Maine KIDS COUNT, a project of the Maine Children’s Alliance, is part of the national KIDS COUNT network, a state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children across the United States. The major goal of the Maine KIDS COUNT project is to provide policymakers and citizens with meaningful, reliable, timely data regarding the well-being of children in Maine. The principal activity of the Maine KIDS COUNT Project is the publication of the annual Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book, now in its thirteenth edition. The Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book reports a wide variety of indicators of children’s health and well-being including physical and mental health, education and learning, and the social and economic contexts of children’s lives. We group a variety of indicators under each of these three broad headings in order to provide a framework for reporting and considering the data. In addition, the narrative that accompanies the data highlights and explains positive indicators, trends, and areas of concern. The indicators reported in the KIDS COUNT Data Book have all met the following criteria for inclusion: the indicator must be from a reliable source the indicator must be available and consistent over time the indicator must be easily understandable to the public the indicator must reflect an important outcome or measure of children’s well-being the indicators, as a group, should represent children of all ages, with age-appropriate measures from birth through adolescence The Maine KIDS COUNT Project seeks to enrich local and state discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all of Maine’s children. If you have any questions about the project or any of our data, please call at (207) 623-1868, or visit www.mekids.org.Website content courtesy of Maine Children’s Alliance.
Governor Baldacci was in Baileyville Monday.Domtar announced last week the company will shut down its mill there on May 5th, putting 3-hundred people out of work.Mill officials say current economic conditions and a lower price for pulp forced their hand.The Governor met with mill management, employees and officials from local towns.He’s trying to find a way to keep the mill open.The state’s rapid response team will be in town thursday to meet with company and union officials to make plans to help affected workers.
A 3-year-old from the mid-coast is recovering from Meningitis.State health officials say it likely happened because the child didn’t receive all of the recommended vaccinations.At 2 and 4 months he did get vaccinated for a type of flu, knows as H-I-B, that leads to Meningitis in children.But health officials say he didn’t get three other booster shots that are recommended through age 15-months.The child was hospitalized in intensive care, and is currently recovering.Family members, including an unvaccinated infant, have been treated with antibiotics as a precaution.The Maine Center for Disease Control is stressing the importance of keeping children current with their vaccinations.For more information, you can contact the Maine CDC at Maine.gov/dhhs.Or contact your child’s doctor.
An apartment building in Augusta that caught fire Sunday night is being called accidental. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office were at the Chapel Street apartment building Monday morning. Sergeant Ken Grimes says, it appears the fire started in the wall of the building which was triggered by an electrical problem. The Augusta Fire Department says three people were trapped inside an apartment in the two-story building after the fire was reported shortly before midnight Sunday. The fire chief says two of the people were rescued by police andfirefighters, but that the third person had to jump to safety. His name was not available.
An eighth-grade student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland made his first court appearance today. The boy has not been identified because of his age. On Monday the 14-year old was ordered by a Waterville District Court Judge to undergo an evaluation to determine the boys state of mind. Messalonskee Middle School went into lockdown Thursday morning after reports that the young man had a weapon. No shots were fired during the incident and nobody was hurt. Police were called and the 14-year-old was apprehended. The boy,is expected to be formally charged this week with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing. District Attorney Evert Fowle says the boy will not be charged as an adult. The boy will remain at the Mountain View Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston.
Millinocket Regional Hospital now has a way to connect cancer patients with doctors without the two having to actually be together.It’s through teleconferencing.Cancer Care of Maine suggested the program to the Millinocket hospital.Terrylynn Bradbury was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. She lives about five miles from Millinocket Regional Hospital, but had to travel to Bangor to see her doctor.Bradbury says, “When I was receiving chemo every two weeks, I had to go to Bangor to have an exam by him. I had my first chemo in Bangor and I was very sick with the first treatment. I can remember the ride home was horrible.”But this time, Bradbury didn’t have to make that drive.”How was the telemedicine experience?” asks Dr. Thomas Openshaw via teleconference. Bradbury responds, “Good!”Telemedicine uses video cameras to conference in a doctor from a satellite location, while a nurse practitioner does the physical exam. Those involved say it’s becoming more common in rural areas.Jackie Carter, a Family Nurse Practitioner in Millinocket, says “It helps bring some cutting edge technology right to the home front, which is hard in little Millinocket.””I hope it will give us some flexibility so we can respond to people’s need a little bit better. It will give us some flexibility in terms of being able to see folks more than once a month.” says Openshaw.Carter says this type of visit isn’t that different from a traditional one. Once the patient is in the room, the doctor is teleconferenced. Both Carter and the doctor review the charts and talk to the patient.”Dr. Openshaw is right there on the camera asking questions, it’s very similar to him being in the room.” Bradbury explains.”Then I go ahead and I do the actual physical exam. He can view it while I’m on camera and once the physical exam is completed, if there’s nothing abnormal, then we formulate a plan.” says Carter.Carter says telemedicine will provide quality care, and eliminate the long drive to a distant hospital.
For over a century, Husson has been helping students achieve their educational goals and get their start in life.But just how did the school get its start?”Husson was a professional school from its origins back in 1898.”It started as the Shaw Business School, on the second floor of a building in downtown Bangor.The first thirty years, the school changed hands a few times, and merged with the Bangor Hospital School of Nursing.During the depression, Chesley Husson became principal of the school, which was then called the Bangor School of Commerce.”My father probably gained control of it, I think, in 1935….and then the name change took place in 1947. It became Husson College.”During that time, many schools across the state ran into financial issues, and ended up closing.But Husson managed to stay afloat.Eventually, at quite a personal expense, Husson turned into a non-profit, to keep it from ever being dissolved.”He wanted it to survive because he knew it was important, an important part of the state. It gave a lot of young men and young women an opportunity to be something.””He was able to build this campus, at least the central part, before he passed away.””There was a perfect circle, College Circle, we still have it. And there was a very geometric campus. We had beautiful buildings that were built in the 1960′s. Three residence halls, a dining commons and Peabody Hall, where most of the classes were taught. And the Newman Gymnasium.”A bigger campus brought new schools under the Husson banner.”We merged with the New England School of Communications in the 1990′s. And two years ago, we got involved in a little boat school down in Eastport.””It’s that kind of dynamic, entrepreneurial, innovative quality that I think has given Husson a lot of vitality.”The folks at Husson say they’ve been able to survive, partly because of the school’s intimate nature.”It’s small, its personal, you know your kids, your students in your classroom. You know their names, which isn’t always the case in big schools. You get the help you need. And, with any experience, it’s what you make of it.””It doesn’t have the layers of bureaucracy that I’ve seen at other universities, so you can get things done quickly.””Our motto is humility in character, and except on the sports field, where it’s pretty hard to be humble, we try to prove ourselves by our actions, and so that’s what I hope we keep right on doing.””We’re engaged in the state, and I think as long as we can be a catalyst for change, for economic development, for social development, that’s awfully important to us.”>Now that we’ve learned a bit about Husson’s history, it’s time to take a look at the future of the University.Next, we’ll hear about some of the changes planned for Husson and the reason behind the recent name change.
From it’s beginnings as a business school, to it’s recent change from college to University, s lot has been happening at Husson.There’s been a lot of change at Husson, since it’s start in 1898, and with a new construction, the addition of new schools, and an increase in enrollment, things are looking bright for Bangor’s newest Universtiy.”We’ve always been true to being a professional school, but we’ve evolved beyond the original business and nursing roots.” A lot has changed at Husson, since its early beginnings as a simple business school.”Last spring we hooded our first doctoral graduate students at graduation. This last fall we had, for the first time, over 3,000 students in our entire University system.” Starting as a business school located on the second floor of a building in downtown Bangor, Husson has grown, adding to it, schools of health, education, science and humanities, and pharmacy.Add in the New England School of Communications, and the Bangor Theological Seminary, which share space on Husson’s campus, those are just some of the reasons Husson has been forced to expand a little bit.”What we’ve done is used additive architecture to add those buildings with the Swan Fitness Center and the Campus Center. We’ve added a Center for Family Business and then we added a Health building, Which is really the O’Donnell Commons. And then, most recently, we’ve added the large, what we call meeting house, which is really a center part of the campus.” “In just the three years I’ve been full time faculty, its been amazing to watch all the changes is buildings and programs and it’s just been exciting to be here.” Assistant nursing professor, Laurie Eddy, says one of the biggest changes she’s seen at Husson, happened last October, when the college converted in to a university. A change that reflected the growth of the campus, and the addition of more graduate and doctoral programs.”It used to be called Husson High, and now I really do feel it’s a University.” “It’s a very exciting time here at Husson. A lot of changes going on. Of course, Pharmacy is one of those, and there are other programs being brought in and considered.” “We direct our programs, very much by what the demand is, and there’s a real shortage of pharmacists out in rural Maine, so we’re moving in to the pharmacy program. Same this as law, that’s next on our list.” “Husson’s changed a lot, since I first started here.” Even students like Christopher Stevenson and Christie Poulin have seen changes to the institution.”It just keeps growing and growing, there’s gonna be more majors, especially with this new building. I can just see things keep growing. I am sure they’re gonna tear down the woods behind the school, just to build more buildings to accommodate all the students.” “The way its evolved, I guess, from such a small, really small school, to a University now, which is a dramatic change.” While a lot has changed at Husson, one thing has remained.”We take pride that we’re not just in Maine, but of Maine. The vast majority of our students are from Maine, but now we’re really beginning to say, how can we help create a rising tide in this state?” We certainly look forward to seeing what will become of Husson University.
An explosion in Levant this morning sends a family running from their home.When firefighters got to the scene on the Overlock Road, they had a hard time finding the source of the problem.They did find that copper pipes had melted downstairs. Fire crews suspect their was a problem with the boiler causing an explosion.A sprinkler system put out the flames.”The family was home, they were upstairs. They heard a noise. The family got right outdoors and called 9-1-1 and dispatched us.”, says Levant Assistant Fire Chief Nathan Peary.Firefighters from Levant, Carmel, Holden, Stetson and Kenduskeag responded. They say there is a lot of smoke and water damage downstairs.A fire marshal investigator has been called in to look for a cause.
“There’s some connection with a dog that you don’t have with a human being that you need at times, that un-conditional love thing. So I get smiles and grins and he gets pats on the heads. They very seldom see me, they ask his name.”His name is Louie and this Newfoundland is an official member of the Bangor trooper greeters. he and his owner, Mary Weiss have been coming to BIA since last november.”I always wanted to be a troop greeter with him.”Mary and her husband adopted Louie from a breeder when he was just two months old. She immediately started training him to be a certified therapy dog. He’s four now, and a whooping 160 pounds. Weiss calls him a gentle giant, and a genuine surprise for troops that arrive in Bangor.”That’s for sure. So many, I can’t tell you how many will say, ‘Oh I landed in Maine but I didn’t know there would be a bear in the airport. And I get that a lot, or where’s his saddle?This group of men and women was arriving back from iraq. for many, it’s the first time in 15-months, they’ve been able to pet an animal. “A lot of people have pets, so they miss their pets and this makes them feel closer to home to see a dog,” says Staff Sergeant Christopher Kidd.Weiss calls it a furry fix.”He kind of thinks they’re here to adore him (laughs)”Weiss has an hour and a half drive to the airport, but she tries to greet troops as much as possible. She hopes her service lets these military men and women know just how much their service is appreciated.”Oh, it’s very emotional for me, it really is…He has this gift, its like he was made to be doing this. He’s very special and I’m very proud of him.”
Maine state police investigators are showing renewed interest in the unsolved killing of a former Bangor woman. In October 1987 23-year-old Alice Hawkes was found dead in a Westbrook apartment she shared with her boyfriend. Hawkes was found inside the locked apartment by her boyfriend and their landlord, her throat had been slit. Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes says the case is “very solvable.” He says the lead detective has been given instructions on how to proceed with the investigation. There’s a website dedicated to Hawkes, both her life and her death. The website is www.alicehawkes.com.
A fire in Lewiston heavily damaged an apartment building where two families live.The Flames broke out shortly before 10am Saturday.Lewiston fire chief Paul LeClair said only one person was inside the Winter Street structure at the time, and he got out safely.By the time crews arrived, flames could be seen coming out of the rear of the building. The fire spread to the attic through an inner wall.Chief LeClair said the fire appears to have started on the first floor, but the exact cause has not been determined.
Classes have been cancelled for Monday at Greenbush Elementary School. The superintendent of Union 92 says that the school lost power, and will be unable to hold classes.He says that the rest of the Union still has school. There has been no word as to what caused the power outage, but we’ve been assured that crews are doing everything they can to restore the elementary school’s electricity.
Last spring, bear sightings caused a stir at City Forest. This year, another animal is making its presence known – and not in a subtle way.”This is the area where the incidents occurred.”On the East Trail, by the railroad bed, at Bangor City Forest…Jim Allen got hit.”Yeah, it struck, right in the back of my head.”An owl – or two – thumping skiers at night.”They come down and thump people in the back of the head,” says Bangor City Forester Brian Dugas. “Quite hard, I guess.””Yeah it did, it sure did,” Allen says, “And as I screamed, of course, I knew immediately what it was.”Dugas has heard reports of at least eight thumpings, here and on the Grouse trail, including a daytime hit to a dog.”It is actually striking, with talons,” Allen says, “But I think in an effort to startle, not to obviously grab at something.””Obviously, we’re too big to be lunch,” says skier Dan Cassidy. “Most people are just getting a knock on the head, but there have been people who’ve had small lacerations on the head or on the neck.”Experts think it’s a great horned owl, just protecting its nest. But on a quiet, moonlit night, it can also deliver quite a shock.”The owls will typically come from behind,” Cassidy says, “And hit people, and then fly on.””A very silent attack, if you will,” says skier Jon Pottle.Rumors of “attack owls” aren’t scaring off visitors, but they are the talk of the park.”This is a wild area,” says Phil Joliat, “and that’s the way we like it.””I’ll just keep my eyes open,” says skier Lisa Kingsbury. They say the thumpings shouldn’t last much longer.”All the time I’ve spent in the woods,” Dugas says, “I’ve never had an owl thump me in the back of the head. So it’s a rare occurrence.”
Maine’s Restaurant Week promotion seems to be a success so far.Restauranteurs started the promotion to help fill seats in eateries during a slow time of year…they borrowed the idea from cities like New York and Boston.The 10-day event continues through Tuesday, March 10th.Close to 70 restaurants across the state are taking part, by offering three-course meals at special prices: $20.09, $30.09 or $40.09 per person.Restaurant owners report that Restaurant Week is boosting sales and helping cash flow during a tough economy and at the end of a hard winter.
Governor John Baldacci says he’ll try and strike an optimistic note during his State of the State address Tuesday night…The Governor tells the Maine Sunday Telegram that he’ll focus on his plan to reposition the state for the eventual economic rebound.Although he didn’t go into specifics, the Governor said he intends to unveil a major energy initiative. He also plans to talk about improving health care, education and economic development.Baldacci will be speaking before a joint session of theLegislature.
An eight-grade student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland is awaiting a juvenile hearing Monday in Waterville District Court.Officials say the school went into lockdown Thursday morning after the principal was informed that the student had a weapon.Police were called and the 14-year-old was apprehended. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing.No shots were fired during the incident and nobody was hurt.The boy is being held at the Mountain View Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston.
It took more than 50 firefighters several hours to put out a house fire in Etna Sunday morning.The call came in just after 1 a.m. that a house on the corner of Latkins and Stage roads was on fire.By the time the first crews arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.Mutual aid was called in from several surrounding towns.The home was abandoned, so no one was inside.Crews were on scene for more than eight hours, but finally managed to put out the flames.One firefighter hurt his knee and was treated and released at a local hospital.No word yet on what caused the fire.The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
If you’d like to know how the federal stimulus money is being spent in Maine, there’s a new website for you to check out.Governor John Baldacci just announced a new and improved stimulus website.It now provides up to date information about where and how the federal money is being distributed in Maine.The website also has information about state programs that will receive the money…and graphics showing the allocation of funding in several different categories.State officials say the website will be updated frequently…You can check it out for yourself at www.mainerecovery.gov.
The Bangor woman who was the first female in North America to become a licensed ship captain, has died at the age of 93.Molly K. Carney, was best known by her maiden name, Molly Kool.The Canadian won her captain’s papers in 1939 and sailed the North Atlantic between Alma, New Brunswick, and Boston for five years.Kool fell in love with a man from Maine and moved to the pine tree state.At the time of her death of February 25th, Kool was living in a retirement community in Bangor.She had a lighthouse and captain’s wheel outside her room, and other residents referred to her as “Captain Molly.”