A store that has been around downtown Ellsworth for almost 100 years is closing it’s doors.And as Meghan Hayward tells us, the closure is bittersweet for the store’s owners.” The Austin’s started the furniture business back in 1911, it was a furniture and undertaking business at the time.
Joyce McLain was 16 years old when she was murdered.That was 29 years ago.Now, all these years later, both the site in East Millinocket where her body was found and the place where it was laid to rest, her gravesite, have been vandalized.State police are asking for help tonight to track down the vandal or vandals.Police and Joyce’s mother are also continuing the pursuit for her killer.Meghan Hayward reports.”There’s been some vandalism recently at Joyce’s stone to include some defacing of the headstone.
Offering as much or as little oil as you need, that’s what a new company in Lincoln is bringing to the area.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the owner hopes to help those who may be struggling in a tough economy.A little less stress about how folks can afford heating oil this winter is what a new business in Lincoln is hoping to do.”To help the customer.
The first of three local flu clinics has been postponed.It’s due to the delay in the national distribution of the seasonal flu vaccine.The full day clinic was scheduled for Wednesday October 7th at the Bangor Civic Center, but that has been delayed until the supplies arrive.Those new vaccines are expected in as early as the middle of this month.Organizers are still waiting to see how this delay will impact their other two scheduled clinics were are slated for the 14th and 15th of this month.For more information on clinic dates or any updates you can check out the city of bangor’s web site at www.bangormaine.gov and click on influenza update and preparedness.
Do you have old, unwanted, unused medication in your cabinet that you need to get rid of, but aren’t sure how to do it?Saturday (10/03/09) residents of Somerset County can get rid of their old pills at a medication collection event in Skowhegan.It’s going to be held at the Skowhegan Recylcing center from nine in the morning until noon.It’s going to happen as the same time as the hazardous waste collection day.There is no pre-registration required for the medication drop off.It is recommended that any personal information on the pill bottles or containers be blacked out with a permanent marker.But meds from residential care facilities and group homes will not be accepted.
A year ago it was a wish.Now it’s a homecoming reality.Tonight (10/02/09) the Maranacook high school football team will play their first ever homecoming game under the lights.They were installed earlier this year, after Ricky Gibson started the fundraising efforts with help from the Make A Wish Foundation.Ricky passed away in April of this year.His parents Rick and Lisa gibson of Wayne will be on hand at tonight’s game as the field is dedicated to honor Ricky and will be named after him — The Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams.The Black Bears host Winthrop tonight at 7 in Readfield.
There’s a fundraiser coming up in Bangor this weekend, in memory of children who never got to grow up.It’s a walk, called Remembering Our Babies.It’s put on by a non-profit group that supports families grieving the loss of infants.Proceeds will help fund a monument and reflection area at Mount Hope Cemetery.Organizers with the group Empty Arms say it will be a place for parents who’ve lost babies to go to for quiet reflection.They envision building a statue with a granite bench, and bricks inscribed with the names of babies who left this world.
The Maine Ethics Commission has overruled a staff recommendation, and okayed an investigation into fundraising groups that oppose Maine’s gay marriage law.By a three-to-two vote the panel ruled there’s sufficient evidence to warrant a close look at fundraising by the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, which is a major contributor to the group Stand for Marriage Maine.Supporters of the same sex marriage law claim NOM is ignoring a Maine law that requires it to name its donors.But NOM says it asks for donations nationally without designating them for specific campaigns so it doesn’t have to report donor names.
A 47-year-old transient has been charged with gross sexual assault in an attack on a social worker in Augusta.The female social worker told authorities she was giving a ride to Bradley Howe when he asked her to pull behind a church in Whitefield so he could retrieve some items from where he had stashed them.Once there, the woman said, Howe pulled a knife, forced her out of the car and began sexually assaulting her.
The Maine CDC expects the first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine to get here late next week.About 13,000 doses of the vaccine is expected in initial shipments.The vaccine is a nasal spray which is for use in healthy people ages 2 thorugh 49.This version is not for women who are pregnant.The initial doses will be distributed primarily to child health care providers, children between 2 and 4 and healthy adults who live in homes with infants under 6-months old.
A woman from Augusta who crashed her car into a utility pole Sunday night in Sidney has died.The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department says 29-year-old Sandra Tracy died in a hospital in Bangor, one day after the wreck.Tracy was heading south on the West River Road, when her car ran off the road and into the pole.It was raining at the time.Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to get to Tracy.Police are still trying to determine what lead up to the crash.
If you like pancakes, even if you just want to help a group of folks who have been helping injured children for many years, here’s a breakfast invitation for you.Sunday morning there will be a pancake breakfast at Applebees in Bangor to benefit Anah Temple Shriners.It costs just five dollars.