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Wellspring Diabetes Program

Updated 5 years ago

People living with diabetes may have another way to keep their disease in check, even turn it around.It’s called the Wellspring Diabetes Program. The plan centers on a plant-based diet, teaching people with type-2 diabetes what to eat and when, along with exercise.Paul Shortall of Hudson learned about it and now wants to share it with others, like Rob Gibbs.He was diagnosed with diabetes in February. Since he’s been on the program, Gibbs has lost nearly 60 pounds, and his blood sugar levels are practically back to normal.Gibbs says it’s a total lifestyle change – but well worth it. “It’s changed not only how I eat but how the whole family eats,” Said Gibbs on Tuesday. “And now we exercise. That’s the major key to this. You gotta do both. You can’t not exercise and eat right. You gotta do both.” “If you’re a diabetic or you’re pre-diabetic, the future is grim,” Said Shortfall. “You can lose your feet, you can lose your leg, you can lose your eyesight. Most diabetics die of heart attacks. and i don’t want to see people sick”There are two informational sessions about the program coming up.One is Thursday night at seven at the 7-day adventist church in Hermon.The other is next Monday night, October 5th at 6:30 at the Bangor Public Library.To register, call 478-6711.

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Aid for Lemforder Employees

Updated 5 years ago

Workers who will be losing their jobs at the Lemforder plant in Brewer are eligible for some extra federal help.Senators Snowe and Collins announced the trade adjustment assistance on Tuesday.The senators urge the workers to get the assistance as soon as possible.The Lemforder plant is scheduled to close next year, with one hundred workers losing their jobs.

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Tibbetts Says He Was Guarding Property

Updated 5 years ago

A defense lawyer says a former Sheriff in Washington County accused of holding a couple at gunpoint with their two children nearby, was acting as a security guard.The defense says 63-year-old Joseph Tibbetts was protecting blueberry land and $100,000 worth of farming equipment in Columbia when the couple’s car appeared on August 13th.The defense says Tibbetts put his handgun away after determining there was no threat.The couple say they were looking for black bears.Tibbetts is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.Tibbetts and the woman in the car knew each other. She’s a former county corrections officer.

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Innovation at U-Maine

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Innovation Engineering is a class based on creativity.”We teach students how to create, communicate, and commercialize meaningful, unique ideas.” Say Professor Doug Hall.Hall is an idea man — he’s a master marketer who’s worked with major companies — now he’s helping students at UMaine think outside the box.”A key part of the course is that we do real problems for real companies.” Hall adds.”We’re part of a global economy and they’re getting us involved with a bunch of different businesses.”says a student.Today the problem on tap is how to market organic products. Nell Newman – President of Newman’s Own Organics – joined the class via video conference.”She mainly stated how she began her company as a division of her father’s company. She started it about 15 years ago.” a student explains.Newman presented a Challenge to the students.”She wants us to create ideas to help her expand her organics line. Make it more popular through marketing.””When we send them the idea they look at them and they tell us their top 10 favorite ideas.” Says Hall.To help jump start the students’ creativity — and as part of National Coffee Day — they got a taste of Newman’s Own Coffee, which was provided by McDonald’s. “I think they gave us a really good example today of how it can be done, by just showing up with so much coffee and free stuff. And it kind of inspired a little thought in my mind.” a student says.”It will be interesting to see with some of the background about how we did things, what ideas they might have for marketing.” Newman comments.Hall says the lesson reached the students – on many levels.”On one level they really enjoyed it. There was some learning going on, we talked, and discussed. But obviously ya know, free coffee, when you’re on a college campus … free food is free food, no matter how you do it!”

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Judge Rejects Plea For Medway Man

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

A Medway man is out on bail once again after a judge rejected a plea agreement that would have put the former town selectmen behind bars for four years. The desison surprised just about everyone in the courtroom, including the victim’s family. “It was actually kind of surprising,” said Amy York, who’s husband was severely injured in the crash, “I don’t know what to say. I came in expecting a plea bargain apparently that didn’t happen. It’s kind of good news in a way.”Superior Court Justice Jefferey Hjelm said 44-year-old James Lee of Medway would have to serve six years in prison if he pleaded guilty to manslaughter today.Lee admitted he was speeding and caused an accident in Monroe last September that killed 28-year-old William Russell, and severely injured 38-year-old William York, both of Medway.Lee withdrew his guilty plea, then entered a plea of not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger.The case will now be set for trial.Family members of the victims were surprised by the judge’s decision. They say there are no winners here. Donna Russell lost her son that night. “William’s gone forever and I know he knows that and I feel really bad for his family,” she says, “I’ve known them all my life, but he killed my son, you can’t just dismiss it.”The judge says the impact on the victims was one factor in his decision to reject the plea deal.The judge also said Lee’s driving record was another reason. Lee has 36 violations in the last 20 years, 25 of which are speeding violations.

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Toyota and Lexus Recall

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Toyota is recalling 3.8 million vehicles in the company’s largest US recall.Toyota and Lexus vehicles are being warned about safety problems tied to removable floor mats.They say the mats could interfere with the vehicle’s accelerator and cause a crash.The transportation department says owners should take out the floor mats on the driver’s side and not replace them. The consumer alert affects 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 AND IS350.

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US Cellular Holds Career Fair In Bangor

Updated 5 years ago

While some companies are reducing their workforce, US Cellular is looking to hire more employees.US Cellular is growing in the Bangor area, making room for more jobs.The cellular company held a career day.They are looking to hire folks for several different positions.Area Sales Manager Sean Griffith says career fairs have worked well for them in the past.” And we’ve had some really strong success in the past from getting people in the community in and really brought some great talent into the organization.”If you missed today’s career fair but are interested in employment with US Cellular you can visit their website www.uscellular.jobs.

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LURC Hears Comments on Land Use Plan

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

State regulators are getting public input on a plan meant to guide the future of nearly half the state’s lands.The Land Use Regulation Commission is hosting public hearings this week about its comprehensive land use plan. The 10 year proposal will help shape policy decisions about more than 10 million miles of Unorganized Territory. It’s designed to take into consideration trends for development, recreational use and preservation of the land. Dozens of people addressed LURC members at the hearing in Bangor today. Director Catherine Carroll says anyone can speak up.”It can be somebody who works in the Unorganized Territory, who recreates there, who are landowners or residents – even people who’ve never stepped foot in the Unorganized areas. It’s important we get public participation, otherwise this would not be a useful plan for anybody.”The final public hearing is tomorrow at the Presque Isle Inn in Presque Isle.Written comments will be accepted until October 21st. Then the plan goes to lawmakers for approval.For more information, e-mail LURC@maine.gov.

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Snowe Rejects Government Option Health Care Plan

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe joined other Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to vote against created a new government health insurance plan to compete with the private market. The final vote was 15-to-8. Five Democrats joined the Republican block. The outcome was expected but is still considered a defeat by those who see government-sponsored insurance for the middle class as a key to President Obama’s health care overhaul. They say it would give consumers more choice and competitions. Opponents say a public option would drive private insurers outof business and amount to a government takeover.

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Hollywood Slots Announces New General Manager

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Hollywood Slots has a new general manager.Fifty-two-year-old John Osborne will take over for Jon Johnson.Osborne comes from a casino in Mississippi, where he had been general manager since 1998.The job in bangor opened up when Johnson took the job of GM at one of Penn Nationals’ other casinos in Joliet, Illinois.

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Madison Company Creates New Jobs

Updated 5 years ago

New England’s largest greenhouse is growing more than tomatoes – it’s growing jobs. Maine Gov. John Baldacci picked several tomatoes off the vine on Tuesday at a celebration of the first harvest at a huge new greenhouse in Madison. Backyard Farms this summer completed construction of an 18-acre glass-covered greenhouse, giving it two greenhouses covering a total of 42 acres with 450,000 tomato plants. For its new greenhouse, the company hired about 75 workers over the summer, expanding its work force to about 200 employees. Backyard Farms harvested its first tomatoes in 2007 and has now sold about 40 million pounds to stores across the Northeast.

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Fire Heavily Damages Home on Verona Island

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Firefighters say it looks like a fire that heavily damaged a home on Verona Island may have started in the basement. A passerby spotted smoke coming from the eaves of the house on Verona Park around 9:45 a.m. and called for help.By the time Bucksport firefighters arrived a few minutes later, the smoke had turned to flames. Crews from Orland, Orrington and Penobscot were also called to help. The captain of the Bucksport Fire Department, Pam Payson, says the construction of the house made this a tough one to fight.”We had an addition off a second part that was two walls thick. Very difficult to get through, so we’ve been chasing fire and heat – actually smoke and heat.”Crews were on the scene for about four hours to make sure the fire was completely out.Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office are now searching for a cause.No word on the amount of damage, but we’re told it’s extensive. The homeowner, who wasn’t there at the time, is insured.

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Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Updated 5 years ago

A residential household hazardous waste collection day will be taking place this Saturday.Residents must purchase a hazardous waste permit no later than Noon on Friday.For Bangor residents permits can be purchased at the Bangor city information desk or Public Works.To find out if your town is participating and to purchase a permit contact your town office.Your town office will also be able to tell you what items will be collected.All waste materials should be brought to the Bangor Public Works building at 530 Maine Avenue between 9 am and 2 pm on Saturday.

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Day One Of Moose Hunting Season Draws Its Doors Close

Updated 5 years ago

Day one of Moose hunting season is drawing to a close in Maine today. Saturday concludes the first week of hunting seasion with other opportunities in the near future. Permit holders will be allowed to hunt from October 12th to the 17th and again in a few selected location in southern Maine from November 2nd-28th.Biologists have estimated that the moose population in Maine is 29,000. During the 2008 seson, out of 3,000 permit holders, 2,241 wkilled moose, a rate of 74 percent.

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Informational Sessions on Program to Help Diabetics

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

People living with diabetes may have another way to keep their disease in check – even turn it around. It’s called the Wellspring Diabetes Program. It centers on a plant-based diet, teaching people with Type 2 diabetes what to eat and when, along with exercise.Paul Shortall of Hudson learned about it and now wants to share it with others, like Rob Gibbs. He was diagnosed with diabetes in February. Since he’s been on the program, he’s lost nearly 60 pounds and his blood sugar levels are back to normal.Gibbs says it’s a total lifestyle change, but well worth it.”It’s changed not only how I eat but how the whole family eats. And now we exercise. That’s the major key to this. You gotta do both. You can’t not exercise and eat right. You gotta do both.”Shortall says, “If you’re a diabetic or you’re pre-diabetic, the future is grim. You can lose your feet, you can lose your leg, you can lose your eyesight. Most diabetics die of heart attacks. and I don’t want to see people sick”.Two informational sessions about the program are coming up. One is this Thursday, October 1st, at 7 p.m. That’s at the 7-Day Adventist Church in Hermon.The other is next Monday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library.To register, call 478-6711.

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A Stolen Dixmont Town Sign

Updated 5 years ago

A new landmark in Dixmont is missing. And folks in town are now asking for the public’s help in tracking down a welcome sign to the community. Meghan Hayward has the story.Folks in Dixmont are upset over a stolen town sign.” They were put just recently at the end of the Summer after the rainy season. The lady who was painting them since it was raining and was not the perfect weather to paint in it took her awhile.”” The sign was created by a local artist. And folks say they don’t even want to press charges. They just want the sign returned.”” And so if the thief or thieves I’m sure it is, could just bring it back to the town office we won’t ask any questions.”The artist was the one who discovered the missing sign last week.But Selectperson Lois Rowe says everyone is upset.” The whole community is hurt because we raised this money separate. It was through donations of time, money and materials.”Rowe says the fundraising for three signs began back in March and each one costs about nine-hundred dollars.And if they wanted to press charges.” The theft is a felon because of the cost of the signs.”Rowe says the signs really add to the town.” I think they speak for themselves. When people think of Dixmont they think of the rolling hills. It’s a rural community. We don’t actually have a town center it’s just all rural. And that’s what the people like about Dixmont. That’s what we love about it.”But the big message Rowe wants to get across.” We want our sign back. That’s all we really care about.”

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Rouleau in Court

Updated 5 years ago

A man from Fayette accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly crash in Mount Vernon pleaded not guilty Thursday morning.Police said back in July, Joseph Rouleau’s SUV went off the side of Route 41 and hit two summer camp counselors walking back to Camp Laurel.Corrie Lazar, 21, of Washington state, died at the scene. The other counselor suffered minor injuries.A Kennebec County grand jury indicted Rouleau on manslaughter charges earlier this month.Police said Rouleau had a blood alcohol level of .23, which is nearly three times the legal limit, at the time of the crash.Rouleau is free on bail.

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License Plates to Support Troops In Jeopardy

Updated 5 years ago

Showing suport for U.S. troops on Maine license plates are at risk of being withdrawn due to their lack of popularity. State laws says that after the year 2007, if the number specialty plates sold falls below 4,000 for more then a year, then that plate will be retired. Mattew Dunlap, Secretary of State says, the “We Support Our Troops” never met the cusp of 4,000 since they were introduced two years ago. At the moment, there are only 3,600 on the streets. Proceeds from sales go to help families of military personnel serving overseas. Rep. Don Pilon of Saco, is urging motorists to buy the plates to keep them on the road.

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Heathcare Reform Group Visit Bangor

Updated 5 years ago

A group advocating for healthcare reform spent part of Monday afternoon in Bangor trying to get their message out.The group, known as Americans United for Change, has spent the summer collecting videos of Maine residents telling their personal stories about their dealings with insurance companies.On Monday, the videos were shown on a flat screen television at the corner of harlow and cumberland streets in Bangor.The group said they chose the location because it was near Senator Olympia Snowe’s office. “We want Senator Snowe to reach across party lines to work with the folks on the other side of the aisle and enact meaningful health insurance reform and bring some competition to the industry,” Said Frank Gallagher on Monday. Gallagher is the acting director of the Maine chapter of Americans United for Change.The group says reaction was almost all favorable.Congress continues to work on a healthcare reform bill.

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Moose Hunt: Day 1

Updated 5 years ago

Monday was the first day of Maine’s 2009 moose hunting season.The season’s first week ends Saturday, and the second week will be Oct. 12th-17th in a number of other areas of northern Maine.Permit holders will also be allowed to hunt moose in very select areas of southern Maine this year from Nov. 2nd-28th.Biologists estimate Maine’s moose population at 29,000 this year.

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