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Pottery Exhibit and Sale

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

For the second year in a row the hammond Street Senior Center is holding their annual pottery sale and luncheon.It is a combination pottery exhibit and sale showing off items that are all made on the premises by students and instructors…..Last year they made soup bowls, this year it’s luncheon plates.With the purchase of a plate, the buyer gets a ticket to the spring harbinger garden tea… And there’s no shortage of options according to Kathy Bernier, the Executive Director of the Senior Center.”90 different offerings of plates, each one is an individual unique piece of pottery which is fully worth the twelve dollar price to start with and we’ll put a sold sign on the the bottom and when you come in on the 23rd, which is next Thursday, you get your plate and we’ll come around and serve you.”All of the proceeds from the sale will stay at the Senior Center…..The plates can be viewed and purchased Monday through Friday from 8-30 am until 4-30 pm at the Senior Center at 2 Hammond Street, Bangor.

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Milo Vote Results

Updated 6 years ago

Folks in Milo voted Monday night to accept money from two community development block grants.Town manager Jeff Gahagan tells TV5 that the city will be getting $64,000 to renovate the Milo historical society building on High Street.People also voted to accept a proposed grant of $150,000 that will go to improving the downtown area.

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Early Morning Crash Sends One to Hospital

Updated 6 years ago

One person was rushed to the hospital after a car crash in Etna early Tuesday morning.Authorities say it happened in the area of Lakins Road at around 1:30a.m.The car rolled over, pinning the driver underneath it.Emergency crews were able to rescue the driver, who was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.There was no one else in the car.State police are now investigating.

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Fire Destroys Home

Updated 6 years ago

Fire fighters spent more than five hours at the scene of a house fire in Vinalhaven early Tuesday morning.The call for help to the wright road came in just after midnight.Knox County dispatchers tell TV5 that the home is a summer residence, so no one was living there at the time.The structure was destroyed in the conflagration.The fire marshal’s office will be on the scene Tuesday morning, trying to determine a cause.We’re being told the blaze does not seem suspicious.

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Brooklin Fire

Updated 6 years ago

As of 7:30 Tuesday morning fire fighters were still on the scene of a house fire in Brooklin.The call for help reportedly came from the owner of the Folly Road home at around 6 o’clock Tuesday morning.He was not inside the house at the time.Crews from Sedgwick and Blue Hill are also helping out.No injuries have yet been reported. The fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.

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American Legion plans Gateway Music Festival

Updated 6 years ago

For years, american legion post 207 has been helping folks in the mid-coast region through benefits and charity programs…Just last Christmas, they made sure more than 250 children got a holiday gift..Now a group of local musicians is hoping to give back to the legion.They’re organizing the *Gateway Music Festival* and asking folks in the area to help.The Gateway Music Festival is scheduled to take place Sunday August 16th at the American Legion post in Trenton…The headliner will be Buddy Jewell, 2003 Nashville Star winner.There will also be a number of local artists and bands on hand.They are looking for sponsors and vendors.If you’re interested, you can contact the American Legion at 667-9918…Or log on to WWW.THEGATEWAYMUSICFESTIVAL.COM.

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Bar Harbor Motel makes top ten list

Updated 6 years ago

At a time when many folks are starting to make plans for summer vacations, there’s a new list out of the top ten most family friendly hotels in the U.S.A motel in Bar Harbor is on that list. “We’re the world’s largest travel community. We have more than 25 million monthly visitors to Trip Advisor, and we feature more than 23 million reviews.””Saving money is top of everyone’s mind now, and Trip Advisor identified great family friendly motels for less than 150 dollars pre night. Bar Harbor’s Bar Harbor Motel made number 3 or the top 10 in the United States.”Dick Collier has owned the Bar Harbor motel for 19 seasons now.”We’re not on the ocean, but we feel we give a nice, clean, modern room at a very good rate.”Collier says he was surprised and excited to find out his motel had made Trip Advisors list of top ten family friendly hotels.”We do pride ourselves in catering to families. “We are a scheduled stop for the Island Explorer,which is very convenient. We do have 2 trails that lead directly in to Acadia. We do have a swimming pool, which is very popular, and a small playground, which is also very popular.”It’s these family friendly amenities that Trip Advisor spokesman Brooke Ferencsik says separates the motel from other facilities.”Bar Harbor Motel, Maine, is the only non-Florida hotel in the top 5, which is pretty remarkable.”Collier says he’s honored by the award.”We’re an independently operated, family owned business and we work very hard for what we have. And we try to give a good value to our customers, for what we charge. And we actually weren’t aware of this award…and it was just very exciting.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News, Bar Harbor.>You can find more information about the Bar Harbor Motel online, at BARHARBORMOTEL.COM.Or you can log on to TRIPADVISOR.COM.

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Universal Health Care for All?

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – The Maine Nurses Association says registered nurses from throughout the state will be joined by physicians, patients and health care activists Monday at a legislative hearing on a single-payer health care bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Charles Priest of Brunswick. The state bill is similar to a federal measure, the United States National Health Care Act, that would establish a publicly financed health care program. Last week, Maine lawmakers passed a resolution calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a single-payer health system that covers everyone. The Senate passed the nonbinding resolution by a 20-15 vote on Wednesday, a day after the House did the same by a 91-52 vote.

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International Pen Pals Meet in Veazie

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

It began as a project for a class.But in just a couple of months it has resulted in friendships that span the globe.A group of eighth grade students came away with more than they thought when they first put pen to paper.”In social studies we have a self reform project and mine was to do pen pals with people from other countries so we could learn about their culture more” said Madison McNally “and my mom works at IEI so I thought we could do pen pals with her students.”IEI is the Intensive English Institute at UMaine for foreign exchange students, and it helps those students at the same time.”I’m learning about her lifestyle, Americans lifestyle, because I think it’s different from Thailand, so I tell her about my culture and she learns.” said Aithittaya Wichayamuphap of Thailand.And Laura Exposito of Spain agreed. “I think that it is a really nice experience to meet people from another country and I was really I don’t know from happy and excited to meet someone.”The students are from Brazil, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Spain and they gave presentations about life in their home countries. The best part was putting a face to the writers of the letters they’ve been reading.”To meet each other” said Exposito “and just learning about the different experiences and stuff and the different countries.” said Veazie’s Catherine Cunningham.The project went beyond the expectations that McNally had for it.”I didn’t know people would be so excited to do this and we’d actually get to meet our pen pals but it just unfolded that way and I think it’s just better now because they all got to meet them.”Which has created bonds that will last and the conversations don’t end here said Brazils Marcelo Rugini.”Yeah, I mean we are friends now and we probably going to continue.”

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Easter Morning Fire Destroys South Thomaston Home

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

A fire early Easter morning destroyed a home in South Thomaston.Crews were called to Spruce Head Road just before 6 AM.Mark and Elizabeth Connell lived in the mobile home.They and several pets made it out safely.South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood tells TV-5 the fire started near a wood stove.Additional crews from St. George, Rockland and Thomaston all spent about three and a half hours battling the flames.A firefighter from the South Thomaston department sprained an ankle at the scene.He was treated at a local hospital and released.Chief Calderwood says the Connells are now staying with family.They did not have insurance on the home.

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Baileyville Camp Fire

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Fire destroyed a camp in Baileyville early Monday morning.Crews were called to the Houlton Road around 3:30 AM.Fire chief Gary Santerre tells TV-5 that a couple was living there, but had stayed at a friend’s house overnight.Fire fighters spent about two hours battling the blaze.The fire marshal’s office is now trying to determine a cause.

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Hampden Students Visit Challenger Learning Center

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Many young Mainers dream about being an astronaut when they grow up.But after today, some Hampden students may be fine tuning that title a bit more.Joy hollowell takes us to the challenger learning center in Bangor.==============”Good Morning, c’mon in guys”Monday morning, first graders from Mcgraw Elementary school in Hampden took a field trip, to space.”1,2 here we go.”Unfortunately, these young space explorers only had a few hours, not nearly enough time to reach earth’s outer limit, let alone what lies beyond.”We’re docked, transferring control”So instead, they headed to the Challenger Learning Center in Bangor.”often times in the elementary programs, the teachers are working on their literacy and their math and spend a lot of time in the classroom with that. So, we’re looking to enhance anything that we can do to keep kids excited about science,” says Annette Brickley, professional development director for the Challenger Learning Center.”Space station, this is mission control, we will now build the fuelsalage for your rocket.”The students were divided into teams of engineers and scientists.”So in your team, the engineers are going to do the building and then guess who’s gonna test the rocket?The scientists.” “it’s really fun and you get to see a bunch of different things that are about space,” says 6-year old Ryan.”it was like I was actually going up into space in that rocket for a few seconds, it was really cool,” says first grader Aria.”just hope to kick off their excitement about what scientists do in space and how engineers help those scientists,” says Brickley.”i’d rather be a scientist than an astronaut because it’s pretty dangerous to be an astronaut because you might blow up,” says 6-year old Annika.+++++++++++++++For more information on the Challenger Learning Center, you can visit their website, www.clcofme.org You can also call them at 990-2900.

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Broadway Reopened

Updated 6 years ago

Broadway in Bangor was closed off for much of the afternoon, but is open to traffic again tonight.Police responded to Weber Mortgage just after one this afternoon. They tell us a man inside the building called a friend to say he was going to kill himself with a rifle. Police closed down the section of Broadway between McDonald’s and Husson Avenue and evacuated surrounding buildings.Crews tried to call the man inside the Weber Mortgage office or look through the windows but couldn’t make contact.They sent a robot inside to check things out.Shortly after that, a tactical team entered the building and discovered a body inside.There’s no confirmation yet as to who was inside the building or a cause of death.”With a high powered rifle involved,” says Bangor Police Sgt. Paul Edwards, “we don’t want to take any chances on the safety of the officers or anyone else involved. So we tried other avenues – the tactical team, the robot team, everybody was used in this instance just to make it as safe as possible.”Rob Carmichael watched the incident from inside the Maine Savings building across the street. He says police told them to stay inside and away from the windows.”Well, people were a little bit nervous, obviously, worried, a lot of rumors flying around,” Carmichael says. “I think we did the right thing, in terms of our branch, and just tried to stay out of the way.” That section of Broadway was shut down for several hours as officers responded to the scene. The road was reopened just before 4 o’clock.

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Bank Robberies on the Rise?

Updated 6 years ago

The number of bank robberies in Maine is up this year.Last month’s holdup at the Maine Education Credit Union in Augusta was the seventh bank robbery along the Interstate 295 corridor since November.The Kennebec Journal newspaper reports that in addition to the seven robberies in the central Maine area, there have been robberies in Parsonfield, Portland and Auburn.There were 14 bank robberies in 2005, which more than doubled the six robberies of 2004, according to the Department of Public Safety. The number of bank robberies nearly doubled again in 2006, to 27, and fell back to 12 in 2007.

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Shooting in Standish

Updated 6 years ago

Police are investigating a shooting in the town of Standish.According to Maine State Police, a woman was shot in the abdomen and her husband was beaten in the head.The victims are 47-year-old Linda Dolloff and her husband, 53-year-old Jeffrey Dolloff.Cumberland County deputies went to the home after the woman called 911 around 3 a.m. Sunday.Police say the woman came outside and the man was found inside in a bedroom.Detectives are hoping to get more information from the couple once their medical conditions improve.

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Presque Isle Man Killed in Snowmobile Crash

Updated 6 years ago

Game Wardens are investigating a fatal snowmobile crash in Aroostook County.It happened Saturday night about 6 miles west of Oxbow.Wardens say 22-year-old Brian James was killed in the crash.He was riding on a trail with a friend…no details yet on how the accident happened.It was the ninth snowmobile-related fatality this season.While the snowmobile season is winding down in northern Maine, there still is snow on many of the woods trails.

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Man Charged in Connection with 2007 Snowmobile Accident

Updated 6 years ago

A man from Limerick has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run snowmobile accident from 2007.39-year-old David Sanborn faces a felony count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.Mr. Sanborn’s arrest is the second stemming from the snowmobile incident. 19-year-old Patrick Rosa, also of Limerick, was sentenced last month to four months in jail for his role in the same accident.On December 28th of 2007, Rosa and three others were racing sleds along an airstrip in Limerick where snowmobiling is prohibited.44-year-old Darrin Smith was walking his dog in the area when he was hit by a snowmobile…He was thrown through the air, and shattered his leg and arm.His dog was also seriously injured.Smith’s young daughter found him and called 9-1-1.Evidence indicated that the incident was alcohol related.The Class C felony count against David Sanborn carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail and a five thousand dollar fine.

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Mudding on one Maine road is causing a mess

Updated 6 years ago

Game wardens are on the lookout for the person they say ripped up roads in the Milford area.Warden Dave Georgia says there’s been an increase in traffic on the the outer part of the County Road lately, as folks head that way to go mudding.But some vehicles have been driving into the ditches, and along land owned by paper company American Forest Management.There’s also a natural gas pipeline that runs along that area, that stands to be damaged.Most of the road, which is owned by the town of Milford, has been torn up due to mud and traffic.And Georgia says the taxpayers and paper company will have to pay a hefty price if the mudding doesn’t stop.He says wardens are working to get the word out that those caught destroying the road or land, will be prosecuted.”This is the last place, Maine, and especially this area right here along the Studmill Road, is one of the last places in the whole country where somebody can come out and use this land for free. And it’s only a matter of time before people get tired of it.”Georgia says some landowners have already closed off parts of the road because of damage.And he says run off from the torn up parts of that area could lead to erosion issues down the road.

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Wardens urge folks to think ahead for safety.

Updated 6 years ago

Search a rescue crews have had their hands full, the past few days….A 76-year-old woman from South Portland who went missing last week, was located 180 miles away from home today.She was found 18 miles north of Greenville, in Kokadjo, walking along a snowmobile trail, with just one shoe. And an 80-year-old Machias man, who went missing Friday night, was found early this morning, on a trail along Porcupine Mountain.With the number of folks headed outside, as the weather gets better, Maine Wardens are asking people to plan ahead, to keep from getting into a bind.Cori Skall has more….”There’s really no down time when it comes to search and rescue.””In the winter time, you’ve got snow-mobilers….Right now, you’re getting into fisherman, people getting out in to the woods. You have a lot of Alzheimers this time of year, lot of kids.”Kevin Adam is a sergeant with the Maine Warden Service.He says last year alone, they took part in close to 500 searches.”Right now, you’re getting in to the time of year where people can break out in to the woods.””It’s actually a dangerous time of year, because in the winter time, people are usually prepared to go out for that type of weather. Now we have warm days but we still have cool nights. And the likelihood of hypothermia is greater.”Adam says there are a number of things you want to have with you when you head outdoors.”Take proper clothing. Prepare not only for the day, but for the nighttime. Take some snacks with you and the biggest overall thing is if you become lost, stop moving. Just stop.”Adam also advises getting yourself out of the elements.”Any type of little shelter you can make. A.) It’ll keep you busy, keep you warm. B.) You’ll be building yourself a shelter and C.) It will get your scent in an area, so when we get our canine out, it’ll be easier to find you.”Adam says if you have a car, stay with it.And if you have a phone, call 911.”You know, the biggest thing…Tell somebody where you’re going. Tell somebody where you’re going and when you plan to return. And where you’re leaving from. Those three things right there, we can start a search right there, pretty easy.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News

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Governor: Beware of Stimulus Scams

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci is warning Mainers to be wary of telephone calls or solicitations claiming to be related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or stimulus.Baldacci says his office received a telephone call from a womanwho said she had been contacted by a caller who asked for personalinformation, saying it was needed so a large sum of stimulus moneycould be deposited into her personal account.Baldacci said it’s disgusting that during a difficult economictime, people would try to take advantage of others.The state has set up a toll-free telephone number for people toreport suspected fraud, waste or abuse. The number is:866-224-3033.

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