Folks in Machiasport gathered this morning to watch a “flying object” soar to the top of a historic building.As Meghan Hayward tells us, community members have worked hard to see this day.As the sun came up, residents of Machiasport gathered to see something else rising in the sky.The ornately carved belvedere tower that once topped the town’s historic Liberty Hall is back where it belongs after being restored.”It’s wonderful because over the years people have worked so hard to bring this thing to a reality. And now here we are just about to join the new with the old.”The tower will be capped by it’s newly constructed cupola, which was rebuilt from the original 1873 design.”We collected historic images. Postcards and old photographs and we worked closely with Maine Historic Preservation Commission. We actually did a paint analysis and that’s where the brown color comes from.”Friends of Liberty Hall was the organization that worked with the town on the restoration project.They started the effort back in 2006.Warren Knowlton and his wife Judy contributed 150-thousand dollars to the project.”Well the historical importance of this building is paramount to us. When I was a kid I spent time here with my grandparents and we enjoyed it here tremendously. For that reason and also the town itself, we believe that this is the right thing to do for the town.”Until now, the french-inspired victorian cupola had only been seen in historic photographs of Liberty Hall taken around 1900.On-lookers couldn’t believe the resemblance to the photos.”That’s great. That’s great to hear because we sort of feel some of this is conjecture but we have a pretty good feeling that we’re close.”A 60 ton crane had to lift the belvedere, which weighs over 14-thousand pounds and is 25 feet tall.”Yesterday of course, they were were all day working on doing a test pick with the crane. So we didn’t just drive up here this morning and decide to fly a building.”The crowd watched and snapped photos as the belvedere was returned to it’s rightful place.”Tell everyone congratulations.”” Clapping.”
Auburn’s mayor-elect describes the councilors who attend their meetings as if they just walked out of a barn. Gleason says that some of the council members come to their meetings in shorts and jeans, setting a poor example for the public. He is not asking for members to come to meetings in jackets and ties, but to present themselves better.Councilor Dan Herrick says clothes don’t make the man. Herrick says he’s never come to a meeting without taking a shower. As he put it, “Believe it or not, I have hot water, too. I even have floors in my home.”
A clammer Downeast whose body was found earlier this week died from an accidental drowning.Officials released the results of his autopsy Wednesday.The body of 50 year old Arthur “Skip” Calder was found Monday. He’d been missing for nearly a week.The Maine Marine Patrol recovered the body on the shore of East Cove in Perry.Calder’s mother was the last to hear from him last Tuesday, before he went clamming. His brother discovered Calder’s clamming gear on Sunday and reported him missing.
Arthur Verow will serve another term as Mayor of Brewer.He was re-elected at Tuesday night’s Brewer City Council Meeting.The council also elected Joseph Ferris as Vice-Chairman, or Deputy Mayor.The new councilors were sworn in, along with the new members of the school committee.Verow says Brewer faces a few challenges in the upcoming year. “We’re not sure what we’re going to be receiving from the state in the way of educational aid, that sort of thing, and we have of course always the on going challenge of keeping our employment base up.”Brewer city council meetings will be held at the second Tuesday of every month at city hall.
Folks in Monson are raising money for a friend who has cancer.A baked bean supper this Saturday will benefit Douglas Villone, who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Doors at the Monson gym open at 5pm.On the menu, baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, and rolls. Those attending are also welcome to bring a dish to share.There’s no admission fee, though donations are encouraged.To donate or volunteer, you can contact Christine Richards at 717-8771.
A woman from Cambridge is going to jail for helping steal money from a soldier who has been sent to Iraq.20-year-old Ashley Gamblin pleaded guilty to forgery.She was sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years probation.Prosecutors say Gamblin is one of four people involved in the scheme.They say the group stole a box of checks from 24-year-old Shawn Burke of Texas, and then wrote checks from his account in Maine totaling nearly $15,000.Burke is now in Iraq on his second deployment.He was only able to recover $4,000.Prosecutors say they are now considering charges against the man they say planned the scheme, Bernie d’Augostine.
Another volunteer fire fighter in Maine has been charged with arson.28-year-old Jeffrey A. Tyler of Bethel faces two counts of arson for fires that destroyed two vacant houses in western Maine.Investigators say Tyler volunteered for the Greenwood department.He’s accused of setting fire to the back of a building in Locke Mills early Tuesday morning. The fire then spread to an adjacent house.
Folks in Old Orchard Beach are trying to make sense of the death of a couple well known in the community.State Police say 55-year-old Bruce Savoy left three suicide notes in the house, and that it is likely he shot his wife 50-year-old Stacey Savoy and then himself. Detectives say the suicide notes indicated that Bruce Savoy was upset about the pending break-up of his marriage.Neighbors are shocked, saying the Savoys were well known for being active with the state’s Search and Rescue dog team.Bruce savoy was the assistant code enforcement officer for the town of Wells. He was also a part-time police officer there.Before that he served as an animal control officer in Old Orchard Beach.Stacey Savoy was a vice president at Unum, she grew up in Old Orchard Beach.
Penn National Gaming inc. has offered $50,000,000 for the unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino-resort on the Las Vegas strip.Penn said that it agreed to buy the project from debtors, and that its offer will serve as the opening bid at a bankruptcy auction.The resort was initially forecast to cost $3,000,000,000 to build and was about 70 percent complete when developers filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June.
Maine officials are reminding consumers to check their freezers for recalled ground beef after four people were hospitalized for E. Coli poisoning.In October, Fairbank Farms recalled almost 546,000 lbs. of fresh ground beef that had been distributed in September to stores from North Carolina to Maine. The ground beef was sold at Shaw’s and BJ’s stores in Maine.Federal officials have said 28 people may have become ill, and two may have died, from the possible E. coli outbreak.Four people in Maine were found to have a matching strain of E. coli. They were all hospitalized.Officials confirmed that two of those people had purchased the recalled ground beef.
One of two men charged in a home invasion and machete attack in Pittston was in court Tuesday.19-year-old Leo Hylton was expected to change his plea to not guilty, but the judge postponed considering the request.Hylton is charged in the attack on former lawmaker William Guerrette and his daughter last year.In May, Hylton pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder and one count each of robbery and burglary.Two months ago, Hylton requested a new lawyer, which the court approved.Today, his new attorney argued that when Hylton entered the guilty plea, he did not “truly understand the charges or his rights.”Guerrette says the delay is frustrating.The defense presented evidence involving conversations between Hylton and his former attorney but, concerned with confidentiality issues, justice Nancy Mills postponed the proceedings.
A man found guilty of child molestation has had his conviction overturned, and will stand trial again.Tuesday, 36-year-old Denny Collyer was in Kennebec County Superior Court before Justice Nancy Mills for a bail hearing. A jury convicted Collyer in 2006 of two counts of unlawful sexual contact of a minor.He served 31 months in jail, and was released in January.Collyer hired a new lawyer, who filed for a review of his conviction, claiming his trial lawyer failed to appropriately represent him.Justice Mills agreed with the defense.The alleged victim’s family was in court to hear the verdict. They say it’s a slap in the face to have to go through the process again. The charges against Collyer have been reinstated, and a new trial date is expected sometime in January.
If you drive past the Hannaford Bros. parking lot in Brewer, you may wonder why there’s an RV parked there.It’s home to radio personalities from Z107.3 for the next few days.The Kidd kicked off this year’s annual “Free the Z” turkey drive bright and early Tuesday morning.This is the 9th year the radio station has collected birds for Manna Ministries.This year, they hope to collect 2009 turkeys for folks in need.If you want to donate, you can drop off a turkey, cash or a check donation.Students from UTC showed up Tuesday morning, to cook a gourmet breakfast for Kid and Sabrina, as well as TV5’s own Todd Simcox.They also donated $1,000 to the turkey drive that they raised from bake sales at the school.Just a reminder, the TV5 turkey telethon takes place Friday, Nov. 20th, during our 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
The Eastern Area Agency on Aging is collecting coats to keep folks warm outside, and inside their homes this winter.For every coat that is collected L.L. Bean will make a $5.00 donation to the Keep Me Warm fund.That fund helps out people who can’t afford to heat their homes.All five area agencies on aging are participating in the effort, along with other local and state organizations.When the coats are all collected, they will be brought down to the L.L. Bean store in Freeport and counted in order to determine the donation the store will be making.They will then be cleaned and given back to the area agencies on aging, where they will be given out to folks who can use them.The coat drive runs through Friday. You can drop gently worn adult coats off at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 450 Essex street in Bangor.
Fifteen thousand dollars worth of prescription drugs were stolen from a pharmacy in Stonington over the week-end.Now authorities are trying to find who’s responsible.Detective Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department says an alarm went off at V&S Variety around 3:00 AM Sunday.Still the thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of drugs.Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 667-7576.
Students at the Fairmount School in Bangor got to put their creativity to the test Tuesday.They got a visit from artist Blake Hendrickson, who has a unique way of creating wood sculptures.”So try to keep it low, keep working it around.”Hendrickson says he’s been creating artwork since he was in middle school, but just started showing his pieces to the public 5 years ago.He glues pieces of wood together to create amazing abstract art.Now he spends time, inspiring young artists,like those here at the Fairmount School in Bangor, challenging 4th and 5th grade students to create their own masterpieces.”I really like it, it’s really cool.”After all the kids can really exercise their creativity, they start out with…”well a whole bunch of random stuff”, and just see what they can come up with.”Sometimes when it’s in its final stage it starts to look a bit like something, like this may be a wilderness park or something.””It’s just really cool because you can think of it, so many different ways.””It doesn’t really matter what you do. There’s no real topic, you can just do anything you want.”Hendrickson says that’s the beauty of abstract art, it all starts in their imagination, and can end up helping the kids become critical thinkers.”It’s important for kids to exercise their imagination because in their lives they’re gonna need their imagination to to solve a lot of problems.”
In 2007, Maine was the first state in the nation to reject the federal real id act. The legislature voted in favor of a resolution to refuse the law, which was passed in 2005 by congress. Today, Maine is complying with the federal law, but at what expense to mainers? Tonight, we continue our report on: Maine, the way life should be – but has government gone too far?TV5’s Central Maine bureau chief Adrienne Bennett joins us now with more on that.Real i-d is a matter of national security – that’s the federal government’s view.But, can government successfully protect everyone? “It is impossible for the government to ensure that everyone is who they say they are.” As executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, Shenna Bellows believes equal protection and privacy, are fundamentals which ensure freedom for everyone.Bellows says the feds stepped over a line to set an example, unfairly targeting Mainers when state officials said they would not comply with real id.Shenna Bellows: “Unfortunately, I think that the real id debate has been characterized by a lot of politics. Maine was the first state to opt out because of the privacy and cost concerns and then the federal government under the Bush administration punished Maine by saying if you don’t implement these real id requirements, you won’t be able to get on planes. Why Hawaii wasn’t subject to the same requirements than the state of Maine is really beyond me. It’s something that I don’t understand.” Responding to the single most devastating act of terrorism on U.S. soil, the September 11 attacks prompted Congress to pass measures that many argue aren’t working. Real id was created with the intention to protect Americans.However, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap encouraged state legislators to pass the law which allowed Maine to refuse to take part.Adrienne Bennett: “Can government, in your opinion successfully protect everyone? Matt Dunlap: “No, absolutely not. I think we’re fools to say that we can.” Matt Dunlap: “You can’t take non-secure documents like birth certificates, which are public record. If you know the person’s name, you can go down to vital records and get a certified copy of their birth certificates. Social security numbers aren’t terribly secure. When you take all these non-secure elements and you put them together, you’re not necessarily building a secure document. “Adrienne Bennett: “So identity doesn’t equal security?” Matt Dunlap: “No, not at all. In fact, one of the arguments has been to the contrary. When you put all this information in one place, you make it easier for identity thieves and terrorists.”Today, Maine along with every other state, is dealing with shifting deadlines and undefined requirements to be in full compliance with real id, a law that’s been in play for four years. There’s new legislation on the table in Washington to convert real id to pass id before the years end. Matt Dunlap: “It’s not real clear how much different this is going to be from real id. With all these changes swirling around, it’s very difficult for anybody to keep on top of what the latest developments are.”Pass id is short for – providing for additional security in states’ identification”.Over the summer department of homeland security secretary janet Napolitano met with U.S. governors calling on congress to act quickly to pass the legislation, citing the bill’s privacy protection provisions, reduced costs and greater flexibility for states, all of which they say would enable standards to be implemented a year ahead of current real id deadline of 2017.
A benefit supper is being held Thursday night in Ellsworth for the families of three fishermen lost in Cobscook Bay.The three men were aboard a 32-foot dragger.The body of Darryl Cline of Machiasport was recovered.But Norman Johnson of Cutler and Joseph Jones of Trescott remain missing.The benefit supper will be at the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign War Hall on outer Main Street from 5 to 7 Thursday night.There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
If you’re looking for something to do Friday night, how about an art walk?That’s what you’ll find in downtown Bangor.Meghan Hayward has the story.Downtown Bangor is bringing the arts alive with an artwalk. Featuring photographers, painters, potters, sculptors and much more.”To meet with the artists and connect with them on a local level. To increase interest in Downtown Bangor and also the artistic community of Downtown Bangor.”There will be more than fifteen locations to visit, featuring different artists.The event is free and open to the public.”I think it gives people a great opportunity to connect and see that stuff is happening in downtown. That downtown might be in a bit of a hiatus period right now, but it is growing. Any event that we can have is a great expansion. It shows that culture is happening here in Bangor, here in Maine.”One artist is hoping to bring new interest to the area.”Installation work tends to be three dimensional. So you get involved in the art and can touch some of the stuff. There’s performances in it, music and film.”Some local eateries have also joined the event.There will be an after party at The Fiddlehead Restaurant, where folks can mingle with the artistic community.”There are so many fabulously talented people all around us that we might as well take advantage of it.”And Giacomos will have a live band from midnight until 2 am.Owner Brett Settle is happy to take part in the artwalk.”I think it’s huge. It opens it up to people who might not come down on their own for any other reason. The time of year is perfect.”Organizers say they’ve had over 500 people attend previous events and they hope to top that this time around.”So it’s a big night for downtown Bangor or that’s our intention anyway.”Downloadable versions of the event map as well as more information can be found at www.downtownartscollaborative.org.