last seen on foot headed west from the store.Witnesses are describing him as a white male, five foot ten, between 170 and 180 pounds.He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with LL Bean printed across the front, and blue wind pants with a white stripe down the outside of the legs.Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Christopher Blodgett with the Augusta Police department. He can be reached at 626-2370, extension 220.

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Six Cruise Ships Headed to Maine

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Six cruise ships are headed to Maineports this week, all of them calling in Portland and three of themstopping in Bar Harbor. The ships will bring a total of 10,269 passengers to Portlandstarting Sunday, when the Jewel of the Seas arrives for one of itsfive visits this fall. The Jewel of the Seas then heads to BarHarbor. Also arriving in Portland Sunday will be the American Glory,which also has a scheduled stop in Boothbay Harbor. The Carnival Triumph arrives Monday and will spend the day inport before sailing for St. John, New Brunswick. Also arrivingMonday will be the Norwegian Majesty. On Wednesday, the Constellation arrives from Boston carrying1,900 passengers. The Grandeur of the Seas will berth at the MaineState Pier next Saturday. Both ships also will call in Bar Harbor.

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Deer Kill Expected to be Small

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Maine’s deer kill is expected to be thesmallest in at least 25 years this fall because the deer herd hasbeen shrinking across the state. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is projectingthe harvest at 19,476 during November’s deer-hunting season. Thatwould be the smallest harvest since 1984, when hunters bagged19,358 deer. Maine’s deer herd has become smaller following two straightwinters with deep snow packs and cold temperatures. Last fall’sdeer kill came in at 21,062, which was 27 percent below the 2007total. Elsewhere in northern New England, New Hampshire is expectingits deer hunt to be larger than last year’s, while Vermont isprojecting a comparable harvest to 2008.

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EEE Concerns Ahead of Common Ground Fair

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Maine’s health director says a popular fairslated for next weekend is in the middle of a “hot spot” foreastern equine encephalitis, the virus that’s killed 14 horses inthe state and can also affect people. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control andPrevention said she’s concerned about the Common Ground CountryFair Sept. 25-27. Seven of the horses died in Waldo County, wherethe fair’s held, and four others have died in nearby Kennebec andPenobscot counties. Fair officials told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that signswill be posted on the grounds advising people to cover up with longsleeves and long pants and to wear insect repellent. The EEE virus is carried by mosquitoes. It can causeneurological damage in humans.

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Brewer Concert to Benefit Food Pantry

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Church goers in Brewer today lifted their voices and emptied their cupboards Sunday to help those in need.Folks from the First Congregational Church in Brewer got together for a special concert event at Brewer High School.Their goal was to bring a thousand people together to sing the hymn “O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”It’s a favorite of church members.Organizers decided the concert would also be a great money to help stock the shelves of the Brewer Christian Food cupboard…its supplies are running low right now, since demand has been so high.Those who turned out today brought along nonperishable food items to donate.

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Blue Mass Honors Police, Fire and EMS Personnel

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Catholics around the state came together in Bangor Sunday to honor the men and women who protect our communities.The annual “Blue Mass” was held at Saint John’s Church.This is the first time the Mass has been celebrated in Bangor. It’s usually held in Portland.Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration, which honored those who serve, including police officers, firefighters, EMTs and all emergency services workers.The Bishop also asked those on hand to pray for the safety of those workers.Malone says Americans have become more respectful of the job done by law enforcement, fire and EMS since 9/11.

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Thousands Turn Out To Race For The Cure

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It was a day of hope here in Bangor as over 4700 people turned out for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Sally Bilancia is the Executive Director for the race and she’s seen the event grow every year. “Well there’s really no magic involved in this,” says Bilancia, “people come out to support the survivors, that’s what it’s all about, and everyone has some kind of connection to breast cancer in someway, a friend, or a family member, or a co-worker and it really brings out a lot of emotion in some people.”It also brings out the wild side in some people, like Phillip Lebreton of Bangor. He’s shown up to this race dressed as everything from a Rockman to Sponge Bob. This year Lebreton got even more creative. “Word got around this year that I was gonna run in pink body paint with a pink tu-tu,” he says, “so I’m living up to my word.” Of course the most impressive part about this event is watching the survivors themselves cross the finish line. Marjorie Adams of Cumberland was the first survivor to finish the race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 1/2 years ago and after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation she says she’s back on track. “Well it’s wonderful,” she says, “I’ve been running for a long time and it’s been a big part of my life, it got me through my treatment, and kept me strong, during, before, and after.”Many of the survivors got through the race with a little help from their friends. Betsy Boyce is the leader of the team named in her honor. “That’s what I think of when I think of them,” Boyce says of her teammates, “they give me hope and courage and left foot right foot one foot in front of the other to conquer this illness.”Sheryl Colvin Ross, a Mother from hampden also ran on a team named for her. “I have an awesome group, ‘Shakin’ It For Sheryl’, there are over 30 people here, and some teams from John Bapst are running in my honor because my son goes there.”Sonja Sawyer is another survivor participating in this race with lots of support from her friends and family. “Well I have been fighting breast cancer for the past 4 years,” she says, “and what happened this year was, it started to out as a joke in terms of getting involved in this, turned into this huge thing we had over 30 members that have been on the team, everyone has been fantastic.”Many of the surviviors on hand had some messages of hope to those who may have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. “There is just so much hope and hope is the biggest thing right now,” Sawyer says, “just hold on to that hope, don’t let go and rely on your friends and family because there gonna be there for you.” Marjorie Adams also knows what it takes to beat breast cancer. “Well I hope that other woman who have been diagnosed, stay active, stay strong, it helps you get through the everyday and everything you need to go through in terms of treatment, surgery, or whatever it is , so be strong, stay active, think positively.”

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It’s Lights Out for Guiding Light

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It’s lights out for Guiding Light.The long running soap opera aired it’s final episode today.Meghan Hayward watched it on TV5, alongside some folks who’ve been fans of the show for years.In recent decades Guiding Light was set in the midwestern town of Springfield.But after 72 years on radio and TV, the CBS soap opera is over.Ninety-year-old Mary Deroche has been a fan of the show for many of those years.”Oh my god, it must be about twenty years if not more.”So what’s kept her a loyal fan all these years?”Well I got so interested in the characters. So I knew them. I just love them, everyone of them.”Mary says the ending of the show will leave a big void in her life.”It’s just like part of my life is gone. I feel that way I really do. I wake up in the mornings and if it’s a weekday I know it’s going to be on. It’s just a part of my life.”Guiding Light began on radio in 1937 and moved to TV in 1952.But in recent years, the show’s ratings dropped, making it the least watched of the network soaps.But 74-year-old Marion Osden has remained faithful since she was a kid.”Sad because I’ve watched it so long.”While tears were shed, Mary feels the soap is going out on a good note.” It’s ending the way that I think it should.”With the words “The End” fading out on the screen, the light went out on Guiding Light.In two weeks, CBS will fill that slot with a new edition of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” with host Wayne Brady.

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Educators Discuss School Shut Down Days

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(AP) Maine schools are required by statute to provide 175 days of instruction, but some are toying with the idea of reducing that number to save money. Maine school superintendents were the first to suggest the idea of school shutdown days as lawmakers seek to bridge a $66 million budget gap this year. Education Commissioner Sue Gendron says a single school shutdown day could save the state and local school districts $7 million. Gendron says school shutdown days might be preferable to the elimination of entire programs. Another option, she says, is a “nickel and diming” to reduce spending. Not everyone is on board. Critics say the academic year should be lengthened, not shortened, and that shutdown days would inconvenience parents, who’d have to arrange for child care.

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Recognition Event for Senior Companion Program

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Special thanks today for some folks who are always giving to others.The annual recognition event was held for the UMaine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program.Senior companions are fifty-five or older and offer their assistance to other senior citizens who are home bound or isolated.The program lets them remain independent.”I think it does so much for so many people. Not only the companions who are going to visit the folks but the people that are lonely and isolated. It gives them something to look forward to.”Deb Eckart says if it weren’t for the senior companions some of the folks in the program wouldn’t be able to live alone.

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Dover-Foxcroft Fire

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Someone driving along Dexter Road in Dover-Foxcroft around ten this morning spotted a house on fire and called it in.The Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department was assisted by crews from Dexter, Sangerville and Guilford.No one was home and no injuries have been reported.Dover Fire Captain Eric Berce says it’s believed the fire started in either a bedroom or the living room.Berce says the house is a total loss.”Yep it had extended to the roof before units arrived on scene.”We’re told the home was insured.The fire marshal’s office is investigating.

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EMMC Kitchen Tour to Benefit Cancer Care of Maine

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It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.The folks at EMMC’s Auxiliary believe that’s true…so they’re showcasing six incredible kitchens as a way to raise money for a great cause.Amy Erickson has the story.< "Everyone wants to see everyone else's kitchen."EMMC Auxiliary President Ann Marie Orr says she's lined up a half dozen amazing kitchens for this year's benefit Kitchen Tour and Tasting.Among them is the one in the home of Beth and Barry Mroccka of Hermon.It's one of a kind...with three refrigerators...unique lighting...and a range that would make most chefs jealous.But Orr says there's something else about this kitchen that impresses her most."the 2500 cookbooks she's got. And because of the flow. As a cook, the flow's really important, so it seems to me this really works well."The Mroccka's kitchen is one of 3 houses in Hermon on the tour...there are also two in Bangor and another in Veazie.For 25 dollars, you can tour all six kitchens to admire their features and meet the homeowners."there's also people who are always looking for ideas for their kitchens, to upgrade it, or building a home and want to see what works and what doesn't.""you can go around and ask the homeowners what they like, what they don't like, sometimes the builder may be there as well...so it's informative as well as fun."And besides that...you'll be helping a great cause.All the money raised goes to the new and improved Cancer Care of Maine."it's imperative that we, in our location here in Maine, have a facility that can work for everyone that lives here. So we don't have to travel far.""we need to have a really quality care center that's local and that's what we're doing right here."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Hermon.>The Kitchen Tour and Tasting takes place Saturday, September 26th.Tickets are 25 dollars and can be purchased at the EMMC gift shop, Rebecca’s in Bangor, Pairings in the Winterport Winery, Patrick’s Hallmark in Bangor or at the Affiliated Pharmacy locations in Bangor and Brewer.As an added highlight this year, there will also be a Tasting, held at Wellman Commons on the old Theological Seminary Campus in Bangor.A variety of Maine made products will be offered for sale.

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Driver Injured in Newport Crash

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Police are investigating a crash in Newport.It happened on the County Woods Road around 7 a.m.The driver of a box truck lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and struck a telephone pole.The driver was taken to the hospital…no word yet on the extent of his injuries.His name has not been released.C-M-P crews were called in to repair the pole, which was knocked down.The road was closed for a short time while crews cleared away the wreckage.The crash is under investigation.

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Fatal Crash in Stockton Springs

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Police are investigating a fatal crash on Route One in Stockton Springs.It happened Thursday night, just before eleven, near the intersection of Routes One and One-A.Officers say 32-year-old Chadwick Sage was driving a pickup truck northbound on Route One when his vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of a commercial delivery truck.Sage died at the scene.After the vehicles collided, the delivery truck rolled over and burst into flames.The driver, 45-year-old Richard Turner of Thomaston, managed to get out of the vehicle.He was taken to Waldo County General Hospital…no word yet on his condition.A section of Route One was closed to traffic for several hours while police cleared the wreckage and investigated the crash.

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Transformer Fire Causes Major Power Outage in Dexter

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Half the town of Dexter was without power this morning, after a transformer explosion.It happened at a substation downtown just before 8 a.m.Fire Chief Barry Deering says the culprit was a squirrel who chewed wires.Fire crews stood by at the substation until Central Maine Power crews arrived to repair the damage.Moments later, fire calls started pouring in from residents reporting things like smoking appliances.Chief Deering says there was no serious damage anywhere, but it made for a hectic morning for his crews.He expected the power to be back on for everyone in town by around noontime.

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Boothbay Teacher Arrested

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Maine State Police say a longtime teacher from Boothbay has been charged with possessing child pornography.Police said 62-year-old Alan Burgess was charged Wednesday and released on $1,500 bail. Burgess has been an educator for 38 years and teaches 7th and 8th graders at Boothbay Middle School.Investigators found hundreds of videos and still images on Burgess’ home computer, but there is no evidence that any of his students were involved.A call to Burgess’ home went unanswered.

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Harmony Playground Dedication

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After two years of hard work, and a bit of a sacrifice from their school principal, the folks at Harmony Elementary School officially opened their new playground.The old set was more than 40 years old, and they say, a safety hazard.Kids at the school raised more than $1,000 in pennies for a new playground, and, as had been promised as motivation, their principal kissed a pig.After all of that, it looks like the playground is a hit with the students: “I like the fireman’s pole.” “The fireman’s pole.” “I like the fireman’s pole and the big slides.”Their Principal, Mike Tracy, says that building the playground was truly a community effort. “We had everyone, from concrete folks pitch in, and a local gentleman, CJP’s, put a lot of effort in, pro bono.”They say it took support from parents, multiple grants, and help from folks in the community to get the new playground up.Principal Tracy says it’s a good example for kids of what can be accomplished if you work for it.

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Mainers Celebrate Constitution Day

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September 17th, 1787. That’s the day the U.S. Constitution was signed.More than a couple hundred years later Americans in every state are still celebrating that day and the history that followed.In Bangor, folks at the Penobscot Job Corps wanted to make Constitution Day a special one for their students.They planned a day of physical and mental challenges to inspire students to use teamwork and perseverance. The same spirit that they believe guided our forefathers.Students say their peers are trying to use that spirit in their courses at the job corps.Constitution Day is set aside to recognize the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it provides.

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Local Dinner to Benefit Alzheimer’s Research

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If you’re looking for an excuse not to cook Friday night, you can head over to the Bangor Elks Club.A spaghetti dinner will be held there from 4:30 to 6:30 Friday night.It’s to help out the Maine Alzheimer’s Association.The Westgate Manor Memory Walk team of Bangor is sponsoring the feed.Tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids under the age of 10.There will also be a silent auction.For more information you can call Tammy Leland at 942-7336.

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