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H1N1 Flu Claims Another Mainers Life

Updated 5 years ago

The state of Maine has seen its third swine flu death, and the disease is continuing to wreak havoc in schools with 65 outbreaks. Dr. Dora Anne Mills from the Maine Center for Disease Control said Thursday that the latest death was of an adult in Penobscot County who had a serious underlying medical condition. Mills also says some schools are reporting absenteeism of nearly 50 percent, and schools were closed altogether in Jonesboro and Winthrop. She says the good news is that 95 percent of Maine’s public schools have completed their vaccination clinics, and more swine flu vaccine is making its way into the state. As of Tuesday, Maine had received 180,400 doses, up by 42,000 last week.

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Team Effort Helps Lincoln Newspaper

Updated 5 years ago

Folks in Lincoln can usually expect their weekly newspaper every thursday morning like clock work. This week, it took some help from another paper to make that happen, because last week, fire gutted the building that houses the Lincoln News, the weekly newspaper in Lincoln. Reginald Hustus is the Print Manager there and he says the fire was devastating. “From the time that I heard there was a fire and the time I got there, there was just humongous flames coming out of the whole building,” says Hustus, “so any hope of salvaging anything was just lost.”The biggest thing lost in the blaze was the printing press. Terry Carlisle, the Genral Manager at The Ellsworth American newspaper knows that printing presses are invaluable. “Not too many newspapers own their own press,” she says,” “the press is an extraordinarily complicated and expensive piece of machinery and the thought of losing your press, that’s just heartbreaking.”The folks at the Ellsworth American wasted little time. They held a meeting and decided to offer the Lincoln News two weeks of free printing to help get them back on their feet. “It was a tragedy that all of us felt acutely,” says Carlisle, “and we all stayed in contact with one another to see what we could do to help and we we’re all happy to help.”The hard worling people at the Lincoln News are certainly appreciative. Kevin Tenggren is the Editor and Publisher of the Lincoln News and he says he’s extremely grateful for the generosity. “It means a lot to us,” he says, “We’ve put a lot of work into it. Non-stop working from last Thursday to this Thursday. we worked all weekend, we worked countless hours, a lot of thanks to my staff, they’ve done a great job.”Reggie Hustus says they haven’t missed a printing in the fifteen years he’s been with the paper and it took a team effort to keep that streak alive. “Just thank everyone who was involved in making this happen and now I have a truck full of papers and now we’re gonna go give them to the folks of Lincoln.”

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Students Give Back

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Students at the Opal Myrick Elementary School in East Millinocket learned a lesson in giving, they took a walk to fill the local food pantry’s shelves. A line of about 160 students from the elementary school marched to the Tri-Town Baptist Food Pantry, carrying bags filled with cans and other food items. The children collected about 15 hundred food items as part of the yearly service projects they perform in the community, but this year, there was extra incentive, the top two collecting classes will receive a pizza party sponsored by the local credit union. Students today also delivered food to the Congregational Church near the school.

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Carmel Public Library Holding Book Amnesty

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The Carmel Public Library says you can help out needy neighbors while returning overdue books.From now until Christmas folks with overdue books at the Simpson Memorial Library can bring in dry goods for the local food pantry instead of money for their fines.The library is open Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.For more information you can call librarian Becky Ames at 848-7145, if she’s not there, leave a message.

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Second Meeting over Bangor I-95 Corridor

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A second meeting over the Bangor I-95 corridor will be held Thursday night.The meeting will be at 7 at the Bangor Banquet and Conference Facility at 701 Gogan Road in Bangor.The purpose of the meeting is to get feedback from the public about the study.Problems along the corridor and possible changes will be discussed.And there will be yet another meeting held down the road we’re told.

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Future Brewer School Marks Milestone

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A milestone and construction tradition was marked Thursday at the future Brewer Pre-K through eighth grade school.Meghan Hayward was there.”Whenever we put the last and highest steel beam into a building, we like to commemorate that milestone by a thing called topping off, and basically what that means is we take some personal ownership of what we do here.”” And I need you to put your name right there ok.”Some future students of the school got to sign their name on the final beam before it was lifted.” Manny, well done Manny, clapping.”Those building the school say it was important to include the kids.”Who better to bring into the process and have them create memories and have this be remembered forever and also learn a little bit about the process. This is just the beginning for these kids.”The kids were pretty impressed.”It’s really big and it’s cool right now and when it’s built it might be even better.””It was awesome. I’ll remember this forever.”Brewer Superintendent Daniel Lee says he’ll remember the day too.”I really think it marks a very important occasion. We’re done with the structural work. We’re going to begin now with the interior and finishing up the masonry work. We’re very close to closing up two sections of the building so it’s very exciting. This is a momentous occasion.”The nearly 32 million dollar project will be the largest Pre-K through eighth grade school in the state.”It is designed to hold 1,500 students if needed. There’s going to be a 500 seat auditorium for shows and plays. There’s also going to be a full regulation size gymnasium, a cafeteria that can seat 500 people at a time.”Construction is due to be completed in June of 2011.

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Winterport Water District Breaks Ground on Project

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Winterport Water district is breaking ground on a project to help protect the Penobscot River.It will replace more than a mile of sewer line to ensure that partially-treated sewage no longer reaches the river.Right now Winterport rate payers have the fourth highest sewer rates in the state.The project will cost 2-million dollars but the town will only have to come up with 250-thousand dollars.The rest will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.Winterport resident Teddy Weston says the town is extremely grateful for the federal and state help.”We all know that this needed to be done by where the money would possibly come from made this whole idea of doing it almost impossible. So all the help we’ve had has been great and it’s good for the community.”Local water rates are actually expected to go down because of all the grant money the town is getting for the project.

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Empty Arms – How Family and Friends Can Support Parents Living with Loss

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Nine months of pregnancy all comes down to one day – the birth of a baby. For some women, though, the joy of pregnancy is overshadowed by grief when their child dies from a miscarriage, is still born, or only lives to see a few precious hours. A group in Bangor is reaching out to mothers living with that loss – and trying to show others how to help them, too. The Empty Arms Support Group offers parents a place to turn when the baby they longed for doesn’t survive. “I had a baby, I birthed a baby – a little girl – and her name is Sophie and it’s really, really important that she remain a part of our family.”Aimee Gerbi is a mother of four, but one of her children didn’t survive. Sophie died when Gerbi was six months pregnant.Sophie’s death spurred Gerbi to start a support group for others like her. She says the first step toward healing is recognizing the space left by a loss can’t be ignored. “I talk about her because she’s a part of our family – she’s the big gaping hole that nobody else can see and that nobody else can understand and I think that’s why I get together with these women as many times a month as we possibly can, because me saying the name Sophie doesn’t stop the room.” “We try to emphasis to every mother that’s here, even if they don’t have a living child, they are a mother. She’s a mother, but unfortunately, she has empty arms – she doesn’t have that baby to hold. “Pam Houston is a perinatal educator at Eastern Maine Medical Center and helps with the Empty Arms support group.She says it gives women a safe, comfortable place to open up about their baby’s death. “It’s something that happened. It’s something horrible that happened. It’s part of them. They’re not like pushing it aside. “Laura Leighton is a member of the group. Her 8-and-a-half month-old daughter, Winn, is her second child. Her son Willows died minutes after he was born. She says family and friends can help by acknowledging the lost baby.”In your daily life, it’s always there, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it’s always there, so if someone invites you to talk about it, it’s a really nice thing that you can share that part of your life with them.” Gerbi says recognizing important dates – like a due date – with even a simple card can mean so much. “Because the alternative is that you think, I don’t want to remind her and you don’t send a card and now that mom has walked down to her mailbox, opened the mail and there’s nothing there. Nobody has remembered. Not only does nobody remember, they all think I’ve forgotten. “Some families have pictures or locks of hair to remember their children. Others, like Gerbi – who nearly died during her pregnancy – never get to see them. That’s why the support group is working to build a memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor to make sure no baby is ever forgotten.”This is part of who I am. I had a son who died so I don’t need to hide that. I don’t need to try to get over it or forget it because it’s just part of my story now.”As for the memorial, Mount Hope Cemetery has already donated the land for it.Folks with Empty Arms say they envision a tranquil spot for families to visit with a statue and a granite bench.They say they’ll continue working to raise money until they can start building.Empty Arms meets the fourth Wednesday of every month.For more information, log on to emmc.org/emptyarms.aspx

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Who Hit the North Howland Road Overpass?

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Police are looking for the person who hit an overpass in Howland this week.On Thursday morning, crews discovered that several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage had been done to the I-95 bridge on the North Howland Road.They say it appears someone crashed into the overpass with a large piece of equipment, sometime between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Support beams were twisted and structural damage will have to be repaired.Police say the vehicle must have been stopped under the bridge for awhile. If you saw anything you think could help find who caused the damage, you’re asked to call Trooper Barry Meserve at 866-2121.

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Lincoln News Puts out First Issue Since Fire

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Folks waiting for their weekly issue of the Lincoln News can expect to have it in their hands by late afternoon or early evening Thursday.Publisher Kevin Tenggren says even though fire destroyed their building last week, there was never a doubt they wouldn’t put an issue out for this week.Tenggren says they have had a few problems with the computer system, but have been able to pull through.They have sent the paper digitally to the Ellsworth American, where the paper will continue to be published until a new Lincoln News building is up and running.” Oh it means a lot to us. We’ve put a lot of work into this. It’s been a nonstop working since last Thursday to this Thursday. We worked all weekend, countless hours. A lot of thanks to my staff. They’ve done a great job.”Tenggren says as soon as the insurance is settled, they’ll demolish the burned out building, and rebuild in the same spot.

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Weight Watchers

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Easing Thanksgiving Stress!Thanksgiving is almost here and although you won’t be eating theholiday meal for a few more weeks, lots of us are already gettingindigestion from it. Just thinking about Thanksgiving can causeheartburn because of the stress. For some of us, it’s stress overwhat Thanksgiving is going to do to our weight loss progress and forothers, it’s the idea of cooking such a meal that may well be the mostimportant meal of the year! The expectations for perfection are high.Jackie Conn, from Weight Watchers, shares some tips, some tools and a recipe for rich, low-fat turkey gravy.Rich Rosemary Turkey Gravy * 4 3/4 cups homemade fat-free turkey stock, as needed * 1/4 cup all-purpose flour * 1 Tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in 2 Tbsp cold water (optional) * 1/2 tsp salt (optional) * 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper * 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemaryInstructions1. To make the gravy, use a rubber spatula to scrape the pan juices from the roasting pan into a fat separator, leaving the browned bits in the pan. Let stand 5 minutes: then pour off the dark brown drippings into a 2-quart glass measuring cup: reserve the clear yellow fat in the separator. Add enough stock to the drippings to measure 5 cups.2. Place the roasting pan over two burners on high heat. Measure 1/4 cup of the reserved fat and add to the pan. Whisk in the flour (a flat “roux whisk” works best to reach into corners) and let bubble for 30 seconds. Since this is a reduced amount of flour and fat, it won’t coat the entire pan so try to concentrate the ingredient to one part of pan to prevent the flour from scorching. One cup at a time, whisk in the stock mixture and bring to a boil.3. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, whisking often, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan, until reduced to about 4 cups, about 3 minutes. For a thicker gravy, whisk in the cornstarch, but keep in mind that as the gravy cools, it will also thicken, so it might not be necessary.4. Strain through a coarse wire sieve into a bowl. Taste: season with the salt and, if desired, pepper and rosemary. Transfer to a warmed sauceboat.Courtesy of weightwatchers.com

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Students Honor Veterans at Cole Museum

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Some veterans at the Cole Land Transportation Museum got to hear just how much young people appreciate them.The museum invites middle and high school students from across the state to speak with veterans. Then the youngsters write an essay entitled “What freedom means to me after interviewing a veteran.”The top three winners are chosen in the two categories: middle school and high school.They were invited to the museum on Wednesday for a special ceremony, to accept their awards and read their prize winning essays.The kids say they learned a lot. “When I came in, I really thought I knew what freedom was,” Said middle school student Nathaniel Lombardi, who took home 2nd place in his catagory. “I didn’t think I could learn anything more, but he really opened my eyes to learn the true meaning of freedom.” “We’re gonna be the ones that have to stand up and protect it in the future, and we need to be thankful for people who have already done it,” Added the winner in the high school catagory Hillary Hoyt.The award winners received certificates and savings bonds.Raymond Perkins is one of the veterans. He’ll be 90 soon, and says he’s spoken to hundreds of students. He says it’s important to pass on his stories, and he gets inspiration from them too.

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Bucksport Unveils New Memorial

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The second phase of a project honoring veterans has been unveiled in Bucksport.A crowd of those who served, their family members, and supporters gathered Wednesday as phase two of a three phase project was unveiled. The stone wall is decorated with plaques, several flags have been flying since phase one of the memorial was completed.Moving speeches were given by officials from the area, including Bucksport Mayor Lisa Whitney, who showed her support for the troops. “Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that those in Bucksport and our neighbors in Orland, Verona, and Prospect, with this monument have shown our veterans are indeed appreciated.”Another add-on to the the “field of honor” will consist of plaques depicting those who served. An additional $25,000 must be raised before its construction. Family and friends will be able to purchase a plaque representing their loved one.

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Conservation Group Backs Plum Creek Plan

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A major environmental group says it’s filing court papers in support of Maine regulators’ approval of a Moosehead Lake region development plan.The Nature Conservancy on Tuesday filed papers saying it will be a party to the appeal process in the Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of Plum Creek’s concept plan for the development.The Nature Conservancy says it’s taking the position that the state’s approval should stand.The commission in September approved a concept plan that calls for nearly 1,000 house lots, two large resorts, and more than 400,000 acres of land conservation.Three other environmental groups: the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Forest Ecology Network, and Restore: the North Woods are appealing the L.U.R.C. decision.

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FairPoint Investigation Withdrawn

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Bondholders have withdrawn a request for an examiner to investigate what lead up to FairPoint Communication’s chapter 11 filing.A creditor committee claimed last month that FairPoint misrepresented its recovery prospects, and that top managers sought to profit from the bankruptcy reorganization.On Tuesday, lawyers for the creditors withdrew their motion.FairPoint owes more than $550,000,000 to its lenders.The company filed for bankruptcy on October 26th.

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Cathy Speronis’ Spiced Apple Sauce Recipe

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Spiced Apple Sauce Recipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Active Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 20 min.1 1/2 lbs. Macintosh apples1/2 cup water1/3 cup of sugar1 cinnamon stick1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg1/2 tsp. lemon zest1 tsp. lemon juiceCut apples into quarters and remove cores. Place in a 4-quart saucepan with water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until apples are softened 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in nutmeg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Press apple mixture through a food mill set over a large bowl. Discard skins. Serve warm or refrigerate.Cookin’ with Cathy CwiC TipTo freeze apple slices1) Blanch in boiling water – 2 minutes2) Plunge into ice water to stop cooking 3) Drain4) Freeze on a sheet panApples can be frozen for up to 9 months.

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Cathy Speronis’ Apple Galette Recipe

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Apple Galette Recipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Recipe Summary Difficulty: Medium Active Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 45 – 55 min.Dough:1 cup all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. sugar1/2 tsp. salt6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ” pieces2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into ” pieces2 – 5 Tbsp. cold waterFilling:3 Macintosh apples, peeled and sliced into 1/2” slices1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced into 1/4” slices1/2 tsp. lemon zest1 tsp. lemon juice3 Tbsp. cornstarch1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tsp. ground nutmegPinch of salt1 egg beatenwater3 Tbsp. honeyMake the doughIn the bowl of a food processor combine flour, sugar and salt. Process for 30 seconds. Distribute the butter pieces evenly over the flour mixture. Pulse 3 times. Distribute the shortening pieces over the flour mixture. Pulse 8 more times. Place mixture in a large bowl. Add the cold water in a tablespoon at a time and use a fork to blend until mixture starts to come together and is no longer dry (do not make too wet.) Form dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate.Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.Make the fillingPeel core and slice apples. In a large bowl toss the apples with the lemon zest and juice. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine cornstarch, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Combine sugar mixture with apples and toss until apples are thoroughly coated and start releasing their juices. Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap. Place disc on center of a parchment lined baking sheet. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll into a large free-form circle, about 14” wide. Place apple mixture in center of dough and spread out leaving a 4” border. Fold edges of dough over filling leaving the center of the galette open. Beat egg with 1 tsp. of water and brush over dough.Bake in center of oven for 45 – 55 minutes until crust is golden and mixture is bubbling.Remove from oven. In a small bowl mix the honey with 1 tsp. water. Brush over center of warm galette. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Serve.

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Belfast Veterans Day Parade

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Many of the cities and towns in Maine celebrate Veterans Day with a parade to honor the men and women in our armed forces, past and present. Photojournalist Tom Round was in Belfast Wednesday to capture the spirit of that community’s commemoration.

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Bangor and Brewer Veterans Day Parade

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Bangor and Brewer kicked off their veterans day festivities with the annual parade. Photojournalist Suzanne Laidman was on hand for the celebration.


Despite Fire, Lincoln News Delivers Paper

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On Wednesdays, the Lincoln News is usually humming with the sound of its printing press. Today, it’s silent.But the publisher says, even though fire destroyed their building last week, there was never any question the paper would keep going. They will even put out an issue this week.”A lot of people have said to me they weren’t expecting it, but we’ve been working very hard. Yesterday was a 16-hour day, so it’s been a long week. I’m very tired,” says Kevin Tenggren, Lincoln News editor and publisher.The only thing they’ve been able to salvage so far– a couple of hard drives. Everything else, they’ll have to buy new.”Office supplies, desks, chairs, computers, I mean, we lost everything,” Tenggren says.Employees have been putting the paper together in space next door, with loaned computers. A picture of the blaze is on the front page.”It hurts to see it, but at the same time, to see the Lincoln News front page makes me really feel good, because we have a paper out this week,” says Nancy Hustus, Lincoln News production assistant.She says what’s helped them along are the calls and letters of encouragement from people in town.”It’s a great tradition,” says local shop owner Rob Newcomb. “I’m glad and amazed that they’re going to be able to carry on. It’s a quick turnaround.””The support has been fantastic. Not just from the community, but fellow publishers. I’ve got calls from all over the state,” Tenggren says.The Ellsworth American is printing the Lincoln News this week.Tenggren says as soon as the insurance is settled, this building will be demolished and they’ll rebuild.”It’s a family business and we all feel like family, the people that work here,” Hustus says. “And a lot of people would be without jobs if he didn’t rebuild. And Lincoln, the whole area would be devastated without a paper.””They just said keep going,” Tenggren says. “That’s what we’re doing.”Folks at the Lincoln News say thanks to the help of many people who have pitched in, the weekly paper should be available to folks by Thursday.

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