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Longer Mosquito Season Poses Threat to Humans and Horses

Updated 5 years ago

Mosquitoes seem to be sticking around longer this year and it’s posing a prolonged threat to humans and horses.Meghan Hayward explains.”Folks may have noticed they’ve been swatting flies away a lot more this year. That’s because they’re sticking around longer and we found out why.””What we have this year is because of the wet May, June and July, we have kind of a delayed season or at least a season where mosquitoes are still out and in full force.”Jim Dill of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says homeowners should make sure there are no buckets with water in their backyard that can attract mosquitoes.”Usually it’s 60 degrees and above when they’re active. So evenings, it’s not so bad anymore.”Because mosquitoes are sticking around longer, they pose a threat to humans and horses because of the Triple E virus.”So what we have is the mosquito vector and it bites a bird. Which is infected and now it’s in the mosquito. And then this will go and bite a healthy bird and it gets this cycle between a few species of mosquitoes and birds. Then you get a different species coming in called bridge vector that has picked it up from biting a bird and then it takes after it’s bitten a bird and bites a human or horse.”Triple E is one-hundred percent fatal in horses and thirty percent fatal in humans.Dill says human cases that don’t result in death usually lead to neurological damage.”Anywhere from minor ticks to some serious complications due to the disease. So it’s a very insidious disease that we want to make sure no one gets.”There is a vaccine for horses, but not humans.Dill says the symptoms of Triple E are flu-like and it’s important to get checked out by a doctor if you’re not feeling well.Dill says they are taking precautions.”Dry ice goes in here, The CO2 then comes out the bottom, hits this and goes all around the sides and comes down. The mosquitoes come flying in. There’s a fan here and it sucks them down here.”Once the mosquitoes are collected, they’re shipped to a lab in Augusta where they’re tested for Triple E.Dill says mosquitoes shouldn’t be a threat for much longer because after two good frosts, they usually disappear.

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Prospect Family Appeals Decision in Bridge Blasting Case

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A family in Prospect who says construction of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge damaged their home, took their case to the Maine Supreme Court today.Vera Dyer and her sons are appealing a lower court’s ruling.The Dyers say the blasting by Maine Drilling and Blasting left cracks in the basement and made existing ones in the basement and garage, worse.The house was next to the bridge construction site. A lower court judge previously ruled in favor of the company, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the blasting caused the damage to the house.Dick Dyer says if the Supreme Court overturns that ruling, his family will push to have a jury decide the case. No word on when the high court could hand down its decision.

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Police Catch Suspected Burglars Redhanded

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(AP) – Police say they have recovered $75,000 worth of jewelry, silver coins, cameras, electronics and other valuables believed stolen in a rash of burglaries in central Maine over the past several months. Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said Thursday the items were recovered from a vehicle and an Augusta home this week. He said many of the items were family heirlooms, including jewelry and old military medals that had been passed down through generations. Deputies have arrested 36-year-old Luke Greenlaw and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Sarah Vitale, of Augusta on theft and other charges. The couple was arrested Sunday when they attempted to trade in some of the stolen items at a Hallowell pawn shop. Liberty said the burglaries were committed to support the suspects’ drug habits.

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Bangor Doctors Performing “Laser Liposuction”

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Two Bangor-area physicians have joined forces to offer a unique cosmetic surgery procedure.It’s called “Smart Lipo”…it uses lasers to remove unwanted fat cells.And as Amy Erickson reports, the doctors are the first in Maine to be doing it.This is laser liposuction.And while it may look a lot like traditional lipo…there are some big differences.The patient behind the drape is wide awake…talking and listening to music.”The procedure’s done in an outpatient setting. No general anesthesia. So the patient is anesthetized with a topical anesthesia and given a mild sedative.”Doctors Stephen Nightingale and Richard Mazzei have teamed up to form “Contours.”It’s a Bangor practice devoted to laser lipo…it’s the only one of its kind in Maine.”It’s for people who are not grossly overweight but have an area of fat deposition that’s been difficult to get rid of with dieting and exercising…traditional means.”Here’s how it works.The doctors use a laser to heat up and melt away the fat cells…they’re then suctioned out through a canula.The heat from the laser also helps with the look of the skin after the procedure.”That causes, over the course of a couple months, some really nice tissue tightening. So you get a better aesthetic contouring result.”So why would a patient choose laser over traditional lipo done in a hospital?”You get less complications, no need for general anesthesia…it’s a way of taking the fat cells out without having to put the patient to sleep.””with the use of the laser, we can reduce bruising, swelling and as a result, the patient can get back to work within just a couple of days.”The doctors estimate the cost is about half of traditional lipo…since there’s no hospital stay or anesthesiologist to pay for.Right now, the belly and thigh areas are the most popular with patients…but there are other options.”Areas that classically need more tightening as opposed to fat removal such as the chin area or underarm area are also very popular.”

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Massachusetts Man Arrested For Crack Possesion

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A Massachusetts man, with a long criminal record for drug violations, is in custody today after Kennebec County Sheriff’s found him in possession of crack.Authorities responded to a call on Wednesday reporting drug activity in a home on Windsor Street in Randolph. When they arrived they found Shahen Edwards of Massachusetts asleep in one of the rooms. A Detectives and a Probation Officer awoke Edwards and found him in possesion of nearly 2 grams of crack, and 3 Vicodin tablets on him.Edwards is currently on proabation in Massachusetts and wasn’t supposed to leave the state without permission, which he did not have.He is being held at the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, bail has been set at $2000. Edwards has a long history of drug arrests. He was charged with Possesion of Cocaine in 1999, and Possesion of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a school zone in 2000 and 2002. He was also charged with Possesion with Intent to Distribute in 2002. All of those arrests happened in Massachusetts.

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Troop Greeters Greet Troops

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Bangor’s troop greeters have been getting a lot of attention with the showing of the documentary about them, “The Way We Get By,” at Bangor Cinemas.But on Wednesday the attention was turned back on the people the greeters say really deserve it: the men and women who serve.Members of the United States Navy passed through BIA around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning.They flew in from el Paso, Texas. The troop greeters were there, as usual, to shake their hands as they went by.Many of the greeters here are veterans themselves, who say they just want to show their appreciation. “It’s just a privilege to be here and I don’t know what I’d do without it.” Said greeter Gerry Mundy. “I’m just overwhelmed by how many young people are willing to put it all out there and do what they have to do, I wish the whole country would be so grateful for it.”At this point they’ve seen nearly 4500 flights pass through B.I.A. carrying more than nine-hundred-thousand troops.

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Pot Bust in Western Maine

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Four men are charged in connection with a large marijuana growing operation outside Farmington.Maine Drug Enforcement Agents seized more than 40 pounds of harvested marijuana, and another 125 plants, growing in a basement in the town of Industry.The street value of the seizure was more than $200,000.Police arrested 50-year-old Charles Correll: the homeowner, 56-year-old Robert Sirois of Farmington: 38-year-old Eric Hall of Industry: and 45-year-old Matthew Hemingway of Farmington.

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Question 2 Debate Kicks Into Gear

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With the November election approaching, some groups are working to raise awareness on question #2: an excise tax initiative.City and town officials joined others gathered in Bangor on Wednesday to urge folks to vote “no” on two.The initiative would cut excise tax on vehicles less than six years old, by an average of 55%.It would also exempt some hybrid and other fuel-efficient vehicles from sales taxes and three years of excise taxes.Opponents say it’s a bad deal since excise taxes help cities and towns pay for road projects like maintenance and snow removal. “We’re very concerned that that proposal could create major problems in terms of the ability of towns and cities to maintain 14,000 miles of local roads statewide and 850 local bridges. And it could also possibly result in a shift onto the local property tax,” Said Chris Lockwood of the Maine Municipal Association.On Thursday a campaign urging a “yes” vote on two kicks off.Folks with More Green Now say the excise tax cut would save Mainers $80,000,000 a year, while promoting more fuel-efficient cars.On Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at the Muddy Rudder in Brewer there is a debate on this issue that will start promptly at 8am.

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Walk for Myeloma Cure

Joy Hollowell

Updated 5 years ago

It’s one of the top 10 leading causes of cancer death.But chances are, you’ve never heard of it.Joy Hollowell introduces us to two local women battling Multiple Myeloma, and tell us about their mission to find a cure.==========”When you tell people you have Multiple Myeloma, 99% have never heard of it.”Irene Bartlett never had, until she was diagnosed with the disease in 1994. “I just went to the doctor because I did not feel well and somehow they did the right blood test,” says Irene.Multiple Myeloma is a rare type of blood cancer that attacks plasma cells. Doctors don’t know what causes it, or how to cure it.”I was a 41-year old woman that looked like she had osteoporosis. So your bones all throughout your body look like they have holes in them. So you can get fractures.”Becky Reeve says she and Irene are both the exception when it comes to this type of cancer. Typically, it affects elderly men. “The life expectancy statistics that you look at, are not good at all. And my doctor had said, don’t look at those, we’re going to do everything we can. And that’s what I’ve done, tried to do everything I can,” says Becky.That includes organizing a race. Becky and Irene are co-chairs of this year’s annual Multiple Myeloma 5K Walk and Run in Bangor. It’s the third year for the event and all the money raised will go toward research.”I had thought that I probably would not live to see my grandchildren grow up. But I have, at least most of them are all grown up, and now, I’m looking forward to seeing them graduate from high school and college,” says Irene.Joy Hollowell, WABI TV 5 News, Bangor.===================The Multiple Myeloma 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, September 26th.Registration begins at 9AM and the walk/run starts at 10AM.They’re also selling raffle tickets for a number of gift certificates.The individual entry fee is $15 for those over the age of 5, and that includes a free t-shirt.For more information, you can contact Becky Reeve at 356-0425.

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Health Officials Stress Importance of Getting Seasonal Flu Shot

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Below is a list of community-flu shot clinics for the seasonal flu being held by MaineGeneral in October and November. Again, patients are urged to contact their primary-care physicians, employers and watch for school information as well. Thursday, October 15 from 1 – 5 p.m.Hallowell – Granite Hill Estates, 60 Balsam Drive Tuesday, October 20 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Winslow – Winslow VFW, Dunbar Road Thursday, October 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Augusta – The Inn at City Hall, 1 Cony Street Tuesday, October 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Waterville – Seton Village, 1 Carver Street Tuesday, November 3 from 1 – 5 p.m.Augusta – Augusta Lodge of Elks, 367 Civic Center Drive Thursday, November 5 from 1 – 5 p.m.Waterville – Waterville Lodge of Elks, 76 Industrial Road Tuesday, November 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Gardiner – Boys & Girls Club of Gardiner, 14 Pray Street Tuesday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Winthrop – Winthrop Congregational Church, 10 Bowdoin Street A flu shot costs $20, which Medicare covers. In most cases, private insurance companies will reimburse patients who send in receipts. Help is available for people who cannot afford the shots. IMPORTANT: Community flu-shot clinics are open to people who are 18 years or older. Parents of younger children should work with their primary-care physician and local school. 

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Lobstermen Can Return to Seal Island

Jim Morris

Updated 5 years ago

Lobstermen can get back to work in waters off Seal Island.The Coast Guard had recently banned lobstering there after an old bomb was found.The Navy used the island for target practice up until about fifty years ago.Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the Coast Guard has rescinded the ban because the risk is unknown and the economic impact on fishermen is greater than first thought.Seal Island is located 20 miles off the Maine coast and is fished by more than 30 lobstermen from nearby Vinalhaven.

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Two Men Charged in Bat Attack in Milford

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Two men accused of attacking two people with a baseball bat in Milford are behind bars. 24-year-old Scott Coogan of Brewer and 22-year-old Robert LaCroix of Waterville are charged with aggravated assault.They’re accused of trying to beat a woman in her home on Monday. When a man at the house came to the woman’s aid, police say Coogan and LaCroix turned the bat on him. A judge set bail for the men today at $7,500 cash or $25,000 worth of property.Both are in the Penobscot County Jail.

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Two Trucks Collide In Orrington

Updated 5 years ago

A dangerous intersection, and a driver who wasn’t paying attention, that combination is what police say caused an accident in Orrington earlier today.The accident happened around 11:30 this morning. 42-year-old Scott Moore of Blue Hill was attempting to cross the Dow road while hauling a car with a one ton Chevy truck, when he collided with a pick-up truck driven by 27-year-old Neal Morrill of Orrington. Both vehicles wound up off the road. Morrill suffered a slight head injury but refused transport to the hospital. Penobscot Sherriff’s on the scene said the accident could have been a lot worse. “It could have been very serious, this is actually a bad intersection to see through, there’s trees in the way, somebody could have been seriously hurt,” says Sgt. Jon Carson of the Penobscot County Sherriff’s office.No charges are pending at this time, but the State Police are investigating. Speed is not believed to be a factor.

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BIA & Allegiant Airlines Announce Non-Stop Service To Tampa

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Non-stop service: that phrase is music to any travelers ears. Now folks in the Bangor area, looking to escape old man winter, can do just that with the help of Allegiant Airlines says their Director of Sales John Fenyes. “Effective November 20th, we’re gonna start non-stop service to the St. Pete, Tampa area, with large 150 seat airplanes,” says Fenyes.Allegiant says they will start with introductory fares of about $90, with two flights per week, leaving Bangor Mondays and Fridays. The introductory fare must be purchased by October 7th and it’s good for travel through February 10th. “Then it skyrockets, it goes up about $20,” Fenyes says with a smile on his face.Representatives for Allegiant and BIA say they have been more than satisfied since they teamed up in 2007. This isn’t Allegiant’s first non-stop flight to Florida, they also offer non-stop flights from Bangor to Orlando, which is the most popular flight leaving BIA. Rebecca Hupp is the Director at BIA and says she’s more than pleased with Allegiant. “We do have a very good working relationship with Allegiant,” says Hupp, “we courted them for quite awhile before they announced service in 2007, since then, service in this market has grown and will continue to grow.”Fenyes is hopeful Allegiant can continue to serve Bangor for the foreseeable future. “Hopefully this is just the beginning,” he says “the community has supported us, the airport has supported us, and the research shows us this is a wonderful addition for our company.”Hupp is hopeful BIA’s relationship with Allegiant will help lure other airlines to Bangor. “We certainly are talking to other carriers and make proposals to them for coming to Bangor and we’re optimistic we’ll be able to continue to add service.”

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Man from Swanville Accused of Sex Crimes Against Child

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A man from Swanville remains in jail, accused of sex crimes against a 4-year-old girl. 21-year-old Scott Ritter is charged with unlawful sexual contact. A judge set his bail yesterday at $10,000 cash. Police say last week the girl told her parents that Ritter touched her inappropriately, so her parents called police. Court documents say that when police talked to Ritter, he admitted to the crime. He also reportedly told them about an incident with another young boy. Ritter is in the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.The Waldo County Deputy District Attorney says this is an on-going investigation and more charges could be filed against Ritter in the fall.

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Man from Waterville Killed in Crash in Fairfield

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

An 89-year-old man known around Waterville as the long-time clerk of a cigarette store has died from injuries following a car wreck in Fairfield.Police say Robert Cote’s car collided with a dump truck at the intersection of High Street and Western Avenue Monday morning.Police say it appears Cote failed to stop at a stop sign on High Street. Cote was conscious when he was pulled from his car but died a few hours later at the hospital. Cote worked at Joe’s Smoke Shop in Waterville for 31 years before he retired.

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School in Belfast Kicks off Healthy Program

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An apple a day makes the students and teachers at a Belfast school extra happy.They have started a program that promotes healthy eating choices and lifestyles.Meghan Hayward has more.”Apples and bananas””Bananas, apples, peaches and grapes.””I eat apples and pears.”Students at the East Belfast School are ahead of the game.The school just kicked off a county wide program called ” Let’s Go 5-2-1-0″It aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices for students, youth and families.What’s the big message they want the students to get?”Just begin to think about how they can make healthy choices. Everyday they’re faced with choices, so just showing them how you go about making good choices.”School Health Coordinator Linda Hartkoph says the name Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 is a catchy way to remember to eat and drink the right things and be physically active. Five servings of fruits and veggies a day, two hours away from the TV or computer, one hour of physical activity, and zero sugary drinks.The school just received $5,800 from a program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year.”We’ve definitely seen some changes in kid’s behaviors and excitement around seeing new fruits and vegetables and trying them.”The kids are happy to take part in the program.”I think it’s pretty good because people get to be healthy and eat good.””It’s going to make everyone healthier.”Vyvyenne Ritchie is the Director of Healthy Waldo.She says a program like this is vital.”It’s going to reduce the amount of overweight obesity in children that causes chronic disease as they get older.”One of the first steps in the program, planting an apple tree in front of the school.”It’s symbolic of growth, of healthy eating, of the project 5-2-1-0 and taking care of something in our environment.”

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Double the Spookiness in Bucksport this Halloween

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It will be double the spookiness for folks in Bucksport this Halloween.The Friends of Fort Knox are teaming up with the Bucksport downtown Business Association and Chamber of Commerce to add on to “Fright at the Fort.”THe new addition, Ghostport, opens Friday, October twenty-third.Activities there include a monster mash dance, a parade for kids and grown-ups, and coffin races.You can buy combo passes and board a bus to Fright at the Fort, then shuttle back to the frightful fun at Ghostport.”This is about scaring people and folks love a good scare.””We’re hoping after people come here Friday night they’ll join us and enjoy the water, enjoy the fireworks and enjoy the Monster Mash dance prior to that.”Both events still need volunteers.If you’re interested in helping out or want more information on the events you can go to these websites: www.fortknox.maineguide.comwww.ghostport2009@blogspot.com

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Gardiner Couple Charged With Drug Trafficking

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A man and a woman from Gardiner have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking.Police executed a search warrant Tuesday at Jeffrey Johnson’s Brunswick Ave residence.Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty says officers found sixteen pounds of marijuana, valued at about $48,000.Liberty says officers also found packaging materials, digital scales and marijuana growing equipment, plus several guns.Johnson and his girlfriend, Teresa Fuller, were arrested and charged with Class B Aggravated Trafficking.They’re being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $5,000 bail each.

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Golf Scramble to Benefit Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Golfers have a chance to hit the greens and help a worthy cause at the same time.A golf scramble to benefit research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be held next Friday at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.The event is being held in honor of John Bishop of Castine.His became a champion for Duchenne research after his grandson was diagnosed.Bishop died last December…his friends and family organized the golf scramble as a way to honor Bishop’s commitment to finding a cure.All the money raised will be given to three local institutes devoted to research and development of treatment and a cure.Golfers can put together a foursome for four hundred dollars a team. That includes lunch and golf…plus a dinner reception featuring a silent auction.To register or to make a donation, call Northeast Publishing Company at 764-4471.

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