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Food Program Offers Affordable Foods to Mainers

Updated 5 years ago

The Neighbor Helping Neighbor program started to reach out to the Central Maine community three months ago. Since then the non-profit has served between two and three hundred people and Charli Spearrin, the woman who coordinates the volunteer effort hopes it expands throughout Maine in the upcoming months. Neighbor Helping Neighbor or NHN offers quality, wholesome foods at affordable prices to everyone. Similar to a food co-op the more food sold, the better the deals in the future. This month six menus are available to choose from and anyone can take their pick. There is no paperwork to fill out and there are no income requirements. “Whether you drive a Lexus or you’re on food stamps, it doesn’t matter, this program can be for you.” says Charli Spearrin. The prices range from about 30 dollars to about 50 with the menus changing monthly. To see menus and Neighbor Helping Neighbor locations visit Neighbor Helping NeighborHere is a list of Neighbor Helping Neighbor locations:Neighbor Helping Neighbor Office 60 Water Street Skowhegan474-3700 New Beginnings Church of God 392 Main Street Waterville 873-1554 Skowhegan Gospel Tabernacle 42 North Avenue Skowhegan 399-0811Evergreen Wilderness Chapel 1790 River Road Solon 643-2636

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A Young Entrepreneur from Bangor Serves up Some Tasty Lemonade

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A young entrepreneur in Bangor is serving up a tasty drink.And as Meghan Hayward tells us, making quite a profit from it.”I first got started with my grandmother. I just asked if I could have a lemonade stand and she said ok and after I got the supplies and all I got started up.”And for the past four years 11-year-old Devin Hathorn has been selling lemonade for 50 cents a cup outside his home in Bangor.It’s become a daily job for Devin.”Monday through Friday I come out here 12 to 4 and Saturday and Sunday I come out 11 to 4.”Devin says he has some repeat customers.”My number one customer is the mail man. He always stops by and buys a lemonade.”So why does Devin spend every day of his summer each year selling lemonade?”Because I’ve just been so successful.”And what’s the most rewarding part of his job?”Seeing that my customers are happy.”So what makes Devin’s lemonade so tasty?”Mostly my secret ingredient.”We tried getting the secret ingredient out of Devin by he just wouldn’t tell.”Sorry, family secret.”Every summer Devin sets a goal of what he would like to buy with the money he earns and this year’s purchase will be.”A Nitendo DS.”Devin says he plans on working his lemonade stand until he turns sixteen. He figures by then he will be able to get a real job.

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A Food Pantry in Bangor is in Need of A Bigger Building

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A food pantry in Bangor needs a bigger pantry. A bigger building actually.The Seeds of Hope food pantry operates from the basement of the Beacon of Hope Church of God.Pantry Director Isaac Mann says they are dealing with limited space.He says they are receiving lots of food but need a bigger building.This Saturday a foodmobile from the Good Shepherd Food Bank will be at the pantry from 10 to 2 handing out food.Mann says while they do all they can for folks in need, they could provide more if they had a bigger building.”We would be able to have back stock. If there was ever a crisis in the area we’d be able to carry extra stuff. Right now we’re just going week to week.”If you are interested in helping Seeds of Hope call Issac at 745-2952.

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Bail Set for Glenburn Man who Swam from Police

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A man from Glenburn who tried to swim away from police in the Penobscot River remains in jail tonight. 20-year-old Allan Burke-Sapiel made his first court appearance Thursday. A judge set bail for him at $500 cash. Police say Burke-Sapiel stole a car on Sixth Street in Bangor early Wednesday morning and took it for a joyride. When officers caught up to him, Burke-Sapiel reportedly abandoned the car and ran away.He made it across the Brewer bridge, but Brewer police officers were waiting on the other side. So, police say, he jumped into the Penobscot River and swam as far as the Penobscot Plaza before surrendering to officers.Burke-Sapiel is charged with receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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Christmas in July at Old Town/Orono YMCA

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

The Old Town/Orono YMCA is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year. The Y is hosting a Christmas in July celebration this Saturday. It includes a Family Fun Day, a garage sale, a dance fitness class called Zumba, a kid’s movie night and a Zumba street dance. Organizers say they want families to come out and enjoy some time together. But they also want to encourage people to help the Y fulfill its Christmas wish list. Marlyse Waskiewicz, a fitness trainer, says “We need playground balls, it can be a simple as that. We need volleyball nets, a scoreboard, ranges from there. Either someone can go and buy those things or they can donate the money to use and then we can go and buy those things.”A Christmas tree in the front lobby is loaded with gift ideas for the Y. The Christmas in July party gets started at 9 o’clock Saturday morning with the Family Fun Day. Tickets are 3-dollars a person or 10-dollars for a family. The garage sale is both Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 2 and the kids movie night and zumba dance are set for Saturday night at 8:30pm.

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Belfast Area Blood Drive Friday

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Folks in the Belfast area have a chance to help out the Red Cross and maybe enjoy the Red Sox in return. The Belfast Masonic Lodge is hosting its summer blood drive Friday from noon until 6pm at the Lodge on Northport Avenue. The Masons hope to have at least 150 donors.All donors will be entered to win two tickets to see the Red Sox play the Blue Jays at the end of August.You can stop by the blood drive anytime tomorrow or you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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State Cuts Fishing Ban Time on Matinicus Island

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine officials have agreed to shortenthe lobster fishing ban around a Maine island from two weeks tofour days in the aftermath of a turf war shooting. Maine Marine Resources Commissioner George Lapointe said anagreement was reached in a Rockland courtroom Thursday to allowMatinicus Island’s 35 fishermen to resume pulling their traps onMonday. In an unprecedented move, Lapointe imposed the cooling offperiod after 68-year-old Vance Bunker was charged with shootingfellow lobsterman Chris Young. Two other lobstermen then challengedthe closure. Lapointe and Marine Patrol Col. Joe Fessenden plan to visitMatinicus on Saturday in an effort to calm down tensions on theisland, located more than 20 miles off midcoast Maine.

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Weight Watchers: Get Going!

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Making too many changes all at the same time can be overwhelming. That’s why weight loss experts recommend taking small steps to get on the path to take you and keep you at a lighter weight.  If you are overweight and sedentary it’s helpful to make some changes in eating habits first and then when you have gotten some confidence and some weight off, it’s time to get moving more.  Jackie Conn, from Weight Watchers, shares some safe, easy ways to get moving more with a simple, absolutely free activity – WALKING!What to Wear and Bring:Comfortable ClothesLook for fabrics that draw sweat away from the skin. Wear layers, andpeel them off as you warm up.Athletic ShoesFind shoes that aren’t overly snug, because feet swell as you walk.Cushioning under the heel and forefoot are important, as isflexibility, so the ball of your foot can move freely.SocksChoose fibers that evaporate sweat and prevent blisters. Trydouble-layered or padded socks for walks on hard ground.PedometerThis handy device measures steps taken and walking distance.Water BottleDrink before you start and every half hour, more often if you’re sweating.Sun ProtectionWear a hat, plus a layer of waterproof sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 30.IdentificationBring an ID and a few dollars, in case of an emergency.Portable Music PlayerYour favorite tunes can motivate you to walk a little farther and faster. 

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State Budget Meetings

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Maine’s legislative budget writers are holding two days of discussions on the state’s precarious financial situation.Appropriations committee members gathered Wednesday to review closeout reports on fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. On Thursday they’ll also look ahead at ways to offset looming shortfalls in the new two-year budget cycle.A continuing theme during the sessions is expected to be government streamlining.Although the appropriations committee may meet intermittently in the coming months, the full legislature is not scheduled to reconvene until January.

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Fatal Crash in Waltham

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Waltham was the scene of an accident Wednesday night that left an Eastbrook man dead.The Hancock County Sheriffs Department says that 51-year-old George E. Taylor Sr. was driving along Route 179 at around 9:30 when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road.His vehicle reportedly crossed the center line, struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the road, and rolled over several times before coming to rest on its roof.The accident is under investigation.

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Marine Patrol: Fishing Conflicts ‘Can’t Continue’

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A shooting on Matinicus island is prompting the state to close the waters off the island to lobstering for at least two weeks. Officials say they hope it will be a cooling off period after a number of disputes there this spring and summer.Marine Patrol and Coast Guard officials say they will be on or around the island at all times right now to make sure there are no further incidents.Lt. Alan Talbot with Marine Patrol says there have been serious gear conflicts, hundreds of cut traps and vandalized property in the past.It all boiled over on Monday when 68-year-old Vance Bunker allegedly shot 38-year-old Chris Young in the neck on an island pier. It took place in front of a Marine Patrol Member who was investigating a fishing dispute between the two men.Bunker is charged with elevated aggravated assault. He was released from jail Tuesday on property bail of 125 thousand dollars. He’s been ordered not to return to the island or have any contact with Chris Young or two other individuals there.Young is still in the hospital.Meanwhile, there are 31 licensed lobstermen on the island without work for the next two weeks. Some are looking at economic impacts. “It will have a devastating effect on the people in the business, especially the people who try to make a living on Matinicus Island. But it’s also going to have a trickle-down effect for the merchants here on the mainland,” says Rockland city councilor Thomas Molloy.The fishing closure takes effect 30 minutes before sunrise Thursday and ends at midnight August 6. It bans all lobster and crab fishing licensed activities including the setting or taking up of gear, and will be enforced by marine officials.Lt. Talbot says he hopes the closure sends a message that conflicts over fishing can’t continue.

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Oil Spill in the Kennebec River

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An investigation is underway into an oil spill in the Kennebec River. Fire crews were called to the Head of Falls Area between Waterville and Winslow just after noon Wednesday, but Fire Chief David LaFountain says witnesses walking on the bridge near the scene told him they reported seeing oil in the river a couple of days ago. LaFountain suspects that the oil came from the Pan Am Railway Yard nearby. He believes a storage tank overflowed because of all the rain we’ve had lately.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection Agency is investigating.For now crews are trying to contain the oil with floating booms across the river, and a skimmer truck will then pump the oil out of the river.There’s no way of knowing how much oil got into the water.

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Multiple Charges On The Horizon For Man In Bucksport Motorcycle Crash

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

The Penobscot Sheriff’s Office says they plan to file at least 4 different charges against a man involved in a motorcycle accident in Bucksport on Sunday. 33-year-old Martin Larsen of Bucksport is accused of operating after suspension, speeding in excess of 30 MPH, operating an unregistered vehicle, and operating an uninspected vehicle. Police say Larsen crashed a 1995 Harley Davidson after he lost control going around a sharp curve.Larsen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with multiple injuries.

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Facebook Helps To Send Families To Fair Free

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Some local families will be heading to the Bangor State Fair this year absolutely free thanks in part to an unlikely source: Facebook. Organizers of the fair set up a promotion on the popular networking website. For every 40 people who became a fan of the Bangor State Fair on Facebook, one family pass would be donated. It was hard to speculate how many people would become fans of the fair but people’s best guess? “Well as you could probably tell I’m not the expert on Facebook,” says Mike Dyer, Director of the Bangor State Fair, “but people who are, thought that 6,7,maybe 800 may be a very good thing, remember we were only up there for two weeks.”In fact more than 2800 people logged on and became a fan. Now it’s up to the folks at Penquis to figure out who gets 71 family packs or 284 free passes. “Well it’s really done individually by program, the program staff, certainly not me,” says Janeen Ferro, Resource Director at Penquis, “but the program staff who work with the families, they work closely with them they know their individual circumstances and they know which families could benefit an could really use the passes the most.”For the lucky families who will recieve the passes, as well as all the people who attend this year’s fair, there’s a lot to see and quite a few new attractions. “Well starting right at the front gate our new admissions policy, $10 gets you in to see all the great shows, including the tigers, and an unlimited ride wristband each and every day of the fair and it just gets better and better.”As far a Penquis is concerned, they couldn’t be happier with the outcome. “We were just elated,” says Ferro, “when you see, certainly those beautiful tigers and the fair is just a long standing tradition in the community, who wouldn’t want to go to the fair and see all these marvelous animals and to think of all the families and children who wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity who now will be able to experience all the wonderful things the fair has to offer.”

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A Man from Maine Attends NAACP 100th Anniversary

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The founder of the Greater Bangor Area Chapter of the NAACP has returned from New York City where the 100th anniversary of the group’s parent organization, the national NAACP, was being celebrated.Jim Varner was front and center for the festivities.President Barack Obama was the guest speaker.Varner says he felt honored to be a part of the monumental occasion.He says the president delivered many inspiring messages.But one message seemed to especially hit home.”While we have come a long way we still have a long way to go and we need to work tirelessly to make this country a better place. Not just for white people, not just for black people and not just for hispanic people but for all people and he stressed it.”Varner says he will carry the messages delivered by President Obama with him forever.

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A Popular Treat is Back at Frank’s Bakery

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There’s a tasty treat back at Frank’s Bakery in Bangor that’s become a highly anticipated part of the summer for many local folks.As Meghan Hayward found out they’re leaving the shelves quite quickly.As soon as your walk through the doors at Frank’s Bakery in Bangor you are greeted with a delicious scent but these day’s there’s one item in the bakery that’s quite popular.”It seems to be a rite of summer. When your get the raspberries.”It’s the time of year when Bernadette Gaspar of Frank’s Bakery can barely keep up with the raspberries leaving the shelves.”People just love it. It’s a heavenly taste.”Bernadette has been making the raspberry tarts since the early nineties.And she’s gotten quite the reputation.”As the tart queen. I have a reputation as the tart queen.”Bernadette says she use to make them all on her own but as the demand for the tarts increased.She realized she needed help.Her tart princesses as she calls them.But she says even though it’s a lot of hard work nothing makes her happier than seeing a satisfied customer.”But you know what it is a lot of fun and we get people who come in from afar and it just feels good.”So what is it about Bernadette’s tarts take make them so popular?”Because I do not cook the filling, it’s thickened with an instant clear gel and sugar so it tastes like your just eating them off the bush but sweetened. But I think people just like that off the bush taste.”She’s been told several times the tarts are the best thing in the world.And if there’s any doubt sample yourself.But you better hurry up because they are going fast.

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Special Needs Campers in Dedham Connect with Others in Turkmenistan

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

More than a dozen children at a special needs camp in Dedham are learning about other kids like them, half a world away. Thanks to technology, the campers at Camp Capella are making friends with Special Olympic Athletes in Turkmenistan.Counselor John Quinn is helping kids at Camp Capella connect with the other campers, thousands of miles away, in a country north of Iran and Afghanistan.”It’s kind of like taking the concept of pen pals, writing back and forth, but we’re getting that instant response, that instant feedback. Plus we can send photos and videos.”The long-distance experience is part of a project sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Dana Mosher, Executive Director of Camp Capella, says the first challenge was finding Turkmenistan on the map. “You Google Earth and say here we are at Camp Capella and globe that earth around and here’s Turkmenistan. And I was actually surprised even of couple of kids actually knew where it was. I had to Google it but they knew where it was.”The campers in Turkmenistan are part of a Special Olympics program. And 6-year-ld Hunter says he’s learned they like baseball, just like him. “And they like basketball and football,” he says.9-year-old Logan says, “I was thinking they were kind of a little bit different, but they aren’t”Logan says even though the campers are the same, the cultures and the climate are not. The biggest difference he’s discovered?”Probably about when the degrees is probably 115 degrees down there. You had to drink a lot of water.” Quinn says he hopes this cross-cultural exchange makes for a camping memory these kids will never forget.”This is an experience they wouldn’t normally have. They get to see beyond their little world of school and home life and see there’s other stuff our there. Other kids out there like them, it’s a lot of fun.”The kids in Dedham will chat with Turkmenistan campers for the next couple of weeks.

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Fishing Halted Following Shooting

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For the first time ever…fishing is off limits in certain Maine waters because of concerns over violence.The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced on Tuesday that it will close Matinicus Island and the immediate surrounding waters to lobster and crab fishing.The announcement comes the same day a Matinicus Island man bonded out of jail following his arrest for allegedly shooting another lobsterman.Vance Bunker is scheduled to appear in a Rockland court some time Wednesday.State police say 77-year-old Bunker shot 38-year-old Chris Young in the neck Monday morning on an island pier.It happened in front of a marine patrol officer, who was investigating a dispute between the two men over lobster fishing.Young is recovering at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Bunker is charged with elevated aggravated assault.”I’ve been a Marine warden for 34 years believe it or not,” Said Col. Joe Fessenden on Tuesday. “This is the first time that a fisherman’s been shot as a result of something like this. Any number of times we’ve had firearms brandished: we’ve had assaults, fist fights, things like that. This is the first time where actually someone pulled the trigger.”The state says serious lobster gear conflicts have persisted at Matinicus Island, and the fishing area around the island throughout the spring and summer.Conflicts, they claim, have escalated to the point of having an adverse affect on the safety of lobster fisherman and the economy of the island community.Officers cite property being vandalized, hundreds of lobster trap lines cut, and people attacked and threatened.The closure takes affect 30 minutes before sunrise on Thursday and ends at midnight on Thursday Aug. 6. It bans all lobster and crab fishing licensed activities including the setting or taking up of gear.

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Youth Leads Police on Chase Through Bangor

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A car chase…turned into a foot chase…turned into a river chase for police in Bangor and Brewer.It all began around 12:30 Wednesday morning, when Bangor Police received a call about a stolen car on 6th Street.They say 20-year-old Alan Sapiel took the vehicle on a joyride.When officers caught up to him, Sapiel abandoned the car and took off on foot.He made it across the Brewer bridge, only to see Brewer Police officers waiting on the other side.That’s when Sapiel decided to jump in the Penobscot River.He swam as far as the Penobscot Plaza, before becoming tired and surrendering to officers.Sapiel was checked out by rescue crews, then taken to jail.

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WWII Veteran Receives Long-Awaited Diploma

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A World War II veteran got something today he had to wait a long time to receive – his high school diploma.”He had to drop out of school to try and make a living, and so he never got to go beyond 5th grade,” says veterans’ advocate Conrad Edwards.”That was a common thing for his generation. They would leave home to help the family,” says Lee Cabana, chair of the Waterville school board.But 85-year-old Lorenzo LeChance is now officially a high school graduate.”I got something I never believed I could get,” he says.LeChance enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and all around the world.”I enlisted because Uncle Sam, there was a sign there, ‘I Want You.’ And I said, ‘Take me!’”When he got home, he went back to work as the owner of a bakery.Edwards says LeChance thought he’d never see this diploma.”He said, ‘No, they wouldn’t give it to me,’ and I said, ‘Let me call,’” Edwards says.”I’m always looking for opportunities where we can recognize the guys who have given a good portion of their lives in uniform,” Cabana says.While LeChance never finished school, he’s fluent in French and German. Tuesday, Waterville school board members gathered around to hear his stories.”Go in the service, because you can go a long, long way. You might not believe me, but this is what made me,” LeChance says.He says he’ll hang his diploma on the wall with pride and know he earned every bit of it.”He was obviously emotional about it. So we feel good about it,” Edwards says.”It was hard work to survive all these years,” LeChance says, “But we did it.”

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