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Machias Fire

Wayne Harvey

Updated 5 years ago

Fire fighters spent part of last night battling a fire in Machias.The call came in around 6:30.Crews from five towns were dispatched to a trailer park off Route One.No word yet on damages or a cause.Fire fighters cleared the scene around Midnight.We’ll have more information when it becomes available.

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Fatal Accident in Wilton

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A Farmington man is dead after a three car accident in Wilton Thursday.Daniel Jackson (66) was traveling West on Rt. 2 toward Dixfield when his vehicle crossed the center line and stuck a tractor trailer truck driven by Nicholas Steven (25) of Corinth.A third vehicle driven by Edward Towers (44) of Dixfield was traveling behind Jackson’s vehicle, and struck that vehicle after Jackson collided with the tractor trailer.Jackson was pronounced dead on the scene. Three of the five occupants in Towers vehicle were treated by rescue crews at the scene, but refused transport to a hospital.A reconstruction team was called in to determine the cause of the accident. The Wilton Police Department is continuing to investigate.

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Camp Out to Benefit YouthAIDS

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Students just moved into UMaine last week, and some have picked an unusual location.The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has set up tents in the center of campus as a fundraiser for a group called YouthAIDS.The effort raises money to teach young people in developing nations about safe sex practices, to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The fraternity came up with the fundraiser four years ago. They spend all week camping near their tents, collecting donations and educating students about the program.Fraternity member J.D. Kray says fellow students are happy to pitch in. Last year, they raised 14 hundred dollars.”A lot of people are very receptive. They don’t know much about it, so they’ll stop and ask what’s going on, what are we doing. As soon as we tell them, they’re very receptive and think it’s a great cause. And they almost always give money,” Kray says.YouthAIDS targets people from the ages of 15-24 in more than 60 countries.The fraternity brothers spend 24-hours a day at the camp out, although they do take time off for class.They’ll be there until Friday.

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Second Suspect in Killing of Old Town Woman Appears in Court

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A second arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman from old town. Holly Boutilier’s body was found in a shack by the Penobscot River in Bangor early last month.Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Ptaszynski, described by police as a Bangor transient, made his first court appearance today.Ptaszynski was arrested earlier today.He’s charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.Thirty-four-year-old Colin Koehler of Bangor had previously been charged with murder in the case. He was indicted by a Penobscot County Grand Jury in August.According to court records, surveillance video from Hollywood Slots shows two men leaving the crime scene.In an interview with Bangor Police, Ptaszynski said he was the second subject in the surveillance video.Police say he told them he had no prior knowledge that Koehler planned to kill Boutilier.A court affidavit states Ptaszynski says the three of them had gone on a walk along the Penobscot River when Koehler pulled out a sword.The affidavit says Boutilier died from multiple stab wounds to her abdomen and a laceration to her neck.”But I think it’s worth and important to note that it is not him who is alleged to have wielded the weapon which caused Miss Boutilier’s death,” said Ptaszynski’s Attorney Jeff Silverstein.”The investigation has been ongoing since the time of the initial interviews with Ptaszynski and the police have developed additional information,” said Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson.Both Ptaszynski and Koehler are being held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail.A bail hearing for Ptaszynski has been scheduled for next month.

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Laptop Program Expanded

Updated 5 years ago

(AP) Maine education officials are celebrating an expansion of the state’s laptop program into more than half of Maine’s high schools this fall. Maine put a computer on the lap of each seventh- and eighth-grader in 2002 and 2003, and state officials hoped to get 100 percent participation from high schools this fall. Education Commissioner Sue Gendron says the state fell short of that goal largely because of the short time frame for high schools to sign on over the summer. But she says the 63,000 laptops being distributed this fall still represents the biggest program of its kind in the nation. Gendron says the state will achieve the 100 percent goal within two years. All seventh- and eighth-graders in public schools will get new laptops, as will students in more than half of the state’s 119 high schools.

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Floral Arrangements in Hudson Taste as Good as They Look

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 years ago

Flowers are a great way to say so many things, like “I love you”, “I’m sorry” or “Congratulations”.Now a woman and her mom in Hudson are adding a twist to traditional floral messages – by creating bouquets sweet enough to eat.April Brayley is used to handling a lot of food in the deli at Rogers Market in Hudson. But these days she focuses more on fruit. “We actually wanted to order a fruit bouquet for a friend and we found that you couldn’t get them in this area. So we actually made one ourselves.”The creation, designed with the help of Brayley’s mom, Barbara, instantly got a lot of attention.”Sometimes we fray the edges to make it look a little more natural, like a flower.”Orders for their floral fruit bouquets quickly blossomed. “The response has been overwhelming. We thought this might be a fun thing to do on the side and it’s turned into its own business really.”And a pretty creative one at that. Take the bouquet made for Braylee’s nephew’s birthday – which went faster than the cake.”She put gummy worms in through the pineapples and stuff so the boys thought it was great. There was worms in the fruit. So you can change it up and make fun and unique things with it.””This is the fun, easy part. And the best part is if your break them or break the chocolate, you get to set it aside and eat it later!”Braylee and her mom are now playing around seasonal arrangements, which they say will also taste as good as they look. “People get flowers all of the time. This is new, it’s healthy. We use really fresh ripe fruit so it’s perfect to eat when you get it.”You can find out more about the fruit bouquets at www.myfruitbouquet.com.

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Camden Windjammer Festival Starts Friday

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Every Labor Day weekend, it’s like a right of passage for folks here in Camden. The Windjammer Festival gives everyone the opportunity to see, up close and personal, these historic schooners and windjammers that decorate this coastal town. Stephen Pixley is the Harbor Master in Camden and he still never gets tired of the view. “This will be the 15th year and every time we come and wrap them up and they’re all wrapped up, and the moon is shining, it does something to me,” says Pixley, “you would think the novelty would have worn off for me because I’m the one that’s putting it on, but it’s amazing how it makes you feel to see all those antique boats, traditional gaffe rig sails all crowded in, it’s spectacular.”Vistors from all over will be able to go on board and experience a little bit of history. Woody Emanuel has lived here since the 70’s and he’s helping to organize the event this year. “This gives everyone this weekend an opportunity to go on board all of the schooners and windjammers and learn about how they work,” says Emanuel, “who the people are, the crew, and what they have to do and see a little bit of this wonderful maine heritage that we have.” Pixley is a former schooner boat Captain and knows all about these vessels. “They each have their own personality,” he says, “every one of them. You see them lumbering around the bay and coming in the harbor and the history behind them and you think about all the stuff they’ve seen.”While the boats are the main attraction, the event provides plenty for families to do. “It’s a great thing to come with the family,” says Pixley, “it’s a low keyed event, there’s no cotton candy or stuff like that. It’s nautical crafts and watching people do the old work that’s being replaced by computers, that kind of stuff, just good downeast wholesome fun.” Les Bex has been sailing out of Camden for the past 45 years. He’s been a part of this festival since it began 15 years ago. “Well I think everybody enjoys it,” he says, “and I think that’s what it’s all about, getting people to enjoy an end of summer festival.”For a complete list of the weekends events visit their website at:http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com/

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State Officials Examine Trees for Signs of Worrisome Pest

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If you live on Bangor’s West Side, you may have noticed folks wandering the streets Thursday, studying the trees.They were looking for a species of beetle that experts say could seriously impact the Maine economy if it arrives here.Amy Erickson has the story.Believe it or not, this little pest can cause some very big problems.The Asian Longhorned Beetle has devastated communities across the country…the closest is Worcester, Massachusetts.Folks from the Maine Department of Agriculture are doing their best to keep the pest out of the Pine Tree State.”We want to try and find it quicker than they did in MA, so that we could control it easier.””If it did become established, we could lose a lot of our hardwood species.”Entomologist Karen Coluzzi led a team of folks who spent Thursday scouring Bangor’s West Side.They examined trees for signs of the beetle, like dime-sized holes in the tree’s bark.Bangor’s City Forester, Brian Dugas, also took part in the survey. He wants to be proactive, since chances are, the pest will eventually make its way to Maine.”This is an extremely serious pest. They say it’s going to be worse than the dutch elm disease and some of the other insects that have come into the country.””We have approximately 8,000 trees in the city that are susceptible to this pest…so there would be some major changes in how the city streets look if this pest is able to do what it’s done to the city of Worcester.”And it’s not just trees at stake.Maine’s economy could also suffer.”If it gets into the maple sugar producers around here, it could be devastating for those people.””The tourism industry could be impacted because a lot of the fall tourists come to look at the beautiful colors hardwoods give out in the fall.”Dugas says the best way to keep that from happening is to be on the lookout for the pests…now…”It probably is inevitable that it is going to make it up this way at some point. So we want to be proactive.”They surveyed 1000 trees. There were no definitive signs of the beetles. A few trees are labeled suspicious and will continue to be monitored.

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State Shutdown Planned for Friday

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Just a reminder…many state government offices will be closed Friday, September 4th.It’s part of a cost-saving measure.Governor John Baldacci is asking residents to plan ahead for any services they may need from state agencies during the shutdown days.His best advice is that folks check with a specific state agency before seeking services there on Friday.The day is the third of ten closure days between July first and June 30-th.And as a side note, the state’s parks and historic sites *will* remain open…they will not be affected by the shutdown.Maine Forest service rangers will also remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the woods.

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Second Arrest Made in Murder

Updated 5 years ago

A second arrest has been made in connection with the August eighth murder of Holly Boutilier of Old Town.Bangor Police arrested 27-year-old Justin Ptaszynski, described as a Bangor transient.Ptaszynski is charged with murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution.Thirty-four-year-old Colin Koehler of Bangor had previously been charged with murder in the case.He was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in August.According to court records, surveillance video from Hollywood Slots shows two men leaving the crime scene.In an interview with Bangor Police, Ptaszynski said he was the second subject in the surveillance video.Police says he told them he had no prior knowledge that koehler planned to kill Boutilier.A court affidavit states Ptaszynski says the three of them had gone on a walk along the Penobscot River when Koehler pulled out a sword.The police affidavit says Boutilier died from multiple stab wounds to her abdomen and a laceration to her neck.Ptaszynski is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

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Cookin’ With Cathy: Rice Pudding

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Rice Pudding (Rizogalo) Recipe SummaryRecipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Yield: 4 lbs. 6 oz.6 cups milk1 cup water1 1/2 cups raw rice1/2 tsp. salt3 eggs1 1/2 cups sugar2 tsp. vanillaWhipped CreamCinnamon (optional)Combine milk and water in large saucepan. Warm over medium-high heat, do not boil. Add rice. Bring to a boil. Add salt and lower heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice is tender 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally. Meanwhile beat eggs, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. When rice is cooked remove from heat. Slowly add about a cup of heated milk/rice mixture to eggs stirring constantly. Add heated egg mixture back to pan gradually, stirring and mixing well. Place pan back over low heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat. Pour rice pudding into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon.

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Cookin’ With Cathy; Saving with Speronis: Easy Bacon

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When comparing prices at the market check the unit price located on the shelf. It will have a per pound or per quantity price on the tag.Easy Store & Cook Bacon Recipe SummaryRecipe courtesy Cathy Speronis Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 servings1 lb. uncooked BaconPlastic WrapAluminum FoilAddress labelCookie sheetCooling RackTo store bacon:Lay plastic wrap on counter. Pull out uncooked bacon one piece at a time. Place onto plastic wrap and roll covering piece of bacon. Place another piece of bacon on top of covered piece. Continue rolling and covering pieces of bacon layering as you go along. When all of the bacon has been wrapped cut the plastic wrap. Tear off a piece of foil, enough to cover the plastic rolled bacon and cover the roll completely. Label and place in freezer. Bacon can be stored this way up to 3 months.To cook the bacon:Preheat oven to 375*. Cover a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Place a cooling rack in center of sheet.Remove bacon from foil and unroll as many pieces as you need. Place the frozen bacon pieces on the cooling rack. Cook in center of oven for 15 – 20 minutes to desired doneness.

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Sebelius in Maine to Talk Healthcare

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The secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be in Orono Thursday afternoon for a talk that will focus on health care.Kathleen Sebelius is meeting with members of local groups for a roundtable discussion.Healthcare providers, consumers, and folks from organizations like the Maine Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, and other invited guests are expected to be there.The event is not open to the public. It’s being put on by the Service Employees International Union and will take place at the University of Maine.

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Lewiston Standoff Ends

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A police standoff in Lewiston ended early Thursday morning, more than 13 hours after a man barricaded himself inside an apartment.Authorities say the man, identified only as “Dan” was found dead inside the apartment around 1 am. He appeared to have shot himself.Police surrounded the building early Wednesday morning, after a man refused to come out.Shortly before 7 Wednesday night, police fired 20 rounds of tear gas inside the building.Meanwhile, negotiators continued to talk to the barricaded man inside, trying to persuade him to come out.The Red Cross has offered assistance to the building’s other resident.

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Trailer Lost in Newport Fire

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A fire on the New Road in Newport destroyed a trailer Wednesday afternoon.Crews from three towns responded to the fire.Newport Fire Chief Jeff Chretien says they were a bit short handed, but still able to knock down the fire in shortly after they arrived.There was one person home when the fire started. “He said it looked like the bed caught on fire,” Chief Chretien told TV5. “He wasn’t completely sure. It did happen in the bedroom. He said he shook the bed a couple times, went into the bathroom, came out and the bedroom was fully involved. He said it wasn’t cigarettes, it smells like wiring, we’re not really sure.”Officials aren’t sure how many people live in the trailer.No one was hurt.The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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Gardiner Mill Fire Ruled Arson

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Investigators say a fire that swept through an abandoned paper mill in the central Maine town of Gardiner was intentionally set. Sgt. Ken Grimes who is with the State Fire Marshal’s office says they do not have any firm suspects, but adds they are following leads. He says it appears the fire was set in two separate parts of the building.Officials say about half of the old Gardiner Paperboard Mill on Water Street was razed by the fire, which was reported at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police found a man Wednesday hiding in the woods near the mill. They took him into custody. He has since been released.

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More Cuts to Education?

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More cuts may be in store for education this school year.Education Commissioner Susan Gendron has warned superintendents they could be looking at a cuts in state funding as bad or even worse than the $27,000,000 in cuts ordered by Governor Baldacci last year.And unlike last year, there won’t be federal stimulus money to bail out the state and local schools.

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Two More Cases of Equine Encephalitis

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Two more horses, one in Unity the other in Gorham, have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, bringing the tally to five.There are another two suspected cases.No humans have been infected with the potentially fatal brain infection, but health officials are warning residents to be vigilant when it comes to mosquito.Just a reminder, there is also going to be a public meeting in Thorndike Thursday night at Mount View High School.Center for Disease Control (CDC) and agricultural officials will answer questions regarding Triple E. The meeting will begin at 6 pm.

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Blue Hill Fair Opens Thursday

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A fair that usually signals the end of summer gets underway tomorrow. Gates open at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon for the Blue Hill Fair. The price of admission tomorrow is just $5.00 for adults, children under 12 get in free.Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the adult admission price goes up to $8.00 but children under 12 still get in free. Rides cost .75 cents per ticket, or 20 tickets for $13. Labor Day will be wristband day. Wristbands cost $20 and gets you unlimited access to all the rides.

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Blue Hill Mother Heading To Space Camp

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A Blue Hill mother is about to fulfill her lifelong dream of finding out what it takes to be an astronaut.27-year-old Cassy Osgood is heading to the Adult Space Academy in Huntsville Alabama. She says she’s always wanted to be an astronaut ever since she was a child, now that dream is about to become reality.Osgood leaves for space camp in about 2 weeks. She says she’s been waiting for this moment her whole life “In our busy lives we have challenges everyday,” she says, “things that are thrown at us a lot of times we get so wrapped up in our life that we don’t make time to do the things we’ve always wanted to do and I’ve never lost sight of that.” Osgood works in human resources at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Her husband Justin and 6-year-old daughter Kylie are behind her all the way.

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