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Son of Former MDI Summerer Convicted of Plundering

Updated 5 years ago

Former M.D.I. summer resident Brooke Astor’s 85-year-old son has been convicted of plundering the philanthropist’s nearly $200,000,000 fortune.Anthony Marshall now faces a mandatory jail sentence of at least one year for exploiting Astor’s failing mind to help himself to her money.The jury found him guilty on Thursday of first-degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud.Marshall was acquitted on some others. The jury also convicted estate lawyer Francis Morrissey jr., 66, of scheming to defraud Astor.The verdict ends a five-month trial.Brooke Astor had Alzheimer’s disease when she died in 2007. She was 105 years old.

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Habitat Celebrates Sukkot

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A local congregation is celebrating a jewish holiday by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity.They’re putting their building skills to work.Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity were putting the power tools to work in Bangor.But they weren’t building your average house. “Doing a project with Habitat for Humanity and they’re building what is called a can house, which is one of their fundraising projects and we’re very excited to do this joint project with them.”The can house will be used to collect cans and plastic bottles.All the proceeds will be used to help build homes for low-income families in the Bangor area.The project coincides with the celebration of the jewish holiday called Sukkot.During the week-long celebration, a Sukkah is built, which is a temporary dwelling that is flimsy and represents the fragility of life.Rabbi Darah Lerner, of congregation Beth El, says they’re happy to help Habitat for Humanity. “The importance of getting out the message of housing instability and the good work the habitats are doing to help people.”Valerie Marsh of Habitat for Humanity says the collaboration means a lot to them. “I was thrilled that Rabbi Lerner and the congregation Beth El were willing to reach out to us. This is really amazing thing to have an inner faith project. I’m very proud.”Volunteer Theresa Kopelan was happy to lend a hand. “It makes me feel good to know I can help because a lot of people my age don’t help with stuff like this but to know I can is good.”Theresa recruited her friend molly horne to help build the can house. “I think it’s really important because you get to know your community and see the different aspects of it.”Marsh says she doesn’t expect the can house to raise a lot of money this year.But she hopes to make it a successful fundraiser down the road.

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Man Shot in Canaan

Updated 5 years ago

State Police say a man was shot Thursday while sitting in his pickup truck in Canaan. The man has been identified as 63-year old Gary Watson of Madison, was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and has undergone surgery. Police were called around 5:30 p.m. by nearby residents who heard gunshots. The wounded man was found inside his truck, near the Hell’s Angels clubhouse which is located on Route 23. Police believe the shooter fled in a car.

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Help for Farmers

Updated 5 years ago

There is help on the horizon for struggling dairy farmers.A $350,000,000 dairy assistance program is included in the 2010 agriculture appropriations conference report.$290,000,00 of that will go directly to dairy producers.Funding has also been secured for agricultural research.450,000 will go to the University of Maine cooperative extension for a potato pest management program.Another 200,000 will go to research on the sustainable production and processing of Maine low-bush blueberries.Almost 5,000,000 has been secured for wood utilization research, and just under 300,000 will go to invasive plant research… both areas of research UMaine is involved in.

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Gay Marriage Study

Updated 5 years ago

Maine’s Education Commissioner is asking the Attorney General to figure out what kind of effect Maine’s gay marriage law might have on what’s taught in public schools. Commissioner Susan Gendron has previously said the law will have no impact on what’s taught, but opponents of the law say it could lead to gay marriage being taught in schools.Gendron says questions about the impact of gay marriage are now being directed to superintendents.She’s hoping an analysis by the Attorney General will clear up any confusion.

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New Jobs in Oakland

Updated 5 years ago

Looking for a job? T-Mobile plans to hire about 100 people to work at its call center in Oakland.About 800 employees work there now.General Manager Mark Nolan says some of the hiring will be to fill vacant positions, but the company will add a few new jobs.They had a job fair today, and another one will be held next Wednesday, October 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their Firstpark location.

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Whalen Indicted in Federal Court

Updated 5 years ago

A Maine man accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl in Kentucky and setting off an amber alert has been indicted in federal court.The indictment accuses 43-year-old Archie Whalen, who is from Hancock county, of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity.The 13-year-old girl disappeared last month, triggering a nationwide amber alert.Police say they found her with Whalen the next day as he was pulling into a hotel parking lot in Wisconsin.If convicted on the federal charge, Whalen faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Local Congregation Teams Up With Habitat for Humanity

Updated 5 years ago

A local congregation is celebrating a Jewish holiday by teaming up with Habitat For Humanity.They’re putting their building skills to work.Meghan Hayward explains.Volunteers in Bangor are helping Habitat for Humanity by putting the power tools to work.But they weren’t building your average house.”Doing a project with Habitat for Humanity and they’re building what is called a can house, which is one of their fundraising projects and we’re very excited to do this joint project with them.”The can house will be used to collect cans and plastic bottles.All the proceeds will be used to help build homes for low-income families in the Bangor area.The project coincides with the celebration of the Jewish holiday called Sukkot.During the week-long celebration, a Sukkah is built, which is a temporary dwelling that is flimsy and represents the fragility of life.Rabbi Darah Lerner, of Congregation Beth El, says they’re happy to help Habitat for Humanity.”The importance of getting out the message of housing instability and the good work the habitats are doing to help people.”Valerie Marsh of Habitat for Humanity says the collaboration means a lot to them.”I was thrilled that Rabbi Lerner and the congregation Beth El were willing to reach out to us. This is really amazing thing to have an inner faith project. I’m very proud.”Volunteer Theresa Kopelan was happy to lend a hand.”It makes me feel good to know I can help because a lot of people my age don’t help with stuff like this but to know I can is good.”Theresa recruited her friend Molly Horne to help build the can house.”I think it’s really important because you get to know your community and see the different aspects of it.”Marsh says she doesn’t expect the can house to raise a lot of money this year.But she hopes to make it a successful fundraiser down the road.

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Expecting Moms Top the H1N1 Vaccine List

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Women who are pregnant are at higher risk for getting very sick, that according the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For this reason, pregnant women are a priority group for getting the H1N1 vaccine. Currently the Maine CDC has the top 5 priority groups listed as: * Pregnant Women* Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged < 6 months * Children and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years* Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions* Health care workersMost people with the flu feel tired and have fever (usually high), headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks. If you have flu symptoms, contact your health care provider.

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H1N1 Informational Links

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For the latest information on H1N1 please visit the following links: National CDCMaine CDC


Diabetes Solutions Day Clinics

Updated 5 years ago

About half of all Americans are either directly or indirectly affected by Diabetes.To help educate the public on Diabetes, Rite Aid stores are now hosting their annual Diabetes Solutions Day clinics.Folks can stop by to talk with a pharmacist and learn more about the widespread condition.Rite Aid will also provide blood pressure screenings, along with Flu shots for 30 dollars, and pneumonia shots for 45 dollars. Locally, the clinics are being held at the Rite Aid in Brewer on Wilson Street, and in Augusta at the North Belfast Avenue location. The clinics are going on now and run through December 26.

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Body of Missing Boater in Bar Harbor Found

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BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) – The body of a 56-year-old man who wentmissing in the waters off Bar Harbor has been found washed ashore. The Coast Guard says the body of Dr. John Myers of Freeport wasfound around 11 a.m. Thursday on the shore of Bar Harbor acrossfrom Bar Island. Myers was last seen Tuesday afternoon after dropping off asailboat at a boatyard in Hancock and heading back across FrenchmanBay in a 12-foot motorized skiff toward his summer home on MountDesert Island.

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Halloween Costume Shopping That’s a Treat for the Budget

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The hunt for a great Halloween costume can be a bit scary when you’re on a budget.But here’s a shopping trip that can calm those fears.From wicked witches to devilish doctors, workers at the Goodwill store in Bangor can create Halloween costumes that are fun and frugal in a matter of minutes. Assistant Manager Pamela Bell says it’s no trick. Shopping for a Halloween costume here can be a real treat for your wallet.”Some of the costumes you’ll see that we’ve put together can be as little as $10 for the complete outfit. Where you’re looking at $20 to $25 or more if you go to a retails store and try to buy a costume there.”Bell says stores like this offer a wide variety of second hand clothes, vintage wear and even some new outfits.You’ll also find ways to dress up your home or your pet. And all of the money made in the store goes to back into the community.”Goodwill is a non-profit and all of our profits and proceeds go towards helping people with barriers and disabilities.”Bell says the stock is plentiful now, but customers who wait too long to pick out a costume could be in for a frightful search. “As we get closer to Halloween, we get busier and busier. And we have a lot more foot traffic and this is basically our Christmas season. Now’s the time to get in and get that costume now.”

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Winslow Accident Update

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A Winslow woman is in serious condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center from an accident Tuesday morning.Naomi Clark was riding in a jeep with her husband, 93-year-old Kenneth Clark.Officials says clark went through a stop sign.Witnesses say the vehicle was going around 60-miles per hour when it went off the road and down a steep embankment, into a brook.There is no word on the husband’s condition.

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Rollins Wind-Power Project Has Been Approved

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Maine utility regulators have approved a long-term energy supply contract for the Rollins wind-power project in Penobscot County. The 20-year contract approved Wednesday by the Public Utilities Commission is between Rollins’ owner, First Wind, and utilities that buy and distribute its power, Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric companies. It is the first long-term contract to be approved since electric restructuring in 2000. The 40 turbines in the Rollins project are to be built in Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, Winn and Mattawamkeag. They will produce enough energy for more than 23,000 homes. Federal, state and local permits have been approved. PUC Chair Sharon Reishus said the contract benefits ratepayers, while the company gets the financial assurance to become fully operational.

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Childhood Poverty Focus at Bangor Library

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46,000 children in Maine live in poverty.Nearly 20,000 do not have health insurance.State and local officials, along with parents, turned out in Bangor as mayor Gerry Palmer declared Wednesday “step up for kids day”In a ceremony at the Bangor Public Library a group of kids were treated to a variety of activities including sing-alongs and finger painting.The purpose of the day, besides having some fun, was to raise awareness of childhood poverty, and stress the importance of early childhood education. “The goal is to educate people to the fact that we’re in this together, that as a community if we can keep our children healthy, happy, and provide them with the foundation they need, then we end up with a better society and a better community,” Said Maine state Representative Rob Eaton, who made an appearance on Wednesday.More than 100 kids showed up on Wednesday, leaving local childcare centers, schools, and area programs to take part.The event is sponsored by the Every Child Matters education fund.

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Theft in Olympian’s Home

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Police in western Maine say someone broke into the home of Olympic snowboard cross gold medalist Seth Wescott and stole digital videos he made of events he’s attended.Chief Scott Nichols of the Carrabassett Valley Police Department tells the Portland Press Herald it’s believed the burglary occurred sometime in September while Wescott was out of the country. Nichols says Wescott reported the theft when he returned home on Monday.The chief said the videos have no monetary value but are of “extreme importance to Mr. Wescott.”Wescott won his gold medal during the 2006 winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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Millay in Court

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The grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old Surry man on Wednesday.Jerome Millay is accused of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.His accuser says it happened in Millay’s home eight years ago.Millay is free on bail, but is to have no contact with the reported victim or anyone under the age of eighteen.

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Hancock Man in Court

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A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a 66-year-old man, who led police on a high speed chase through three towns last month.Kent Hanson is also a convicted murderer from Vermont.He’s charged with theft, speeding, and driving to endanger, among other offenses for this latest incident.Hanson was arrested in Brewer after police laid down spike mats to stop the car he allegedly stole in Bucksport.Hanson served 20 years in a Vermont prison for murdering a woman in 1985.He spent six years in a state hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1964 killing of his wife.

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Lee Retreat Helps Grieving Military Families Find Support

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Two years after their son was killed in Iraq, the parents of a Lee man are working to help other military families dealing with loss. On Wednesday, they received support that will allow them reach even more people.Sgt. Joel House was 22-years old when he was killed while serving in Iraq. It was at a memorial service when his parents, Paul and Dee, realized it helped to talk to other families who’d lost loved ones overseas.”It was just a great sense of, we’re not alone. We’re not the only ones crying at night, remembering our sons and daughters. That brought comfort to our family. I thought – there’s got to be something we can do, to help other families,” Paul House says.So, they started “A House in the Woods,” a small retreat for military families and veterans at their home in Lee.Paul says it’s a place where people can visit to find peace in the outdoors, and comfort from others who know what they’re going through.”If they want to talk about their loved one, they can. If they don’t, that’s OK. I think the therapy is just being together and realizing that they’re not alone, and we’re not alone. And if they cry, that’s OK,” Paul says.The retreat offers outdoor programs like hiking, canoeing and fishing, and other activities.”I think it’ll be a great help to people. I know it has been to me,” says Lee resident Bill Emery. His son also died while serving in Iraq. “We’ve spent a lot of time together and it helps both of us, to just talk. And talk about everything.”Paul was presented with a 10-thousand dollar check from Wal-Mart, and a 10-thousand dollar grant from the state to help the program grow.”He said, ‘Thank you for being here,’” Governor Baldacci said Wednesday, referring to Paul. “And I said, ‘Thank you for being here for all of us.’”Paul also credits Sen. Elizabeth Schneider with helping to raise awareness for their program.”I told him I thought he had a great idea, bringing people not only from Maine, but eventually and hopefully bringing people from outside Maine and introducing them to the Maine experience,” Schneider says.Paul and Dee say their goal is to raise enough money to buy a piece of land for a larger camp, to lend support to more families and veterans.

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