Folks came out in Brewer and Bangor Saturday to help Cumulus Broadcasting get a ” ton” of pasta.It was their annual Ton of Pasta Drive at three local Hannaford stores.Each year they camp out in front of the stores and get folks to pick up an extra box of pasta to donate to folks in need.Last year they raised over three tons.And they say even one box of pasta can make a difference.” A box of pasta will feed a family of four and when you loot at gas prices. Now gas is $2.81 and rising. Oil prices are rising too. People are really making tough decisions, food or heart and nobody should have to make those decisions.”The folks of Cumulus Broadcasting are hoping to top last year’s amount.
More than 12 million dollars in federal stimulus funds are coming to the the University of Maine, to help advance their work to develop offshore wind power.The grant money from the U.S. Department of Commerce will help build a new 30 thousand square foot lab. In the new space, they’ll be able to build and test offshore wind technologies before putting them into deep water.They will also develop composite materials that can be used to build turbines durable enough to withstand harsh offshore conditions, and which capitalize on Maine’s natural abundance of wood. “The real opportunity here is job creation for the state of Maine. The state of Maine has the equivalent of 149 gigawatts, 149 nuclear power plants worth, of wind in the gulf of Maine. The idea here is to take that energy and create jobs in the state,” says Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.Sen. Susan Collins says 25 million federal dollars have been secured for UMaine’s offshore wind research program since October. “That’s going to give us a leap ahead, to position Maine as a world leader in developing offshore wind,” she says.The new lab will be built as an addition to the composites center. They’ve already broken ground and hope to open in a year.The funding is part of 120 million dollars in stimulus money announced Friday, to build scientific research facilities at 11 universities across the country.
It’s going to be cold this week-end, and a bowl full of chili could warm you up.If you’d like to try some of the best around, you might want to head to Trenton where they’re holding a chili cook-off Saturday.Local restaurants and individuals are making batches of their best to be tasted by celebrity judges, including TV 5’s Todd Simcox.It’s being held at the Faith Community Fellowship on the Bar Harbor Road , right across from Stanley Subaru, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.Admission is $4. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
A Rockland company is getting a tax credit of more than $900,000 to build a factory in Millinocket.RE-Gen LLC wants to manufacture biomass furnaces at their new facility. They hope to build 250 systems a year.The credit is part of the Stimulus Money.Congressman Mike Michaud praised the announcement, saying this will provide a significant economic boost to the Millinocket area.
A Bangor man charged in connection with a stabbing was in court Friday.Bangor police arrested 47-year-old Clinton Grubbs Wednesday.Police had been called to Oak Street near Maliseet Gardens around nine that morning to find a 57-year-old man who said he’d been stabbed at his boarding home on Essex Street.Police say they found a knife at the scene.Bail for grubbs was set at 5-thousand dollars.He’s due back in court in March.
The search for a missing New Hampshire woman has investigators asking for help here in Maine.Sarah Rogers, 29, has not been seen since Dec. 13.Police think she left her home in Barrington, N.H., and traveled up the Maine Turnpike.Her car was found abandoned, with the keys in the ignition, on Interstate 95 near the town of Clinton — which is just north of Waterville.Rogers’ family members are now in Maine trying to help police figure out what may have happened to her.”It’s very frustrating, helpless feeling here. I’m hopeful but it’s like getting your guts ripped out. You just want to get her home,” said her father Bob Rogers.Police do not think foul play is involved in her disappearance.A vigil for Rogers is planned for Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Portland’s Monument Square.
The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire in St. Albans.Fire Chief Brian Crocker says a home on Todd’s Corner Road caught fire around two Friday morning.He says the fire was contained to the downstairs and is believed to have started in the entry way, but they’re not sure what caused it.A person living in that home got out unharmed.But a pet dog died in the fire.Crews from Corinna and Hartland helped out.
A wood stove played a role in a fire that destroyed a home in Glenburn.Crews from six fire departments responded to the Hudson Road around 3:30 Thursday afternoon.They say when they arrived, the house was already filled with flames.Firefighters say the homeowner was out getting the mail when the fire started.The Fire Marshal’s office says the homeowner left the door of the wood stove open and the flames shot out to combustibles.We’re told the house was not insured.
The Coast Guard is getting rid of something that makes it more important for every mariner to have a GPS navigation system.In a month the Coast Guard is terminating the Loran-C signal.Mariners rely on Loran-C stations including ones in Caribou and in Nantucket, Massachusetts for navigation, but on february 8th those stations are going away.
A man from Lubec has pled guilty to federal drug charges.Court records state that 39-year-old James Mills was arrested after he tried to smuggle more than one hundred oxycontin pills into the US.Mills could be sentenced to twenty years in prison and fined a million dollars.
It took the help of two police dogs to track down a Lubec man Thursday night.Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith tells TV5 News he was responding to a domestic situation when 39-year-old Scott Ramsdell took off on foot.Smith says Ramsdell called back to the house where the altercation took place twice, before being found and surrendering to the police.Ramsdell is charged with domestic assault and for violation of probation.He was on probation for a prior assault charge.He is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail and is expected in court next week.
Maine is getting safer.According to State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland homicides and fatal fires were all down from 2008.Meghan Hayward has the details.The number of fatal accidents in Maine last year remained about the same as the year before, but there were fewer deadly fires, that according to Maine State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland.Final year public safety numbers also show there were fewer homicides in Maine last year than in 2008.Police investigated 26 homicides in 2009, down from 31 the year before.That total includes the November double homicide of a Webster Plantation couple.And, the shooting death of a Newport man in OctoberThe deadliest year for homicides in Maine was 1989 when 40 deaths were reported.The fewest was 2000, when 11 homicides were investigated.On Maine roads, there were 158 deaths last year, three more than 2008, according to the Bureau of Highway Safety.One of those, an accident in Bangor in November that claimed two lives after a car crashed into a house on High Street.And, a Cannan man died after he was ejected from a vehicle in Clinton.But, 2008 and 2009 were the safest on Maine roads in the last fifty years.The State Fire Marshal’s office says 14 people died in fires during 2009.A fire in Searsport in February claimed the lives of two people who were trapped inside.That number matches the death toll in 1991 as the second safest year ever.In, 1995 and 2007, 12 people lost their lives in fires.
Local businesses work hard to compete for customers. So you might think they’d be glad when another store closes. But that’s not the case for a soup and sandwich shop in Bangor, paying respect to another restaurant. When it comes to soup and lobster rolls, Jimmy V’s is a standout.But it’s a new sandwich on the menu that’s getting a lot of attention now. Chef Jimmy Vardamis says “I’ve always wanted to do the Tea Pot and I never did it because it was exactly almost like the Coffee Pot – and nobody can compete with the Coffee Pot.”The Tea Pot Deluxe, created by Vardamis, is in honor of the Deluxe Coffee Pot – a sandwich made famous by the shop of the same name on State Street.It closed on New Year’s Eve Day after selling the trademark meal for nearly 60 years. “The day they closed, I said now’s the time to do the Tea Pot and my wife says yeah, now’s the time to do the Tea Pot.”Jimmy V’s staffer Heidi Swedberg says,”He talked about it on the Wednesday and we started selling them on Thursday and they flew out of here like crazy. One woman, the first day, bought 14 of them.”Lots of customers, it seems, are taking a liking to the Tea Pot – even those, like John Conners, who said the Coffee Pot could never be duplicated. “Same as the Coffee Pot. It has the Genoa salami, the ham and the cheeses and tomatoes and onions. You know if you kept your eyes closed, you’d think it was the Coffee Pot. Really, it was that close.”Vardamis even follows the Coffee Pot menu to make his sandwich – right down to the red pepper and oil.And though he knows the Tea Pot can’t replace a Bangor icon, he’s hoping customers will give it a chance. He’s even willing to put his money where their mouths are. “It may not be exactly the same, but it’ll be the closest you’ll ever get. And if you don’t like it – I’ll give you back your money… How’s that?!?”
More than 12-million dollars in federal money is on it’s way to the University of Maine for renewable energy research.The money will be used to build on to the UMaine composites lab.Senator Collins says the funding will come from the US Department of Commerce.The 30-thousand square foot laboratory addition will support a materials and engineering research program, which is designed to capitalize on two of the state’s key resources, wind energy and wood.The facility, when complete, would be the only one of its kind in the country.And experts estimate developing offshore wind projects in Maine have the potential to create 15,000 jobs and bring 20 billion dollars to the state.
The Bangor city council plans to appoint Robert Farrar as interim city manager at its meeting next week.Farrar has served with the city for 21 years, and is currently assistant city manager.Councilors voted last year to let go long-time city manager Ed Barrett, who has since taken a similar job in Lewiston.
A former Colby College student was one of the seven C.I.A. employees killed in a suicide bombing near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border late last month.Elizabeth Hanson was a senior and an economics major at Colby at the time of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in New York.That event prompted her to explore the relationship between religion and economics.Colby professor Michael Donihue says Hanson had an intellectual curiosity that went beyond the textbook.
The search has been suspended for 18-year-old Richard “Shaw” Jackson of China.The snowmobiler went missing last Friday night.Game Wardens say the case will remain open, and a pilot will periodically fly over the China Lake area to look for any sign of Jackson.Authorities and volunteers from snowmobile clubs had been looking non-stop since the Erskine Academy student was reported missing Saturday morning.They even enlisted the help of New Hampshire wardens in using a remote camera.Wardens say the decision to stop searching was discussed with Jackson’s family Thursday night.Meanwhile, snowmobilers are being told to stay off of China Lake because of open water and thin ice.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine wants people on two health insurance plans to pay 23% more for their coverage.Just last spring, Anthem requested an 18% rate hike on individual insurance plans.Maine’s insurance superintendent denied that, instead approving an increase of about 11%.This new request involves the same two plans.They provide coverage for 11,000 people in Maine.Anthem says it’s asking for the increase because the insurance company paid out more than it took in last year.
In case of emergency, folks in Waldo county now have a shelter for their animals too.During Hurricane Katrina, a lot of folks either didn’t go to a shelter because of their pets or animals were left behind and died. After that, Congress passed a law requiring states to plan for emergency pet shelters.Waldo County officials now have their plan in place. If the Red Cross activates a shelter at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, animals would be housed in a garage behind the school.Dale Rowley, Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, says bought a trailer with all the equipment needed to keep the animals safe. “We’re hoping it might save some people’s lives or animals’ lives if they’re willing to go to the shelter instead of staying home and weathering the storm. Last time we had a major shelter activation was the ice storm of 98 and there were some instances with that with the animals. There were some animals frozen outside, couldn’t move cause they were frozen to the ground.”Five people have been trained to operate the emergency shelter with several more people on standby to volunteer.A local pet shop has also agreed to provide all the food for the shelter.
We’ve had quite a bit of snow lately, and a Bangor man is putting it to good use.Sean Johnson enlisted the help of two of his friends to build a giant snowman at his home on Lancaster Street.It took them over two weeks to build him, and Johnson put the finishing touches on their masterpiece Wednesday night.The snowman now stands 10 feet 9 inches tall, complete with a bungee cord for the mouth, a trailer hitch for the nose and beer bottles for the eyes. “I took all the snowbanks in the yard and piled them into a pile. None of it is rolled. It’s all little snowballs and shovels the whole thing. I shaped it the other day and put the eyes and stuff in it and called it good.”Johnson says he was a little disappointed. He was hoping the snowman would be a little taller.He says that’s his plan for next year.