There was a good turnout at the Memorial Day ceremony in Milo today. Among the many guests of honor, five men stood apart from the crowd. The firing squad — all Air National Guardsmen — are getting ready to re-deploy to Iraq.”I’m excited about it. It’ll be really interesting going with the people that I know, knowing what their skill levels are,” says CMSgt. Dennis Wellman, who will be on his fourth deployment. Among them, there are two brothers, and a father and son.”I’m proud,” says TSgt. Robert Coburn Sr., of his son. “I think it’s going to be a good time for us. He’s seen stuff that I haven’t seen.”TSgt. Coburn will be deploying for the second time. His son has already deployed twice as a Marine. “There’s a lot of experience coming with him for dealing with the issues there,” he says.”I’ll go as many times as it takes,” says SSgt. Robert Coburn, Jr. This Memorial Day, they paused to honor others.”I talked to a gentleman that was in the Battle of the Bulge. He had a Purple Heart, was wounded twice,” says MSgt. Douglas Robinson. “Actually, I was thinking a lot about my relatives,” says CMSgt. Wellman. My father was active duty Air Force for 20 years.”They’re happy, they say, to serve alongside their friends and family.”Every one of us went to school here and graduated high school here. This is where we grew up,” he says.They’re also happy to have folks in the town of Milo behind them.”We have a lot of support in the community. It’s a nice thing to see,” says MSgt. Robinson. “They support them 100 percent, anything they need,” says Randy Klug, Ret. Navy and American Legion. “You know, it’s really a long time to be away from your family. But, for the most part, it’s an all-volunteer armed forces now. That’s what they do.”
One year ago, folks in the town of Holden celebrated the completion of a Veterans Memorial.On Memorial Day 2009, they gathered at that spot again to remember and pay tribute to those who served our country.They held a wreath laying ceremony.The memorial was built because of the efforts of a lot of people from the community, businesses, and a group of students from local schools.Veteran, Tom Copeland says, “It has been a draw for the town. It’s got a great deal of attention from the town council and others and we’ve also had interest from veterans in surrounding towns who have actually put their names in the memorial.”The memorial was put up to honor all veterans from the town of Holden.
The parade down Main Street in Hampden started at Nine AM.The parade itself isn’t very long as the participants make their way from the Post Home to the Locust Grove Cemetary.But people were finding the best spots along the parade route more than a half hour before it began.” My sister is in the parade so we had to drop her off”” a lady that my mom was talking to she’s in the parade, she told us that these were some of the best seats over here.”” Yes it is the best spot because you can see the people coming down”” celebrating people who have served for our country, pretty much, you know, giving everyone a break to celebrate the warri, soldiers who have meant so much to this country.”” I just love seeing the veterans seeing everyone and smiling because they really helped us and served our country and I think that’s really a lot.”” It’s special to me that he’s in this little town of hampden and he feels like it’s the big one so it’s special seeing him.”” It means a lot because you know my son’s excited and then they go to the cemetary and they you know just remember the veterans and he’s only nine but he gets it so it’s nice to see that.”
The town of Bucksport is honoring its veterans this Memorial Day weekend.They held a special flag-raising ceremony at the future site of the town’s Veterans Memorial.Flagpoles were just installed on site, and Sunday, members of the American Legion gathered to fly the flags for the first time.Organizer Richard Bowden says they couldn’t have picked a better time to salute the veterans from Bucksport, and around the state and nation.< "each flag has a military insignia on it, plus the merchant marines and we just thought that this was a good time to put the flags up and have each flag flying for memorial day to have them memorialize the veterans that have paid the ultimate price.">Folks can now purchase pavers with a veteran’s name listed on them…they’ll eventually be placed at the site.Bowden says his group needs about another 25 to 30 thousand dollars to build the actual memorial.He’s hopeful that it will be completed by next Memorial Day.
Prosecutors are looking into a complaint that a waitress from Vassalboro’s topless coffee shop was outside the business without a shirt on Saturday.A State Trooper was called to the shop after someone called in the complaint.No one was charged, but Troopers say they’ve turned the matter over to the district attorney for review.They say it’s unclear whether nudity outside the cafe is prohibited.The town had considered banning nudity altogether after the shop opened in February, but officials now are proposing to specificallyregulate where, when and how such businesses may operate. The revised ordinance comes up for a vote June 8-th.
A man from Trenton is hospitalized after a fall from a tree stand near Pittston Farm.It happened Saturday night at about six thirty.Game wardens say 56-year-old Harrison Sawyer canoed across the Penobscot River and hiked in to his tree stand.He was working on it when he apparently fell 15 to 20 feet.Sawyer’s wife reported him missing, and Sawyer was discovered at about seven thirty p.m.He was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he’s listed in critical condition.
A man from Skowhegan is seriously injured after an ATV crash in Bingham.It happened Saturday on a trail on the Old Lake Road.Game Wardens say 38-year-old Jason Bushey was with a group of people riding four wheelers.Bushey was trying to make a hard right turn when he was thrown from the ATV into a rock ledge.The ATV then rolled over him.He was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.He’s listed in critical condition.Wardens say Bushey was not wearing a helmet, and they’re looking looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash.They say another person at the scene was arrested for operating under the influence.
State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Washington County.It happened Saturday night, just after six thirty, on the Charlotte Road in Baring.Troopers say a vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire.Three 16-year-old girls who were passengers in the car managed to escape.The driver, 16-year-old Nicholas White, could not be removed from the car and died at the scene.Police say speed was a factor in the crash.An investigation is underway.
A man and woman from Waldoboro have been indicted for murder in the stabbing death of a 27-year-old woman.24-year-old Earl Bieler and 42-year-old Corina Durkee are accused of killing 27-year-old Rachel Grindal and trying to kill 32-year-old Tracy Neild, who was left hospitalized with a stab wound to the neck.According to police, it happened when Grindal and Nield interrupted a burglary inside Neild’s home last month.Bieler was indicted on counts of murder, aggravated attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary and theft…as well as possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.Durkee was indicted for murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and burglary.Both are being held at a jail in Wiscasset.
An advisory panel is calling for scallop fishing closures in nine coastal areas for the coming winter season.They’re blaming declining scallop stocks.The scallop advisory council is expected to make a final decision by September.Areas under consideration include eastern Deer Isle, southwestern Mount Desert Island, all of Gouldsboro Bay, eitherMachias Bay or the bays on either side of Roque Island, part of Casco Bay, the Damariscotta River, Mussel Ridge Channel, the westernpart of Cobscook Bay and the St. Croix River.Last winter, the Maine Department of Marine Resources imposed emergency spot closures due to declining scallop stocks.
President Obama has received a list of five candidates for Maine’s U-S Marshal.They include University of Maine Police Chief Noel March and Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.Also up for consideration are Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant, Deputy U.S. Marshal Kathryn Spellacy and U-S Marshal for MaineDavid Viles.The recommendations were made by Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.They say all five are outstanding candidates who have served their communities and the state.
John Bapst High School students combined business learning with community service Saturday…and they had some fun doing it.Students in the Bapst economics class hosted a special benefit concert on the Bangor Waterfront.The show featured five local bands.Tickets were five dollars apiece, and all the money raised will go to the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, to assist families displaced by housefires and other disasters…Students who helped organize the event say they’re happy to do what they can for the cause.< "i feel the project is important because it's getting the Red Cross's name out there, getting some bands out there, and it's all local. I think it's really important to keep everything we raise local." >No word yet on exactly how much money the students raised for the chapter.
A full slate of events is planned to honor veterans this Memorial Day.The annual Memorial Day parade steps off from Exchange Street in Bangor at 10:30 a.m.Close to a thousand veterans are expected to take part in the parade…most will carry their commemorative walking sticks, provided by the Cole Land Transportation Museum.Museum Founder Galen Cole says the recognition the veterans get from folks along the parade route means the world to them.< "the excitement...clapping on the parade route...you realize why the veterans are so excited and get so much out of this as well...it's just a thrilling thing for all of us." >After the parade, the Museum will host a special Memorial Day celebration, beginning at noon.Governor John Baldacci and Senator Susan Collins will be on hand to present bronze stars and other honors to several veterans in attendance.
If you plan to be on the Interstate this holiday weekend, State Troopers ask that you slow down and use caution.Extra patrols are out all weekend…looking for drivers who might be a danger on the roads.Troopers are advising drivers to leave extra time to get to their holiday destinations, since traffic is expected to be heavy…And there could be additional delays on 95 because of all the road work currently underway from one end of the state to the other.< "we ask you politely to get into the lane we need you in...we appreciate people's patience...because the work is making the roads safer. That's the goal of the DOT is to make the bridges more safe and improve the pavement that's been beaten down this winter...to try to get where the signs direct you...increasing traffic during the holiday season.">Sgt. Brooks is also asking drivers to observe the reduced speed limits in those work areas this weekend.
Police are out in force along Maine roads this holiday weekend, on the lookout for speeders and drunk drivers.They say the heavy traffic is also causing some accidents out there.This crash happened on the Hudson Road in Corinth Saturday morning…at the intersection of the Hudson and Ridge Roads.Sheriff’s Deputies say visibility can be a problem at the hilltop intersection.One driver was attempting to turn left when another driver tried to pass and the cars ended up colliding.One person had minor injuries…and one of the cars was totalled.Officers say it’s a good reminder that the roads are busy out there this weekend, and that drivers need to be extra cautious.< "well, it's a holiday weekend, there are a lot of people out yard saling and hitting the shops and things like that, so just be careful. There's a lot of traffic so just be careful...take your time.">That crash slowed down traffic on the Hudson Road for a short time.
Imagine losing your ability to talk, to walk and eventually all muscle functions All while knowing exactly what is happening to you.That’s what its like to live with Lou Gehrig’s disease. May is ALS awareness month.Joy Hollowell talked to a Bangor couple that’s learning each day holds new challenges, and new possibilities.”I caught it”Three-year-old Jack loves to play catch. The toddler also understands that while his dad would love to throw the ball to Jack, he can’t. Jim Kingsbury is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.”Around the time that Jack was about to be born, I had noticed that my right hand was stiff, and I thought at first it was carpal tunnel.”At the time, Jim was working as a chef. He began physical therapy, but the pain wouldn’t go away.”Unfortunately, there’s not a test for ALS.”Which meant Jim had to undergo a series of tests, some of them extremely painful, to eliminate anything else. Finally, a year and a half later, the 47-year-old was officially diagnosed with the disease.”He started out in 2006, it was just his right arm. Just, I say that now. I didn’t say that then. Now, he can’t use his right arm at all. His left arm is very difficult for him, his speech is getting increasingly worse, his legs, he’s starting to walk spastically.”Last March, Jim had to stop working. He’s now training to use a voice box, knowing there will come a time when that will be his only means of communication.As for the obvious question, “why us?””I don’t think we ever asked that because I think the question is really, why not us? It can happen to anybody.”The Kingsburys say they’re now looking at life in moments, savoring each one for all its worth.”The Jack trap””I can’t worry about tomorrow. We gotta get through today. And i’m going to wake up the next day and say, ‘alright, here we go again.”
The Mount Chase Fire Department was called to a camp fire shortly after midnight Friday.Fire Chief Craig Hill tells us high winds helped the fire spread quickly to about three acres of surrounding land.The owners of the camp were there at the time, no one was hurt.Hill says it took about four hours to contain the flames.The Maine Forest Service is investigating.Mount Chase is just north of patten.
The Medical Examiner’s office says a Jonesport man died from drowning with hypothermia playing a role.The death of 60-year-old Roy Lenfesty has been ruled an accident.He went to check on his boat on Beal’s Island Wednesday morning.When he didn’t return home by afternoon his wife called authorities.That night his body was found in the surg near indian point, about 2-hundred yards from his overturned boat.
Police and citizens in Bangor are teaming up to nab folks who illegally park in handicap parking spaces.Alpha One is a statewide organization for independent living.It is working with Bangor P-D to crack down on violators.Alpha One volunteers trained by the police department monitor and document the violations, of course sharing that information with police.
Old Town’s Deputy Fire Chief is hanging up his hat for good next week.After 25 years, Jim Lavoie is moving on…and as Amy Erickson reports, the Department won’t be the same without him.< "the fire calls are exciting. You get the adrenaline...still do. Even after 25-30 years, I still have the adrenaline when the call comes in."For Jim Lavoie, firefighting is more than a job...it's a way of life.He was hooked from the time he became a junior firefighter."it's been a passion. It was my life, no doubt. When I was 14 years old and put on my first indian tank and helped out the bradley fire department, I almost knew instantly that this is something I want to do."Now, after 25 years, Old Town's Deputy Chief is calling it quits.He's retiring to take a job with the Department of Environmental Protection."i'll miss the job. There's no doubt. I'll miss the fire service.""it's going to be tough for a while.""he started at 15 years old, he's done his 30 years, so it's time and we're happy for him...although we'll miss him."Lavoie's coworkers say they'll miss his leadership..."jim has an amazing local knowledge, being a local kids that grew up in the area. He knows the town and the history and he's followed the history of the fire department and he passes it on to the newer members, which makes it great."Lavoie says retirement is bittersweet, but he'll leave with the knowledge that he's made a difference.He'll never forget the housefire years ago when a little girl he once taught helped get her family of ten out of their burning home."she's the one that said 'Fireman Jim has to have everybody out of the house.' that's what we educate the kids to do.""we don't necessarily pull people out of burning buildings everyday, but those are the kinds of impacts that you make."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Old Town.>