Thanks to Maine’s Percent For Art program, and about 60,000 glass tiles,the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono is getting a bit of makeover. John Patches is the Executive Director of the Collins Center and he’s raving about the program. “Percent for art is part of a state mandated program through the Maine Arts Commission,” says Patches, “it’s a great program for artists, to support artists and to help bring artistic expression into public buildings.”The program sets aside 1% of the construction costs in public buildings for works of art. “We were particularly pleased with this installation because we were able to choose an artist from Maine presently working out of Portland,” Patches says.The home grown artist is none other than Joe Kievitt of Portland. “There was a call for artist, it was a competition,” says Kievitt, “and this is one I was interested in because this is a great neutral space with both vertical and horizontal space and it was one I was really interested in because I thought tile would work very well in here.”The lighting is the main reason the glass tiles work so well in here. “The tile can dramatically change from one kind of lighting to the next over the course of a day or at an angle that your viewing at,” says Kievitt. Patches thinks the new artwork will change the entire dynamic of the Collins Center. “It is transforming the Collins Center,” says Patches, “I think it will become a focal point in the building which we are excited about because this is also the site of the new cafe.” The new cafe will be run by the same people who own “Verve” in Orono and it’s set to open in October.Patches hopes everyone can share in that excitement. “I think they’ll be in awe it will be awesome for people, the whole experience, can you imagine having coffee here everyday or for lunch.”
Rockland police have cited a man from Union in connection with a vandalism spree involving paintball guns. 20-year-old Caleb Wall was cited for criminal mishief Sunday night in Rockland. The vandalism has taken place throughout Knox County over the past three weeks. Police continue to investigate and say there may be others involved.
A Milo man who caused a standoff with police back in August made his first court appearance this morning. 37-year-old David Krueger faces 2 felony charges, terrorizing with a weapon, and possesion of a firearm by a felon. He is also charged with a civil violation, creating a police standoff.Police were called to Krueger’s home on Riverside Street in Milo back in August. Krueger engaged in a standoff with police that lasted nearly eight hours. His girlfriend was in the house at the time but managed to escape. He remains free on bail tonight. Krueger goes on trial for the civil charge in November 23.
Comic book and pop culture fans spent the weekend at the Bangor Civic Center.It was the second annual Bang Pop! convention.Bang Pop! offers everything from panel discussions to movie screenings, plus meet and greets with professional artists and authors.The “artist alley” showcases work by creators from Maine, as well as the rest of New England and the Canadian Maritimes.Folks who turned out to show off their work say it’s been a great way to get more exposure. “As a creator, I do most of my work at home, sitting at my desk,” Said comics creator Raina Telgemier. “So it’s great to come out and get to meet people who’ve read the books, or haven’t read the books…and convince them why they should read it.”Bang Pop! wrapped up Sunday afternoon at five.
The foliage is Maine is expected to be especially vibrant this fall.But tourism revenues likely will remain muted as the economy slowly recovers.Tourism officials are optimistic but don’t expect to break any records. They’re offering a variety of deals in hopes of at least matching last year’s revenues, which were down significantly from previous years due to the recession.
Governor Baldacci is on the other side of the Atlantic, talking about wind.23 businesses and individuals are participating in the trip to Spain and Germany. Many of them part of local companies that build, supply, and provide logistics for wind projects. Maine is home to more than 95% of installed wind power in New England.The International Trade Center is sponsoring the event. It says Europe is aggressive on investing in wind energy. During the trip, the delegation will have a chance to attend southern Europe’s largest wind energy trade show in Spain.
Fire crews spent part of Sunday night and early Monday morning battling a house fire in Pittsfield.Fire fighters from Pittsfield as well as Canaan were called to the Canaan Road around 11:30 Sunday night.We’re told one person was in the home at the time: they were able to make it out safely.Crews cleared the scene around 3:30 Monday morning.There has been no word yet on damages to the home, or a cause.
The shelves of a local food pantry are much more full, thanks to the dedication of several volunteers in the Bangor area.They took part in the third annual “walk for hunger,” to benefit the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.The four mile walk stepped off from Grace United Methodist church and proceeded to Saint Mary’s church and back.Participants were then treated to a free community lunch.All the proceeds will go directly to the food cupboard. “There’s a large population of people who either don’t have a place to live…or are looking for a job…so this gives people the chance to get together and help out,” Said the Pastor of Grace United Methodist church Kathleen Macedo.Nine local churches work together to support the Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard.
Police are asking for help in finding an armed robber in Augusta.It happened just before 1PM Sunday afternoon at the Getty Quick Mart on Western Avenue.Police say a man walked into the store with a blue ski cap and aviator style sunglasses.He showed a knife and demanded money.Police have released a surveillance video photo taken during the robbery.The suspect was last seen on foot headed west from the store.Witnesses are describing him as a white male, five foot ten, between 170 and 180 pounds.He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with LL Bean printed across the front, and blue wind pants with a white stripe down the outside of the legs.Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Christopher Blodgett with the Augusta Police department. He can be reached at 626-2370, extension 220.
Six cruise ships are headed to Maineports this week, all of them calling in Portland and three of themstopping in Bar Harbor. The ships will bring a total of 10,269 passengers to Portlandstarting Sunday, when the Jewel of the Seas arrives for one of itsfive visits this fall. The Jewel of the Seas then heads to BarHarbor. Also arriving in Portland Sunday will be the American Glory,which also has a scheduled stop in Boothbay Harbor. The Carnival Triumph arrives Monday and will spend the day inport before sailing for St. John, New Brunswick. Also arrivingMonday will be the Norwegian Majesty. On Wednesday, the Constellation arrives from Boston carrying1,900 passengers. The Grandeur of the Seas will berth at the MaineState Pier next Saturday. Both ships also will call in Bar Harbor.
Maine’s deer kill is expected to be thesmallest in at least 25 years this fall because the deer herd hasbeen shrinking across the state. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is projectingthe harvest at 19,476 during November’s deer-hunting season. Thatwould be the smallest harvest since 1984, when hunters bagged19,358 deer. Maine’s deer herd has become smaller following two straightwinters with deep snow packs and cold temperatures. Last fall’sdeer kill came in at 21,062, which was 27 percent below the 2007total. Elsewhere in northern New England, New Hampshire is expectingits deer hunt to be larger than last year’s, while Vermont isprojecting a comparable harvest to 2008.
Maine’s health director says a popular fairslated for next weekend is in the middle of a “hot spot” foreastern equine encephalitis, the virus that’s killed 14 horses inthe state and can also affect people. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control andPrevention said she’s concerned about the Common Ground CountryFair Sept. 25-27. Seven of the horses died in Waldo County, wherethe fair’s held, and four others have died in nearby Kennebec andPenobscot counties. Fair officials told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that signswill be posted on the grounds advising people to cover up with longsleeves and long pants and to wear insect repellent. The EEE virus is carried by mosquitoes. It can causeneurological damage in humans.
Church goers in Brewer today lifted their voices and emptied their cupboards Sunday to help those in need.Folks from the First Congregational Church in Brewer got together for a special concert event at Brewer High School.Their goal was to bring a thousand people together to sing the hymn “O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”It’s a favorite of church members.Organizers decided the concert would also be a great money to help stock the shelves of the Brewer Christian Food cupboard…its supplies are running low right now, since demand has been so high.Those who turned out today brought along nonperishable food items to donate.
Catholics around the state came together in Bangor Sunday to honor the men and women who protect our communities.The annual “Blue Mass” was held at Saint John’s Church.This is the first time the Mass has been celebrated in Bangor. It’s usually held in Portland.Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration, which honored those who serve, including police officers, firefighters, EMTs and all emergency services workers.The Bishop also asked those on hand to pray for the safety of those workers.Malone says Americans have become more respectful of the job done by law enforcement, fire and EMS since 9/11.
It was a day of hope here in Bangor as over 4700 people turned out for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Sally Bilancia is the Executive Director for the race and she’s seen the event grow every year. “Well there’s really no magic involved in this,” says Bilancia, “people come out to support the survivors, that’s what it’s all about, and everyone has some kind of connection to breast cancer in someway, a friend, or a family member, or a co-worker and it really brings out a lot of emotion in some people.”It also brings out the wild side in some people, like Phillip Lebreton of Bangor. He’s shown up to this race dressed as everything from a Rockman to Sponge Bob. This year Lebreton got even more creative. “Word got around this year that I was gonna run in pink body paint with a pink tu-tu,” he says, “so I’m living up to my word.” Of course the most impressive part about this event is watching the survivors themselves cross the finish line. Marjorie Adams of Cumberland was the first survivor to finish the race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 1/2 years ago and after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation she says she’s back on track. “Well it’s wonderful,” she says, “I’ve been running for a long time and it’s been a big part of my life, it got me through my treatment, and kept me strong, during, before, and after.”Many of the survivors got through the race with a little help from their friends. Betsy Boyce is the leader of the team named in her honor. “That’s what I think of when I think of them,” Boyce says of her teammates, “they give me hope and courage and left foot right foot one foot in front of the other to conquer this illness.”Sheryl Colvin Ross, a Mother from hampden also ran on a team named for her. “I have an awesome group, ‘Shakin’ It For Sheryl’, there are over 30 people here, and some teams from John Bapst are running in my honor because my son goes there.”Sonja Sawyer is another survivor participating in this race with lots of support from her friends and family. “Well I have been fighting breast cancer for the past 4 years,” she says, “and what happened this year was, it started to out as a joke in terms of getting involved in this, turned into this huge thing we had over 30 members that have been on the team, everyone has been fantastic.”Many of the surviviors on hand had some messages of hope to those who may have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. “There is just so much hope and hope is the biggest thing right now,” Sawyer says, “just hold on to that hope, don’t let go and rely on your friends and family because there gonna be there for you.” Marjorie Adams also knows what it takes to beat breast cancer. “Well I hope that other woman who have been diagnosed, stay active, stay strong, it helps you get through the everyday and everything you need to go through in terms of treatment, surgery, or whatever it is , so be strong, stay active, think positively.”
It’s lights out for Guiding Light.The long running soap opera aired it’s final episode today.Meghan Hayward watched it on TV5, alongside some folks who’ve been fans of the show for years.In recent decades Guiding Light was set in the midwestern town of Springfield.But after 72 years on radio and TV, the CBS soap opera is over.Ninety-year-old Mary Deroche has been a fan of the show for many of those years.”Oh my god, it must be about twenty years if not more.”So what’s kept her a loyal fan all these years?”Well I got so interested in the characters. So I knew them. I just love them, everyone of them.”Mary says the ending of the show will leave a big void in her life.”It’s just like part of my life is gone. I feel that way I really do. I wake up in the mornings and if it’s a weekday I know it’s going to be on. It’s just a part of my life.”Guiding Light began on radio in 1937 and moved to TV in 1952.But in recent years, the show’s ratings dropped, making it the least watched of the network soaps.But 74-year-old Marion Osden has remained faithful since she was a kid.”Sad because I’ve watched it so long.”While tears were shed, Mary feels the soap is going out on a good note.” It’s ending the way that I think it should.”With the words “The End” fading out on the screen, the light went out on Guiding Light.In two weeks, CBS will fill that slot with a new edition of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” with host Wayne Brady.
(AP) Maine schools are required by statute to provide 175 days of instruction, but some are toying with the idea of reducing that number to save money. Maine school superintendents were the first to suggest the idea of school shutdown days as lawmakers seek to bridge a $66 million budget gap this year. Education Commissioner Sue Gendron says a single school shutdown day could save the state and local school districts $7 million. Gendron says school shutdown days might be preferable to the elimination of entire programs. Another option, she says, is a “nickel and diming” to reduce spending. Not everyone is on board. Critics say the academic year should be lengthened, not shortened, and that shutdown days would inconvenience parents, who’d have to arrange for child care.
Special thanks today for some folks who are always giving to others.The annual recognition event was held for the UMaine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program.Senior companions are fifty-five or older and offer their assistance to other senior citizens who are home bound or isolated.The program lets them remain independent.”I think it does so much for so many people. Not only the companions who are going to visit the folks but the people that are lonely and isolated. It gives them something to look forward to.”Deb Eckart says if it weren’t for the senior companions some of the folks in the program wouldn’t be able to live alone.
Someone driving along Dexter Road in Dover-Foxcroft around ten this morning spotted a house on fire and called it in.The Dover-Foxcroft Fire Department was assisted by crews from Dexter, Sangerville and Guilford.No one was home and no injuries have been reported.Dover Fire Captain Eric Berce says it’s believed the fire started in either a bedroom or the living room.Berce says the house is a total loss.”Yep it had extended to the roof before units arrived on scene.”We’re told the home was insured.The fire marshal’s office is investigating.
It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.The folks at EMMC’s Auxiliary believe that’s true…so they’re showcasing six incredible kitchens as a way to raise money for a great cause.Amy Erickson has the story.< "Everyone wants to see everyone else's kitchen."EMMC Auxiliary President Ann Marie Orr says she's lined up a half dozen amazing kitchens for this year's benefit Kitchen Tour and Tasting.Among them is the one in the home of Beth and Barry Mroccka of Hermon.It's one of a kind...with three refrigerators...unique lighting...and a range that would make most chefs jealous.But Orr says there's something else about this kitchen that impresses her most."the 2500 cookbooks she's got. And because of the flow. As a cook, the flow's really important, so it seems to me this really works well."The Mroccka's kitchen is one of 3 houses in Hermon on the tour...there are also two in Bangor and another in Veazie.For 25 dollars, you can tour all six kitchens to admire their features and meet the homeowners."there's also people who are always looking for ideas for their kitchens, to upgrade it, or building a home and want to see what works and what doesn't.""you can go around and ask the homeowners what they like, what they don't like, sometimes the builder may be there as well...so it's informative as well as fun."And besides that...you'll be helping a great cause.All the money raised goes to the new and improved Cancer Care of Maine."it's imperative that we, in our location here in Maine, have a facility that can work for everyone that lives here. So we don't have to travel far.""we need to have a really quality care center that's local and that's what we're doing right here."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Hermon.>The Kitchen Tour and Tasting takes place Saturday, September 26th.Tickets are 25 dollars and can be purchased at the EMMC gift shop, Rebecca’s in Bangor, Pairings in the Winterport Winery, Patrick’s Hallmark in Bangor or at the Affiliated Pharmacy locations in Bangor and Brewer.As an added highlight this year, there will also be a Tasting, held at Wellman Commons on the old Theological Seminary Campus in Bangor.A variety of Maine made products will be offered for sale.