A Holden thrift shop is throwing a “mega-sale” this weekend to benefit area seniors.This Saturday, Aunt Nellie’s Attic will unveil several pallets worth of goods donated from a national retailer, and offer a store-wide discount.The proceeds from the shop go to the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.They sell everything from T-shirts to designer home goods.
A young boy from Glenburn recently returned from Costa Rica where he underwent a procedure that is not available in the United States.Meghan Hayward tells what he had done and how he’s coping.Eight-Year-old Kenneth Kelley was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.When we last talked with him and his family, they were preparing for a trip to Costa Rica where he would undergo adult stem cell therapy.”Kenneth had stems cells from umbilical chord blood and he got about 24 million stem cells while we were there in Costa Rica.
Husson University is getting the word out that classes will be held this Monday, Labor Day.Director for Public Affairs Julie Green says University officials made the decision to keep the school open on the holiday.Green says it just makes sense this year, because of the class schedule.Students started back on campus this past week, and Green says it’s too soon to send them home.Green says that in exchange for working on Labor Day, faculty and staff members will be given a floating holiday to use later in the semester.
Fire fighters spent part of last night battling a fire in Machias.The call came in around 6:30.Crews from five towns were dispatched to a trailer park off Route One.No word yet on damages or a cause.Fire fighters cleared the scene around Midnight.We’ll have more information when it becomes available.
Students just moved into UMaine last week, and some have picked an unusual location.The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has set up tents in the center of campus as a fundraiser for a group called YouthAIDS.The effort raises money to teach young people in developing nations about safe sex practices, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Flowers are a great way to say so many things, like “I love you”, “I’m sorry” or “Congratulations”.Now a woman and her mom in Hudson are adding a twist to traditional floral messages – by creating bouquets sweet enough to eat.April Brayley is used to handling a lot of food in the deli at Rogers Market in Hudson.
If you live on Bangor’s West Side, you may have noticed folks wandering the streets Thursday, studying the trees.They were looking for a species of beetle that experts say could seriously impact the Maine economy if it arrives here.Amy Erickson has the story.Believe it or not, this little pest can cause some very big problems.The Asian Longhorned Beetle has devastated communities across the country…the closest is Worcester, Massachusetts.Folks from the Maine Department of Agriculture are doing their best to keep the pest out of the Pine Tree State.”We want to try and find it quicker than they did in MA, so that we could control it easier.””If it did become established, we could lose a lot of our hardwood species.”Entomologist Karen Coluzzi led a team of folks who spent Thursday scouring Bangor’s West Side.They examined trees for signs of the beetle, like dime-sized holes in the tree’s bark.Bangor’s City Forester, Brian Dugas, also took part in the survey.
Just a reminder…many state government offices will be closed Friday, September 4th.It’s part of a cost-saving measure.Governor John Baldacci is asking residents to plan ahead for any services they may need from state agencies during the shutdown days.His best advice is that folks check with a specific state agency before seeking services there on Friday.The day is the third of ten closure days between July first and June 30-th.And as a side note, the state’s parks and historic sites *will* remain open…they will not be affected by the shutdown.Maine Forest service rangers will also remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the woods.
A second arrest has been made in connection with the August eighth murder of Holly Boutilier of Old Town.Bangor Police arrested 27-year-old Justin Ptaszynski, described as a Bangor transient.Ptaszynski is charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.Thirty-four-year-old Colin Koehler of Bangor had previously been charged with murder in the case.He was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in August.According to court records, surveillance video from Hollywood Slots shows two men leaving the crime scene.In an interview with Bangor Police, Ptaszynski said he was the second subject in the surveillance video.Police says he told them he had no prior knowledge that koehler planned to kill Boutilier.A court affidavit states Ptaszynski says the three of them had gone on a walk along the Penobscot River when Koehler pulled out a sword.The police affidavit says Boutilier died from multiple stab wounds to her abdomen and a laceration to her neck.Ptaszynski is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.