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Baileyville Mill to Reopen Sending 300 Back to Work

Updated 6 years ago

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.

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Four Non-Profits Get Grants from Bangor Rotary

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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.

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Rockland Woman Pleads Guilty in 2005 Drug Case

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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.

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Fire in Orono

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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.

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Fatal Accident in New Gloucester

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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.

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Friends Help Farm Owner Keep Horses

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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.

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Car Enthusiasts Arrive in Orrington

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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.

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Winterport Farm Has a New Member

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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.

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DTV Information Sessions

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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

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Central Maine Institute Senior’s Art Work To Be Displayed Throughout Pittsfield

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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.”

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Voters Restrict Adult Business in Vassalboro

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

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.

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Economy Forces Closings at Good Will-Hinkley

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

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.

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Former Attorney General Makes Move for Governor’s Job

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 years ago

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.

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Squeaky Wheel Adventures

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 years ago

In just a few weeks, foster and adopted kids from around Maine will have the opportunity to go camping, and go green, all at the same time.Joy Hollowell tells us about Squeaky Wheel Adventures.++++++++++++++++++”Had this old bus outside and thought, what can we do with kids and this bus. Pretty quickly we realized that the bus is for taking trips,” says Bryan Wolf, who runs Squeaky Wheel Adventures with his wife, Alyssa.Squeaky Wheel Adventures will take off later this month, for the first of five multi-day trips. “We incorporate some pretty commercial venues like Six Flags amusement park, the Cog Railroad up Mount Washington, with just exploring, some natural parks, some waterfalls,” says Wolf, who lives in Surry.The campers are all in foster care or some type of other out of home care such as kinship care or that have been adopted.”We felt like children in foster care were perhaps missing certain opportunities, were missing at times a feeling that someone out there is wanting to do something for them, or caring for them,” says Wolf.And then, there’s the bus.”The bus is an adventure all in itself,” says Wolf.That’s because it’s powered by used vegetable oil. “Usually, it’s a bit of a surprise, some big eyes. I don’t think they really believe what we’re saying until a few hundred miles down the road, when they’re involved in helping to fill the tank back up with the vegetable oil that we pull off the roof,” says Wolf.Solar panels on top run the appliances. the campers sleep in bunk beds in the back.There are six kids and three counselors on every trip. “Once in awhile you get one of those golden moments where they’re completely themselves and completely relaxed and I think that’s one of those moments that spurs this whole project on,” says Gerry Brache who is one of the counselors.==============For those in state care, Maine pays for about 40-percent of the trip.Adopted kids also receive some sort of state stipend.But the rest comes from grants and fund raising.There are still some spots left for this season, and the Wolfs are still looking for donations to help fund the trips.For more information, you can log onto www.squeakywheeladventures.org

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Waterman Trial

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On day one of Duane Waterman’s trial, jurors got a tour of the crime scene where two men from Western Maine were killed.The 33-year-old man from Sumner is accused of killing the two victims in a dispute involving unpaid debts and illegal drugs.Waterman has pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old Timothy Mayberry of West Paris and 43-year-old Todd Smith of Paris.Their bodies were found on Mayberry’s property last July.

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More Training for Laid-Off Workers

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Governor Baldacci signed a bill Monday that will make it easier for laid-off workers in Maine to get retrained.The bill got unanimous approval from the Labor Committee and passed the House and Senate last week. It extends the state worker retraining program.In the past, the program was available to someone once in their life, and only if their entire company shut down. This bill relaxes those rules, so anyone who loses their job as a result of a reduction in operations will qualify.Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree, was a major supporter of the legislations. “There are people across the spectrum who are losing their jobs who are unlikely to return to the same kind of employer and we think that retraining and education is really the key to helping us get out of this incredibly worrisome recession.”The program will be funded by the federal stimulus money the state received for unemployment benefits.

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Help for Area Food Pantries

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Demand for services at food pantries goes up during summer months, when children are out of school.Today, two food pantries in each county of the state received 500 dollars, thanks to grassroots campaigns at local credit unions. There was applause as the Maine Credit Union League handed out the checks. “With the economy the way it is, you hear about fundraising challenges, but I tell you, people are more generous than ever,” says Jon Paradise of the Maine Credit Union League.The folks at Bucksport Community Concerns say it’s the generosity of local people that help keep them open.”Somebody will just walk in and give us 100 dollars. They won’t tell us their names – they’ll say ‘We don’t need any acknowledgement, just take it, and use it,’” say volunteers, Linda Hayward and Marsha Mushrall.The need at their pantry remains steady this year.”We have a turnover, different families who didn’t come before find they have to come now,” Mushrall says.The Good Shepherd Food Bank says, as a whole, the need from their member pantries is still growing.”Ours is growing by about 40 families a month. We’ve had a lot of layoffs in our town,” says Ted Ivey, president of the Town of Ludlow Food Pantry, which serves 18 communities.The pantries will use the money to stock up at Good Shepherd, where every dollar buys $12.50 worth of food.”For like 67 dollars you can get a truck of food. They provide a lot of food for us – it really stretches the dollars we have,” say Hayward and Mushrall.”It gives us more money to buy with,” Ivey says.Monday, the thanks went back to food pantry volunteers and the ability of others to help when needed.”They feel fortunate in their own lives,” says Mushrall, “and they want to help somebody else.”

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Topless Coffee Shop Serving Again

Wayne Harvey

Updated 6 years ago

Route three in Vassalboro was lit by flames last week after someone set fire to the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop.It was a much different scene Monday morning.”We’re under a tent, but we’re still here, everybody’s safe so, it’s just material so we’ll rebuild again and get going”coffee, doughnuts and donations were on the menu monday. Owner donald crabtree had his employees standing near the road next to the rubble that once was the coffee shop. The coffee and donuts were free. They just want a donation to help with the rebuilding process. Krista macintyre/waitress “this is kind of the beginning yes, just showing that we’re not quitting” crabtree says he’s gotten support from around the country since the june third fire, and less than a week later, he’s at that same site continuing on. That impresses some of the folks who stopped by.”It’s great that he can have such a good attitude. I hope people support him and help him” “we’re going to do whatever we can to keep going. The customers have asked us to keep going that’s what we decided to do.”Even some of those who opposed crabtree and his topless coffee shop and plans for a strip club, seem to be changing their attitudes since flames brought the building down.”They didn’t agree with the business, but they didn’t like what happened. We just want to get rebuilt and keep going”

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Cancer Survivor Day in Bangor

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Cancer survivors celebrated life on the Bangor waterfront Sunday.Cancer Care of Maine hosted its annual “Cancer Survivor Day” along the banks of the Penobscot.It’s a free event that honors survivors and co-survivors.Besides a ceremony, there was plenty of live entertainment, including jazz and standup comedy…and lots of goodies, too.The event was held in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day.Local attorney and survivor Julio DeSanctis was one of the featured speakers at the event.He says it’s a day to celebrate what he and other survivors have accomplished.< "we've got a marvelous facility here at eastern maine...cancer care of maine...and they're building a new facility...getting the word out, raising money...you can be treated...and survive...you don't survive forever, but none of us do!">There are 12 million cancer survivors in the United States.Many of them took part in National Cancer Survivors Day, to demonstrate that cancer is not an automatic life sentence.

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Good News For State Economy?

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Maine’s economy could be headed for an upswing.Officials with the state’s Small Business Administration says they’ve seen loan activity increase since it started waiving fees to borrowers for its guaranteed loans.The Finance Authority of Maine also reports hearing from more folks looking to open or expand businesses.Even real estate seems to be picking up.Last month, pending sales of existing homes were the strongest of any month since August 2007. A new public opinion poll by Critical Insights found 70 percent of Maine voters believe the economy is worse now than it was a year ago…that’s down from more than 90 percent in the fall.

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