Maine State Police say the remains of a body found in a Lewiston storage unit may be those of a woman who went missing in 1983.Spokesman Steve McCausland says relatives of a Lewiston man were cleaning out the rented storage unit Friday afternoon when they found a woman’s body inside a freezer.McCausland says the remains haven’t been positively identified, but may be those of Kitty Wardwell, who was reported missing 28 years ago at the age of 29.The storage unit was rented by Francis “Frank” Julian, who was Wardwell’s on-again, off-again boyfriend and was the last person known to see her alive.Julian died earlier this month at the age of eighty.(Associated Press)
Sweet treats weren’t hard to find at an event in Bangor Friday night.It was the annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction which benefits two worthy organizations,Hospice of Eastern Maine and Pathfinders, which helps children who have lost a loved one.TV-5s Joy Hollowell and Todd Simcox did some judging, tough assignment they had.Organizers say people mean business when it comes to the auction.” This is a good crowd.
Maine health officials are investigating a strange case of flu.They say a young boy from Southern Maine came down with flu symptoms earlier this month shortly after being exposed to pigs at an agricultural fair.State Epidemiologist Stephen Sears says the h3n2 swine-origin flu strain that infected the boy is similar to a strain that caused three people to get sick in Pennsylvania and one person in Indiana.Sears says the boy has recovered.Health experts don’t expect the new strain to pose a widespread threat.
Little has changed in terms of Maineâ€™s unemployment rate.The Maine department of labor says the state unemployment rate is at 7.5%.There are nearly 52,000 people without jobs in Maine.Thatâ€™s around 1,300 fewer people than a year ago.The national unemployment rate is at 9.1%, slightly better than it was a year ago.
People were smiling brightly in Washington County Friday.Dental health care doesn’t always top the list, especially in tough economic times.That’s why a team of dentists and New York University dental students held a dental clinic in Machias Friday.Cavities, cleanings and root canals are all part of their free services.Saturday October 22nd is the last day of the clinicIt runs from 8:30 AM to 1 PM.If you’re a Washington County resident and have a tough time getting dental care, you can stop by the Lee Pellon Event Center to get your teeth checked out.
The Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft is celebrating five years and they want you to join them.The festivities start at 6 pm Saturday and it’s free to the public.There will be live performances and a silent auction.They will also be showing a slideshow of the theatre’s progress in the last five years.
If you’ve always wanted to see how a fire station operates, you will want to head to Orono this weekend.The Orono Fire Department is holding their open house on Sunday from 10 until one.You can learn how to use a fire extinguisher, ride on a fire truck, go through a smoke trailer and dress up like a firefighter.Sparky the fire dog will also be there.
Our governor and first lady are opening up their home for a food drive Saturday.It’s from 11:00-2:00 at the Blaine House.Anyone who drops off non-perishable food items can chat with the LePage’s and tour the governor’s mansion.The food drive will be repeated for the next two Saturdays.
THE MAINE LOBSTER COUNCIL–The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2011 was crowned after this yearâ€™s lobster cook-off competition held Friday at Portland, Maineâ€™s three day food and wine event, Harvest on The Harbor.Â A live audience of two hundred lobster enthusiasts, journalists and industry representatives voted Personal Chef, Thomas Reagan this yearâ€™s Maine Lobster Chef of the Year after tasting an exceptional preparation of a Trio of Slow Poached Lobster Tail Nipponese.Â The competition took place between Personal Chef Reagan, Chef Kristian Burrin of The Seasons of Stonington, and head Chef at Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins, Ryan Campbell.
A man from Lebanon is in jail Friday after a standoff at his home.35-year-old Jason Pelletier is charged with criminal threatening and possessing a firearm by a felon.A State Trooper went to his home for a welfare check on Pelletier’s 7-year-old son Thursday.Police say Pelletier refused to let the officer see the boy and made threats with his dog.A tactical team and negotatiators were called in.Pelletier released his son to police and was taken to York County Jail.
A real estate group says sales of single-family homes in Maine rose nearly 8 percent in September, while the median sales price fell by 6 percent.The Maine Association of Realtors says real estate agents lastmonth sold 967 homes, up from 899 in September 2010.The median sales price of those homes was $159,000, down from$169,900 a year earlier.For the three-month period from July through September, Maine home sales have gone up nearly 15 percent over last year.