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Warren Man Seriously Injured in Snowmobile Crash

Updated 6 years ago

A man from Warren is seriously injured after a snowmobile crash in Northern Maine.It happened Friday night, just after 11 p.m.Game Wardens say 37-year-old James Sewall was hurt when his sled hit a bridge and got tangled in the bridge’s rails.Sewall was taken to Northern Maine Medical center with serious injuries to his torso and right arm.No word yet on his condition.Wardens say Sewall was wearing a helmet.

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Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Wilton

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Police are investigating a fatal accident in the town of Wilton.It happened Friday afternoon on Route 2, near the intersection of Route 156.73-year-old Avis Pettengill of Jay was pronounced dead at the scene.She’d been in the passenger seat of a Chevy SUV involved in the head-on collision.The other four people in the SUV were injured.Shawn and Heather Hiscock of Jay were taken by helicopter to a Portland hospital with head injuries.A 2-and-a-half year old boy in the car was also flown with them for treatment of his injuries.An 8-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment.No word yet on their conditions.The other vehicle involved was a Dodge truck driven by 59-year-old Richard Greco of Dixfield.He was taken to a hospital with head trauma but has since been released.Police say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and the children were in car seats.No word yet on what caused the crash.Police closed Route 2 for close to 4 hours while they did a reconstruction.They’re asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call the Wilton Police at 645-3876.

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National Radio Host in Bangor to Meet Fans

Updated 6 years ago

Women packed the Bangor Civic Center Saturday for the annual “What Women Want” Expo.It was a chance for women in the area to get together and check out the latest in local services and products designed just for them.One of the highlights was a chance for local fans to meet syndicated radio host Bob Lacey.He’s the cohost of the “Bob and Sheri” show, heard weekday mornings on 92.9 WEZQ FM.Lacey brought his sidekick, Lamar Richardson, otherwise known as “The People’s Movie Critic.”The duo said they were thrilled to be back in Maine, meeting their female fans.< "Coming up to Bangor or anywhere downeast is really the highlight of my year. I've been coming here since I was a baby, and I know if I can get him to work harder so I can make money and retire, it's where i'm gonna end up.">Lacey’s co-host, Sheri Lynch, couldn’t make the trip this year, but sent her regards to the fans who came out to support the show.

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Woman Sues Employer For Sex Discrimination

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A federal appeals court says a Maine woman can head to trial with a sex discrimination suit against a Maine insurance company.Laurie Chadwick of Sebago says her employer, Anthem Health Plans of Maine, denied her a promotion because they thought her four kids would make the new job responsibilities too tough.Now the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Chadwick can take her claims to trial.Augusta civil rights lawyer David Webbert, who represents Chadwick, says the case could be a landmark in an emerging area ofdiscrimination law.Anthem denies any wrongdoing in the case.

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Investigators: Bangor Fire Started By Child Playing With Matches

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Investigators say last weekend’s house fire in Bangor was started by a child playing with matches.It happened last Saturday afternoon on outer Essex Street.The home’s second floor and attic were heavily damaged by the flames and smoke…the family won’t be able to live there for quite a while.Firefighters managed to save the rest of the house, thanks to mutual aid from several surrounding towns.Assistant Bangor Fire Chief Darrell Cyr says the boy who started the fire will attend a juvenile fire-setter’s course.

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Hit-and-Run Crash Victim Dies

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A woman from Brownfield could face manslaughter charges after the woman she struck in a hit and run crash died.18-year-old Tiffany Hamilton of Fryeburg died Friday at Central Maine Medical Center…a day after being hit by a car in front of her home.Police arrested the driver of the car, 18-year-old Tiffany Hamlyn, and charged her with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Mainers Rush to Get Passports Before June

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The rush is on for folks needing passports before new travel rules go into effect in June.Starting on the first of the month, most U.S. citizens will have to have a passport or passport card to re-enter the country.It’s part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative issued by the State Department.Post Offices around the state held passport days Saturday to try and accomodate some of the folks looking to get their documents before the rules go into effect.Acting Bangor postmaster Michael Mitchell says in the past week, he’s seen five times as many people as usual applying for passports because of the new requirements…< "congress had the commission after 9/11...homeland security made changes to prevent who can come into the country...so that's what it is.">The Bangor Post Office is open for passport processing Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 and on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

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Women work in Augusta

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Drills were a drilling, hammers were a pounding, and women were building stuff, at the third annual Tradeswomen Conference in Augusta this weekend.Cori Skall has the story.”It’s really about teaching women a set of skills that they can use in every aspect of their life.””The overall mission of what Women Unlimited tries to do, is to involve more women, minorities and disadvantaged workers in non-traditional occupations. And that’s non-traditional for women.”Women from all over the state gathered in augusta this weekend, to try thier hand at something new….jobs that are traditionally for men.”We’ve done some things like building a retaining wall, building a wooden tool box. We’re going to do projects about getting and negotiating the best wage possible.”Women like Suzanne Graves-Hall, have found success through the program.”I went from walking out of a fairly long marriage with 3 children and a wonderful career in broadcasting and retail…neither of which was enough to support a household. Walked in to Women Unlimited and found that, to my surprise, I can do math. I can get these jobs, and work and that I absolutely love getting out and working in the dirt.””I have a degree in drafting, computerized drafting and design. I have a two year degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and I am one test away from fully completing a Bachelor of Science and Survey technology from the University of Maine…and I got my start from Women Unlimited.”Marlene Spencer used to work with a bunch of men as a flagger at construction sites.”I always watched them as they did stuff and everything..and I’m going, I want to do that so much! And it’s just something that I just want to do.”The organization hopes to give women looking for work, or a career change, the information and skills to get more reliable and higher paying jobs in non-traditional careers.And the women attending the program say it’s worth looking in to.”Anybody can do this…this is simple! If you can use an electric hand mixer, you can do this.”Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.For more information on Women Unlimited, you can visit them online at www.womenunlimited.org.

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Accused Bank Robber Indicted

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21 year old Michael Phillips, formerly of New York City, Waterville and Winslow has been indicted by the Somerset County Grand Jury.Phillips is charged with armed robbery of the Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union on Main Street in Madison. The incident happened in July of last year.He was extradited from New York to Maine.Phillips is being held at the county jail in Madison on 250-thousand dollars bail. An indictment does not conclude guilt, but rather a decision by the grand jury that there is enough evidence against a defendant to proceed with a trial in Superior Court.

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Hartland Diner Dining for $3

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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

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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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