The father of a teen who died in the Columbine shooting in Colorado will be in Maine Monday.Tom Mauser will speak at the State House in support of a gun control bill.It would require that anyone purchasing firearms at gun shows undergo anational instant criminal background check. The bill is supported by Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence.It’s one of several gun-related measures before the state’s public safety committee.One of the other bills would require that private transfers offirearms be facilitated by federally licensed firearms dealers, whomust request a criminal history record check.
Police are looking for 2 men they say assaulted and robbed a man from Winterport.It happened on Garland Street in Bangor on Friday afternoon.The 24-year-old alleged victim called police to report the incident.He said one of the suspects hit him with a club, and the other threatened him with a gun.The men then stole the man’s money and took off in a car.The alleged victim was treated and released from the hospital.The vehicle was located just moments after the crime was reported, but police are still looking for the suspects.Anyone with information is asked to call the Bangor Police at 947-7384.
Folks gathered at the Belfast National Guard Armory Saturday morning, as hundreds of boxes of girl scout cookies were stacked, sorted and made ready to ship out.Five Girl Scout troops from Waldo County raised over 15-hundred dollars in donations to buy cookies to send to maine troops serving overseas.Members of the Belfast National Guard’s 133rd engineering battalion, who will be deployed to Iraq this January, helped in the effort. Altogether, 537 boxes were packaged up and sent to Camp Keyes, in Augusta, where a team will send them to their destinations.We’re told the first batch will be sent out this Monday.And those cookies will be going to the 286th out of Bangor.
It was a chance for women from the community to meet, share their experiences, and learn from each other.That was the goal of the fourth annual women’s symposium at the University of Maine this weekend.And as Cori Skall explains, the event inspired many in attendance to go for the gold, literally, as Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes gave the keynote address. “Envisioning is all about picturing in your mind…picturing in your mind…honestly, where do you want to take your life? What do you want to be doing?” “It’s truly been a thrill to have an opportunity to plant a seed. And that seed is of envisioning. Because I think with anything in this world. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, it has to start from somewhere.”She should know: she’s Dominique Dawes, Olympic gold medalist, Broadway star, and now motivational speaker.Dawes delivered the keynote address to a packed house at this year’s University Of Maine Women’s Symposium. “Women still make 78 cents to a man’s dollar, so we have not reached common ground, as of yet. We do not have all of the opportunities. There are still stereotypes that women should be in particular fields, and not in others.” “Use those lack of opportunities, use those nay-sayers, use it as momentum, if it works for you.”FIrst year student, Kelly Cyr, is studying Civil Engineering, a field traditionally staffed with men.She says she was excited to attend this year’s symposium. “As a woman in a man’s field of work, so to speak. I think that it’s just going to be really important for me to figure out how I can get myself noticed.”This year’s theme was all about networking, something Dawes says is key in achieving your goals. “I think that’s important that we have more women’s groups that bond and share ideas together, because we can learn so much from each other. Because the male’s perspective is very different from ours, and that’s ok, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I think more of us women need to bond and be supportive of one another in our professional lives, as well as in our personal lives and in our personal growth.”This year’s event was open to the public, and free. “Touching someone else’s life does not only change their life, but it changes your life too.” “I just thing it’s really awesome that we had the opportunity to go to something like this. I feel like it probably doesn’t get offered in a whole lot of places, and I feel really honored to be able to go to this.”
Visitors to the Curran Homestead in Orrington went back in time Saturday.The living history farm held its 13-th annual Maple Festival and Irish Celebration.Adults and kids alike were welcome to take part in the fun.There were maple sugaring demonstrations, tours of the farm, live Irish music and lots of good food, including maple syrup beans and Irish stew.The Homestead’s Education Director says events like these are a great way to let kids and adults learn about what life in Maine was like way back when. “We want to preserve kind of the way things were done between 1875 and 1950…that’s our time frame. We take out the old farm equipment…we have educational programs with the local schools.”Little ones who visited the farm Saturday were also thrilled to see a petting zoo of sorts…with Scottish Highland cattle and lambs on hand for the day.
Sunday was the day many Maine lobstermen have been dreading: the new rope law goes into effect with the start of the new season.It outlaws the use of floating rope that connects millions of lobster traps on the bottom of the ocean.Marine scientists and conservationists say using sinking rope insteadwill make endangered right whales less prone to getting snagged.But lobstermen say the new new rope is more expensive and more proneto breaking.Supporters of the new rule say there’s no denying thestatistics…since between 2002 and 2006, the National Marine FisheriesService confirmed 25 gear entanglements involving right whales. Of those, five right whales got tangled in gear set by Mainelobstermen.
Representatives from homeless shelters and soup kitchens in and around Bangor met Saturday for a special forum.The “Hunger and Homelessness Forum” was sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area Cluster United Methodist Churches.They invited folks from Manna Ministries, the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Crossroads Ministries and Brewer General Assistance to take part in the dialogue.Their goal was to get to the root causes of poverty, homelessness and hunger in our area. “If you look at the numbers, a considerable number of people in the greater bangor area don’t have a place to live…they’re in shelters or sleeping on chairs. It’s a major problem.”Those who attended the forum say they plan on meeting again as a larger group to discuss what they’ve learned…and to figure out what changes need to happen to make hunger and homelessness a thing of the past in greater Bangor.
The district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties say the Augusta man jailed for a burglary in Clinton this week is the most prolific burglar he’s seen in 24 years as a prosecutor.49-year-old Kevin J. Collins was arrested Wednesday after leading police on a chase through the woods after a man found a burglar inside his home.District Attorney Evert Fowle says Collins has a criminal history dating to 1978. He has pleaded guilty to more than 100 burglaries, thefts and other charges.Fowle says that when police searched Collins’ home they found color-coded journals and atlases with burglaries committed and others planned.Collins denies the latest charges. He’s being held without bail.
A Lamoine man running for tax assessor is charged with writing a bad check to an Ellsworth car dealer.47-year-old Michael Jordon is charged with a Class C Felony.Police say he wrote a check for more than 5-thousand dollars for a snowplow back in February…but there wasn’t enough money in his account to cover the check.Jordon apparently told the police he had expected money from someone else to cover the check, but that fell through.He said the dealership then wouldn’t take back the plow.Jordon says he plans to pay the money on Monday or Tuesday.He’s looking to unseat incumbent assessor Colene Sharkey in Tuesday’s election.
Many of you know that we at TV5 were recently personally affected by the current economic conditions. Seven of our friends and colleagues were laid off earlier this week. Some were veterans of the station for more than twenty years. We are going to miss them all.We understand that you, our viewers, have deeper connections with the people who were in front of the camera – Reporter Susan Farley, and the man who sat at the 6:00 anchor desk, Craig Colson. We hope that you can understand that this has been an emotional and confusing experience for Craig and Susan, for our other friends who have left, and for all of us.We will always care about our friends. Our hearts go out to them and their families. We wish them well.
If you’re looking for construction supplies, you might want to head to a new store in Holden.It’s called the ReStore, and all the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. They offer all kinds of building supplies, from windows and doors to lighting fixtures and tile. Some of it is new, some of it is lightly used. All of it was donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals.Val Marsh, Executive Director of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity says this is an important project for them because it’s hard to raise money right now. “There are 500 ReStores across the country and they are pretty much reporting that this is a lifesaver for them. We’ve only been building a house every other year and we’re hoping with the ReStore even in this poor economy, that we’ll be able to build at least two if not four houses a year.”The new ReStore is located at 231 Main Road in the Holden Plaza in Holden.They’re now looking for donations and customers. For more information, you can give them a call at 992-0704.
The folks with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter are taking to the streets later this month to help the homeless, and they’d like you to come along.They are holding their 14th annual Hike for the Homeless and it’s two weeks away. They used to hike up Mount Katahdin to symbolize the hardship of being homeless, but three years ago, they decided to take their message to the streets, so they can get more people involved.They’ll start at four different locations, in Bangor, Hampden, Brewer and Veazie, then everyone will end up at the Bangor Waterfront.Shelter Executive Director Dennis Marble hopes this will get people thinking about the homeless in our community, and about ways to solve the problem. “This event is truly about saying homelessness exists we have needs in a facility in this community, we don’t have all the answers yet but let’s get together and have the conversation. Maybe we’ll figure out a better one.”More than 600 people were homeless in the area last year.Again, the Hike for the Homeless is Saturday, April 18. To register or to get more information call 947-0092.
The 12th annual World of Women’s Wellness fair will be held in Waterville Saturday. The special health event is for women of all ages at Thomas College from 9am-2pm. Inland Hospital sponsors the fair that will feature more than 50 vendors and offer free health screenings, wellness talks, and a spa room. TV5 News Reporter, Adrienne Bennett will be on hand to facilitate wellness talks and giveaway door prizes. The fair is a free event.
Governor Baldacci opened the 7th annual Remember ME project at the State House Friday.Â The project honored 33 individuals who live, or have lived, in nursing homes and residential care facilities around the state.â€œThis is a luxury for us to have all of you here today,â€ Governor Baldacci told the honorees.Â â€œYou have raised families, you have contributed to your communities, and you have sacrificed for your country, putting your life on the line for all of us to have the freedoms and liberties that we are enjoying today.Â It is a tremendous honor to welcome you here.â€More than 250 people attended the ceremony in the Hall of Flags, which honored a prestigious group, including war heroes, writers, nurses, teachers, mentors and leaders.Â â€œWe donâ€™t spend enough time carrying the heritage, culture and traditions from the past to the future,â€ the Governor said.Â â€œSometimes your children and grandchildren donâ€™t have the opportunity to spend that time with you.Â Those memories, the roots, the cultures and traditions are important because they give us our foundation.â€The event was sponsored by the Maine Health Care Association.
A group of 6th graders from Hampden are learning the dangers and consequences of early alcohol consumption.It’s part of the “Reach Out Now–Teach In” program.Cori Skall explains.”It’s called middle school for a reason..they’re in the middle. And if you can catch them in the middle, before they get in to high school, and give them a good grounding.”6th grade students at the Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden are learning about the consequences of early alcohol use.”Not just from a legal stand point, but physically. The effect it has on the body, and the effect is can have, long term, while using alcohol at the younger ages, while they’re still developing.”Senator Debra Plowman, sat in on one of the “Reach Out Now–Teach In” Sessions.”They’re very young, and what we are learning about brain development and the affects of alcohol on it. It’s not just experimentation..and I think the kids really need to learn that.”The student say they’ve learned a lot from the sessions.”We learned, yesterday, that it can put holes in your stomach, which really grossed me out!””you can get addicted and that can lead to many problems with the brain. It can deform it, and reduce the size of different parts of the brain.””I think it’s a lot harder to avoid alcohol, because alcohol is a lot easier to get your hands on, I think that it’s really great, and that we’ve learned how to say no, which is a really great thing.””The older you get, the more peer pressure you’re gonna have to do it. And if you don’t have the skills to say no, then you’re gonna be more likely to say yes.”At the completion of the program, all middle school students will be sent home with teaching aids to get their parents involved, as well.Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.>
Bangor is celebrating its 175th birthday this year.As part of that the mayor and city councilors unveiled a special Paul Bunyan citizen award program, and a time capsule.The capsule was made by the father of Bangor’s mayor, Gerald M. Palmer.Palmer used oak trees from his farm in Hermon, and hand milled and crafted the box.It’s 3 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and a foot high.Councilors want Bangor residents to donate items to put in to the time capsule.”Bangor citizens of all ages are encouraged to submit articles for possible inclusion in the time capsule, which will be sealed and stored in a vault at city hall, later this spring, June.”>Historian Dick Shaw says the entries should be focused on Bangor, and should be small since space is limited.The capsule will remain sealed until the year 2034, when Bangor turns 200.For more information about the time capsule, you can contact Bangor City Hall at 992-4200.
Police have a suspect in the two armed robberies from last weekend in the Bangor area.They’re looking for 29-year-old Travis Gustin.He was last known to live in Garland and Bangor.Gustin is described as 6’2″, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He’s wanted in connection with the two convenient store robberies on Route 15, one in Bangor, the other in nearby Kenduskeag.There are several warrants for Gustin’s arrest.Last summer he was a suspect in a robbery in Millinocket.State Police consider him armed and dangerous, and are warning people not to approach him. Anyone with information should immediately contact State Police at 866-2122 or Bangor Police at 947-7384.
House majority leader John Piotti has presented a bill that would increase some sales taxes to cut income taxes.The bill would drop the income tax rate from 8.5% to 6.5%. But it calls for taxes to be raised on meals and lodging from 7% up to 8.5%, and amusement and recreational items like ski-lift tickets and movie tickets would no longer be exempt from sales tax.The Maine Tourism Association, and it’s 1,600, are against the bill. Piotti said there’s a lot of work left before the bill is finalized, and he’s eager for feedback from those against it.
Temporary cutbacks were announced on Thursday for some workers at the L.L. Bean call center in Bangor.About 200 people work at the center. A company spokesperson told TV-5 on Thursday that they’ll keep about 50 employees on to support the business.The spokesperson says this is a slow time of year, compounded by the slow economy.They hope to start calling workers back in July.
A bill to tighten up Maine’s motorcycle helmet law is moving forward in the Legislature. The bill would require anyone under 18 who is operating or riding on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. The present law applies to those under 15. The measure won a second vote of approval without debate Thursday and still faces further House and Senate votes. A separate bill calling for a helmet law applying to all riders and operators remains in the Transportation Committee, which is scheduled to discuss it Friday.