There’s an organization in Bangor looking for blood this Halloween season.We’re not talking about vampires.The American Red Cross needs new blood donors to help replenish their blood supply.The last two months, they have under collected across the state.If you give blood, you’d not only be saving a life, but you’ll be entered to win tickets to Stephen King’s Halloween Fright Night at the Movies!Trudy Darling, American Red Cross: “Now this is on Halloween night, and it’s invitation only, and it’s a pretty big deal. You get to go watch a Stephen King movie, get a bag of goodies and help some lives by donating here at the Red Cross.”Donors can donate at the Bangor donor center on Hammond Street Tuesday through Thursday from 11-to-6 pm, and Friday and every first and third Saturday from 8-to-2 pm. For more information call the Red Cross at 941-2900 or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
Republican Senator Olympia Snowe was on TV5 News at to discuss her decision to vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Obama’s top legislative priority.Senator Snowe kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. Until then, she told reporters, she had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in on her secret. She told her colleagues: “When history calls, history calls,” even though she had some criticism of the bill.Democrats, aware that Snowe could be the only Republican in Congress to vote for their health care overhaul, have spent months addressing her concerns about making health care affordable and how to pay for it. President Obama is praising Republican Senator Snowe for being “extraordinarily diligent” in working with Democrats on health care reform.
A fire in an abandoned house in Gouldsboro has been ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal’s office. Tim York with the Fire Marshal’s office says the arson is under investigation.The initial call came in just before 8 Thursday night.The residence was on the West Bay Road.Firefighters cleared the scene a few hours later.
A lane of travel in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 near Stillwater exit in Old Town is re-opened.The call came in shortly after 7 Tuesday morning that a vehicle was on fire near mile marker 189.Orono fire was able to extiguish the flames, but crews had to close down one lane of travel while they cleared the scene and investigated the incident.
The city of Bangor has announced their paving schedule for this upcoming week.On Tuesday they are paving Essex Street from State Street to Somerset Street, along with all of the Chase Road.On Thursday, the Adler Street parking lot, located across the street from the federal building, will be repaved.And on Friday, Larkin Street from Main to Third, and from Third street to Sixth Streets.If you have any questions, you can call Public Works at 992-4500.
A University of Colorado economics professor says a Maine referendum that would impose limits on government spending and tax increases would give Maine’s economy a boost, while reigning in government growth.Barry Poulson says opponents of Maine’s so-called TABOR II referendum have been spreading misinformation about Colorado’s version of the taxpayers bill of rights — passed back in 1992.He says Colorado’s law has limited government growth, but has not resulted in cuts in government spending, while improving the state’s economy and putting money back in taxpayers’ pockets.A spokeswoman for the TABOR II opposition group says Colorado’s law has undermined state and local services and TABOR II would do the same in Maine.
Flags will be at half staff Tuesday in remembrance of a soldier from Maine, who will be laid to rest that day.30-year-old Army sgt. Joshua Kirk was among eight service members killed in an attack that’s being called the deadliest assault against U.S. forces in more than a year.Kirk was born in Thomaston, but moved to Idaho at a young age.He returned to Maine and received his G.E.D. from Camden Hills Regional High School.Kirk’s funeral will be held Tuesday in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Maine’s getting federal money to improve and promote highways known as scenic byways.The highways include Schoodic Scenic Byway, Fish River Byway, Seboomook Scenic Byway, and the Old Canada Road.The state will get $360,000 in federal funds for those projects.
On Monday a 17-year-old from Coatsville, Pennsylvania was hit by pellets in his mouth and leg when his uncle fired at a rabbit while hunting in Mayfield Township in Somerset County.The incident occurred off the Hayden Road. The hunting party of seven people, mostly family from Pennsylvania, were using dogs to find rabbits.The teen’s uncle, Lewis Ammon, also of Coatsville, PA told game wardens he fired into the woods at the rabbit, and struck the teen in the mouth and right leg.The teen’s brother brought him out of the woods to a truck, and he was transported to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. The teen was treated and released.The incident is under investigation.
A group of organic dairy farmers in Maine has formed its own company with its own brand of milk. Shoppers soon will be able to buy MOOMilk – short for Maine’s Own Organic Milk – at stores in Maine and Massachusetts. The dairy farms – from Aroostook, Penobscot, Kennebec and Washington counties – formed a cooperative after not having their contracts renewed with the H.P. Hood milk company. They then launched their own company, Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. MOOMilk’s general manager, Bill Eldridge, says the milk should start appearing in stores in November.
These personal data assistants, or PDA’s, were originally given to Maine Forest Rangers to help during natural disasters. According to Ranger Dustin pickering the PDA’s also help rangers during their normal daily inspections. “If we’re driving down the road and see a pile of brush next to the road or under some power lines in a hazardous area or grass growing next to railroad tracks that could catch fire, we could take a picture, get the gps coordinates and we can send it to our database, which sends it on to the land owner so the landowner knows how to fix the problem and what exactly needs to be fixed,” says Pickering.The PDA’s are now being used to help rangers almost instantaneously update which areas of the state have reached peak foliage, taking the guess work out for leaf peepers. “We take a picture, type in the GPS coordinates, we type in what town we’re in,and we type in the percentage that the leaves have changed color and also the percentage of leaves that have dropped and immediately send it to our data base which goes onto our website,” says Pickering.So what part of the state is peaking now? “Greenville is just now coming into it’s peak,” says Pickering, “if you were to draw a band right across the state about the height of Greenville and Millinocket, that’s probably the best right now.”
It’s a subject no one likes to think about. Human trafficking is happening all over the world, including right here in the U.S.A woman from Winterport is doing her part to stop it, by selling products made by those who’ve survived it.Joy Hollowell tells us more.============”There’s 27 million people who are slaves in the world today. There’s about 200,000 people living in the United States right now who are in some form of slavery, either prostitution or labor, and it can be in hotels, healthcare facilities, restaurants, big cities, and it’s here too. Just recently, I hooked up with a family of survivors right here in Bangor.”Becky Mallory says she was shocked into action after learning about the horrors of human trafficking. Kids as young as four being forced into slave labor, girls barely teenagers, working the streets. The Winterport mom wanted to stop it. She hooked up with an organization called Made by Survivors.”We work with about 15 shelters in 9 countries, including the U.S.”The shelters work directly with children, women, and men who’ve been rescued from some form of human trafficking, helping them with food, clothing and housing, as well as education and job skills.Made by Survivors buys these handmade products and others like it directly from the shelters, then sells them on their website and through home parties.”And once the products are sold to people, at least 25% of the profits go right back to the survivors and then the other money goes to the shipping and buying of more products. It’s a direct route, direct help”Becky doesn’t make any profit off the sales. What she does gain is pride that one person really can make a difference.”It’s really been quite a journey, amazing journey just for me in the last six months. It transformed by life basically (laughs) just being able to help so many people that need it, and directly.”Joy Hollowell, WABI TV 5 News, Winterport.+++++++++If you’d like to purchase any of the products shown in the story, or to get more information on the Made By Survivors organization including how to be a host for a home party, you can call Becky Mallory at 745-9789 or log onto the website www.madebysurvivors.com
The Mad Hatter in the Bangor Mall was the background for a photo shoot Monday.They were looking for the new face of their store.Chelsey Anderson spoke with some of the aspiring models.”My daughter heard about it on the radio and she asked if we could come in and see if there were still some available slots. So we did!””Once we got here we got to pick out a dress, and then we had our makeup done, and then we got our hair done.”First stop: clothing.”My Mom was picking out all the colored dresses, but I really wanted this white one.””It just popped out.””Well I got to go try them on and say which ones I liked best.”Once the outfit was set, it was time for hair and makeup.”It’s nice to make them feel pretty.””Do you want to see it.” “Thank you.” “Your welcome.””They’ve all come out so beautiful.””I feel really good.”Now it was time for the photo shoot.”What’s your super model face?””One, two, three. (click) Awesome!”One family had a special reason to get the pictures done.”We wanted to get them out to him so he could see his little doll.”Amanda Magoon’s husband, Staff Sergeant David Magoon, is deployed in Afghanistan with the 286th out of Bangor.”It gives him something to look forward to. He’s gonna say there’s my little princess.”Harmony Allen, the owner of The Mad Hatter, says a winner will be chosen from the photo shoot.”That winner will model for us for the next year, and also receive a $100 gift card and receive a big poster sized photo. It’s really a good opportunity for the girls.””There you go. (click) Awesome!””Oh, it was fun. It was neat to see just their different expressions. How they portray their faces and their bodies. It was neat. It was fun.””I tried my best.”And how did those pictures turn out?”They’re beautiful! The pictures came out really nice.”But more importantly.”It was fun.””I loved it.”
History rolled through the streets of downtown Bangor Sunday. A vintage auto parade marked the last of three days of activities designed to remember the Brady Gang shootout, 72 years ago.About a dozen classic cars wound their way along Water Street, Main Street and then against the normal flow on traffic on Central Street, since in 1937, Central Street was a two-way road. The cars passed right by the former sight of Dakin’s Sporting Goods, where two of Al Brady’s gang bought guns. It was also there where clerk Louis LaCrosse first became suspicious of the men, which lead to a tip to the FBI.In honor of that, LaCrosse’s nephew, Peter LaCrosse was the Grand Marshall of today’s parade.Peter LaCrosse says remember the Brady Gang in Bangor is important.”Oh I think it’s one of the major events of Bangor. They were number one, public enemy number one in 1937. The last one to be shot, after that the war came and that was really the end of an era. Dillinger was shot and most of the criminals – Al Capone was in jail. So it has a history of this was one of the last ones they really wanted to get ahold of.”Mayor Gerry Palmer also declared Sunday Louis LaCrosse day. His nephew says he’ll pass on the special plaque he received for that to LaCrosse’s wife.The weekend’s activities were also part of the celebration marking the 175th birthday of Bangor.
First-time home buyers in Maine and across the country are feeling the pressure to find the home of their dreams…within the next week or so.That is if they want to cash-in on that $8,000 federal tax credit.The program is set to expire at the end of November.The National Association of Realtors estimates that 2-million first-time home buyers will take advantage of the program. It was part of the federal stimulus package unveiled back in February.House hunters say the tax credit is a huge incentive, but time is running out.Real Estate Broker Marie Flaherty says, :They’re feeling a little bit anxious about meeting the deadlines because it does take 30-to-45 days to close on a property, so by the 15th or so of October many buyers are wanting to be under contract. We know that’s just a few days away.”Now there is a push underway in Congress to extend the tax credit beyond the November 30th deadline. There’s even talk of broadening it to include all home buyers and also to increase the tax amount from $8,000 to $15,000.
Dozens of people took a walk on the wild side to help preserve some precious land in East Orland.Great Pond Mountain Wildlands was the site of a five-mile walk, run or ride Sunday. The event was a fundraiser for the Conservation Trust that’s set up maintain the land. Folks could take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fall foliage. Others hopped on bikes to enjoy the views and some even rode their horses through the Wildlands.This was the first time for the event and organizers hope it sparked enough interest to do it again next year. Cheri Domina says “Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the Wildlands back in 2005 and this is just one of the yearly fundraisers that helps support the area and keep it open for recreation. It’s about 4,300 acres so it does take some money to keep it running.”The next fundraiser will be a Christmas tree event. After Thanksgiving, folks will be able to come out and cut wild Christmas trees.
Apple season is wrapping up early for at least one orchard in the area, thanks, in part, to Mother Nature. Sunday was the last day of pick-your-own at Maine-ly Apples in Dixmont. The orchard officially closes Monday, about two weeks earlier than last year. Owner John Olsen credits the decision to a number of factors.He says there have been more pickers than usual this year, so the crop has moved quickly. He also needs to hold on to about 7-hundred bushels of apples for fall cider season. But one of the biggest reasons to call it season – the dreary weather at the start of summer.”You know it was cool and dark in June and most of July and that’s when the apples really should be growing. There’s a thing called the June apple drop so when the apples are not developing a lot of times the trees will shed some of the little apples and the June drop was pretty heavy this year. So our crop was a little bit lighter this year, no question.”Olsen believes the economy prompted more people to pick apples this season as a way to make some of their own food and save money. He says the dropped apples, which are less expensive than the ones on the trees, were also scooped up quickly.
It was a chance to check out cheese making in Maine as part of the third annual Open Creamery Day.The day is sponsored by the Maine Cheese Guild and is designed to showcase a variety of cheese making techniques in the state. It’s also set up to help people better understanding the process.At Storin Acres in Mariaville,they marked the day by inviting people in to see how they make goat cheese as well as get up close and personal with the animals.Lore Lipkwich, the owner of the farm, says, “I just want the public to see what goes into making cheese, it’s not a one day thing, it’s several days. It’s a lot of work to have animals. I’m not organic, I am naturally and humanely raising my animals and I just think it’s a lot of fun for people to see the animals and see how the cheese is made.”The folks at the farm have entertained up to one hundred people over the past three years.In celebration of Open Creamery Day, visitors were also given the opportunity to sample and purchase the different cheeses.
A group of nurses and doctors spent part of the weekend going door to door in scrubs, but they weren’t making house calls.The medical professionals knocked on doors in Portland Saturday trying to gather support for health care reform.Members of the group known as “House Calls for Healthcare” say that reform should include a public health insurance option.They believe that option would give everyone access to care while lowering costs and improving quality.Registered Nurse Melanie Collins says, “It lets the public see that the nurses are overwhelming for it and the doctors are overwhelming for it , especially in the state of Maine. The doctors are very much for the public option in the state of
The Maine Warden Service says a man from Mapleton was hit by bird shot this weekend while duck hunting with his friend.The man, who’s in his 20s, was injured Saturday while hunting along Realty Road in remote T11 R15.Game wardens say he was hit with bird shot is his lower leg and foot. The men immediately drove to The Aroostook Medical Center, where the injured hunter was treated for his non-life threatening injuries.No names are being released yet.This is the third incident in which a hunter has been hit with bird shot since October 1st.