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Hartland Diner Dining for $3

Updated 6 years ago

There’s a place in Hartland where a family of four can eat a good meal for just twelve bucks. It’s all home cooking at the Hartland Diner.Tough times have made it hard for many people to go out to eat and the Conklin family noticed.Carol Conklin and her husband own the diner, they say there’s been a sharp drop off in customers the past year. The solution? A meal easy on the wallet, just $3 to be exact. For 3-bucks you can get a salad, heaping plate of pasta, and homemade roll. Conklin says they don’t make any money off of it, she says it’s just the right thing to do. You can try out the dinner special every Friday between 11am-6pm. For directions click here.

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Hampden Students Grieve Classmate’s Death

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Students at Hampden Academy are dealing with the 5th death of a fellow classmate in four years.After news of Nathan Clark’s death spread throughout the community, parents and school officials sprang in to action, offering grief services to those in need.Cori Skall has the story…”They’re in the anger stage. Like why?””Are we gonna escape a spring where we’re not burying one of our youth from a tragic accident or an illness?””Sadly, we’ve had so much practice with this.”Parents Anne O’Reilly and Jonathan Henry both have sons at Hampden Academy.And when the news surfaced that a student from the school had been found dead, after a police search earlier this week, both parents reached out to their kids, and teens in the community.”Those moments are powerful…To make that connection about safety, security, understanding about decisions.””One of the first things with a tragedy is to be angry…and then to be in denial, and then to accept the guilt. I mean, this is just the beginning of the process.”Nathan Clark is the fifth Hampden Academy student in 4 years to die.And these parents say the students are having a tough time wrapping their minds around that.”They’re feeling the pain for their friends, they’re feeling the pain for their friend’s wrong choices.”The High School’s crisis plan was implemented this week.And councilors, psychologists, as well as area clergy have been made available for students who need to talk.O’Reilly and Henry’s sons had grown up with Nathan Clark, and shared in activities like scouts and sports.They hope students will take advantage of these grief services, and that parents will reach out and help them deal with their feelings in a productive and safe way.”It could have been one of our children…and it wasn’t this time, and we pray that it never is….But I think we have to recognize the fragility of life and support each other in ways we can be more effective as parents.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.There is no word yet on when or if a memorial service will be held for Clark.But for more information on grief services for Hampden Academy students, log on to www.sad22.us/ha.

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Layed Off Workers Nightmare

Updated 6 years ago

Maine workers receive a lot of attention when they lose their jobs because of the growing number of layoffs. But have you ever wondered what happens to them long after the spotlight shifts to another big story of the day?You might assume they simply get another job and live happily ever after.That simply isn’t the case for many of the thousands of workers who have lost their jobs in recent years.The group “food and medicine” conducted a study to see what’s really happening.Ron Allen says he’s one of the workers who continues to struggle after losing his job with the Georgia pacific company in 2006.”they’re still living high off the hog eating and doing whatever they want to do. And here I am three years later still struggling to put food on my table…. My wife is totally disabled. She cant work. We’ve applied for numerous state programs, food stamps, general assistance, Maine care… we’ve been denied everything because I made too much in my previous job” Ron’s story isn’t unique…The study found that most of the recently layed off workers have been forced to find jobs for much less pay…Many are having to pay more for insurance if they can afford it at all…Many others have lost their pensions and have bounced from job to job since they were layed off…The studies authors hope lawmakers and others will use the information to help the displaced workers with everything from job retraining to increasing the minimum wage..

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Veterans Share Their Stories to Students in Orrington

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Seventh Graders in Orrington got a history lesson today from some folks who actually lived it.Veterans stopped by to talk with the students at the Center Drive School about their military experiences.The vets served in different branches of the military, and during different wars.The school also took some time to honor them for their service.Student Rachel Howland says she was happy to speak with the veterans, and wanted to thank them “because they fought for us. Now it’s our turn to be there for them.””Now every chance I get, I’m trying to let the kids know that freedom came with a price and it’s not free.” says George Mathis, who served during Vietnam.He wants to tell his story, to honor his fellow veterans who lost their lives during that conflict.

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St. Joseph Hospital Donates Food

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St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor donated a truck full of food to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.The hospital has been collecting food for about a month.Employees made generous contributions of canned and dry goods, some even donated money to the cause.They chose to support the Ellsworth Shelter because it’s the only family shelter in the area.Organizers at Emmaus say the demand for food in the past few months has been high, and they’ve had trouble keeping up with it.They estimate they’ve fed about 400 families in just the first quarter of the year.Sister Lucille MacDonald says, “When people are trying to pay their rent, fuel, whatever, the demand for food has been the last thing that people take care of, so we’re very very greatful this is just wonderful.”Organizers say there is a need right now for paper products, like toilet paper, that can’t be bought with food stamps.The shelter is holding a major fund raiser on April 26th, it’s called Springfest.They’ll have food, entertainment, and an auction. It will be at the Acadia Christian School.For more information call them at 667-3962.

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Public Fundraising Begins for New Cancer Care of Maine Building

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Construction on the new home for EMMC’s Cancer Care of Maine is moving right along.The facility is set to open in November.Cancer Care of Maine provides cancer treatment to more than 7,000 patients every year.Because Maine has the highest cancer rates in the country, the center desperately needs more space.The new building, just off Route 1A in Brewer, will provide that.”Cancer care of Maine is the regional cancer center for all of northern and eastern Maine and even though it’s fantastic care, it’s very badly overcrowded and so this is going to be a big bright new space.”>EMMC still needs help raising the money to complete the project.They’ve just started the public phase of their capital campaign, and will kick it off with a special celebration at the new building on April 16th.To learn more, or to donate, visit www.championthecure.org

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Raffle to Support the Homeless

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The Bangor Homeless Shelter is holding a raffle in combination with their annual Hike for the Homeless.This is the 14th year for the Hike.Organizers say it helps raise awareness and funds for the shelter.They say that less than 30 percent of the funding comes from the Federal and State governments. So they rely on private donations and community support to stay in business.The shelter has received support from local businesses to put the raffle on.They hope to raise money to help with expenses like operating costs and supplies.”The simple goal is, get 1,000 people out on the streets saying we can do better than this, but help fund the shelter as long as it’s needed through means like this raffle.” says Dennis Marble, Executive Director of the Bangor Homeless Shelter.They are raffling off great prizes like a flat screen T.V., a three month membership to the Bangor Y, and two round trip tickets to Florida. Tickets are five dollars each or three-for-ten, You can get them at the Shelter or you can buy they at any Merrill Bank branch.You can also pick them up at the Camden National Bank on Exchange Street or in Hampden.

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Bangor Woman Competes on “The Price is Right”

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It’s not everyday a father gets to see his daughter’s face on national tv.Shawn Yardley of Bangor had that pleasure today.His daughter, Meghan, was a contestant on “the Price is Right,” and her family back here in Maine were cheering her on when the show aired today.Amy Erickson has the story.It’s not everyday that kids at All Saints School in Bangor get to watch game shows during class time.But principal Marcia Diamond made an exception when she heard that Meghan Yardley…whose three younger sisters attend the school…was a contestant on “the Price is Right!””This is big news, for one of ours to be on tv on a national audience!”Yardley is a college student who was in California recently, looking at grad schools.She got tickets to the show and lo and behold…was the first name called!Proud parents Shawn and Rita Yardley also came to All Saints to watch Meghan’s debut…they almost couldn’t believe it when she’d called to say she’d been chosen. “She was really excited…she said oh, I kissed drew Carey and I went up the wrong stairs!” “I’m really proud of her. I think it’s really neat.”Meghan’s little sisters were thrilled to get a shout-out on national tv.”I thought it was really cool!” “She did really good. She was funny. She went up the wrong steps, though.” “I thought it was really cool to see my own sister on the price is right and I would never think that’d actually happen!”Meghan didn’t win the big prize…but she did walk away with a new laptop…which Dad thinks is pretty cool. “I’m pretty happy. One less thing for her to buy for school next year, so that’s a good deal.”Shawn Yardley says the experience is one his daughter won’t soon forget.”She came back and was accepted at the PhD program at USC which for me is much more important. But right now, the price is right is the big thing for Meghan.”Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>

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Support The March of Dimes during Tax Time

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Liberty Tax Service and the March of Dimes have teamed up Nationwide to take care of taxes and raise some money for the kids.Liberty on Stillwater Avenue was asking people to donate 50 dollars to the March of Dimes, and in return, all day Friday, they did taxes for free.This saved clients a minimum of around 50 dollars, and contributed to a great cause.This is the second year Liberty has done this.Last year they were able to raise over 1,100 dollars for the organization.”Young people of the world are our future, if they can’t start healthy what good is our future. I absolutely have for years been a supporter of the March of Dimes and really want all of us to help young people get started in as healthy a fashion as possible.” says Robin Case, the owner of Liberty Tax Service on Stillwater.Liberty says the money raised stays local, and benefits the March of Dimes in Maine.Liberty reminds everyone that tax day is April 15th, this year, that falls on a Wednesday.

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Pot Roast 

Updated 6 years ago

Recipe Courtesy – Cathy SperonisPrep Time: 20 minCook Time:  3 hrs.Level:  EasyServings:  8Ingredients:1 (4 to 5-pound) prime boneless beef chuck roast, tied Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour Olive oil 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions) 1 cup chopped carrots (2 carrots) 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks) 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced 1 cup red wine 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes in puree 1 cup beef stock3 branches fresh thyme 2 branches fresh rosemary 2 bay leaves2 tsp sugar1 tsp orange zest1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperatureDirections:Preheat the oven to 325*. Pat the beef dry with a paper towel.  Season the roast all over with salt and pepper.  Dredge the roast in flour, making sure to coat completely.   In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.  Add the roast and sear on all sides until evenly browned, about 3 minutes per side.   Remove the roast to a large plate. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the Dutch oven.  Add the carrots, onions, celery, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.  Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping up browned bits until tender and slightly golden.  Add the wine and bring to a boil.  Add the tomatoes, beef broth and sugar. Tie the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves together with kitchen twine and add to the pot.  Stir to combine and put the roast back into the pot along with any accumulated juices, bring to a boil, cover and turn off heat.  Place in the oven for 1 hour.  Remove from the oven and turn the meat over.  Lower the oven temperature to 250*, place pot back in and cook an additional 2 hours until the meat is fork tender.  Remove the roast to a cutting board. Remove the herb bundle and discard.  Skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce. Transfer half the sauce and vegetables to a blender or a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree until smooth or (use an immersion blender).   Pour the puree back into the pot, place on the stovetop over low heat, and return the sauce to a simmer. Place 2 tablespoons flour and the butter in a small bowl and mash them together with a fork. Stir into the sauce, add orange zest and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened. Taste for seasonings. Remove the strings from the roast, and slice the meat. Serve warm with the sauce spooned over it.

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Roasted Green Beans

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Recipe Courtesy – Cathy SperonisPrep Time: 10 minCook Time:  20 min.Level:  EasyServings:  8Ingredients:2 lbs fresh green beans1 ½ Tbsp Olive Oil1 tsp. kosher saltFresh ground black pepper Preheat oven to 450*.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Trim and clean beans.  Dry thoroughly.Place in prepared pan and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place in center of oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Using tongs toss and turn beans.  Place back in oven and roast for an additional 10 minutes, until beans brown and are tender.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe Courtesy – Cathy SperonisPrep Time: 10 minCook Time:  30 min.Level:  EasyServings:  84 lbs. red potatoes2 cloves garlic peeled & smashedKosher salt1 cup half and half½ tsp. white pepper3 Tbsp. unsalted butterFill a 4 quart pot with cold water.  Peel potatoes, cut into 2 inch cubes and place in pot.  Add garlic and place on medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium-high add 2 tsp. salt to pot and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes.   Drain potatoes thoroughly.  Place potatoes back in pot and over medium heat, stirring potatoes constantly until most of the water is evaporated and potatoes have dryed a bit being careful not to brown.  Turn off the heat add butter and cover.  Bring half and half to a simmer over low heat.  Mash potatoes and garlic, adding cream until smooth and fluffy.  Serve immediately or transfer to a covered casserole and keep warm in oven.

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Shake it up Shakes

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Recipe Courtesy – Cathy SperonisPrep Time: 10 minCook Time:  0 min.Level:  EasyServings:  As many as you like –but be careful! 1 cup milk (low-fat can be used)2 Tbsp chocolate syrup3 large scoops vanilla ice cream (or any flavor you prefer)Assorted toppings to shake things up a bit – including but not limited to:  bananas, oreo cookies, strawberries, chocolate chipsWhipped creamMaraschino cherriesIn blender combine milk and syrup.  Add ice cream and optional toppings.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour into glass and garnish with whipped cream and cherry.

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Switching Schools

Updated 6 years ago

Along with the fate of a fire truck, folks in Frankfort will need to decide if they want to separate from S-A-D 56.On the town meeting agenda, there’s a question on whether or not to raise 75-hundred dollars to hire a lawyer to look into joining nearby MSAD 22, which includes Hampden and Winterport.Frankfort resident Ken Lindell supports jumping districts.He says test scores are higher in the Hampden and Winterport schools.And he claims it would cost less per pupil should Frankfort make the switch.The issue will be addressed at tomorrow night’s town meeting.

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Who’s truck is it?

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The town of Frankfort has two fire departments.One is town run, the other an independently run volunteer station.Both departments received grant money to buy new trucks.But now there’s a question as to who owns one of them, the independent department, or the town.As Cori Skall explains, that’s the question up for debate at Friday night’s town meeting.”We opened up about 20 years ago and the reason we did it, we really needed some fire protection in this end of our town.”There are two fire departments in the town of Frankfort.The village fire department, run by the town, is right on route 1-A.The West Frankfort Fire Department is an independent department of volunteer firefighters, and it is located on the Swan Lake road.Both departments put in for federal grant money to buy new fire trucks, and both were approved.But West Frankfort’s Chief says he came across a problem, when checking with the dealership, on the title to truck that went to his department.”Instead of putting the West Frankfort Fire Department, he put town of West Frankfort. Of course we all know there’s no such place as West Frankfort, so he agreed to redo the paperwork and make it right, and send it in for the title.”Stone says the title was changed without incident, and the truck put in to service last year.But last month, stone says he got a letter from the town’s attorney, saying he had wrongfully changed the title, and that the town owned the truck, not the department.”I mean I’m in the town office all the time, picking up mail and doing different things…and they never once said Roy we have an issue, we want to talk with you, or anything.”Now the town is asking residents for permission to take legal action against stone…and to foot the bill for it.Stone’s wife, Sandra, who is the West Frankfort Department’s treasurer, also wrote the grant….”Everything that went on with our FEMA applications is correct.”We were unsuccessful in our attempts to contact the town selectmen, and the village fire chief for comment.”i’m hoping that the townspeople will just vote not to pursue legal action cause all that’s going to do it hurt this town.””I am just beginning to wonder just how much we have to fight just to be volunteers to help people.”The Frankfort town meeting will take place friday night at the Frankfort elementary school.It’s scheduled to start at 7-pm.

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UMaine Budget Cuts

Updated 6 years ago

A rather sobering meeting was held today at the University of Maine.Faculty and staff members gathered to talk about the university’s budget and the need to cut 8-point-6 million dollars for the coming fiscal year.UMaine President Robert Kennedy has said that layoffs are inevitable as the number crunchers find ways to trim operating costs.He didn’t discuss any specific cuts today.The special forum was really a time to discuss where the university stands during this tough economy.”The other thing that i’m sure is very apparent to you and I want to remind you is that we’re not in this alone. If you talk to your colleagues all across the country many will tell you stories that are at least as dire or perhaps more so than what’s happening in the state of Maine and the University of Maine”.Kennedy says the budget cuts come at a time when enrollment and programs continue to increase at the university.Another forum will be held Monday so that others can learn how potential budget cuts will effect the state’s flagship university.

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Teen’s Body Found

Updated 6 years ago

Searchers in Hampden today found the body of a young male identified as Nate Clark, a teenager who’s been missing since Sunday.The body was found near the gravel pit on Back Winterport Road in Hampden, close to where Clark was last seen.Hampden Police say Clark was upset when he went missing. There had been an extensive search for him the past four days.Police are still investigating.

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Plea Change in Cummings Trial

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A Belfast woman charged with murdering her husband changed her plea Thursday.31-year-old Amber Cummings entered a plea of not guilty in Waldo County Superior Court, according to the Attorney General’s Office.Cummings had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect.Recently released court documents say Cummings shot her husband, 29-year-old James Cummings, twice in the head last November while he slept in his bed.Those documents also say James Cummings was a collector of child pornography.A search warrant affidavit says a computer removed from the home contained movie clips and images depicting child pornography.

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Barge Leaves Brewer for Texas

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Months of hard work paid off today for folks in the City of Brewer and at the Cianbro Corporation.The first modules from the company’s Brewer manufacturing facility left for Texas Thursday.Amy Erickson has the story.”It was incredible coming under the bridge. I got some great pictures. Totally incredible.”Grace Clement and scores of others lined the shore from Orrington to Bucksport Thursday…waiting for a the 354-foot barge, the “Columbia Boston”, to make its way down the Penobscot River.”I’ve worked around boats before and I know how incredible it is to move something that large.”The barge is transporting the first of the 53 modules being assembled at the new Cianbro facility in Brewer.They’re bound for Texas, where they’ll be part of an oil refinery expansion.Brewer City Councilor Larry Doughty calls it a historic day for Maine…since the partnership between the city, the state and Cianbro helped transform the shuttered Eastern Fine paper mill into a thriving manufacturing site that’s employing more than 400 people….”who’d ever guess the old paper mill would turn into such a plant as Cianbro’s modules? It’s unbelieveable what’s happened there.””it’s a huge coup. I keep saying it put South Brewer on the map…it put Brewer on the map, but South Brewer…it’s a great recognition of the city, period.”Officials from Brewer and Cianbro climbed aboard Coast Guard cutters today to accompany the barge on the first part of its journey.It’ll reach Port Arthur, Texas in about 20 days.Folks like Clement, who came out to see the barge for themselves, say it represents hope that more large-scale, high-profile projects can become reality in Maine…and in turn, create much-needed jobs.”I just really think it’s a great thing Cianbro’s doing, creating all these jobs.””Everyone that’s been involved with this has worked hard on the city side of it…and we’re also very happy and pleased with Pete Vigue. He’s done a tremendous job.”Workers at the Brewer site will build 53 modules before the 7 billion dollar expansion project is completed.If you didn’t get to check out the barge on its voyage Thursday, there will be be other chances.The folks at Cianbro tell us they expect to send shipments every four to six weeks over the next year or so.Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Brewer.

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Drug Trafficking Arrest

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A Waterville man is behind bars after being arrested last night by the Westbrook Police Department.Police arrested 28 year old John Bishop for drug trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, violation of bail, and failing to appear on a disorderly conduct charge from Franklin Sheriff’s Office.Bishop was recognized by police during a motor vehicle stop. Officers searched his vehicle and found over 35-hundred dollars in cash. Authorities believe the money is linked to drugs.They also found crack cocaine and marijuana that was packaged for sale.Bishop is being held in Cumberland County Jail.

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