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Plane Crash in Eddington

Updated 5 years ago

State Police are on the scene of a plane crash in Eddington. It happened Friday afternoon.The pilot and passenger managed to escape unharmed. The plane is partly in the trees and partly in the water.The Federal Avaiation Administration has been called in to investigate.

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Meeting Set Regarding Former Bangor Chamber of Commerce Director

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A special meeting is set next week to talk about the dismissal of the long-time executive director of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. Candy Guerette had been the chamber’s President and CEO for more than 12-years. Wednesday was her last day on the job.Board Chairman John Diamond won’t comment about the situation but says Guerette was not under contract. Instead, he says, she was an at-will employee who worked at the pleasure of the board of directors. Diamond says Guerette submitted 22-petition signatures from chamber members asking for a special meeting regarding her employment. It’s set for next Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library. No word on what could come out of the meeting.Guerette’s employment status could also be discussed next Thursday at the board of director’s annual meeting, though Diamond says the board would go into executive session for that. For now Karen Cole, the chamber’s current director of marketing, is acting as director of the chamber.

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Stormy Weather Causes Power Outages

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Bangor Hydro crews are working to restore power to customers following the overnight thunderstorms.Heavy rains and lightning brought down tree limbs and power lines.As of 3 p.m., nearly 150 customers were still without electricity.About 100 of those are in rural parts of Hancock County.At the height of the outages, about 2,300 customers lost power, mostly in Penobscot County.Crews expect to have all service back up by the end of the day. You can report an outage by calling Bangor Hydro at 1-800-440-1111.

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Blood Donor Center Open July 4th

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Folks with the Red Cross are hoping you’ll take some time to give the gift of life this holiday weekend. The Blood Donor Center on Hammond Street in Bangor will be open Saturday, July 4th, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Summer can be a difficult time to collect donations. Yet more people are on the road, creating the potential for more accidents and an increased need for blood.Anyone who donates between now and next Friday will receive a 10-dollar off coupon for Balance Hair and Body in Brewer, too. For donor center hours or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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Rain Doesn’t Spoil Fun for Kids in Millinocket

Updated 5 years ago

Today’s drizzly weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of some little ones in Millinocket.They braved the rain to have a great time at the town’s annual Fun Day.Amy Erickson has more.< "it's the children's parade!"7-year-old Abi McNally barely noticed the dreary weather as she celebrated an early Fourth of July with scores of other kids in downtown Millinocket on Friday..."i'm still going to have fun, no matter what!"And she wasn't alone..."it's not raining! It's nice! We're used to it downpouring the last few days, so this is great!"Assistant Fire Chief Tom Malcolm helps organize the kids' fun day...it's now in its second year."I helped my mom make the flowers and I helped her decorate."Besides a parade through town, there are also games, goodies, live music and all kinds of fun for little ones."this area's been hit pretty hard and this is uplifting for the whole community. Just trying to bring everybody together and show that we're still alive and still kicking here."One new twist for this year's festivities?A fairy house building workshop."fairy houses are places where little people can come in and live or other people can just kind of check them out.""the whole legend is that the fairies will come and they'll stay in the little houses."Kathy Gagnon got the idea after reading the "fairy Houses" books by Maine author Tracy Kane."I thought this would be great, get their imaginations going, let them create."The activity seemed to be the hit of the day."we've used a bunch of shells and wood and logs and stuff.""you use nature stuff, because fairies don't exactly like the man-made stuff.""there's actually a spider web with a spider in it in the bedroom."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Millinocket.>

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Isle au Haut Fire

Updated 5 years ago

Fire fighters spent Friday morning in the rain battling a house fire on Isle au Haut.The call came in to Knox County dispatcher around 3:30 am.Isle au Haut has its own fire department, which is located right across the street from the scene of the fire.We’re told the home was under construction. There has been no word yet if the fire is lightening related.Crews cleared the scene at around 6:30 Friday morning. There has been no word on the extent of damages or a cause.

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Severe Weather Closes Roads

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Road crews in Knox County have spent the day repairing damage left behind by heavy rains.Knox County Emergency Management Director Ray Sisk says in Appleton, the Appleton Ridge Road is expected to remain closed until at least Monday.But part of Burketville Road, or Route 105, is nearly fixed. About three-quarters of it was washed out this morning.The Snow Hill Road is also open again.In Union, the Butler Road and Coggans Hill Road are open to traffic now, too. And in Washington, Leigher Road and Bill Luce Road have been re-opened. Sisk says more than two dozen roads in Knox County have some kind of damage. We also found trouble spots in other places, too, like in Lincolnville.Sisk says town and state crews are doing what they can right now to make sure the roads are passable, in case of emergencies.

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Beef Recall

Updated 5 years ago

Hannford Brothers grocery chain is urging customers to check their freezers for recalled beef.At least 12 people have been hospitalized in connection with a possible E.Coli outbreak in beef. Two suffered kidney failure.The meat was produced by JBS Swift Beef Company of Greeley, CO.The company recalled about 380,000 pounds of beef this week after some illnesses were reported.The contaminated beef has sell-by dates ranging from April 28th through June 6th.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 23 people in nine states may have become ill from the contaminated meat.

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Veterans Honored

Updated 5 years ago

Governor John Baldacci presented State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medals to 15 veterans during a ceremony at the State House Thursday.  The veterans are former prisoners of war and Purple Heart recipients.  The medal was first awarded to Maine veterans in August 2006, and is presented to those who have been wounded while serving their country and former POWs.  “It as an honor to be here two days before our country celebrates its independence to honor 19 amazing veterans,” Governor Baldacci said.  “Your service to your country and your sacrifices for our freedom will never be forgotten.”All of the Prisoners of War at the ceremony served during WWII.  All of the Purple Heart Recipients at the ceremony served in Vietnam, with the exception of one who served in WWII.The Governor was joined by United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Maine COL Don Lagace and Director of Veterans Services Peter Ogden in awarding the service medals to the veterans.Since Governor Baldacci first dedicated the Silver Star Honorable Service Medal for veterans wounded in combat and former Prisoners of War, more than 500 Silver Star Medals have been presented to Maine veterans.  Below is the list of veterans recognized Wednesday, and the town in which they reside.Prisoners of WarMAJ Peter J. Bramsen            Harpswell               WWIICPL Ralph C. Damon              Pittston                WWII   S/Sgt Stewart H. Day            Bath                    WWIIPFC Donald V. Dennison          Spruce Head             WWII    CPL Robert H. Howarth           Nobleboro               WWIIT/Sgt Orville L. Libby          Monmouth                WWIIT/Sgt Walter C. Rich            Union                   WWIIS/Sgt Leonard E. Gaylord        Winthrop        WWIIPurple Heart RecipientsMSgt Ruel H. Anderson           Cornish                 WWIISP4 David E. Bowman Sr.         Gorham          VietnamSGT Elwyn E. Crocker            Winthrop                VietnamHMCS (ss) Roland W. Duprey      Augusta         VietnamSP5 Ryan D. Jennings            Bowdoinham              VietnamLTC Edward E. Langbein          Brunswick               VietnamSGT Edward F. Strong            Eliot                   VietnamIndividuals Honored Who Could Not Be at Thursday’s CeremonyPVT Conrad J. Poisson           LewistonPVT Dante J. Piermarini         HarpswellPFC Roger A. Poulin             AuburnPFC Afton Farrin                South Bristol           PVT Roger H. Chamberlain        LewistonT/5 William L. Creamer          GreenePFC Joseph A. Donahue           GardinerPFC Maynard R. Linscott Jr.     WaldoboroPFC Philip A. Roy              Lisbon FallsSGT Omar E. Sanborn             Winslow PFC Raymond E. Spenard          Winslow 1LT Albert L. Farrah            Kittery Point   PFC Kenneth Workman             Belgrade        1SGT Kenneth Finlayson          Portland        2LT Olga M. Finlayson           Portland        CSF Alfred K. Fogg              Freeport                T/3 Louis D. Germani            Portland        T/5 Benjamin H. Lyons           Waterville      T/5 Charles P. Magaw            Vassalboro      CPL Elmer R. Shepard            Wells           PFC Richard T. Sorenson         Portland        SGT David L. Stevens            Brunswick      

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Honduran Mission Group Home Safe in Bangor

Updated 5 years ago

A church group arrived back in Bangor this morning after a mission trip to Honduras.They’re home safe and on schedule – despite political turmoil that followed a military coup there last weekend.”Someone came into our room and the first thing they said was, ‘The military took over the government,’ so that was kind of worrying,” says Annie McKay.She’s one of 64 people from All Souls Congregational Church who were on a mission trip to Honduras. But while they were busy building two houses and a kindergarten school – folks back at home were seeing this on CNN.”We were obviously concerned when the news first arose,” says Dan McKay, Annie’s father. “I’d been following some news on the internet. We had good email communication with the group leaders, although we couldn’t talk directly.”While protesters and military clashed in the capital, group leader Renee Garrett says they were 25 miles away in a different valley…but still watching everything closely.”How dangerous is this? I mean, you say the word ‘coup,’ it’s terrifying to hear a word like that when you’re in a foreign country and responsible for many lives,” Garrett says.Group leaders stayed in close contact with the US Embassy, who had already been alerted to their presence by Maine’s senators.”So as much awareness that needed to be there was,” Garrett says, “and the consulate said, ‘Where are you?’ and we explained, and they said, ‘You are in a very safe place.’”They stayed put Sunday, just to be safe. Then they got back to work doing what they came to do – in McKay’s case, helping a family have a home.”The family was clearly happy, they really needed it,” McKay says. “Their house before fit a double bed and we gave them a house four times that size.”

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Swimming Safety Tips

Updated 5 years ago

With the holiday weekend coming up, and despite the rainy forecast, many folks may be anxious to get into the water.As Meghan Hayward tells us, there are a few rules to follow that will keep you safe while swimming.The recent lack of sun is not keeping kids out of the pool.Folks at the Pancoe pool in Bangor are giving parents some important safety tips.”Be very aware of your child’s ability. Certainly one of the things we find here is that sometimes folks come here and they’re not entirely sure or aware of their child’s swimming ability and that’s important.”And what do the staff at the Pancoe pool look out for?”To keep areas well supervised. They’re also watching how different kids do swim. Certainly they’re keenly aware of their ability and if they see a certain child struggling they’ll address that as quickly as possible.”There is a big misconception seen frequently at the pool.”One of the things that gets misunderstood sometimes is articles like swim aids or inflatables act as life saving devices and that is not the case.”At Pancoe, only Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed.Pool Supervisor Khara Bennett says it’s important to get the right fit and size.”You want to make sure that it covers the whole torso. You don’t want it too short or too long where it’s going to inhibit their ability to swim.”Bennett says it’s also important to make sure the life jacket is tight enough.”You want to make sure that when they get in the water, it’s going to stay in place.”Bennett says as long as parents and children follow basic safety rules, they should be able to have a splash.SplashingOf fun.

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Kids Learning To Do It Themselves

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

A group of children have been busy in Bangor this week learning some very useful skills. It’s “Do it Yourself” week at the Maine Discovery Museum and kids from all over the area are learning to make the things they ordinarily would have to go to the store to buy.”It’s all lots of fun things they see everyday,” says Jennifer Chiarell, Marketing Director at the museum, “they’re really looking at how and what they can use for ingredients that they either have at home or are recycled ingredients to make their own stuff.”The campers range from 1st graders to 3rd graders and have been learning how to make everything from birdfeeders to clothing. On their agenda for today, they’re learning how to bake their own bread from scratch at Friars Bakehouse in Bangor. Most of these kids, like Ethan Winston of Brewer, had never handled dough before. “It felt really sticky like a marshmallow,” Winston said.Up next for the campers, a trip to Flannery Brothers recording studio where, they recieved an extensive and entertaining tutorial from Dan Flannery, co-owner of the studio. Flannery explained all about the process of making music. The session concluded with the kids actually helping to record their own children’s song.”The kids are amazed,” says Chiarell, “I think because it’s so different from the typical classroom experience. They are getting a whole world of fun right here at the museum, plus it’s right here at the museum so they get some outdoor fun as well.”For the kids who are fortunate enough to attend this week, it’s been a unique, hands on learning experience they may not soon forget, and that goes for the staffers as well.”These are kids who are here all week so it’s kind of cool to get to see them and talk to them more than once,” Chiarell says, “and to see the whole transition and the growth of the whole week from being shy on monday to whoa! this was so totally awesome on friday.”Some of the kids, like Emily Smith of Hermon, still have a few more things to learn before the week is done,”I’m looking forward to today or tomorrow we’re going to be making our own gum.”

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More Cars Expected on Maine Turnpike Over Holiday Weekend

Updated 5 years ago

Holiday traffic is expected to be heavier than usual this weekend…at least on the Maine Turnpike.Turnpike Authority officials say incoming traffic at the York toll plaza over the four-day weekend should be up about twelve percent over last year.They say more folks are travelling since gas prices are lower than last year, and there’s been a slight improvement in the economy.More than six hundred ninety-five thousand vehicles are expected to enter the Turnpike from York to Augusta over the four-day weekend.Overall, turnpike volume in June was down about three percent from last year.

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Maine Soldiers Headed to Baghdad

Updated 5 years ago

More than four dozen Maine soldiers are on their way to Iraq.Members of the 101st Air Refueling Wing’s Civil Engineering Squadron will spend the next six months in Baghdad.They had an emotional sendoff at Bangor International Airport Thursday morning.Amy Erickson has the story.

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FairPoint CEO Change

Updated 5 years ago

FairPoint Communications has appointed a new person to take over the reins amid worries that the telecommunications company will seek bankruptcy protection if it can’t meet its interest payments by the fall.David Hauser succeeds Gene Johnson as FairPoint’s C.E.O. and chairman of the board.Johnson is co-founder of the company.In a filing with the securities and exchange commission last week, FairPoint said it wants to delay an interest payment to bondholders due in October.If the bill can’t be put off, the company said it may have to seek alternative debt restructuring plans, and that could include bankruptcy.

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Tuna Recall

Updated 5 years ago

North Coast Seafood, a Boston-based company, is recalling fresh tuna steaks distributed in New England because of high levels of Histamine, a potentially harmful chemical that can develop naturally in poorly stored fish.The recalled tuna steaks were sold at Shaw’s, Star Market and Big Y stores between June 20 and June 24. Customers may take the fish back to the store for a refund or replacement.Symptoms may include tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, rash on the face and upper body, hives and itching skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Waterboro

Updated 5 years ago

State police say speed and alcohol played a part in a deadly motorcycle crash in Waterboro.Troopers say 28-year-old Nicole Perrault of Waterboro died after the motorcycle her husband was driving went out of control a short distance from their home.32-year-old Travis Perrault was treated for cuts to his head.Perrault told police the motorcycle hit a deer, but troopers say there was no evidence of that.They say Perrault was speeding when he lost control.Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

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Biker in Critical Condition After Crash in Pembroke

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A man from Pembroke is in critical condition after his motorcycle collided with an SUV. State police say 57-year old Nicholas Gamertsfelder was heading north on Route 1 in Pembroke about 5 o’clock last night.At the same time, 58-year-old Barbara Baig of Edmunds was making a left hand turn from the Old County Road on to Route 1. The two vehicles crashed and Gamertsfelder was thrown from his motorcycle.Troopers say he was not wearing a helmet. Gamertsfelder was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he’s being treated for head injuries.Baig was not hurt.

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Emergency Order Issued for Maine Potato Farmers

Updated 5 years ago

The rainy weather has put the state’s potato crop in jeopardy. The conditions are perfect for the spread of late blight. That’s the fungal disease that lead to the Irish Potato famine in the 1840’s.Farmers need to spray their crop to kill off the disease, but haven’t been able to get into the fields because of all the rain.So they need aerial pesticide applicators, but there aren’t enough licensed pilots in the state.On Wednesday the Board of Pesticides Control voted for an emergency rule change, that will allow out-of-state aerial sprayers to work in Maine.It’s a vote that Henry Jennings, Director of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control says is crucial to helping save the crop. “So, we know the spores are present, so we know the potential is there to get the infection started and that can have catastrophic results for farmers in terms of significant losses, if not the total loss of the crop.”The out of state aerial sprayers have already passed exams in their home state, the rule change will mean they won’t have to pass Maine exams before working here.That process usually takes about a month.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Updated 5 years ago

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons. The most common type of SAD is called winter-onset depression. Symptoms usually begin in late fall or early winter and go away by summer. Some experts think the cause of SAD is from the lack of sunlight during winter, when the days are shorter. A much less common type of SAD, known as summer-onset depression, usually begins in the late spring or early summer and goes away by winter. In the United States, it is much more common in northern states. Light therapy, in which patients expose themselves to a special type of light for 30 minutes every day often helps. While some may link ominous weather with depression Waterville Dr. Jeff Matranga says, “When people find ways to engage in spite of the weather their mood and energy levels seems to pick up.” Matranga is a psychologist in Waterville, “Neurons in the brain really like activity. Physical activity, but also engagement. Neurons like to be fired and when we slow down and withdraw the whole system gets kinda sluggish and depression can result.” he says. Light therapy is one option for treating this type of SAD because increased sunlight can improve symptoms.If your doctor suggests you try light therapy, you may use a specially made light box, or a light visor that you wear on your head like a cap. Generally, light therapy takes about 30 minutes each day. *Symptoms of summer-onset SAD include:A loss of appetite Weight loss Insomnia Irritability and anxiety Agitation Increased sex drive

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