A November storm pounded much of the state Monday morning.Central Maine Power is reporting more than 60,000 customers without power including a number of schools that cancelled classes for the day.Most of those were in Cumberland, Androscoggin, and Sagadahoc Counties.Bangor Hydro has 352 outages as of 11 a.m.
As of 7 o’clock Monday morning Central Maine Power was posting the following outage numbers:Androscoggin: 9,500Cumberland: 22,700Kennebec: 5,200Knox: 200Lincoln: 2,600Oxford: 4,900Sagadahoc: 9,100Waldo: 1,400York: 2,600Somerset: 200Penobscot: 500Franklin: 200Hancock: 50Total: 59,000
Santa arrived in Bangor a little early this year.Today, he was spotted windsurfing along the Penobscot River.The real man behind the suit, Charlie Sargent, has been kicking off the holiday season on the water for the last 26 years.Charlie says it’s his way of saying thank you the our armed forces overseas.
Some towns in Knox County were holding community shelter open houses Sunday.The shelter in Hope is located at the fire station.They were encouraging folks to stop in and see the shelters and meet the folks that will be running them in the event of an emergency.They were also handing out tips for emergency preparedness and folks could put their names on a list to be contacted in the event of a disaster.The open houses were part of an initiative by Knox County Emergency Management Agency to help towns in the county identify a facility as a community shelter.These shelters often serve as a break from the cold or heat in the event of an extended power outage.Hope Fire Chief, Clarence Keller says the fire department is happy to be home of their town’s shelter.” We’ve been very blessed with this facility.
Folks in Belfast with an American Flag that was in rough shape could bring it to their local VFW Sunday to have it disposed properly.The Randall Collins VFW Post held a retirement event.Judge advocate for the post, William Sullivan says there is a process to follow when retiring an American Flag.First, the flag should be folded in its customary manner and then placed on fire.Once the flag is completely burned the ashes need to be buried.” We have a special place up in the cemetery we bury them.
Crews were called to the Mann Hill Road in Holden Sunday morning just before 4:30.Assistant Fire Chief for Holden, Andrew Emery says when they arrived on scene they found the barn fully engulfed in flames and the fire had started to spread to the home.Emery says there were five occupants inside and a few of them had awoken to the smoke and got everyone else out of the house, along with most of the farm animals.He says there are a few chickens unaccounted for.Emery says they had mutual aid from several towns and about 50 firefighters battling the blaze.He says it took them a couple of hours to get the fire contained and they were faced with some challenges.” The wind was also blowing the fire into the house.
The dental clinic at the University College of Bangor has teamed up with some soldiers of the Maine Army National Guard.The soldiers will be deploying shortly and are required to have a proper dental exam before they can go.Saturday, students at the school were providing x-rays for the soldiers.Military doctors were also on hand to help the students with any questions they had, as well as faculty from the school.Faculty members say this provides great experience for the students.” We’re happy to help out service men and women here in Maine and they need these services done before they can be deployed.”The school will be doing the exams again in February for another group of soldiers set to deploy.
Some kids got to take an inside look into the world of robotic surgery Saturday.A 4-H Club from the Portland area came to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor to see how it all works.Certified surgical tech, Bernadette MacGarry says it’s a viable field and the direction a lot of surgeries are moving toward now.She says it’s important for kids to see the different careers available and get them interested at a young age.” To give our young kids something to look forward to, something to strive for and something to learn.”” It was really fun.
Women artisans were showing off their work Saturday.The 16th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show hosted by Designing Women took place at Husson University.Folks attending could find pottery, jewelry hand weavers and much more.Every year they select a group that helps local women and girls to benefit from the show.This year Women, Work and Community, was the organization chosen.Organizers of the event say it’s a win for everyone involved.” For many of the artists here this is their livelihood so this is a good chance for them to make a living.
Music, food and crafts took over the University of Maine fieldhouse for the 23rd Annual Culturefest Celebration.Members of different organizations set up booths representing different countries throughout the world featuring maps, flags and cultural items.A food court was set up where guests could enjoy traditional cuisine.Culturefest attracts more than one thousand visitors from the UMaine community.Student Hosain Aghamoosa says the culture fest not only showcases the different cultures of the world but the cultural makeup at the University of Maine.”It’s eye opening actually when you live in Maine and you don’t think there’s much diversity but when you go out to such a event you really get surprised at how many different cultures are represented at Maine and the University of Maine,” he said.The event also featured a fashion and talent show.
Girls from Girl Scouts troops throughout the state were at the university of maine learning about careers in science and engineering fields.”I’ve always thought engineering sounded like a really good career,” said Girl Scout Klaire Chandler.Chandler was one of 90 Girl Scouts who got the opportunity to learn about engineering and science related fields at Transforming Leadership: Engineering Your Future, a Girl Scouts conference.”I love doing experiments and finding out new things and when you expect something to happen and it doesn’t I like the surprise,” she said.According to enrollment records, Maine falls far behind the national average in enrolling girls into engineering.Samantha Lott Hale, Director of Membership for Girl Scouts of Maine says the conference was the perfect opportunity to show girls what they can do with their science interests.”It’s really about leadership, experience that the girls have so they can discover more about themselves connect with others and then take action in their own communities,” she said.Throughout the day the girls attended hands on workshops.
A woman from Winslow is accused of forging state documents, stating she was pregnant when she was not, in order to obtain food stamps.The Attorney General’s office says Leah Wright, 34, has been indicted on one count of theft by deception and eight counts of aggravated forgery.Officials say wright forged medical documents, saying she was pregnant over a 40-month period.We’re told Wright obtained around $4,000 in food stamp benefits.
Maine’s governor-elect, who made the “go to hell” remark about president Obama during the campaign, has accepted an invitation to attend a white house reception.An adviser to the president called to congratulate Paul LePage this week and invited him to a reception for new governors next month in Washington.