Folks in Brewer are mourning the death of a special 15-year-old boy.Joshua Stevens was well known in the community. He was born with a heart defect that led to a number of health problems and surgeries.Recently, he was given a golden retriever named Brady to help him.But the family needed help paying the three thousand dollars for the dog’s training.So the community came together to raise the money, by holding a spaghetti dinner and auction.Stevens died on February 25th at home with his family.A funeral service has been rescheduled to Tuesday.
A family is homeless following a fire in Thomaston Sunday night.The call came in at around 7 o’clock Sunday night that there was a chimney fire at 54 Highwater Street.When crews arrived they found the home engulfed in flames.Seven crews battled the fire into the midnight hour.The family of four escaped the fire unharmed, as did the family dog.Two firefighters were injured in the fight, they were taken to Penn Bay hospital, where they were treated and released.Fire officials are calling the home a total loss. The Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.
A Millinocket native was killed when the plane he was flying crashed in California during the weekend.It happened Saturday morning north of Sacramento.F.A.A. officials say 53-year-old David Michaud was at the controls when the aircraft went down outside a private airport.The plane was engulfed in flames by the time rescue crews arrived.An airplane mechanic who was on board was also killed.Michaud was born and raised in Millinocket, but left the area in the mid 1970s after he finished school.Officials say Michaud and the mechanic had been working on the plane and decided to take it up when the crash happened.No word yet on what caused the plane to go down.
A man from Massachusetts has been hospitalized after a snowmobile accident on a trail near Rockwood.Game wardens say 25-year-old Michael Sargent of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was going about 50 miles per hour towards northeast Carry and Kokadjo when the crash happened.Sargent hit a mogul and his sled went airborne. Sargent was thrown onto his back. The sled was smashed to pieces.Sargent suffered back and internal injuries in the crash. Wardens say he was wearing a helmet.The accident is under investigation.Wardens say an initial review indicates that speed was a factor.
More than 100 skiers were out enjoying the calm before the storm Sunday morning, skiing from Bangor to Orono for the Great Caribou Wicked Winter Ski Tour and Race.Skiers of all ages – including a group of 2- to 6-year-olds – got the chance to enjoy beautiful local scenery on the 17 kilometer track (with little ones traveling just part of that distance). Many people were happy to participate since the event helps raise money to help conserve the area.TV-5 stopped by the finish line to find out more about the day.”The track was wicked fast,” says skier Bill Deighan, “and it was also hard, it you met it.””It was fast, a lot of people passed me, I didn’t pass a lot of people, but it was a lot of fun,” says skier Jack Rawcliffe, as his friends laugh.”We have a lot of beautiful natural land here that a lot of people don’t explore, and it’s been maintained with tremendous trails,” says skier Paul Templeton. “And the people who organized it, especially Chris Dorion, put so much into it.””The goal is to create some conservation land, not preservation, conservation,” says event organizer Chris Dorion. “So it’s traditional use. Skiing is one use, people hunt in the fall, there are a couple of snowmobile trails on it.”This is the event’s 24th year. Organizers say they lucked out with the weather today…it hasn’t always been so pleasant in years past.
As sure as the seasons will change there’s something else we can rely on as we near the end of winter…that potholes will pop up.These last couple of weeks folks have been noticing them on our roads.”They’re everywhere,” says driver Lana Cray. “You have to be really cautious.”This time of year drivers can expect to find a few bumpy surprises in the road.”When we’re in daddy’s truck, especially, right?” says Karen Willard to her daughter. “Yeah.”Potholes. How bad?”Bad,” says Cray. “Very bad.””Everything in the car jiggles around,” says Willard.While many roads are fine, some are showing the effects of our wild weather, prompting some drivers to meet the likes of Eddie Smith.”I’m a tire guy.”Smith sees our bent rims and blown out tires.”By the time the snow melts, you get the frost heave and big potholes.”Some are easy fixes and will cost you less than 30 dollars to repair. Others mean you’re out a couple of hundred dollars.”If it’s on the side of the tire, we can’t patch it,” he says, “We have to replace the tire.”He says some customers shrug it off, while others are irritated.”Some of them bought brand new tires a couple of weeks ago and went out and hit a good-size pot hole, then they have to replace the tire…which is kind of a bummer.”Bangor Public Works says crews are out working to patch up the potholes, but it’s hard to keep up.So for now, keep an eye out for the bumps in the road and remember – it could always be worse.”When I worked in Belfast,” Smith says, “there was one car that came in with all four tires off the rims. That was pretty bad.”
A 5-month-old from Levant, who suffers from a rare and life-threatening blood disorder, got some help from some elementary students in Brewer.Maggie Rudnicki has been diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia and needs monthly blood transfusions to stay alive.This week, students at the Washington Street and Capri Schools celebrated hundredths day in honor of Maggie.They brought in donations, that equaled 100 or more, to go towards Maggie’s care.Maggie’s grandma, Bernadette Rudnicki, is an ed-tech at the Washington Street School.”I had a little boy come up to me, and tell me that he had lost 3 teeth, and that the tooth-fairy had brought him 3 dollars. I didn’t really know where he was leading…and he said that he brought his 3 dollars in and gave it to Maggie, because he wanted Maggie to be able to get blood every day…instead of just once a month.”The students managed to raise about 850 dollars for maggie, who was on hand to thank them.The Rudnickis say the money will go towards Maggie’s medical bills and the special formula she needs.They ask anyone who wants to help the family to consider donating blood at a local blood bank or blood drive.
Snowsled engines will be roaring in Lincoln, this weekend, as folks there gear up for the Tenth Annual Sno-Cross races.But the snow-mobilers won’t be the only ones to benefit rom this weekend’s activities.Local businesses are hoping to cash in on some of the fun, too.”This is our one big fundraiser we have each year.””We have racers from all over New England coming up. We set up so you can run both pros and the guys that run every weekend will show up here. And the guy with a sled in his backyard–he can drag that up, and there’s a class for him. There’s something for everybody.”For ten years, members of the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile club, have hosted their Sno-Cross Races.”They’re putting the spectator stands together, they’ll get the yard laid out, the parking areas all cleared up…the signs up…its a lot of work.””I think the trails to get here will be the best I’ve seen in years. I know the guys were out late last night trying to get all the trails groomed and opened up. Typically we’ll have as many as 200 snowmobiles parked out on the field out there…people riding up, especially if its a nice warm day, so it should be a good turn out.”Club President, Alan Smith, says the event brings the community together, including some of the local merchants.”It’s something that happens and had happened for many years…and it’s something the businesses all count on now.”Lana St. Cyr is a waitress at Gilmor’s Beef ‘N Ale.She says the races bring a lot of people through the area.”I think that the snowmobile races are great because it gets everybody outside, enjoying the snow, instead of complaining about it.””It’s a family affair, you can bring the kids. You have the little 120 races so the little kids are out here playing. There’s good spots for the spectators to see everything. There’s good food in there, and it brings the entire club together.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.Registration for this weekend’s races starts at 8 a-m Saturday and Sunday.The races start each day at 11.There are trophies for amatuer winners.Professional racers will battle it out for 4-thousand dollars in prize money.
One Bar Harbor man has turned a very sad situation, into hope for countless rescue dogs. He’s a waiter turned author, and he’s telling the story of one very special Cocker Spaniel.”Tucker was one of those dogs that needed some help, he came into rescue healthy, we thought, and just progressively over time he just started to fail.”Christopher Walsh has always loved dogs… but when he took tucker in, the little black and white Cocker Spaniel captured a special place in his heart. When tucker developed lymphoma Walsh was devastated.”It was terrible, four weeks from diagnosis to death.” Says Walsh.He needed a way to express his emotions.”I thought I’d do one of the things I’d done since grade school and I’ll start to write my feelings down. And when I started writing my feelings down it morphed into a book.”In the year since Tucker passed, Walsh was able to get his book published.”It wasn’t written to be a sad story, it’s written to be a comforting story.”Walsh used the poem ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ as inspiration.He says, “The Rainbow Bridge is where your pet goes to wait and they’re healthy and young again and they wait and they play until you go and you pick them up and you walk across the rainbow bridge together.”He hopes the story can be used as a teaching tool.”Tucker’s Tale teachers children a gentle way to take care of dogs, and then it teaches children that they’re not going to be with us forever and just because your pet dies it doesn’t mean it’s the end.”Tucker’s memory will live on in the good his story will do for other rescue dogs. All of the proceeds from Tucker’s Tale will be donated to help rescue dogs nationwide. For more information about Tucker’s Tale, or to buy the book, you can visit their website at www.tuckerstale.com.Walsh’s book will also be sold locally in stores and on Amazon.com. To learn more about rescue dogs, or to help one in your area, you can visit www.Lifeslittlepaws.com or www.Petfinder.com.
27 year old Richard Widdecombe Junior has received 2 life sentences for the double murder of two people in Marshfield last year. Last January he gunned down 29 year old Katie Cabana and her friend, 41 year old Aaron Settipani. The Machias man who admitted to killing two people in marshfield last year was sentenced Friday in Washington County Superior Court. Richard Widdecombe Junior admitted to the double murders earlier this month.In January of last year, he gunned down 29-year-old Katie Cabana of Marshield and her friend, 41-year-old Aaron Settipani of Eastport. Authorities say Widdecombe had been dating Cabana, but she ended the relationship. Widdecombe fired nine shots, two hit Settipani who was sitting in his jeep in the driveway. Another two hit Cabana inside her home.One of the bullets hit Katie’s 6-year-old daughter in the foot.
Paws for a Cause is a new program in Fairfield that is helping those in need. Serving nearly one-hundred families, the volunteer based program hands out pet food every second and fourth Friday of each month. Volunteer, Raina Silverman says about one-thousand cats and seven-hundred dogs are fed through the program. She adds that fish, gerbils, and even horses have been helped too. Silverman fears with dwindling donations that Paws for a Cause will have to shut it’s doors and it’s why she hopes to round up support. If you are interested in dropping off pet food you can do so at any of the following locations: Animal House Pet Supplies – Fairfield Shaw’s Supermarket – Waterville Waterville Animal Hospital If you would like to send money you can do that by mailing it to: Paws for a CauseP.O. Box 31Fairfield, Me 04937
AP) The manager of a hostel in Bethel says a guest punched a 25-year-old Raymond man not long before the man’s parked car was hit by a freight train. State police have not indicated a cause for the February 20th death of Scott Libby, which remains under investigation. Autopsy results have not been released. Police said damage to Libby’s car was minimal even though it waspushed 850 feet. Bethel Police Chief Alan Carr said injuries were too severe to have been caused by the impact. Wyling Cambrium, who’s manager of the Bethel Hostel, tells the Bethel Citizen that the guest was interviewed by police and admitted hitting Libby. The manager said the guest had worked during the summer for Libby, who was a landscaper, and Libby had visited him at the hostel to collect a loan.
If you purchase tobacco products, get ready to shell out a lot more money at the store.Starting in April, the tax on some of those items will go up by as much as 22-hundred percent.”We’re the ones that keep getting hit.”Robert Loch is a smoker. He says while he understands the country’s in dire financial straits, he doesn’t agree with continually increasing the tax on tobacco products to help make up for it. the latest hike could be the biggest yet. Starting April first, the federal tax on cigarettes will go from 39 cents to a dollar and a penny.But it doesn’t stop there. “All the tobacco…cigars, roll your own, cigarette tobacco.”Frank Coglitore owns the Cigar and Smoke Shoppe in Bangor. He says the roll-your-own tobacco will be hardest hit. “A one-pound bag of tobacco will go from $16 up to $55. How do you think customers will react to that? How would you react? It’s absolutely insane!” “I believe it’s somewhere in the 2200 percent increase.” “I actually thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe it could ever go that high. But it has.”Coglitore says if the increases continue, he and others like him could be forced out of business. The new tax revenue will help fund the federal children’s health insurance program. While he appreciates the need for healthcare coverage, Coglitore doesn’t think it’s fair a minority group like smokers are paying the price.”I think it’d be great if we went after a larger industry like the hamburger industry, then we’d be able to tax everybody instead of a minority tobacco industry where there really aren’t that many people who do smoke.”As for Robert Loch, he says he’s tired of smokers being penalized for their choices. “I think it’s ridiculous. If they want to smoke, they should be able to without worrying about being taxed or if they want to smoke cigarettes or tobacco…that’s their choice. The government’s just looking for ways to pull money out of nowhere.”
The Taking, launched this week is a workbook aimed at helping landowners through the eminent domain process. The first of its kind workbook sketches the story of the five year process of the taking of the Sail Inn Restaurant by the Maine Department of Transportation starting in 2003. Author and publisher, Dick Dyer who is a brother to the former Sail Inn landowners says, his family never wanted to become a poster child for eminent domain, but they became one. The Taking is available through internet sales now at www.dyerpr.com/publications or www.thetaking.net. Excerpts of the book are available online at through Amazon.com. For more information contact 1-800-671-1282. The Taking retails for $24.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.
A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Hartland has been found and arrested.David McGregor was taken into custody early Thursday morning at a house on Route 152.Police say he and another man, 26-year-old Gary Page of Canaan, were involved in the February 12th robbery.Page was arrested the night of the crime.McGregor had been on the run since then.He’s now being held at the Somerset County Jail.
Fire crews had their hands full with a bad fire in Northeast Harbor thursday night.They were called to a home on the Manchester Road around five o’clock.Fire Chief Mike Bender says by the time crews arrived, heavy fire and smoke had spread throughout the first floor.It also got into the walls, which caused flames to spread up into the second floor and the building’s attic.Crews did manage to snuff it out, and the chief believes the home can be repaired.It’s a summer cottage, and no one was living there at the time the fire broke out.There has been no word yet what caused the fire. The fire marshal’s office is expected to investigate.
Fire crews say a wood stove is to blame for a fire in Frankfort Thursday night. Crews from several towns responded to a home on Loggin Road just after 5 p.m. Frankfort Village Fire Chief Earl Anderson says even though it looks like the homeowner took all the necessary precautions around his stove, the area around the chimney got too hot and started the walls on fire. Flames then spread quickly to the eaves. No one was home at the time the fire started.Anderson says when he pulled up to the scene he wasn’t sure if they’d be able to put the fire out in time to save the house.”It just went right up through the walls,” he says. “We were lucky to get it out and with the mutual aid we had. I’d like to thank all the guys for showing up. It really counts.”Crews had to take out an interior wall to put out the flames, but while there is damage, Anderson says it should all be repairable. No one was hurt.
Gerald Pelletier logging in Millinocket has been around for more than fifty years.Seven brothers now run the business their father began.The Pelletiers were approached by a Bangor native that now does production for the Discovery Channel and asked to do a television show.They’re getting ready to make their national t-v debut.”When they first came around it was like, we didn’t believe that this was happening after a few months, then they kinda convinced us that it’s the real thing.” Says Gary Pelletier.It is the real thing – and so are the Pelletiers. They’re a family of 8 kids…and all seven brothers are all loggers.Rudy Pelletier says, “Some people say it must be hard to work with family members and stuff, at times it is, but I really wouldn’t wanna have it any other way.”They’ve been followed by Discovery Channel camera crews for the past year. Danny Pelletier says, “Its gonna show the country what the Maine woods is really like.””You have to be prepared when you come up in the woods, you just…anything can happen.” “Hopefully people will really understand when they go to a hardware store and buy a 2×4, they’ll really realize what people had to go through to get it there.” Says Rudy.They say being in front of the camera was hard at first.”We were starting to get used to camera, but it’s still hard on the job site. You gotta think about what you’re doing and they ask questions, ya know. You get distracted a little bit.” Says Larry Pelletier.”It’s not like us to do this ya know working in the woods and it’s been pretty though, kinda stressful in a way.”But they’ve adjusted to the spotlight – and they’re excited for their big night.”Everybody asks me if I could give them an autograph and I look behind me, cause I don’t expect that coming from most people.””When we go to stores and what not, they ask when is it gonna happen? I say well, Friday and that’s all I can tell you, just watch tv.”
The VFW Post in Brewer officially closed Thursday.The veterans organization has been around for decades, but they just don’t have the members or the money to continue operations.”It’s a very sad day for us, but we’ve got to face reality.” says Post Commander, Don Mattson.The Isaac Clewely VFW Post in Brewer started out in the 1940’s with 600 members.Now they’re down to just a couple hundred, with only 5 active members.Mattson says that’s not enough to plan activities or generate revenue.They’re out of money too.”There are a lot of good memories in this building, we’ve had some great times here and great functions and it’s just too bad that we’ve fallen by the wayside.”But Mattson says that’s been a problem facing other VFW’s across the state. Membership is down.So this group will merge with the VFW in Bangor.”We’re gonna strike our flag for the last time out here on our post so it will be brought down and then we’ll go from there.”Their flag was burned according to military regulations during a ceremony outside their building.The property is now up for sale. A difficult end for an organization that has served our country at war, and within the Brewer community.”We’re gonna continue on doing everything that we’ve done but we’ll be under a new name.”The VFW will now be called the Norman Dow, Isaac Clewely Post to honor both the Bangor and Brewer organizations.
Cup size has more than one meaning at a new central Maine coffeehouse. Servers are topless at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, which opened its doors Monday on a busy road in Vassalboro. A sign outside says, “Over 18 only.” Another says, “No cameras, no touching, cash only.” Thursday, men, women, and couples were customers at the new cafe where a handful of topless waitresses and two bare-chested waiter served up $3 coffee and $2 donuts. The coffee shop has been opposed by dozens of residents when it went before the town planning board last month. Town officials said the coffee shop met the letter of the law.