The mild winter has one local vet recommending clients start their flea and tick prevention early.Doctor Mark Hanks with Kindred Spirits Veterinary Services in Orrington says he usually doesn’t expect to see ticks until mid-April but has already seen some in the animals he treats.Hanks says most of his clients are being pro-active and using the proper products.Hanks says there are a few different kinds of ticks.But the most common in Maine are the deer ticks.Which are small with long legs and have a reddish tint.These ticks also carry Lyme Disease.Hanks says it’s important to not freak out if you find a tick on your pet.” If they find a tick put some alcohol on the tick directly and then grab with tweezers and roll toward the skin and grasp right to where the skin meets the tick.
State Animal Welfare officials say 28-year-old Jonathan Peare of Enfield has been charged with two new counts of animal cruelty after they say they found more abused dogs in Lincoln last weekend.He had already been charged with animal cruelty last week after officials say they found several dead and abused dogs at his home in Enfield.An animal shelter in Lincoln has taken in the dogs and their resources are stretched to the limit.As Meghan Hayward tells us, a local woman is doing what she can to help the shelter.Meg Crocker-Curtis, manager of the Penobscot Valley Humane Society in Lincoln, thought she’d seen it all, until this past weekend.State officials say they discovered 12 more dogs connected to an Enfield animal cruelty case, at two locations in Lincoln.”I was mortified to be honest with you.
A man from Fairfield serving 37 years in prison for killing his ex-wife is asking for a new trial.Gregory Warmke was convicted in 2004 of murdering Leslie Bullock in the driveway of her home in Fairfield.Warmke went before a judge in Somerset County Tuesday, requesting a new trial.
A section of Pushaw Road in Bangor has been closed.The Maine Department of Transportation says heavy rains and rising waters of Great Brook have washed out the downstream side of a five-foot wide culvert on Pushaw Road.Â Traffic has been detoured onto Church Road, Essex Street and Orono Road.
A new restaurant is open in Millinocket and it’s already drawing in customers from other states.That’s because this business, the Pelletier Loggers Family Restaurant, has a built-in fan base.From first glance, you can tell this spot is unique.The dÃ©cor is modern and a bit unusual, thanks to its owners, the now-famous Pelletier family of ‘American Loggers’ on the Discovery Channel.”I hope you like it.
A place in Brewer that usually helps folks sweat the pounds away, is trying to collect hundreds of pounds of food.Each year, Curves Gyms around the country sponsor a food drive in March.And the folks at Curves in Brewer are taking part.They’re asking employees, members and the general public to bring in non-perishable food for a local food cupboard.Whoever brings in the most pounds of food gets a free month at Curves.Owner Joan Smith says they are happy to help.” The economy is so bad right now.
Some Brewer athletic programs are on the chopping block.High school football cheering, JV cheering and middle school football are some of the sports in danger of being cut as part of their 2010 and 2011 fiscal year budget.Superintendent Daniel Lee says positions will also be cut too, including a second-grade teacher, five special education technicians and two library technicians.Lee says they have left sports alone for the last five years, but there is no way to avoid the cuts this year.Along with cuts, Lee says they are thinking about reducing police and ambulance coverage at high school athletic games.Lee says federal stimulus funds are being used to fill many of the holes this year.But he says those will disappear next year.” If Maine’s economy doesn’t change quickly FY12 could be a very, very difficult year.