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Proposed Dunkin Donuts in Camden

Updated 6 years ago

Wednesday there will be a meeting in Camden about a proposed Dunkin Donuts.Design guidelines and different options will be discussed.The proposed site for the restaurant is at 5 Elm Street, in the center of downtown Camden.Not all residents approve.Just recently it was requested that board members put the question before voters.They want the town to adopt a moratorium for 180 days in order to figure out what type of businesses are appropriate within the downtown business district.

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Four Chrysler Dealerships in Maine May Close

Updated 6 years ago

Chrysler today released a list of dealerships it wants to eliminate as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. Four are in Maine, including one in Rockland.Midcoast Fuller Automall sells the Jeep line of vehicles.Chrysler proposes the elimination of 789 dealers nationwide. The other Maine dealers on the list are in Sanford, Livermore Falls, and Brunswick.All dealers on that list have the right to appeal.

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Sangerville Neighbors Worry About Water

Updated 6 years ago

Several East Sangerville residents who have similar health problems think contaminated well water could be to blame.Their concerns spurred state officials today to re-test groundwater in a nearby gravel pit for heavy metals.”If I have lead in my water, I’ll take care of it. If it’s in my system, I’ll take care of it,” says resident Dyann Chase. “But, just make people aware that this is happening, that’s the only thing I want to see come of it.”She says her late husband suffered from dementia before he passed away last fall. She doesn’t know if it’s related to similar health issues shared by her neighbors.”When they spread the sludge, the ash and whatever else around, no one was notified. That bothers me I guess more than anything,” she says.An experimental sludge-spreading project was carried out in the late nineties at the nearby Barrett gravel pit. “I remember when they laid that material in the pit,” says resident Jake Jordan. “I wasn’t sure at the time what it was, but we were told that it was harmless.”A state official taking samples from monitoring wells referred our questions to a DEP director. Those calls were not returned. Officials have said it’s unlikely heavy metals leaked into area well water or are to blame for the health issues.”A lot of people don’t want to stand up and say that they’re sick,” says resident Edward Palin. “But all of us are very similar here and it’s very peculiar that over 20 people in this small radius have very similar symptoms, cognitive, Alzheimers, dementia.”He says people didn’t start making the connections until one neighbor spoke up and the story was reported in the Bangor Daily News.”I’m angry for a couple of reasons. One, they never contacted us that there was a test site so close to our house,” Palin says.Folks here say they’re not blaming anyone until they have the facts.”I’m not pointing my finger at anybody,” Chase says.Jordan lives on the west side of the pit. “I’m going to test my well, anyway,” he says.

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A Rockland Museum Fighting to Keep Its Doors Open

Updated 6 years ago

A museum in Rockland that offers more than history on lighthouses is fighting to remain open.They need financial help to cover rising costs and a drop in donations… “It’s the mystique about them and the purpose behind them to assist the mariners.That’s what Maine Lighthouse Museum volunteer John Baxter loves about lighthouses.He should know. He was a lighthouse keeper for twenty-three years.Baxter came to the museum in 2005 after he heard it was founded by Ken Black, a commanding officer in the coast guard when first arrived in rockland.”Once I heard he started the lighthouse I figured I could help him.”Because of financial reasons, the museum may have to close its doors if they don’t come up with 50-thousand dollars by July first.Something Dot Black, Ken’s widow, does not want to see happen. ” It’s my husband dream and I just can’t even imagine shutting the door.”Black says while she’s been paying bills like electricity and heat, others are piling up. ” It’s very important we keep this place open. It would be a closing of an era that I certainly wouldn’t to want to see happen.”Black only has one paid employee, Julia Friese, who works just thirty hours a week. ” Worked in history museums in the past. This one is extraordinarily special. It represents people in a way that I have not seen before.”Friese says it’s not just the people of rockland that would be affected by the closure. ” It’s a national treasure it is not simply just a local treasure. It is something that tells the story of America’s lighthouse history.A history that the museum passes on to children who come for tours.Mars Hill sixth grader Bernadette Racine is one of those children. ” Well I would actually feel really sad because this is a big museum and there’s so many stuff you can learn here and there’s a lot of history behind it.”If you would like to help keep the museum open you can contact dot black at the museum at 594-3301.

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“Bloom 207″ to Feature Local Musicians, Artists

Updated 6 years ago

Local artists and musicians from the Bangor area are pooling their talents this weekend for a unique event.”Bloom 207″ is an arts showcase at the Bangor Opera House on Saturday evening.The show will feature local bands, artists and fashion desginers.Musician Myke Billings of MYX Productions is hosting the event.He’s hoping it’ll introduce more folks to the talent that’s on display right in their own community.< "in downtown, there are a lot of artists that have studios, there are a lot of great businesses around, and people networking, but this brings everyone together in a show where we can reach out to people who haven't come and checked out these types of events yet.">Again, the event is this Saturday from 8-midnight at the Bangor Opera House on Main Street.Admission is ten dollars, and it’s an all ages show.

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Mock OUI Crash Gets Teens Thinking

Updated 6 years ago

High school students are bombarded with warnings about drinking and driving each year at this time.But teens at Bucksport High got a lesson that will likely stay with them the rest of their lives.It was about as real as it gets.Amy Erickson has more.”These kids are old enough to see. Once they’re old enough to have that license, they’re old enough to have the facts. You can’t mollycoddle them anymore.”State Police detective Brian Strout doesn’t sugar coat it when he runs these mock accidents at high schools around the state.He wants to show teens what can *really* happen when you mix drinking and driving.In this scenario, two teens die when their car is hit by another teen who’s been drinking.From the makeup to the real-life medical examiner and funeral home director, this is about as real as it gets.And Strout says it hits home for most teens.”Seeing their classmates put in a body bag. Seeing their classmates cut out of a vehicle. I think for some maybe it’s the guy being put in the handcuffs. The whole thing together makes the difference.””It was kind of a life-changing experience.”Megan Smith says it was tough to watch…but admits it was effective.”Just seeing it actually happen…and that it’s the kids I go to school with and I know.””Actually seeing it made a huge impact, rather than just sitting here listening to a speech.”For Mitchell Marks, it was seeing the grieving parents that got through to him.”Just like how it affected the people. How they showed the dead person to the parents. I thought that was pretty emotional. It was pretty bad.””Definitely think twice before going on the road after a few drinks.”Strout admits this scenario won’t affect everyone so strongly…but hopes he’s given at least a few of these kids something to think about before they get behind the wheel.”There are certain people that maybe it’s not gonna change them, but if it reaches one person, it’s worth every second.””A lot of times they don’t see the effects today, but it’s down the road, 2 days from now, 3 days from now…when they go to the prom, when they go to graduation.”Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bucksport.

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Liberty Fire Update

Updated 6 years ago

A fire that burned a family from Liberty out of their home has been ruled an accident. David and Carrie St. Claire and their three children were not home when the fire started Wednesday afternoon. We’re told a puppy did die in the fire. Firefighters managed to contain the flames and limit the damage, but hours later flames erupted again inside the home, destroying it.Investigators say they can’t say for sure precisely what caused it because there’s too much damage. The homeowners had insurance.The same home caught fire several months ago. Investigators say that fire was also an accident.

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Water Tests in Sangerville

Updated 6 years ago

State environmental officials will be in Sangerville Thursday.They’re there to take groundwater samples from wells in a gravel pit where an experimental sludge-spreading operation was carried out more than a decade ago.It comes in response to health concerns from some residents of East Sangerville.Memory problems and muscle disorders are just some symptoms they fear may be linked to groundwater contamination.The Department of Environmental Protection says the samples will be tested for heavy metals.

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Loss of Dam; Loss of Homes

Updated 6 years ago

The town of Winslow is going to apply for federal funds to buy and burn down a half-dozen homes.The homes are located on Dellaire Street, overlooking the Sebasticook River.Last summer, the Fort Halifax dam was knocked down causing soil erosion that experts say could put the homeowners’ safety at risk.The town manager says the residents would be reimbursed and relocated.

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BIA Expansion

Updated 6 years ago

Bangor International Airport just got a little bigger.There’s a new addition to the terminal for domestic flights.Construction started last summer, and the new space opened up last week.The project cost almost four million dollars.Airport officials say the new space offers passengers more amenities, including restrooms after the security checkpoint.The airport also installed new televesions and free wi-fi throughout the terminal.

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Fallen Officers Remembered

Updated 6 years ago

82 Maine law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty.Their names are forever-etched into a memorial located in our state’s capital.A tribute was held their Thursday to remember them and their families.Adrienne Bennett reports.——————————–“Bagpipe music” It was a march in memory of those who have given their lives in the line of duty.”Seldon L. Jones, Augusta Police Department”The Maine Warden Service has lost 14 members. The most of any agency. State Police follow with 10 fallen officers. In all, 82 names have been placed on the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta.State Street was blocked by police Thursday morning for the nearly one hundred people paying their respects.”It’s important that the state recognize, remembers, and never forget.” Each name has family — left behind and a story of how their loved ones were taken.”He put up a roadblock with his Sergeant and the car that came down across threw him on top of the vehicle. They were going 90 miles per hour.””Halt!”The hour-long ceremony was somber yet celebrated.”O’er the land of the free The freedoms we share.”And the home of the brave”Because of the bravery of those who have died.”So we lean on the fallen cuz they stood for honor and truth.” Giving a reminder of the dangers involved with police work.”The hazards we face every day when we go out to work…law enforcement’s goal is to get home at the end of the shift and this is a reminder that that may not happen to all of us.” “They may be gone but not forgotten…” Adrienne Bennett, WABI TV5 News, Augusta”Forever living in me and you.”

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Thomaston Plant Shutdown

Updated 6 years ago

Dragon Products is halting production at its cement plant in Thomaston for four to six weeks because of the slowdown in the construction market.An undetermined number of the plant’s 110 employees will be temporarily laid off during the shutdown, which begins May 25. About 20% of the work force was laid off permanently in January.

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Hannaford Bros. Decision

Updated 6 years ago

According to a federal judge, only those who weren’t reimbursed for fraudulent charges may sue the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain over a data breach that exposed more than four million credit and debit card numbers to computer hackers.District Judge D. Brock Hornby dismissed all but one of the civil claims filed after the data breach was revealed in March 2008. Still pending, however, is a separate class-action lawsuit in Florida against Hannaford’s sister company, Tampa-based Sweetbay.Between December and March 2008, hackers accessed card numbers used at 165 Hannaford stores and 106 Sweetbay stores. At least 1,800 numbers were used for unauthorized purchases.Hornby’s decision tosses all complaints that were merged into one lawsuit in Maine except for one, from a Vermont woman who was not reimbursed for fraudulent charges.

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Fournier Awaits Sentencing

Updated 6 years ago

A 48-year-old Millinocket man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography is awaiting sentencing.Philip Scott Fournier entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers searched Fournier’s home and computer after receiving information in 2006 that his credit card was being used to buy access to a child pornography Web site.Fournier allowed the officers to enter the home and gave written permission for the search.Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Camden Restaurant Reopens

Updated 6 years ago

The owners of a Camden waterfront restaurant were halfway through an expansion project when a fire destroyed everything.They pulled together, started over, and today, reopened their restaurant.”We like it. We especially like the lobster,” says one diner, Roland Bernaudon, who was visiting from France.The lobster’s always been popular here, but last year, the restaurant looked a little different.”The decor was more utilitarian, it was just a typical, Maine, what would you call it? Seaside shanty,” says another diner, Kay Ouradnik, who lives nearby.John Hugh bought this Camden waterfront spot twelve years ago.”It was a clam shack,” Hugh says. “Cash only, no beer, no wine, no wait staff, and in the next couple of years, I turned it into a full service restaurant.”As the lines grew longer, Hugh and his wife Donna decided to the level the old restaurant and build a new spot. Then, two days before Christmas, as the new restaurant was being built…they got a call it was on fire.”It was devastating. We were out to dinner when the fire happened and we were fairly speechless for a couple of days. But, everybody just came back to work and made it happen,” Hugh says.Their crew of local contractors and craftsmen started over, working seven days a week throughout the winter.”Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to open for the season. But, because they put their heart and soul into it, they were able to put this beautiful restaurant together with fine craftsmanship,” he says.Five months later, they’re serving three meals a day, and will stay open all year long. A new addition is their “clam bake in a can” — just add water or beer and stick the can in your camp fire. “We can custom it up to 20 lobsters,” he says.”We’re very happy as townspeople,” says Ouranik, “that he’s done this.””We are sticky-fingered,” says Bernaudon, as he looked at what’s left of his lobster. “But it is alright.”

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Annual Patty’s Race Coming Up

Updated 6 years ago

An annual race in memory of a teen from lee will take place this Sunday, May Seventeenth.Patty’s Race is run in honor of Patricia Corbin.She was a 17-year-old junior at Lee Academy who died in a car crash in 2002.Her family created a scholarship in Patty’s name at Lee Academy. Proceeds from the race help fund it.This years race has a sweet addition, peppermint patty ice cream sundaes at Sandy Gifford’s Village Ice Cream, that’s located near the corner of Route six and the Winn Road.The race begins at 1 p-m.You can register in advance through the Web site www.pattysrace.com.Or you can register at 11 a-m on the day of the race inside the gymnasium at Lee Academy.

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Proper Treatments for Flea and Tick Season

Updated 6 years ago

Spring has arrived and so have fleas and ticks. There have been some reports of animals suffering from health problems brought on by certain treatments.So what should pet owners be watching out for?Meghan Hayward spoke with a Veazie Vet to get some advice.With flea and tick season here, Veterinarian David Cloutier of the Veazie Vet Clinic says its important for pet owners to purchase the right treatment.He says a lot of newer, safer products have been created and are only available at a vet’s office.But older products are still out there and not always safe or effective.”But the fleas are becoming resistant to them, so we’re having to make those compounds more potent to try and get them to work and therefore less safe.”Cloutier says the treatments they use have been well tested.He says by going to a vet, pet owners can make sure they’re getting the correct treatment.”They’re usually picking the right product for your pet. So if you have a really old cat or a mixed household of dogs and cats, we’re going to choose something different than for a young dog. At the grocery store or the pet store, you’re not getting that expertise so you may be choosing the wrong products.”Cloutier says treatments are made up of two components. The compound that kills the actual fleas and ticks and a carrier that spreads the treatment throughout the animal’s body.”I think a lot of the topical reactions, loss of fur, burning, irritation are probably due to the carrier.”But he says the actual poisonings that make animals sick and sometimes cause death, is the compound itself.For owners concerned about the potential dangers to their pets, there are some warning signs.”If your pet doesn’t seem ok, if they seem lethargic, vomiting, really really itchy, any kind of facial swelling, anything like that, if it was something you applied topically, wash it off right away and call your veterinarian to get some advice.”Cloutier says the dosage level depends on the size of the animal.”Often times people will misread it or misjudge or even misjudge how much think their pet weighs.”Cloutier realizes people are looking to save money, but buying over the counter products could wind up costing you more.”Pet owners have their pets on different products that they don’t even need and so they think that they need to put a topical insecticide to keep fleas and ticks off them and maybe they don’t, maybe they don’t even need it.”Cloutier says always check with your vet first.

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Colby Report Released

Updated 6 years ago

A consultant’s report says Colby College security officers acted appropriately during an incident on Easter Sunday that provoked a student protest at the Waterville school. But the report by consultant Ralph Martin II, who was hired by Colby, also says everybody involved could have conducted themselves better during the incident, which occurred after a campus dance. Police arrested two students after they allegedly interfered during a medical assessment of a third student. A video shows police pinning the students to the floor. Martin interviewed people involved in the incident. His report says one student was restrained for too long and at least one security officer used “unprovoked and improper force” while trying to get students to leave.Click here to download the full report.

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Solar Classroom

Updated 6 years ago

One room in Bangor High is running on solar power.The ‘Green Room’ runs on power generated by solar panels on the high school roof.So far enough energy has been produced by the solar electric system, even on cloudy days, to run the room.The excess energy is collected by Bangor Hydro, and will be used to power the room during winter months, when the sun isn’t out as much.Students are using this as a learning tool to help them better understand how solar power works.And they’re doing projects revolving around renewable energy. “This is a project that’s pretty well rounded, in it gives students at all abilities and all levels an opportunity to look at alternative energy.”You can check out the project and look at just how much money and energy is being saved by logging on to www.sunnyportal.com

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Moose Falls From Sky

Updated 6 years ago

Police in clinton say a 500-pound moose fell 18 feet to its death when it apparently leaped a guardrail on an Interstate 95 overpass and landed on Hinckley Road.Officials learned of the incident when a motorist called the town office shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday and told assistant town clerk Shirley Bailey that “a moose just fell out of the sky.”Bailey said the driver, who was under the bridge when he spotted the falling moose, was “pretty excited about it.”Police Chief Charles Runnels said the yearling bull probably panicked because of the noise and traffic along I-95 and began running. He said it just picked the wrong spot to jump the guardrail, falling onto a road instead of landing in a field.A passerby with a wrecker hauled away the carcass.

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