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Vet Center Mobile Unit Comes to Veterans

Updated 5 years ago

A new mobile unit is hitting the road and making things a lot easier for veterans.The Vet Center Mobile Unit will be coming to the veteran’s hometown, instead of making them travel to the closest VA clinic.The vehicles have been maximized for multi-uses.There are portable exam tables and refrigeration for medication storage.Counseling will also be available on the bus.Lenny Richards is a vet and will be driving one of the mobile units.He says the vehicles are going to really help vets who live in towns like Jackman and Greenville and have an hour drive just to get to the closest clinic.Right now there are fifty of these buses traveling coast to coast.

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Authorities Search for Driver from High Speed Chase

Updated 5 years ago

Authorities in Waldo County are looking for a man from Monroe they say led Sheriff’s deputies and State Police on a high speed chase early Friday morning.Waldo County Deputy Chief Bob Keating says one of his deputies pulled over 23-year old Kyle Goehringer just after midnight.We’re told he was driving with a suspended license and failed a field sobriety test then ran away, got back in his vehicle and headed down Route 139 towards Benton.Keating says at times Goehringer was driving over 100 miles an hour.He eventually lost control of his car in a field, ditched the car and ran off.Charges against him will include OUI and eluding a police officer.

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Search Suspended for Urchin Fishermen

Updated 5 years ago

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing fishermen Downeast.The body of Darryl Cline of Machiasport was recovered Wednesday.Norman Johnson of Cutler and Joseph Jones of Trescott remain missing.Crews from the US and Canada searched for more than two straight days covering an area of more than one hundred square miles.The three men were aboard Jones’s 32-foot dragger. Home port Lubec.The boat sank just off Falls Island in Cobscook Bay Tuesday.The Coast Guard says there’s an extensive amount of debris has been recovered.

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Fairpoint Woes

Updated 5 years ago

Fairpoint Communications is asking its union workers for pay cuts and other concessions.A company official says it’s to help Fairpoint avoid bankruptcy.The company and union officials representing about 3,000 workers have been meeting for months to discuss ways to cut costs. Fairpoint is also talking with lenders in hopes of restructuring its debt.The governors of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont want assurances that any debt restructuring doesn’t further erode Fairpoint’s much maligned customer service.

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Old Town Mill Celebrates Milestone

Updated 5 years ago

It’s been a year since the mill in Old Town got a new owner, and things are still looking up. So, the company’s CEO joined the Governor and employees Thursday to celebrate the milestone at Old Town Fuel and Fiber.Lynn Tilton is getting a lot of appreciation from the Old Town community. It’s her company, Patriarch Partners, that bought the mill one year ago.Employee, Jim England remembers a meeting with her last year before the sale. “She was gonna take a chance with us if we took a chance with her.”Tilton asked the employees to take a pay cut temporarily. They agreed to it. After all, they just wanted to get back to work. They had seen so much turmoil over the past years, when the facility had been shut down under former owners, Georgia Pacific and Red Shield.Tilton says she saw something special too. “I saw people who had heart, and basically wanted to go back to work and take care of their families and I felt an obligation to make that happen.” She did, with a promise to raise wages when she could.”True to her word we got our wages back we got the 20% we set aside. We are making some money, actually profitable.” says England.That brings smiles to the faces of a lot of people here, including the governor. This mill, and the nearly 200 employees, pump 10 million dollars into the economy each year.”These are good paying jobs with benefits. So we are really appreciate what they’ve done. So we celebrate this anniversary and we look forward to the future.”Tilton says the mill will continue to make pulp, and with the help of research at the University of Maine, Tilton plans to invest in a new biofuel facility here.That’s a word workers haven’t heard in years, investment. That helps them all rest a little easier, knowing that their jobs are here to stay.

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Halloween: Bringing Scary Back

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Hardy Girls Healthy Women is bringing scary back. Members of the organization hope you’ll join them by running or walking in support of Hardy Girls programming in their Freaky 5K Fun Run & Walk. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24th. Hardy Girls Healthy Women Director Megan Williams says, “Halloween used to be about creative costumes and neighborhood parties, but it’s slowly become about a different kind of consumption than just eating candy. We miss the green-faced witches, bed sheet-covered ghosts, and curly-haired clowns that have been eclipsed by sexy kittens, sparkly princesses, and go-go dancers. These limiting options cramp girls’ perceptions of themselves, stifling their imaginations and creative spirit, and we’ve decided to do something about it.” Freaky 5K Fun Run & WalkLocation: Colby College, Waterville, MEHardy Girls Healthy Women WABI TV5 SCRIPT AS HALLOWEEN CREEPS UP ON US, THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF COSTUMES TO CHOOSE FROM. WHILE THE WITCH AND VAMPIRE ARE POPULAR PICKS FOR KIDS – SOME QUESTION THE MESSAGE THAT IS BEING SENT BY SOME OF THE WOMEN’S COSTUMES.ADRIENNE BENNETT REPORTS.9 YEAR OLD MACY IS HUNTING FOR A HALLOWEEN COSTUME. SHE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE NEEDS TO TRANSFORM HERSELF INTO A ZOOKEEPER.Macy: “I’m going to have a monkey hanging from my side and we’re looking for a walkie talkie.”Adrienne: “Is that part of the fun for you being creative?”Mom: “Yes, very much so and she’s very creative little girl.”BUT, TODAY A QUICK TRIP THROUGH THE HALLOWEEN AISLE IS MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HOT THAN HAUNTING.Megan Williams: “Girls look at adult women costumes and aspire to be that.” MEGAN WILLIAMS AND ALLISON COLE ARE FROM HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN.AS PART OF AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE HEALTH OF YOUNG GIRLS, THESE WOMEN ARE TRYING TO CURB SEXY AND BRING BACK SCARY.Allison Cole: “It really narrows and limits their options when all the costumes are packaged as sexy witch or sexy diva when really the original roots of Halloween are sort of scary and we’re trying to encourage a return to that.” Megan Williams: “Do something a little different then what they can find on the shelves by being the favorite character in a movie or book or by challenging those gender stereotypes and dressing up like a firefighter or police officer.” BECAUSE WHEN YOU LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD…YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, EVEN A ZOOKEEPER ON ALL HALLOWS EVE.ADRIENNE BENNETT, WABI TV5 NEWS.

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The Impact Of Tabor On Higher Education

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Both sides of the Question 4 debate spoke out today at separate rallies. They offered their opinions on how the so-called Tabor 2 will affect higher education.The first stop was Orono where members of the University of Maine student government voiced their concerns of what Tabor would mean there. Ben Goodman, a student senator at UMaine says he’s afraid of the consequences if Tabor passes on November 3rd. “Serious, serious cuts,” says Goodman, “I mean if you look at Colorado, the only state where Tabor has been implemented so far and you had Colorado in a pretty decent situation dropped to 49th in support of higher education.” Goodman quoted a Denver Post article that he says warns of the possibility of state universities in Colorado privatizing to save money. “You have got to look at Colorado State University, you have got to look at what came out in The Denver post this week, The Denver post article said CSU was seriously debating privatizing to raise revenue.” The Denver Post article sais if the privatization plan is implemented, “the change could mean CSU’s $4800 annual in-state tuition jumps to about $13,500 for liberal arts programs and as much as $20,000 for engineering programs.” The article also quotes the CFO of Colorado State as calling the idea of privitization a “last-resort contigency plan.” With much of the focus of the Tabor debate focused on the success of the spending cap in Colorado, supporters of Tabor invited Dr. William Moloney, the former Education Commissioner in Colorado, to speak at a rally in Bangor. “We’re also sensitive folks out in Colorado,” said Dr. Maloney, “when we heard scurrilous things that were being said about the state of education in Colorado schools were kind of being described as almost a disaster area post-tsunami.” Dr. Moloney says Tabor has had nothing to do with the finacial issues being endured by higher education in Colorado. “What’s having negative effects on higher education is the downturn in the economy.”Dr. Maloney also says politicians are afraid of the scrutiny the umbrella of Tabor would provide. “Any sort of constraint is troubling to them,” says Dr. Moloney, “and also there is a body of opinion in politics that somehow does not feel comfortable asking the voters what they think they would much rather do it behind closed doors in the capitol or if all fails go judge shopping and get a decision.” Rep. Cain says anyone who says they have not cut government spending in Maine is simply not telling the truth. “I challenge anyone who says we have not reigned in spending in the state of Maine to come spend a day with me in Augusta, come spend a day looking at the people, the families, the services, the responsibility of state government to meet the needs of its people and let me show you all the work we have done.” Rep. Cain says they have made strides in reducucing state government. “We’ve reduced the size of state government, the employees, we’ve increased efficiencies in state government, is there more work to be done? Yes but to say we have not lived up to that responsibility is not true.”The opposition to Tabor says the consequences of Tabor would be disastrous for the entire University of Maine system. Rep. Cain agrees with that notion. “I think if Tabor passes you’ll see the University of Maine system, the Maine Community College system, and Maine Maritime Academy significantly reduced in their capacity to serve the state of Maine from an economic perspective and from an educational perspective,” she says.A notion Moloney didmisses a scare tactics. “The scare stories still go on out there and anything no doubt the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has something to do with Tabor, if it wasn’t for Tabor we’d probably be sending more care packages to our troops, I mean it’s politics.”Voters will make the final decision in November.

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Working with the Military Conference

Updated 5 years ago

Getting in touch with the different needs of service members and their families was the focus of a conference in Bangor.Counselors, social workers and psychologists were among those in the audience.Chaplain Andy Gibson with the Maine Army National Guard says it’s important to know and understand the type of help that is being sought.Chaplain Gibson says it isn’t possible for the military to take care of all veterans.”By educating the civilian population and providers we know that anybody who might slip through the cracks or who might not seek services through the military can actually get help from the folks from civilian world and actually be better able to respond to the military specifics.”Chaplain Gibson says some of the common issues service members face when returning home is apathy, hypersensitivity to noise and sleep disorders.

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Indian Island Food Pantry in Need of Donations

Updated 5 years ago

A food pantry on Indian Island that has helped out a lot of families is now in a weaker position to do that.The shelves are emptying a lot faster than they’re filling up.Meghan Hayward reports.Fifteen years ago, Rose Scribner had a vision. It led to her opening a food pantry on Indian Island.”The cause is really worth it and I love people. I grew up loving people.”For most of those years, Rose has done all the work herself.Recently, they received a grant from the Sisters of Mercy and two sisters were brought onboard.The grant is based on holistic food for tribal women.”And we saw the food that had been donated and some of it was very good and nutritious. But we also saw that some of it was a little bit too high in sugar. And one of our goals is to combat diabetes with Indian people on Indian Island, particularly with children.”But the food pantry is now faced with a decrease in food donations.”So when they started to come in this week, we asked them to limit the amount of food they could take. If they were 1 to 3 family members, would they just only take 10 items. But they were very grateful for what we could give them and they were fine with the guidelines.”Another issue, the garage that houses the pantry has no heat.”I’m fine for the first two hours. We’re here for four hours. When I get to the last two hours, it’s very cold.”Despite the sometimes difficult working conditions, they say they’re focused on making sure no one on Indian Island goes hungry, sometimes giving out whatever they can find.”All I had that month to give out to families were these big bags of french fries and they would call and they were so happy. It was just like you had handed them a bar of gold.”A sometimes difficult struggle they say is worth it in the end.” It’s just wonderful to see the look on their faces when they walk through the doors and see the shelves and know it’s for them and they know they can take the food and feed their families.”If you’d like to help the food pantry, donations can be sent to Indian Women’s Mission Center, 19 West Street, Indian Island, Maine 04468.If you’d like to contribute food items, you can call Rose Dcribner at 827-0230, to set up a drop-off time.

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World War II Spy Shares Stories in Bangor

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The adventures of a World War Two spy were vividly recounted before an audience in Bangor Thursday. Dozens of people, including many who grew up during that era, heard the tales as part of the annual meeting for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging.Rene Defourneaux knows about life behind enemy lines. He came to the United States from France when he was 18 years old – and in 1943 volunteered to join the Army.”I felt so bad for France and didn’t want the US to lose anything. I thought that the U.S. had helped France earlier and I wanted to participate in something.”And that he did – training as a spy. He was then sent to England for a secret operation created by Winston Churchill. His assignment, to be dropped into France, behind the German line, to sabotage occupation forces. He says the riskiest part of the job was the ride.”Jumping from a lower altitude is probably the worst one, the most dangerous one because everything else I know what I was doing.”Defourneaux is also the father of the Eastern Agency’s executive director Noelle Merrill.Defourneaux’s wife, Virginia, shared her own experiences, too, as a wartime nurse. She says she still marvels at her husband’s life and death adventures. “I think he must have been crazy at times. He had the training, he had the ingenuity and apparently he was brave enough to carry it out, so I admire and respect what he accomplished.”Defourneaux says he was always proud to serve his adopted country and hopes the thousands of men and women on the front line today are, too.”Don’t give up, don’t give up, keep on going. They’re doing a great job. I think this country’s worth fighting for.”Defourneaux continued his military intelligence career after the war and retired in Indianapolis with 22 years of service. He’s also written two books about his experiences and a couple of World War Two novels.

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Benefit Super for Local Fisherman

Updated 5 years ago

A community Down East is coming together for a local fisherman.49-year old Donald Eaton of Stonington is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage four bladder cancer. He was diagnosed in August.The benefit lobster stew or spaghetti dinner is Friday from 5-to-8pm at the Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant in Stonington.A donation of 10-dollars is suggested.

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Detour for Ellsworth Drivers

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A detour is on the way for some drivers in Ellsworth. Starting tomorrow, Water Street from Foster Street to Beechland Road will be closed for reconstruction and paving. It’s expected to re-open next Friday.Local traffic, including school buses, will still have access to the road.

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Question1 Debate part 3

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Question 1 on the November ballot has created a lot of debate in our state. It reads as follows:”Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”View Question 1 Debate Part 1View Question 1 Debate Part 2

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Question 1 Debate part 2

Updated 5 years ago

Question 1 on the November ballot has created a lot of debate in our state. It reads as follows:”Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”View Question 1 Debate Part 1View Question 1 Debate Part 3

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Question 1 Debate

Updated 5 years ago

Question 1 on the November ballot has created a lot of debate in our state. It reads as follows:”Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”View Question 1 Debate Part 2View Question 1 Debate Part 3

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Moosehead Development Latest

Updated 5 years ago

Environmental groups opposing a major development plan near Moosehead Lake have followed through on their promise to go to court and challenge the state’s initial approval of the project.The Forest Ecology Network and Restore the North Woods filed an appeal in Kennebec County Superior Court on Wednesday.Their case challenges the land use regulation commission’s approval of Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake region plan.The Plum Creek project calls for more than 800 house lots, and two resorts with more than 1,200 housing units at Big Moose Mountain and Lily Bay.

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Arson Arrest

Updated 5 years ago

A Machias man accused of setting fire to a woman’s house in Dennysville has been arrested.51-year-old Byron Alley was taken to Washington County Jail Wednesday morning.Investigators were called to the home of 61-year-old Joyce Morse on the South Ridge Road in Dennysville around two Wednesday morning.She reported a fire on the outside of her mobile home.Morse says her dogs woke her up after the fire broke out, and she was able to put it out using water. Her feet were burned in the incident.Fire investigator Tim York says the fire was set near a door on the outside of the home.York says Alley and Morse know each other.Alley was questioned a few hours after the fire, then arrested.

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Denbow Arrest Raises Questions About Registry

Updated 5 years ago

The arrest of a 67-year-old Shirley man is raising questions about why he wasn’t on the state’s sex offender registry as required by law.Donald Denbow was charged last week with gross sexual assault involving a young girl in his barber shop in Dover-Foxcroft. The girl told police the assaults happened from 2004 to 2006, when she was between 10 and 12 years old.Police discovered Denbow had been convicted of a similar crime 27 years ago.Denbow should’ve been in the registry because lawmakers four years ago expanded the registry to include sex offenses going back to 1982.Officials say the case demonstrates the difficulty of updating the registry to include offenders whose criminal records are on paper files dating back before computers.

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Emergency Training in Maine

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In the midst of a crisis, communication is critical.Wednesday, emergency personnel from more than a dozen agencies worked together in a training exercise targeted to save lives.There were two events that occurred within a 15 minute span and twenty miles apart.One in Augusta, where a plane had landing gear problems, and one in Fairfield, where a bus crashed into a tanker truck.Part of the exercise was to see how well emergency workers collaborated between emergency operations centers in the two different counties.To make the training as real as possible volunteers played the part of victims.Overall, there were about one hundred people taking part in the two training exercises.

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UMaine Job Fair

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Engineering students at UMaine had a chance to make some connections, and check out employment opportunities at the annual engineering job fair.63 different employers were at this year’s event. About 700 students were expected to be there.Companies from several different disciplines were represented including computer engineering. Civil engineering and chemical engineering.Patty Counihan, director of the career center at UMaine says, despite the tough economy, many companies do have job openings.Counihan says many professors who teach first and second year students encouraged them to attend the event so that they could make connections for future job opportunities.

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