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Governor Baldacci in Washington, D.C.

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Governor john baldacci is in our nation’s capitol this weekend, meeting with other state governors.The three-day conference is centered around our nation’s economic crisis, and how to get out of it. Baldacci cautions Mainers that even though our state will see hundreds of millions of dollars, that won’t erase Maine’s obligation to maintain fiscal discipline.In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said, “the money is helpful, but it’s temporary.”He emphasized the need for quick action on federally funded projects, so people can get back to work and start spending.Governor Baldacci will also meet with the Coalition of Northeastern Governors.Those meetings will consider various regional issues impacting economic recovery.

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Snowmobile Accidents in Levant and Hampden

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Wardens responded to two snowmobile accidents in two days.The latest happened Saturday afternoon in Levant.Wardens say 56 year old Lynden Adams was riding along a trail, when he tried turning left.But instead, Adam’s snowmobile hit a pine tree….He was taken to a Bangor hospital with an injury to his leg….Wardens also responded to a snowmobile collision just after 2 o’clock Friday, in the woods near the Kennebec Road in Hampden.Two riders were involved, one a minor, the other, an adult identified as David Moores…Wardens say the two machines were riding on a narrow trail.They met at a corner, and the skis on both snowmobiles hooked…The juvenile turned down medical attention, but Moores was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Wardens say there was poor visibility at the time.

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Bangor Marines Hand out Groceries

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

Some folks at the Brewer Save-a-lot got some extra groceries in their cart Saturday.It was all thanks to the kind folks from the Bangor Marine Corps League.Members of Unit 1151, spent the day passing out frozen chicken, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and fruit to folks shopping at the store.The group says they know many people are stretched thin these days, and, wanted to offer folks a little extra….Phil Eckerd says the group gets together, about once a month, to help folks in need.He says his mom taught him to share with neighbors, and Eckerd is happy to be living out her lessons.

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Vassalboro Fire Destroys Home and Garage

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

An early morning fire Saturday in Vasselboro destroyed a home and garage.According to Fire Chief Eric Rowe, Bruce Brown and his family were awakened at around 4 in the morning, to the sound of explosions coming from their garage, On the Webber Pond Road.By the time crews arrived, the garage was already destroyed, and flames had spread to the Brown’s double wide home.Chief Rowe says it took about 3 hours to get the fire under control.The Brown family, and their cat, were able to get out safely, TV 5 has been told they do have insurance.

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Brewer Kicks Off Winterfest

Updated 6 years ago

The City of Brewer kicks off their 7th Annual Winterfest Celebration Friday.The events get started Friday night with an ice carving demonstration in front of the Muddy Rudder, along with a cocktail reception, live music, and fireworks.Then on Saturday, the fun kicks off with a french toast breakfast at the Brewer Auditorium followed by family fun games and activities until 1:00 pm.They’re also offering an ice carving contest, chili chowder cook off, and a Snowball Dance.Organizers say it’s a good time to celebrate.”Especially this year, with the economy so bad, it brings people together. It gets them outdoors to participate in the Brewer Winterfest.”You can find a complete list of the schedule at the City of Brewer website, it’s www.brewerme.org

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U-Maine Researchers Develop Bridge in a Backpack

Updated 6 years ago

University of Maine researchers and students got to show off one of their newest inventions: It’s called bridge in a backpack. The idea was developed at U-Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.Here’s how it works, the shell of the arch is shipped to the construction site where it’s filled with concrete.The arch is two times stronger than steel, and the shell will protect the concrete from corrosion.The bridge in a backpack technology has already been used to build a bridge in Pittsfield, and today at the University of Maine, dignitaries were on hand to hear, that it will now be used to develop a new company.One of the investors says this new way of building bridges has many advantages including cost and transportation. Their competitors have to deal with the problem of shipping very heavy pieces, while their product comes in a bag you can carry.”Here’s our biggest challenge when it comes to delivery and transportation. We have to make a decision daily, does this bridge in a bag absolutely, positively need to be there tomorrow by 10:30 or could we use UPS Ground.”Researchers were also showing similar technology for building composite pilings and composite beams for bridges.Another company, Harbor Technologies, was on hand to announce they were using that invention to expand their workforce.

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Nursing a horse back to health…

Updated 6 years ago

She’s almost four hundred pounds underweight, pregnant, and suffering from a long list of ailments….But as Cori Skall explains, Cheyenne, a 17 year old mare, is on her way to recovery.Thanks to some t-l-c from a group of folks who care.”She was living in a field, with minimal shelter, really no hay–just roots. She had a run-off culvert to drink from. I used to sit out there, with a bucket of grain, trying to earn her trust, cause she didn’t want to have anything to do with people.”Michele Cole first came across this thoroughbred named Cheyenne in November of 2007.She says the horse, who was kept in Levant, was being abused and neglected, so she made a complaint, but nothing came of it.”I’m ugly about it, you know, because maybe this would have never happened to her. Maybe she could have had a little quality of life.”Cole says through the years, Shy-Shy, as she calls her, bounced around, getting worse and worse, until cole was finally able to get her owner to sign her over.”I couldn’t turn my back on her. There’s a lot of horses out there that need people. And from the day I met her, I had a bond. I know she’s safe with me.”Cole says Shy-Shy is plagued with a host of medical issues, from ulcers on her eye to severe cracking of her hooves.She’s paralyzed and deaf on one side of her head, and is under-weight by almost four hundred pounds.To make matters worse, the horse, who’s pregnant and due to foal at the end of march, is infested with ring worm, and tape worms.”To know that she really hasn’t known a kind heart…it breaks my heart. I’d rather eat Ramen noodles everyday of the week, to make sure she makes it, and has a quality of life.”With help from folks across the U-S, and even Canada, Cole and her friends at the G-Bar ranch in Orneville, are nursing shy-shy back to health.”The life is coming back in to her. Taking her outside today, and the deep breaths and her perking up…I mean, what else can you ask for?”Cole has set up a website, for folks to track Shy-Shy’s recovery.There is also a place on the sight to donate, if you like.Just go to ahorse4humanity.com.

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Glenburn Standoff

Updated 6 years ago

An early morning standoff on Simpson Road in Glenburn kept authorities on scene for eight hours.Authorities say the 911 call came in about 2 a-m and police had the suspect in custody around 10.Authorities have arrested 41-year-old Cecil Worster.State Police say when they arrived on scene a woman came running out of the Simpson Road home with no shoes on and she had just been assaulted.Police say when they approached Worster he ran into the house and barricaded himself in the residence.Officials say numerous weapons were in the home, including 4 rifles.State Police say Worster has a record of violent crimes.The Penobscot Sheriff’s Department Special Resources Team, along with the State Police Tactical Team, were called to the scene.State Police Patrol Sgt. Sean Hashey says “There was no damage done to the property once the tactical team surrounded the house we started negotiating. He never responded to us negotiating and eventually just came out of the hosue and basically stated that he didn’t realize we were there.”Authorities say Worster will be charged with domestic violence assault and hindering report of a crime. He will be held at Penobscot County Jail.The woman is said to be Worster’s girlfriend. Police say she did not suffer any serious injuries.

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Reward Offered in Dog Shooting Deaths

Updated 6 years ago

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the deadly shooting of three dogs in Searsport last year.In December, police found two great danes shot to death. They were found lying on a piece of plastic. Last September, the Searsport animal control officer found a rottweiler shot dead. The three dogs lived within one mile of each other on the Nickels Road.The Searsport police department continues to investigate. If you have any information about the case, call 548-2304 or 323-1490.

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Train Fatality in Bethel

Updated 6 years ago

Officials are investigating a fatal accident in western Maine involving a train and a car. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Department said one person was killed when a car was hit by a train shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. The accident took place on Route 2 where the road crosses St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad tracks. The victim’s identity was not immediately available.

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Here are the recipes from Friday, February 20th’s Morning News with special guest Cathy Speronis…

Updated 6 years ago

Cherry Nut Bars

Recipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Recipe Summary:Difficulty: EasyPrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesYield: 25 barsCrust1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour2 tablespoons sugar1/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces1 large egg, lightly beatenTopping1/3 cup honey1/4 cup packed light brown sugar1/8 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces1 tablespoon heavy cream1/4 teaspoon vanilla1/4 cup maraschino cherries – rinsed, drained and chopped1/4 cup pecans, toasted1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts (4 oz), toastedPreheat oven to 375°F.To make crust:Butter a large piece of foil and fit into a 9-inch square metal baking pan (2 inches deep). Blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until most of mixture resembles coarse meal with small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Transfer into a large bowl. Add the egg and work with a fork until the dough comes together and the fat is well distributed.Press dough evenly onto bottom of baking pan and bake in middle of oven until edges are golden and begin to pull away from sides of pan, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack.To make topping:Bring honey, brown sugar, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then boil, without stirring, 2 minutes. Add butter, cream and vanilla and boil, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cherries and nuts until completely coated. Pour cherry nut mixture over pastry crust, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until topping is caramelized and bubbling, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Lift dessert out of pan using foil overhang and cut into 25 squares.

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Structure Fire in Brewer

Updated 6 years ago

Firefighters say a gas can that tip over, was the cause of an explosive fire on Wilson Street in Brewer last night.Crews got the call just before 6 yesterday.Authorities say a man at the home was working on his motorcycle, when a gas can nearby tipped over…They say eventually, vapors from the gas came in contact with a temporary heater, and caused an explosion.When firefighters arrived, the garage behind a home was completely engulfed in flames.Officials say the fire intensified quickly when it hit gasoline in the garage.Crews were able to extinguish the flames in under an hour, and no injuries were reported.People who live nearby say they ran outside when they heard two loud “bangs”… and saw smoke and flames stretching high into the sky.The fire also spread to the siding on three nearby homes before it was extinguished.The fire grew so large at one point it was visible from bangor.

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Pipe Facility

Updated 6 years ago

There’s a new pipe manufacturing facility in Bangor, and it’s really heating up the local economy. Cianbro opened this satellite shop in December, and it’s creating jobs for a workforce of young welders.

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Pirates invade the Bangor Public Library!

Updated 6 years ago

Pirates invaded the Bangor Public Library this morning, as story hour came alive.Dozens of kids came dressed in costume, to the pirate party in the story room.Librarian Maryanne Linzikos says it’s a great way for kids to beat the winter doldrums and enjoy their vacation, while still being inspired to read.Kids attending the party were treated to some pirate snacks, pirate games, and pirate arts and craft projects.Even the story had a nautical theme today….it was called”how i became a pirate”.Linzikos says she can’t believe how many kids showed up to today’s celebration.”Especially with the weather the way it is today, i’m surprised we got such a good turnout. and i’m amazed…they must have been waiting for this, is all i can say…to get their mom’s to come out and enjoy themselves…but they look wonderful…look at them….they’re adorable.”We’re told the library is planning a poetry party for the next school vacation, which runs in April.For more information on children’s activities, at the library, you can log on to www.bpl.lib.me.us.

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Bangor City Council has change of heart about Auditorium marketing study.

Updated 6 years ago

The Bangor City Council has changed its mind and will now fund a new market study on replacing the Bangor auditorium and civic center.”The decision that they made a couple of weeks ago, I think we were all really nervous and tense about, but in talking with the city, and talking with some of the employees over there, I think it became more apparent that they really wanted to be fiscally responsible and make sure things were moving in the right direction, before just doing it.”For years, the Bangor City Council has been discussing what to do with the aging Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.The council recently voted to reject a plan to spend tens of thousands of dollars on another market and sizing study. The last one was done in 2002.But, they unanimously reversed that decision Wednesday night.”In the process of that decision, a number of concerns came up…first was, is this the right time to do it. Second, were we narrow enough in what we were looking to do here, that would actually produce a detailed road map to go forward.””I think part of the council’s concern is we would get answers that were kind of fluff, or that we want to hear, and maybe not what we need to hear, and maybe not the reality.”City Councilor Rick Bronson says that’s definitely a concern.He says while the dream of a new auditorium is fine, the reality of what its going to take, and what it’s going to cost, still needs to be examined.

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Black History Month Being Celebrated in Old Town

Updated 6 years ago

February is Black History Month, and folks from the Maine Human Rights Coalition plan to celebrate. James Varner, President of the coalition says this year’s activities take on special significance. This is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP, and our country has elected its first African American President. Varner says the election of President Barack Obama shows how far our country has come, and gives inspiration to all black Americans. “I don’t think of myself so much as a black American anymore, I think of myself as an American, and that’s the way it should be. And I think that ‘hey, my kids can be President of the United States’. Before it wasn’t possible.” The event by the Maine Human Rights Coalition will be held Sunday, February 22 from 5 to 7 in the evening at the Old Town United Methodist Church on Stillwater Avenue. Varner will offer a presentation on the importance of black history, as well as displays. There will also be a potluck dinner. For more information you can call James Varner at 827-4493.

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Water Main Breaks

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

The weather is to blame for not one, but four water main breaks in Bangor in the last day. They’ve all been repaired and customers do have running water again. Water district officials started working at 7 o’clock yesterday morning to tackle the breaks on Pine Street, Garland Street, Bellevue and Mount Hope Avenues. They all happened at different times in the day.We’re told heavy frost put pressure on the water mains and weak spots that couldn’t handle it, cracked. Crews finally got everything repaired about 7 o’clock this morning. About four dozen customers were completely without water at some point. A few more lost water pressure for awhile.

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Bucksport Accident

Updated 6 years ago

A driver from Holden is facing charges, after a head-on collison in Bucksport Wednesday.Police say Larry Costain has been charged with operating under the influence. He was heading north on Route 46 around 8 p-m Wednesday, when his vehicle crossed the center line, as if to make a left hand turn, and slammed into another car, driven by Delana Macomber of Castine.Both trucks were so mangled rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to free the drivers and another person in Macombers truck. Macomber and her passenger Scott Lapointe of PenobscotM were taken to the hospital. We’re told Lapoint was treated and released from the hospital. But there’s no word on the condition of either Costain or Macomber as of Friday morning.

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School Funding

Updated 6 years ago

Maine Education Commissioner Susan Gendron is telling school superintendents that new federal legislation should allow the state to restore $27,000,000 in school aid that was cut last month.Gendron said that the state has not received definitive spreadsheets from the U.S. Department of Education, but once they do, Governor Baldacci will issue a financial order to restore funding cut from schools.A $787 billion bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama includes $44.5 billion in aid to local school districts nationally to prevent layoffs and cutbacks, with flexibility to use the funds for school modernization and repair: $25.2 billion to school districts to fund special education and the No Child Left Behind law for students in K-12: $15.6 billion to boost the maximum Pell Grant by $500 to $5,350: and $2 billion for Head Start.

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Links for Feb-18-2009

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

To nominate someone for the George Hale Silver Frame Award, click, or log on to www.eaaa.orgIf you’d like to donate to Tim Berry’s walk across Maine, to benefit the United Way, you can check out his website, www.firstgiving.com/timothyberryTo learn more about Monday morning’s Arts and Crafts segment with Tracy Marceron, click, or log on to www.betweenfriendsartcenter.comIf you think you might be at risk for lead poisoning, call the Maine Childhood Lead Prevention Program at 1 (800) 292-3474.If you are having issues with internet service, you can call FairPoint at 1 (800) 240-5019, or log on to their website at www.myfairpoint.netTo find out about how to qualify for a Camp Bangor scholarship click, or log on to www.unitedwayem.org

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