Over the years, the Statewide Homeless Council has looked at a plan to end homelessness in Maine.It became clear that one population didn’t fit easily into their plans – homeless and runaway youth.The ceremonial signing of a bill in Augusta Wednesday marks the state’s commitment to ensure services for that group.”It’s to make sure this population, who are a very special, distinct, population are served, and it’s based on the national model,” says Sally Tardiff, of the Shaw House in Bangor.The national model is a three-tiered program providing shelter, outreach and transitional services.Or as Tardiff says, taking at-risk kids from emergency, to stability. And saving the state money in the long run.”Because the community won’t have to pay the higher cost in the long term of kids who are not self-sufficient, who may become incarcerated,” Tardiff says.That’s where 17-year-old Matthew Anderson says he’d be, without the services at the Shaw House.”Probably in jail,” Anderson says. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten off probation, I got my GED, I got my permit and I enrolled in college. I start at NESCOM in September.” 19-year-old Eric Moore says within a month of coming to the Shaw House, he’s living on his own and getting ready for UCB.”I started getting my life back on track from getting out of the juvenile system,” Moore says.While Tardiff says today is a happy day, it only marks the beginning of more hard work to come.”At this point in time, there’s no funding attached to the bill,” Tardiff says. “I guess what I’d say is it’s a good first step. There obviously has to be dollars to actually provide the services the bill recommends.””Now that I see what these organizations actually do for teenagers,” says Anderson, “I think it’s something that should be funded.”
Students at Harmony Elementary School saw their hard work pay off today.As Meghan Hayward shows us, their principal may not have been quite as excited. “Kiss the pig, kiss the pig.””This year, they said I had to kiss a pig so that was the deal. So I upped the ante and I said you have to raise 1,000 dollars in pennies.”The entire Harmony Elementary School gathered outside Wednesday to see their principal kiss the pig.The students raised $1,000 dollars worth of pennies to go toward a new playground.David Chadbourne of Chadbourne Farm brought the pig.”I was just hoping he would be gentle with her. She’s not use to this. I told him he should have some flowers since its the first date, she should be given flowers.”The pig, sometimes called “pork chop,” made her entrance, bow and all. But not without putting up a fight. “pig grunting”Finally, the big moment. “Kissing”Tracy says the kids deserved this for all their hard work.”The students themselves, predominantly the K through 5 kids, have been really excited and really put a lot of work into this.”The Parents Teachers for Kids Group organized the entire fundraiser.President Tracy McKenney says she saw the need for a new playground when her daughter first started school.”And I just decided the playground was not a safe place for her to be playing. The slide was huge and I just didn’t like her going down the slide.”Tracy’s daughter, first-grader Caitlin McKenney, says her favorite part about the whole thing was seeing her principal dress up like a farmer.”Cuz he’s a farmer, he’s kissing a pig and he’s a farmer. Farmers always kiss pigs.”A fun fundraiser that got the children involved and left the principal saying there’s a first time for everything.”I have never kissed a pig before.”
Some Peace Corps recruiters were in Bangor today.The Peace Corps is approaching its fiftieth anniversary.There are nearly 200,000 voLunteers, 1,500 of those from Maine.Today they provided an informational session for anyone interested in joining.Recruiter Ed Dalton says it’s a big commitment, but he always gets great feedback. “Most people say that they’re very happy to have joined the peace corp. They enjoy the peace corps and almost everyone says they get a lot more out of it then they were able to give.”For more information, you can log onto www.peacecorps.gov.
Voters in Bar Harbor have rejected a moratorium on large commercial development in the village of Town Hill, allowing a grocery store project to move forward.Hannaford Brothers wants to build a new store in Town Hill. It would be the second Hannaford grocery on Mount Desert Island.Some residents are worried the store would change the character of the village. More than 200 signatures were gathered on a petition calling for a six-month ban on such projects. But in a town vote yesterday, 55-percent of voters nixed the ban.The Bar Harbor planning director says Hannaford Brothers has not yet submitted an application for the project.
A man from Bangor convicted of rape will remain in prison. The state’s highest court decided to uphold the conviction of John Auclair. The 45-year-old man was sentenced in October to four years behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman.Auclair’s lawyer appealed to the Maine Supreme Court and argued the jury didn’t hear all the evidence it should have, specifically from Auclair’s girlfriend who died before the trial.The defense claimed the victim made up the story about being raped and Auclair’s girlfriend would have backed that up.The court disagreed that a jury should have heard that information.
Nearly two dozen people are homeless after fire gutted a historic apartment building in Orono.It happened Tuesday evening.As Amy Erickson reports, it’s going to be quite a job finding out what started the fire and taking care of all those who are displaced.< "We are just beginning the investigation into where the fire started and what caused the fire."Two investigators from the state Fire Marshal's office spent the morning digging through the rubble at the historic building on the corner of Main Street and Bennoch Road in Orono.Little more than a shell remains after flames ripped through the nearly 180-year-old building Tuesday evening.All the tenants who were inside managed to get out. One was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries.It took hours to get the flames under control."Overall, we had four communities here trying to battle this fire. Over 50 firefighters. It's a very big, very cut up building and a very significant fire. So what we've got left standing is pretty impressive."The folks from the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross have quite a job in front of them.They've had trouble determining exactly who was living here at the time of the fire, since many of the tenants were students...some of whom have seasonal jobs on the coast."Tracking down the tenants through the landlord, the town, the fire department and hopefully we'll have a better handle on who's here, who wasn't and who needs our services.""A multi-unit fire is devastating for the chapter and also for the victims. First, we have to locate everybody and make sure they've got shelter, a place to go, a place to stay."For now, the Red Cross has set up shop at the Orono Town Office, providing assistance to any fire victims who need it, including mental health services, hotel vouchers and clothing debit cards.While the destruction is devastating, firefighters say it could have been much worse.They say it's a small miracle that everyone got out safely, including several animals...one of whom is Bingley the dog...who was presumed dead, but ended up making it out, to the cheers of spectators Tuesday night."It was quite a while into the fire when we could finally get in and find the dog that was hidden in a bathroom but he came out, we got him some oxygen and he went to the vet and he's doing great."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Orono.>
Skowhegan Police have seized a motorcycle and clothing they believe is linked to Wednesday’s armed robbery at the Taconnet Federal Credit Union.A man walked in shortly after 11 o’clock, showed a knife and demanded money.The thief then took off on a motorcycle with another man.That motorcycle was found abandoned off middle road in fairfield.Police say they found the owner of the bike and searched the property, finding clothing that matches what the robbers were wearing.Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons says the suspects have been interviewed but are not being cooperative.Emmons says he’s confident an arrest will be made soon.
Domtar Corporation announced Wednesday that it will be reopening its Woodland pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine. Approximately 300 employees will be called back for the restart of pulp production, which is targeted to resume the week of June 22, 2009. The mill has an annual hardwood pulp production capacity of 398,000 air dry metric tons. Domtar announced the closure of the Woodland pulp mill for an undetermined period on March 5, 2009, due to weak global pulp demand, historically high inventory levels and depressed prices. Domtar pulp inventory levels have since been substantially reduced. The timely benefits from the refundable tax credits for the production and use of alternative bio fuel mixtures, and other important conditions, such as stronger global demand, improving prices and favorable currency exchange rates have made the reopening possible. Domtar will closely monitor the mill’s profitability, which is critical to maintaining operations. About Domtar Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publication as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar(R), Lynx(R) Opaque, Husky(R) Offset, First Choice(R) and Domtar EarthChoice(R) Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The Company employs nearly 11,000 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
The Bangor Rotary Club handed out 18-thousand dollars in grants Tuesday. The money is going to four different groups.–The Acadia Hospital for their Challenge Day program, that prevents bullying and violence in schools:–The Challenger Learning Center for their science program:–The Maine Discovery Museum, for a youth group they are starting and:–The American Red Cross. Shannon Cox says they’re starting a program to help young people and seniors come up with emergency plans and kits. “In a year when economic events affected all of us, the Rotary Club’s generosity is most welcome, and it couldn’t have come at a better time and to also remember together we will be saving lives.”The money was raised through the Rotary’s annual theater production called Music Off Broadway.
A woman from Rockland accused of providing methadone to her brother that lead to his death plead guilty to part of the charges Tuesday.Prosecutors say Rochelle Kenney gave the drug to her brother, John Kenney back in 2005. The 43 year old man was later found dead on Matinicus Island.In U.S. District Court Tuesday, Rochelle Kenney pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud, and one count of unlawful distribution of methadone. A third count of drug distribution was dismissed under a plea agreement.Kenney did not admit: however, that the methadone actually caused her brother’s death. That will be determined by the federal judge at a later hearing.Kenney began to cry as she was taken away in federal custody. Kelly Kenney tells us she stands by her sister, but it has been a devastating time for the entire family. “I was devastated because my sister has a 12 year old daughter. I have a sister-in-law who, her husband’s gone and she has three daughters that she’s bringing up, and this methadone that’s going around everywhere, people are dropping left and right. I don’t understand it.”Under the plea agreement Kenney faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. If she had been found guilty by a jury, she could have been sentenced to life.The defense says that John Kenney had an enlarged heart, and had changed his medication the morning he died. They say that combination and not the methadone could have been the cause of death.
An apartment fire in Orono on Bennoch road shut down the downtown area for several hours this evening. The historic brick building that went up in flames is on the Corner of Bennoch Road and Main Street.The call came in around 4:45 this afternoon. Crews from Orono, Bangor, Old Town, and Veazie responded to the blaze.Smoke could be seen from miles away and flames were shooting through the roof of the building for hours.Initial reports from officials say the fire may have started on the bottom floor of the structure and spread throughout the building.Hundreds of folks gathered to watch as fire fighters worked for more than three hours to put out the flames.Officials say there are 18 units in the apartment building, and most of the tenants were college students. During the school year there were just under 30 people living in the building. Because school is not currently in session official say only 19 people were living there. Everyone has been accounted for. Officials say no one was injured in the fire. Crews rescued three cats and one dog from the building. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The Fire Marshal is on scene investigating the blaze. TV5 will continue to update this story as information becomes available.
A section of Route 100 in New Gloucester has been closed following a fatal accident.State troopers are at the crash site near the Route 231 intersection.A detour has been set up around the crash and motorists should expect delays on the evening commute or take an alternate route.
Breezy Maples Farm will live on. That’s what Cyndee Carroll says, even though she lost her riding stable – and nearly everything she owns – after a bad business deal. Her friends and neighbors say they want to help.”I was under the assumption he was making the mortgage payments every month and he wasn’t,” Carroll says, of her business partner. They bought a 136 acre farm in Ellsworth and built a first-class indoor riding stable. She says the agreement was she’d live there and run the stable – he would handle the finances.”He wanted me to be 50 percent owner, right in the middle of all of it. So I gave up everything I had worked for for 15 years in Blue Hill, with the trust that he was an honest person,” she says.When it turned out her business partner wasn’t making payments, Carroll had to face the reality she was being kicked out of her home, and owed investors hundreds of thousands of dollars.On top of that, the place she’s moving to can’t take her horses.”There’s no barn and I’m not in a position to build one,” she says. “I don’t know what to do. And that’s when Tina called and said, ‘This is what we’re going to do, regardless of if you want us to or not!’”Tina Limeburner says she can’t stand to see Carroll lose her life’s work because of what happened. She’s organizing a benefit supper and yard sale later this month.”She’s one of those that if someone needs help – she’s one of the first ones there,” says Limeburner. “And unfortunately she needs the help now.”The money they raise will help Carroll build a barn to keep her horses, so one day, she can re-open Breezy Maples Farm and recover her good name.”She’s more worried that everyone gets their money back and gets recovered than she is for herself,” Limeburner says.”I’m just hoping the farm will sell so we can pay them off,” Carroll says, “And so I can go to Surry and start fresh.”After an investigation of Carroll’s business partner by a state agency, mortgage broker Eric Murphy Junior lost his license for at least five years and was ordered to pay fines.Fundraising details:A spaghetti supper is being held at Surry School on June 20th from 3 to 6. A yard sale is being held at the farm on June 20th and 21st from 8-4. Donations are also being taken under the name “Benefit Horses of Breezy Maples Farm,” at Union Trust, P.O. Box 479, Ellsworth, ME 04605. For more information, you can contact family friend Becky Foster at 667-7480 or 460-2538.
more than two-dozen people from across the us, canada and puerto rico, with a fascination for older autos, are cruising together in maine.barnstorming maine is the name of the group.they tour in automobiles that are mostly pre-1972 vintage.today the group traveled to orrington for a tour of the living history farm and museum.barnstorming member duncan tilly says he looks forward to the trips every year.”oh it’s been great. especially if you live in the north country like we do. cars are stored for 7 months of the year. it’s nice to see spring come and get them out and exercise.”tilly says the cars are fun but it’s the people that really make the trip worthwhile.
A farm in Winterport received a four-legged foal blessing.The Spirit of Hope farm has a new member and rightfully called “bold blessing.”The mother of the foal, “shy-shy”, was rescued by Michele Clark.The horse had been abused and neglected.She is paralyzed and deaf on one side of her head and was underweight by almost 400 pounds when she first came to clark.Clark says with all her medical issues it was unsure if “shy-shy” would survive the labor.But Clark says they did all they could to help her along.” Her nutrition was on board, the vets been out here checking her. Making sure she is ok. She’s had the best fighting chance that she was going to have no matter where she was.”Clark says “bold blessing” is having no problem eating or walking around,but she hasn’t quite figured out how to lay down yet.
F.C.C. Representative Sue McNeil will be in the area this week to hold information sessions and answer questions about the DTV transition.June 10, 20091:00-5:00 p.m.Bangor Public Library145 Harlow StreetBangor, ME 04401(207) 947-8336Contact: Barbara McDadeJune 11, 200910:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Dave’s World 16 Summer Street Dover Foxcroft, ME 04426(207) 564-27845:00-8:00 p.m.Cool Sounds and Outdoor MarketWest Market SquareBangor, MEJune 12, 2009Noon-3:00 p.m.Bucksport Electronics38 Main StreetBucksport, ME 04416(207) 469-68864:30-7:00 p.m.Sears38 Starrett DriveBelfast, ME 04915(207) 338-2288June 13, 20099:00 a.m. – NoonKmart688 Hogan RoadBangor, ME2:00-5:00 p.m.Radio Shack – StillwaterBangor Mall663 Stillwater AveBangor, ME 04401(207) 947-6375
Some artwork from a high school student in Pittsfield will be displayed throughout the town.As Meghan Hayward tells us, its all a part of a huge project taking place there.”Old windmill and it has the sun and the sky. It just says a better community, save the world. A better world, a better community.”Maine Central Institute senior Joanna Lira went through three drafts before submitting the final and winning logo.”It engaged all the items that we rated the projects on. The energy behind the drawing, how it related to the wind turbine project, the amount of effort that was put into it and it spoke to us of community.”Lira’s logo was one of twenty-seven entries the town had to choose from.Town Manager Kathryn Ruth says the children and teenagers of Pittfield have an important role in the turbine project.”We felt that having involvement of the students is key to the success of all our projects.”The town received a $50,000 renewable resource fund grant from Efficiency Maine.One of the major reasons they received the grant was because they incorporated the green initiative into education programs.”The children are as we know the success of the future and their involvement in recycling we found they’re the best in the town, in the state.”Lira’s logo will be displayed on all publicity and publications about the turbine project.It will also be on a sign at the location of the windmill.Lira says she’s thrilled to be able to contribute something that will stay in the town of Pittsfield for years to come.”It’s pretty exciting because I’m leaving Pittsfield so that’s staying behind.”
Less than a week after someone set fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, residents passed an ordinance that puts new restrictions on adult businesses in town.By a show of cards in the crowd, only five of the more than 400 people in at a town meeting last night voted against the new restrictions.They set guidelines on how close an adult business can be to schools, homes, churches and parks. There are also restrictions on signs, and what’s on the exterior of the building.Supporters of the ordinance were pleased with the outcome, but opponents argue these new rules could limit valuable tax revenue.Donald Crabtree, the owner of the topless coffee shop says right now he’s planning to rebuild. If he does, the coffee shop would be grandfathered in, as long as it built exactly as the planning board approved earlier this year.Any expansion would fall under the new ordinance guidelines. Before the fire, Crabtree talked about possibly opening a strip club.
The economy has hit the Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys and Girls in Fairfield. It’s shutting down on-campus housing and suspending classes at its high school.Good Will-Hinckley was founded in 1889. It provides housing, schooling and counseling for troubled youths from Maine and other states. The chief executive officer says 110 employees will be laid off and 46 students who reside on campus will have to leave when the changes take place September 1st.Neil Colan says the organization has struggled with the economicdownturn. It’s also been hurt by policy changes by state and federal agencies to cut reimbursement rates for residential care programs.
Maine’s former Attorney General is making the first move in a run for Governor. Steve Rowe officially filed paperwork as a Democratic nominee with the commission that oversees elections in Maine. Rowe plans to hold a formal campaign kick-off later. Today he launched a website, though, RoweforGovernor.com.Rowe served as Maine’s Attorney General from 2001 through 2008. Prior to taking office, he served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives.