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Husson Expansion

Updated 5 years ago

Husson University officially has approval to go ahead with their pharmacy school.The National Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education gave Husson notification of pre-candidacy status.That means Husson can go ahead with the doctoral program this fall, and at the end of the four year graduate program the council will take a look at the program and decide if it can be accredited.Officials at Husson say almost three quarters of the 60 students enrolled are from Maine.The first class is set to graduate in 2013.

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New Jail in Milo?

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Officials in Milo are in talks to bring a new corrections facility to the area.The town owns a piece of land on Route 11. A company called Corrections Corporation of America is eyeing the site for a medium-security facility.It would house 2,200 inmates.Officials have been working on the project for more than a year.Last week they met in Augusta to talk to legislators about it.They believe such a facility would bring 400 to 500 jobs to the region including guards, cooks, and nurses.Town officials are now hoping for a thumbs up from legislators and the governor in order to move forward with the plan. That could still take more than a year.

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Local Teen Builds Deck for Bangor Seniors

Updated 5 years ago

The folks at Ross Manor have a Bangor teenager to thank for a new deck at their facility.18 year old Jennifer Leach got the idea for the deck while volunteering at the Bangor senior citizens facility two years ago. She says some residents wanted to spend more time outside.So, Jennifer started planning the deck to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. That’s the highest award given to girl scouts ages 14 to 18.She recruited the help of several local businesses and volunteers, and spent dozens of hours getting the work done.Monday, residents and Jennifer gathered to celebrate. “It’s awesome. It’s hard to even describe coming back here. It wasn’t even finished and they were already putting flowers up on the deck, and it was great to see they were so excited to use something that I had been so excited for for a couple years now.”American Concrete, Aubuchon Hardware, Crescent Lumber and Lane Construction all contributed to the project.Jennifer was also presented with the Gold Award at the ceremony.

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New History for Milo Pub

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Valerie Robertson had Hobnobber’s Pub in Milo up and running for just three weeks when it was destroyed by a huge downtown fire last year.Now she’s in a new location, and she says, it’s time for a new history.”We’re going to start building the bar over there,” Robertson says, pointing through what will be a dining room. “I’ve picked out my color palette.”She’s starting over in what used to be the Milo Community Hospital – it’s a place known for new beginnings.”All people ever say when you mention this hospital building is, ‘I was born there!’” she says.Tammy Vail and Patty Estes heard the building was available when they were looking for a location for a new salon.”It was in really good shape but it was a lot larger than what the two of us needed,” Vail says.They had worked with Robertson at the pub before the fire and knew she would be on board.”We all worked together as a team,” Estes says. “The community was really turning out for us. We had a packed house the night before the fire.””All of a sudden it just clicked. We’ve got a connection to this building, as does anybody who’s lived their lives in Milo,” Robertson says.The women are keeping a few pieces from the hospital building’s past through the renovations, but are looking forward to a new start.”Oh, it’s going to be great,” Vail says, “I can’t wait.”There will be a salon called “Hospitality” Hair and Nails, and Hobnobber’s Pub, with a new slogan – “Good For What ‘Ales’ You.””We’re recycling as much as we can, both for economic reasons and for sentimental ones,” Robertson says.They say the community has been overwhelmingly supportive, and lots of people are pitching in to get the businesses going.”We’re anxious to get started and move on,” Estes says.”The fact that we can be here, in business, in our 50s, just seems like a natural circle of life,” Robertson says.She says she already has a party booked for the pub in September, so she’ll be open before then.The salon should be open for business within a few weeks.

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Seniors Honored in Bangor

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 people packed the All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor monday to honor some very special seniors from around the area. The third annual George Hale Silver Frame awards were handed out to six people from three different age groups who remain active members of their communites. George Hale was on hand to hand out the awards. “I’m in awe of the people who won the awards, they call it the George Hale award but let me tell you something,” Hale says, “it could be called their award because these are people that just absolutely refuse to let time stand still.”Lawrence Sherwood of Holden was one of the award recipients, and he hasn’t slowed down one bit, maintaining a more active schedule than people half his age.”I do stay active,” Shewood explains, “28 years in the navy, still climbing towers, spend four days a week in belfast stepping sailboats, which is getting to be hard work, and I’m in a number of organizations. I just keep on going and going.”All of those honored today have similar stories. Noelle Merrill is the executive director at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging and she sees first hand how beneficial it is for people to remain active.”At our agency we have a motto. age well, live well and we think its important to make sure that people understand that they are responsible for part of their own health,” she says.The one thing all the award recipients have in common is there uncanny ability to serve as role models for everyone they encounter, regardless of their age.”They’re a great example of it’s either use it or lose it,” Hale says of the award winners, “I mean someone said here today if you sit in a chair long enough you become part of the chair. People who get up and get moving and contribute to their communities and do good things, and keep their bodies in shape, these are the people that set a great example and they deserve all the accolades they have.”

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Wind Energy For Islanders

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Renewable energy is a topic the entire country has been focused on recently…Mainers are already taking steps toward becoming energy independent – by installing wind turbines on several sites throughout the state…Folks on Vinalhaven and North Haven are getting closer everyday to reaping the rewards of renewable energy….”People are willing to do anything to bring the price of electricity down. And the two islands doing something together is a really good thing.” says Nancy Hopkins-Davisson, a resident of North Haven.Vinalhaven and North Haven will soon be getting their energy in a much greener way. Three wind turbines are being installed on Vinalhaven. Folks on the islands are excited about the turbines going up and their energy bills going down.”They pay about three times the national average for electricity and about twice the New England average and the communities have come together around this project at an extraordinary level of support. 98 percent of the people voted for this project last summer.” explains George Baker, CEO of Fox Island Wind.”This will produce virtually all the power that we use on the island year round. We’ll send some back to the mainland in the winter and will buy some in the summer, but we’ll be virtually energy self-sufficient.” says Chellie Pingeree, a member of Congress.Peter Vigue, of Cianbro, says this project is not only important to the island – but also to the state.”We believe it’s the future for energy in this region and this neighborhood and will become a major industry in years to come.”Vigue says this project costs about 13 million dollars, and it’s created about 45 jobs.Construction has already started on the site. They expect to have the turbines up and producing power by November.”We’re doing something to get a little off our dependence of oil. And I think everybody wants that.” adds Hopkins-Davisson.Part of the funding for this wind turbine project came from Diversified Communications, the company that owns WABI. Diversified invested almost five million dollars in the project.

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Bangor Churches Await News from Missionary Group in Honduras

Joy Hollowell

Updated 5 years ago

Extra prayers are being said tonight from members of the All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor.64 members,including some from St. John’s Episcopal church in Bangor, are in Honduras tonight, a country whose leader was overthrown by a military coup over the weekend.The assistant pastor of All Souls has been in steady contact with Reverend Bob Carlson, who’s leading the Bangor church until the group returns.”It was right at the beginning of worship, I said I had some news, I spoke to Mrs. Garrett and explained that there had been a military coup, however everybody was safe, there were no outbursts of violence,” says Reverend Carlson.One week ago Monday, 64 adults and youths from All Souls Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal church in Bangor flew to Honduras. It’s a volunteer missionary trip that’s taken every other year. Sunday morning, Reverend Bob Carlson received a phone call from All Soul’s Assistant Pastor Renee Garrett.”She said there’s been a little problem, there’s been a military coup. And the president of Honduras was taken captive,” says Reverend Carlson.Soldiers snatched President Manuel Zelaya from his palace in the capitol, and flew him into exile in Costa Rica. The bangor group is only 10 kilometers north. they were instructed to stay at their training center Sunday.”Both Senator Collins and Senator Snowe and their staff have been working very diligently with the state department. The embassy does know exactly where they are, so we’re not anticipating any problem, and that’s a good thing,” says Reverend Carlson.In fact, Reverend Carlson received another phone call from the group late Monday morning, saying they were being allowed to leave the training center and again work on their projects.”She said everybody is fine. And it’s actually a normal workday,” says Reverend Carlson, referring to the phone call from Renee Garrett.The Bangor group is scheduled to leave Honduras Wednesday night.Reverend Carlson says one member already flew out Monday, without problems, on a pre-planned trip.A special prayer service was held at All Souls Congregational Church Sunday night.

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Weekend Boat Explosion In Harrison

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On Maine’s Long Lake this weekend, fire officials stated that an electrical problem most likely started an explosion to a boat. Shortly after the boat was fuling at the marina in Harrison, the fire began. All four people on the boat were not harmed as a result. The explostion diverted game warderns who were patrolling the waters in search for intoxicated boaters. Wardens were taking part of an effort called, Operation Dry Water, to “dry up” the waters by saying that boating and alcohol should not mix.

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Clam Flat Closures

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With a mixture of pollution and heavy rains, clam diggers in eastern Maine are facing closures due to toxic red tide algae. Over the weekend, Darcie Couture of the Maine Department of Marine Resources stated that the state will shut down most of the flats to clam and mussel harvesting from the Roque Bluffs to the Canadian Boarder. However, good news is that areas from East Penobscot Bay to Machias will remain open,

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67-Year-Old Man Completes a Kayaking Feat

Updated 5 years ago

Without assistance, a 67-year old man became the first to travel the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in his kayak. This incredible journey stretches over 740 miles from New York to Maine. Gil Whitney took over 57 days to complete this remarkable feat. The trail starts in Old Forge, NY and concludes in Fort Kent, Maine. Though there have been solo canoeists, Gil Whitney, a retired tractor trailer driver from Lakeville, Maine, was the first solo kayaker to complete the trail. During his adventure, he shed nearly 30 pounds, paddled through 9 days of rain, and even had an encounter with a swimming black bear.

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Knox Collision Closes Road

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A section of Route 137 in Knox was shut down due to a collision between a tanker truck and a passenger vehicle. The crash happened on Route 137, also known as Belfast Road, just after 11am Monday. Route 137 was closed for much of the day, but has since re-openned.A Waldo County emergency management assistance team member who was on scene has told TV5 that the two drivers were taken to the hospital. Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Jones says the driver of the truck is 51 year old Raymond Pottle of Carmel. TV5 has been told by officials that the driver of the truck does not have injuries that are life-threatening. The identity of the driver of the car has not been released. The tanker was carrying a hazardous liquid that has partially spilled into 15 Mile Stream. A HazMat team was called to the scene, along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and State Police.

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Vinalhaven Wind Project Ceremony

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(AP)- Maine’s first island wind-power project is being ushered in Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony.The $15 million project involves building three turbines on 250-foot-high towers on the west side of Vinalhaven, the largest of Maine 15 year-round islands.Once erected, the 1.5-megawatt towers will supply electricity to residents of Vinalhaven and the neighboring island of North Haven.Construction begins in July, and the turbines are expected to be generating power in November.The project was approved last summer by members of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative, a cooperative that supplies electricity to Vinalhaven and North Haven.

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Military Passes to State Parks

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(AP) – A new law gives active military personnel and veterans access to free day passes to Maine state parks and historic sites.On Tuesday, Gov. John Baldacci will mark enactment of the bill with a ceremonial signing. The bill authorizes the state to issue free day passes to Maine residents who are active military personnel or veterans. Their children and spouses must still pay to get into the parks.The new law, which resulted from a pair of bills passed during this year’s legislative session, is in effect in time for the summer season. The passes have no expiration date.

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Mainers Caught in Uprising

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60 members of a Bangor church who are currently in Honduras are safe following a military coup in that country.The group is affiliated with All Souls Congregational church.The adults and youths are on a volunteer mission.Both Maine Senators say they’re in contact with the state department as well as the U.S. embassy in Honduras, and will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the Mainers.On Sunday, the Honduran army ousted president Manuel Zelaya, and flew him to Costa Rica, where he is now in exile.Shortly before the coup d’etat, Zelaya held a controversial referendum on constitutional reform opposed by most of the Honduran government.Reverend James Haddix is the pastor of All Souls Congregational church, and is leading the church mission in Honduras.He’s spoken to Reverend Bob Carlson, reporting that everyone in his group is safe.Senator Olympia Snowe says her first priority is to ensure the mainers current security as well as their ability to leave the country safely, should it become necessary.

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New Home for Womancare

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After eight years of fundraising, Dover-Foxcroft’s Domestic Violence Advocacy program has a new home.The folks from Womancare held a ribbon cutting and open house at their new building on Mechanic Street.Womancare is in its 30th year.It serves close to 500 people annually through its programs, which include a 24 hour hotline, transitional housing, legal advocacy, and community education.Representatives from the USDA were on hand for the ribbon cutting, as they were partners in the project: investing about $480,000 in the new facility.

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New Laws Take Effect Wednesday

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Get ready to start paying a little more for gas and diesel…and to reinstate a suspended driver’s license or vehicle registration.A couple new laws go into effect on Wednesday.Maine’s gas and diesel fuel taxes will rise by one point one cent per gallon.There were efforts during this year’s legislative session to increase the tax further to address deteriorating road conditions,but they were rejected by lawmakers.Another new law raises the cost of restoring a suspended driver’s license or registration. The fees will rise from 35 to 50 dollars to reinstate a suspended driver’s license or vehicleregistration.Beyond raising money, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the change sends a strong message that drivers should behave safely inorder to keep their driving privileges intact.

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Bankruptcy a Possibility for Fairpoint

Updated 5 years ago

Fairpoint Communications could file for bankruptcy. That word comes from company officials.The North Carolina company took over Verizon’s landline phone network in Maine last year.Fairpoint officials say bankruptcy is a possibility if they don’t get more time to pay interest in 530-million dollars in loans.The prospect of bankruptcy has been raised by analysts, but thecompany had never mentioned it directly until Wednesday in a filingwith the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fairpoint has asked its lenders to postpone interest payments due in October and says if lenders won’t agree, it willneed to restructure. That could include filing for bankruptcy.Fairpoint lost 8-point-78 million dollars in the first quarter of this year.The company has been plagued with consumer complaints in recent months.

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Blessing of the Motorcycles in Gardiner

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Motorcycle crashes are all too common in Maine at this time of year.Riders came together in Gardiner Sunday to remember those who’ve been killed in bike accidents.The second annual Blessing of the Motorcycles was held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner.Father Jacob Fles began the tradition last year, after a member of his church…who was also an avid biker…died of a heart attack.Close to a hundred bikers from across Maine and New England turned out today for the event.Father Fles blessed the motorcycles and offered prayers and blessings of safety for all bikes, their riders, passengers and other traffic on the road.He also asked those in attendance to offer prayers for those who’ve been killed in crashes.

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Summer Kickoff at Fort Knox

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The folks at Fort Knox started their season off with a bang this weekend.Civil War reenactors set up shop at the Fort with their full sized Civil War cannon.There are firings all weekend, providing explosive excitement for the visitors who packed the grounds.Friends of Fort Knox Executive Director Leon Seymour says the event is a good way to teach adults and kids alike a little bit of history…while showing them a good time as well.Next weekend, the Psychic and Paranormal Faire takes over the grounds at Fort Knox…it’s usually the busiest weekend of the summer.For a complete listing of the events planned at the Fort this season, log on to www.fortknox.maineguide.com

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Tree Planting Project In Hampden

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Hampden residents spent Saturday making their town more beautiful.The town teamed up with the Hampden Tree Board for a special Arbor Day activitity.Volunteers planted about fifty trees and shrubs at the Lura Hoit Pool on Western Ave.The project was funded by a Project Canopy grant from the Maine Forest Service.Project Canopy now formally recognizes Hampden as one of the communities in the state committed to developing and preserving community forest resources.

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