Shootings at the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas Thursday left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.As the news was broadcast, many family members of soldiers on the base watched, and worried.That includes a Hampden woman, whose son was a few buildings away from where the shootings took place.”I just can’t fathom the idea of something like this happening in the United States,” says Cindy Boudreau.The Hampden mom had been out hunting Thursday when she got a text message from her son. Army Specialist Travis Boudreau is a mechanic, 63 Bravo, based in Fort Hood, Texas.”And he said in the text message, ‘Killer on the loose at Ft. Hood. 7 killed, 12 wounded,’” Cindy says,Travis was close to the shootings, but told his mom he was O.K. She raced home to turn on the TV, and watched as the numbers of people killed and wounded grew. While the base was on lockdown, Cindy paced the floor. “In his own words, ‘Mom, I’m ok, he says…the rest is just waiting,’ and so, that’s what we did.”She says she couldn’t believe what she saw on TV until Travis sent a text message about his next assignment.”Then reality set in, that he is on funeral detail and it’s a sad situation. As he explained, now it’s one of our own.”Cindy says it’s a different kind of worry than when her son was in Afghanistan.”When he was in Afghanistan, I understood we were at war and the chances of him being killed at war were real. But to have this happen, and to lose a soldier, or my son, because of a personal conflict, it’s just unfathomable. It’s not real.”Cindy later got a text from her son with just one word. “Love,” from Travis. She says her heart goes out to the other families. “With my son being there, it made reality set in. Now it can happen anywhere. And it’s not to say it would never happen again. So yeah, it’s scary.”
Educators, parents and students were at the University of Maine Friday to learn the importance of chinese language and culture in our state.Folks attended the 2nd Maine Chinese Language Conference to work toward building a stronger partnership with China through education. It’s a follow-up to a Chinese Language Conference held in 2007.Jing Zhang is the President of the Bangor Chinese School and organized the event. Zhang says this partnership is important for our education system because children are the future.Zhang, Organizer and Pres., Bangor Chinese School: “They are all actual teachers to our kids and it’s through them what they learn from this conference they can spread the news, the good news, to all our kids no matter where they are.”Reutershan, Maine Dept. of Education: “Participants will get a better understanding of the need for chinese language, the need for chinese culture, the need to educate our students beyond our boundaries.” Don Reutershan says about 20 Maine schools currently offer chinese language courses, which is double the amount since the first conference in 2007.
A Penobscot County young adult is the second death linked to H1N1 influenza in Maine, and the first since August, the Maine CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.The person was a young male adult between the age of 18 – 25. Dr. Dora Mills, Director of the Maine CDC says “The young person had serious underlying medical conditions. And While most people with H1N1 in Maine and the nation have had a relatively mild infection, this news demonstrates how severe influenza can be, especially in those with underlying conditions, pregnant women and children.” The young man died earlier this week at home and was not attending a local college or university. His name and the date of his death are not being released to help protect the privacy of the family. Upon learning of the death and of the possibility that the man had influenza symptoms, the Maine CDC called the Medical Examiner. An autopsy was performed and tests conducted by the Maine CDC’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed the diagnosis of the pandemic strain of H1N1 influenza. Over the past two weeks, H1N1 has become widespread in Maine. This past week, 25 schools have experienced high absentee rates, 10 people have been hospitalized, including four children. â€œPeople should assume they will be exposed to the H1N1 influenza at some point, and with very limited vaccine supplies in Maine right now, we should all take precautions to prevent serious illnessâ€, said Dr. Mills. These precautions include: When vaccine is available, consider getting both seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines.Contact your health care provider if there are flu-like symptoms in a household in which anyone is younger than 2 years old, 65 years or older, pregnant, and/or has an underlying medical condition. There are prescription medicines (antivirals such as TamifluÂ®) that may help reduce the severity and duration of the illness. Although most people can stay home without seeing a health care provider, anyone with the flu should seek medical attention for: Dehydration Trouble breathing Getting better, then suddenly getting a lot worse Any major change in oneâ€™s conditionStay home if you are sick, until you are fever-free for a full 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.Cough and sneeze into your elbow, or into a tissue. Throw this tissue away.Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, but especially after coughing and sneezing. Alcohol-based hand gels can also be used.Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. Germs can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Avoid contact with sick people. If you are at very high risk for complication, you may want to avoid large crowds. “We know that any type of influenza can cause serious illness, so it is important that we all redouble our prevention efforts to limit the spread of this illness and to prepare for continued expansion of H1N1,” said Dr. Mills. For more information, www.maineflu.gov
Dr. Bhatta discusses history of the defibulator, and it’s ties to Maine. Here’s his interview, which originally aired on Friday, November 6th.
Fire fighters battled a house fire in Old Town Friday morning.The call from a two-story apartment building on Main Street came in just before 6 o’clock.It started as a car fire, but the vehicle was parked next to the porch of the home, so flames quickly spread.Crews from Milford and Orono helped Old Town fire fighters.University of Maine students were living in the rented home at the time. “The tenant of the first floor was just coming back from work and was on his phone and somebody noticed a vehicle fire underneath his. And by the time he got out and moved away from the vehicle, it had extended to the porch, it happened that quickly,” Said Old Town F.D. Lt. Mark Graffam. Lieutenant Graffam says all of the tenants were already outside the building when fire crews arrived.Most of the damage is to the front exterior of the building.We’re told the owner is in Tennessee.The manager is expected on the scene during the day to help out the tenants.
Flames ripped through a business in Lincoln Thursday night. TV5 photojournalist Suzanne Laidman was there, and brings us reactions to the burning of the Lincoln News building. “Well I pulled up about 7 o’clock and I saw flames coming out of the side of the roof,” Said Lincoln Resident Clinton McGraw. “I was pretty shocked. I was standing at Family Dollar’s parking lot and could feel the heat. It was pretty bad: pretty big. I get my papers every Wednesday.” “We had initial reports of the back of the building being involved with heavy fire,” Said Lincoln Fire Chief Philip Dawson. “Several reports came in rapid succession to the Penobscot Dispatch Center. They paged us out. Upon arrival there was heavy fire throughout the building, and rolling around the interior of the building. I came up after the initial trucks were here, but there was heavy fire bursting through the roof. Nobody was home at the time.” “I’m the print shop manager, and I only live about 4 miles away, so…hurried up and..when you got here, you knew..heart went to your feet, you didn’t know what was gonna happen next,” Said Reginald Hustis, standing in the street next to the burned building. Chief Dawson: “We gained control of it within about half hour to 45 minutes, I lost track of time. We had a lot of fire here.” Hustis: “I just knew at a glance it’s just…it’s totally gone.” Chief Dawson: “Kevin Tenggren is the owner of the building, he’s here somewhere right now, with his wife. It’s a local news column.” Hustis: “Regular newspaper, but also commercial printing. Just a family…family business. You looked forward to getting up in the morning, going to work.” Chief Dawson: “We’re just chasing hot spots around. Right now we’re trying to help the owners by salvaging as many computers as possible.” Hustis: “They’re just in awe of what’s happening and now what’s next.” McGraw: “I drive by all the time, and it’s gonna be pretty shocking to drive by and see that it’s burned down.” Chief Dawson: “The Fire Marshals will be arriving in the morning to investigate it. See if they can determine a causation factor.” WHAT ARE YOU KIND OF HOPING MIGHT HAPPEN? Hustis: “Rebuild, let’s hope.”
Folks got together at the Elks Lodge in Bangor Thursday evening for the 8th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.Several area restaurants donated food for the event. There was also a live and silent auction.The March of Dimes raises money to help ensure all babies are born healthy.Susan Faloon, a member of the committee who put the event together, says that this cause is dear to her heart. “A lot of people don’t realize the March of Dimes has invested more than 6.5 million dollars in down syndrome research, and that’s important to me because I have a four year old son with down syndrome and so I’m hoping to learn more about down syndrome as well as hoping that other moms will have an opportunity to learn more about birth defects so they are better able to handle them with they do get that news.”Included as one of the prizes in the live auction was the chance to do the forecast live with Todd Simcox here on TV5.
Maine lawmakers whose bills have been denied consideration during the upcoming session were asking to have their proposals reconsidered on Thursday.Leaders of the house and senate looked at more than 70 bills that were turned back last month for introduction next January.The 10 member legislative council said it wanted to restrict the workload in 2010 to the state’s most pressing issues.Bills to be reconsidered run the gamut from where sex offenders may live to rural transportation and noise restrictions.
A home along the River Road in Orrington was engulfed in flames early Friday morning.Crews from Orrington received the call around 1:30 that flames and smoke were coming from the rear of the building, and that people were evacuating the structure.Crews from Bucksport, Holden, Dedham, Brewer, and Winterport joined Orrington in the effort.And when the crews arrived on the scene the flames were already showing. “We came into the scene. The rear of the house: there was fire shooting through the roof, could visibly be seen over a mile away. Very heavy involvement. The guys were very aggressive in their attack, and knockdown,” Said Orrington Fire Chief Mike Spencer. “From what I’m to understand, everybody did get out. There is some smoke inhalation, and they are at the hospital. I guess they went under their own power.”The Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to determine a cause.
Rt. 214 in Charlotte was shut down for close to four hours Thursday evening after a sheriff’s deputy rolled a cruiser.Deputy Thomas Chambers was driving east on 214, when he swerved to avoid hitting a moose.The cruiser rolled over, trapping Thomas in the car for about an hour.State police and the Washington County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene.Thomas was taken to Calais Regional Hospital and was later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center for tests and observation.Officials say his injuries were not life threatening.The car was a total loss.
Fire ripped through a Lincoln business thurday evening.Around 6:30 passing motorists reported seeing flames coming from the back of Lincoln news on West Broadway in Lincoln.Fire crews from multiple departments responded to the call.When they arrived, officials say flames were shooting through the roof.”They paged us out, upon arrival there was heavy fire throughout the building and rolling around on the interior of the building.” says Lincoln Fire Chief Phillip Dawson.When the flames died down fire crews were helping to save equipment, like computers, from inside Lincoln News. Officials say the building is a total loss.There is no known cause yet. The fire marshall will be on scene friday morning to investigate.
If you’re wondering what you should have for dinner tonight, chances are, Stan and Alison Small can help you out.They’re the owners of The Dinner Store on Center Street in Brewer, which celebrated its official grand opening Thursday.The Dinner Store does the prep work for family dinners. All you have to do is pick up a prepared meal, and heat it up.Many of the meals cost around three dollars a serving.They’ve partnered with the Guiding Stars nutritional program, which the Smalls say makes their meals healthier than a lot of other choices.”Basically we’re submitting our recipes every month to them and they rate our recipes for nutritional content. So it’s making it even easier for people to pick and choose off the menu what the healthiest choices are,” says Stan Small.You can place orders for meals online, on the phone or in person.Thursday was the official grand opening, but The Dinner Store in Brewer has been operating since last winter.The Smalls say the concept is really starting to catch on now.
With Veterans Day coming up, Enfield Station School had a special flag raising ceremony. Members of the military were there, and for some, that also means members of their families. “On Veterans Day, we honor soldiers who protect our nation. For their service as our warriors, they deserve our admiration,” says one student, reciting a poem.At Enfield Station School Thursday, everyone got involved honoring veterans.”I’m proud to be an American,” says first grader April Goodwin.They raised flags that once flew in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will stay at the school.”I was just happy to be here to see the soldiers and see the veterans come to our school. So we could honor them, and what they’ve done for all of us,” says fourth grader Nick Farley. His father is Staff Sergeant Jodi Farley.”I have my own soldier at home and he’s going to Afghanistan, I think in March. And he came here and it meant a lot to me, to see him here,” the younger Farley says.For these kids, honoring members of the military doesn’t happen just once a year.”All the kids wrote me letters, all kinds of things like that. It was the same when I went to Iraq in 2003,” says Staff Sergeant Harold Whitten. His daughter sang the National Anthem at the flag raising. “It’s always, always a tearjerker to hear her sing,” Whitten says.He says the lessons of patriotism aren’t lost on these kids.”We’ve gone over that with the kids, to teach them,” says Glenda Crosby, an education tech with the school. “That when they stand at attention, to salute and give pledge to the flag. It’s an honor to be able to do that. That was really the driving force behind today. And I think we accomplished that.””One nation, under god, indivisible,” the students pledge.They also sang songs for each branch of the military.”They fought for our country, so you should be thankful to them, that they sacrificed normal lives for that.”
When we first introduced you to Brandon Beal of Harrington, the teenager had just learned he needed a lung transplant.Two months later, he’s had the procedure and today, he got a surprise welcome home reception.Meghan Hayward has the story. “Just watch for the white car, should be here any second.”Eighteen year old Brandon Beal of Harrington received quite the homecoming. He was escorted home by a motorcade. “I’m surprised, actually I was sleeping, and mum said you better wake up”When Brandon was 2 1/2 months old, he was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension and was only given a short amount of time to live.But Brandon proved them all wrong. This summer his health started declining, and after meeting with doctors in Boston, discovered he needed a lung transplant.That happened in September.”It’s been a pretty long haul, but he’s recovering very nicely.”Brandon was told he wouldn’t be able to leave the hospital for three months after the surgery. But, only five weeks later, he’s home.”I’m glad to be home.””I hope he understands that even though he’s been gone, everyone has been thinking about him”Rice McKenney, Brandon’s aunt, says they’ve spent the last couple of months with sad and happy tears. They’re just glad to have him home.”Brandon has a new beginning, a new life”His parents are optimistic about the future.”I hope he continues to do well, and at some point does everything he wants to do, and ever wanted to do, that he thought he couldn’t””It’s all a go, it’s a step forward, a good feeling”So what’s Brandon planning on doing now that he’s home?”Just hang out with my friends”And his family and friends couldn’t be happier”We all got to see this miracle that happened, but he’s the one that gets to live it.”
Fire destroyed a home in Garland today. A passerby reported the blaze on the Dexter road around 11:00 this morning. Several departments responded including Dexter, Garland, and Corinth. When firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames. Fire crews say no-one was hurt but the damage to the home is significant. “The damage is a total loss,” says Garland Firefighter Jeff Belanger, “we were able to save the barn and the further side of the house is still standing, but it’s still heavily damaged and still quite involved.”A fund has been set up for the family at a local credit union. You can mail donations to:Whitten Family FundMaine Highlands Federal Credit UnionDexter, 04930
The 2010 Washington County budget was on the agenda at a meeting in Machias Thursday.Washington County Commissioners Chairman Chris Gardner says they need to reduce taxes.He says the biggest part of the budget, the jail consolidation, has taken away some flexibility.Health insurance costs was also discussed.Gardner says many of the taxpayers can’t even afford their own health insurance and they owe it to them to cut the costs as much as they can.But Gardner says it isn’t all negative. They are on track to lower the budget by up to two percent.”We have been very aggressive at looking at our leases versus what we owe. We’ve been able to do away with a lot of leases that were costing the county a lot of money that really didn’t need to be. Being able to make sure advances in that area we’re also able to reduce our debt. We are now debt free.”Gardner says being debt free in these tough economic times is a great accomplishment and something that should also help in the long run.
The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is hiring the longtime director of a Maryland museum to take its top spot. Christopher Brownawell has agreed to become the Farnsworth director beginning February 1st. The Farnworth is one of Maine’s most prominent museums, with a gallery and study center devoted to theMaine-related work of artists N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Brownawell has been director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, since 1993. He succeeds Michael Komanecky, who has served as the Farnsworth Art Museum’s interim director sinceJanuary.
Officials say an 81-year-old Sangerville man who went missing overnight has been located in a Bangor hospital. The Maine Warden Service and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department searched for Edwin Howard, who was last seen at his home at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was not home when his wife got up Thursday morning. The Warden Service learned that Howard was at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. No other information was immediately available.
The sentencing of a homeless man charged with beating another man to death in Bangor, has been rescheduled after the judge rejects the plea agreement. Now 58 year old Stephen James will have to decide whether or not to accept a new plea deal.James admitted to police that he killed 63 year old Clyde Worcester in April of last year.Prosecutors say James beat the man to death at a makeshift camp in the woods along I-95.As part of the deal between the prosecution and the defense, James pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. The sentence would have been 14 years in prison followed by probation.But the judge Thursday, said that considering his past convictions on violent crimes, and his lack of family ties to the area, she couldn’t accept the probation.The new offer is for 20 years in prison. If he doesn’t accept that, the case goes to trial.Defense attorney, David Walker says, “We advise him as to what we believe the evidence is and the strength of the state’s case. This is a case where there are a lot of unanswered questions but ultimately he’ll have to decide whether he wants to take this matter to trial.”Prosecutor, Andrew Benson, adds, “We’ve never dismissed the charge of murder and if he does choose to withdraw his plea with respect to manslaughter the murder charge is still pending.”James has until next Friday to decide whether he wants to accept the new deal, or go to trial, possibly on charges of murder.The victims family was in court Thursday. They want to have their say before James is formally sentenced.
Maine’s public health director says swine flu’s been confirmed in all 16 of the state’s counties and vaccination clinics are continuing in scores of schools. Dora Anne Mills of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in her weekly H1N1 update Thursday that there is no part of Maine that’s unaffected by the disease. Mills also said at least 25 schools across the state are reporting absentee rates of 15 percent or more due to swine flu. Several Mainers have also been hospitalized with swine flu. Mills said the state continues to see H1N1 vaccines trickling into the state. She says that by Friday, the state will have received 139,000 doses of swine flu vaccine. That’s enough for only one in five people in high priority groups.