The candidates for the three open seats on the Bangor City Council will get a chance to answer your questions in an attempt to garner your vote on election day.There will be a candidates forum starting at 7 tonight in the Council Chambers. The doors will open at about an hour in advance of the event.Six of the Seven candidates are expected to be on hand tonight.All of the candidates will have 3 minutes to make an opening statement. Then they will take questions from panelists that each will answer. Questions will be taken from the public in writing.Each candidate will also have two minute closing statement.We’ll have more on this forum tonight at 10 and 11.Bangor City Council Candidates Marco Antonio Almodovar, 45, Walter StreetPatricia A. Blanchette, 66, Old Orchard DrivePeter Dâ€™Errico, 78, Meadowbrook RoadGeoff Gratwick, 66, Kenduskeag AvenueJohn Kossowan, 56, Hammond StreetPaul Lodgek, 55, Dexter StreetCary Weston, 37, West Broadway
This weekend could have been one of the last weekends to enjoy Maine’s fall foliage at its finest.Members of the Anah Shrine Temple did just that, and raised some money for kids at the same time.The group has just formed a new motorcycle touring unit and Sunday was their first official fundraiser.16 bikers gathered at the Anah Temple in Bangor for a fall foliage ride.The group headed up to the River Driver’s restaurant in Millinocket for lunch.Then looped back around Lincoln on Route 2, back to Bangor.The cost was $30 for the ride. “This money, to the best of my knowledge, will go to the New England, like the Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Massachusetts.” Said Mark Babin on Sunday. Babin is the director of the motorcycle touring unit.THe unit raised $120 on Sunday.Babin says they hope to continue the fall foliage ride next year, but perhaps a little earlier, when the weather isn’t so chilly.
Two of Maine’s largest newspapers are expressing support for the “No On One” campaign.The Maine Sunday Telegram and weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News both had editorials supporting same sex marriage in Maine.The Telegram says limiting marriage to a man and a woman “Would not make families led by same-sex couples go away,” but just keep them in a legally inferior position.The Bangor Daily News printed that extending the right of marriage to a small segment of the population that has been excluded, furthers Maine’s interest in promoting stable families and communities.Meanwhile, Maine speaker of the house Hannah Pingree and former Maine attorney general Jim Tierney will hold a press conference in Portland Monday.They say they plan to refute recent claims and statements from a new television ad from the question one campaign.
Dozens of school districts across Maine have merged with the goal of cutting administrative costs under the state’s school district consolidation law.Voters will be asked to decide on election day to undo the whole thing. Consolidation supporters say that scuttling the law would make a mess of things, not to mention eliminate millions of dollars in savings.Critics of the law, including house speaker Hannah Pingree and senate president Libby Mitchell, say it should be repealed.Skip Greenlaw, whose Maine Coalition to Save Schools is leading the repeal effort, says he’s not against consolidation. His group opposes mandatory consolidation.The legislature’s office of fiscal and program review says repealing the law would cost $37 million a year.
Bangor Hydro crews are addressing a service interruption in the Deer Isle and Sedgwick area affecting nearly 3,000 customers, as well as a small number of scattered outages in the Lucerne and Orono areas. The lines came down due to the wind and rain. All available crews are working to restore service as quickly and safely as possible. Service is expected to be restored tonight. Bangor Hydro reminds and encourages customers to stay clear of downed power lines and trees in contact with power lines. Customers may report outages by calling 1-800-440-1111.
A Washington man is behind bars tonight, charged in connection with a pipe bomb incident at his home.The State Fire Marshal’s office says 36 year old Robert Medeika was arrested Saturday afternoon.It came after the State Police tactical team found Medeika in the home he shares with his mother.Authorities say he got into an argument with his mom on Friday night, and placed what appeared to be a pipe bomb on a table inside the home.Medeika’s mom ran out of the house and called for help.Authorities couldn’t locate Medeika until the next afternoon. He was booked at the Knox County jail on 20-thousand dollars cash bail.State Police say the pipe bomb described by Medeika’s mother could not be found.
Local Maine florists got to show off some of their work at the first ever Maine Floral Design show at the Bangor Civic Center Sunday.More than 20 professional florists from all over the state shared their designs, and techniques with some local amateur floral enthusiasts.The pros even gave away a few secrets to the crowd that gathered.Many of the exhibits had holiday and autumn themes.The folks who put on the event were trying to encourage Mainers to use their local florists instead of the online options.”Well, with the economy the way that it is we are all a luxury business, most flower shops are flower and gift items and we just want the people that they can come and find all kinds of different products at every one of our shops, there are artists in the shops, there are designers in the shops award winning designers so buy local come in and visit your local flower shop,” says William Sheehan, President of Maine Florists and Growers Association.Organizers say they’re hoping to make this an annual event.
The rain held off long enough for folks to enjoy the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Waterville today.This is the 7th year for the event.It’s held in Castonguay Square.Those attending could get a good taste of fall, literally with homemade chili and candy apple making.Folks could test their scarecrow making skills.Kids enjoyed face painting, pony rides as well a hay rides.There was pumpkin carving.And of course, the ever popular pumpkin bowling.The event is sponsored Waterville Main Street, a non-profit group that’s working to revitalize the downtown.”We think its important to bring people of all ages to downtown Waterville to celebrate community and see what downtown Waterville is all about. So this is an event that is planned for families primarily,” says Shannon Haines, Executive Director of Waterville Main Street.New to the Harvest Fest this year was the LC Bates museum, which offered kids hands-on activities like stamping animal tracks and playing the sounds of native birds.Also new and popular right off the bat- a goat petting zoo.
Question four is a hotly contested ballot item right now.It has to do with cutting property taxes in Maine.Off-duty Bangor professional fire fighters went door to door yesterday and today, making sure folks get out and vote on November third.They say they also wanted to make sure residents are properly informed about the impact Tabor Two could have on public safety in their neighborhood.Fire fighters say if the Taxpayer Bill of Rights passes, Mainers could see longer response times to emergencies because there could be less fire fighters, as well as police officers and EMT’s working.Ron Green is the president of the Bangor Professional Fire Fighters.”We all took a job here to protect the citizens of the city of Bangor as well as the state of Maine. And we feel its important to get the word out as to what the impact will be. I mean, it’s obvious that if this measure passes, we could be facing job cuts here in the city of Bangor, in the fire department, police department, or both.”Green says our state is already facing tough times, and Tabor Two will only exasperate that.He also believes the Taxpayer Bill of Rights will take control away from local government.Last week, TV5 spoke with Steve Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.The public advocacy group supports Tabor Two.Bowen believes its up to voters to decide what level of public safety service they want and how much money they’re willing to pay for it.
When Governor Baldacci signed the same sex marriage bill in May those who supported it rejoiced but they also knew they would have a fight on their hands. Cindy Leiffer of Orrington supports gay marriage. “We were elated, we felt very proud of Maine, proud of the Governor and the legislature for passing that,” says Leiffer, “we knew there would be opposition and that it would be on the ballot and sort of braced ourselves for the fight that’s going on.”Today a statewide rally was held, called the In-terfaith March. It brought folks together from all denominations in support of gay marriage. Reverand Mark Worth came all the way from Castine to participate. “Well we have more than 200 religious leaders, clergy, rabbis, pastors, across the state who have signed statements saying that they support “no on #1″ that we want to preserve the right of same sex couples to marry and that it’s a good thing,” he says. Rabbi Darah Lerner of Congregation Beth El in Bangor agrees. “I think it really points to the importance of this not just as a civil rights issue but as a spiritual issue,” she says, “an issue of holiness and an issue of committment and an issue of values that religious denominations share like stability of families and the importance of raising kids in a loving committed relationship.”The event had everything from musical entertainment to testimonials from same sex couples. Those here felt that a rally of this size shows how far maine has come in a very short time. “If you had asked me a year and a half ago if we would be where we are right now i wouldn’t have believed it, i am thrilled to see this kind of support for fairness and equality,” said Reverand Worth.The people here also understand and respect the right of the opposition to bring this issue to the voters. “Well we support the idea that we should be able to take issues to the public vote,” says Rabbi Lerner, “that’s an important civil responsibility here in America and that they did this that’s fine but the issue is there’s lots of us who believe that marriage is an important civil right that we should all express and we will all be voting.”This issue will ultimately be decide by the voters in November.
A man from Sidney is recovering tonight, after being hit by pellets while partridge hunting.The warden service says 42-year old Don Hipkins was hunting with another man earlier this afternoon in Sidney, when the other hunter fired at a bird in heavy cover.The shot deflected, hitting Hipkins instead.Six pellets went into his arm, finger, and stomach.Hipkins was treated and released from a Waterville hospital late this afternoon.The incident is now under investigation.Last weekend, a man from Mapleton was injured after getting hit with bird shot while pheasant hunting.
Fire crews from at least seven towns converged on K&K Auto Salvage in Palmyra today.At the invitation of the owner.It was a practice session for new fire fighters, as well as a chance for crews to touch base with each other.Today’s training involved removing victims from car crashes.Fire fighters used the Jaws of Life, air bags as well as other speciality tools for stabalization.In addition, the crews learned how to work as a team whey they called to a scene as part of mutual aid.Carmel Fire Chief Michael Azevedo says, “We all need to communicate and play on the same field. So, that’s what today is. We’ve found several bugs with our radios today that we’ve got to iron out. And some issues with command structures. So far, we’ve learned some very valuable lessons.”Today’s training involved mostly volunteer fire fighters.Chief azevedo says many volunteer fire departments have smaller numbers these days, so more departments are being called in for mutual aid when a disaster occurs.
If you’re allergic to shrimp, you’ll want to check your freezer for Hannaford spring rolls.The supermarket says there have been two customer reports in Maine and two in Florida that “Taste of Inspirations” vegetable spring rolls contain shrimp, which isn’t listed as an ingredient.Hannaford spokesman Michael Norton says no illnesses have been reported.People with an allergy or sensitivity to shellfish risk serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat products containing shrimp.Norton says the manufacturer, Original Rangoon out of Needham, Massachuttess, is in the process of reporting the matter to the Food and Drug administration.
One out of every eight women in the United States will come down with breast cancer.Changing that statistic was what enticed hundreds of walkers to hit the streets of Augusta today.The sixth annual Walk for Hope took place this morning.It’s sponsored by Maine General’s Breast Care program.The 5K walk started at Sam’s Club in the Marketplace, down to the UMaine nature trails and back. Organizers say about 600 people were pre-registered for the event, many of them survivors of breast cancer as well as supporters.The goal is to raise money, but more importantly awareness…Chelsea Moeller is the director of MaineGeneral Fund.”This walk is important because of the prevalence of breast cancer and the fact that with technology, as we advance, it’s over 90% curable if they catch it in time. So the emphasis is on prevention and early detection,” says Moeller.Jean Gauthier was the inspiration for Team Jean. “It’s a great, great day, the sky is beautiful. I’m very, very proud and humbled to be able to walk with a lot of friends, co-workers, just to support breast cancer. It’s been a long, long journey and I’m glad to be reaching the end of it,” says Jean.October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.Today’s Walk for Hope was expected to raise more than &64,000 dollars.
We now know why a former Medway selectman facing trial on a manslaughter charge, was arrested recently.East Millinocket police tell TV 5 that they received a complaint that 44-year-old James Lee was operating a grader in Medway Friday afternoon, something that is in violation of his bail conditions.When officers arrived, they say Lee wasn’t actually on the machine, but nearby.Police contacted the district attorney, who said there was enough evidence to arrest Lee.He’s now being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.Lee is awaiting trial on charges of causing a crash that killed one man and severely injured another in September of 2008 in Monroe.Lee admitted he was speeding and was prepared to enter a guilty plea last month in court, but he withdrew it after learning he would have to serve six years in prison.At that time, the judge allowed Lee to be released on bail until trial.
The Calumet Bridge was officially dedicated in Augusta today.A ceremony took place on the Old Fort Western side of the bridge.Back in March, Governor Baldacci signed into law a bill to rename the bridge.For years, it was called the Father Curran Bridge, named for a Roman Catholic priest.But after Father Curran died, he was accused of sexual abuse. Calumet means “peace pipe”.Plaques bearing the new name were unveiled today on both sides of the bridge.The Calumet Bridge is the middle of Augusta’s three bridges over the Kennebec River.
Hundreds of boy scouts will be better prepared for emergencies after this weekend.Franfort Troop 34 and Searsport Troop 215 are hosting a Fall camporee.And the theme is emergency preparedness and first aid.Local firefighters were on hand giving fire safety lessons.There was even a session on how to cook out in the woods.All the boy scouts will be camping out and will build their own bonfire tonight.David Alling, Vice Chairman of the Waldo Scout District says it’s just as fun for the troop leaders as it is for the boys.” This camporee is allowing the scouts to earn credits and various merit badges, emergency merit badges and first aid merit badges. Plus they have a lot of fun.”” I really liked the CPR section of the first aid.”The scouts hold camporees like this twice a year and each time a different Scout District hosts it.
Some folks took to the streets of downtown Bangor.Trying to educate motorists about the rights the blind and visually impaired have.Meghan Hayward caught up with them along their route.” We’re having a White Cane awareness walk. It’s to help motorists be aware that folks carrying a white can or guide dog are blind or visually impaired. And also that there is a law, the White Cane Law.”Under that law, anyone operating a vehicle is required to take all precautions necessary when approaching a pedestrian carrying a white cane or using a guide dog.Patricia Monahan of Iris Network says getting the facts about the law out there is important.” I think we’re all very busy in our hectic schedules and wanting to get here or and there. The white can signifies a tool of independence for the blind and visually impaired.”Monahan says there is often a misconception about these folks.” Just because someone is labeled as legally blind most folks do have some vision but they cannot travel safely lots of times without the use of a cane or guide dog.”Nancy Matulis is President of the American Council of the Blind of Maine and uses a white cane.She took part in the walk.Matulis had a personal experience that makes this walk even more important to her.” Probably about 20 years ago I was hit by a car crossing the street by Shaw’s. The car banged into me and I was carrying some paperwork, I had just come from a meeting.”Matulis says the impact did not knock her down and she was able to make it across the street.But not one person stopped to ask if she was okay.So Matulis has one message she would like to get across.” We have to have access to safe passages on streets and making sure drivers pay attention to us in sidewalks.”Both the Iris Network and American Council of the Blind of Maine are resources to help people who are visually impaired or blind to attain their independence and integrate within their community.You can learn more about each organization at their websites.www.theiris.org and www.acbmaine.org.
About half of Maine’s seasonal flu vaccine is late, and may not arrive until late next month after the swine flu vaccine is distributed.The Maine Center for Disease Control urged people to get their flu vaccinations early, but many are finding that the vaccinations are unavailable.Dr. Dora Anne Mills says the delay is caused by a bottleneck in the vaccine making process because of competing demand for swine flu vaccine.
Two local film makers are getting a fairy tale wedding, all thanks to the generosity of Mainers.The group, called “Real Weddings Maine”, put together a wedding for Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the folks who created the award winning documentary “The Way We Get By.”Real Weddings Maine had been looking for the perfect couple to donate a wedding to, and after seeing the movie, wedding planner Amber Small knew that she had found her them.They then solicited vendors to donate services and goods for the event.Small says the wedding is very upscale, and showcases that Maine can be am upscale destination wedding spot.Small says the price tag on this wedding is $800,000.