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Wednesday Road Closures

Updated 6 years ago

Here are the latest road closures as of Wednesday, April 8th at 5AM:Route 52 in Lincolnville and CamdenSlabcity Road in LincolnvilleCamden: Barns Town Road Gilette Road Snowbowl Road Boat Ramp to Youngstown Route 105 by box 625 (reports of 10 inches of water) Rollins Road Hope: Gilette Road Barnstown Road Pierce RoadWarren: Carroll RoadWashburn: Route 164Abbott: Back Abbot Road*These roads were closed as of Tuesday afternoon, we were unable to confirm whether they have been re-opened this morning.*Northport: Prescot Hills Rd Beach Hill Rd (Down one lane) Lower Congress Rd, closed Little River Dr. to Perkins Rt.1 Frankfort: lots of water over Rd.Searsport: Black Rd N. Searsport Rd Bragdon LaneBelfast: Poors Mills Rd Tide Rd Edgecombe RdWe will have more information as it comes in.

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Underwater Art – The Coral Business

Updated 6 years ago

A native Mainer has made quite a name for herself in the world of coral.Penny Harkins uses her aquatic green thumb to grow soft corals, and her web designing background to grow her global business.”Mother Nature really takes over, ya know” Says Harkins. Harkins started her coral reef business in her basement. When corals in her tank got too big, she decided it was time to trim them.”When I did that the first time I couldn’t throw away the pieces I knew they were live, so I said, ok – I tried to bind them to rock and they started to grow, and I got really good at making baby corals, so I had a tank full of babies, and big ones still going and nowhere to go with them.”Harkins decided to start selling her baby corals – she created a website, and her business took off. She says for many, filling their tanks is more than just a hobby – it’s a passion.”There’s something for everyone. If your favorite color is purple we got a lot of those for you, that kinda things” she say. From mushrooms and toad stools – to sea horses and shrimp… She has hundreds of species and a rainbow of colors in this underwater world… In addition to looking like art – growing coral helps the environment. Harkins says, “Every one that we grow here on location, or my customers grow, is one less that has to be harvested out of the ocean floor for the hobby… down the road I see us actually being called to help with replacing corals that became extinct in areas due to global warming and other environmental factors.”Harkins isn’t just in it for the sale. “In here I’m all about helping people keep everything that they have in their tanks alive.”She says a healthy system equals healthy animals, long term pets, and very happy customers!For more information or to order the coral, you can visit the web site,at Aquacoral.com.

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Public Health Week in Maine

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

Improving the health and quality of life of all Mainers.And officials in the state want to make sure they start a lifetime change this week.It is public health week in the state of Maine. It runs from Monday the 6th until the 12th.Bangor Mayor Gerry Palmer issued a proclimation from the city today to encourge Bangor residents and all Mainers to eat healthy, manage their weight and promote and active lifestyle.In the proclimation from the city it said that 75% of all healthcare costs are related to largely preventable chronic diseases.The Public Health Director Patricia Hamilton was also on hand, and she says that spring is the perfect time to encourage people to get active.”We have a lot of prevention activities we have a new website called what you do matters and we’re trying to get the public to look to that and go to it for info on chronic disease, healthy living, nutrition, and physical activity.”Both bangor’s and Maine’s Public Health Week is part of the observance of the national event. House Speaker Hannah Pingree will also hold an event this Thursday at One o’clock at the State House Building in Augusta.

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Red Sox Fans Ring in the 2009 Season

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

Typically Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are sung about by baseball fans.Red Sox fans welcomed the start of the 2009 season with free hot dogs, chips, and drinks courtesy of Bangor radio station WZON.No matter the weather, Sox fans were ready to welcome the Boys of Summer, according to WZON Program Director Dale Duff. “We’ve done it in the rain, we’ve done it in the snow, we’ve done it in the sun and today we’re kind of doing it overcast.”If you hold it, they will come, and WZON had hundreds of baseball fans show up for their season opening barbeque at TBA in Bangor. It’s the 12th time the station has done this for their listeners.Some have made it to all of them, some are stopping in for the first time. “Exciting, first time I’ve ever been here, but had a good time a good showing.” said Brewers Mike Hartin. ” Usually I’m working, I work for the postal service, and I don’t get the chance to get the time off but I was able to get out today.”Irv Marsters of Glenburn has been to a number of these season opening cookouts “Like old home days a lot of people here, a lot of good hot dogs, some fun with the Tampa Bay cowbells.” “We have so many people that want to get out and talk Red Sox, think Red Sox, wear Red Sox, and grab a free hot dog” said Duff,”and that’s kind of what this day is all about just to get the Red Sox season started.”It was also about taking a shot at division rivals the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees.Especially the cowbell that Rays fans were clanging when they beat the Sox to get to the World Series last year.The folks at WZON had a special treat for those cowbells.And it came in the form of a Red Truck that crushed one.Despite the game being rained out, the fans were happy and ready to do it again, at least Marsters was. “It just means we’re going to have to do it all over again tomorrow.”

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Robbery Suspect Captured

Updated 6 years ago

The man wanted for two armed robberies last weekend in the Bangor area has been captured.Police say 29-year-old Travis Gustin called a Maine State Trooper Monday morning and told him he would turn himself in at the corner of Garland and Elm Streets in Bangor.Just before 11:30 a.m., police from several agencies converged on that intersection and arrested Gustin without incident.No weapons were recovered.Gustin is charged with two counts of robbery, one each for the hold ups at convenience stories on Route 15 in Bangor and Kenduskeag.He’s also charged with burglary in connection with another incident at The Curtain Shop in Bangor last month.

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Prostitution Arrests in Brewer

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Brewer police say they’ve broken up one of the largest prostitution rings ever in our area.Seven women are charged with Promotion of Prostitution following an undercover sting in Brewer Thursday night. “We started about a month ago, looking into some of the girls we had heard of that were offering more than just dances or erotic massages. Most of them were listed on a website, one of them being Craigslist,” according to Detective Sergeant Jay Munson of the Brewer Police Department.TV 5 found ads on Craigslist.com for at least two of the women charged with Promotion of Prostitution- 19-year old Aimee Bernard, who police say was featured on Craigslist as Mariah, and 25-year old Jolena Glidden, who allegedly goes by the stage name of Laylah.The ads say the Bangor women book exclusively through Cinnamon’s Sweets. Police say 26-year-old Coleen Singer also worked for that business.Sergeant Munson tells TV 5 appointments were set up with these three women, as well as 29-year-old Amanda Shaw of Bangor, 28-year old Kimberly Oakley of Brewer, and 23-year-old Alicia Gray of Kenduskeag, for last Thursday night, at a motel in Brewer. “As they showed up, there was money exchanged for them to appear. And then there was discussion as to up charges for sexual services,” says Sergeant Munson.Officers set up hidden audio and video cameras inside the motel room. “There wasn’t a single one of them that I would say was not surprised or shocked that we were actually the police. By looking at the reports that I’ve read, most of them are working three or four nights a week. And I say nights, I mean, some of these are two o’clock in the afternoon, noontime,” says Sergeant Munson.Last Friday, officers went to the Orland home of 42-year old Michelle Powers-Jenkins. She’s identified as the owner of Cinnamon’s Sweets. It’s believed she’s been in business for about a decade, and once operated out of Brewer. “Found at her home, there were business ledgers giving names of clients, contact information, credit card information from some of her clients,” says Sergeant Munson.Sergeant Munson says his department is now in the process of contacting those people. “Right now, we just want to talk to them, see what they have to say. And go from there.”Michelle Powers-Jenkins is also charged with Promotion of Prostitution.T-V 5 talked with Powers-Jenkins.She said at this point, she can not comment on the case.Sergeant Munson is asking anyone with information on the case or Cinnamon’s Sweets to call him at 989-7001.

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Water Main Break in Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

Traffic was reduced to two lanes on Main Street in Bangor Sunday as crews worked on a water main break.It happened at about 1pm Sunday.Drivers reported seeing water shooting up out of the ground.Bangor Water District crews arrived on scene and closed two lanes of traffic so they could start doing repairs.They say it’s not unusual to have breaks this time of year. “Usually, when the frost comes out of the ground, we’ll pick up a few more. We just had one on Parkview Ave…and this one…and we may still have a few more breaks.”Officials say that the work lasted for several hours, but was completed by Sunday night.

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Freedom Salute in Rockport

Updated 6 years ago

132 Maine soldiers were honored Sunday for their service in Iraq.The members of Charlie Company, 126th Aviation Regiment and other Maine Army National Guard Service Members were the guests of honor at a Freedom Salute Ceremony Sunday at the Samoset resort in Rockport.Charlie Company deployed to Iraq for nine months.While there, they provided medevac coverage of more than 5,600 square miles.The aircraft crew members flew more than a thousand missions and transported in more than 700 Iraqi and coalition patients throughout Iraq and Kuwait. Unit Commander Major Brian Veneziano says it means a lot to be recognized for his service. “It also starts putting a closure to deployment. Within the next 2 months, all the events will be concluded from the deployment and we can start moving forward and put the deployment behind us.”The soldiers returned from Iraq in January, but the Guard likes to give them time to settle in with their families before giving them an official welcome home.

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New Film Festival Comes to Waterville

Updated 6 years ago

A new film festival is kicking off in Waterville this month.Five independent movies that were recently released will be screened April 17th thru the 19th at the Railroad Square Cinema.It’s part of the inaugural Lumina Festival.It’s being held in partnership with the American Film Institute’s Project 20/20. Besides screenings, it will feature discussions with filmmakers, receptions, a concert and an awards ceremony.The five films being showcased at the festival are set in India,Russia, the Philippines, Africa and Maine. The Maine film, titled “The Way We Get By,” documents the work of troop greeters at Bangor International Airport.

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Father of Columbine Victim in Maine to Support Gun Bill

Updated 6 years ago

The father of a teen who died in the Columbine shooting in Colorado will be in Maine Monday.Tom Mauser will speak at the State House in support of a gun control bill.It would require that anyone purchasing firearms at gun shows undergo anational instant criminal background check. The bill is supported by Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.It’s one of several gun-related measures before the state’s public safety committee.One of the other bills would require that private transfers offirearms be facilitated by federally licensed firearms dealers, whomust request a criminal history record check.

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Police Search for Robbery Suspects

Updated 6 years ago

Police are looking for 2 men they say assaulted and robbed a man from Winterport.It happened on Garland Street in Bangor on Friday afternoon.The 24-year-old alleged victim called police to report the incident.He said one of the suspects hit him with a club, and the other threatened him with a gun.The men then stole the man’s money and took off in a car.The alleged victim was treated and released from the hospital.The vehicle was located just moments after the crime was reported, but police are still looking for the suspects.Anyone with information is asked to call the Bangor Police at 947-7384.

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Girl Scouts send cookies to troops.

Updated 6 years ago

Folks gathered at the Belfast National Guard Armory Saturday morning, as hundreds of boxes of girl scout cookies were stacked, sorted and made ready to ship out.Five Girl Scout troops from Waldo County raised over 15-hundred dollars in donations to buy cookies to send to maine troops serving overseas.Members of the Belfast National Guard’s 133rd engineering battalion, who will be deployed to Iraq this January, helped in the effort. Altogether, 537 boxes were packaged up and sent to Camp Keyes, in Augusta, where a team will send them to their destinations.We’re told the first batch will be sent out this Monday.And those cookies will be going to the 286th out of Bangor.

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Olympic medalist encourages women to go for the gold

Updated 6 years ago

It was a chance for women from the community to meet, share their experiences, and learn from each other.That was the goal of the fourth annual women’s symposium at the University of Maine this weekend.And as Cori Skall explains, the event inspired many in attendance to go for the gold, literally, as Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes gave the keynote address. “Envisioning is all about picturing in your mind…picturing in your mind…honestly, where do you want to take your life? What do you want to be doing?” “It’s truly been a thrill to have an opportunity to plant a seed. And that seed is of envisioning. Because I think with anything in this world. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, it has to start from somewhere.”She should know: she’s Dominique Dawes, Olympic gold medalist, Broadway star, and now motivational speaker.Dawes delivered the keynote address to a packed house at this year’s University Of Maine Women’s Symposium. “Women still make 78 cents to a man’s dollar, so we have not reached common ground, as of yet. We do not have all of the opportunities. There are still stereotypes that women should be in particular fields, and not in others.” “Use those lack of opportunities, use those nay-sayers, use it as momentum, if it works for you.”FIrst year student, Kelly Cyr, is studying Civil Engineering, a field traditionally staffed with men.She says she was excited to attend this year’s symposium. “As a woman in a man’s field of work, so to speak. I think that it’s just going to be really important for me to figure out how I can get myself noticed.”This year’s theme was all about networking, something Dawes says is key in achieving your goals. “I think that’s important that we have more women’s groups that bond and share ideas together, because we can learn so much from each other. Because the male’s perspective is very different from ours, and that’s ok, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I think more of us women need to bond and be supportive of one another in our professional lives, as well as in our personal lives and in our personal growth.”This year’s event was open to the public, and free. “Touching someone else’s life does not only change their life, but it changes your life too.” “I just thing it’s really awesome that we had the opportunity to go to something like this. I feel like it probably doesn’t get offered in a whole lot of places, and I feel really honored to be able to go to this.”

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Curran Homestead Maple/Irish Festival

Updated 6 years ago

Visitors to the Curran Homestead in Orrington went back in time Saturday.The living history farm held its 13-th annual Maple Festival and Irish Celebration.Adults and kids alike were welcome to take part in the fun.There were maple sugaring demonstrations, tours of the farm, live Irish music and lots of good food, including maple syrup beans and Irish stew.The Homestead’s Education Director says events like these are a great way to let kids and adults learn about what life in Maine was like way back when. “We want to preserve kind of the way things were done between 1875 and 1950…that’s our time frame. We take out the old farm equipment…we have educational programs with the local schools.”Little ones who visited the farm Saturday were also thrilled to see a petting zoo of sorts…with Scottish Highland cattle and lambs on hand for the day.

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New Lobster Rules Take Effect Sunday

Updated 6 years ago

Sunday was the day many Maine lobstermen have been dreading: the new rope law goes into effect with the start of the new season.It outlaws the use of floating rope that connects millions of lobster traps on the bottom of the ocean.Marine scientists and conservationists say using sinking rope insteadwill make endangered right whales less prone to getting snagged.But lobstermen say the new new rope is more expensive and more proneto breaking.Supporters of the new rule say there’s no denying thestatistics…since between 2002 and 2006, the National Marine FisheriesService confirmed 25 gear entanglements involving right whales. Of those, five right whales got tangled in gear set by Mainelobstermen.

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Hunger/Homelessness Forum Held in Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

Representatives from homeless shelters and soup kitchens in and around Bangor met Saturday for a special forum.The “Hunger and Homelessness Forum” was sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area Cluster United Methodist Churches.They invited folks from Manna Ministries, the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Crossroads Ministries and Brewer General Assistance to take part in the dialogue.Their goal was to get to the root causes of poverty, homelessness and hunger in our area. “If you look at the numbers, a considerable number of people in the greater bangor area don’t have a place to live…they’re in shelters or sleeping on chairs. It’s a major problem.”Those who attended the forum say they plan on meeting again as a larger group to discuss what they’ve learned…and to figure out what changes need to happen to make hunger and homelessness a thing of the past in greater Bangor.

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D.A.: Accused Burglar Has Admitted to 100+ Crimes

Updated 6 years ago

The district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties say the Augusta man jailed for a burglary in Clinton this week is the most prolific burglar he’s seen in 24 years as a prosecutor.49-year-old Kevin J. Collins was arrested Wednesday after leading police on a chase through the woods after a man found a burglar inside his home.District Attorney Evert Fowle says Collins has a criminal history dating to 1978. He has pleaded guilty to more than 100 burglaries, thefts and other charges.Fowle says that when police searched Collins’ home they found color-coded journals and atlases with burglaries committed and others planned.Collins denies the latest charges. He’s being held without bail.

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Lamoine Candidate Charged With Felony

Updated 6 years ago

A Lamoine man running for tax assessor is charged with writing a bad check to an Ellsworth car dealer.47-year-old Michael Jordon is charged with a Class C Felony.Police say he wrote a check for more than 5-thousand dollars for a snowplow back in February…but there wasn’t enough money in his account to cover the check.Jordon apparently told the police he had expected money from someone else to cover the check, but that fell through.He said the dealership then wouldn’t take back the plow.Jordon says he plans to pay the money on Monday or Tuesday.He’s looking to unseat incumbent assessor Colene Sharkey in Tuesday’s election.

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A Message to our Viewers

Updated 6 years ago

Many of you know that we at TV5 were recently personally affected by the current economic conditions. Seven of our friends and colleagues were laid off earlier this week. Some were veterans of the station for more than twenty years. We are going to miss them all.We understand that you, our viewers, have deeper connections with the people who were in front of the camera – Reporter Susan Farley, and the man who sat at the 6:00 anchor desk, Craig Colson. We hope that you can understand that this has been an emotional and confusing experience for Craig and Susan, for our other friends who have left, and for all of us.We will always care about our friends. Our hearts go out to them and their families. We wish them well.

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ReStore Opens in Holden

Updated 6 years ago

If you’re looking for construction supplies, you might want to head to a new store in Holden.It’s called the ReStore, and all the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. They offer all kinds of building supplies, from windows and doors to lighting fixtures and tile. Some of it is new, some of it is lightly used. All of it was donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals.Val Marsh, Executive Director of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity says this is an important project for them because it’s hard to raise money right now. “There are 500 ReStores across the country and they are pretty much reporting that this is a lifesaver for them. We’ve only been building a house every other year and we’re hoping with the ReStore even in this poor economy, that we’ll be able to build at least two if not four houses a year.”The new ReStore is located at 231 Main Road in the Holden Plaza in Holden.They’re now looking for donations and customers. For more information, you can give them a call at 992-0704.

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