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Charity Golf Tournament Held in Hermon

Updated 5 years ago

Some folks were swinging clubs for a good cause today in Hermon.A charity golf tournament was held at Hermon Meadow golf course.It will help send children affected by cancer to a free week at Camp Rainbow in Ellsworth.It’s a camping experience that aims to meet the physical, psychological and emotional needs of hundreds of young cancer patients.Larry Reynolds organized the event.He says it’s all about helping the children.”Every dollar counts rather it helps the kid or goes to research. We’re here to have fun. We’re here to support the kids and whatever money we make will go to their benefit.”TV 5’s Jon Small, Todd Simcox and Wayne Harvey were among those sloshing around the course today to support the kids and to try and show each other up, they’re very competitive.Local kids ages four through high school attend Camp Rainbow which is hosted by the American Cancer Society at Camp Jordan in Ellsworth.For more information about Camp Rainbow contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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Bangor Church Celebrates 175th Anniversary

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A church in Bangor is having a big birthday celebration this weekend.Saint John’s Episcopal church is 175 years old.Tomorrow the congregation will get together for a tea party and to learn about the history of the church.Reverend Marguerite Steadman says they will also unveil the anniversary banner.She says the banner has extra significance to the church community because in recent years the parish has come together to refurbish the tower which was beginning to crumble.She says the celebration means so many different things.”It reminds us that before there was ever a building before there was a formal institution it was a group of people who come together in worship and in community and fellowship and that is foundational of who we are.”The festivities kick off tomorrow with tea at 3:30.The church is located at 225 French Street in Bangor.

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Ann Marie’s Fresh Avocado, corn & Mozzarella salad; Stuffed Steak ; Blueberry cream cheese pie

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Fresh Avocado, corn & Mozzarella salad3 ears of corn-take corn off cob2 avocado, cut into cubes 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved Fresh mozzarella cubed Dressing:2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper DirectionsCombine the corn, avocado, tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl. Mix together the dressing ingredients in another bowl, pour over the salad, and gently toss to mix. Stuffed Steak½ cup sweet onion, chopped ½ cup red bell pepperProsciutto (about 3 to 4 slices), chopped 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs1/3 cup grated Parmigianino 2 pound eye round roast,1 package chopped frozen spinach thawed and drainedOptions-mashed potatoes, mushrooms, feta cheese, hot sauce…DirectionsSauté garlic in olive oil. Add onion and red pepper, cook 1 minute. Add the prosciutto and the spinach. Add sea salt, pepper & breadcrumbs.. Let cool. For stuffing the roast, use a long sharp knife & cut a hole through the center of the roast ——make sure the hole is even and goes all the way through. Put the cooled filling in a re-sealable plastic bag and snip a hole in the corner of the bag. Pipe in the filling. Cut the roast into 6 even slices, being careful to keep the stuffing in each slice. Add 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to the pan. Make sure the pan is hot so you can sear each side for 2 minutes then lower the heat to medium-high and cook until done (about 3 to 4 more minutes). Blueberry cream cheese pie:1 cup of blueberries 3/4 cup of sugar2- 8 oz packages of cream cheeseMix sugar and cream cheese until blended. Fold in berries. Pour into pie shellBake 350- for 20 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the crust is a golden brownCool and top with:Whipped cream and berriesOr8 oz of sour cream mixed with 2 Tbs confectionary sugar and garnish with berriesAnn Marie’s KitchenCatering & Event Planning207-947-5885www.annmarieskitchen.com

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Fundraiser Controversy

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Countless times we’ve shared stories about Mainers coming together in times of tragedy. Neighbors helping neighbors.That was the case for the Labbe family of Waterville, who lost their daughter, Hunter.But, what was supposed to be helpful has turned painful for the family.10-year-old Hunter Labbe of Waterville lost her battle to cancer last March.Shortly after her death, her family says they were contacted by Rachel Knights and Sonny Perry.”These people told us to not worry about any expenses, they were from the Children’s Miracle Network.””We were under the assumption that they were there to help and from CMN.”Hunter’s mother had asked her sister, Heather Thomas, and family friend Janelle Pouliot to handle the arrangements of what Knights and Perry were willing to do to help pay for funeral expenses. On May 2nd, a benefit supper was held at Hunter’s school.Sonny Perry and his band provided music. Nearly $1000 was raised. Thomas says $600 went to Hunter’s family, which they say was spent on funeral costs.Thomas says the rest went to Perry. So when flyers of another fundraiser with Hunter’s name on them started to show up on local storefronts, the family was shocked.”They did not have permission to use Hunter’s picture. They did not contact us about having a second benefit in Hunter’s name.” Sonny Perry says he didn’t want to inconvenience the family. He says there is an unpaid bill from the first fundraiser.”I got the bill from the school, but I said instead of asking them for any money I’ll hold a benefit to raise the money for the school and pay it off.” “If he wanted to do a benefit to raise money for himself to help people doing benefits there’s other ways around this without using Hunter’s face when it’s not for her.”Heather Thomas and Janelle Pouliot decided to call CMN to check out Knights and Perry.TV5 spoke with CMN spokesperson Elliott Pitts who says, “In the past she {Rachel Knights} has been a valuable volunteer who may have mis-introduced herself.” In a written statement, Pitts added, “This reminds us how important it is to continually make sure that all volunteers, new and old, know how to represent our charity.” Rachel Knights told TV5 that she is no longer volunteering for CMN, and that Hunter’s family must have misunderstood.”It’s a total misunderstanding on someone’s part, but people would have known me for the past 8 plus years as being involved with CMN, but never did we say we were from CMN or that any funds would be coming from CMN. That never was said.””I’m really not out to make anyone look bad, I’m just out to warn people that there are people who will take advantage of uncomfortable situations which are hard enough to begin with.” Police say this incident is a good reminder for everyone who has been told or is under the assumption that someone is from a charity to call the organization and confirm it before any plans are made.

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Guilford Man Indicted by Grand Jury

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The Piscataquis County Grand Jury has indicted a 49 year old man from Guilford for possessing sexually explicit materials.Larry Daggett was arrested in April. Investigators with the State Police Computer Crimes Unit say that Dagget was accessing child pornography images on the internet using a file sharing network called Gnutella.Last month, Daggett entered a not guilty plea to that charge.Daggett’s wife ran a child care facility in the Sangerville area.Officials say there’s no evidence any of the children at the daycare were victimized.Daggett is out on bail.

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Winn Community Rallies Behind Fire Victims

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

Few things in life can be as devastating as a house fire. While Meghan and Richard Plaisted of Winn watched helplessly as flames ripped through their home on Old Military Road, aome of their closest friends in the community had already sprung into action. “Within hours we had them a place to stay, we had people coming wanting to know what they could do with the clothes, the animals, whatever they could do.” Said Robert Fogg, a close family friend.A Winn native Fogg has been instrumental in the relief effort. Megan Plaisted, a pregnant mother of six, says she’s grateful to everyone who has helped her and her family, but wants to say a special thanks to one person in particular. “Karen Michaud has done an awful lot for me.” Says Plaisted, “Helping to get everything together and what not and a lot of people have stopped by with donations.”Michaud manages the Winn General Store and she’s not the least bit surprised by the incredible outpouring of support from the community. “It’s awesome.” Says Michaud. “There’s no town like Winn, I’m from South Carolina and small communities stick together and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here a day or if you’ve been here fifty years we’re still gonna help no matter what.”Michaud has organized a bake sale this Saturday from 9-12 at the Winn Town Hall. In the coming weeks they will also have a pot luck supper as well as clothing drives. There has also been an account set up at the Machias Savings bank in Lincoln under the name Plaisted. Anyone wishing to donate money can contact the bank.The Plaisted children range in age from 3-19. Their son, Forest Zimmerman, graduated last week from Lee Academy and will be attending Thomas College in Waterville on a partial scholarship.As for the Plaisted family, they’re hoping to rebuild as soon as possible on the same site where their old house once stood. Megan Plaisted is due to give birth to the couple’s seventh child in November. The people in the Winn community plan to help them out as long as they need it. “We’re just trying to keep them going long enough for the insurance to kick into gear and get them housed.” Says Fogg. “They’ll be back in business, they’ll be farming again.”

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Hampden Garden Catches Rainwater Runoff

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When the University of Maine Cooperative Extension approached officials in Hampden about installing a rain garden outside the town office, folks there jumped at the chance.”We have a lot of nice cooperation,” says Hampden Mayor Matthew Arnett. “We have lots of volunteers working, we have some corporate sponsors that are involved in this as well as support from the stormwater group and the town.”They’ve been planning for years, and Thursday volunteers in Hampden finally started planting.”We’re just putting some mulch on the plants,” says Leah Steltzer, who was volunteering with fellow Girl Scouts.They’re putting in a rain garden that will catch stormwater runoff from the town office parking lot – water that otherwise would run to streams and rivers, carrying particles and pollution with it.”If that soil gets into a lake or stream it makes algae grow. And you can get overgrowths of algae which can disrupt the whole ecosystem there,” says Laura Wilson, assistant scientist with the UMaine Cooperative Extension.Wilson and town officials say though this is a large-scale project, they hope it inspires others to plant smaller rain gardens at home, to stop runoff from roofs and driveways.”There’s not much of an awareness for that kind of thing,” says Bob Osborne, Hampden town planner. “This allows the town to draw attention to this and make people more aware of what it does.”The town set aside five thousand dollars for the project, matched by other groups and supported by lots of in-kind donations.Beyond benefits to the local ecosystem, they’re also looking forward to watching the garden grow through the years.”It adds a nice, attractive piece to the area you see here at the town hall,” says Arnett.”I think people will drive by and think it’s beautiful,” says Osborne.Rain gardens are planted with native plants that interact well with water. Wilson says cost and maintenance are minimal. To find out how to design your own rain garden at home, you can visit: http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/PDFpubs/2702.pdf

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Danforth Man Found Guilty by Jury

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31 year old Jayson Caron of Danforth has been found guilty on all three charges he faced. The jury in Penobscot County Superior Court returned that verdict late Thursday afternoon.Caron was charged with aggravated assault, O.U.I. and Aggravated O.U.I. in connection with a 2007 accident that left his former girlfriend paralyzed. 21 year old Bobbi Jo Norris was pregnant at the time. The baby survived.Caron faces up to ten years in prison. A date has not been set for his sentencing. He’s being held without bail.

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Soccer Tournament in Memory of Hampden Student

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

A soccer tournament this weekend will honor the memory of a senior at Hampden Academy who died earlier this spring.The Nathan D. Clark Memorial Soccer Tournament will raise money for a scholarship in Clark’s name. Some of the money will also go to the group, Students Against Destructive Decisions.The tournament takes place at the Hampden turf behind Weatherbee Elementary School.It starts Friday night at 6 o’clock with an alumni game at 7. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and seniors. The games get going again at 8 o’clock Saturday morning. Admission that day is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. A Battle of the Bands contest will take place after the tournament on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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Investigators Look Into Two Arson Fires in Lagrange

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Two fires, two arsons, in two days in Lagrange and both houses abandoned.Investigators are now trying to determine if those fires are the work of the same person.Fire ripped through one building on Monday, which the Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled as arson.Then on Tuesday night, another fire flared up, this one right across the street from the fire station on Route 16,No word yet on exactly where the fire started, but officials are saying the second fire was also arson.Evidence from both scenes has been taken to the state crime lab.

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Fraser Papers Files for Credit Protection to Restructure

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Fraser Papers, which owns three mills in Maine and operates a fourth, is filing for protection from its creditors while it restructures. A company spokesperson says that will help Fraser Papers hang onto as much money as possible during this process. The move is not expect to generate layoffs at any of the mills in Maine. Bill Peterson says the Madawaska Paper Mill is already going through layoffs because one of the machines is being taken off line.The Marsardis and Ashland lumber mills will not be impacted by the restructuring, either.But Peterson says those mills will only stay open until the wood supply there runs out. Once that happens, up to 135 people will be put out of work.The East Millinocket Mill is only managed by Fraser. Peterson says that mill will not be affected. Under the restructuring plan, the company will receive up to 20-million dollars from a credit company in Canada and from the owners of the East Millinocket Mill.Fraser C-E-O Peter Gordon says the paper business remains profitable, but weak pulp and lumber markets have drained the company’s resources. Fraser also owns a mill in New Hampshire and four in Canada. About 2500 people work for the company.

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Winterport Winery Owners Start Brewery

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For nine years now, the folks at the Winterport Winery have been perfecting the fine art of winemaking.Now, just in time for summer, Mike and Joan Anderson are branching out…into the beer business.Amy Erickson has the story.

For more information on Penobscot Brewery beers, visit www.WinterportWinery.com

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Scammers Target Central Maine Phones

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Earlier this week Waterville Police started to notice a disturbing trend. Phone scams are on the rise. Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey says the area has been inundated with scam calls during the past few days. There have been no written complaints, but he is aware of at least a dozen or so calls by word of mouth and he’s sure there have been more made. Rumsey fears that someone may get “hooked” by the calls that start out as a pre-recorded message telling the person that their card has been used fraudulently. The person is then askedto punch in their card number, after which they are asked for more card information. The New Dimensions Credit Union in Waterville has fielded numerous complaints involving the scam according to Rumsey. The Credit Union’s website has posted a warning alerting customers. Rumsey says this is the largest wave of phone scams Waterville police have encountered. He says the public needs to be aware because with the amount of calls coming in, the fear is that someone will fall for the scam and become a victim. More information on identity theft and fraud:http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html

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Bangor Fatal Accident

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Bangor Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident.It happened Wednesday night around 7:30 on the Griffin Road, near the Broadway intersection.Sergeant Paul Edwards says the driver of the motorcycle, 41-year-old Kondwa Chalila of Bangor, was headed westbound toward Broadway just before the crash.Chalila passed two vehicles and was attempting to pass a third when the car slowed down to make a left-hand turn.Chalila’s motorcycle hit the rear of the car.He was killed instantly.The two occupants of the car, who are from Indiana, were not injured.Both the car and the motorcycle were totalled.Police shut down the road for a short time while they reconstructed the crash.They say Chalila was not wearing a helmet.Tests being done to determine blood alcohol content.

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Colby Students in Court

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The three Colby College students arrested in an Easter incident that sparked a campus protest and allegations that police used excessive force pleaded not guilty in Waterville District Court.Ozzy Ramirez and Jacob Roundtree, both from New York, were charged with assault and criminal trespass: Michael Talarico of Arlington, MA, was charged with disorderly conduct.Ramirez and Roundtree allegedly tried to interfere with a medical assessment of a student who became ill after an April 12 campus dance. Talarico was arrested in an separate incident.

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Partner of the Year Award

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

The USDA Rural Development in Bangor handed out their partner of the year award this afternoon. John Heller of Dover Mortgage was on hand to accept the award.Dover Mortgage has assisted over forty-four Maine families in reaching their goal of home ownership in 2009.That’s a total of six million dollars invested in Maine families.In addition, Dover Mortgage has maintained a remarkable zero delinquency rate: something Heller is most proud of.

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Caron Trial

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The trial continued today in Penobscot County Superior Court for 31-year-old Jason Caron.He is charged with aggravated assault, o-u-i and aggravated o-u-i in connection with a 2007 accident that left his former girlfriend paralyzed.19-year-old Bobbi Jo Norris was pregnant at the time: the baby survived.Caron was scheduled to take part in a truck pull at the Springfield Fair that night.Two men working the event testified that they disqualified caron because they believed he was drunk. They say Caron had been involved in an accident with another competitor prior to the truck pull.Also testifying today was the emergency room nurse who treated Caron the night of the accident.She testified she smelled alcohol on his breath: the nurse also said caron told the staff at the emergency room that he was alone in the vehicle, before changing his story.Caron claims Norris was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.If convicted, Caron faces up to ten years in prison.

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Benefit for Winn Fire Victims

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 years ago

A family of 8 from Winn left homeless by fire, is seeing just how generous their community can be.Richard and Megan Plaisted, and their six children, lost their home on Military Road last week.Megan is expecting to deliver another child in november.The Plaisteds lost nearly everything they own.The fire was sparked by chicken left frying in the kitchen when Megan left the house to chase a loose horse. The community has generously replaced many of those items lost.The family is currently living on the campus of Lee Academy while they look for a permanent home.Collection baskets are out at the Winn General Store and Raymonds Gas Station and Diner.Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so through the Plaisted Family Fire Fund at Machias Savings Bank, 29 Main Street, Lincoln 04457.

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Antique Hearse Restored by Maine Prisoners

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Folks from the town of Knox, are glad to see a piece of their history back where it should be.An old hearse dating back to the 18-hundreds has been restored thanks to some inmates at the Maine state Prison.”It’s amazing, I hope the town is proud of it.”If the dozens of people who showed up are any indication, this community is proud to see this antique back in town.This horse drawn hearse was purchased by the town for in the late 18-hundreds for a little more than 300 dollars. 120 years later, it needed a lot of work. “It wasn’t quite as shiney, it was older”So the folks from the historical society turned to the inmates at the Maine State Prison Industries program.It just so happens, that the hearse was first built at the state prison in Thomaston back in 1889.”Prisoners were really proud to be able to take this on for this opportunity and they really delivered.”Folks in town agree.”I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled look how beautiful, look at the work””Oh my sakes, 1000 percent change”The inmates put over 500 hours into restoring every inch of this antique, and although they couldn’t be here, fellow inmate Larry Smith says they’d be thrilled to see the reactions.”I just got the luxury of seeing it happen, so I’m really proud of them.”Robert Welch of the historical says most of the time, you’ll find this piece of town history, at the historical society, but they also plan to show it off during the 4th of July Parade in Brooks.”You know, we can’t take something like this and put it into a building and just leave it. It was made to haul behind horses, let’s do it.”

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Norridgewock Fatal Accident

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A 23-year-old man from Norridgewock has died from injuries he sustained in a car crash last night.It happened just before eleven p-m at the intersection of Route 139 and Route 2 in Norridgewock.Police say Randy Lake was speeding and ran a stop sign at the intersection.His car then hit a telephone pole, mail boxes street signs, a fire hydrant, and another car that was headed for the intersection.Inside that vehicle were four people, including an infant.All four were taken to Reddington Fairview Hospital with various, non life-threatening injuries.Lake, the driver of the first car, was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he later died. According to police, Lake was driving on a suspended license, and was driving a relative’s vehicle without permission.State Police helped reconstruct the crash.An investigation is underway.

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