The budget of a popular tourist stop in Orrington is a bit bigger now, thanks to a donation from some summer visitors.As Meghan Hayward tells us, the guests were impressed with the history behind the Curran Homestead.” Well we’re excited about this. This is a small and struggling non-profit here in the region.”Irv Marsters treasurer of the Curran Homestead says the $2,000 being donated by the Maine Tourism Association will help the future of the homestead.He says the family farm is disappearing and with each lost farm, Maine loses another symbol of it’s unique culture.” It’s an opportunity to reconnect with generations and with school children that need to learn some of those characteristics.”The donation was made possible through a tour called “Barnstorming Maine,” which brings classic car enthusiasts from across the country to explore Maine.The event was started so the Maine Tourism Association could make a donation to a Maine cause.Chief Executive Officer of the association Vaughn Stinson says this year’s stop at the Curran Homestead made quite an impression on the classic car crews.” True to it’s nature as to what they would expect. They saw what a working farm and homestead would be like. The thing that impressed them the most was what we hear from all of our visitors. It really comes down to the people they meet when they’re in Maine visiting.”The folks at the Curran Homestead are a great example.” It’s exciting to be around them because there’s an energy level that spins off that it’s so easy to gravitate yourself toward them.”Right now the homestead has four major events a year and sees about 1,500 people come through.But Marsters envisions an even busier future.” We now have a director of education who has all kinds of new plans. And I think we’ll probably triple that next year in terms of school children.”
The Maine Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office has announced 7 areas they’re looking at as possible sites to test a new deepwater technology for harnessing wind power, including one near Ellsworth.Supporters of this techonology say it has the potential to bring thousands of new jobs to the state. Jake Ward is the Assistant Vice President of Research and Economic Development at the University of Maine and he’s one of the people trying to bring the new technology of deep water offshore wind power to Maine. “So the process now is looking at the places that have deep enough water, are within state waters, have high enough winds and aren’t obviously in a shipping channel,” says Ward, “areas we can now focus on and the public meetings are to see what the public thinks about that.” The public meetings will take place in Ellsworth, Wiscasset, Machias, Rockport and Wells and will help to determine what other activities would be disrupted by the wind project. The hope is to have the project paid for with federal money according to Ward. “We have just submitted a proposal to the Department of Energy to build three prototypes and put them in the water and monitor them over time and do all the evaluation…and so that project, as far as the proposal to the Department of Energy stands is about 12 million dollars.”The Obama Administration has set a national goal of 20% wind energy by 2030, and Governor Baldacci wants Maine to host 3000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020, with at least 300 megawatts offshore. While $12 million is a hefty pricetag, Ward says the rewards could be worth it. “Well the ultimate impact is if we can generate locally renewable sustainable electricity and displace foreign oil the long term economic impact is one stabilization of energy prices.”There are only around 10 states that have deep enough water and strong enough winds to support this project. What they’re trying to figure out is whether or not this will make smart business sense for Maine. “Is it economically feasible, that’s part of what we’ve got to figure out,” says Ward, “it becomes more economically feasible the higher the price of oil goes, so really the upside for Maine is really to take the initiative so this happens and our folks get the jobs, the downfall is if they do it in Deleware and we miss the opportunity.”The contruction of the turbines could also provide work for local businesses according to Ward. “The other economic impact is if we can actually establish commercial farms out there and we’re talking about billions of dollars to construct these farms, a lot of the pieces and parts can be made in Maine, so we’re working with companies like Cianbro and Bath Iron Works.”That means the potential for new jobs in Maine. “There would be needs for people who service them, to maintain them, once you put them out there they’re out there for 20 years or so, there’s an ongoing industry to support that and we think it could be 15-20,000 jobs easily for a utility scale commercial farm.”The Public Meetings Schedule:September 9 Ellsworth, Ellsworth Holiday Inn 6:30-9:30September 15 Wiscasset, Wiscasset Community Center 6:30-9:30September 16 Machias, UMaine Machias Performing Arts Center 6:30-9:30September 22 Wells, Wells High School Auditorium 6:30-9:30September 29 Rockport, Samoset Report 6:30-9:30
A 66-year-old man from Bucksport is under arrest – accused of stealing a car and leading police on a high speed chase that spanned three communities. Kent Hanson is charged with theft, speeding and driving to endanger, among other counts.Bucksport police say about 9 o’clock this morning a woman working in town noticed someone getting into her car and driving north on Route 15, toward Orrington.Police tried to pull over the driver, who took off, speeding up to 90 miles per hour. Authorities placde spike mats near the Orrington and Brewer town line, which blew out Hanson’s tires. His car glanced a telephone poll before it stopped. Hanson was arrested on South Main Street in Brewer and taken to the Hancock County jail.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine election officials say gay marriagefoes have reached the threshold of petitions necessary to put thestate law on the November ballot. The gay marriage law was supposed to go into effect this month,but it was put on hold as the secretary of state’s office verifiedthe number of petitions. With the signatures validated, Gov. JohnBaldacci on Wednesday signed a formal proclamation putting thematter to a statewide vote on Nov. 3. The announcement came as no surprise. Gay marriage opponents needed the signatures of at least 55,087registered voters for the so-called People’s Veto, and they turnedin nearly 100,000 signatures. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlapsays officials stopped counting once they found that more than60,000 of the submitted signatures were valid. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
A man from Bangor who’s been building quite a criminal history pleaded guilty today to more than a dozen charges. 29-year-old Travis Gustin admitted to holding up two convenience stores on back-to-back days in March – one in Kenduskeag, the other in Bangor.Along with those robberies, Gustin also pleaded guilty to eight burglaries, seven thefts and aggravated forgery.Prosecutors say Gustin stole items from Aaron’s Rental in Bangor, Marden’s in Brewer and the construction site for a new Curtain Shop in Bangor. He’s expected to be sentenced in about three weeks.
Many paddlers forget that river racing continues long after the Kenduskeag Stream canoe race in April.Jeff Owen is a local paddling leader.He’s put together the first of a nine-race championship under the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing organization.Owen’s goal is to expand the sport to a younger generation.Everyone is there to have a good time. “Yeah we keep it fun but it’s also competitive. When we are out there we want to be in that front boat but there are a couple fast kayaks out there.” “Well my grampy got me into paddling and stuff, and it makes we feel pretty good… healthy and stuff.”And Crystal Ludwig is exactly who Jeff Owen wants to see in his new race series.The big emphasis in on new paddlers and youth. “I did pretty good tonight the water was a bit low… so it was hard to turn and stuff.” “Are you going off the rope swing?” “I don’t think so…”This is the last of the nine race series. They did also race on the Messalonskee and Androscoggin, but they had their best participation here on the Stillwater. “If we try it again next year, we will center it a little bit more here in Orono.”Competitive paddlers are a close nit group, even though some are from away like Stephen McAleer of New Brunswick. “Been coming down here for 30 years racing in Old Town and Bangor, and I love coming down here.” “How’s the view?” “It’s so calm and with the sun setting it’s really nice.”Even though this is the last race of this nine race series, Mackro is putting on one last race September 12th called the Ebb Tide Marathon from Brewer to Orrington.
Husson University is one step closer to offering a law degree.University officials say they hope to start law school courses in 2010, and are now accepting applications, contingent on approval from the Maine supreme court.The school has submitted an application to the court to allow Husson Law School graduates to sit for the Maine bar exam.Passing that test allows lawyers to practice in the state.Husson President William Beardsley says they’re looking to fill the need for lawyers in many Maine towns. “Our initial plan is to focus on these Mainers who’ve expressed a desire who want to stay in Maine and go to law school here, they just can’t uproot, they’re place bound by their jobs and families and they’re the students we’re really focusing on.”Husson hopes to eventually become an American Bar Association school, which would allow graduates to sit for the bar exam in any state.
Governor Baldacci has issued an executive order declaring a civil emergency with a goal of easing liability concerns for school vaccination clinics this fall.Baldacci aide David Farmer says the goal is to extend immunity from lawsuits to public health workers who administer seasonal and swine flu vaccinations.Maine has ordered 200,000 seasonal flu vaccinations. Enough for every public school student in the state.Swine flu shots will be administered free of charge, though they are not mandatory.
A fire swept through an abandoned paper mill in the central Maine town of Gardiner, and police took a “person of interest” into custody. Officials say about half of the old Yorktown Paper Mill on Water Street was razed by the fire, which was reported at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. The building formerly belonged to Gardiner Paperboard Corp. Officials say that two fires engulfed separate ends of the building, but Gardiner Police Chief James Toman couldn’t say whether the fire was deemed suspicious. Toman says a man was detained after authorities noticed a door open in a nearby building. They found a man in nearby woods and took him into custody.
Camp Capella lifeguard Janet Klisiewicz is off this week to Australia… she’s earned a spot in the aquathlon world championships… the sport combines running and swimming…..Yeah, this is a cool thing, UPS brought the suit and I was dancing around I have video took a lap around the house not giving that to you. So yeah, its very cool to go do this.Finishing 4th is her age group in the US national championships last month earned a spot on the team and the USA swim suit.Klisiewicz grew up in Orrington and graduated from Bangor high. She didn’t swim in school, but picked it up as an adult. The competition part though is inate.I have a competitive edge taking a class want the highest score always been somewhat competitive. This is a natural progression of that. The event features a 2.5 K run, a one K swim followed by another 2.5 K run. The world championships also have two triathlon events and feature athletes from 50 countries. But this aquathlon without the bike ride seem better suited to Klish-ev-itz.For me aquathlon is an improvement swimming and running are my better sports at 5′ 10″ I’m heavy for a cyclist. Power to weight ratio is everything in cycling. I gotta tell you there will be a lot of kids and staff rooting her on we’re proud of her to see her compete in a world championship its terrific.
A soldier from Maine who was killed in Afghanistan is being remembered as an outgoing high school student and athlete.20-year-old Private First Class Jordan Brochu from Oakland died Monday after enemies attacked his unit with explosives. Brochu served with an infantry battalion out of Fort Lewis, Washington.Brochu’s family moved to Maine his senior year and he attended Lake Region High School, where he played football, qualified for the state track meet as a discus thrower and was involved in culinary arts.Brochu joined the military last August and was sent to Afghanistan in July. It was his first deployment.Governor Baldacci spoke with Brochu’s family and says his mother told him her son wanted to make his family and community proud and he did that with his service.
Two weeks ago, a Glenburn woman’s dog gave birth to eleven healthy, happy puppies. But a few hours later the dog passed away, leaving the pets’ owner as their new mother.”We have Hercules, Marlin, Ellie, Layla, Belle, Oscar, Zeus, Triton, Wally, Gloria and Eva.”Crista Jakacky has been caring for these 11 little Great Danes since they were born, with non-stop cleaning and around-the-clock feedings.”Once we finished a feeding, we began a feeding, because it would take so long to get through all 11,” she says.Their mom, Liberty, had even more puppies on the way when a complication arose. During an emergency C-section at the vet, they got bad news.”I received a phone call from the vet stating that her heart had stopped under anesthesia.”But Liberty left behind her legacy.”She did – 11!” she says.Now, Jakacky is on-call 24 hours a day, for everything mom would have done.”She wasn’t getting much rest but she’s been right there doing an excellent job,” says Jakacky’s grandmother, Georgia Smart.”These are now her babies,” says friend, Becki St. Louis. “She’s sacrificed a lot for these babies.”Jakacky credits her family and friends for helping her keep up, and says she hopes these pups turn out just like their mom, Liberty.”She was just a great dog, very smart, very loving and very loyal,” she says.”And I just hope whoever these puppies go to, who they decide to pick as their owners, can give them as much love as Crista has and her family has,” St. Louis says.”Now that they’re up and their eyes are open, they’re really starting to develop little personalities.”The puppies are AKC registered and will come at a cost, but the family is now looking for buyers. Jakacky says, though, they will definitely keep one of Liberty’s pups as their own.”Just one, though!”For more information on the puppies, you can visit Fitz Lane Danes online.
According to the US Department of Justice, nationally, when women are killed by someone, 33% of the time they are killed by an intimate partner. Last year in Maine 65% of all homicides were domestic related. Those are the statistics that advocates who work to prevent domestic violence want to see eradicated. Deborah Shepherd is the executive director of the Family Violence Project which serves Kennebec and Somerset counties. Shepherd feared that one of their emergency shelters was going to have to close this year. That was until a 76-thousand dollar grant was received from the federal government. “The purpose is to get somebody out of a potentially lethal situation. Give them emergency shelter and services and normally that would be for about 30 days.” Shepherd says. She adds that it may be the only option a woman has, “She may need to get out of there. She may have no other options, no friends, no family that she can stay with. Her abuser may know every single friend and every family member and may have threatened them as well so this is a last resort for many women and without it the homicide rate may be higher and certainly injuries would be more prevalent.” There are two shelters in Central Maine that in the past 5 years have served more than 1-hundred women and 82 children. If you would like more information on the Family Violence Project log onto Family Violence Project. If you are in need of immediate help call their crisis hotline at 623-3569 or 1-877-890-7788. For a list of domestic violence victim services in Maine visit the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.Statistics64% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. (Full Report of the Prevalance, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000.)1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime. 81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner. (Tjaden & Thoennes, Stalking in America, National Institute of Justice, 1998.)1 in 3 teen relationships are abusive. (http://www.teenrelationships.org/statistics/stats.htm)Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence. (Rennison, Callie Marie and Sarah Welchans. 2003. Intimate Partner Violence 1993-2001. U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. Washington, DC. Retrieved January 9, 2004. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/ipv01.htm.Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey, August 1995. http://www.endabuse.org/resources/facts/) Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships. (NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, October 1996.)Slightly more than half of female victims of intimate violence live in households with children under age 12. (U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, March 1998.)Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. (Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995. http://www.endabuse.org/resources/facts/)OFFENDERSThere is limited research on domestic violence offenders. Males perpetrate 95% of all serious domestic violence. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online. http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/)It is estimated that 1 in 4 men will use violence against his partner in his lifetime. (Paymar, M., Violent no more: Helping men end domestic abuse. Alameda, CA: Hunter House Publications, 2000)In 2003, the police reported that 95% of the people who domestically assaulted someone used their hands as a weapon. (Maine Department of Public Safety).In a national survey of more than 6,000 American families, 50 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children. (Strauss, Murray A, Gelles, Richard J., and Smith, Christine. 1990. Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.)
Maine health officials say eastern equine encephalitis has made its northernmost foray to date with its discovery in a Penobscot County horse. Maine officials said Monday the horse in Stetson is one of three that have died in August from the virus, known as EEE. Dr. Don Hoenig, Maine state veterinarian, says there are another five suspected cases. EEE is spread by mosquitoes that pick up the virus from infected birds. Dr. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control says the virus has arrived earlier than usual. She warned people to cover up with long sleeves, pants and socks or use an insect repellent containing DEET. EEE is rare but can be deadly to humans . Mills says it’s fatal in one-third of cases and half of survivors suffer permanent neurological damage.Horse rescues across Maine are finding that the rise in the number of EEE cases is proving to be costly. Co-founder of the Last Chance Ranch in Troy Mary Myshrall says all 12 of their horses will be vaccinated Tuesday, costing them nearly 4-hundred dollars. Myshrall says, “The vaccines are critical, but for some cost prohibitive. We’re taking money from a hay budget to pay for the vaccinations that we weren’t planning on.” Last Chance Ranch owners and volunteers will hold a yardsale Labor day weekend with hopes that the sales will help recoop the money being used on vaccinations. If you would like more information on the ranch log onto Last Chance Ranch.
A man from Bangor is going to prison for 6 months for attacking a man in a Brewer motel room and stealing his money. Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Day pleaded guilty to theft.Day and 25-year-old Steve Warren of Bangor invited a man back to their room at Stable Inn in Brewer, where they choked and robbed the victim.Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts says the state presented most of their case yesterday, but ran into a problem this morning.” He essentially approached the defense attorney and indicated he wanted to change his testimony. As a result of that became concerned with the veracity of what he told the jury yesterday.”Warren pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to 5 months.
A Maine prosecutor arrested on a drunken driving charge has been placed on administrative leave.Thirty-three-year-old Brendan Trainor of Hampden has been charged with operating under the influence of intoxicants.Trainor, a Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney, was stopped by Hampden police before being taken to jail last week.Trainor has worked in the District Attorney’s Bangor office for three years.He has no criminal record.
Some folks in Harrington are rallying together to help raise money for a local teen.On Saturday a benefit spaghetti supper will be held for Brandon Beal.Who is a recent high school graduate.When he was jut two months old he was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition that limits him from being very active.He just recently went to Boston and had a heart catheter put in.And now he is on a list for a heart and lung transplant.The spaghetti supper will be at the VFW Hall in Harrington, which is along Route 1A.It goes from 4:30 to 7:30.Donations are greatly appreciated.If you would like to help or want more information you can contact Paula Brann at 434-2231.
Brewer Public Works is closed for the entire week because of an employee wage freeze.The landfill and recycling area on Elm Street will also be closed.Both places will open back up next Monday.
The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor will be closed for a short time.The closure is so they can do their annual cleaning and repairs.The museum will reopen on Saturday September twelfth with regular hours.
The Fire Marshal’s office is blaming a house fire in brooksville last night on a bag of staining rags. they say the folks who live in the house on the Bagaduce Road had been staining all day.And a bag of rags they had placed under the porch spontaneous combust and caught on fire.Crews from seven area departments responded to the call about 7:30 last night.We’re told they were able to save a good portion of the house.