A local author spent some time at the Bangor Public Library Thursday, talking about her new book.Rosemary Canney just had her book, “In the Parking Lot at Grady High”, released yesterday.Canney taught english to juniors and seniors at Old Town High School for 32 years.She started writing the book two years ago, and says it shows just how funny life at school can be.
A two week fishing shutdown around Matinicus island has been shortened to four days.The ban from the state came after a shooting there Monday, when one lobsterman was accused of shooting another fishermen.Fishermen from the island and Marine Resources officials came together Thursday in Rockland – and the discussions are just beginning.”They overstepped their bounds. They punished the entire community including people who couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with anything that happened,” says lobsterman Clayton Philbrook.He’s one of the Matinicus fishermen who challenged the state’s two-week shutdown in a Knox County courtroom Thursday.”I understand that the department is really frustrated at some of the enforcement challenges they have in such an isolated location,” says Nat Hussey. He represented Philbrook in court Thursday. He’s also a sternman who lives on the island.”We are a community of hard-working families and we want to get back to work. We’re really glad the department’s going to work with us now,” he says.”We came to an agreement to open the area up Monday morning if there’s not any more violence on the island,” says Col. Joseph Fessenden, chief of Maine Marine Patrol.He says the ban was never intended as punishment, but instead to send a message.On Saturday, Marine Resources officials will travel to the island for a meeting.”And hopefully work out a plan where we can resolve some of the long-term issues out there, the trap cutting, vandalism, and try to get fishermen to get along a little better,” Col. Fessenden says. “A lot of it is over territory, it’s a very protective area…it’s a traditional thing. They’ve protected their bottom for years.”Philbrook says some people have the wrong idea about their island.”A lot of the pirate island, lawless thing is overblown. It just sounds romantic. It’s not true. I mean there’s a little of that – you’ll have a little of that anywhere, all fishing communities have a little of this going on.”Fishermen say one item they’d like to discuss Saturday is the potential for their own fishing zone around the island, like others have.”We’ve asked them for meetings. Now they’re finally going to come out,” says Philbrook. “I hope they listen to us.”Hussey says many people on the island are still trying to deal with what’s happened. Shooting victim Chris Young is still in the hospital, listed Thursday in fair condition.Meanwhile, patrol crews will stay near the island through the weekend.
The Trust for Public Land, as well as a group of 12 communities, released the findings of 18-months worth of work. The goal of theTPL and The Penobscot Valley Council of Governments is to make local recreation areas more attractive to tourists and local folks alike. “One of the things Maine is so well known for is it’s quality of place, the downtowns, the traditional downtowns, and community centers that we have and the access we have to recreational spaces and recreational opportunities,” says Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett. The hope of the group is to create attractive places that draw people to enjoy the area and to help it grow economically in the process. “So what we’re trying to do is mesh the two,” says Barrett, “the need for open space, and quality places that are attractive to bring people, and the need for economic development and growth.”According to Barrett public access and recreation are some of the key components, “I think we’re standing on one example of that right now,” he says standing on the scenic Bangor waterfront, “and there’s a bunch of work going on right down river, one of the real interests the group had was to provide more access to the penobscot river both as a place to just come have lunch and as a place to go out and enjoy the water.”Another one of their goals is to provide people in the more urban settings places to get out and enjoy the outdoors, without having to travel long distances. “There was a lot of interest in that particularly in the urbanized areas,” Barrett says, “people are really looking for ways to easily do some walking and get some exercise and do it in a nice setting.”For everyone involved in the project they are hoping this giant community collaboration will serve as a “greenprint” for other Maine communities.”It’s really a strong effort that involved an awful lot of people,” Barrett says, “in trying to put something together on a regional basis that will protect the quality of life and the reason we come to live here.”To see all the information, as well as maps of the areas, go to tThe Trust For Public Land’s website:http://tpl.geocortex.net/Penobscot_Greenprint/
Hannaford Supermarkets says its new store in Augusta, Maine – the first to earn a top award for environmentally friendly construction – will be a laboratory of sorts. Opening Saturday, it’s the nation’s first to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest platinum standard.Part of the roof is covered with drought-resistant plants to impede water runoff and provide insulation. It draws power from a solar photovoltaic system, called Maine’s largest. Supports for a walkway are recycled from an old airport hangar. Natural daylight is utilized, and water from two geothermal wells helps regulate the building’s temperature. Hannaford design services Director Fred Conlogue said Wednesday the building is a “learning laboratory” whose green advancements may be used in other stores.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.