With election day just a week away Governor Baldacci was in Bangor today urging Mainers to vote No on Question 1. The Governor joined local families, lawmakers and volunteers at the home of Bangor resident Sally Dobres.The Governor said he opposed gay marriage in the past while supporting civil unions. He has since changed his mind saying opposing gay marriage is discriminatory. “That actually embedded in state statutes are references to marriage benefits separate and apart from what the church does so that you could create civil unions and also have marriage,” says Governor Baldacci, “but they wouldn’t be equal under the constitution so we would be creating our own discrimination and I couldn’t allow that to happen with the oath I took and the constitution to make sure it was upheld.”Reverand Bob Emrich, from Yes on 1, say it’s not discriminatory, he claims the law itself is confusing. “Anyone listening to that statement will see there is a lot of confusion still about this issue and about the law,” says Emrich, “the fact that the Governor flip-flopped back and forth from being opposed to it to being in favor of it demonstrates the law is still poorly written it’s too experimental and that Maine should vote Yes on 1″
Bangor’s City Manager has decided to step down after 22 years on the job. “In terms of my overall plans this might have come a little early but I think it came out of the discussions of the council,” says Ed Barrett. Barrett’s announcement drew a crowd to the City Council chambers in Bangor Tuesday afternoon. “There have been some discussions going on with individual members of the council all over the last week or so and during those discussions the concept of my retiring came up,” he says. The city council says they’ve decided to head in a new direction, with a new vision. Bangor Mayor Gerry Palmer was on hand to talk about that vision. “I think the new vision is we’d like to see more for the downtown, more for the waterfront,” says Palmer, “we’d like to see a quicker timetable for the arena which is very critical to our future development and expansion.”Barrett says he’s enjoyed his time as the city manager in Bangor. “One of the things that’s nice about being in local government is that you live, work, drive around in,” says Barrett, “everything you do is in the town that you’re serving so there’s virtually no place I can go in town where I don’t see something that I’ve been involved in.” Now the search is on for Barret’s replacement. “It’s gonna be a tough act to follow, at best it’s probably gonna take 10 months to a year to get someone seated in the position,” says Palmer, “we’ll cast a very wide net and use probably a professional search firm to find us the candidate that we need to find.”
With Halloween only a few days away, the Kennebec Valley Humane Society is urging families and individuals in central Maine to keep in mind some safety tips for their pets this year. Here are a few tips to help keep your family pet safe during this exciting holiday:Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep Halloween candy away from your pet. Chocolate, artificial sweetener and candy wrappers can be very dangerous for your pet. Save all the sweet stuff for ghosts and goblins knocking at your door, but please donâ€™t share with your family pet!Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep candles or carved pumpkins with candles inside away from your pets. Curious pets might knock over the candles and cause fires or burn themselves in the flame. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesnâ€™t make your pet uncomfortable or make difficulties for moving or breathing. If your pet seems to really dislike the costume or seems allergic, consider a festive Halloween themed bandana!Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Some pets, such as black cats, can become the object of pranks on Halloween. Keep your black cats safely inside your home on and around Halloween. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Consider putting your pet in a separate room when trick-or-treaters are coming to your house. For some pets, too many strangers in strange costumes can be stressful and scary.Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you do keep your pets near the door when trick-or-treaters are coming to the house, be sure to keep your pet away from the door so that they canâ€™t dart outside. Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In case a pet does slip outside, be sure that your pet has proper identification. A microchip or pet tag will help your animal get home safely to you.Â For more information please contact KVHS at (207) 626-3491 or visit www.pethavenlane.org.Â
For the second straight week, heating oil prices go up again.Based on a weekly survey, the state’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said that the average price was $2.55 a gallon, up 8 cents overlast week.Director John Kerry says the increase is caused by optimism inthe equities markets and increasing tensions in Nigeria, a bigoil-producing country.Prices range from $2.34 a gallon in southwestern Maine to $2.80 in the northern part of the state.Kerosene prices also jumped to $2.93 per gallon, which is a 7 cent increase from last week.
In order to modernize the state’s electrical grid, Maine is going to get nearly $96 million.Money recieved is part of Barack Obama’s $3.4 billion national investment in Smart Grid technology. The money will be used to expand the use of smart-grid technology to all residential, commercial and industrial customers of Central Maine Power, about 650,000 meters.The grids will enable secure control systems for substations and generation facilities, and automate distribution, transmission grids, in-home displays and digitally controlled appliances.
A statement from the City Tuesday says as a result of discussions between the City Council and City Manager Edward Barrett regarding the Council’s desire for change and wish to pursue a new vision for the city, an agreement has been reached that Barrett will retire by next April.Barrett says in that statement it has been an honor and privilege to serve Bangor over the past 22 years.We’ll hear from both sides tonight TV5 News.
A Bangor transient pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to two charges in connection with the August 9th murder of Holly Boutilier of Old Town.Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Ptaszynski is charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.According to court records, surveillance video from Hollywood Slots shows two men leaving the crime scene along the Penobscot River in Bangor.Ptaszynski reportedly told police he was one of the subjects in that.Thirty-four-year-old Colin Koehler was charged back in August with the murder of Boutilier.Police say Ptaszynski told them he had no prior knowledge that Koehler planned to kill Boutilier.A court affadavit states Ptaszynski says the three had gone on a walk along the river when Koehler pulled out a sword.Boutilier died from multiple stab wounds.Several of Boutilier’s family members were in the courtroom Tuesday.John Mitchell, a family friend, says the family wants people to know that Holly was a kind and loving person.” And Holly’s family is also very devastated that this death has occurred because they have knowledge that this was a conscious decision by these two individuals to end Holly’s life. And there are no words to describe the grief the family is going through right now.”Ptaszynski is being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.
The Folks at Bangor Gas have been hard at work expanding their service now that more people are making the switch to natural gas. A spokesman for Bangor Gas says they’ve installed nearly five miles of pipe this summer. He says they’ve hooked up nearly four hundred new customers this year alone and they’re now working to extend the lines out Hammond Street in Bangor.Jonathan Kunz, Manager of Marketing and Sales says, “A lot of it has to do with the prices. We’ve been stable with natural gas pricing being one dollar to a dollar fifty under the price of oil, but I think more people are starting to consider the fact that our wealth is going to foreign countries that don’t like us, so a domestic product like natural gas starts to make them think more about connecting to it.”Last year they had eight hundred requests for service and hooked up five hundred. The people at Bangor Gas say they’re booked solid with requests until December, and expect to get even busier as the weather gets colder.
The co-owner of the Levant Corner Store is asking for help in locating the man who robbed them two nights ago.Jamie Clark says someone broke in through the back window of the Union Street business around 5 Sunday morning.He stole between 10 and 15 cartons of cigarettes as well as a bag of tobacco.The man in it is described as wearing calf length shorts, and a dark leather type of jacket at the time of the robbery.He had short, shaved dark hair.Clark says the suspect left in a dark colored, older GMC pick-up with a plow attached.The vehicle is believed to have been stolen from Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor.A hammer and other evidence was left behind at the store.Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call their local police department or the Levant Corner Store at 884-7151.
Law officers have been searching non-stop, for a Newport man, wanted for questioning in the death of his father and an assault on his mother.76 year old Perley Goodrich, Senior was found shot to death at his home on the Rutland Road in Newport late Monday night.64 year old Sandra Goodrich was badly beaten and is still recovering at Sebasticook Valley hospital.She told police their son, 47-year old Perley Goodrich, Junior, who lived with them, was also at the home at the time.He left in his parent’s van around 11:30 Monday night.It was found abandoned two miles away on a dirt road. Police believe Goodrich may have taken some guns with him, so he’s considered armed and dangerous.They are warning resident in the area to lock their doors. TV-5 told that the hospital where Sandra Goodrich is staying was on lockdown Tuesday night, and extra patrols have been set up in the area.If you spot Goodrich or have any information, you’re asked to call police at 1-800-432-7381 or call 911.Stay tuned to WABI-TV for the latest information on the search for Perley, Goodrich, Junior.
Students at the Tremont Consolidated School in Bass Harbor saw their hard work pay off.The 8th graders were presented with a $2,000 check from Shaws Supermarkets.The money is for the Ma’s, Pa’s and Paws program the kids developed last year.The funds are given to senior citizens who may have trouble affording their pets this winter.The program started last year as a service project when the students did fundraisers and collected pet food to support their cause.the 8th graders say they’ve learned a lot through this experience.Tremont residents who need help feeding their pets, or would like more information, can call the school at 244-7777.
Fifty-three people were indicted by the Penobscot County Grand Jury Monday, including two men facing robbery charges.Prosecutors say 21 year old Alex Gerald of Fairfield held up Sun Tan City in Old Town and Dunkin Donuts in Brewer on two consecutive nights in September. They say he used plastic guns that he spray painted black, and got away with less than $1000. Police say he was looking for money to support his drug habit.Also indicted, 21 year old Nicholas Wheaton of Standish. He’s accused of robbing the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Millinocket last month. He was arrested at a camp on an island in North Twin Lake. Wheaton is charged with Robbery and Stealing Drugs.
It will take you longer to get through downtown Orono Tuesday, October 27.One lane of the Ferry Hill Bridge will be shut down in the morning so crews can repair a water main leak.The leak has caused a decrease in water pressure to residents on Marsh Island and the University of Maine. It’s also causing problems at the University’s Steam Plant.The lane will be shut down at 7 AM and the work is expected to last through the evening. Northbound and Southbound traffic will be able to cross the bridge, but it will be slow going.Officials are asking you to find alternate routes.
Portland’s final cruise ship of the season is due this week.The Deutschland is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from BarHarbor. At the end of the day, it sails south for Cape Cod.A total of 48 cruise ships visited Portland this year, carrying about 70,000 passengers. For 2010 69 ships are scheduled to visit Portland.In just two years, the number of cruise ships visiting Portlandhas more than doubled.
The Danforth Plaza in Hermon will soon be expanding and welcoming 2 new stores. For Tom Tillson and Rich Phirman, the owners of Tillson True Value Hardware Store, this is a match made in heaven. “We’re just so excited we can’t wait,” says Tillson, “we just wish we could really fast forward, when we pulled into this development back in April we just instantly fell in love with it because it’s top-notch, it’s first class, this is a place we’d be proud to do business.”Ellis Commercial Management was on hand at the groundbreaking to announce the expansion of the Hermon Shopping Center on Route 2, an expansion that will include a Family Dollar Store as well as Tillman’s True Value. “We’ve been looking at this project now, behind the scenes, for about six months,” says Rich Phirman, “and it’s finally come to fruition.” For the folks in Dexter, the name Tillson True Value should sound familiar. “The store has existed in Dexter for more than 4 generations, close to 100 years, and this is our first expansion, we’ve done well in the town, we’ve had a lot of support from members in the community in dexter and we’re looking forward to the expansion.”This expansion is sure to add some much needed new jobs to the area. “It’s hard to tell at this point we will be hiring people obviously,” says Phirman, “we hope to be open hours that are somewhat similar to the grocery store, longer than our hours are in Dexter, we’ll be open 7 days a week, probably closed five holidays per year, we’re gonna be here to serve the public so whenever they want us to be open we’ll be open.” They hope to have the grand opening May 1st.
After a decade, a former Minor League baseball park is coming back from rest in Old Orchard Beach.The Ballpark was built in the early 1980s for the Maine GuidesTriple-A baseball team. The team left after three seasons and the ballpark was later used for concerts.A local economic development group is hosting an event at The Ballpark on Sunday called Woofstock. The events runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a costume contest, dog parade, a rabies clinic, pet supply vendors and other dog-oriented attractions.Volunteers in recent months have been installing a new grass field, repairing the fire-damaged grandstand and cleaning up the rest of the place. Supporters are planning for more events in the spring of 2010.
Ofiicials at Acadia National Park, are in the process of trying to keep the park even more natural. They are trying to work on prohibiting aircrafts from flying within the park’s boundries.John Kelly, Acadia Park Planner, says that the park is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to establish buffer zones that would extend a half mile from the park’s boundaries and 5,000 feet in the air.Any rules would not affect aircraft using the Hancock County-BarHarbor Airport in Trenton.Kelly says noise from aircraft is an issue in national parksacross the country. In 2000 Congress passed a law requiring the FAAto work with the National Park Service to manage air tours.
The University of Maine says one of its students has tested positive for the swine flu.The infected person lives alone on the Orono campus.The school says the student has chosen to remain on campus, and is recuperating in isolation.Residence hall staff members and others are helping, under plans developed at the University over the past six months.Students at highest risk at UMaine are being highly encouraged to get the H1N1 vaccine.A two-day clinic for students 24 years and younger, is scheduled for Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th.It will be held at the school’s field house.The vaccines are free.University spokesman Joe Carr says they requested six thousand vaccines, but were recently informed the number being shipped will be less.To try and ensure a spot, students can register for the free shot on-line at www.umaine.edu/h1n1On November 16th and 17th, the H1N1 vaccine will be offered to faculty and staff members as well as their spouses who are in groups identified as at risk.
A woman from Old Town is doing her part to end hunger in Maine, by going for a walk.Brenda Davis will again team up with credit unions around the state, to raise money for local food pantries.The Ending Hunger Walking Tour kicks off this Friday at the Maine State Credit Union in Augusta.Joy Hollowell tells us more.==========
A former educator at Husson University in Bangor celebrated her time in the classroom and commitment to the community Sunday. Members of the service organization Altrusa International of Greater Bangor hosted a tea honoring Clara Swan.Swan started her teaching career in 1933 – spending most of it at Husson.There she was a teacher, a coach, a dean, a department head and vice president. She also served as the Casco Bay College President from 1975 to 1981. Besides her time in the classroom, Swan has also volunteered for a number of agencies throughout the area.She says she’s always had a warm heart for people. “I weighted a pound and half when i was born. I was in a shoebox in an oven. So maybe that’s why i had a real warm start.”Sunday was also a celebration of Swan’s 97-and-a-half birthday.Donations were collected at the tea, too. The money goes to the Altrusa Clara Swan scholarship fund. That’s awarded each year to a Husson University student enrolled in the Elementary Education Program.