Maine legislators worked well into the wee hours of Saturday morning before wrapping up this year’s regular session at the State House.There were some testy moments…particularly over highway maintenance options that had Democrats and Republicans at odds.Sharp debate over transportation project funding broke out first thing in the morning in the House of Representatives on Friday. The Senate produced a similarly emotional series of tirades late Friday night.In between, idled and waiting for new amendments to take up for voting, some lawmakers staged a wiffleball game on the south lawnof the State House.In his closing remarks, Governor John Baldacci put his focus on the positive, crediting lawmakers for conducting themselves withgoodwill and openness.
A woman from Aroostook county is in jail, charged with sexually assaulting a young child.Police say they found the woman through internet child pornography videos uncovered by police in England.30-year-old Julie Carr is charged with gross sexual assault.She was arrested at her home in Mars Hill Friday night.Investigators were led to Carr after police in West Midlands, England, discovered videos of a woman committing sexual acts on ayoung child. Police say the videos had been recorded from a live web-cast, apparently broadcast in the last few days.Carr is being held on $20,000 bail pending a hearing on Monday.Police say she will likely face further state and federal charges.
A dentist in Machias is using European technology to help patients with whole-body healthcare.Doctor James Sparaga says a new test could help you find out what conditions and diseases you might be at risk for in the future.Amy Erickson has the story.
It’s another milestone in Cianbro’s massive project for the Motiva refinery.Friday, the Brewer manufacturing facility sent its second shipment of modules down the Penobscot River, bound for Port Arthur, Texas, on one of the largest barges in the world.”The most significant module in terms of weight is in excess of 500 tons on this shipment,” says Cianbro Corporation CEO Peter Vigue.He says these four modules are heading out right on time.”It’s just a clear indication of the capability and the competency of the Maine workforce and the people of this company,” Vigue says.A few of the company’s 525 workers gathered Friday to see it off. As the barge was pulled out, Project Manager Rick Godin had only one thought in mind. “How much time we have before the next barge comes in,” he says, smiling.The shipments will continue until June 2010, carrying 53 modules in all to Texas.”People continue to call us all the time and want to know precisely what the schedule is so they won’t miss it,” Vigue says.Despite the rain, folks who turned out to watch the spectacle weren’t disappointed.”It was huge!” says Janet Murphy, of Orono, who stopped at several points along the Penobscot. “I couldn’t believe it coming around the corner there.””It’s really big. It’s amazing they’re going to get that through the ocean,” says Gloria Gibbons, who also came out to see the barge.Unless there’s bad weather, once the barge hits Penobscot Bay it won’t stop until Texas, taking the pride of people here with it.”We’re sending a clear message to the people of this state in terms of what they’re capable of achieving, and that they can compete with any company anywhere in the world,” Vigue says.The next shipment is scheduled to go out in August.”We have a lot of work to do between now and then,” Godin says, “but we’ll be ready.”
Bangor Hydro will be doing some routine maintenance and update to their system over the weekend. Some customers in the Bangor area will experience an interruption in service because of the work being done.The interruption will happen on Saturday, June 13, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.The following buildings will be involved133 Broadway Street, Bangor135 Broadway Street, Bangor136 Broadway Street, Bangor143 Broadway Street, Bangor151 Broadway Street, Bangor128 Cumberland Street, Bangor134 Cumberland Street, Bangor185 Pine Street, Bangor188 Pine Street, Bangor189 Pine Street, BangorCustomers with questions regarding the service interruption can contact Bangor Hydro at 947-2414.
Do you know how the name of Bangor came about?Some elementary school students got to learn all about it first hand today.”Hereby incorporated into a town by the name of Bangor and the said town is hereby invested with the powers, privileges, and amenities which other towns in this commonwealth do or may do by law.”Some elementary school students got to take a trip back in time Friday.”Today is part of our 175th anniversary celebration. Bangor is 175 years from the incorporation as a city back in 1834. But now we’re reaching back even earlier to when Bangor became a town.”Students were treated to a re-enactment of how the name Bangor was created.”Bangor was actually named after a song and that’s very rare. I don’t know of another one anywhere. Not only that, it was a mistake. It wasn’t planned.”The play tells the story of a sometimes forgetful reverend known as Seth Noble.Noble traveled to Boston to incorporate Bangor as a town.But it wasn’t supposed to be named Bangor.”As it is written as permanent record, Kenduskeag Plantation will now be known as Bangor.””Bangor, no no no not Bangor. The tune is Bangor but the name of the village is Sunbury. There’s been a dreadful mistake.”Third grader Brooke Bowen was excited to learn about Bangor.”I think it’s important to know about where you come from.”Third grader Devin Haggerty read the Declaration of Independence at the start of the play.She was happy to be a part of the re-enactment.”It was kind of exciting. I thought it was cool to be here.”A history lesson the students have been learning about in the classroom for months and one that came to life for them Friday.
Some students in Etna are the happy owners of new bikes.The Books for Bikes reading program was created through a collaboration with the Masonic Lodges of Maine and the Brain Injury Association of Maine.Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to read.For every book they finish, their name goes into a raffle to win a bicycle.Seven students at the Etna-Dixmont Elementary School received bikes today.Also, through a grant from the Bureau of Highway Safety, every student received a bike helmet.” A lot of families buy helmets but they don’t know how to fit them, they don’t fit them correctly, so the helmet wobbles on their heads and wiggles around a lot. So we go into the classroom and teach the kids how to fit their helmets.”Students at Carmel Elementary School also received helmets today.Students at the Smith Elementary School in Levant will get theirs on Monday.
Mount Hope Variety store in Bangor closed its doors Thursday.We’re told the closing was a result of some unfortunate circumstances and the current state of the economy.The manager says they have appreciated everyone’s business and enjoyed being a part of the Bangor community.
One man is dead and another in the hospital after a collision on Route 3 that blocked traffic to and from Mount Desert Island.Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies say two pickup trucks collided head-on about 6 o’clock this morning in Trenton. Authorities say 29 year-old William Brownlee was heading south, 31-year-old Brad Kenney was heading north. They say that’s when Kenney’s truck crossed the center line. Both men were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where Kenney died. No word yet on what may have contributed to the crash.
Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire in Veazie ripped through a home on May Street home.Crews got the call around 6 o’clock last night. When they arrived they say there was heavy smoke showing on the first and second floors of the home.Crews from Old Town, Orono, Bangor, and Holden helped to put out the fire. Officials aren’t sure where it began.Pete Metcalf, Captain of the Veazie Fire Department, says, “At this point it’s too early to tell what the cause of the fire was. We’ve got a lot of clutter in the building that we’ve got to clear out. A lot of overhaul debris they’re taking care of and fire marshal will be on hand to assist us with the investigation, but at this point it’s still too early to tell what the actual cause was.”Officials aren’t sure how severe the damage to the house is, either. An elderly woman lives in the house, but she wasn’t home at the time of the fire.
Shirley Elementary School was one of the last remaining one room school houses on the mainland of Maine.In May residents voted to close the school because of rising costs and declining enrollment.The Shirley Elementary School bell rang for the last time Thursday.”I’m sad to see the school close. I think it’s been a very unique experience for the children.” says Joyce Lessard, a teacher a Shirley Elementary.After nearly 175 years, the one room school house is closing.”It’s sad for the community. Cause the school is the center of your community. But it is reality, you know, when you’re down to two students.” says Jacqueline Stevens, an education technician at the school.Ian – a third grader from Shirley, and Dean – a second grader from Greenville, were the only students at Shirley Elementary this year.”I get help with my work a lot that’s the best thing I think.” Ian says.Both students will be go to elementary school in Greenville next year… and have twenty to thirty kids in their classes.”I think at first it’s going to be a real adjustment. But they’re both wonderful students and I think they’ll do fine.” Lessard adds.”I won’t be nervous because I pretty much have a good experience there, two years here, two years there.” Dean says.Ian says he’s, “Looking forward to going there a lot because I know most of the people there and I’m going to be in 4th grade with Mrs. Roberts and she goes on like two field trips a year.” The students and teachers closed out this year and enjoyed their last weeks together by taking a few field trips of their own – One was to the State House another up Mount Battie.”It was a wonderful way to end the school year.” says Lessard.Dean adds, “I had really good friends and we were just like a family, we played with each other, it was very fun…. I’m going to miss this school very much.”
Burning food is to blame for a fire in Winn that left a family of eight homeless. The fire on Military Road yesterday afternoon started in the kitchen when some chicken left on the stove caught on fire. Megan and Richard Plaisted live there with their six children, ages 3 to 19. Megan is also pregnant. It took crews from Mattawamkeag, Lincoln, Medway and Lee to put out the flames.The family’s closest relatives live in Upstate New York, so the Red Cross is now offering them help. Lee Academy put the family up for the night in a dorm and an insurance adjustor is making arrangements for them to stay in an apartment.Mattawamkeag Fire Chief Robert Powers says the fire was difficult to fight.”The house was build back in the 1800s. With such an old house there’s a lot of nooks and crannies. The fire is just hiding from us, we’re just trying to be careful.”Powers says one firefighter was treated for heat stress at the scene by Penobscot Valley Hospital.Folks who’d like to help the family with donations can contact Robert Fogg at 736-2033.
The USA dietary guidelines recommend we eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Some of us are challenged to even eat one serving! Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers shares her best tips for achieving the recommended 9 servings.1. Start with vegetables. Before you put anything else on your plate, start with a salad, a heap of green beans, or a stalk of broccoli.After you’ve eaten your vegetables, add the other components of the meal. Since you’re eating your veggies first, when you’re hungry, you’re likely to eat more.2. Make a super salad. One 7-ounce bag of washed lettuce equals a bit more than one serving. Add a sliced tomato, a diced apple, and a quarter cup of raisins and you’ve just increased that to four servings.3. Keep it convenient. Either slice vegetables yourself and keep them in the fridge in ice water or buy precut vegetables. Don’t shun canned fruits, either. If they’re packed in unsweetened syrup, they provide a quick, convenient way to get a serving or more. Try canned peaches on ice cream or mandarin orange segments in salads. Frozen vegetables are another excellent shortcut. Throw them into soups or stews without defrosting. Buy bags of frozen chopped onions and peppers for quickstarts to dinners.4. Get them on pizza. Forget the pepperoni. Order a vegetable pizza. You’ll get sweet, roasted vegetables with every slice.5. Hide them. Add grated carrots to lasagna or spaghetti sauce. And use potato puree to thicken soups in place of cream.6. Use them as condiments. Salsas are all the rage these days. Don’t stop with tomato salsas. Fruit salsas (pineapple, onion, and mint, or cantaloupe, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar) make wonderful accompaniments to pork, fish, and chicken. Try jarred chutneys for an easy option.7. Give ‘em a roast. Roasting vegetables such as onions, carrots, turnips, bell peppers, eggplant, and even asparagus is a wonderful way to bring out their natural sweetness. Just spray the vegetables and pan with cooking spray, or drizzle on a bit of olive oil, then roast in a hot oven (450Â°F) until done. (Different vegetables require different cooking times.) Check often, and turn midway through. Grilling is another way to bring out the flavor in vegetables: try zucchini strips at your next backyard cookout.
A company in Texas is recalling more than 600-thousand pounds of frozen poultry products because they may contain milk, soy or wheat that’s not listed on the label. Those products can cause an allergic reaction for some people.Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling all 32-ounce bags of Kroger, Fully Cooked, Buffalo Style Chicken Wings, Chicken Wings Sections Coated with Sauce.The bags have “Best By” dates of July 25, 2009 through June 8, 2010.They also have establishment numbers near the zip seal of P7091A, P73477, P13485A, along with a UPC code of 0 11110 97158 6 and Julian dates of 8207 to 9159.So far the company has received no reports of illness.
The biggest change in television since color, is here.Today, the federal government pulls the plug on the analog TV signal and replaces it with a digital one. TV5 will make the switch tonight at 11:59:59 p.m.Catherine Pegram has some last-minute advice on what you need to do to be ready for it.As of midnight tonight, television technology as we know it, will change forever. The current analog signal will be replaced with a digital one. Viewers who get their signal through a cable or satellite company don’t have to do anything to prepare for the switch. But Mainers who get their signal over the air will have to work to keep their picture. “If you are still watching on analog, you have to move now – as soon as possible – to get over to digital. That means getting a digital converter box or the TV set. You may need to upgrade your antenna, but you’re not going to know that until you do get that converter box or new television that receives digital signal.”TV5 Program Director Steve Hiltz says it’s easy to test out your converter box. And you don’t have to wait until 11:59:59 to find out if it works.TV5 is already sending out a digital signal. “We’re not going to make anything better right now. No one’s moving to another frequency, no one’s increasing their power, so if you’re not getting the signal, you’re not going to get it after midnight tonight. If you are getting the signal, you will continue to get them as you are. It’s okay to rescan – rescanning is always recommended, but I don’t think it’s going to make a difference to anyone who’s not receiving a signal right now.”If you’re receiving a signal with a converter box, Hiltz says be aware that you could still lose that signal because of interference from trees or weather.”Look at your antenna situation. Look at your set up. Maybe you can raise your antenna. Maybe something like a signal amplifier can help you get that signal back again.”There are lots of websites that can still help you through the d-t-v transition. Such as:www.d-t-v.govwww.d-t-v answers.comwww.d-t-v for me.com and www.d-t-v 2009.govAnd if that doesn’t work. “If you’re experiencing trouble with the signal, the FCC has set up a hotline that you can call and get help there. You can call the stations during normal business hours, they can usually help you out as well. And you can leave a message at the station.””Just like analog, digital isn’t perfect. Broadcasting over the air has never been perfect. There are folks who could not get the signals for years of stations they wanted to see. Sometimes digital has improved that. In fact, there are many cases people have told me they’ve picked up signals they didn’t see before but there are going to be some folks who are going to lose some channels probably and we’re going to try to help them.”Catherine Pegram, WABI TV5 News.And that hotline to the FCC for DTV help is 1-888-CALL-FCC.
There are thousands of military men and women from across the state that serve. Many have deployed at least once having to transition from a war zone to back home. Each service and family member will manage the transition from the war zone to the home front with different amounts of success. Some accomplish this transition within weeks. Others will need more time, and perhaps assistance. Readjustment is a complicated process with no clear demarcation points and no consistent timeline. To help assist service members and their families the Maine National Guard along with the Maine Military and Community Network set up a day-long conference to bring toether those who want to collaborate to make Maine’s military support system better. Governor John Baldacci and Major General John Libby attended the conference which was held Thursday at Colby College in Waterville. Perhaps the most memorable speakers though were the men and women who shared their experiences with deployment and the task of transitioning back into civilian life. Major Ronald Oldfield and his family shared with the audience their personal and very emotional struggles their family has faced through nine deployments. Major Oldfield admits it’s not that there aren’t any support services available that makes transitioning difficult, but rather that there needs to be more awareness that they are out there. For more information about state and local support services click here.
Fairmount School fourth graders walked over to the Bangor Museum and History Center Thursday with an important job to do.”We really worked hard on this. It was really hard to get this together, in like a month,” says fourth-grader Christopher Chasse. He and 21 other students were guest curators for the museum. “Southern doctors gave their malaria patients tincture of dogwood,” reads one student from her project.Last month, these students picked an artifact they liked at the Thomas Hill Historic House and Civil War Museum, and started reading all about it.”Book after book after book after book,” Chasse says.”The curator in many museums is the one who takes the collection of the museum and tells a story,” says Bangor Museum Curator Dana Lippitt.The stories these guest curators told Thursday took lots of research, and took them back in time in history.”I learned about Johnny Clem. He’s a famous drummer from the Civil War,” says one student.”I learned about a cutlass, which is like a sword. It’s pretty awesome,” says another.The students’ research will be on display all summer – from a cast of Lincoln’s hand to the enlisted men’s boots.”No, they were not good in wet conditions,” Chasse says, of the boots. “Very terrible.””Through this project the students learned history and civics, reading and writing and public speaking,” says their teacher, Jean Schmick. She and Lippitt designed the project to teach local history and public service, made even more fun when ghost stories are involved. “Samuel haunts the house today,” says one student. “He was the mayor of Bangor from 1863 to 1865.””It’s just a good learning experience,” Chasse says.
The fire that burned through an 18-unit apartment building in Orono was an accident. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s office say the fire Tuesday afternoon was started by an electrical problem in the building’s wiring.A state electrical inspector who combed through the damage today determined the fire started in an outlet in a wall of a first-floor apartment, then spread throughout the building. More than two dozen people were left without a place to live, many of them college students. Everyone made it out safely, though one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and two firefighters were slightly hurt.Firefighters were even able to rescue one of the tenant’s dogs, who spent more than two hours hidden in the rubble.
A beach in Enfield is now healthier thanks to some junior high students.As Meghan Hayward tells us, their efforts will be seen for quite some time.”So there are many pieces that brought this together. The students were happy to do it. We want them to feel that they can make a difference and to be a good citizen.”Junior high students at Hichborn Middle School in Howland did make a difference.They wrote letters to town selectmen this past winter urging them to ban tobacco at Morgan’s Beach and the ban was passed.Health and physical education teacher Barb Hamlin says she wasn’t surprised about the student’s letters being so successful.”They’re at an age where they’re really deciding for themselves whether or not they’ll do certain things and this is a key time for them to make health decisions and I think it was good they could advocate for health.”Seventh grader Aleisha Sides is one of the students that wrote a letter.She’s happy with the end result.”It’s exciting knowing we wrote something and it worked.”Sides says the ban is going to prevent children and others from getting hurt.”Little kids aren’t going to get hurt by cigarette butts and no one’s going to be burning their feet or stepping on anything so they don’t get hurt.”Thursday, the students hard work paid off as the tobacco-free signs were unveiled. Signs being presented, applauseSeventh graders Jenna Hope and Morgan Roy also wrote letters.”I felt glad.””It’s amazing. I’m speechless.”Now, every time the students come to Morgan’s Beach and see the tobacco-free signs, they’ll know it’s because of them.
Environmentalists joined forces with workers’ rights advocates for a press conference in Orono on Thursday.Members of the Sierra Club and the Maine People’s Alliance teamed up with labor officials and tradesmen to call on Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to support the “Employee Free Choice Act.”Its supporters say the the legislation will level the playing field for Mainers by giving them the choice to unionize.Sierra Club officials say the Employee Free Choice Act will help ensure that good jobs are created in the new, clean energy economy.Bill Murphy is director of Umaine’s Bureau of Labor Education.He says the legislation is about justice for all workers.< "justice delayed is justice denied. And for millions of workers in america and here in this state as well, who are legitimately trying to organize a union, they've encountered this by having their justice, equity and opportunity for equality on the job either denied or delayed.">The Employee Free Choice Act includes tougher penalties for employers who try to harass or intimidate workers who try to unionize.It would also help employees secure a contract in a reasonable period of time.