The company will provide broadband in schools and libraries across Maine for the next five years.The contract is worth nearly $26,000,000.FairPoint says it will serve more than 650 schools and libraries that are part of a statewide consortium for web access.
Fishery regulators are considering putting an early end to the New England shrimp fishing season because the catch has been so strong.The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said on Monday that it will hold an emergency meeting and public hearing by telephone on Friday, April 30th to review data and decide if the fishery should be closed.Last fall scientists recommended limiting the harvest to about 10.8 million pounds, but the catch has already exceeded 10.9 million pounds.
A live webcam aimed at a nest with peregrine falcon eggs caught one hatching last week.It’s the first of four peregrine eggs to hatch in that nest.The live video feed is provided by the Gorham-based Biodiversity Research Institute.The feed provides around the clock coverage of the eggs. You can watch the nest from two different angles.The institute also has cameras aimed at other nests. They recently caught two chicks hatching in an eagle’s nest, and they’re also monitoring ospreys.To check out the live feeds, log on to www.briloon.org
On Tuesday, April 27th, Bobbie Fowler indroduced us to Ralph, a 6-year-old cat from the Old Town Animal Orphanage.If you’d like to meet Ralph, or any of the other animals at the orphanage, head on up to 77 Airport Rd in Old Town. Or give them a call at 827-8777Open 7 days a week.
Canaan and Clinton officials say enough is enough when it comes to the reckless disposal of trash.Land along the Pease Rd, which goes through both towns, has been a dumping ground for many years.Local folks say the problem has gotten worse lately.Tires, TV’s and other chunks of junk have been put on the side of the road recently.Town officials aren’t sure if it’s new debris or if someone’s trying to clean up old stuff that’s been in the ditches.Clintons town manager says local police are looking into it.Canaans code enforcement officer says it could take thousands of taxpayer dollars to clean up the mess.They tell us they will prosecute anyone found responsible.
There are about two dozen murders in Maine most years, and the Maine Department of Public Safety says about half of them involve domestic abuse.Children that have to leave a home because of domestic discord, often leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs.That’s the reason why the Waterville Rotary Club was handing out backpacks.The packs are filled with things that can help children in need.The Rotary Club donated the bags to the Family Violence Project, which will help get them to kids who need them.The Family Violence Project also offers abuse prevention programs to schools in Kennebec and Somerset counties.They teach about healthy relationships, teen dating violence and the effects of domestic abuse on children.
Some people set it out on the curb and forget about it.But others, whose job it is to deal with all your trash and recycling, are thinking about better ways to dispose of all that waste. We visited a conference in Rockport with that goal in mind.It’s a big job, dealing with all the waste Mainers produce. But the focus of this year’s Maine Recycling and Solid Waste conference is reducing the impact of it all on the environment, and the economy.”People don’t realize how much of the town budgets are taken up by solid waste issues. After schools and roads, and in some cases even more than the roads, solid waste is the second or third line item on the budget,” says John Albertini.Albertini works for the Maine Resource Recovery Association, which puts on the conference. He says it’s paying to get rid of solid waste, by taking it to the landfill or incinerator, that’s so expensive.”So anything they can do to recycle to reduce their tonnage going to the incinerator or landfill reduces the cost to the taxpayer,” he says.More than two hundred people came to town for the two-day conference, representing municipalities across the state.”The emphasis a lot of people are thinking about today are the finances,” says Jerry Hughes, with Bangor Public Works.”Especially in the Bangor area. We’re thinking about efficiency and what we can do to work more productively, thinking about recycling and how we can manage that as economically feasibly as possible,” he says.Hughes tells us the recycling committee in Bangor is already looking into several new ideas.Albertini hopes all the folks here go home with new ways to help their waste and recycling programs run more efficiently, and let citizens in on their ideas, too.”To let their citizens know what they can do and what services are offered by their town to recycle, compost or minimize their waste stream,” he says. “So they understand that waste is expensive.”
You can’t leave the interstate and turn left onto Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, but that could change. The Bangor city council is holding court on that tonight.The intersection, just off of I-95 in Bangor, is causing frustration for local buisness owners and their customers. The problem? No left turns. Business owners on that side of Stillwater say it makes things difficult for them, their customers, and even delivery drivers. Kathy Wadleigh is the owner Paper & Clay and she says the intersection makes it difficult for her customers who aren’t familiar with Bangor to find her. “It’s hard for us to give them directions from the Broadway exit,” she says, “it would be much easier for them to take a left turn at the exit and just come a half mile or a mile to get to us.”Forest Grant is the owner of 304 Stillwater Avenue Furniture. He says the intersection makes life particularly difficult for delivery drivers. “The place is tight enough as it is then you put 2 or 3 18-wheelers in there especially around Christmas time and by the time they get to my store they’re ready to burn the store down,” says Grant.Not being able to turn left leaves drivers with two options. They can make an illegal left turn on to Stillwater Avenue or take a right and try to find a place to turn around.Jeff Leadbetter, owner of Leadbetter’s Community Stores, thinks the left hand turn would be less dangerous. “That adds to the cluster quite a bit,” Leadbetter says, “they do try to take a right and go into the mall then they gotta turn right quick around and come back.”Forest Grant has contacted the city council and the state officials and isn’t totally satisfied with the response. “Everything is a process,” says Grant, “I guess we’re all familiar with that word. Of course money now is an issue. They spent all their money doing it wrong to start with now they don’t have any money to make it right.”But does grant think the problem will eventually be fixed?”Well I think in time. This isn’t gonna happen overnight I realize that. As a matter of fact I might even be dead by the time it happens. However somebody will be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor I would hope.”
Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office say they won’t be able to determine the cause of a fire on Elm Street in Newport last week.When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke was coming from the front and right sides of the building.The building was home to D.C.’s Bar & Grill.Crews from 5 surrounding towns were called in to assist.State Fire Investigator Tim York says there is too much damage to determine a cause.
Monday is Arbor Day in the City of Bangor and it also is the fifth anniversary of the city being designated Tree City USA.To honor that, the city along with students and teachers at the William Cohen School on Garland Street planted 11 new spruce trees lining the road near the school.The kids came from the student council and from the Voices of Change group in the school.The trees were placed in the holes by members of the city’s foresty division and the kids shoveled in dirt and surrounded them with mulch.They hope that these trees will show future students their commitment to the school and the city, said Student Council President Brendan Moore. ” I think these trees will stand as a symbol of the dedication of the students here at Cohen so when we see them ten years from now, 15 years from now, whenever, when we graduate high school we’ll see these and we’ll know that we had very dedicated students here at Cohen and we still will and this is just the kind of stuff that we want to do for our community.”The trees came from the city’s nursery.National Arbor Day is this Friday April 30th.
Students were back in school today after last week’s vacation. Some kids jumped right back into school work.But others in Bangor jumped into yard work as they teamed up with folks from US Cellular for an Earth Day Project.They were handed gloves, garbage bags and rakes, and sent off to the playground, not to play, but to clean up.”Some people are raking, so other people can get to the garbage easier.” said 5th grader Jeremy Slaven.”Our goal is to come out here and partner with some local schools and help in an Earth Day cleanup,” said US Cellular Area Sales Manager Sean Griffith. “And as the kids were out on the official Earth Day last week during school vacation, we decided to come here today and have some of the 4th and 5th graders here at the Fairmount School join us in an effort to clean up the playground and some of the facilities after a long winter”This is the second year US Cellular has gone to the Fairmount School to help clean up for Earth Day.This year about 40 kids were pitching in to make their playground a better place to play.”We just want to pick up all the trash like, I mean kids play at this playground so, you know, so if there is trash all over the place it kind of takes the play out of playground,” said Slaven.For US Cellular employees, it’s nice to get outside of the office and spend some time talking with the kids and enjoying the sunshine, but Griffith said they hope their message goes a little deeper and is longer lasting than the couple of hours of conversation they shared.”Well I hope the children walk away knowing that it’s important to take pride in your community and also really be proud of the great facilities they have here and don’t take that for granted. So I hope they pride and help in keeping it clean and maintain a great facility for generations to come.”
John Richardson, one of five Democratic candidates for Maine governor, has dropped out of the race following notification he didn’t qualify for Clean Election Act funding.Richardson made the announcement Monday at a news conference in his hometown of Brunswick. He sought public campaign funding, but his eligibility was denied by the state Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.The ethics commission determined that Richardson campaign workers “falsely stated that they collected qualifying contributions” and that the campaign submitted documents “containing material false statements.”Richardson served in the Maine House of Representatives, finishing as speaker. In 2007, he was named commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. (AP)
A new business opened in Brewer this weekend.It’s called Cottageville Crafts and Gift Shop, but you won’t find just anything in this shop. It carries hand made items by maine artists.Owner Kristina Kenny says she and her mother Lee-Ann Kenny decided to open up shop after having been involved in many arts and craft shows in Maine, something that they’ve always been passionate about.They decided there should be a store to showcase all the talent the state has to offer.Kenny says they found many of the artists advertising by word of mouth.Some items included at the store are bird houses, wishing wells, wood burning and others.Door prizes and lunch were on hand at the grand opening. “It’s great because there’s a lot of talent in Maine and you know and things like that so to be able to have a shop where everything is right here instead of going to craft fairs and stuff its all right here,” Kristina Kenny told TV5 on Saturday.The store is located on South Main Street in Brewer.The store’s regular hours will be Wednesday through Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Kenny says she is hoping to extend the hours once the word is out about the shop.
The Bangor Garden Show wrapped up today at the Bangor Auditorium. The event closed with the awards for the best gardenscapes. Up for grabs was the $5000 top prize.Todd and Bob Bangs from Windswept Gardens in Bangor took home best in show for this years event. Windswept Gardens was considered by many to be the favorites at this years show, they’ve won the top prize in the last 7 garden shows they’ve entered. “You can never tell what the judges are thinking or what they want,” said Todd Bangs, “I know everybody did a great job so anybody could have won and it wouldn’t have been shocking if anybody else had won. I was happy to see that we won.”Moonshine Gardens from Unity took home the $2500 second place prize, while Mitchell’s Landscaping in Brewer won third place and the $1500 prize.Organizers of the garden show say that after a year without the show this years return is already being called a success.
More than 400 people took part in the 8th annual Walk for Autism. Organizers were hoping to raise some much needed money as well as spread awareness about the disease.Cathy Dionne is a Director of Programs and Administration for the Autism Society of Maine and says this is the organizations most lucrative fundraiser. “Today is about hope,” she says, “we really want to give families hope and let them know that autism is very treatable and early detection and getting your diagnosis early is really the key to providing more hope so that’s what it’s about.”Participants in Farmington, Biddeford, and at the University College of Bangor took part in the walk. According to the Autism Society of Maine more and more kids in Maine are being diagnosed with the disease.Ryan Whitehouse is just one of many parents here at the walk for autism. Whitehouse’s son Jacob is autistic. “Autism is becoming an epidemic,” says Whitehouse, “it’s 1 in around 100 people and I think Maine is the third most prevalent state in the nation 1 in 80 have autism and we don’t know why and we don’t have a cure yet so it’s vitaly important that we get one.”James Bernadini is also from East Millinocket. His son Matthew will turn 7 in June and he too is autistic. The Bernadini family has been coming to the walk for autism since Matthew was diagnosed.”It’s great because it gives you a chance for the awareness you know,” says Bernadini, “the other family members get to see other families that are affected the same way we are it’s just kind of a community thing. Everybody kind of knows everybody, you see the same people year after year.”Folks here say that being able to mingle with people who understand what they’re going through is a tremendous comfort. “It’s a great way for families to share things you know. oh his worked for me, oh I tried this and it didn’t work but let me tell you what I found out,” says Dionne. Along with networking these types of events can also make the children here feel comfortable. “It’s good to just know that nobody is going to look at your kid funny,” says Whitehouse, “while your here everybody seems to understand and it fosters hope.”
Now that spring is in full swing officials are encouraging people to get outside with a number of outdoor tail events, including the “April Ramble” The ramble is a chance for visitors to tour the trails of the Bangor Land Trust’s properties Officials say the walk was an easy trek, and suitable to all ages. They say most people can finish the walk in hour and a half or two hours. Some sights visitors may have seen while hitting the trails this weekend included beaver lodges, pools, sometimes even bear tracks.
The sisters of Alpha Phi held their 8th Annual Move Your Phi’t 5k. Students and members of the community were out walking. All proceeds benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation to support cardiac care and research. The race started at the Buchanan Alumni House on the University of Maine Campus. The sisters had Subway sandwiches and other heart healthy snacks on hand for after the race.
61-year-old Harold Jones Sr.of Guilford died Saturday night, April 24, while boating on Onawa Lake in Elliotsville Township. Officials from the Maine Warden Service say Jones told family he was going to try out a watercraft. They say when Jones did not return family and friends began searching for him, and contacted Piscataquis County dispatch, which notified the Maine Warden Service. Family found Jones in the water at approximately 9 p.m. He was transported to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta. The incident is still under investigation. This is Maine’s first inland watercraft-related fatality of 2010.
The Maine attorney general’s office says a man who was shot during an encounter with a state trooper and a U.S. Border Patrol agent has died. Spokeswoman Kate Simmons says 55-year-old Neil Begin died Saturday after being airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She had no further comment. The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. It’s not known which officer fired the fatal shot on Friday or why the officers were called to Begin’s home in Cyr Plantation. In northern Maine, it’s not uncommon for Border Patrol agents to assist local police. The Maine attorney general’s office is tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings. Simmons says she can’t comment on details.