”Did your family look at you differently after you played this character?””Did you have any idea this film would change horror movies forever?”Those were just some of the questions folks asked Gunnar Hansen in Ellsworth Thursday night.Hansen portrayed Leatherface, the masked killer, in the 1974 film, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.As a child, Hansen grew up in Maine, his family then moved to Texas but Hansen returned home to Maine later in his life.Hansen held a question and answer session at the Grand Theater in Ellsworth Thursday night.The theater was packed with horror-film enthusiasts, and Hansen had a great time discussing the movie.
Folks in Brewer put on their dancing shoes and strutted their stuff for a good cause at the Hammond Street Senior Center’s Big Band Dance and live auction.This was the second year the center hosted the event, it took place at Jeff’s Catering on Littlefield Way.Couples and friends danced the night away to the sounds of 19-40’s big band music thanks to the Queen City Big Band.The event was a family affair, the band played under the direction of Brian Nadeau, his mother is a member of the center.”She had the idea for our annual dance to try out a big band dance and it was so popular last year that we just had to do it again this year, we added an extra hour, we sold out last year and we’re even bigger than we were then,” said Deanna Partridge with the Hammond Street Senior Center.All of the proceeds of the event went to the center’s programming fund.
State Animal Welfare Officials say they’re still investigating the alleged abuse and neglect of several horses and cats seized in Dedham that we first told you about yesterday.District Humane Agent Chrissy Perry says they’re running blood work and other tests on the horses to determine their conditions.Neighbors say the owner of the animals in Dedham would be gone for weeks at a time, leaving the horses without food or water.Yesterday, a group of animal control officers from the state and town showed up at the property on Bald Mountain Road to seize six horses and two cats.Neighbors say the owner of the animals and the property, Jean Marie Ahearn, has not returned to the residence and has not been seen since last Thursday.The animals will *not* be put up for adoption until the case is closed.
The President of Maine College Democrats is also calling out the GOP nominee.Today, at Democratic Headquarters in Waterville Ben Goodman criticized Paul LePage for his comments during a 2005 debate at Colby College.The college newspaper reports LePage said college students should have to become full members of the community before registering to vote.The article says LePage said that meant students should fulfill Maine’s residency requirements such as paying taxes and registering a vehicle before casting a local ballot.
A former doctor from Topsham will spend four months in jail after pleading guilty to 10 counts of possessing child pornography.Sagadahoc County Prosecutor Patricia Mador said David York will also serve two years probation.York, who practiced in augusta and lewiston, voluntarily surrendered his medical license last summer.He was arrested in March after police said they found hundreds of images and videos of child porn on his home computers.
There’s a new nature trail on the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve.It’s an interpretive trail, which means as you go along, you’ll find signs telling you a little bit more about the area you’re standing in.”Each station has something about the ecology, the plants, the animals, the inner relationships and so forth,” said Bucky Owen, a member of the Orono Land Trust.
An elderly woman has been sent to the hospital following a fire in her apartment in Holden Thursday afternoon.Crews responded to a fire at the Holden Square Apartments just before 1 pm.The fire was contained to just one apartment on the second floor.We’re told 80-year-old Thelma Sweet was burned and was taken to the hospital where she is currently in stable condition.The building has about 30 apartments and many occupants are elderly.
The town of Newport has a new water treatment system.The 3-million dollar project is the first of its kind in New England.The Magnetic Ion Exchange removes naturally occuring organics in the surface water supply.Chairman of the Newport Water District, Alan Campbell says, it gives them the best quality of water possible in the state.He says there are other benefits too.” As part of this whole project we’ve been able to increase our capacity.
Eastern Maine Medical Center serves the Bangor community, but did you know it also helps patients in five hospitals throughout Maine without the patients ever stepping foot in their doors?Diana Bosch explains.”Patients get better faster if they’ve got the support of their family,” said Msry McCarthy.McCarthy is the head nurse of Critical Care Connection, a part of Eastern Maine Medical center that offers services to rural patients and providers.but unlike most services, Critical Care uses state of the art technology to serve patients virtually, so they can stay close to home without having to travel to regional hospitals.”We envision ourselves as a 34 thousand square mile intensive care unit having consistent care across our region and standard care across our region,” she said.Telemedicine serves patients in five hospitals throughout rural Maine.EMMC received 3 million dollars in grant money for the equipment.
A member of the USDA Rural Development received the city of Brewer’s highest honor, the Key to the City.Brewer Deputy Mayor Joe Ferris presented Jessica Zufolo with the award on Wednesday.The city has been partnered with USDA Rural Developtment for several investments.The USDA invested over 30 million dollars in the city’s community facilities, water and wastewater infrastructure.Zufolo was honored to receive the award and speak with the people of Brewer.”Being here in this facility again is humbling and I applaud them and I’m so thrilled to have a chance to be awarded this very honorable award in recognition of more great partnerships to come,” she said.The USDA also helped construct a new public safety building and made renovations to Hardy Street.
A Rockland man is in jail after he was caught trying to burn down a rooming house.Police say they got a call on Tuesday night from someone who saw 66-year-old Frederick Mank pouring gasoline on the rooming house on main street.The fire alarm went off and the building was evacuated.Authorities say 15 of the 31 rooms in the house were occupied.Mank faces attempted arson charges.Bail has been set for $50,000 cash.
A woman from Augusta has been arrested on charges that she assaulted her infant son.Kennebec County District Attorney Evert Fowle says 24-year old Jessica Padgett was arrested after her indictment last week on charges of aggravated assault and assault.Fowle says an investigation began after her 2-month old son was taken to the emergency room in September of last year with bruises, scrapes, and a broken rib.Fowle says the child has been placed with the Department of Health and Human Services.Padgett’s bail is set at $1,000 and she is to have no contact with the victim.