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Special Needs Campers in Dedham Connect with Others in Turkmenistan

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

More than a dozen children at a special needs camp in Dedham are learning about other kids like them, half a world away. Thanks to technology, the campers at Camp Capella are making friends with Special Olympic Athletes in Turkmenistan.Counselor John Quinn is helping kids at Camp Capella connect with the other campers, thousands of miles away, in a country north of Iran and Afghanistan.”It’s kind of like taking the concept of pen pals, writing back and forth, but we’re getting that instant response, that instant feedback. Plus we can send photos and videos.”The long-distance experience is part of a project sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Dana Mosher, Executive Director of Camp Capella, says the first challenge was finding Turkmenistan on the map. “You Google Earth and say here we are at Camp Capella and globe that earth around and here’s Turkmenistan. And I was actually surprised even of couple of kids actually knew where it was. I had to Google it but they knew where it was.”The campers in Turkmenistan are part of a Special Olympics program. And 6-year-ld Hunter says he’s learned they like baseball, just like him. “And they like basketball and football,” he says.9-year-old Logan says, “I was thinking they were kind of a little bit different, but they aren’t”Logan says even though the campers are the same, the cultures and the climate are not. The biggest difference he’s discovered?”Probably about when the degrees is probably 115 degrees down there. You had to drink a lot of water.” Quinn says he hopes this cross-cultural exchange makes for a camping memory these kids will never forget.”This is an experience they wouldn’t normally have. They get to see beyond their little world of school and home life and see there’s other stuff our there. Other kids out there like them, it’s a lot of fun.”The kids in Dedham will chat with Turkmenistan campers for the next couple of weeks.

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Fishing Halted Following Shooting

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For the first time ever…fishing is off limits in certain Maine waters because of concerns over violence.The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced on Tuesday that it will close Matinicus Island and the immediate surrounding waters to lobster and crab fishing.The announcement comes the same day a Matinicus Island man bonded out of jail following his arrest for allegedly shooting another lobsterman.Vance Bunker is scheduled to appear in a Rockland court some time Wednesday.State police say 77-year-old Bunker shot 38-year-old Chris Young in the neck Monday morning on an island pier.It happened in front of a marine patrol officer, who was investigating a dispute between the two men over lobster fishing.Young is recovering at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.Bunker is charged with elevated aggravated assault.”I’ve been a Marine warden for 34 years believe it or not,” Said Col. Joe Fessenden on Tuesday. “This is the first time that a fisherman’s been shot as a result of something like this. Any number of times we’ve had firearms brandished: we’ve had assaults, fist fights, things like that. This is the first time where actually someone pulled the trigger.”The state says serious lobster gear conflicts have persisted at Matinicus Island, and the fishing area around the island throughout the spring and summer.Conflicts, they claim, have escalated to the point of having an adverse affect on the safety of lobster fisherman and the economy of the island community.Officers cite property being vandalized, hundreds of lobster trap lines cut, and people attacked and threatened.The closure takes affect 30 minutes before sunrise on Thursday and ends at midnight on Thursday Aug. 6. It bans all lobster and crab fishing licensed activities including the setting or taking up of gear.

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Youth Leads Police on Chase Through Bangor

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A car chase…turned into a foot chase…turned into a river chase for police in Bangor and Brewer.It all began around 12:30 Wednesday morning, when Bangor Police received a call about a stolen car on 6th Street.They say 20-year-old Alan Sapiel took the vehicle on a joyride.When officers caught up to him, Sapiel abandoned the car and took off on foot.He made it across the Brewer bridge, only to see Brewer Police officers waiting on the other side.That’s when Sapiel decided to jump in the Penobscot River.He swam as far as the Penobscot Plaza, before becoming tired and surrendering to officers.Sapiel was checked out by rescue crews, then taken to jail.

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WWII Veteran Receives Long-Awaited Diploma

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A World War II veteran got something today he had to wait a long time to receive – his high school diploma.”He had to drop out of school to try and make a living, and so he never got to go beyond 5th grade,” says veterans’ advocate Conrad Edwards.”That was a common thing for his generation. They would leave home to help the family,” says Lee Cabana, chair of the Waterville school board.But 85-year-old Lorenzo LeChance is now officially a high school graduate.”I got something I never believed I could get,” he says.LeChance enlisted in the Army in 1942. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and all around the world.”I enlisted because Uncle Sam, there was a sign there, ‘I Want You.’ And I said, ‘Take me!’”When he got home, he went back to work as the owner of a bakery.Edwards says LeChance thought he’d never see this diploma.”He said, ‘No, they wouldn’t give it to me,’ and I said, ‘Let me call,’” Edwards says.”I’m always looking for opportunities where we can recognize the guys who have given a good portion of their lives in uniform,” Cabana says.While LeChance never finished school, he’s fluent in French and German. Tuesday, Waterville school board members gathered around to hear his stories.”Go in the service, because you can go a long, long way. You might not believe me, but this is what made me,” LeChance says.He says he’ll hang his diploma on the wall with pride and know he earned every bit of it.”He was obviously emotional about it. So we feel good about it,” Edwards says.”It was hard work to survive all these years,” LeChance says, “But we did it.”

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Man Shot on Matinicus Island – Update

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One man was shot, another arrested in a dispute over lobster fishing on Matinicus Island.State Police say 77-year-old Vance Bunker shot 38-year-old Chris Young in the neck Monday morning on an island pier.It happened in front of a marine patrol officer, who was investigating a dispute between the two men over lobster fishing.Young was flown to a hospital on the mainland.He underwent surgery and was in stable condition at last report.Bunker is charged with elevated aggravated assault. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.Bunker will make his first court appearance tomorrow in Rockland.

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Armed Robbery in Bangor

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Police are still on the lookout for a man and a woman in Bangor.Prescription drugs appear to be the motive of a robbery they were allegedly apart of Tuesday afternoon.Police responded near Gomez Park off Washington Street around three.They found a woman who claims she was threatened with a knife and knocked down by a male and female who then fled on foot.Sergeant Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department says they have a pretty good idea where the suspects are.”It does appear to be an isolated incident. There was some relationship between the two people who accosted her and robbed and fled on feet. So we’re still working the angles to try and name suspects in the case.”Anyone with information is urged to call Bangor Police at 947-7382.

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From Slaughter to Graceland

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It’s been two years since WABI TV5 News first reported on a family of horses in Maine that was saved from slaughter. Today the animals have new families, including a horse named Max that has become famous. Max has a new home in Memphis, Tennessee at the Graceland Stables. After learning about Max and how he was saved Pricsilla Presley contacted Carole Terese Naser of Palermo, Maine. Naser and a group of concerned Mainers rallied together back in 2007 to save Max and five of his family members from being shipped to a slaughter house in Canada. Naser independently investigates horse dealers that transport and or sells horses for slaughter. She says that while there are no numbers on how many horses from Maine are being shipped to Canada and Mexico each year there are about 1-hundred thousand American horses killed each year for the meat market. Currently, there is a bill before Congress that would outlaw horse slaughter, it’s called the Equine Cruelty Prevention Act. Perhaps the most famous advocate for the bill is Priscilla Presley. Presley and Naser encourage horse lovers to write to their congressional delegation urging the bill to be passed. The three other horses saved by Naser currently live in Virginia where Naser and Presley recently visited. Naser says they are pleased with where they are adding that it’s a magical feeling to be able to change the direction of the lives of these animals. For more information on the six horses saved log onto sixhorsessaved.org

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Statewide Food Drive

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A food collection drive that started Friday in Kittery came to an end in Fort Fairfield at the Potato Blossom Festival Parade.Close to 25,000 pounds worth of food items and $850 in monetary donations were collected statewide.This was the first time business agent Traci Place had undertaken an event this large.Place says they had great teams that helped make it so successful.”I was floored. The outpouring of support statewide just overwhelmed me, to the point of being speechless at times and that takes a lot to.”All of the food and money was delivered to the Catholic Charities Food Bank in Caribou after the parade.

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Fishing 50 States in 50 Days

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A father son duo who embarked on quite the fishing expedition made a stop in Maine Tuesday.Jeff and Taylor Turner of Virginia are attempting to fish fifty states in fifty days, traveling in a RV.Tuesday they fished the Penobscot River with Kevin Travewski of Travewski Fishing Adventures.Tuesday is day number thirty-nine and state number forty-two on their expedition.Jeff Taylor says the inspiration for the adventure came from a John Eldredge book called Wild at Heart.Taylor says every page seemed to be telling him he was longing for an adventure.He decided to bring his 17-year old son along, knowing that their time together is quickly becoming measured.So how did Maine’s fishing compare to other states?” We had a miraculous day maybe in some people’s eyes. We caught 68 fish in just under four hours. Which the next closest state that even compares, we caught 50 in North Dakota. So the Penobscot blew it out of the park.”Taylor says they mostly caught small mouth bass.Their next stop is Massachusetts.

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Wood Pellet Plant Plans Introduced

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An announcement on Tuesday, made by Gov. John Baldacci, International WoodFules have plans to introduce a wood pellet manufactoring plant in the town of Burnham. The $20 million plant will help to create 35 new jobs in central Maine and produce up to 100,000 tons of premium pellets annually. International Woodfules Predident, Steven Mueller said that the pellets will all be sold in Maine and meet the demand for fule. The company said that it will break ground in September and should be up and running by next June. With Pride Manfacuring’s wooden golf tee plant next door, both of the plants will share some of the expences and the pellet plant can use scrap wod generated by Pride.

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Eddington Accident

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Two people were sent to the hospital after an accident in Eddington earlier today.67-year old Johann Williamson of Eddington was driving a Toyota SUV westbound on Route Nine when she pulled to the right of a driveway and did a U-turn.Causing her to strike a Chrysler sedan traveling behind her.The sedan was driven by 74-year-old Doris Livingston of Calais.88-year old David Livingston was a passenger in the sedan.Williamson was taken to St. Joseph hospital with head and neck injuries.And Doris Livingston was transported to Eastern Maine Medical enter with minor facial injuries.Traffic along Main Road in Eddington was held up for about an hour and a half.

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Carlton Willey Passes Away At 78

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Cherryfield native Carlton Willey, who played 8 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1958-1965, passed away due to complications from lung cancer Monday night, according to family members. He was 78-years-old.Friends and family say his heart was always in Cherryfield. “He liked Cherryfield, he was a Cherryfield boy,” says lifelong friend Harold Sprague.Carlton Willey grew up here in Cherryfield doing what most kids around here did in the 1930’s and 40’s: playing baseball. “If there was no field out there we’d go out and play,” says Sprague “there might have been an old barn out there for a backstop, something like that, we played baseball all the time, there wasn’t anything else to do just play baseball.”Known as “Cardy” to his close friends it wasn’t hard to see his talents on the baseball field as well as off. Willey used his baseball prowess to his advantage at an early age according to his cousin Joanne Willey. “We like to have Carlton go up to the Cherryfield Fair with us because he would win all the prizes,throwing the baseball, knocking the bottles off the shelves and then the fair people soon found out what we were up to and that was the end of that.”It was after Willey left Cherryfield for the bright lights of Major League Baseball that he helped to put Cherryfield on the map. He was named National League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1958 while pitching for the Milwaukee Braves. Willey also appeared in the 1958 World Series where he recorded 2 strikeouts against the New York Yankees. “Watching him in that World Series game I was working in a law office in Massachusetts,” says Joanne Willey, “we closed the office in the afternoon, and we watched on a little black and white T.V. and my boss was quite impressed that I knew a Major League pitcher.” The Braves would eventually lose the series in seven games to the Yankees. Willey also made history in September of 1963 while pitching for the New York Mets. In a 4-2 Mets victory over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, Willey retired the side in order getting all three Alou brothers, Jesus, Matty, and Felipe consecutively. It was the first time in Major League history three siblings had bat consecutively, and were retired, in the same inning. Willey retired shortly after breaking his jaw during a game. He played 8 seasons for the Braves and the New York Mets. He returned to Cherryfield full of stories to tell. “He played with a lot of great players,” says Joanne Willey, “there were Casey Stengel stories, Hank Aaron stories, and he was always willing to talk to anybody.”Everyone agrees, Willey ramined humble to the very end. “He was just amazed that people cared enough to come out,” says Kathy Upton, President of the Cherryfield Historical Society, “he couldn’t understand, after all these years that anybody really cared about who Carlton Willey really was, or even remembered him.”While you may be hard pressed to find anyone who knew Carlton Willey that didn’t love him, his close friends say: Nobody’s perfect, “Unfortunately for living in Cherryfield he was a Yankees fan” says Joanne Willey, “and those of us who belong in Red Sox nation didn’t forgive him for that.”

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Western Maine Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

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A man from Strong was killed early Monday morning in a motorcycle crash near his home. The crash wasn’t discovered until Monday night after relatives began searching for 47-year-old Carl Chadbourne when he didn’t return home. State Police say Chadbourne’s body was found by relatives with his Harley-Davidson in woods off Route 145.Chadbourne appears to have lost control of the motorcycle while negotiating a curve.The bike crashed into some woods, went down an embankment, and into a small stream.

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Matinicus Man Shot, Another Arrested

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A dispute over lobster fishing has led to shooting charges against a 77-year-old man from Matinicus Island.State Police say 38-year-old Chris Young of Matinicus was shot in the neck Monday morning on an island pier.A LifeFlight helicopter had to be called in to transport Young to a hospital on the mainland.Later in the day police arrested Vance Bunkter in connection with the shooting.Young is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.He underwent surgery, and was listed in stable condition at last report.Bunkter is charged with elevated aggravated assault. He’s being housed at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.State Police say the shooting happened in front of a Marine Patrol officer, who was investigating a dispute between the two men over lobster fishing.He immediately put Bunker in custody and called for back up.Bunker will make his first court appearance on Wednesday at 1 pm at the Knox County Superior Court.

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Motorcyclist Injured After Crash in Hampden

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One man is recovering from injuries after crashing on his motorcycle Monday afternoon. Police say a car was heading west on Route 9 and 202 in Hampden just after 4:00 PM. The driver was trying to turn into the Hampden Country Club but didn’t see a couple of bikes heading in the opposite direction. One of the bikes was able to swerve and avoid the car, but the motorcycle driven by Trevor Shultz clipped the vehicle and crashed.Hampden Police Officer, Ben Eyles says he was not wearing a helmet. “It’s a hot day which adds to people not wanting to wear a helmet, but it only takes a second for someone to cut you off and have an accident.”Schultz was taken to the hospital. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Police are investigating.

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The Future of Ground Fishing in Maine Waters

Wayne Harvey

Updated 5 years ago

Maine’s heritage on the coast has deep roots in fishing, whether it’s for lobsters, or digging for clams, or ground fishing.But during the last fifteen years off shore fishing stocks have been depleted.So some stopped fishing and their licenses with the federal government to fish have expired and not been renewed.Monday there were steps taken to get Maine fishermen back on the water, and that is thing of joy for Dick Bridges.” This is the happiest day for me that I’ve had in 15 years because knowing that we’ve got a start here and knowing that the younger fishermen can go fishing and we’ve been all trying to do that and now it’s happening at a small scale and it’s gonna take a lot of time and a lot of money”Only two dozen permits are in the hands of Maine fisherman, and now one of those has been purchased by the group Penobscot East Resource Center.That was a 44 day fishing license that Vic Levesque of Franklin sold. The goal is get fishermen on the water next year with researchers and scientists to find out how many Cod, Haddock and Flounder are off the coast.” They need to start studying them to figure out where they’re coming back, where they can fish so this is important for research, it’s symbolically important but we need to purchase a lot more permits to make it a viable industry again in Eastern Maine,” said Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree.This may not solve all the problems, but it is a start and it does get Mainers diversified in their fishing so it’s not all dependant upon lobster.Representative Pingree grew up not far from these waters and she sees the future in diversity for the fishermen. ” This means that there is some chance that we can get back in these communities that are entirely reliant on lobstering they could have some future with another kind of fishery so I think it means there’s hope.”” What we have to understand is that we must have access to this fishery, we have a natural resource based economy that’s now changing some in the state of Maine,” said Senator Dennis Damon. “Farming, Fishing, and Forestry was a part of our state seal and we must continue to maintain that and this allows people to get back into the fishing aspect of it.”And that is fine with Deer Isle’s Dick Bridges ” That’s a very good start because then we can find out what’s out there, how many fish are left in our area, because if we can find enough to work on then the fishermen are going to go to work.”” For me the goal is that these communities survive” said Representative Pingree. “And we sill do everything we can to make them economically viable and we think ground fishing is economically viable for other parts of Maine and Southern New England and we need to have a piece of that.”Bridges used to fish the waters off the Maine coast and he knows that mistakes were made, and he doesn’t want those errors of the past to be repeated. ” We over fished it and we know that today. And when we go back out there we’re gonna be catching so many fish and we’re hoping to get so much money for those fish, so we can take very little fish and still get the money for them or more.”The program is operated by Penobscot East in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy.

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Lobsterman Shot

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A lobsterman was shot Monday morning on a dock on Matinicus Island. Which is located about twenty miles off the coast from Rockland.State Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the neck. He was flown to a hospital on the mainland.The victim’s name and the extent of his injuries haven’t been released.State Police and Knox County Detectives are investigating.

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Health Coverage Workshops

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Thousands of Mainers may be eligible for MaineCare, DirigoChoice, and Maine’s perscription drug plans, and just not know it.Consumers for Affordable Health Care, a non-profit organization, is holding workshops to educate folks on their healthcare options.To get more information or register for the workshops you can call 622-7083.Workshop Sites and DatesBangor, July 21, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeCalais, August 13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, FreeLewiston, September 17, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeSanford, October 15, 12:30pm – 3:30pm, FreeAugusta, November 19, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeEllsworth, December 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free

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Bucksport Man Faces Charge After Motorcycle Accident

Rob Poindexter

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A Bucksport man is likely facing numerous charges after a motorcycle accident on Route 15 sunday night.Bucksport Police say 33-year-old Martin Larsen of Bucksport 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 also operating on a suspended Maine drivers license, and did not have a motorcycle endorsement on the license. The motorcycle was unregistered.Bucksport police also said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.Larsen was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with multiple injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

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Sunshine Attracts A Crowd At Aquatic Center

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Back to back sunny days have been a precious commodity this summer, especially for kids trying to enjoy what’s left of their summer vacations. so what was going through their minds when they awoke to sunshine again? “Well i just think that I get to ride my bike today and possibly I get to go to the lake,” said Gabrielle Mayo of Newburgh. 10-year-old Marissa Sutherland had similar thoughts, “I was thinking about going to the pool cause it’s sunny and warm.”That seemed to be the thoughts on a lot of young minds monday afternoon as dozens of kids lined up to get into the Pancoe Aquatic Center on 13th street here in Bangor.With temperatures topping out in the 80’s for the second consecutive day the aquatic center has certainly seen a rise in visitors. “We’ve been packed,” said Khara Bennett, pool supervisor at the Aquatic Center, “it’s been really busy here the past couple of days but it’s nice, it’s good to have people here at the pool and be able to do our job so.”Thanks to the sunshine, the parents are starting to see the difference of their kids demeanor, “Just their overall mood, we’re all having a great time,” says Tricia Drake of Orrington, with her two children, 8-year-old Jacob, and 6-year-old Jenna. “It’s nice to outside finally, I’m glad we came here today, it’s perfect.” The Drake’s are hopeful the weather stays nice for a few more weeks, just long enough for Jenna’s 7th birthday. Of course everyone here, including the staff at the Aquatic Center, is starting to get back into the groove of their normal summer vacation. “Well we actually get to wear tank tops,” says Bennett, “it’s not freezing or shaking cold, and it’s really fun to see the kids run around and have a good time and go down the slide and have all the families come out.”If the weather continues to get back to normal, the kids around here know, there is still a whole lot of summer left to enjoy.”We’ll probably go back to Bar Harbor,” says Drake, “Bar Harbor was just great yesterday, and we’ll spend as much time as we can outside.”

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