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New Jobs in Oakland

Updated 5 years ago

Looking for a job? T-Mobile plans to hire about 100 people to work at its call center in Oakland.About 800 employees work there now.General Manager Mark Nolan says some of the hiring will be to fill vacant positions, but the company will add a few new jobs.They had a job fair today, and another one will be held next Wednesday, October 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their Firstpark location.

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Whalen Indicted in Federal Court

Updated 5 years ago

A Maine man accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl in Kentucky and setting off an amber alert has been indicted in federal court.The indictment accuses 43-year-old Archie Whalen, who is from Hancock county, of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity.The 13-year-old girl disappeared last month, triggering a nationwide amber alert.Police say they found her with Whalen the next day as he was pulling into a hotel parking lot in Wisconsin.If convicted on the federal charge, Whalen faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Local Congregation Teams Up With Habitat for Humanity

Updated 5 years ago

A local congregation is celebrating a Jewish holiday by teaming up with Habitat For Humanity.They’re putting their building skills to work.Meghan Hayward explains.Volunteers in Bangor are helping Habitat for Humanity by putting the power tools to work.But they weren’t building your average house.”Doing a project with Habitat for Humanity and they’re building what is called a can house, which is one of their fundraising projects and we’re very excited to do this joint project with them.”The can house will be used to collect cans and plastic bottles.All the proceeds will be used to help build homes for low-income families in the Bangor area.The project coincides with the celebration of the Jewish holiday called Sukkot.During the week-long celebration, a Sukkah is built, which is a temporary dwelling that is flimsy and represents the fragility of life.Rabbi Darah Lerner, of Congregation Beth El, says they’re happy to help Habitat for Humanity.”The importance of getting out the message of housing instability and the good work the habitats are doing to help people.”Valerie Marsh of Habitat for Humanity says the collaboration means a lot to them.”I was thrilled that Rabbi Lerner and the congregation Beth El were willing to reach out to us. This is really amazing thing to have an inner faith project. I’m very proud.”Volunteer Theresa Kopelan was happy to lend a hand.”It makes me feel good to know I can help because a lot of people my age don’t help with stuff like this but to know I can is good.”Theresa recruited her friend Molly Horne to help build the can house.”I think it’s really important because you get to know your community and see the different aspects of it.”Marsh says she doesn’t expect the can house to raise a lot of money this year.But she hopes to make it a successful fundraiser down the road.

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Expecting Moms Top the H1N1 Vaccine List

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Women who are pregnant are at higher risk for getting very sick, that according the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For this reason, pregnant women are a priority group for getting the H1N1 vaccine. Currently the Maine CDC has the top 5 priority groups listed as: * Pregnant Women* Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged < 6 months * Children and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years* Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions* Health care workersMost people with the flu feel tired and have fever (usually high), headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks. If you have flu symptoms, contact your health care provider.

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H1N1 Informational Links

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For the latest information on H1N1 please visit the following links: National CDCMaine CDC


Diabetes Solutions Day Clinics

Updated 5 years ago

About half of all Americans are either directly or indirectly affected by Diabetes.To help educate the public on Diabetes, Rite Aid stores are now hosting their annual Diabetes Solutions Day clinics.Folks can stop by to talk with a pharmacist and learn more about the widespread condition.Rite Aid will also provide blood pressure screenings, along with Flu shots for 30 dollars, and pneumonia shots for 45 dollars. Locally, the clinics are being held at the Rite Aid in Brewer on Wilson Street, and in Augusta at the North Belfast Avenue location. The clinics are going on now and run through December 26.

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Body of Missing Boater in Bar Harbor Found

Updated 5 years ago

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) – The body of a 56-year-old man who wentmissing in the waters off Bar Harbor has been found washed ashore. The Coast Guard says the body of Dr. John Myers of Freeport wasfound around 11 a.m. Thursday on the shore of Bar Harbor acrossfrom Bar Island. Myers was last seen Tuesday afternoon after dropping off asailboat at a boatyard in Hancock and heading back across FrenchmanBay in a 12-foot motorized skiff toward his summer home on MountDesert Island.

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Halloween Costume Shopping That’s a Treat for the Budget

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The hunt for a great Halloween costume can be a bit scary when you’re on a budget.But here’s a shopping trip that can calm those fears.From wicked witches to devilish doctors, workers at the Goodwill store in Bangor can create Halloween costumes that are fun and frugal in a matter of minutes. Assistant Manager Pamela Bell says it’s no trick. Shopping for a Halloween costume here can be a real treat for your wallet.”Some of the costumes you’ll see that we’ve put together can be as little as $10 for the complete outfit. Where you’re looking at $20 to $25 or more if you go to a retails store and try to buy a costume there.”Bell says stores like this offer a wide variety of second hand clothes, vintage wear and even some new outfits.You’ll also find ways to dress up your home or your pet. And all of the money made in the store goes to back into the community.”Goodwill is a non-profit and all of our profits and proceeds go towards helping people with barriers and disabilities.”Bell says the stock is plentiful now, but customers who wait too long to pick out a costume could be in for a frightful search. “As we get closer to Halloween, we get busier and busier. And we have a lot more foot traffic and this is basically our Christmas season. Now’s the time to get in and get that costume now.”

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Winslow Accident Update

Updated 5 years ago

A Winslow woman is in serious condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center from an accident Tuesday morning.Naomi Clark was riding in a jeep with her husband, 93-year-old Kenneth Clark.Officials says clark went through a stop sign.Witnesses say the vehicle was going around 60-miles per hour when it went off the road and down a steep embankment, into a brook.There is no word on the husband’s condition.

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Rollins Wind-Power Project Has Been Approved

Updated 5 years ago

Maine utility regulators have approved a long-term energy supply contract for the Rollins wind-power project in Penobscot County. The 20-year contract approved Wednesday by the Public Utilities Commission is between Rollins’ owner, First Wind, and utilities that buy and distribute its power, Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric companies. It is the first long-term contract to be approved since electric restructuring in 2000. The 40 turbines in the Rollins project are to be built in Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, Winn and Mattawamkeag. They will produce enough energy for more than 23,000 homes. Federal, state and local permits have been approved. PUC Chair Sharon Reishus said the contract benefits ratepayers, while the company gets the financial assurance to become fully operational.

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Childhood Poverty Focus at Bangor Library

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46,000 children in Maine live in poverty.Nearly 20,000 do not have health insurance.State and local officials, along with parents, turned out in Bangor as mayor Gerry Palmer declared Wednesday “step up for kids day”In a ceremony at the Bangor Public Library a group of kids were treated to a variety of activities including sing-alongs and finger painting.The purpose of the day, besides having some fun, was to raise awareness of childhood poverty, and stress the importance of early childhood education. “The goal is to educate people to the fact that we’re in this together, that as a community if we can keep our children healthy, happy, and provide them with the foundation they need, then we end up with a better society and a better community,” Said Maine state Representative Rob Eaton, who made an appearance on Wednesday.More than 100 kids showed up on Wednesday, leaving local childcare centers, schools, and area programs to take part.The event is sponsored by the Every Child Matters education fund.

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Theft in Olympian’s Home

Updated 5 years ago

Police in western Maine say someone broke into the home of Olympic snowboard cross gold medalist Seth Wescott and stole digital videos he made of events he’s attended.Chief Scott Nichols of the Carrabassett Valley Police Department tells the Portland Press Herald it’s believed the burglary occurred sometime in September while Wescott was out of the country. Nichols says Wescott reported the theft when he returned home on Monday.The chief said the videos have no monetary value but are of “extreme importance to Mr. Wescott.”Wescott won his gold medal during the 2006 winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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Millay in Court

Updated 5 years ago

The grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old Surry man on Wednesday.Jerome Millay is accused of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.His accuser says it happened in Millay’s home eight years ago.Millay is free on bail, but is to have no contact with the reported victim or anyone under the age of eighteen.

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Hancock Man in Court

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A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a 66-year-old man, who led police on a high speed chase through three towns last month.Kent Hanson is also a convicted murderer from Vermont.He’s charged with theft, speeding, and driving to endanger, among other offenses for this latest incident.Hanson was arrested in Brewer after police laid down spike mats to stop the car he allegedly stole in Bucksport.Hanson served 20 years in a Vermont prison for murdering a woman in 1985.He spent six years in a state hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1964 killing of his wife.

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Lee Retreat Helps Grieving Military Families Find Support

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Two years after their son was killed in Iraq, the parents of a Lee man are working to help other military families dealing with loss. On Wednesday, they received support that will allow them reach even more people.Sgt. Joel House was 22-years old when he was killed while serving in Iraq. It was at a memorial service when his parents, Paul and Dee, realized it helped to talk to other families who’d lost loved ones overseas.”It was just a great sense of, we’re not alone. We’re not the only ones crying at night, remembering our sons and daughters. That brought comfort to our family. I thought – there’s got to be something we can do, to help other families,” Paul House says.So, they started “A House in the Woods,” a small retreat for military families and veterans at their home in Lee.Paul says it’s a place where people can visit to find peace in the outdoors, and comfort from others who know what they’re going through.”If they want to talk about their loved one, they can. If they don’t, that’s OK. I think the therapy is just being together and realizing that they’re not alone, and we’re not alone. And if they cry, that’s OK,” Paul says.The retreat offers outdoor programs like hiking, canoeing and fishing, and other activities.”I think it’ll be a great help to people. I know it has been to me,” says Lee resident Bill Emery. His son also died while serving in Iraq. “We’ve spent a lot of time together and it helps both of us, to just talk. And talk about everything.”Paul was presented with a 10-thousand dollar check from Wal-Mart, and a 10-thousand dollar grant from the state to help the program grow.”He said, ‘Thank you for being here,’” Governor Baldacci said Wednesday, referring to Paul. “And I said, ‘Thank you for being here for all of us.’”Paul also credits Sen. Elizabeth Schneider with helping to raise awareness for their program.”I told him I thought he had a great idea, bringing people not only from Maine, but eventually and hopefully bringing people from outside Maine and introducing them to the Maine experience,” Schneider says.Paul and Dee say their goal is to raise enough money to buy a piece of land for a larger camp, to lend support to more families and veterans.

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Both Sides Debate Tabor In Brewer

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Round one in the battle over Tabor took place in Brewer today and both sides came out swinging. Weighing in for those in favor of the “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights” were Steve Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and State Representative Carol Weston of Distrrict 23 (Waldo County). For the opposition it was Representative Jim Martin of District 18, and Chrostopher “Kit” St. John Executive Director of Maine Center for Economic Development. “From our point of view it’s the same bad idea Maine voters rejected back in 2006,” says St. John. Proponents say things have changed since voters rejected Tabor back in three years ago. “Well I think people have had a longer time to wait for those promises to be fulfilled,” says Rep. Weston, “they have been promised over and over.”Both sides spoke about what they see for Maine if Tabor 2 is passed in November. “For the long term we’re concerned for all municipalities being second guessed in their present decision making process,” says St. John, “and overlaying that process with a cumbersome and expensive referendum on any budget they decide should go over the limit.”Rep. Weston has served in the State Legislature for the past 12 years and she says something has been missing in Augusta. “One of the things that seems to have escaped us there is tying what people earn, what struggles their having at home to what we’re spending in Augusta.”Colorado had adopted Tabor in 1992 and both sides disagree on how effective it’s been. “You know Colorado, before they put Tabor in place in 1992, was about 29th or 30th in per capita income and by 2002 they had gone up to about 3rd, now they’re at 12th,” says Bowen, “in 1992 Maine was 35th in per capita income and today we’re 35th we’ve kind of flat lined.” Representative Martin also points out that Colorado voters voted to suspend Tabor. “But they did vote to suspend it,” he says, “that suspension is up next year and they just did a Republican poll in Colorado to see where the voters were and the majority agreed that they want Tabor gone because they lived with the consequences for 12 years.”While both sides say they want what’s best for Maine hey both have very different ideas of how to get the job done. “It is designed to shrink government year after year,” says Representative Martin, “because the purpose of Tabor, or those that have proposed it or developed it, are those who don’t believe in government, don’t believe in taxes and this is a designed way to impede government from doing it’s job and that’s providing necessary services to Maine people.” The proponents have their idea of how to fix the struggling economy in Maine. “It really goes back to two different philosophies about how to develop prosperity in Maine,” says Bowen, “we think you develop prosperity by limiting the growth of government by investing in the private sector, getting the private sector to create jobs.”We can all expect this debate to last clear to November, when the voters will make the ultimate decision.

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Energy Company Helps Schools, Towns Convert to Wood Burning

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

An energy company in Sumner wants to helps schools and public buildings stay warm and go green.Skanden Energy installs heating systems that run on wood. The company is currently converting oil burning systems to wood pellet boilers at Strong and Kingfield Elementary schools. Skanden worked with MSAD 58 to snag $1 million in federal funding for the projects.Superintendent Quenten Clark says the high school already burns wood for fuel and it’s made quite a difference.”We got stability in prices, we got money kept locally, we got better heat for our kids and like I say, it’s amazing how little smoke the wood burner produces, its far less than oil burners.”Skaden spokesperson Dan Cashman says, “Maine residents and consumers spend about a billion dollars overseas in heating costs alone. That money can stay in the state of Maine we we just being to start converting some of these facilities over to something that can be beneficial to the state.”More than $11 million in federal money is available in Maine for wood-to-energy projects in schools and public buildings.

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Harrington Man Recovering from Lung Transplant

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A young man from Harrington is now off life support, after undergoing a lung transplant on September 28.When he was just 2 months old, Brandon Beal was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, a condition that limits him from being very active.Friends and family of Brandon have been raising money for him through several fundraisers.A family friend tells us Brandon was taken off a ventilator last Friday.

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Ellsworth Students Celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day

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The rainy weather didn’t keep some Ellsworth students from walking to school today.About 650 students from the elementary and middle schools celebrated International Walk and Bike to School Day.Meghan Hayward caught up with the kids along their route.Ellsworth students in kindergarten through eighth grade hit the streets on foot in celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day.They all met at two locations, one being the high school, then headed to either the elementary or middle school.”We really want to raise awareness about walkable communities. Our goal is that walking to school wouldn’t be an event but the norm.”Kelly McKenney, Health Coordinator for the Ellsworth Schools, says kids are not moving enough these days.McKenney says this event will get them on the right track.”We know that physical activity in the morning raises test scores. Kids do better academically when they’ve had physical activity in the morning. So if we can get kids up and walking to school in the morning it can make a huge difference.”Ninth grader Rachael Searchfield helped make sure the younger kids made it to school safely. She was happy to take part in the event.”Pretty important for exercise and just the experience of walking to school.”Seventh-grader Nathan King says he and a few of his friends walk to school often.But his favorite part about today’s walk.”Jumping in the puddles.”Fourth-grader Ashton Gardner liked being at the front of the line.”Because you got to lead them wherever you go.”McKenney says they’re planning another walk in the spring, then they’ll build from there.”And then hopefully our plan is to have a scheduled once a month walk to school day and have the kids know it’s coming and look forward to it every month.”

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Grand Jury Indicts Milbridge Woman for Stealing from Purses

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The Hancock County grand jury handed up an indictment of a woman from Milbridge, accused of stealing from purses during a high school graduation.Police say in June, 35-year-old Erica Atcherson was caught rifling through purses left in the Ellsworth High School cafeteria while seniors received their diplomas elsewhere in the building.School staff members called police after spotting her in the cafeteria. Atcherson was arrested at a nearby mall.Police say they recovered $381, as well as driver’s licenses, gift cards, clothing, a digital camera, a cell phone, and an i-pod.

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