Wednesday night, we told you about an adoption program called Extreme Recruitment.It started in Maine about a year ago, targeting kids at risk of aging out of the system.Adoption agency, Casey Family Services, has focused on helping 25 of those kids in the last year.The program aims to recruit family, relatives, friends or just someone who knew the foster child at one point.They hope one of them has the potential to become an adoptive family.In this case, their efforts were successful.You might think two kids and a navy tour of the world would have earned Jim and Sandra Goodman their retirement.”I guess the empty nest just got emptier,” said Sandra.But the halls of their farm house in Penobscot were getting too quiet, and it seemed it was the sound of their former life they missed most.”A lot of people are afraid of adolescence,” said Sandra.But she and her husband, somewhat unexpectedly, were ready to embrace it all over again.”We’ve weathered the storm, yeah, I wasn’t too worried about bringing an adolescent into our house,” they said.
A burglary at a local charity has put a holiday tradition in jeopardy.Hands of Hope was broken into last month, and now they might not be able to afford gifts for more than a thousand kids relying on them.It’s why they’re asking the public to help with the priciest request, bicycles.The organization says last year more than 100 kids asked for a bike and they all got one.They don’t want this year to be any different.”This is an opportunity if someone’s been blessed and they want to help a child this year that’s requesting a bike.
The search of several Chinese food restaurants in Maine and a home in Brewer on Wednesday was part of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.Court documents say Homeland Security has been investigating Zi Qian Zhang and his wife Ai Hui Lu for five years.
Maine credit unions are teaming up to put turkeys on tables this Thanksgiving.The Maine Credit Unions’ campaign for ending hunger presented a check to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Brewer.The money will be used to buy turkeys for food pantries across the state.The turkeys will be delivered by the food mobile.”It’s difficult times for everyone.
A day full of music and fun is what you’ll find at the Christmas for Families Auction and Fundraiser.It’s to provide underprivileged local families with a Christmas celebration they might otherwise go without.The event is Sunday at the Hancock Memorial Post 207, which is located on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton.Doors open at ten, the music begins at noon.Donations will be collected at the door.
You can fill up on turkey and much more this weekend in Mariaville.All proceeds from the harvest dinner benefit the “What’s for Supper” Food Pantry.The dinner will be served Sunday at 5:30 at the Mariaville Grange.There’s no cost to get in, but donations are appreciated.
Bangor’s airport has added another non-stop trip to Florida.Allegiant airline is flying between Bangor and Fort Lauderdale.Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp says the new service is going to be extremely convenient and offers low cost fares.”It will basically improve connectivity and it adds another non-stop destination and people will be able to fly non-stop now to Fort Lauderdale which is a great beach vacation place and also an important cruise vacation location,” said airport director, Rebecca Hupp.The new flights will operate twice a week between BIA and Fort Lauderdale.
An explosion outside a convenience store in Lagrange Thursday sent a man to the hospital.Authorities say the man was using diesel fuel to destroy a tree stump when something went wrong.”Basically we had a 60-year-old male who was trying to eradicate a stump in his yard using diesel fuel and he was burned during that process,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Michael Bacon.The incident occurred at the Four Corners Variety in Lagrange.”Well we were in the store and heard a big bang and we knew the jug blew up on him so we came running out,” said Alton resident, Tom Russell.Tom Russell lives in Alton and says he knows the victim pretty well.
A Somerset County man who brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend, then went on a crime spree while on the run from police will spend the next two years behind bars.30-year-old Michael Hurd plead guilty in Skowhegan Thursday morning to domestic violence assault, and burglary charges.
Some residents of Somerset County are asking governor LePage to help them in their fight to keep industrial wind projects out of their towns.Residents of Highland Plantation, Lexington Township, and Concord Township gathered at the State House Thursday to speak out against proposed industrial wind power in their towns.In 2008, lawmakers passed legislation that rezoned these rural communities for industrial development, paving the way for industrial wind farms.The group delivered a letter to Governor LePage’s office.
Maine legislative leaders have decided to admit a proposal to outlaw so-called `tax zapper’ computer programs that enable businesses to under-report their taxable sales and lower their sales tax bills.House and Senate leaders from both parties on Thursday voted toallow the bill to be considered during the 2012 session.The sponsor, Democratic Rep.