A fire in a boiler room at the Bangor Auditorium Wednesday night sent a worker to the hospital but it could have been much worse. Two employees cleaning up after a basketball game smelled smoke. They discovered that a small box in a boiler room was on fire.The two men called the fire department, then put the flames out. 20-year-old Mickey Phippen was treated for smoke inhalation at a Bangor hospital then released. Auditorium management says things would have been much worse if the fire wasn’t discovered and dealt with so quickly.
In case your New Year’s resolution included eating smarter meals to support your health and weight goals, Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers shares a low-fat, high-fiber, totally delicious and easy variation on the family favorite, American Chop SueyHere is a quick, easy, wholesome one pot meal which can easily be altered to meet your family’s tastes. Try whole-wheat spirals for the elbows.Whole-Wheat Chili-Mac POINTSÂ® Value: 4Servings: 6Preparation Time: 18 minCooking Time: 30 minLevel of Difficulty: EasyINGREDIENTS12 oz uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)1 medium onion chopped14 Â½ oz canned stewed tomatoes (Mexican style) undrained1 Â¼ cups canned tomato sauce2 Tbsp canned green chili peppers, diced, drained2 tsp chili powder1 tsp ground cumin1 cup dry whole-wheat elbow macaroni15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drainedINSTRUCTIONSIn a large skillet, cook beef and onion about 10 minutes or until beefis browned: drain off fat. Stir in undrained stewed tomatoes, tomatosauce, chili peppers, chili powder, and cumin: bring to a boil.Stir in uncooked macaroni and kidney beans. return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. Yields about 1 Â¼ cups per serving.Serve with grated parmesan topping, fat-free sour cream and low-fat or fat-free shredded Mexican cheese if desired. Toppings could increase the POINTS value.Reprinted with permissionÂ© 2010 Weight Watchers International, Inc. Â© 2010 WeightWatchers.com, Inc. All rights reserved.WEIGHT WATCHERS and POINTS are the registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc.
A Medway man charged in connection with a deadly crash in Monroe will have his trial moved to Kennebec County.44-year-old James Lee is charged with manslaughter in the incident.Prosecutors say he was driving a pick-up more than thirty miles over the speed limit when it crashed in September 2008.One of Lee’s three passengers was killed.Lee’s attorney asked that the trial be moved and the judge agreed. Lee’s trial is scheduled for next month.
The Maine legislature opened a new session Wednesday.The state faces a $438,000,000 budget shortfall.Senate president Elizabeth Mitchell reminded lawmakers that they closed a $500,000,000 budget gap last session.She called for renewed bipartisan cooperation as lawmakers move forward.Senate Republican leader Kevin Raye of Perry voiced similar sentiments, and predicted a “difficult and challenging session” ahead.
Maine officials are saying 2009 was an up year for attendance at the state’s parks despite the poor economy and last summer’s rainy weather.According to the Bureau of Parks and Lands, the number of visits to state parks increased nearly 8% from 2008.The occupancy rate at the state’s 12 state campgrounds was up by 1%, while day use visits showed an increase of 8.3%.In all, there were more than 2.3 million visits to the state’s 47 state parks and historic sites.
A pound for a pint.That’s the new promotion by the American Red Cross.People who donate a pint of blood to the Red Cross in January get a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.They tell us they especially need type O blood.Trudy Darling with the Red Cross says you can donate at their center on Hammond Street in Bangor on Thursdays, from eleven to six. And on Fridays, from eight to two, as well as other hours.Or, she says if you live somewhere else, there’s a chance they’ll come to you. Every day, they set up mobile donor centers all around the state. “Oh we go all the way to the Canadian border, up north, and we’re all the way to the New Hampshire border down south, Jackman and Machias as well. So we cover the whole state of Maine and we have 6 to 7 mobiles out every day, so we might be in your neighborhood,” Trudy told TV5 on Wednesday.Another perk they’re offering this month to donors: The chance to win tickets to the “hot stove night” at the Bangor Civic Center at the end of January.It’s an event featuring Red Sox announcers, which is usually by invitation only.For more information on donating or coordinating with a mobile donor center, you can call the Red Cross, at 941-2900.
A penny isn’t worth much on its own.But, as students at the Leroy Smith Elementary School in Winterport found out, when collected small bunches of pennies can make a big difference.The pennies have been turned in, and the finally tally is: “56,500”Once added to other donations, $800 has been collected by the Smith School over the last month and a half. They money will be donated to the new Cancer Care of Maine facility in Brewer. “As a group, we felt that this would be a great opportunity to make this cancer center something that could be really beneficial to the whole community because we have so many people in this community that have died of cancer,” Said the class teacher Ms. Lynne Walsh. “We all were thinking of other people and donating it for the cause for cancer so we could help cause we’re helpful kids,” Said 5th grader Lynn Dwyer.The money raised by the children and teachers will be added to that raised by the community to fund a room in the cancer center. “Many different individuals and businesses in Winterport are raising money to name a room in the new cancer building which is the Lafayette Cancer Center,” Said Mary O’Meara from Champion the Cure. “It will be named after the Winterport Community.” Teachers say this is one of many fundraisers the kids will do this year, because to these kids helping others makes cents.About 10 other area schools participated in penny drives or similar efforts to raise money for the Lafayette Family Cancer Center as part of the Champion the Cure capital campaign.
Recipe SummaryRecipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Difficulty: EasyActive Prep Time: 15 min.Cook Time: 35 – 40 min. 1 Â½ lbs. boneless pork sirloin steak2 Tbsp. chili powder1 tsp. ground cuminÂ½ tsp. ground corianderÂ½ tsp. oreganoÂ½ tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. kosher saltÂ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper3 Tbsp. olive oil1 – 16 oz. jar medium salsa1/3 cup apricot preservesSour creamChopped fresh cilantroCut pork sirloin steak into 1″ cubes and place in a large Ziploc bag. In a bowl combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the spice mixture to the bag, seal and shake, evenly coating pork pieces. In a 10″ – 12″ skillet heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add 1/3 of pork pieces to skillet leaving space around each piece (this will allow them to brown.) Cook and turn pieces until all sides are browned. Remove to a plate, add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to the skillet, and continue cooking pork in batches. When all pieces have been browned add the reserved pieces of pork back to the skillet along with the jar of salsa and the apricot preserves. Stir to remove browned bits from bottom of skillet. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until pork is cooked through. Serve over cooked white rice. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro.
A whole pork loin contains the blade, center and sirloin cuts.Purchasing a loin can save $1.30 to $2.50 per pound.Pork can be frozen for up to 4 months.
1) To prevent freezer burn over-wrap supermarket packaged meat in or freezer-weight plastic bags.2) Unpackaged meat can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and then in heavy-duty foil.3) Make sure to date the package.
On Wednesday Governor Baldacci announced a little more than 8.9 million dollars in grants for 16 energy efficiency projects at large businesses around the state.That money will then be used as collateral to bring in another $81 million in private investments.The funds come from a combination of two sources: the Federal Recovery Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds distributed by the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust. Projects were selected based on how well their project added value to the Maine economy, saved energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.Here is the list of businesses that will be receiving funds.Verso Paper Corp., Bucksport, $2,000,000Fraser Paper, Madawaska, $198,240NewPage, Rumford, $300,000Katahdin Paper Company, Millinocket, $235,200Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, $537,000Madison Paper, Madison, $357,000Maine Renewable Energy Consortium, South Portland, $1,000,000Fraser Paper (GHG), Madawaska, $393,008Jackson L aboratory, Bar Harbor, $1,000,000Prime Tanning Company, Hartland, $667,500Bowdoin College, Brunswick, $400,000Old Town Fuel and Fiber, Old Town, $377,000Lincoln Paper and Tissue, Lincoln, $375,000Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc, Old Town, $113,000Tex Tech Industries, Monmouth, $746,776Fraser Timber, Ashland, $227,500Total $8,927,224
Eighty-one soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard arrived home Wednesday. The 286th Battalion had been in Afghanistan for nearly a year.They arrived in Bangor Wednesday morning on a bus from Fort Dix in New Jersey. Quite a crowd was waiting to greet them.”I’m waiting for my Daddy.””I’m really excited to see Mom. It’s been a really long time.””I’m so nervous right now. I don’t know why, but I am.””Wicked excited. It’s been a long year but we’re very happy he’s coming home and coming home safe,” says Tina Clifford. She and her 5-year-old son, Ricky, were waiting on dad, Master Sgt. Alex Clifford. They had big plans. “Lots of hugs,” Tina says. “And kisses!” says Ricky. “And Ricky’s excited to play some games,” she says. The 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion had spent nearly a year in Afghanistan.”And it’s great that 81 went, and 81 are coming home.”Then, it was time– those 81 soldiers walked through the door. These soldiers had been responsible for logistics in southern Afghanistan, keeping troops with food, water and supplies, led by Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Diane Dunn.”286…welcome home.”And they were dismissed.”Yeah!””I haven’t seen you for a year!””Watching her come through that door, I just didn’t want to be Army rigid. I wanted to go across that line and take hold of her,” says Ruth Jewell, Lt. Col. Dunn’s mother.”It’s surreal. It was a long ride but it was definitely worth it,” Lt. Col. Dunn says. “These guys are the heroes. They made my job so easy by their hard work and Maine work ethic they had every single day.”Soon, what had been flat Daddies became real Daddies, like Master Sgt. Randy Mosley. “He has four weeks off, yeah!” “I’m going to take my time, visit everybody and get reconnected,” he says.There was lots of catching up to do. “She has no teeth!” says Sgt. Tracey Ruhlin, looking at her niece.And lots of games to play. “OK, let’s go!” says Master Sgt. Clifford, holding his son Ricky.The soldiers will have the night to spend with their families before reporting back for processing.”Oh,” says Lt. Col. Dunn, “it’s just the best day ever.”
Cumulus radio stations need your help.They’re trying to get a “ton” of pasta this weekend.They’re holding their annual Ton of Pasta Food Drive Saturday.They’ll be broadcasting live from Hannaford Supermarkets in Bangor and Brewer.They hope folks will drop off pasta and sauce so they can help stock the shelves of area food cupboards.” During the winter months Mainers are struggling really this time of year because they’re paying for heating for their homes. They’re paying for expensive gas for their cars to get to and from work. And there’s very little money left over for the essentials. Food for the family, feed yourself, and feed the kids. This pasta drive is incredibly important.”Last year, they collected over three tons of pasta.The Cumulus stations will be at the Brewer hannaford and the Airport Mall and Broadway Hannafords in Bangor, Saturday from ten to two.
Maine hospitals will soon have a new rule to abide by. It’s a new law that requires the screening of high risk patients for a nasty infection called MRSA when they’re admitted to hospitals.Today a group of nurses explained the new law and what it’s designed to do. One of the nurses is Kathy Day. Her father was taken to a hospital for treatment of a broken ankle when he contracted mersa and died. Day says the law is a first step towards preventing the spread of the potentially deadly, drug resistant, staph infection. “The risk is for patients to catch the infection,” she says, “there’s a risk if they test positive to spread the infection so it’s for their own protection, it’s also for the protection of other patients in the hospital. It’s very important to know your status when you come in to a hospital.”
A Holden man is going to prison for seven years.Fifty-one-year-old Stephen Faulcon has been convicted of drunk driving 10 times.Wednesday in court, several family members spoke about his alcoholism and his need for counseling.Meghan Hayward has the story.”Stephen is a very hard worker just trying to make an honest living out there as we all are. But it seems just when his life is going in the right direction, he sabotages it. I don’t think he does this purposely your honor.”An alcohol and drug counselor spoke on behalf of Faulcon, saying he needed long term counseling and not a long term prison sentence.”Part of the problem with a lot of offenders is that they need reintegration back in society. Certainly with Mr. Faulcon’s extensive substance abuse and alcoholism, he definitely needs a program like the Derek House.”Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts told the court he had never seen such an extreme traffic record as the one Faulcon has.”Well I’ve been doing this for 26 years and I’ve never seen anyone with 10 prior convictions before for OUI and plus the 10 OAR convictions on his record.”Roberts told the judge Faulcon is a danger to society.”He’s shown over and over again that he’s going to continue to drink and drive. He’s been fortunate so far that nobody’s been seriously injured. But I’m afraid the law of average is going to catch up with him one of these days and someone is going to be killed or hurt badly.”The defense argued Fauclon has proven while he is not in prison that he can contribute to the community and owns his own landscaping company.But roberts says he was a little disappointed with the sentence.”I think the community’s safety would have warranted that kind of sentence. I understand the judge’s rationale for reducing it somewhat. Seven years is a significant sentence but as I said I would have hoped for the 9 1/2 years.”
It’s being called a breakthrough in the field of chiropractic care but can a computer actually pinpoint problem areas in your spine? Dr. Patricia Cline of Cline Chiropractic Center says yes it can. People have counted on chiropractic adjustments for years. A few cracks of the spine can make a world of difference, but according to a Dr. Cline, those adjustments can have some long term benefits many folks may not realize. “You’re going to have better resistance to colds, flu’s,” she says, “you’re going to feel more rested when you sleep, you may even sleep better, all sorts of things that a person does to maintain good health.”At Cline Chiropractic Center in Bangor, they’re now using a new technique that’s being hailed as a breakthrough in chiropractic care. It’s called the Pro Adjuster. It uses technology taken from NASA. “I send a little mechanical impulse in to the spine and the echo that comes back allows the Pro Adjuster to make a bar graph and a bell curve and give me a graph to show me which way the spine is functioning,” says Cline.Dr. Cline says the Pro Adjuster has taken the guess work out of chiropractic care. “It helps me be much more precise and it helps me do a non-invasive evaluation every time I see the patient so I can tell where they are that particular day because as you get better things change and the pain moves around a little bit, and I can go right with it and it’s much faster and more efficient.”So far, patients are pleased with these types of adjustments. Ashlee Simpson just had her first chiropractic adjustment and she says she would reccommend the Pro Adjuster to friends and family. “It felt really good,” she says, “I can feel the tension relieving which is nice.”If these types of results continue, the Pro Adjuster should be here to stay.
Bangor police were called to the area of Oak Street near Maliseet Gardens just before 9:00 am Wednesday.There they found a 57 year old man who said he had been stabbed at his boarding home residence on Essex Street. Police went there and arrested 47 year old Clinton Grubbs. Police say a knife was also recovered at the scene. WABI-TV5 new was told the victim underwent emergency surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center Wednesday morning. His condition is not known at this time.
A warrant is now out for the arrest of a tractor trailer driver from Tennessee for failing to appear in court in Millinocket.45-year-old Kenneth Taylor is charged with O-U-I. He was driving on I-95 near Medway last November when he rolled over his semi, hauling hazardous material.The mess closed part of the highway for hours. Taylor was scheduled to go on trial today in Millinocket but he didn’t show up. Besides facing arrest, Taylor will also have to forfeit his $500 bail.
By the end of the month, the town of Milo will own an entire stretch of downtown, destroyed by an arson fire more than a year ago. Voters approved a plan Tuesday night to buy the former True Value property, as well as a lot that once housed a floral shop. The properties were among five buildings leveled by fire in September of 2008. Last month voters rejected the idea of purchasing the hardware store lot, concerned it would cost them more in local taxes. But town manager Jeff Gahagan says that’s not the case. About $48,000 in federal redevelopment money will be used to buy that land.Up to $10,000 in state grants will pay for the flower shop lot.Gahagan says after the town closes on both properties in the next couple of weeks, he’ll schedule a series of public hearings on how to redevelop the land.
A man from Brewer could spend up to 20 years in prison and have to pay a $1,000,000 fine for pleading guilty to federal drug charges. 22-year-old Jarrod Jamieson admitted in U.S. District Court in Bangor to supplying and selling oxycontin. Police arrested him last July after they say he was about to drop off the drugs to someone.During the investigation, police say Jamieson admitted to selling up to 100 pills a day, for about four months. Jamieson is expected to be sentenced this spring.
An application has been filed to operate and build a liquified natural gas terminal in Calais.The Calais LNG project, that could cost close to $1 billion, which would be built south of the city of Calais. This project would also include a 20.5-mile natural gas pipeline, a pier and two LNG storage tanks.There have also been two other LNG projects proposed in the area. Downeast LNG proposes a facility in Robbinston. Quoddy Bay LNG has withdrawn its application for a facility at Pleasant Point, but officials said that they think the project is still viable.