Firefighters in Waterville are looking for a few good bowlers. It’s for a charity bowling event at the end of summer. The tournament is designed to raise money for local organizations in need and for other charities the Consolidated Firefighters of Waterville support. Organizers hope to have at least 48 teams in the tournament, set for Sunday, September 20th at the Sparetime Recreation Center in Waterville. Lt. Scott Holst says the top three teams will win money to go to their favorite charity.”It helps our local charities, our local schools. Not just Waterville, but Winslow, Oakland, Fairfield, anybody that wants to join in. So it’s going to benefit about everyone in the community.”The Consolidated Firefighters of Waterville is hosting the state convention two years from now. Members are putting together several events to raise money to run the convention.For more information about the bowling tournament and other activities, call 680-4735 or go to www.watervillefire.com.
Work is underway to contain an oil spill off Port Clyde.Last night a fishing boat sank while docked.It’s believed that the boat held a thousand gallons of diesel fuel.Maine Department of Environmental Protection crews have put containment booms in place and are also using special pads to help absorb the fuel.We’re told the pads so far have removed about about 15 gallons of fuel from the water.The DEP has been assisted by the United States Coast Guard, Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Agriculture.
A conflict over the firing of the head of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce appears is over, just hours before a special meeting to talk about the dismissal of Candy Guerette was scheduled to start. The Chair of the Board of Directors says Guerette has agreed to accept a severance package of four months of pay and four months of health insurance. Guerette was let go last week after 13 years as President and CEO. The decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, based on what they called poor job performance.The Chair of the Board of Directors, John Diamond, says the board decided around noon today to call off the 3:30 meeting after receiving a letter from Guerette’s lawyer. In the letter, Charles Gilbert said the original reason for calling the meeting has been resolved and there’s no longer any practical or legal purpose for it.The original severance package for Guerette offered her three months of pay and benefits. She countered with eight months severance, pay for vacation and sick time and the assurance that Diamond would not fill her position.At today’s meeting a group of members was expected to ask the board to appoint a special committee to investigate the decision to fire Guerette.Just yesterday the full Board of Directors unanimously backed the actions of the Executive Committee to oust Guerette. Her lawyer says Guerette appreciates the support she’s received and that it’s time to move on. He says Gurette has nothing but the highest regard for the Chamber and its mission and wishes it and her successor nothing but the best.Diamond say the process to replace Guerette will begin immediately.
Breaking a sweat and being pampered, that’s what ladies at the Curves in Hampden experienced today.It was a health fair offering massages, make-up consultations, a nutritionist and much more.Women stopped in throughout the day. All the services were free.Co-owner Catherine Perry says they were happy to host the health fair”It’s very important for women to have a place where they can seek support especially of other women and we work really hard to make them feel like they have a place to go in the community where they can keep themselves healthy and well-balanced.”Self-defense was part of today’s package, with an expert on that topic from Hampden giving instruction.
The arts are coming to Pittsfield in a unique way.As Meghan Hayward tells us you just might be sitting on it.”I think it’s just a great idea. It will bring interest and hopefully a little excitement. People can go around and look at all the different chairs and brighten up the downtown.”This community art project is called “Getting Comfortable in Pittsfield.”Eighteen adirondack chairs were painted by local folks.Jean Bradshaw is one of the artists.She says it didn’t take her as long as she had expected to design her chair.”Over the course of two weeks I probably spent five days.”But Bradshaw says she did come across a challenge.”I normally work with water colors. So it was kind of outside the box for me to work with acrylics.”The chairs will be placed around Pittsfield all summer long.In the Fall they will be auctioned off by the Town Council, with the money going to help pay for new seats for the Pittsfield Community Theater.Artist Hazel Mitchell is happy about that.”I think it is good to give something back to the community and to bring the artists together, it was a nice thing to do.”Mitchell is amazed with the chairs.”I think there’s a real range of creativity.”The chairs were made by Walpole Woodworkers, which also donated some of them.Starting Saturday you’ll be able to see the chairs on display throughout Pittsfield.
Films from around the world will be on the big screen in Waterville this Weekend. The Maine International Film Festival opens today. This is the 12th year for the festival, which gets bigger each summer. Last year attendance reached more than 9-thousand visitors. The festival will feature nearly 100 films around the world. They’ll be shown in two locations – the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema. Festival Venue Manager Serena Sanborn says, “There’s a lot of Maine movies this year. Our opening night film tonight is “the Rival”, which is about Cape Elizabeth and Rumford football teams, so that’s really fun. But you’re going to see movies from everywhere, you’ll see movies in all languages and you’ll see movies for kids, so it’s really fun.”At this year’s festival, director Arthur Penn will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of his credits include “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Miracle Worker”.The 10-day film festival is also branching out. It will wrap up next weekend at the Portsmouth Music Hall in New Hampshire.For information on films and show times, go to www.miff.org.
We have some good news to report.Shadow, the missing Golden Retriever involved in a crash in Amherst has been found.Jodi Thomas of Charlotte had her Service Dog Shadow in the car with her when she was involved in a car crash on Route Nine Tuesday afternoon.She escaped the accident with only minor injuries, but Shadow ran off in all the commotion.Thursday night, Jodi and her boyfriend got the call that Shadow had been found on the Tannery Loop Road in Amherst.He was tired and dirty, but otherwise okay.The couple would like to thank Brian Tripp of the Warden Service and everybody in the town of Amherst that helped in the search for Shadow. They’d also like everyone to know that Jodi is doing fine.
A special ceremony was held in Belfast last night, to re-dedicate a decades-old fountain.the original fountain outside the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue was built more than a century ago.But over time, the base of it crumbled away.So the local Shriners decided to replace the fountain.It took a few years of fund-raising to come up with the thousands of dollars needed for the project.Construction finally started about a year ago.The Shriners are still raising money to help finish off paying for the project.For a $25 donation, you can receive one of the original stones from the fountain.For more information, call the Waldo County Shrine club at 338-9844.
A special Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce board meeting will take place this afternoon.It centers around the sudden firing of longtime chamber head, Candy Guerette.Guerette was terminated from her position as CEO and President of the chamber last week, after 13 years.The Chairman of the Chamber’s Board, John Diamond, sent a letter to chamber members saying Guerette was dismissed based on poor job performance.At an annual meeting yesterday, the full board unanimously supported the Executive Committee’s decision and the way it was handled.This afternoon’s meeting is scheduled for 3:30PM at the Bangor Public Library.Diamond says the board will listen, but not make a decision at the meeting.Some members will ask the board to appoint a special committee to investigate the decision to fire Guerette.
Lots of folks are happy the rain has finally let up. But some neighbors in Salisbury Cove say their flooding problems came before – and will last after – this most recent rain.”You don’t forget about water problems. It just gets worse,” says Al Robbins.He says two of his neighbors across Norway Drive have dealt with water damage from flooding for years.”There’s a culvert that goes from that pond across Route 3 onto this lot, behind those people’s homes that’s having the problem,” he says.Folks had blocked up the DOT culvert with a boat mooring to stay dry. But last week, workers cleared the block and water from the pond rushed back through the culvert to their homes.”I could see that water go down by inches, more than inches. It just went down,” Robbins says, gesturing to the pond from his property. “Then of course, these people were the recipients of all the water.”Bar Harbor Public Works Director Chip Reeves says, “We’re trying to work with DOT to come up with a solution. I’ve been in contact with the regional manager to discuss this.”He says the DOT used to maintain a drainage area behind the homes, but not anymore. Now, they don’t know who’s responsible.”We’re trying to look back through town records to see if it belongs to the town and we can’t find anything,” Reeves says. “We’re not allowed to spend taxpayer money on private property, so we’re trying to establish whose that is.”Reeves says he feels terrible for the homeowners, but right now, his hands are tied. Meanwhile, Robbins says his neighbors can’t take any more flooding.”It’s like they just said if we let it drag on, maybe they’ll forget about it. That doesn’t happen,” Robbins says.”Hopefully the three – the property owners, the DOT and the town – can come up with some sort of solution,” Reeves says.
With the sun shining brightly, the town of Rockland is busy getting set for the North Atlantic Blues Festival…Even with a sagging economy, producers say they expect about 16,000 people to descend upon Rockland this weekend, some of them traveling here from quite a distance. “The tickets that have gone out of my office have gone to 27 different states,” says co-producer Paul Benjamin, “we’ve sent tickets to all over Canada. I’ve sent tickets to Bermuda, and I’ve sent tickets to Japan this year, so blues fans do travel for quality events and we feel we put on a quality event.”The festivities are expected to reach their peak saturday night when the annual club crawl gets underway. The club crawl features several local bands performing all over the community. “We got the club crawl where we actually close down us route 1 on saturday night,” Benjamin explains, “and we have four bands on the street and we got 15 bands playing around town so we basically turn downtown rockland into a mini New Orleans.”That makes local business owners here very happy and for some who have been around awhile, they know what to expect, “crazy, just crazy,” says Time Out Pub owner James Beaulieu, “you know the festival brings in you know 10,000 people over the course of the weekend. It’s great, gotta love it, makes up for a long winter.”The producers say all the hard work is well worth it for the fans here.”One of the things that’s really exciting is about the show is that the artists say the Maine audience here in Maine is one of the best audiences they play for and you know melding together the audience and Maine and the great blues acts is really an honor to be able to put that together.”
Maine drug agents say they’ve busted up two out-of-state drug rings, working in Eastern and Central Maine. Fourteen people in all have been arrested. They say one investigation in Augusta cracked an operation based in Massachusetts that was allegedly selling heroin, cocaine and Oxycontin from motel rooms in Augusta.Agents found more than $20,000 in drugs and nearly $7,000 in cash, along with two handguns this week. Six people were arrested in connection with that case, with one from Maine.Another investigation in Bangor focused on a similar drug operation run from New York. Agents arrested eight people in that bust. Five of them are from Maine. Agents also seized more than $2,100 in drugs, plus $1,000 cash.
The water’s flowing again from a decades-old fountain in Belfast. The original fountain outside the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue was built more than a century ago. But over time, the base of it crumbled away.So the local shriners to decide to replace the fountain. It took a few years of fundraising to come up with the thousands of dollars needed for the project. Construction finally started about a year ago. Alton Kenney, a Shriner and Emeritus Governor of the Springfield Shriners Hospital says, “We hope that it’s a beautiful fountain and anybody that’s interested in the fountains, why they just might want to get the history of it or something like that. What we wanted to do was just get it back to the property so we would have it.”The new fountain was dedicated in a special ceremony Thursday night.The shriners are still raising money to help finish off paying for the project. For a $25 donation, you can receive one of the original stones from the fountain. For more information, call the Waldo County Shrine Club at 338-9844.
Plans to move forward at Down East Community Hospital are already being put into motion, just a day after they learned they’ll continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, for the time being.The deadline for the hospital to meet federal standards has been extended to September thirtieth.Interim President and CEO Douglas Jones says they see the extension as recognition that the relationship with Eastern Maine Healthcare is a credible one.Last week a judge appointed Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to take over the hospital and bring it back into compliance.Jones says he’s confident all the standards will be met by the new deadline.” The things that I’m particularly focusing on is high level organization of the hospital and making sure that we’re organized properly so people have the resources to do their work.”Jones says he and the staff have no doubt the hospital will be accredited.
The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield is struggling financially.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the folks who run it are finding new ways to raise money.”The economic status has made it so a lot of people have to surrender their animals because they’re getting evicted, losing their jobs. They can’t afford to get their own day-to-day basic needs and the pets unfortunately are suffering.”Shelter Manager Lorna Konyak says she’s seen an increase in the number of animals being brought in, but unfortunately, a decrease in donations.”They’re now giving donations, a ten dollar one might only be 5 dollars now, and a 50 dollar one might be down to 20 dollars.”Konyak says it’s putting a huge financial burden on the shelter.”Because we still want to give our pets the level of care we’ve been giving them and stay open, but if we don’t get financial aid, we could very easily close from a year to a year and a half.”Konyak says they’re trying new things to help bring in extra money.”We recently started up a thrift shop that is going to be in Blue Hill and that should bring in some revenue.”They’ve also reduced expenses.”We have cut back on a lot of items that we use on a daily basis, more frugal about making sure we measure all our bleach and disinfectant products cutting back on the use of paper towel, trash.”Konyak worries about what would happen to the animals if the shelter closed. She says local folks would have no place to bring them.”They’ll end up abandoning their pets, which will mean there will be a lot animals in the streets and around the barrens, where they will probably succumb to the wildlife.”But Konyak says she isn’t giving up and will continue to operate for as long as she can, with the best interests of the animals in mind.
Mushroom season is here in Maine. And hunting for the tasty ones, while avoiding the toxic ones is important. An event Friday in Augusta could help.Mushroom photographer Taylor Lockwood will show his video called “The Good, the Bad and the Deadly”. It’ll teach the basics about poisonous mushrooms and their edible look-a-likes.The showing is set for 7 o’clock at city hall. Lockwood will also answer questions and give a short lesson on photographing mushrooms.
The Board of Directors of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce is backing a decision by its Executive Committee to fire the head of the Chamber, Candy Guerette. Guerette was let go last week after 13 years as President and CEO. The chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, John Diamond, sent a letter to Chamber members saying Guerette was dismissed based on poor job performance.Diamond says at an annual meeting today, the full Board of Directors unanimously supported the Executive Committee’s decision and the way it was handled. A special meeting of Chamber members, though, is set for tomorrow. Diamond says a group of members will ask the Board to appoint a special committee to investigate the decision to fire Guerette. He says the Board will listen to comments, but not make a decision based on them. That meeting is scheduled for 3:30 at the Bangor Public Library.
The Lubec Post office is marking the eighth annual West Quoddy Light celebration with a special stamp cancellation.It’s a special pictorial postmark dated July 11th.They’re hoping the free cancellation can serve as a souvenir of the anniversary for folks who come from all over the country to visit.Customers can request the special postmark by mail for thirty days after the event.
A piece of history is being restored to its original glory in Brewer.The railroad tug “Saturn” is one of only a handful of its kind left in the world.And as Amy Erickson tells us, a man from Winterport has his hands full giving it a makeover.< "it's a labor of love. you've gotta be foolish to do this."Foolish or not, Jon Johansen's not giving up on his prized posession.Back in 2002, he purchased this historic tug, called "saturn," from Maine Maritime Academy.At 102 years old, she has quite a history."she was built for the Reading Railroad company and what she would do is run coal barges and car floats across the Delaware or in New York.""she has the classic lines of a tug and there's not many of these left in the world today. There's only maybe a handful...maybe 5 of these tugs left."A tour of the "saturn" is pretty impressive...from the captain's quarters....to the 15 ton engine that's as long as a pickup truck.Johansen is committed to restoring the Saturn to her original, 1907 glory.But it isn't easy."we're trying to get a good coat of paint on her from stem to stern, and unfortunately, i'm the only one doing most of the manual labor. It's therapeutic, but it's real dirty. One of the worst jobs you'll do."Johansen guesses it'll take about two years before he's done.Then he's hoping to share Saturn with the world...by bringing it to museums up and down the East Coast."say somebody like maine maritime museum or there's a railroad museum in portland, the narrow gauge...or mystic seaport...or maybe take her to events.""we want to make it so it's an educational exhibit for anybody who wants to know what it was like to work on tugs."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Brewer.>
Preparing meals at home aids in weight loss because there’s nosurprises. You know exactly what you’re eating and how it wasprepared. Contrary to popular belief cooking meals at home doesn’thave to take a lot of time. Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers sharessome cooking shortcuts to help you cut time AND calories. For quick jambalaya. Stir-fry salad-size shrimp, diced low-fatItalian sausage and chopped bell pepper. Combine with a cookedCajun-style rice mix until well blended.One-dish pasta entrÃ©es. Make simple family meals. Add chopped broccoliand diced lean ham to a cooked reduced-fat macaroni-and-cheese mix.Make a vegetarian version with chopped fresh tomatoes and lightlysteamed asparagus tips.Feed a crowd with a wild rice-turkey casserole: Stir-fry leftoverturkey breast, chopped broccoli and dried cranberries: combine with acooked wild-rice mix.Go vegetarian with black bean burritos. Stir-fry diced onions andcombine them with canned black beans (rinsed and drained) and a cookedrice mix. Layer down the center of tortillas, top with salsa andlow-fat shredded cheddar cheese, roll up, and bake until heatedthrough and the tortillas are slightly browned.Add a dash of lime juice, hot sauce and a cup of chopped cookedchicken breast to canned chicken soup. Sprinkle with cilantro andyou’ve got hot-and-sour soup. in a jiffy. Slice and arrange store-bought, precooked polenta. In a 9-inch squarepan top polenta with soy-based chorizo and a little tomato sauce. Bake until just heated through.