It seems we’re always trying to find ways to do things faster, but is it always better?One man in Holden thinks building a home using old-fashioned techniques is just the right fit for him.”This is just a style of log home that I noticed near Moosehead Lake and really liked it.”When Robie Robichaud decided to move back to Maine, he picked out a piece of land in Holden. His first thought was to build a home underground, but then he looked up.”It’s on a slope, it’s aimed right and all that. I found out there was a view above the trees and I had to get up there to get it.”He wanted his home to fit right into nature, so he decided it should be a log home. A kit would be easy, but he didn’t think it could provide the raw beauty of building it the old fashioned way.So he hired a crew from Greenville that hand hewns and hand scribes each log, so they fit perfectly into one another.”I thought how did these guys do this”It’s pretty amazing considering many of these logs harvested from Deer Island on Moosehead Lake are 45 feet long. Ground was broken last September, and Robie’s new home should be finished by this summer, but he can already see, the results are beautiful.”Each log is different than the other one below it, and there are a lot of little nooks and crannies and giant walnuts on these logs, that I probably am going to rub it down and put linseed oil on it and just bring it out. To me it’s about the beauty. This is about as natural as natural can be.”
Red Shield in Old Town is announcing the startup of its pulping operations. Dan Bird, spokesman for the company, says some employees were called back to work last week in anticipation of the startup next week.Bird says most of the employees laid off last summer will be put back to work. The mill has started taking orders for pulpwood and should be fully operational by next week.Bird says the startup is the result of their unique pulpwood product. He also says company officials have been working on cost-saving measures and the marketing of their high-quality pulp product.
For some in Maine, summertime can’t come fast enough.Lounging by the pool sounds pretty darn nice right now. As Joy Hollowell shows us, some kids in Bangor figured out a way to go swimming in the snow.SNOW SHOVELING AND SPLISH SPLASHING SEEM LIKE POLAR OPPOSITES…BUT AT THE BANGOR Y-M-C-A, THE TWO GO HAND IN HAND.”it’s a snow day. Yes, and so all the kids come in in the morning, and we dig out our cars and get here before them.”FOR A DECADE NOW, THE Y HAS OFFERED ITS SNOW DAY PROGRAM TO FAMILIES IN THE AREA. THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO GIVE KIDS SOMETHING TO DO DURING A DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL, WITHOUT PARENTS HAVING TO *WORRY* ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING.”we provide all kinds of activities fro them to do, they can participate in our gym program, our swim program, we have arts and crafts as well as science projects.”AND, IT PROBABLY COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE KIDS FAVORITE ACTIVITY IS “”swimming.””because its too cold outside””warm inside”ANYONE CAN SIGN UP FOR THE SNOW DAY PROGRAM AT THE Y. JUST COME INSIDE THE SECOND STREET LOCATION AND FILL OUT AN INFORMATION PACKET…AND WHO KNOWS, FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT, YOU MIGHT JUST FORGET WHAT’S GOING ON OUTSIDE.JOY HOLLOWELL, WABI TV 5 NEWS, BANGOR.
Governor Baldacci has declared a State of Emergency due to the heavy snow and the high number of power outages.
The Darling Road in Hudson has been reopened, after a motor vehicle accident involving downed power lines around 10 Monday morning. Power has also been restored to the Hudson Hill area. Power was out for about 5 hours. As of 5 p.m., both lanes are moving on Interstate 95 after an accident in Waterville. The northbound lane at mile marker 125 on I-95 had been closed since 10 a.m.
A man in his fifties died Sunday while on Sugarloaf Mountain. His name has not yet been released.A spokesperson for the ski resort says the victim was waiting for the ski lift when they believe he suffered a heart attack. Ski patrol responded immediately and performed CPR, then transported the man to the clinic.We’re told the man was a parapalegic and using adapted ski equipment at the time of the incident. We’re also told he was an avid skiier.
A Fairfield teenager is behind bars tonight after allegedly assaulting his parents.Police say 18-year-old Travis Ireland became aggressive with a knife at the family’s home on Old County Road. Officers say they had to to use a Taser to subdue him.Police tell TV5 Ireland’s mother and father were not injured. Travis Ireland currently is awaiting bail at the Somerset County Jail. He will be arraigned in mid-April.
With more snow on the way, some people are rejoicing. That includes lots of folks who’ve been out enjoying snowmobile trails all over the state this winter.We checked in with one club on Sunday, who says despite tough economic times – their membership is up.”We’re riding snowmobiles!”Beautiful weather brought lots of people out riding this weekend – taking advantage of prime conditions.”The trails have been the best they’ve been in a lot of years,” says Corinth Snowmobile Club President Duane Blanchard. “We’ve got a lot of snow, probably another 2 to 3 weeks of winter left and you can head from here anywhere you want to go.””We came from Kenduskeag, we went over to Hudson to the lake and we’re headed back now,” says James Millet. He stopped by the Corinth Snowmobile Club – also known as the Powerline Prowlers – with a group for a bite of home-cooked food.”We have hamburgers, hotdogs, onion rings, french fries, grilled cheese..and each weekend we do two specials and homemade sweets,” says the club’s “Gram,” Jean Clement.Blanchard says his club is growing, despite the bad economy, since people are sticking to trails closer to home.”With the local economy we’re trying to open it back up and let families and everyone start using it again.”Membership costs 22 dollars. “Ten dollars goes toward your local clubs and the rest goes to the state which eventually comes back to our trail grooming and pays for a lot of what you ride on.””They do a good job with the trails around here,” says Millett.And all that snow predicted for Sunday night…was no worry to folks around here.”I’m looking forward to the next snow storm!” says Clement.”I’m hoping we get a big another big one,” says Blanchard. “And hopefully another one after that.”
More than 50 fire fighters battled a fire in Charleston this morning. It happened around 10 a.m. on Route 11.Fire fighters say a man was working in his garage when a gas leak reached a space heater. The garage and everything inside – including vehicles and tools – were destroyed. The man, whose name has not yet been released, made it out of the garage in time and no one was injured.Fire crews were worried the nearby house would also catch fire, but they were able to put out the flames before any major damage was done to the home. The garage was a total loss.Charleston firefighter Rusty Weymouth says they’re not sure where the gas leak in the garage came from, “but gas got to the space heater and exploded and then we had a fully involved fire.”Crews from Charleston, Corinth and Bradford all responded to the scene.
Governor john baldacci is in our nation’s capitol this weekend, meeting with other state governors.The three-day conference is centered around our nation’s economic crisis, and how to get out of it. Baldacci cautions Mainers that even though our state will see hundreds of millions of dollars, that won’t erase Maine’s obligation to maintain fiscal discipline.In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said, “the money is helpful, but it’s temporary.”He emphasized the need for quick action on federally funded projects, so people can get back to work and start spending.Governor Baldacci will also meet with the Coalition of Northeastern Governors.Those meetings will consider various regional issues impacting economic recovery.
Wardens responded to two snowmobile accidents in two days.The latest happened Saturday afternoon in Levant.Wardens say 56 year old Lynden Adams was riding along a trail, when he tried turning left.But instead, Adam’s snowmobile hit a pine tree….He was taken to a Bangor hospital with an injury to his leg….Wardens also responded to a snowmobile collision just after 2 o’clock Friday, in the woods near the Kennebec Road in Hampden.Two riders were involved, one a minor, the other, an adult identified as David Moores…Wardens say the two machines were riding on a narrow trail.They met at a corner, and the skis on both snowmobiles hooked…The juvenile turned down medical attention, but Moores was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Wardens say there was poor visibility at the time.
Some folks at the Brewer Save-a-lot got some extra groceries in their cart Saturday.It was all thanks to the kind folks from the Bangor Marine Corps League.Members of Unit 1151, spent the day passing out frozen chicken, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and fruit to folks shopping at the store.The group says they know many people are stretched thin these days, and, wanted to offer folks a little extra….Phil Eckerd says the group gets together, about once a month, to help folks in need.He says his mom taught him to share with neighbors, and Eckerd is happy to be living out her lessons.
An early morning fire Saturday in Vasselboro destroyed a home and garage.According to Fire Chief Eric Rowe, Bruce Brown and his family were awakened at around 4 in the morning, to the sound of explosions coming from their garage, On the Webber Pond Road.By the time crews arrived, the garage was already destroyed, and flames had spread to the Brown’s double wide home.Chief Rowe says it took about 3 hours to get the fire under control.The Brown family, and their cat, were able to get out safely, TV 5 has been told they do have insurance.
The City of Brewer kicks off their 7th Annual Winterfest Celebration Friday.The events get started Friday night with an ice carving demonstration in front of the Muddy Rudder, along with a cocktail reception, live music, and fireworks.Then on Saturday, the fun kicks off with a french toast breakfast at the Brewer Auditorium followed by family fun games and activities until 1:00 pm.They’re also offering an ice carving contest, chili chowder cook off, and a Snowball Dance.Organizers say it’s a good time to celebrate.”Especially this year, with the economy so bad, it brings people together. It gets them outdoors to participate in the Brewer Winterfest.”You can find a complete list of the schedule at the City of Brewer website, it’s www.brewerme.org
University of Maine researchers and students got to show off one of their newest inventions: It’s called bridge in a backpack. The idea was developed at U-Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.Here’s how it works, the shell of the arch is shipped to the construction site where it’s filled with concrete.The arch is two times stronger than steel, and the shell will protect the concrete from corrosion.The bridge in a backpack technology has already been used to build a bridge in Pittsfield, and today at the University of Maine, dignitaries were on hand to hear, that it will now be used to develop a new company.One of the investors says this new way of building bridges has many advantages including cost and transportation. Their competitors have to deal with the problem of shipping very heavy pieces, while their product comes in a bag you can carry.”Here’s our biggest challenge when it comes to delivery and transportation. We have to make a decision daily, does this bridge in a bag absolutely, positively need to be there tomorrow by 10:30 or could we use UPS Ground.”Researchers were also showing similar technology for building composite pilings and composite beams for bridges.Another company, Harbor Technologies, was on hand to announce they were using that invention to expand their workforce.
She’s almost four hundred pounds underweight, pregnant, and suffering from a long list of ailments….But as Cori Skall explains, Cheyenne, a 17 year old mare, is on her way to recovery.Thanks to some t-l-c from a group of folks who care.”She was living in a field, with minimal shelter, really no hay–just roots. She had a run-off culvert to drink from. I used to sit out there, with a bucket of grain, trying to earn her trust, cause she didn’t want to have anything to do with people.”Michele Cole first came across this thoroughbred named Cheyenne in November of 2007.She says the horse, who was kept in Levant, was being abused and neglected, so she made a complaint, but nothing came of it.”I’m ugly about it, you know, because maybe this would have never happened to her. Maybe she could have had a little quality of life.”Cole says through the years, Shy-Shy, as she calls her, bounced around, getting worse and worse, until cole was finally able to get her owner to sign her over.”I couldn’t turn my back on her. There’s a lot of horses out there that need people. And from the day I met her, I had a bond. I know she’s safe with me.”Cole says Shy-Shy is plagued with a host of medical issues, from ulcers on her eye to severe cracking of her hooves.She’s paralyzed and deaf on one side of her head, and is under-weight by almost four hundred pounds.To make matters worse, the horse, who’s pregnant and due to foal at the end of march, is infested with ring worm, and tape worms.”To know that she really hasn’t known a kind heart…it breaks my heart. I’d rather eat Ramen noodles everyday of the week, to make sure she makes it, and has a quality of life.”With help from folks across the U-S, and even Canada, Cole and her friends at the G-Bar ranch in Orneville, are nursing shy-shy back to health.”The life is coming back in to her. Taking her outside today, and the deep breaths and her perking up…I mean, what else can you ask for?”Cole has set up a website, for folks to track Shy-Shy’s recovery.There is also a place on the sight to donate, if you like.Just go to ahorse4humanity.com.
The Old Town/Orono YMCA rock climbing wall was built in 1996 as a memorial for an active participant of the Y. It started as a big square room and has grown from there, in big part thanks to the community’s help.Now the Y is doing a “sponsor a hold” drive to better the wall for it’s climbers, and get kids involved.Chelsey Anderson reports.”Hey welcome to the wall! Have you ever climbed before?”Carl Crawford welcomes anyone to stop by the Old Town Y’s climbing wall.”You can climb up 10 feet up a wall, you can climb up 20 feet up a wall. It’s all up to you and your own challenge and what you want to do for yourself.”Crawford says it’s as easy as showing up in comfortable clothing and they’ll provide all the equipment, right down to the shoes.”It’s kinda like when you go to the bowling alley and you get to use a pair of shoes specific for that. Climbing shoes are very specific. They let you grip into things that normal sneakers would not be able to hold.””We replaced our ropes, we replaced our harnesses.””It’s an apparatus that fits around your waist, that the rope is connected to. And it keeps it safe.””We’ll size them and fit them in.”Then you are all set to take on the world at your own pace.”We’re always looking to put more holds up to give kids more options to climb on.”And that, with the help of a cash donation, is how the “sponsor a hold drive” got started.”It can be a dollar, $3, $5, $10 or more and they up the size of the hold.””The kiddo gets to put their name on the back of them and actually stick it up on the wall wherever they want it to go.”Crawford says he’s feeling pretty good about their goal of 300 holds in a month, and he says the best way to make a donation is to come in.”You can see what the wall’s all about. We definitely are willing to show you what we’re doing here and explain what the benefits are.”Chelsey Anderson, WABI TV5 News, Old Town.
An early morning standoff on Simpson Road in Glenburn kept authorities on scene for eight hours.Authorities say the 911 call came in about 2 a-m and police had the suspect in custody around 10.Authorities have arrested 41-year-old Cecil Worster.State Police say when they arrived on scene a woman came running out of the Simpson Road home with no shoes on and she had just been assaulted.Police say when they approached Worster he ran into the house and barricaded himself in the residence.Officials say numerous weapons were in the home, including 4 rifles.State Police say Worster has a record of violent crimes.The Penobscot Sheriff’s Department Special Resources Team, along with the State Police Tactical Team, were called to the scene.State Police Patrol Sgt. Sean Hashey says “There was no damage done to the property once the tactical team surrounded the house we started negotiating. He never responded to us negotiating and eventually just came out of the hosue and basically stated that he didn’t realize we were there.”Authorities say Worster will be charged with domestic violence assault and hindering report of a crime. He will be held at Penobscot County Jail.The woman is said to be Worster’s girlfriend. Police say she did not suffer any serious injuries.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the deadly shooting of three dogs in Searsport last year.In December, police found two great danes shot to death. They were found lying on a piece of plastic. Last September, the Searsport animal control officer found a rottweiler shot dead. The three dogs lived within one mile of each other on the Nickels Road.The Searsport police department continues to investigate. If you have any information about the case, call 548-2304 or 323-1490.
Officials are investigating a fatal accident in western Maine involving a train and a car. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Department said one person was killed when a car was hit by a train shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. The accident took place on Route 2 where the road crosses St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad tracks. The victim’s identity was not immediately available.