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Winter Parking in Effect

Updated 5 years ago

Bangor Police are reminding folks that winter parking rules took effect on Sunday.From November first through March vehicles can’t be parked on public streets or parking areas between midnight and 6 am.During the day, parking is only allowed on one side of the street.On odd numbered days, cars must be parked on the side of the street with odd numbered addresses, it’s the opposite for even numbered days.Vehicles that get in the way of snow removal could be towed at the owner’s expense.Brewer’s winter parking ban, from 11 pm to 7 am, also went into effect on Sunday.

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Orland Fish Hatchery Open House

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Folks got a chance to see the work that is done at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Orland Sunday.They called it their Spawning Spectacular. This is the time of year that Atlantic Salmon lay their eggs. They’re collected by the folks at the hatchery, put into incubation, then released as frye in the spring.More than a hundred people stopped by to take the tour , including a lot of kids who had a lot of questions.Assistant Hatchery Manager, Chris Domina says, “It’s good to have the children involved because if this is a resource they feel is important as they grow up, they’ll know what we’re trying to do to protect them. And hopefully they’ll take an interest in that as well.”The effort is part of the Atlantic Salmon Population Recovery programs of the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.There were also a number of folks representing agencies and organizations working on the conservation and restoration of our watersheds.

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Mainer Feared Dead in Crash

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A Marine from Belgrade, Maine, has been identified as one of the nine people feared dead at sea following an air collision between a Coast Guard aircraft and a Marine Corps helicopter.Thirty-five-year-old Maj. Samuel Leigh went to NorwichUniversity in Northfield, Vt. His father, David Leigh, said fromhome Saturday his son joined the military right out of college in1996. His grandfathers were World War II officers and his uncle wasa pilot in Vietnam.Samuel Leigh, the oldest of three brothers and unmarried, waslast home at the end of August to attend a wedding for one of them.David Leigh said he last spoke to his son Wednesday night andknew he would be out flying Thursday.

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Death in Anson Ruled Homicide

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AP)- Maine state police have now classified the shooting death of a man in his pickup truck in the town of Anson as a homicide. Law enforcement officials say an autopsy on the body of 60-year-old Everett Cameron was completed, but no details were released on Monday. Police said Cameron went deer hunting Saturday morning and returned home early in the afternoon. His body was found around 4 p.m. in his truck, which was parked along a woods road near his home. Cameron’s truck was towed to the State Police Crime Lab in Augusta. State police detectives are being assisted by game wardens and Somerset sheriff’s deputies. Wardens searched the scene again on Monday for evidence.

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Voters Split On Issues As Election Day Nears

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As election day approaches people around the state have some interesting and important decisions to make. One question that has Mainer’s thinking long and hard is Question 4, known as Tabor, Question 4 centers around a cap on state government spending. If Tabor passes it would require voter approval before the government could exceed the cap. Folks seem to be split. “I think we as tax payers are sick of paying taxes and being told by government where the money is going to go without having an actual vote in it,” says Bridget Broznya of Orrington, “you know we’re one of the highest tax revenue states and we have the largest government and for the size for our state it’s getting a little ridiculous.”Ron Green Jr., a Bangor Firefighter, disagrees. “Anything that caps the spending like that really hurts public safety,” says Green, “we’re seeing this is the worst financial year since the great depression if we set spending caps at this type of level we’re never going to get out of it…we’re not able to buy as good of equipment as we have been in the past, we’re not replacing it, everybody’s running short staffed, I think this is going to hurt us even more.””Ernest Gallant of bangor would like to see a cap on government spending. “Of course I’m mainly interested in having someway to control taxation by the citizens and as you know when you go to a city council meeting or a school board meeting they’re always thinking about ways to to spend more money,” he says.Tabor has definitely generated some healthy debate, but no question seems to be striking an emotional chord in people, like Question 1. It was the state legislature and the governor who legalized gay marriage in Maine. A peoples veto is the reason it’s on the november ballot. Some folks believe gay marriage is just too big of an issue…not…to have it decided by the voters. “well I think democracy is a big thing, that Maine voters should be able to have a vote and not just be told the way that things should be,” says Broznya. Miki Macdonald of bangor disagrees. “I would say this country believes in a separation of church and state this is a civil union, this is not a religious law it’s actually civil marriage and churches should be able to decide what they want to do.”There is one thing all sides seem to be able to agree on. “It’s such an honor and privilege to get to vote so i can’t wait for tuesday,” says Macdonald.

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Strong Winds Knock Out Power in Many Areas

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Officials with Bangor Hydro say high winds are causing power outages in all areas served by their company, affecting hundreds of people. Downed trees are reported in coastal divisions. Officials say all available crews are working to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible. Folks are reminded to stay clear of downed power lines and trees touching them. They say crews are working to restore power to customers tonight, but continued winds may cause additional outages and could delay the process.

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Ground Beef Recall

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Nearly 550-thousand pounds of ground beef are being recalled in New England because of links to illnesses from E. coli bacteria.People have gotten sick in Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recalled meat is from New York’s Fairbank Farms, and is sold at many stores, including Shaw’s.Each package carried the number “EST. 492″ inside the USDA inspection mark or on the nutrition label.

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A Not-So-Scary Halloween at the Curran Homestead

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Some Halloween celebrations Saturday focused less on fright, and more on fun.The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington partnered with the Fields Pond Audubon Center Saturday. During their “Not-So-Scary” Halloween, they handed out prizes to kids in costume and showed them how to make apple cider.They also gave kids a lesson on how the farm works. Museum Director Robert Schmick says they love to show kids the ropes on some traditional trades.”We see that a lot of these things that some of us took for granted growing up on a farm, like myself, are kind of falling to the wayside. Family farms are being sold, and some of these skills, valuable life skills are being lost, so we want to preserve that,” Schmick says.Kids took a tour of the blacksmith shop, and got some nature lessons too, learning about bats and owls.

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Charleston Fall Fest

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Hundreds of children headed to a Fall Fest in Charleston this weekend.It was happening at the Charleston Pentecostal Church. They invited kids to come in costume, and trick-or-treat indoors.And after all that candy, the kids had the opportunity to run through a room-size fun maze, and take a turn in the bounce house.While the weather cooperated, they also had a hayride outside. Organizers say their fall fest has just been getting bigger every year.”It’s been really good. We have our highest numbers ever so far this year. It’s our third year. Last night, we had close to 200 children and a lot of different families coming though the doors,” says Kelley Bean, a youth pastor at the church.The Fall Fest was free for kids ages two through grade 6.During the event the church was also raising money for their local food pantry, to provide area families with Thanksgiving meals.

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Blood Donors Roll Up Sleeves in Bangor

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The American Red Cross says the blood inventory in our region is in need of a boost.The folks at the donor center in Bangor are enticing people to roll up their sleeves and donate. The center opened their doors to donors Saturday morning for a blueberry pancake breakfast, prizes and giveaways.Trudy Darling with the American Red Cross says dozens of people turned out, and they hope more come in over the next couple of weeks.She says the blood supply in Maine is currently short by about 400 units.”And it’s over 800 units for northern New England. Which means that we really have to watch that inventory very closely. We don’t want to have to cut hospital orders, we certainly don’t want that to happen. So we’re really just appealing to everyone to come out and donate, if you’re eligible,” Darling says.They’re also running a special promotion for the first two weeks of November. Folks who come into the Bangor Blood Donor Center will will be entered to win Patriots-Jets tickets.Donor hours start again on Tuesday. If you’re not near the Bangor area, you can find blood drives closer to your home by visiting the web site www.newenglandblood.org.

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Bangor Fire Department Holds Open House

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The Bangor Fire Department mixed halloween treats with fire safety tips Saturday.They held their annual open house, which ties in with fire prevention month.This year’s theme was, keeping warm this winter shouldn’t be scary.Kids got to go through a smoke house and learn how to survive a fire in their own home and also check out other safety tips.At this time of year, fire officials are asking folks to take a minute to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and make sure heaters and stoves are in proper working condition.Bangor Fire Department’s Public Education Officer, Jake Johnson says they hope the kids leave with a better understanding of fire safety.” And if you can teach children young that’s really the perfect opportunity to teach them about fire safety.”Several free door prizes were being given away, including a Nintendo Wii, some bikes and a chance for a Bangor school child to ride to school on a fire engine.

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Mother of Perley Goodrich Junior Speaks Out

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The four day police search for a Newport man wanted for murder finally came to an end early yesterday morning.Forty-five-year-old Perley Goodrich Junior appeared in court yesterday, accused of killing his father and attacking his mother.Meghan Hayward spoke to Goodrich’s mother, Sandra.” It isn’t real yet. I’m just taking one day at a time and my friends are helping me. And I try to shut some of it out.”Sandra Goodrich is talking about the events that transpired at her Newport home.While Goodrich says her son, 45-year-old Perley Goodrich Junior has been verbally violent in the past, he has never been physically abusive.She says she would have never thought something to this degree would happen.” I had taken him to the hospital and I called the hospital after I had dropped him off and told them he needed help and he could hurt somebody.”Goodrich says her son has dealt with mental health problems since he was a child.” He’d been diagnosed with bi-polar and he was going to counseling. But he resented any interference of mine as far as being with his doctors.”Perley Goodrich Junior is accused of killing his father and attacking his mother.According to court documents, he struck his mother with his fists, hit her with a handgun and tried to bind her with duct tape before he shot his father.He has been charged with murder in the shooting of his father and elevated aggravated assault against his mother.Sandra was not in court for her son’s arraignment.” I would not be able to stand there. I would just collapse.”But Sandra says she wants everyone to know how appreciative she is of the support she’s received.” It makes me very grateful. I am thankful for the police and the National Guard. For everyone that was involved in this search and I’m very thankful that no one else was hurt.”A friend of Sandra’s for twenty years, Maggie Kennedy, is helping Sandra get through this.” It’s very important to help her get her life back together.”And Sandra says while it will be a slow process, she will get her life back.” They are going to help me get counseling and I need it. Get on with my life one day at a time.”

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Learning Lessons at Brewer’s New School

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A new elementary and middle school is being built in Brewer. And while there are still a couple of years before its classrooms will be ready, some students showed up to the site Friday for their first lessons.”At every age group here, all the way from kindergarten to eighth grade, there’s something to be learned by all of them. And we’re going to be exploring that over the next two years,” says Karl Ward. Ward is the CEO of Nickerson & O’Day, the company building the school. He’s been working with local administrators and teachers to use the construction site as a learning tool for their students.First up, kindergarteners, who found lots to learn about shapes, colors and sounds.”Trapezoid!!” the students yell, picking out shapes on the building.”Triangle,” says one student.”There are squares in the windows,” says another.”When it’s finished this will be the largest Pre-K through 8th school in the entire state of Maine. It’s about 155-thousand square feet. We’re going to be expending well over a million man hours of labor involved in this project,” Ward says.Crews will be working through winter on the building, which is due to be completed in June of 2011. And they’ll keep welcoming visits from students, all the way up to the eighth graders.”For the sixth, seventh and eighth graders, I’m sure it’ll involve science and math, talking about scheduling, and how you coordinate something like this,” Ward says.The kindergarteners took photos to remember the day they were the first students at their new school. The next time they’ll be back, it will be as second graders.”Their eyes were wide open and I’m sure they’ll be carrying this with them for years to come,” Ward says.

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Hofland Defends Himself in Court

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The man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage last Halloween was back in court Friday.55-year old Randall Hofland defended himself in the courtroom.Meghan Hayward joins us in the studio with the details.Hofland has filed a number of motions, related to suppression of evidence.Friday in court, Hofland said the envelopes he’s receiving in jail are being taken away and thrown out by jail staff.He says that’s a suppression of evidence, because it makes it difficult for him to keep all the information about his case organized.District Attorney Geoff Rushlau says it’s a security issue to avoid people smuggling in contraband.There was a week long manhunt for Hofland last October, before he allegedly went into Stockton Springs Elementary School. He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony charges, including kidnapping, criminal restraint, threatening with a dangerous weapon, and burglary.Friday, Hofland made his first reference to the incident at Stockton Springs, saying the gun was not loaded and the kids knew that.Hofland remains at the Somerset County Jail. His trail is set to begin in January.

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Holden Ice Cream Shop Expands

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Business is so good at a Holden ice cream Shop that they’re expanding. Marc Farrar opened Pete’s Pretty Good Ice Cream on the Main Road last April.Despite a rainy summer, they said they had a great first season. So now they’ve decided to open up a café, and they celebrated their grand opening Friday. They’re serving breakfast and lunch. Most everything is homemade, from the sandwiches to the soups to the ice cream.Owner Marc Farrar says, “Over the course of the summer and talking to our customers, we got the idea that because there aren’t many places to eat breakfast or lunch in town, that we could do a good business by opening up for that kind of operation.”The new café will be open through the fall and winter from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Big Lots Grand Opening

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One of Bangor’s newest stores celebrated its Grand Opening Friday. Big Lots is located in the Parkade Shopping Center on Stillwater Avenue.Nearly 50 people work there. Company officials say they offer highly discounted brand name merchandise.To kick things off, the company presented a 25-hundred dollar check today to Fruit Street Elementary School.Store Manager, Judie Upham says, “We want to be good neighbors, and they wanted to contribute to the community and let them know that we want to be part of the community and be a good neighbor.”Big Lots has 1300 stores in 47 states. They’ve opened more than 40 other stores this year.

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Man from Lincoln Sentenced in Deadly Car Crash in New Vineyard

Catherine Pegram

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A man from Lincoln involved in a deadly car crash in New Vineyard was sentenced today to six months in jail. But a judge in Franklin County immediately suspended the sentence, pending an appeal. 23-year-old Ryan Hurd was found guilty in May of letting a drunk friend drive his car. He was cleared on the more serious charge of manslaughter. A man from Dover-Foxcroft died in the crash in 2007 – another man from Medway was seriously hurt.Hurd’s lawyer maintains Hurd wasn’t behind the wheel when his car hit a utility pole and caught fire.

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Trick or Treat Talents on Display at St. Joseph Hospital

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Lots of trick or treat talent was on display at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.Dozens of employees took part in the annual great pumpkin and costume contest. Staff throughout the hospital have been working on these Halloween displays for weeks and they finally got to show them off this afternoon. Honorable mentions went out to two versions of the swine flu.The Monster Mash – A Wedding Bash nabbed fourth place. Third place went to the Mummies Are Appealing for creative use of pumpkin peelings.The Roaring Revenuers took second place for their 20’s throwback.And First place went to the Yakity, Yak – Don’t Talk Back display. It featured an all-knowing pumpkin who talked personally to anyone who stopped by, thanks to a web camera.As for costumes, Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Showers won for most original costume. Scariest costume went to the Lady of the Night Vampires.And the judge’s favorite was handed out to the Roaring 20’s – complete with flappers, gangsters and a few other shady characters.

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Twin Lobster Treat for Halloween

Catherine Pegram

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The going rate for lobster is still relatively cheap. But we found a twin lobster deal today that’s priceless. Catherine Pegram’s daughters, Caitlin and Ainsley, are spending their first Halloween trick or treating as twin lobsters. The double Maine delicacy seemed only appropriate since their dad use to lobster on M-D-I. He says lobsters that are 8-months-old and this big already are pretty unusual – so he considers them keepahs!The girls aren’t quite sure what to make of the outfits, but they enjoyed meeting lots of TV5 friends today. And they’ve been warned to stay away from butter or invitations into a hot tub.

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Waterville Homeowners give Thrills and Chills

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Halloween is just hours away. Depending on where you live you could have hundreds of kids knocking on your door.One of the main attractions on All Hallow’s Eve in Waterville is on Oakland Street. The Giguere family goes all out with their gory gadgets that include headless bodies, a pyscho patient, Chucky and a myriad of other monsters. Jeff Giguere says last year more than 8-hundred brave trick or treaters made their way through their makeshift cemetery.

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