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LaPointe Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

Robert LaPointe was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars on Wednesday.

He was convicted in September of aggravated operating under the influence.

Prosecutors say he was drunk and speeding across Long Lake in Harrison when he crashed into a smaller boat, killing two people.

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Parental Pressures part 2

Updated 6 years ago

18-year old Bethany Winnier’s life changed forever when she became pregnant with her daughter Natalie…
While most people her age were hanging with friends and planning for college, she was preparing to become a mom… and she couldn’t be happier… Even when Natalie is a handfull—like all babies are—Bethany wouldn’t have it any other way…

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Maine Quake

Updated 6 years ago

According to the Weston Observatory at Boston College, the earthquake happened at 5:26 a.m., and had a magnitude of 2.2.

The quake could be felt miles away, no damage has been reported

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Family Dog Shot

Updated 6 years ago

The Gerrish family’s nightmare started Sunday afternoon when Max, their 9-year-old Cocker Spaniel escaped out a door that was left ajar.

Max was an inside dog, and the Gerrish’s spent hours searching for him. When he finally made it home that night he had been shot in the abdomen.

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Car Chase Ends in Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The crash happened on the Millvale Road at around 9:20pm.

Bucksport Police say they tried pulling the car over for speeding, but the driver sped away from the officers.

The brief chase ended when the car crashed and caught fire.

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Attorney General Debate

Updated 6 years ago

The race for the Blaine House is still two years away, but one name has already surfaced as a candidate.

That name belongs to outgoing Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe.

He’s reached his current term limit, and a new Maine Attorney General will be elected in December.

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Hearing Loss

Updated 6 years ago

Here in Maine, we like things loud.

&quot:This is a really noisy location,&quot: says Dr. Amanda Samoluk of the Warren Center in Bangor. &quot:We have a lot of industry noise. We have people who work in mills and who are in the logging industry…and we also have a lot of noisy hobbies.&quot:

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More Recounts

Updated 6 years ago

The secretary of state’s office announced Wednesday that Democrat Ruth-Marie Spellman of Brewer wants a recount in her race against Republican Michael Celli of Brewer for the House District 21 race. Preliminary results indicated Celli was the winner by a count of 2,457 to 2,388.

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Parental Pressures

Updated 6 years ago

Most parents will tell you there’s nothing like seeing their kids having a great time and learning about the world around them… But they’ll also tell you that parenting is truly the most challenging job you’ll ever have…

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Detroit Hit and Run

Updated 6 years ago

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says 38-year-old Darlene Godfrey was walking her dog on November 3rd, when she was struck.

According to authorities, 47-year-old Helen Temple, was driving without a license when her vehicle struck Godfrey.

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Fiery Crash in Bucksport

Updated 6 years ago

It happened on the Millvale Rd. around 9:20 p.m.

After a bried chase, the car crashed and caught on fire. The driver then ran into the woods.

Police called in the K-9 unit to help search for the driver.

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Cocaine Bust

Updated 6 years ago

Two Franklin County men are free on bail after being arrested in a drug bust.

51-year-old Jeffrey Wing and his son 32-year-old Jason Wing, both of Madrid, are accused of dealing cocaine and pot.

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Lynx Advocates Go to Judge

Updated 6 years ago

The Animal Welfare Institute and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine wants the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to shut down certain types of trapping.

They say it should be that way until the state gets a special permit from federal authorities.

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Katahdin Grant

Updated 6 years ago

Michaud says the funding will provide workers with access to an array of services, including skills assessments, training and career counseling. It’ll also supplement services already being offered through Trade Adjustment Assistance.

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Veterans Day Observed

Updated 6 years ago

Most retailers, supermarkets, and restaurants however, are open for the day.

There are more than 150,000 veterans in Maine, and several towns and cities will mark the day with parades and observance ceremonies.

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Eating Well

Updated 6 years ago

THAT’S RIGHT….
ITS HARD ENOUGH FOR SINGLE FOLKS TO STICK TO A BUDGET WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING….
BUT IT’S CRUCIAL FOR FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH MULTIPLE CHILDREN…
AMBER SMALL HAS FOUR KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN…. AND SHE’S DEVELOPED A SYSTEM FOR STRETCHING HER DOLLARS……
&quot:First things first….let’s grab some apples. When you have four kids, there is no such things as a normal shopping trip&quot:
AMBER SMALL IS SHOPPING FOR 6 PEOPLE….HERSELF, HER HUSBAND AND FOUR KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 7….
&quot:We try to do 200 dollars a week….we try! And that’s for 6 people That’s for 6 people and that includes everything.&quot:
&quot:What else do we always get at the grocery store Do you see anything that we always get&quot:

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Working Moms

Updated 6 years ago

COLETTE SABBAGH IS A MOTHER OF TWO GIRLS…AGES SIX AND SEVEN…
SHE’S ALSO A PEDIATRICIAN….PART-TIME….
&quot:I STARTED AS WORKING FULL TIME AND THEN MADE THE SHIFT TO PART TIME AFTER MY OLDEST CHILD WAS BORN.&quot:
DR. SABBAGH SAYS SHE WANTS TO WORK….BUT ALSO WANTS TO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME WITH HER KIDS….
SO SHE WORKED OUT A SCHEDULE AT HER PRACTICE TO WORK HALF DAYS…FIVE DAYS A WEEK…..
&quot:10 OR 20 YEARS AGO DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE NO, THAT CERTAINLY WASN’T WHAT I SAW WHEN I WAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESIDENCY OF THE WOMEN PHYSICIANS THAT WERE MY MENTORS. I DID NOT SEE THE KIND OF FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES THAT WOMEN HAVE TODAY&quot:
DR. PATTI COLETTE HAS QUITE A RESUME…SHE BECAME A COLONEL IN THE MILITARY….SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE OFFICER IN THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION…AND SHE’S A MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN….
18 YEARS AGO…SHE LEFT ACTIVE DUTY….TO HAVE A CHILD….BUT STILL WANTED TO WORK….
&quot:SO I WANTED TO RUN A WAREHOUSE, OR RUN A MANUFACTURING PLANT OR RUN A LINE IN A MANUFACTURING PLANT, BUT THEY JUST DIDN’T HIRE PEOPLE PART TIME TO DO THAT&quot:
AND FULL TIME JUST DIDN’T WORK FOR DR. COLETTE. SO SHE FOUND A PROFESSION THAT ALLOWED SOME FLEXIBILITY AND EDUCATION.
SHE EARNED HER PH-D AND BECAME A COLLEGE PROFESSOR…..
THESE WOMEN AREN’T ALONE…ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY PEW RESEARCH…..
60 PERCENT OF WORKING MOTHERS IN 2007…WOULD PREFER TO WORK PART TIME…THAT WENT UP 12 PERCENT IN JUST TEN YEARS…..
FULL TIME WORK SEEMS TO BE LOSING IT’S APPEAL FOR MOTHERS…..
&quot:IT WAS WAY HARDER THAN IT WAS MADE OUT TO BE, TO BALANCE A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS&quot:
&quot:WOMEN ARE REALIZING YOU CAN TRY TO HAVE IT ALL BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL AND SO YOU HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO.&quot:
OF COURSE THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE VERY HAPPY HAVING A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS…..AND OTHERS WHO REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE….

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Island Vandals

Updated 6 years ago

Trash cans were thrown onto the elementary school lawn, and piles of garbage were set on fire.

Police say mail boxes and paper delivery boxes were also destroyed.

Windows were broken, and at least one business was spray painted.

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Eating Well Part 2

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:I think everybody wants to cut costs more these days…so I’d be interested in that, and how to be more efficient, i think, that would be great.&quot:
Amber small has two hundred dollars to spend on groceries for 6 people…
And she’s looking for any way to help her family eat well on a budget…
Some supermarkets, like Hannafords, run programs like the guiding stars program, to help folks identify healthy foods…
They even have registered dieticians on hand to help with their shopping….
Small says she looks for store name brands, and unit pricing when she shops…
But Kate Yerxa, from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension program, says there are other things small could be doing to help cut her overall costs….
&quot:If you’re working with a family who is trying to save money on food, it seems like an overwhelming task, initially….but if you break it down in to steps, it can be very manageable.&quot:
&quot:One is to really identify the budget you’re working with.&quot:
&quot:The next step would be to plan your meals….what are you planning on having and usually its easiest to plan your largest meal first.&quot:
&quot:What’s on sale what stores do you normally shop at and sometimes it can be beneficial to look at other stores to kind of compare prices.&quot:
&quot:What foods did you make for your larger meal that you can have as sort of a planned over meal or what parts do you know you’ll have a lot of extra of, and how can you incorporate that in to your meal plan so you’re gonna stretch your food dollars&quot:
And most importantly, try to come up with a list before you go shopping….
&quot:Stick to your list….because it can be really easy to find those impulse items.&quot:
Getting creative with what you buy can also save you money…..
&quot:Its absolutely ok to purchase canned or frozen foods…that can be a good way to make sure you’re getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.&quot:
And freezing fresh produce can help stretch out what you buy….
&quot:That’s a good way to preserve the harvest and make those fresh fruits go longer, and enjoy them.&quot:
&quot:Buying in bulk is a great thing, and it sounds like you have the storage capacity to do that…and its also important if you buy in bulk to make sure you read the dates that the food will expire.&quot:
If you buy in bulk, Yerxa says it’s important to store the food correctly….
&quot:Purchase food products, dairies, fruits and vegetables…so this will help you stretch those bulk items that you purchase. great!&quot:
With a little bit of time and planning, you can save some extra money, and manage to eat well on a budget, too.
&quot:Even those small things will help make the transition a little bit easier—its very doable!&quot:

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Working Moms part 2

Updated 6 years ago

In part one of our series on Working Moms, we pointed to a study conducted by Pew Research in 2007 that found that 60 percent of working mothers would prefer to work part time: up 12% in 10 years.

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