There’s a new newspaper in the town of Milbridge and it’s quickly spreading to the Bangor area.As Meghan Hayward tells us this paper is not your everyday read. It only shares good news.”Honestly it cost us 500 dollars. We started this. Grace put in $250 and I put in $250.”And The Good News-Paper was created.”What our goal is, is to provide information, inspiration and hope. In today’s world it is a really difficult times and what we wanted to do was just provide some hope and inspiration for everybody. Something to look forward to.”The Good News-Paper’s main base is Milbridge.It’s printed at the Ellsworth American in Ellsworth.”We have different columnists. We have writers all over the country actually. We have some from Tennessee and some in our backyards. They’re all over.”So what can someone expect to find in the paper?”We have health and wellness columns. We have a man cave which is designed for men and in the middle we have a local savings page so they can clip and save coupons.”You can pay $15 dollars for a year subscription if you’d like it delivered to your door, or you can pick it up for free at newsstands.Co-owner Nikki Look explains why.”Because you should never ever have to pay for good news and our paper will always be free for the consumer.”The paper is available from Bangor to Calais.The Bayside Shop N’ Save in Milbridge is just one of the many locations you can find it.So what does Look think is in the future for the paper?”I see the Good News going global and I am not joking. I see this in every mailbox. And I see everybody looking for it and going did you read the good news this week?”If you would like more info on The Good News-Paper or are interested in advertising with them send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manna Ministries in Bangor is celebrating a 18 years of service.Manna began helping those in need on July 29, 1991.The organization started as a one room soup kitchen.It’s now grown into a homeless shelter, a drug and alcohol rehab center, and a very large food pantry – that serves an average of 125 meals per night.Manna helps countless people in the area through their many services. Bill Ray, Manna’s Director, contribute’s the success to community support.”Without the many hands and the many dollar bills, 50 cents, that come into this building we’d never be able to provide the food. We’d never be able to house somebody, we’d never be able to help somebody get out of drugs and alcohol. It’s the community that supports this place. It’s the community that supports the ministry.” says Ray.Ray has more expansion plans for Manna, he hopes to build a woman’s shelter this fall.
A woman from Carmel will spend the next year and a half behind bars for stealing more than 50-thousand dollars from a doctor’s office in Ellsworth. 50-year-old Rita Worster pleaded guilty in December 2007 to taking the money from a group of doctors at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. But sentencing was delayed until recently to give her time to pay some of the money back. Hancock County District Attorney Michael Povich says Worster never repaid any it, though.Worster was an office manager for one of the doctors and embezzled the money by writing checks to herself.
State police say counterfeit twenty-dollar bills have been turning up in the greater Bangor area since last week.An alert cashier called police when he noticed a customer had used several twenty dollar bills with the same serial number.Since then, police have recovered more than 400-dollars in fake twenties from various places.Trooper David Yankowsky says the bills look and feel nearly identical to the real thing, and even pass the marker test.But the fake bills don’t show a watermark on the right hand side and are missing a security strip on the left hand side.Police say a similar fake bill has also surfaced in the Portland area.”The money is either being funneled up from the Portland area or even possibly from out of state, and eventually we caught up with it in the Bangor area,” says Trooper Yankowsky.The local investigation continues with the Secret Service involved.Police are urging cashiers, anyone who handles money, to look closely at bills…especially twenties.Even if they pass the marker test, make sure they have a watermark and security strip. And if more than one has the same serial number, you know something’s up. If you find a counterfeit bill, call your local police.
Two lobstermen involved in last week’s shooting on Maine’s remote Matinicus island have filed civil lawsuits that reveal new details about the shooting. Sixty-eight-year-old Vance Bunker has been charged with elevated aggravated assault for allegedly shooting fellow lobsterman Chris Young in the neck in a dispute over lobster traps on July 20. Young, who remains hospitalized, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court seeking punitive damages from Bunker in connection with the shooting. Another lobsterman, Weston Ames, also filed a lawsuit against Bunker seeking damages. Ames said Bunker fired at him but missed before shooting Young. Bunker’s attorney has said Bunker was acting in self-defense. (AP)
Every year at this time the goose population in Maine is grounded. It’s molting season so while geese grow new feathers they are unable to fly. This is the perfect time for Maine Wildlife Biologists to herd them up and band them. It was an early morning on the banks of the Penobscot River, but Keith Erickson learned all about how they monitor the goose population in this edition of Keith’s Korner.
A convicted sex offender living in the Bangor area is in jail after local police arrested him twice in three days. 41-year-old Joseph Webber was first picked up last Thursday for allegedly slapping his pregnant girlfriend at a hotel in Brewer.He was charged with domestic assault and violating bail conditions. Then three days later, on Sunday, Bangor police picked up Webber. He was staying at the Acadia Recovery Community – a substance abuse center – when he reportedly told a woman there he’d set her sleeping bag on fire, with her in it.Webber was charged with criminal threatening and failing to report to the Maine Sex Offender Registry that he’d moved from Mariaville to the Bangor area. He’s in the Penobscot County Jail on $250 cash bail.
For the past five years Maurice Cyr has tried to improve crossbow technology. He’s on the brink of bringing his inventions into the main stream. Keith Erickson caught up with Cyr in his workshop to found out what exactly is the Talon Tracker and the Tail Biter Liter. Here’s Keith’s Korner for this week.
Every year butterflies need to be counted. For the past few years that responsibility lies on the shoulders of Patricia and Lee Snyder of Stockton Springs. Keith Erickson follows along to find out why and how many butterflies are being counted at Fields Pond Nature Center.
A group of interns from the Maine Forest Service are turning heads in campgrounds this week.They’re using some colorful costumes to try and spread an important environmental message.Amy Erickson has the story.
All eyes have been turned to the Bangor Waterfront since Sunday when the 182.6 foot Lady Christine made it way up the Penobscot River.Many in the area have been by to take a look at the ship and the helicopter that is on board.Here are some statistics on her.Shipyard : Oceanco, NLD Length : 182.60 ft / 55.65 m Beam : 34.40 ft / 10.50 m Year : 2001Draught : 11.50 ft / 3.50 m Naval Architect : Oceanco Stylist : The A Group Decorator : The A Group / G. Villate Engine : 2x 1641kW CAT 3516B diesels Speed (max.) : 16 Range (Nm): 5,400 Speed (cruise) : 12 Hull / Superstr. : steel / aluminium Guests : 10 Crew : 11
Two people are recovering after they were hit by a car while walking in Skowhegan.Police got a call to the corner of Madison Avenue and Levitt Street around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. They say Ramesh Gupta of Old Town was driving the car that ran into the pedestrians. Their names have not yet been released, but Skowhegan police tell us one was from town, the other was not.Both are in their early 20’s and we’re told their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.Skowhegan police say they’re still investigating the incident.
A Boston firefighter and his father have been arrested after being accused of growing marijuana in a house in Litchfield.25-year-old Paul Bradley junior and 57-year-old Paul Bradley senior were arrested in Massachusetts.Police say a raid of a remote Litchfield property on Friday turned up 22 marijuana plants and about $15,000 in cultivating equipment in a garage and 2-and-a-half pounds of packaged pot in a mobile home.No one was home at the time.Maine State Police say they received an anonymous tip.In May, another Boston firefighter resigned days after federal agents seized 131 marijuana plants at his home in Bridgton, Maine.Police say there’s no known connection between the cases.
Tonight was a beautiful night and many folks in Bangor got out to enjoy the weather at the annual block party in Chapin Park.The crowd gathered early to get a good spot and take advantage of all the block party had to offer.There was plenty for the kids to do. Clowns were there making balloon animals. There was face painting and games.The block party also featured live entertainment, Sweet Adelines opened for the Bangor Band.Food was served, hot dogs and homemade ice cream made the menu.The Children’s Miracle Network was there as well. They were taking donations to help their cause.”To get together on a night like tonight and have the community support. The businesses decided that they’d like to support Children’s Miracle Network is just absolutely fantastic.” says Josh Scroggins, Director of the Children’s Miracle Network.All of the activities and refreshments were free at the block party — that was thanks to the support of local businesses.
Over the past three weeks, the waterfront along Rockland harbor has been slowly transforming. Now, the tents are up and the stage is set. The Maine Lobster Festival starts Wednesday, bringing with it five days of entertainment. “All our adrenaline’s going,” says festival president Tammy Kolmosky. She says, on center stage…”Of course, the delectable Maine lobster. And we’ve got the world’s greatest lobster cooker at the other side of the park.”New to the festival last year, the cooker can handle 16 hundred pounds of lobster every 15 minutes, keeping head chef Garold Demmons pretty busy.”It’s a pretty hard job actually. You’ve got to get the lobsters in and out quickly and down to the food tent,” he says. Demmons hopes to cook up more than 20-thousand pounds of lobster this year, for more than 60-thousand people.”So that’s a show, in and of itself. A must-see,” Kolmosky says.For entertainment, Thursday night will bring country music star Eric Church.”And Friday night, we have I think one of the best artists in North America. Her name is Natalie MacMaster. She’s a fiddler from Cape Breton,” says entertainment coordinator Chuck Kruger.”I think people are anxious to get out and do something because the weather the last few months it hasn’t been that great in Maine,” Kolmosky says.Maine artisans say they’re looking forward to a crowd in the fine arts and crafts tents too, since weather has kept many people home this festival season.”The summer tourist season is a big portion of their income, so when you have lots of rain and a slow season, it hurts,” says Robert Santerre, a Maine potter who was setting up his booth Tuesday.”Where else,” Kruger says, “can you get this beautiful view of the harbor and eat lobster and hear great music and have a good time?”You can see a full schedule of festival events here.The festival is free to the public on Wednesday. Thursday through Sunday admission is eight dollars.
The Ronald McDonald House in Bangor is getting a brand new deck thanks to the generosity of home improvement giant Lowe’s.The 26 year-old deck had been deteriorating to the point where the staff feared it would be unsafe for children. After receiving several bids from local contractors, executive director Patricia Beckwith discovered Lowe’s heroes program. After contacting Lowe’s they agreed to replace the old deck with a brand new one free of charge.”Oh wow, it was such a great feeling they’re so community oriented,” says Patricia Beckwith Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald house, “the spirit is there, its been a real pleasure working with them, the whole time people have been turning out today to pitch in.”
Here on Indian Island, Louis and Andrew Sockalexis are legends. The Penobscot Nation has been trying to get the two cousins’ athletic achievements recognized nationally. “I think it’s extremely important that, not only do they acknowledged as tribal heroes,” says Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis, “but they get recognized for their significance the sports arena period so as I said earlier we’re really not saying that they’re the best athletes of all time but they certainly deserve to be among those.”Louis Sockalexis was a member of the Cleveland Spiders, who later changed their name to the Indians in honor of Sockalexis, the first native american baseball player in the Major Leagues. Andrew Sockalexis was an olympic marathon runner.Two resolutions passed by the maine legislature were presented to tribal Chief Kirk Francis.The resolutions call for the Cleveland Indians to change their mascot, which is considered offensive. They would also like the baseball Hall of Fame, as well as Sports Illustrated, to honor the Sockalexis cousins. Sports Illustrated recently published it’s list of the 50 greatest athletes from Maine and the Sockalexis cousins were not on it.”Really, we’re calling on these 3 entities to sit down at the table to rectify the situation. We’re hoping that because now that we have the state support behind this resolution, we’ll start to get the answers we’ve been asking for for years.”Francis would also like other native americans to acknowledge Sockalexis.”Of course today, we have players like jacoby Ellsbury and Joba Chamberlain, and people still excelling in major league baseball, but it’s important for them to know there are people who blazed that trail for them.”
Maine’s getting more than $5 Million dollars in federal stimulus money to put more police officers on the streets.Bangor, Baileyville, Milo and Newport are just four of the police departments that will share some of that federal grant money.It will be used to hire and re-hire police.The money will pay 100-percent of the salaries and benefits for entry level officers for three years.The police departments getting grants must agree to keep those new positions for at least a fourth year.
The Warren Center in Bangor is in the business of helping improve people’s hearing, including those who can’t afford to pay for a hearing aid. They’re part of the Regional Hearing Aid Bank.The program takes used hearing aids, reconditions or recycles them, then hands them out to low income clients.A new hearing aid can cost anywhere between 9-hundred to 4-thousand dollars. This allows folks to get then for free.Mary-Anne Saxl, Marketing and Development Director at the Warren Center, says that can make a big difference in someone’s life, and allow them to socialize again. “The folks also can show signs of depression because being part of society, being part of the social realm really is what makes life such an enjoyable thing. So, we want to make sure anybody who has a hearing loss can be served and receives a hearing aid.”But the Warren Center needs your help to make that happen. They need donations of hearing aids and money. Even if the hearing aid is outdated they can sell it for parts.To find out how to donate you can log onto www.warrencenter.org or you can call them at 941-2850.There is currently a three year waiting list for the program.
Five massive oil refinery modules are being loaded on a barge in Brewer, preparing for a trip to Texas.The modules are made by Cianbro workers at the Eastern Manufacturing Facility. Two of them will be put on the barge this week. The other three will be loaded next week.The modules are part of a 7-billion-dollar plan to upgrade an oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.The cargo is scheduled to leave Friday, August 7th.