The Mad Hatter in the Bangor Mall was the background for a photo shoot Monday.They were looking for the new face of their store.Chelsey Anderson spoke with some of the aspiring models.”My daughter heard about it on the radio and she asked if we could come in and see if there were still some available slots. So we did!””Once we got here we got to pick out a dress, and then we had our makeup done, and then we got our hair done.”First stop: clothing.”My Mom was picking out all the colored dresses, but I really wanted this white one.””It just popped out.””Well I got to go try them on and say which ones I liked best.”Once the outfit was set, it was time for hair and makeup.”It’s nice to make them feel pretty.””Do you want to see it.” “Thank you.” “Your welcome.””They’ve all come out so beautiful.””I feel really good.”Now it was time for the photo shoot.”What’s your super model face?””One, two, three. (click) Awesome!”One family had a special reason to get the pictures done.”We wanted to get them out to him so he could see his little doll.”Amanda Magoon’s husband, Staff Sergeant David Magoon, is deployed in Afghanistan with the 286th out of Bangor.”It gives him something to look forward to. He’s gonna say there’s my little princess.”Harmony Allen, the owner of The Mad Hatter, says a winner will be chosen from the photo shoot.”That winner will model for us for the next year, and also receive a $100 gift card and receive a big poster sized photo. It’s really a good opportunity for the girls.””There you go. (click) Awesome!””Oh, it was fun. It was neat to see just their different expressions. How they portray their faces and their bodies. It was neat. It was fun.””I tried my best.”And how did those pictures turn out?”They’re beautiful! The pictures came out really nice.”But more importantly.”It was fun.””I loved it.”
History rolled through the streets of downtown Bangor Sunday. A vintage auto parade marked the last of three days of activities designed to remember the Brady Gang shootout, 72 years ago.About a dozen classic cars wound their way along Water Street, Main Street and then against the normal flow on traffic on Central Street, since in 1937, Central Street was a two-way road. The cars passed right by the former sight of Dakin’s Sporting Goods, where two of Al Brady’s gang bought guns. It was also there where clerk Louis LaCrosse first became suspicious of the men, which lead to a tip to the FBI.In honor of that, LaCrosse’s nephew, Peter LaCrosse was the Grand Marshall of today’s parade.Peter LaCrosse says remember the Brady Gang in Bangor is important.”Oh I think it’s one of the major events of Bangor. They were number one, public enemy number one in 1937. The last one to be shot, after that the war came and that was really the end of an era. Dillinger was shot and most of the criminals – Al Capone was in jail. So it has a history of this was one of the last ones they really wanted to get ahold of.”Mayor Gerry Palmer also declared Sunday Louis LaCrosse day. His nephew says he’ll pass on the special plaque he received for that to LaCrosse’s wife.The weekend’s activities were also part of the celebration marking the 175th birthday of Bangor.
First-time home buyers in Maine and across the country are feeling the pressure to find the home of their dreams…within the next week or so.That is if they want to cash-in on that $8,000 federal tax credit.The program is set to expire at the end of November.The National Association of Realtors estimates that 2-million first-time home buyers will take advantage of the program. It was part of the federal stimulus package unveiled back in February.House hunters say the tax credit is a huge incentive, but time is running out.Real Estate Broker Marie Flaherty says, :They’re feeling a little bit anxious about meeting the deadlines because it does take 30-to-45 days to close on a property, so by the 15th or so of October many buyers are wanting to be under contract. We know that’s just a few days away.”Now there is a push underway in Congress to extend the tax credit beyond the November 30th deadline. There’s even talk of broadening it to include all home buyers and also to increase the tax amount from $8,000 to $15,000.
Dozens of people took a walk on the wild side to help preserve some precious land in East Orland.Great Pond Mountain Wildlands was the site of a five-mile walk, run or ride Sunday. The event was a fundraiser for the Conservation Trust that’s set up maintain the land. Folks could take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fall foliage. Others hopped on bikes to enjoy the views and some even rode their horses through the Wildlands.This was the first time for the event and organizers hope it sparked enough interest to do it again next year. Cheri Domina says “Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the Wildlands back in 2005 and this is just one of the yearly fundraisers that helps support the area and keep it open for recreation. It’s about 4,300 acres so it does take some money to keep it running.”The next fundraiser will be a Christmas tree event. After Thanksgiving, folks will be able to come out and cut wild Christmas trees.
Apple season is wrapping up early for at least one orchard in the area, thanks, in part, to Mother Nature. Sunday was the last day of pick-your-own at Maine-ly Apples in Dixmont. The orchard officially closes Monday, about two weeks earlier than last year. Owner John Olsen credits the decision to a number of factors.He says there have been more pickers than usual this year, so the crop has moved quickly. He also needs to hold on to about 7-hundred bushels of apples for fall cider season. But one of the biggest reasons to call it season – the dreary weather at the start of summer.”You know it was cool and dark in June and most of July and that’s when the apples really should be growing. There’s a thing called the June apple drop so when the apples are not developing a lot of times the trees will shed some of the little apples and the June drop was pretty heavy this year. So our crop was a little bit lighter this year, no question.”Olsen believes the economy prompted more people to pick apples this season as a way to make some of their own food and save money. He says the dropped apples, which are less expensive than the ones on the trees, were also scooped up quickly.
It was a chance to check out cheese making in Maine as part of the third annual Open Creamery Day.The day is sponsored by the Maine Cheese Guild and is designed to showcase a variety of cheese making techniques in the state. It’s also set up to help people better understanding the process.At Storin Acres in Mariaville,they marked the day by inviting people in to see how they make goat cheese as well as get up close and personal with the animals.Lore Lipkwich, the owner of the farm, says, “I just want the public to see what goes into making cheese, it’s not a one day thing, it’s several days. It’s a lot of work to have animals. I’m not organic, I am naturally and humanely raising my animals and I just think it’s a lot of fun for people to see the animals and see how the cheese is made.”The folks at the farm have entertained up to one hundred people over the past three years.In celebration of Open Creamery Day, visitors were also given the opportunity to sample and purchase the different cheeses.
A group of nurses and doctors spent part of the weekend going door to door in scrubs, but they weren’t making house calls.The medical professionals knocked on doors in Portland Saturday trying to gather support for health care reform.Members of the group known as “House Calls for Healthcare” say that reform should include a public health insurance option.They believe that option would give everyone access to care while lowering costs and improving quality.Registered Nurse Melanie Collins says, “It lets the public see that the nurses are overwhelming for it and the doctors are overwhelming for it , especially in the state of Maine. The doctors are very much for the public option in the state of
The Maine Warden Service says a man from Mapleton was hit by bird shot this weekend while duck hunting with his friend.The man, who’s in his 20s, was injured Saturday while hunting along Realty Road in remote T11 R15.Game wardens say he was hit with bird shot is his lower leg and foot. The men immediately drove to The Aroostook Medical Center, where the injured hunter was treated for his non-life threatening injuries.No names are being released yet.This is the third incident in which a hunter has been hit with bird shot since October 1st.
He spent time in prison for murdering his mother in 1989.Now police say a 38-year old man from Waterville is accused of trying to attack a woman in a clothing store changing room. Scott Thompson is charged with attempted gross sexual assault. Police say he entered Maurice’s women’s clothing store at about 8 o’clock Friday night and burst into one of the changing rooms.Thompson reportedly shoved a woman against the wall, but she resisted and called for help. Thompson took off and was arrested a short distance away.Thompson was convicted of murder in 1991 for the stabbing deathof his mother, Edith Thompson, in her mobile home in East Winthrop. He was arrested last summer for breaking into an adult novelty storesoon after being released from prison on the murder conviction.
For business owners here in Bar Harbor it was a painfull start to the summer season. Jared Erskine manages Acadia Bike Rental and says the first few months were tough. “Usually we kick off in June and July and it was so rainy and wet no one wanted to go outside,” says Erskine, “plus the economy was so bad, but we were affected by the rain.”The restaurants here were also hit hard says Peter Gilbert, sous chef of Stewman’s. “Oh it was very slow as you can see around here the majority of our seating is outdoor seating,” he says, “so foul weather unfortunately doesn’t make for the best seating around here.”As the sunshine came back into the picture merchants here noticed a steady rise in their business. “We definitely picked up towards the end of July and on through the month of August,” says Gilbert, “we held strong right through the month of September.” “I think people got bored of just sitting in their hotels and decided to come on out and ride anyway,” says Erskine.Now that the summer has turned to fall, the hope is the foliage will bring enough people in to make up for the slow start. Denise Martin is the Operations Manager of Oli’s Trolley and she says business is booming now. “Well September has been great it’s really pulled us out of the rainy slump we had in the spring, the weather held, the people were here, it’s just been great,” says Martin, “October has started off strong as well, the cruise ships are really coming in fast and furious as long as the weather holds out october’s going to be great.” “It does because people like to get on a bike and hit the trails in Acadia and look at the foliage,” says Erskine.Considering all the factors this season has rebounded nicely for the folks around here. “Well in perspective with the whole recession I think we did have a successful season,” says Gilbert, “you know we are very fortunate to get the business we have had this summer.” “It will be a little bit slower but not the worst we’ve ever had we were a little bit nervous in June and July we went and bought raincoats then the sun came out.”
Toys have fascinated children for centuries. Now’s they have a chance to find out what makes them tick – and click, and dance and roll. A new traveling exhibit opened today at the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor. It’s called Toys – the Inside Story. Here, the inner workings of all kinds of toys are on display – from cranks and gears to pulleys and circuits. Executive Director Andrea Stark says in a day of computers and electronics, it’s hard for kids to get excited about how toys work. So the exhibit features a lot of classics – like Simon, Operation and Jack in the Box.And it allows kids see them from the inside out, with tearing up their own toys.”Or if you’ve ever really wanted to do it, this gives you permission to see what’s inside. But its not only seeing what’s inside, it’s also getting to manipulate and there’s a big gear table and a big pulley table, so visitors get to try to put together their own combinations to see how they move.”The display also looks at modern day toys, like hokey pokey Elmo and toys that transcend all ages, such as the etch-a-sketch. Visitors will have a chance to tinker at the toy exhibit from now until January 3rd.
Downtown Bangor turned back time to one of the most notable days in the city’s history – the Brady Gang shootout. For a few hours Saturday, West Market Square transformed into the Carmel Auto Rest Park.That was the last place Al Brady and his gang stayed before he and another man were shot and killed on Central Street, 72 years ago. The auto park closed in the 1950’s.It was the second of three days of activities billed as Bangor Beats the Brady Gang.Brady-era re-enactors walked the streets, posing for pictures, while moonshiners took over the fountain.The Skyline Dance Orchestra also played jazz and swing-time music for the crowd.Mayor Gerry Palmer says it’s important to remember Al Brady’s place in Bangor’s history. “While we’re not wild about having shoot outs in our downtown, this was during the height of the depression. There were a lot of things that were happening, there were many people. this touched a nerve.”Sunday afternoon, a vintage auto parade will wind through the streets of downtown. It starts at 2 o’clock and runs along Water Street, Main Street and then against the normal traffic flow on Central Street, since in 1937, Central Street was a two-way road. The weekend’s activities are also part of the celebration marking the 175th birthday of Bangor.
For years, volunteers on the Hermon fire department have answered the call for help. Today, the community recognized that commitment with a new fire engine. It’s actually dedicated to one volunteer in particular, Ray Goodspeed. He spent 50-years with the department. Goodspeed started when he was a teenager and continued for most of his adult life. He died in October of 2003 but Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis says the standard Goodspeed set for other volunteers has never been forgotten. And now his half-century of service will be remembered by everyone who rides Engine 4-11.Chief Willis says, “It’s an honor that we want to make sure that we do so people will remember him. In this day and age for somebody to give 50 years total is one things but to do it for the same organization is pretty amazing.”The dedication was also a part of the department’s Fire Prevention Week open house. Children could practice exit drills in a fire safety trailer and take part in a hunt for home hazards contest. Firefighters also conducted a live-fire demonstration, by burning a small building with and without a sprinkler system.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Catholics gave about $86,000 duringcollections in September to the effort to pass a referendumoverturning the state’s same-sex marriage law. A report turned over to Commission on Governmental Ethics andElection Practices, to be made public on Tuesday, says the RomanCatholic Diocese of Portland raised $41,000 in cash placed inbaskets during a second collection taken at masses in September. In addition, the church turned over envelopes collected in itscampaign on the issue directly to the Stand for Marriage Mainepolitical action committee, bringing the total to about $86,000. The diocese said Friday that between July 1 and Sept. 30, moneycontributed by other dioceses and bishops amounted to $214,550.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A funeral will be held Tuesday for aMaine native killed fighting in Afghanistan. Thirty-year-old Sgt. Joshua Kirk was among eight soldiers killedOct. 5 in a fierce fire fight in a remote Afghan outpost. Kirk was born in Maine, but moved to Idaho at a young age. Hereturned to Maine as a young adult and received his GED from CamdenHills Regional High School. The office of Gov. John Baldacci says the military listed Kirk’shometown as South Portland. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael’sChurch in Exeter, N.H. Baldacci has ordered the United States andMaine flags be flown at half-staff that day.
Police continue to search for the person who shot a 63-year-old man outside a motorcycle club in Canaan.State police responded to reports of gunshots near the entrance to a Hell’s Angels clubhouse on Route 23 Thursday night – that’s where police found Gary Watson of Madison.Neighbors say he has taken care of the clubhouse for a number of years.Police believe the suspect may have taken off in a car heading toward Hinckley. State Police Lieutenant Gary Wright told TV5 that Watson had surgery and at last report was in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.The hospital has no information on his condition.
A 13-year-old boy from Corinth has a pretty big prize show off for some time in the woods.Charles Berry the Third got his fourth bear in his hunting career today.But this one outweighs the others by quite a bit, weighing in at 410 pounds.He and his father, Charles Berry Junior were out in Township 28, which is near Aurora, when they saw the bear.They had set up bait out that way and also had dogs along with them.Even though this isn’t his first bear, Charlie says it’s still scary when you come up on such a big animal.” Well I felt kind of nervous because the bear was in the hole not very far from me.”” He did awesome. I told him to shoot between the eyes and there’s a hole right there between his eyes. He couldn’t have done any better.”Charlie says he’s not a big fan of bear meat.But he will definitely be mounting the bear.
The Pittsfield Community Theater is on its way to getting brand new seats.Thanks to a fundraiser that involved local artists.Meghan Hayward has the story.The fundraiser was called “Chairs for Chairs.”And it did just that.” With the $2,000 we should be able to purchase about seven chairs. The whole theater will be renovated.”Back in July 18 adirondack chairs that were all donated were painted by local folks and displayed throughout Pittsfield.And then auctioned off by the Town Council.Nicole Steeves is on the Pittsfield Community Theater Fundraising Committee.She is happy with the success of the fundraiser.” Hopefully this was a good way to get the whole community involved and more knowledgeable that we are fundraising.”And with over 250 seats in the theater.Steeves says they have plenty of fundraising left to do.” The theater serves a lot of people so we want people of all ages to help out with the fundraising.”The building dates back to 1915.Steeves says while the upgrades are necessary they also want the theater’s history to remain intact.” Hopefully everything allows the theater to look nostalgic and old and a part of the Pittsfield community. However, it would be nice to come to the theater and sit in comfort.”Hazel Mitchell was one of the artists.” I think it is good to give something back to the community and to bring the artists together. It was just a nice thing to do.”Steeves says not only was the fundraiser successful financially.It was also a hit with residents of Pittsfield.” All these people that did this have regular jobs and so it was fun to hear throughout the community who was doing what chair and just to see the finished project was exciting as well.”
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the fire that destroyed an historic textile mill.Flames shot through the windows and the roof of the vacant 60,000 square-foot Cowan Mill in Lewiston back in July. At the time, investigators ruled the fire an arson.Now the state fire marshal’s office arrested a boy for the crime, he is being held at a youth correctional facility.The destruction of the mill ended stalled efforts to rehabilitate it, but could make the waterfront property more appealing to developers.
The Bangor Fire Department’s new Station 6 is already up and running.Friday, folks got their first official peek inside.The station on the Griffin Rd. is 9000 square feet, cost 2.4 million dollars and was built with an eye on future growth.It has three bays, which can hold up to six trucks.There are separate bunk rooms for men and women, a kitchen, living room and a work-out area.Station 6 is also the first building built by the city to meet a prestigious environmental standard, Gold Leed Certification.As for the environmental features, there are big insulated windows bring in natural light, low-flow plumbing fixtures, motion sensing lights and zoned heating and air conditioning with computerized controls.