The giant traveling Menorah made its way to Bangor earlier this evening.The celebration was brought to the Bangor Mall.Tonight was the fifth night of Hanukkah, so the fifth candle on the Menorah was lit. There were other festivities as well, including a clown and a feast with traditional dishes like potato latkes.Rabbi Moshe Wilansky travels the state with the Menorah, celebrating Hanukkah and spreading the message of the holiday.”It shows us the way a small group of weak, won against the might. this is a lesson for 2009, that we sometimes feel we can’t accomplish too much, we’re one single person, but we can accomplish a lot.” says Wilansky.The Menorah was in Augusta earlier today. Tomorrow the celebration is headed to Lewiston. The Menorah will be set up at the Lewiston Mall.
The State of Maine Silver star is given to veterans who were either Prisoners of War or injured during a military battle.Tuesday 14 of the medals were awarded during a ceremony at Hermon High School.Students looked on as 14 veterans were given some well deserved recognition.Governor Baldacci says, “These brave americans served their country with great distinction. To you our veterans you all know too well the meaning of sacrifice and service.”Each one was either a prisoner of war, like Eleanor Willey’s husband, Private First Class Carleton Willey, taken prisoner during World War 2,”When he went over, he weighed 182 pounds, he come back less than a hundred.”or they were injured by an enemy, like Specialist Darren Ripley, who served in Iraq.”It was a roadside bomb, it happened like 20 feet away and the next thing I know, I was knocked down in the humvee.”On Tuesday, they received the state of Maine Silver Star, 800 of the medals have been awarded since it was created in 2006.It’s a way for the state to honor them for their service, and… “We also recognize the families and say thank you to them because they have suffered and sacrificed along with the veteran over the years.”This ceremony might do even more good, their stories are being told.”I think it’s just wonderful. I’m so glad because I know my husband is watching.”So were a lot of young people, who now know a few of the people who have sacrificed over the decades to ensure their freedom. “my heart really goes out to you for the work, the accomplishments and what you’ve given up. So thank you so much veterans.”Here’s a list of all those awarded the State of Maine Silver Star on Tuesday.Silver Star Honorable Service Medal â€“ Prisoner of WarSSG Walter P. DeWitt Army POW Germany Bradford S/Sgt George T. Hodgins Army AC POW Germany BrewerS/Sgt James R. Merritt Army POW Germany Orono PFC Carleton F. Willey Army POW Germany HampdenSilver Star Honorable Service Medal (Purple Heart recipients)PVT Andrew S. Clark Army April 1951 Korea PlymouthSGT Kendrick B. Sawyer Jr. USMC 8 Dec 50 Korea BangorCT1 Richard E. Carlson Navy 6 Jun 67 USS Liberty WinterportSGT Llewellyn C. Cyr Army 18 May 69 Vietnam CarmelSP4 Richard W. Grant Army 28 Sep 67 Vietnam GlenburnGMG2 Dwight E. McIntosh Navy Feb 69 Vietnam LevantSP5 Roger G. Michaud Army 29 Jun 70 Vietnam HermonSGT Timothy D. Hendsbee Army NG 28 Jun 2004 Iraq GlenburnSPC Darren A. Ripley Army 17 Apr, 18 Jun 04 Iraq BangorThose who could make the ceremony but will be recognizedPVT Crawford W. Carter Army POW Germany EtnaPVT Roland E. French Army POW Germany Bangor PVT John B. Tivnan Army POW Germany NewburghT/Sgt William See Jr. Army AC POW Germany NewportPFC Richard F. Proulx Army 30 Jan 45 Germany HampdenSP4 Frank A. Crossman Army Jan 71 Vietnam StetsonSGT Charles B. Palmer USMC Vietnam HampdenSP4 Roger A. Stanley Army 12 Mar 1969 Vietnam LaGrangePFC Leonard W. Stratton USMC 30 Apr 65 Dominican Republic Corinna
AP – Maine officials have identified locations of three offshore wind-power test sites that would be the first of their kind in the nation and could unlock the door to huge reserves of energy. The administration of Gov. John Baldacci announced Tuesday that the sites will be near Boon Island off York in southern Maine, near Damariscove Island south of Boothbay Harbor, and south of Monhegan Island off Port Clyde. UMaine Professor Habib Dagher says the test windmills will appear in 2011. Dagher said winds off Maine’s shores have a potential to produce the equivalent of 149 nuclear plants. Gov. John Baldacci called the offshore test the first of its kind in the country and said, “This is where the future lies.’
An Ellsworth mother is pushing for housing for young adults with certain disabilities.As Meghan Hayward tells us, she’s seen the need for such housing, first hand.Linda Elliott is a social worker at an Ellsworth nursing home.And the mother of 26-year-old Jake Van Meter, who has cerebral palsy.Elliott says housing for young adults like Jake does not exist in maine, but is needed.She sees applications for folks in similar situations come through the nursing home, but they can’t always take them in.”Quite often we don’t look at accepting these individuals because their needs are so different than the majority of the population”So Elliott decided to go after her dream, the Jacob Brewer House.”My vision is that they would be the ones calling the shots pretty much. They have the cognitive capabilities of learning how to manage staff, know what’s required to maintain a house inside and out, and at shopping and developing their own budgets.”Elliott says social interaction is important for young adults.She says her son and a male from Penobscot are already on the house list.”In just watching these two individuals have the opportunity to interact and have a purpose they’ve gone from severely depressed to excited about life and their future.”Jake is a University of Maine student and has lived at the Courtland Rehab and Living Facility in Ellsworth for eight years.While Elliott says they do a great job, it’s just not the perfect fit for Jake.”At one point in time he began to withdraw and become very angry and so we started doing more things, taking him to hockey games and starting talking about starting a place like this and his demeanor started to turn around.Elliott hopes to open the doors of the Jacob Brewer House by June 2011.”When I start to get tired and I think this is just too much work, we’ll then have a meeting and I think oh it’s never too much work. It’s got to be done.”If you’d like to make a donation to the Jacob Brewer House call Linda at 460-9097.
The Ellsworth Marden’s is expanding.In January Marden’s will start moving into a much larger building, the former Ellsworth Walmart.Not only is the move doubling their inventory.It’s expected to increase their number of employees.Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal says it’s always great to hear an Ellsworth business is choosing to expand.” It’s another place to shop, it’s another choice for people and it’s more jobs in an area that could definitely use more jobs in this economy.”The new location is tentatively set to open the first of March
The Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft is holding auditions for their upcoming production of Annie Jr. The auditions are for all children who have an interest in acting. The auditions will be held Wednesday, December 23rd at 1:00 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft. Parents are asked to accompany their kids to the auditions. For more information you can call the theatre at 564-8943.
City councilors in Brewer voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.Voters in the state approved the idea of dispensaries last month.Folks in Brewer say so far no one has approached the city about opening one, but they want to get ahead of the issue.”We understand medical marijuana does a lot of good things for people. We understand that very seriously,” says Councilor Joseph Ferris.Brewer city councilors say now they need to understand how a medical marijuana dispensary could impact their community.Police Chief Perry Antone says law enforcement wants more time to address not only where they could be located, but also, how the marijuana would be cultivated, distributed and transported.”There’s just no information out there for the local legislative bodies such as the city council or local law enforcement to work from,” Antone says.Meanwhile, Christopher Ruhlin told the council his Maine Patients Group would like to be involved in discussions going forward.”We think a moratorium is not necessarily a bad idea. We would like to be a resource to you so we could answer a lot of these questions. And we do have answers,” Ruhlin says.Brewer councilors in the past approved a similar moratorium while they researched methadone clinics. But Ruhlin says comparisons between methadone clinics and medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t accurate.”If anything, we would prefer to be compared to pharmacies. These would be very clean, professional dispensaries,” Ruhlin says.”The purpose of today’s meeting is not to make a statement as to whether we are in favor or against the facilities, because the citizens of Maine have given us that direction,” says Councilor Jerry Goss. “Our job is to give us some time to get it done right.”Over the next six months councilors say they will form a research committee, and hold a public hearing before any further decisions.A state task force in Augusta is in the process of making recommendations on the issue.
Parents are blaming poor road conditions in the town of Freedom for their kids missing a day of school. On Tuesday morning a MSAD 3 busdriver was unable to drive up a hill on the Sibley road were seven students catch the bus. Some of the children walk a quarter of a mile to the Sibley road to wait for the bus and ended up out in the cold for about an hour before going home to tell their parents the bus never came. Selectman Clint Spaulding is the acting road commissioner because the current one is on vacation. TV5 caught up with him to ask him why the road was not plowed, he said he called out drivers when he woke up and it should have been cleared. Spaulding said he did apologize to some of the upset parents for the inconvenience.
The holiday season is all about helping those who are less fortunate and the people at Main Street Music studios in Bangor have certainly embraced the holiday spirit. Andrew Clifford is the President there and says kids with an interest in music should be able to chase that dream. “So basically what we’re doing is trying to collect instruments, electric, acoustic,” says Clifford, “that people are willing to donate for kids that are in need of them and can’t afford them that are interested in music so we can help the kids that are interested in music play.”This is one instance where something you may have sitting in a closet somewhere could help brighten the holidays for some lucky kid out there. Anna Aldridge is an instructor at Main Street Music Studios. “How many of us have an old instrument we’ve carried around for years and hasn’t been touched and a kid could be using that so it’s a great program that we’ve got,” she says, “so if there’s an old instrument in your closet bring it in because there’s a kid who could really learn to play it.”Clifford says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “Even students parents would come in and say we have an old violin , or an old saxophone, or even drum sticks, anything,” he says, “we’re taking accessories to so anything that can help kids cross that barrier about not being able to play because they can’t afford it.”The folks at Main Street Music Studios say they don’t want money to be a roadblock for kids who truly have a love for music. “It’s so, so important because everyone needs their niche and for some kids music could be the thing that keeps them off the street and keeps them out of trouble,” says Aldridge.They’re not stopping at instruments, the folks here are also collecting Coats For Kids, money for the Red Cross, and non-perishable food items for Manna. “They can go to our website, mainstreetmusic.com or they can come right here, 49 Main Street,” urges Clifford, “feel free to come in and drop off food, money for the Red Cross, or donate instruments.”
Since October 27th, home heating oil prices have only moved by a few pennies. The weekly survey that came out from the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security notes that this weeks prices have dropped by a penny, to $2.55 per gallon. Officials say northern Maine had the highest price at $2.80 per gallon while the lowest price of $2.28 per gallon was found in the southwestern region.
Folks in Milo will vote tonight on whether to allow the town to buy a section of downtown, destroyed by an arson fire more than a year ago. Residents will decide if they want to spend 48-thousand dollars to buy the former Milo True Value property.It, along with four other businesses, were gutted by a fire in September of 2008. Town manager Jeff Gahagan says the money to buy the building comes from a federal grant, so no town money would be used to acquire the property. Gahagan says purchasing the property will give the town better control over how to redevelop the area. But not everyone likes that idea. The town currently owns three of the five burned-out building lots.
In association with Maine’s college and university presidents, the Maine Higher Education Council has created a new website to encourage students from Maine to enroll in Maine Colleges.This website includes information about 35 public and private colleges and universities across the state of Maine. Not only does this site encourage students to enroll, but shows the importance of a higher education.The council says workers in Maine with a bachelor’s degree earn 50 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.If you would like to view the website you can log on to www.collegeinmaine.org.
Five Maine churches are working together to convert a former home for the mentally disabled in Machias into a shelter for abused women and children.The project is being led by the Lifespring Chapel Christian Church.Its pastor, Doug Watermolen says it’s been a dream of his for years.Last year an anonymous donor who heard of Watermolen’s vision donated the building.The facility will offer shelter, education, health care, skills training, and counseling.Fund raising is now under way to support it.
Bangor International Airport will continue to serve as a hub for military flights overseas, after winning a contract covering at least the next three years.B.I.A. officials say several airports had submitted transit proposals to global aviation holdings.Each vying to be the exclusive east coast location for troop flights stopping on their way to or from overseas.Bangor officials say they’ve handled nearly 4,000 troops flights in the last six years.
A 19-year-old man from Bar Harbor was found dead in the woods early Saturday morning.State Police say Benjamin Britt apparently wandered away from a party in Trenton.Police say he was among a small group of people, all of whom are under 21, that had been drinking.Police went to the party after a teen was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor stab wounds.They were told Britt was missing. His body was found around 3:30 Saturday morning in woods off the Horse Farm Road.Police say he likely died from exposure to freezing weather. They’re trying to find out who supplied the alcohol to the party.
A Burlington man has reportedly admitted to killing a husband and wife in Webster Plantation last month.31-year-old Nathaneal Nightingale was in court Monday.Court papers state Nightingale shot Michael and Valerie Miller in the head during an attempted robbery.According to the documents Nightingale admitted to police he shot the couple, and provided details of the crime.He was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at his family’s home in Burlington.The bodies of Michael and Valerie Miller were found in the kitchen of their home on the Tucker Ridge Road.Jeffrey Silverstein is Nightingale’s attorney, he says his client did know the victims. “He understands what the charges are,” Said Silverstein on Monday. “He’s very despondent over the situation. It appears as if he’s made some statements acknowledging some responsibility. To my knowledge this appears to be a horrible accident gone wrong and we intend that, over time, we will produce additional circumstances and hope to put this in to proper context.”Nightingale is being held at the Penobscot County Jail without bail.He’s due back in court January 22nd.
Maine has received nearly $4,000,000 for technology to help folks share knowledge.The federal money will be used in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s “Distance Learning and Telemedicine” program.More than one hundred fifty schools, including the University of Maine, will benefit from the funding.The money will buy video conferencing equipment and computer systems that will be used to link schools, letting them share course work. “We compete with every other state in the union for a pot of money and for the past 3 out of 4 years we’ve come out at the top, so I do think need is one issue, but also the fact that we’re a very rural state and we’re a large state geographically so to be able to connect people and allow them not to travel long distances to learn is a real priority,” Said Virgina Manuel a director with U.S.D.A. Rural Development.Nearly $400,000 will go to Eastern Maine Medical Center to help pay for technology that will connect specialists to rural hospitals across the state via video.
The Bangor city council has signed off on plans for one of Bangor’s largest construction projects: a new arena.Members of the city council voted unanimously Monday to accept the report prepared by the committee.It’s a series of recommendations that include building a 5,400 seat arena that could expand to 7,400 seats.That would be phase one of the project.Phase two would be renovating the existing auditorium and civic center into conference space, for a total cost of about $73,000,0000.Officials say ground breaking for phase one of the project will begin no later than the summer of 2011, and phase two will begin as soon as funding is in place.The city council will continue discussing the issue at workshops in the near future.
Fire fighters worked around some tight spaces in Waterville Monday night.Crews were called to Pleasant Street at 7:30 for reports of smoke in the third floor apartment.When they arrived, smoke was pouring from the top of the building.The seven occupants of the building were evacuated, one had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.Those displaced by the fire do have places to go.”They were brought across the street to a church to keep warm,” Said the Fire Chief for Waterville and Winslow, David LaFountain. “And I was told by the Red Cross that they’ve already gotten alternative arraignments for tonight, and that they’d be working with them tomorrow to see what they could do for ‘em.”No fire fighters were injured in the blaze, though the tight conditions in downtown Waterville made it difficult to bring the water to the fire.The fire marshal’s office was on scene Monday, and says that the fire is not being considered suspicious.There has been no word yet on a cause.
Amongst all the holiday shoppers out Monday night were members of the Bangor Fire Department.They were picking out toys for tots. A cause they raise money for each year.This year, they had $2,000 in donations to spend on area kids.Photojournalist Tom Round went along for their shopping trip at the Brewer Walmart…”Every year we take some donated money from our Union, Firefighters Union. And we donate it to the Toys for Tots.””Oh! Every kid wants to be a fireman.””It’s a lot of fun, we spend about two thousand dollars a year, and raise that money. And then turn around and donate the money, and come and buy the toys, and actually give the to the Toys for Tots program.””I think I’m close.””That should do.””If you look around you’ll see that many of the firefighters have brought their families, and the kids really enjoy picking out the toys for other kids. And we explain to them what we’re doing. And it’s just a nice Christmas atmosphere.””Picking out the toys I just thought were best for kids. Lotta Star Wars stuff, bikes, stuff like that.””That’s 5.””That’s 5. So that’s, like, 44 dollars we’re at.””We receive a lot of donations from LTS and from our different fundraiser. We try and spread it out as evenly as we can, and there’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood that really don’t have what they need at the Christmas season. So it’s an easy way to give back a little bit.””I want to be a fireman when I grow up.””You do! Okay.””I think their gonna feel great. A lot of times their parents can’t pay for that kind of stuff, so I think their gonna be pretty happy.”