The Ronald McDonald House in Bangor has a new deck thanks to some folks from a few local Lowe’s.Volunteers from Lowe’s stores in Brewer, Ellsworth and Augusta tore down a 25-year-old deck and built a new one with composite materials that make it safer.Lowe’s partnered with the Ronald McDonald house through their Heroes Program.” All of these people are volunteers. They’re not on the clock. We have employees coming in on their days off.”” They’re donating all the labor and the materials and doing this on their own time to really help us out at the Ronald McDonald House so it’s truly special.”Today the Ronald McDonald house held a BBQ for the Lowe’s volunteers to show their appreciation.
Kids at Camp Capella in Dedham are wrapping up a special program that helped connect them with campers halfway around the world.As Amy Erickson reports, the experience has helped little ones in two very different countries realize how much they have in common.”Part of the camping experience the last two weeks has been learning about these kids from around the world. It’s learning through play and it’s what we do really well here.”At Camp CaPella, it’s not just swimming and crafts that get these kids excited.The campers are also using the computer to make friends half a world away.Thanks to a special project sponsored by the State Department, they’ve spent the past two weeks communicating with Special Olympics athletes at a camp in Turkmenistan, north of Iran and Afghanistan.”Right there, it looks like they’re doing some arts and crafts, just like we do here! And here they’re playing basketball.””They play table tennis.””They have waterfalls that they swim in.”Thursday, Camp CaPella kids received photos from their counterparts across the globe. The images helped the Maine kids realize that around the world, folks with disabilities are doing amazing things.”I think they’re learning a concept, that kids all over the world have disabilities and we all have our challenges…and there are other kids that are not so unlike them, even all the way around the other side of the world.””Those kids are very smart and very active.”6-year-old Hunter Giroux says he’s learned quite a bit from the experience.He says he’d like to hop a plane to Turkmenistan someday…once he learns the language.”They do not speak American…but they speak Turkman.”Camp CaPella Executive Director Dana Mosher says he’s amused by what factoids about Turkmenistan have fascinated his campers.”They don’t have McDonalds hamburgers in Turkmenistan and they couldn’t imagine. They don’t have hamburgers in Turkmenistan??!!”
Supporters of Maine’s newly enacted law recognizing gay marriage are announcing a new name and a new measure of support for their side the day before opponents drop off petitions that could force a November referendum on the measure.Leaders of the campaign calling itself No On One – Protect Equality announced in Portland today they have collected pledges of more than 60,000 Mainers who support the Same-Sex Marriage Law.The news conference came a day before the law’s opponents plan to come to Augusta to deliver petitions to state election officials in hopes of forcing a referendum November third.The stand for Marriage Campaign says it’s going to drop off more than 70,000 signatures, 15,000 more than the minimum needed to force a people’s veto referendum.
A Massachusetts man was killed Wednesday morning after his car was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 27 in New Portland. State police say 87 year old Earle Baker died after his car was hit while attempting to make a left hand turn in front of the truck. Baker was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and later flown by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he died.
A Hope man who admitted killing a 22-year-old woman last summer has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.Steven Pomeroy told authorities he hit Jessica Nichols of Waldoboro over the head with a frying pan and stabbed her repeatedly after she made a disparaging remark about his former fiance.They had gone to his home in hope after a party. Pomeroy pleaded guilty last month, but there was no plea agreement. He was sentenced today in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland.
A Sumner man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering two men in West Paris in July of 2008.Last month, a jury found 33-year-old Duane Waterman guilty of shooting and killing 43-year-old Todd Smith and 50-year-old Timothy Mayberry.Waterman had pleaded not guilty to the murders and took the stand in his own defense.During the trial, prosecutors said Waterman had argued with Mayberry over a drug debt shortly before the murders happened.Waterman’s lawyer says an appeal is planned.
It’s double the pleasure, double the fun for TV5 News anchor Sharon Pelletier. Sharon’s given birth to her second child, Amelia Therese Priscilla. Amelia arrived at 11:56 Wednesday morning, weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces. She’s 22 inches long and already has a beautiful head of hair, which you can probably tell she gets from her mom.Sharon and her husband, Herb, are still adjusting to the idea of being parents of two children now. Amelia’s big brother, Harrison – who’s 20 months old – is getting use to having a sister, too. As Sharon says, “I can’t believe we’re starting over. But it’s worth it – look at the prize you get at the end. She’s beautiful and we love her already. And I can’t believe how it happens instantly.”Sharon’s going to take a few weeks off work to get to know Amelia better. Congratulations to Mom, Dad and both the kiddos. They make a beautiful family.
A wildlife refuge and sanctuary in Ellsworth is preparing for a big celebration this weekend.A lot has changed on the property through the years.Meghan hayward has more.”This weekend is the fiftieth anniversary of Birds Acre and we specifically picked August First because that would have been the birthday celebration of Cordelia Standwood.”Standwood was an ornithologist and photographer who lived on the Birds Acre property for nearly 60 years.”And this property, which was originally only 40 acres and the beautiful home that is next to us, was a place where she sought refuge and sanctuary herself and she studied birds.”Birds Acre has now expanded to over 200 acres.Saturday and Sunday, folks can come out and enjoy the many activities planned for the celebration.So what do the folks at Birds Acre hope visitors get out of the sanctuary?”The first thing is we want people to know the beautiful treasure is here. A lot of people drive by, they don’t come in. They think it’s just birds and it’s not just about birds and it’s not just for them.”Birds Acre trustee Bonnie Hersey says Standwood would have praised a celebration like this.”I think it would mean the world to her. To know that people can come and enjoy the nature she treasured so much. And to know that her work was continuing on.”Admission to Birds Acre is always free and the celebration is too.Something the folks at Birds Acre feels benefits everyone.”And today the economy would dictate that it would be great to do things that are free. That are good for your health, educational and just uplifting and inspirational.”For more information on the events planned for the celebration Saturday and Sunday, you can call 667-8460 or go to their website www.birdscare.com
Two Maine teachers received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching this month. Pamela Thompson, a Grade 3-4 looping teacher at Madison Elementary School and Kimberly Spencer, who teaches Grades 2 and 3 at Yarmouth Elementary School, will receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony.Â Thompson received the 2008 science teaching award and Spencer received the 2008 mathematics teaching award.Â The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between elementary and secondary education, going either to science and math teachers in grades K through 6 (as it is this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12.Â Pamela Thompson has been teaching for 27 years in Madison. Thompson holds a masterâ€™s degree in education from St. Josephâ€™s College and two degrees from the University of Maine at Farmington.Â She has been involved in professional development to strengthen links between science inquiry and literacy and serves on the board of the Maine State Science Teachers Association. Thompson lives in Industry, Maine.Â Â Winners of the Presidential Teaching Award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.Â Â
Giffords Ice Cream is rallying the community in support of the Tim Hancock family by donating the proceeds from every round of mini golf on July 30. Tim Hancock, his wife Donna, and their children lost their home and most of their possessions to a house fire in July. Gifford’s Ice Cream will hold the mini-golf fundraiser July 30, 11am-9:30pm Rain Date is August 6Those who cannot play mini-golf, but would like to help the Hancock family can contact the Skowhegan Field Hockey Boosters at: Hancock Family Fundraiser Noella DesPres15 Merril St. Skowhegan, ME 04976207-474-5748
Part of route 2 in Hermon was closed for about an hour this morning after a transformer blew.It happened at about seven thirty, near Danforth’s Supermarket.A passerby reported seeing a transformer on fire.Hermon fire crews were on scene in minutes, and immediately shut down Route 2, from billings road to the New Boston Road.Traffic was detoured onto the New Boston Road while crews put out the fire and repaired the damage.Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis says he knows the detour was an inconvenience for those driving to work, but says the closure was necessary for public safety.”Everybody’s in a hurry, it’s 8am, they’re all trying to get to work at the same time. It’s important for people to cooperate. It’s for their own safety. The top line on any power line is extremely dangerous and even if you’re in your car with the windows up, if that goes down on your car, you’re in very much danger.”Chief Willis says there were no reports of any homes in the area losing power.
Route 2 is being rerouted onto the Billing’s Road to New Boston, then back to Route 2 while crews fix a transformer that blew Thursday morning.The transformer is located near Danforth’s Market in Hermon.Crews tell TV5 that the transformer is being fixed, and that traffic should be back to normal by mid-morning.
Folks in sections of Hancock County lost power for a while Wednesday night.It wasn’t, however, due to the rain.According to Bangor Hydro, a vehicle struck a utility pole on Main Street in Blue Hill. It knocked out power for nearly three thousand customers in Blue Hill, Brooklin, and Sedgwick.As of 4:30 Thursday morning, Bangor Hydro is reporting that power has been restored.We’re told no one was hurt in the crash.
Flags will be at half staff at all Reny’s stores in Maine Thursday.83-year-old Robert H. Reny, the founder of Reny’s, passed away last Friday after a long illness.Funeral services will take place Thursday.Reny started his first store in 1949 in Damariscotta.It eventually turned into a 14-store chain throughout Maine, specializing in discount items.Governor Baldacci has ordered flags also be flown at half staff in the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle, where Reny’s is headquartered.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Department of Labor is receiving$28 million from the federal government to be used for unemploymentbenefits and administering the state’s unemployment insuranceprogram. The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that Maine qualifiedfor the federal stimulus funding to help people entering the workforce, seeking part-time work or upgrading their skills to beeligible for benefits. Gov. John Baldacci said the Legislature made improvements in thestate’s unemployment insurance program that recognize the needs oftoday’s laid-off workers. The stimulus act made a total of $7billion available in unemployment modernization incentive paymentsto states.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says he’s pleased by aU.S. Senate panel’s approval of a plan to temporarily lift federaltruck weight limits in Maine. The Appropriations subcommittee on transportation on Wednesdayapproved Sen. Susan Collins’ plan for a one-year pilot projectexempting Maine’s highways from the 80,000-pound federal truckweight limit. Collins, R-Maine, said the current weight limit disparity onvarious segments of Maine’s interstate highways is an impediment tocommerce, increases wear-and-tear on the state’s secondary roadsand puts residents at risk. Maine’s Congressional delegation has been working since 1994 tochange a law which forces northbound trucks weighing more than80,000 pounds off Interstate 95 in Augusta. That’s forced heavytrucks traveling I-95 to Houlton onto smaller, secondary roads thatpass through cities, towns and villages.
It’s a 40-million dollar project in Central Maine that is nearly complete.Mount View’s new elementary, middle and high school is the largest state funded school to date, and it’s about ready to open.As Adrienne Bennett reports it’s a place where students, teachers and staff will honor the past and celebrate the future of learning.”This is all natural light we probably won’t even have to put a light on here.” The design of Mount View’s K thru 12 complex is expected to deliver thousands of dollars in energy savings.”There’s 12 skylights in there in the high school gym and 8 in the elementary, middle school gym.” The majority of this 40-million dollar project in Thorndike is being paid for by the state. Six-hundred-thousand was put into technological advances for students and teachers, from computers”The centerpiece for learning is technology as a new tool.” to smart boards…and the school’s eco-friendly heating system.”It’ll pull wood chips into the bin then there’s a belt that will carry them up to the wood chip furnace..”On center stage, is something the community helped fund.”We’re really indebted to future 3 who provided an additional 1/2 million in funds to do the things that were aesthetically pleasing, expanding seating from 200 to 300, a cat walk, a great sound system. It converted it from an auditorium to a performing arts center.”A few hundred yards away the old school is being stripped away. Nearly 10-thousand dollars was raised from selling what could be salvaged.”Even the bushes, the rogosas went, lights went… actually I think I saw one day the gym bleachers go by on a flatbed.” But money wasn’t the motivating factor”We wanted to reduce the waste stream and make use of these things again.”And with the past nearly gone, the future is in sight”It’s nice to have a building but now a lot of the work is so, how do we improve the quality of what goes on in here?””Students will head back to class September 1, but before that there will be a formal dedication on August 30, and that will be open to the community. Adrienne Bennett, WABI TV5 News, Thorndike.
“I say that you turn 50 and there’s things you really want to do and you better do them because if you don’t do them, you might not have time or be able to do them.”For Gary Roberts of Seattle, Washington, the “thing” he wanted to do was take a bike ride to visit his sister. 2 months later, he’s due to arrive at her house. “My sister Carol Ann lives in Old Town, Maine,” says Roberts, “I haven’t seen her in about 15 years and I’m happy to say I’ll be having lobster with her and her husband and my wife tonight.”Robert’s wife Ellen joined him in Buffalo New York. The two biked to Niagra Falls and celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary.”It’s made me understand what his days have been like the past 75 days,” says Ellen Kaise, Robert’s wife, “but now I see what it’s like and I see why he would want to do it.”In addition to his wife, Roberts says no trip would be complete without a first mate. In this case he’s speaking of Brindle, the family dog. Ronerts has been pulling Brindle the entire way in a carrier that attaches to his bicycle.”She’s 15-and-a-half,” says Roberts of his first mate, “she’s the family dog and having a mate, even though you have to pull the mate, is great.”A 3000 mile bike ride does have some advantages.”In a sort of sly way I really enjoyed eating my way across the country,” says Roberts, “when you bicycle all day, you burn up 5-to-6000 calories a day, you can just eat, and eat, and eat, it’s just great.” Some of his favorite things to munch on during his trip? “Ice cream is high on the list, gotta have the carbohydrates so a lot of pizza, a lot of pasta, I like the donuts and the milkshakes, all the good stuff.”For roberts and his wife, they’ve had an inside look at the country few will ever experience. “The country is a huge country and it’s full of very wonderful people, I’ve had nothing but really good experiences, positive experiences, people have helped me, of all the bad things you might hear and see on the news and read, the country really is a wonderful country.”Anyone who would like to see photos from Gary Robert’s cross country trip are invited to see his email@example.com
He’s been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress. Next week veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will be in Rockland to help out a local cause.Schieffer is the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and anchors “Face the Nation.” He’s marking his 52nd year as a reporter covering national issues.He’ll be in Maine Thursday, August 6th at the invitation of a board member for the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston.Acting Director Ellen Dyer says they hope to sell more than 300 tickets to hear Schieffer speak. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the museum’s education and preservation programs.”It’s actually our biggest event of the year,” Dyer says. “We do something similar to this every year and a lot of excitement builds around it, and it’s a lot of fun.”Schieffer will speak at 6 p.m. a week from tomorrow at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. He’ll also take questions from the audience.Seats are still available and cost thirty-five dollars. For more information or to buy tickets you can call the General Henry Knox Museum at 354-0858.
There’s a new newspaper in the town of Milbridge and it’s quickly spreading to the Bangor area.As Meghan Hayward tells us this paper is not your everyday read. It only shares good news.”Honestly it cost us 500 dollars. We started this. Grace put in $250 and I put in $250.”And The Good News-Paper was created.”What our goal is, is to provide information, inspiration and hope. In today’s world it is a really difficult times and what we wanted to do was just provide some hope and inspiration for everybody. Something to look forward to.”The Good News-Paper’s main base is Milbridge.It’s printed at the Ellsworth American in Ellsworth.”We have different columnists. We have writers all over the country actually. We have some from Tennessee and some in our backyards. They’re all over.”So what can someone expect to find in the paper?”We have health and wellness columns. We have a man cave which is designed for men and in the middle we have a local savings page so they can clip and save coupons.”You can pay $15 dollars for a year subscription if you’d like it delivered to your door, or you can pick it up for free at newsstands.Co-owner Nikki Look explains why.”Because you should never ever have to pay for good news and our paper will always be free for the consumer.”The paper is available from Bangor to Calais.The Bayside Shop N’ Save in Milbridge is just one of the many locations you can find it.So what does Look think is in the future for the paper?”I see the Good News going global and I am not joking. I see this in every mailbox. And I see everybody looking for it and going did you read the good news this week?”If you would like more info on The Good News-Paper or are interested in advertising with them send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.