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.
Debate on a bill that would ban mandatory vaccinations in Maine heated up in Augusta Thursday.People packed into the statehouse to urge lawmakers to clarify current law. Most of the people there were and say still are under the impression that the government has the authority to force vaccinations.Lawmakers say that’s not the case and there’s no reason to change anything. The bill was turned down in a 6 to 4 vote. To look at the current law click here.This is a follow up to this story.
”So right pretty much at the beginning, it was important to predict weather for farmers but today it’s probably even more important because we’re so mobile, we’re always going different places and we’re planning so far in advance.””I think since about 1820 or so, we’ve been doing the weather and doing it with a great deal of consistency because you’ve had only 8 people that have done weather in 193 years.”That’s an average of about 24 years per person predicting the weather for the Farmersâ€™ Almanacâ€¦ obviously, a very dedicated group. Its hard enough just forecasting the weather a couple days ahead, but the Farmersâ€™ Almanac sticks their neck out using a secret but trusted formula to predict the weather two years in advance.”David Young, our first editor, was a calculator, mathematician, and astronomer, and so he developed a formula that was applied to sun-spot activity, planet positions, effect the moon has on the earth, and that allowed him and allowed us to do our weather two years in advanceâ€¦””No they’re not meteorologists. I think they’re calculators. They can put together the formula and come up with what we need to have.”The end result is a year-long weather forecast for seven different regions of the United States…Geiger says the accuracy rating is somewhere around 80 percent.”I had a meteorologist in Philadelphia one time on television who was tracking his weather and my weather for three months, or my father’s weather at the time, but tracking it for three months, and his was the night before weather and ours was two years in advance. At the end of the three months, he was 78 percent right and we were 76 percent right.”The Farmersâ€™ Almanac received a lot of press this past summer after putting that accuracy to the test with their rainy and cool forecast for New England.”This springtime at the end of June, a local reporter called me and said, ‘what do you have to say for yourself?’ I saidâ€¦ wellâ€¦ I’m sorry. And she says, ‘what do you mean you’re sorry?’ Well, I’m sorry I’m so right because all of July is going to be just like all of June.”With the winter months approaching, Peter says the Farmersâ€™ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter for Mainers.”We’re talking about some snow some part, the latter part of November and December maybe 2 or 3 storms, then January and February being the big storm months which is probably no surprise but very specifically, we’ll talk about when there’s some heavy snowfall and we talk about march having some snow and maybe some flooding. So to me, that means there should be some real accumulation of snow this winter.”
”The Farmersâ€™ Almanac itself was started in Morristown, New Jersey back in 1818.”More than 190 years later, the Farmersâ€™ Almanac is still going strong. Ray Geiger, who was running his own company at the time, took over as editor of the Farmersâ€™ Almanac in the mid-1930s and after editing 20 editions, decided to pack up and move north to Maine.”So my father came along and just absolutely fell in love with Maine and with Lewiston and became a very passionate person about the community he lived in and when we brought the company into Maine, we were probably a struggling company at the time but over the years, we’ve grown.”And grown they have, from a circulation of approximately 86,000 back in the 1930s to about 3.5 million todayâ€¦ some are given away by businessesâ€¦ others are sold in stores. Editor Peter Geiger says it’s a small but dedicated group that puts together each annual edition, averaging 200 pages.”We are a small and humble group of about 5 people. And Sandy Duncan my managing editor, Dick Plourde the graphic designer, Jaime one of my writers and there’s myself. Then there is the physical process of putting it together and printing it but in terms of editorial content there are 5 people who work on it throughout the year and capture what’s important and put it into the book.”They’re always working a year in advance for next year’s edition…so how do they decide what content will be relevant for the coming year?”Well it’s a process. First of all when you’ve been in business doing the same thing for 193 years, you have people always sending you information and advice on what they’d like to see in the publication. I have an advisory council of about 700 people that give me advice on what they’d like the see in the publication.”No matter what decisions they makeâ€¦ there’s always a basic theme to the Farmers Almanac.”I’ve always wanted a publication that is good for the entire family, all members of the family. I really want it to be something everyone can read. I want teachers to be able to use it in their classrooms and so that’s sort of my grading point. It’s got to be for everybody.”With families in mindâ€¦ almanacs have been known as guides to good living, giving us ideas on how to do things and do them well, and making life easier for yourself and those around you.”The Almanac is really a guide to good living for no matter what you do whether its foliage watching, whether its looking for the first date or whether its planning a vacation then the almanac does offer some great insights. But more importantly, nowadays, I think we have some tremendous ideas on how to be frugal and how to stretch dollars and to do it in ways that are meaningful for people so I think the almanac is a lot of things.”The Farmersâ€™ Almanac may be better known for its weather forecasts, which only account for about 10 percent of the publication. A small part? Yes, but it plays a large role in the lives of their loyal audience. The Farmersâ€™ Almanac prides itself on its roughly 80 percent accuracy rating.”It is what it is and people do enjoy it. People plan their lives by the almanac for a variety of reasons whether its best days or planting information. And they depend on the almanac for weather and they might go buy a snowblower if we’re calling for heavy snow. And that’s what we’re about.”
A man from Harrington is in trouble for bringing illegal aliens to Maine to work at a sea cucumber processing plant.48-year-old Juan Centen-Perez pled guilty in federal court in Bangor Tuesday to visa fraud, transporting and harboring illegal aliens, and conspiracy to hire them. He awaits sentencing, and could be imprisoned for up to ten years.He came to Maine as a migrant worker about ten years ago and opened a Mexican store and restaurant in eastern Maine.
A man from Bingham accused of raping a young girl has been arrested.56-year-old Dana Davis is charged with gross sexual assault.Police say the incident happened in 2001 when the girl was seven.The girl didn’t say anything about it until recently, and her mother called police.Davis is free on bail as of Thursday morning.
The city of Bangor is still working hard trying to vaccinate school children against the H1N1 virus.They held another clinic on Wednesday at the Bangor Civic Center.It was for children in the greater Bangor area in grades K through 12.The hours for this clinic were shorter than the last one because they had fewer doses. 2,000 children were vaccinated this time, about half who received the vaccine last time.They did run out of the seasonal flu shot for a short time, but then got another shipment in during the clinic.
The man allegedly shot to death by his son will be laid to rest Thursday.Perley Goodrich senior’s memorial service will be at 1pm at the Crosby and Neal Funeral Home in Newport.Following the service, folks are invited to head to the former Palmyra town office for a get together.There will also be a candlelight vigil on Sunday at 4 pm down at the Newport waterfront.A fund for Perley senior’s wife, Sandra Goodrich, has been set up at Bank of America.Checks can be sent to any of the Bank of America branches, just make them out to the Sandra Goodrich Fund.
A woman accused of reckless conduct with a firearm in connection with the shooting of a lobsterman on Matinicus Island was in court Wednesday.45-year-old Janan Miller is accused of pointing a shotgun at 41-year-old Christopher Young and another lobsterman in July.Miller pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.Prosecutors say her father, E. Vance Bunker, shot Young.Bunker faces several charges.Young is also facing charges for refusing to leave Bunker’s fishing boat.Miller remains free on bail.
The city of Brewer can move forward with plans to form an exploratory committee with the city of Bangor.On Tuesday voters approved the idea to look at ways the two cities could work together to save money.The idea for the committee was proposed to Brewer city councilors last spring, but not all of them approved it, so the measure went to voters.City councilor Joe Ferris says judging by the more than two-to-one vote, it’s clear residents support the idea. “They found very little wrong with exploring– and this is only an exploratory way of looking at how our two cities can work together. It almost, to me, seemed like a slap in the face that our council wouldn’t look at ways we could work together to save money.”Ferris says the next step is to put together the joint committee with Bangor to start the research process.
A Levant Man was taken to the hospital earlier this evening after a motorcycle chase ended in a crash.20 year old Harry Coffin was doing wheelies on his motorcycle on Union Street in Hermon around 6:00 this evening.Officials spotted him and attempted to pull him over. Coffin took off on the bike and led police on a chase.A few minutes later a Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to block Coffin at an intersection. Coffin hit the cruiser and was thrown from the bike.He was taken to Eastern Maine Medial Center with minor injuries.
Lipizzaner Stallions are a breed of white horses. They are originally from Europe and are traditionally a symbol of grace and majesty.The 40th anniversary tour of the world famous performing Lipizzaner Stallions has taken them to Bangor.Twelve horses and their riders perform what some call an equine ballet. It was originally inspired by a traditional Spanish riding school. Troy Tinker, the Master of Ceremonies, says there’s something for everyone at this show, “The steps and movements from the art of dressage, the classical riding style set to music in an equine ballet. We’ll also show you the big leaps and jumps, the big war maneuvers they’re famous for, the airs above the ground. The focus really is the partnership between the horse and rider.”The group’s first show was Wednesday evening. There is also one Thursday night at the Bangor Auditorium, it starts at 7:30. Regular admission is between 20 and 25 dollars.The group’s next stop is Portland.