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New Soup Kitchen In Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

The hungry have a new place to turn for help in Bangor.A group of area churches have come together to start a new Sunday soup kitchen.It’s being held at the Columbia Street Baptist Church downtown, but each Sunday, members of a different church will provide and serve the meal.Parishioners wanted to do something to help the needy in the community, since on weekends, there aren’t many free meals out there. “For noon meal, there really wasn’t very much happening, so the area churches got together and said that’d be a really good thing to start. So columbia street started doing this in january, and then the other churches signed on and it’ll be on a rotating basis.”Next Sunday’s meal will be provided by the folks at Bangor Baptist Church.Again, the soup kitchen is open every Sunday from noon to one at the Columbia Street Baptist Church in downtown Bangor.

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Firefighters Burn House in Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

Folks driving along Main Street in Downtown Bangor Sunday may have been alarmed to see a house on fire, but it was actually set by fire crews.The Bangor Fire Department held a training exercise at a vacant apartment building along the waterfront.They set fires throughout the house, then crews had the chance to watch it progress, and practice their attacks.They also simulated searches inside different parts of the home, and practiced doing ventilation.Firefighters say real-life training like this is invaluable. ” ‘Cause you don’t know what’s been built, how the walls are…once the fire gets in the walls, where it’s gonna go. False walls and things like that. this is about the best we can get. As close to real as it gets.”About 60 people turned out to watch the training burn.The apartment building and the building next to it will eventually be razed to make way for a new Tim Horton’s restaurant.

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More Layoffs at Hinckley Yachts

Updated 6 years ago

26 employees at Hinckley Yachts are expected to be laid off within the week, and company officials say if the economy doesn’t improve, they may have to shut down their Trenton plant altogether.The luxury yacht builder’s President and C.E.O., James McManus, says the company has enough orders for the power yachts it makes in Trenton to keep it going through next February. But if orders don’t pick up, the company could shutter the plant and move its power boat manufacturing operations to another location.This is the third round of layoffs at Hinckley since October.In total, a hundred people have lost their jobs.

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Searchers Find Missing Elderly Man’s Body

Updated 6 years ago

A sad end to the search for an elderly man with dementia who’d been missing since Monday.Game Wardens say the body of 77-year-old William Young was discovered Sunday morning in the woods near Kokadjo.Wardens and search dogs had been looking for Young in the area since spotting his truck from the air Saturday near Spencer Bay.He’d last been seen driving by a school in his hometown of Auburn last Monday.Young’s body was discovered about nine road miles from where his vehicle was found.There’s no word yet on when he may have died.An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday.Young’s wife told investigators her husband may have gone to Kokadjo to help search for a 75-year-old woman from South Portland who went missing two weeks ago.She was found alive on April 10th, but Young’s wife said the her husband had talked at length about being compelled to go to the Kokadjo area to find the woman.Young’s body was discovered under a tree, about ten yards off the road.Close to three dozen Game Wardens helped in the search for Young.There were also 60 search and rescue volunteers, 9 K9s, and a crew from the Maine Forest Service.

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Arson in Gardiner

Updated 6 years ago

Police are looking for an arsonist in Gardiner who targeted the United Methodist Church.The building on Highland Avenue sustained damage to its siding before the fire burned itself out.It was discovered Sunday morning by a custodian who was cleaning up before Sunday services.Those services went on as scheduled, despite the damage.Investigators say there were actually two fires set intentionally outside the church: one in the front, the other in the back.Fire marshal’s investigators say the fires were clearly meant to spread to the church.

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Wardens Searching for Missing Elderly Man

Updated 6 years ago

More than 20 game wardens spent the day searching the woods near Kokadjo for an elderly man who’s been missing since Monday.77-year-old William Young was last seen driving by the Walton School in Auburn at 9 a.m. on Monday.Saturday morning, a Warden Service pilot spotted Young’s truck from the air near Spencer Bay, west of Kokadjo.Wardens are on foot and in the air searching for any sign of Young, who is in the late stages of dementia.He’s described as 5’9 with grey hair and hazel eyes.He was wearing dark grey pants, a light green shirt and jacket, black sneakers and a tan baseball cap.Anyone with information on Young’s whereabouts is asked to call the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-437-7372.

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Armed Robbery in Downtown Bangor

Updated 6 years ago

Police are looking for the man who robbed a woman at knifepoint in downtown Bangor Saturday evening.It happened just after 7 p.m. on Broad Street, near the Charles Inn.Officers say a black male approached a woman, threatened her with a knife and demanded all her money.The only description of the man is that he was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.Police say the woman was not injured.< "she's fine...she's real shaken up. He did get her cash...and he fled on foot.">Patrol officers are scouring the streets for the suspect.They’re asking anyone who may have witnessed the crime to call the Bangor Police at 947-7384.

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Record Store Day Celebrated in Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Record stores are disappearing by the day, it seems, with the increasing popularity of music downloads…But on Saturday, independent music retailers were celebrated at special events.”Record Store Day” was held at stores all over the country, including at Bull Moose Music stores across Maine.The concept was actually the brainchild of Bull Moose’s Chris Brown.More than a thousand independent record stores in the country and around the world took part.Some stores celebrated with in-store concerts and musician appearances.Clerks at Bull Moose in Bangor say they hope more folks visit their local record stores once in a while, since it’s a completely different experience than buying music online.< "the art of discovery! You're able to discover through music through personal connections rather than on the computer. I think it's cool to connect with people and discuss music...and people are able to find out a lot more about music that way than any other source.">There are only about 2-thousand independent record stores left in the U.S.Some artists, like Bruce Springsteen, helped support Record Store day by releasing special music on vinyl.

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Fairpoint Trying to Address Customer Service Complaints

Updated 6 years ago

FairPoint Communications is trying to improve its customer service after being plagued with complaints.The company has set weekly targets for responding to customer issues.FairPoint bought Verizon Communications’ landline telephone andInternet business in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont a year agoand switched to its own computer systems in January. Since then, they’ve been inundated with complaints from customers who can’t get phone service, have received confusing bills and have spent hourson hold.The company has set targets for the next 10 weeks coveringincomplete orders, late orders, billing errors and other issues.

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Couple Sentenced for Medicaid/Unemployment Theft

Updated 6 years ago

An alcohol and drug counselor in the midcoast region and his wife have been sentenced to prison time for stealing from state Medicaid and unemployment programs.Maine’s Attorney General says David McFarland bilked the state by submitting false claims to MaineCare. His wife, Mary McFarland, illegally collected jobless benefits after shepurportedly resigned from her husband’s counseling agency butcontinued to work for the agency from the couple’s home.The couple pleaded guilty to the charges in Knox County Superior Court.David McFarland was sentenced to nine months in jail and 300 hours of community service. Mary McFarland received a suspended three-year sentence, three years of probation and 400 hours of community service.

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Woman Indicted in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

Updated 6 years ago

An 18-year-old from Brownfield is facing a manslaughter charge in connection with a hit and run crash.The Oxford County grand jury also indicted Tiffany Hamlyn on charges of aggravated operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.The crash happened on March 26-th in Fryeburg.The victim, Tiffany Hamilton, was struck outside her house and died the next day.

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Grand Opening of Newport Cultural Center

Updated 6 years ago

The town of Newport now has its own Cultural Center.The community got its first look inside the place Saturday during the grand opening celebration.The Center was created by merging together the public library, historical society and museum.Residents can now take advantage of features like the genealogical research room, a children’s arts and crafts room and a community space for classes, meetings and workshops.< "we have a lot of elderly who are shut-ins and they can use this for a social outlet. There are also students who can take field trips here to learn local history...and homeschoolers can come and access the info we have here." >Scott says she’s proud of the grassroots effort by the community to build the center.It took eight years of fundraising and grant writing to make it a reality.

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Hike for the Homeless

Updated 6 years ago

Folks in Brewer came together Saturday to do their part to help those without a place to sleep at night.Hundreds of walkers showed up for the Hike for the Homeless, which stepped off from the Cianchette Building.Hikers collected pledges…and all the money will support the homeless in greater Bangor…specifically at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.Staffers there provide shelter, hot meals and crisis intervention.State and federal funds only provide about a quarter of the Shelter’s annual budget of 500-thousand dollars.Donations are what keep it afloat.< "it's huge. It's extremely important to the shelter in terms of what they need for operation. Our goal this year was $50,000 so between the hike and the raffle, I think we might make it.">The Brewer walkers met up with walk teams from Bangor, Hampden and Veazie along the waterfront at the end of the hike.

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43rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race a Success

Updated 6 years ago

Thousands of folks lined the banks of the Kenduskeag Stream Saturday to check out the biggest canoe race in New England.The 43-rd annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race kicked off at 8 a.m.510 boats started the race in Kenduskeag Village.5 craft were released every minute until about 9:30.From there, they moved on to the trickier spots, like 6-Mile Falls and the Maxfield Bridge on Valley Ave. in Bangor.Rescue crews were on standby throughout the route to help out those who fell into the water.The water was only a chilly 40 degrees or so.The 16.5 mile race ended up in downtown Bangor.Parks and Rec director Tracy Willette says overall, the race went well.< "some low water today! I think our paddlers found it a little bumpy in different places. It certainly wasn't too low, but I think it was lower than what some folks may have expected. It was a pretty good course all the way around. We've seen some good times today and good results.">951 paddlers took part in this year’s race.

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Track Fire

Updated 6 years ago

A train track fire ripped through several towns Friday.A train started the fire on Snake Route Rd., then it spread through Pittsfield, Clinton, Burnham and Detroit.Fire fighters say dry weather contributed to the fire and estimate ten to twelve fire crews were on scene fighting the blaze.There were also two helicopters and ATV’s there helping to put out the fire.Despite the size of the fire, fire fighters say there was minimal damage.

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Mill Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the Gardner Chip Mill off route 116 in Chester Friday.When crews arrived on the scene, black smoke could be seen pouring out from multiple sides of the building and flames were visible in several areas.According to Deputy Fire Chief Hervey Clay, the high winds complicated their efforts.Fire crews from Mattawamkeag, Lee, Howland, Passadumkeag, Burlington, East Millinocket and Medway were called in to help Lincoln crews put out the fire.The cause has not yet determined, but authorities say it isn’t uncommon for the machinery in the areas that caught fire to throw sparks.

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Opening Night at Pittsfield Community Theater

Updated 6 years ago

There weren’t any celebrities or a red carpet, but it was still a highly anticipated opening night.The Pittsfield Community Theater opened for business Friday night, after being closed for four months.”It’s a great feeling to have everyone want it back up and running.” Donna Dunphy is the Manager of the Pittsfield Community Theater, and the question she’s answered most often lately is, ‘When is the theater opening?’ Now she can tell them Friday night.Four months ago, the roof was found to be unsafe. Wooden trusses had been cut and leaking water caused even more damage. The theater was closed so the roof could be reinforced. Now that work is done.”To have it back up and running, it’s gonna be great for the community and surrounding towns so they don’t have to go so far and spend a lot of money.”General admission is just $3.00, $2.00 for Seniors, and if you see a show on Monday, it’s just a buck.That fits right into the budget of a lot of folks, not to mention it’s convenient.”This is like the only place to hang out in Pittsfield” says Jessica Huff, who is glad to have the theater back open. So is Justine Dunphy, “It’s a lot better to have it here close in town so you can come here during the week or something.”This is a building that dates back to 1915, a centerpiece of the community since then. But what the kids of today understand, is they’re glad to have it back.”6:00 All my friends said they’re coming just cause it’s the opening, they don’t care what movie’s playing.”The first movie showing is “Hotel for Dogs” rated PG.

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Health Reform – Hundreds Turn Out in Augusta to Turn Talk into Action

Updated 6 years ago

Nearly 300 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals turned out in Augusta Friday to talk about health reform. Some of the tone revolved around how much talk there is about change, but no action. Quality Counts 6 (QC6) is the latest in a series of conferences to promote the transformational changes needed to create dramatic and sustainable improvements in health and healthcare in Maine. The conference provided an opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders to consider a bold set of statewide quality goals and examine them in the context of our complex healthcare system. Two priorities Dr. Janet Corrigan who is a national leader in improving health care quality says reorganizing the system starting with strengthening hospital and primary care provider relationships should be a priority. Quality Counts 6 is made possible by the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Maine Aligning Forces for Quality initiative.

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” The Way We Get By” Showing

Updated 6 years ago

“The Way We Get By” documentary about Bangor Troop Greeters is playing in Waterville Saturday afternoon.The film made it’s debut at the Collins Center for the Arts last week.The screening takes place at the Railroad Square cinema at 3 p.m. as part of the Lumina 3 day festival of film, food and live music that promotes the exchange of culture and ideas.After that, the award winning documentary makes it’s way to Narrow Gauge Cinema in Farmington on Monday the 20th for 4 days.Director Aron Gaudet will be on hand at the Farmington screening for Q&A following the showing.The movie will open nightly at 7 p.m in Farmington. And don’t forget the showing in Waterville tomorrow at 3 p.m.For more information or to get tickets you can log on to thewaywegetbymovie.com

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43rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Set for Saturday

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Thrills and spills are on tap for tomorrow, as hundreds of participants take to the water for the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.TV 5’s Amy Erickson gives us a preview.< "it's finally springtime. The kenduskeag certainly marks that turn of the corner, whether it's official on the calendar or not, that spring is finally here."About 800 participants from around Maine and the country are ready to usher in spring with a splash Saturday at the 43rd annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.As director of Bangor's Parks and Recreation department, Tracy Willette overseas the event.He says things are looking good. "the water is not as high as it's been over the years...but now as low either. So I think the course is going to be good for beginners as well as our expert paddlers."Those who are brave enough will travel a 16.5 mile course from Kenduskeag Village to downtown Bangor...Rescue crews will be stationed and ready at the trickier spots along the way. "we station personnel at historically dangerous spots. Like 6 mile falls...they always fall out of boats there."They'll also be standing by on the Maxfield Bridge on Valley Ave in Bangor.Thousands of spectators are expected to line the banks of the stream for a look at the action...Experts have a word of advice for those bringing little ones to take part in the excitement."make sure you keep them off the banks. We've had a lot of water and the banks can get undercut...so if they get to close to the stream, they could fall in."The race is famous for its thrills...and spills...especially at 6 Mile Falls...but safety personnel are ready to react in seconds if someone gets into trouble. "we'll throw the throw bags first. If we have to go in, we'll go in after them. We're equipped to go in and get them pulled back to shore."Willette says all paddlers..beginners or experts...should come prepared with lots of warm gear...in case you end up going for an unexpected swim. "whenever the temperatures are warm, there's a misconception that the water is equally as warm and that's not so. It's still probably only 35 to 40 degrees."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.>The race starts Saturday morning in Kenduskeag Village.Canoes and kayaks will be launched five at a time every minute starting at 8 a.m.There are still spots for folks who’d like to take part.Race day registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the starting line.

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