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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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Fire an Accident at Hermon Business

Catherine Pegram

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A fire that destroyed a business in Hermon Monday night was an accident. Investigators say they’re trying to determine exactly what caused the fire at Carmel Electric.But it appears it started near a propane furnace. Crews from several departments — including Hermon, Bangor, Carmel, and Glenburn — responded to find flames shooting out of the building. No one was inside at the time.

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Cranberry Island Finds A Unique Way Of Honoring A Fallen Hero

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As we pause to honor our veterans today, we see numerous memorials around Maine designed to help us never forget their sacrifice. But, the folks on Cranberry Island may have found the most unique way to honor one of their own fallen heroes.It’s not unusual to hear visitors get off the ferry on the island, located about 30 minutes outside of Northeast Harbor, and ask about the old rusty tractor on the beach. Phil Whitney, the President of the Great Cranberry Historical Society, says it’s almost a regular occurance. “Some often ask why do you keep that old piece of rusting metal junk on the beach,” he says. The tractor belonged to Cranberry Island’s favorite son, Edgar Bunker. He used the tractor to haul boats for his father’s boatyard more than 50 years ago. Bunker was drafted into the Korean War in 1950. Polly Bunker, Edgar’s sister, says he was proud to serve his country. He told his sister right before he left, “Don’t worry, if they get me, you can bet I’ll get a few of them.” “He knew he had to go and he did what he did,” says Polly Bunker, “I don’t think he knew what he was in for, apparently from what we heard, it was really ugly over there.”Before he left, the family wondered about his tractor. “We said, what are you gonna do with that tractor Edgar?” recalls Polly Bunker, “leave it right there he said, I’ll be back and I’ll take care of it.”Corporal Edgar Bunker was in the K Company, part of the 1st Cavalry Division. Bunker’s unit was involved in Operation Commando, fighting the Red Chinese who were armed with enormous firepower. Bunker’s unit was engaged in some of the most bitter fighting of the entire Korean War. The U.S. Corps suffered 4000 casualties during Operation Commando. The 1st Cavalry Division suffered 2900 of those casualties. Edgar Bunker was among them. He was killed in action October 8th, 1951.Annie Alley, a childhood friend of Edgar Bunker, says the entire island took the news of Bunker’s death hard. “We all felt like we had lost a good member of the community,” says Alley. “Oh it’s an empty feeling,” says Polly Bunker, “you don’t believe it for a long time. My father didn’t really believe it for an awful long time, he kept saying he’ll be back.” Edgar Bunker’s father, Elisha, kept hope alive that his son would come home. The day his son’s body was returned to Cranberry Island, Elisha Bunker died of a heart attack. He’s buried next to his son in the place they both called home: Cranberry Island.Bunker’s tractor has remained in the same spot for 58 years. Phil Whitney says it’s should remind us all of the men and women who serve in our armed forces. “It reminds people every day of the sacrifices our folks nationwide in the various wars make, specifically young people like Edgar Bunker, who went off and never came back.”

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Fallen Soldier Remembered in Waterville

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(AP) – American and Maine flags are flying at half-staff in memory of Marine Maj. Samuel Leigh. The former Mainer was killed earlier this month when his helicopter crashed with a Coast Guard airplane over the Pacific Ocean. Services for Leigh, who was from Belgrade, were held at the Sacred Heart Churce in Waterville Wednesday. Wednesday is the second consecutive day flags are at half-staff. Gov. John Baldacci issued the flag order for Tuesday in honor of the victims of last week’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Baldacci’s order followed President Obama’s order that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff. Baldacci said Maine joins the entire nation in mourning the loss of life at Fort Hood.

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21-Mile Salute Honors Veterans

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Veterans, Active Soldiers from the Army, the Maine Army National Guard, the United States Army Reserve, other Military branches and their supporters, will be conducting a Veterans Day 21-mile Memorial Road March from Augusta to Winslow.Each mile will be marked with a photograph and citation of one of many honorable Veterans and historic American Battles. Following the march, a Barbeque and Memorial service were held. American Soldiers and Marines have been conducting road marches for more than 230 years to reach the battlefield. Road marches have brought American Soldiers to Lexington, Gettysburg and Bastogne. Today our Soldiers and Marines continue to patrol on foot, through the streets of Tal Afar, Baghdad and Kandahar. This Veterans Day Road March is being conducted to honor United States Military Veterans of the past and those who are currently serving in the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Driver in Bangor Crashes into House and Dies

Catherine Pegram

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One person was killed and another sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a house in Bangor yesterday. Police are trying to figure out what happened.Police say 23-year-old James Blakeman of Bangor was driving on High Street about 2 Wednesday afternoon. When he drove the car into a home. Blakeman died, his passenger was taken to the hospital. Police say High Street between Union and Ohio streets were closed for a while while they investigated the accident.

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Maine Man To Help Boost Economy

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A Maine man as nominated to become the federal co-chairperson to boost the economy and to increase the amount of jobs. This outreach will be for areas in northern Maine, New Hampsire, New York, and Vermont.Sandy Blitz of Hudson was announced by the White House for the position with the Northern Border Regional Commission.Blitz is the owner of a company that aids private and public institutions to get loans and grants from the government. Blitz also served as a regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.The commissioner recieved his first funding that will help create jobs in a 36-county area by investing in infrastructure improvements, high speed Internet access, health care and renewable energy.

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Empty Arms – Reaching Out to Parents Living with Loss

Catherine Pegram

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Bringing home baby is one of a parent’s most exhilarating experiences. But what happens when a woman who has waited months to be a mom leaves the hospital with empty arms – and goes back a crib that will never hold her child. A group of mothers who’ve lived through that kind of loss is reaching out to others like them.The Empty Arms support group in Bangor was started two years ago by a woman in Old Town, who was desperately searching for help as she struggled with the death of her daughter.”I had a seizure. I had to be intubated. I nearly died.”Aimee Gerbi’s third pregnancy was filled with complications that nearly killed her and ended when she was almost six months along. “I remember saying okay, how are we going to save the baby and I distinctly remember him looking a me and saying, I don’t think we can.”In January of 2007, Gerbi lost her third daughter, Sophie, and while she recovered from physical pain, the emotional pain deepened. “And I remember sitting there thinking, I don’t feel lucky – I don’t feel lucky at all. I lost my baby girl. I felt broken, absolutely broken.”Out of that brokenness, Gerbi searched for other mothers who could understand her. And when she couldn’t find that in Maine, she started Empty Arms at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. It’s designed to help parents cope with miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death – and validate the lives of their babies.”When the baby’s first placed on you, you want to wrap your soul around that child and never let go. That doesn’t change if the baby’s not alive. That feeling doesn’t change.”Laura Leighton knew early in her pregnancy her son, Willows, wouldn’t survive. He died 30 minutes after he was born.”I just assumed you get over it kind of thing, like I assumed everyone did who I had ever heard of who had a baby that had died.”She joined the Empty Arms support group a few months after it was formed – helping her realize she had a right to grieve her son’s death and accept him as part of her life. “I remember Amy saying at that first meeting, it’s not when we learn to get on without them, it’s when we learn to get on with them that we actually start moving in a productive way in our lives and I think that’s so true.”Since the deaths of Sophie and Willows, Gerbi and Leighton have given birth again. Evan, Gerbi’s fourth child, is nine months old. Her daughters Megan and Erin are 4 and 6. Winn, who’s 8-and-a-half months old, is Leighton’s first daughter. Although their babies have a special place in their hearts, both moms say they’ll never replace the ones they lost – nor should they. “How many kids do I have to have to plop a little 2 year old between Meghan and Evan? How many more babies do I have to have to get that back? I’ll never get it back, I’ll never get it back. There’s going to be a gap there. And it will be celebrated every January 22nd and it’s never going to go away.”And that’s what the Empty Arms support group tries to help others who’ve experience a loss understand – that baby was and always will be a part of them.Helping family members and friends realize that, though, and extend their support can be just as difficult – a concern we’ll talk about Thursday night at 6 o’clock.

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Founding Brother of Cianbro Company Laid to Rest

Catherine Pegram

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Family and friends said goodbye today to one of the founding brothers of Maine’s largest construction company.Mourners gathered at the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield to pay their respects to Bud Cianchette. Among them, Maine senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Ciancette died of cancer at his home in Cumberland last week at the age of 83.He and his brothers started the Cianbro company, based in Pittsfield, 60 years ago. The company is now known around the world.Cianchette was also active in politics.He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004, alongside his son Peter, who ran for governor in 2002.

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Grand View Given the Okay to Reopen

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The Vassalboro area may have its topless coffee shop back, in a slightly altered fashion, as soon as Wednesday.On Tuesday Donald Crabtree asked the Vassalboro planning board to allow him to reopen the business in a trailer and save money until he can get a new building built.The board has since approved his request.The three-member planning board told Crabtree he can operate in a temporary structure, but he must move the debris from the burned building off the property within one year, and must also have his new building constructed within the same timeframe.

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