From it’s beginnings as a business school, to it’s recent change from college to University, s lot has been happening at Husson.There’s been a lot of change at Husson, since it’s start in 1898, and with a new construction, the addition of new schools, and an increase in enrollment, things are looking bright for Bangor’s newest Universtiy.”We’ve always been true to being a professional school, but we’ve evolved beyond the original business and nursing roots.” A lot has changed at Husson, since its early beginnings as a simple business school.”Last spring we hooded our first doctoral graduate students at graduation. This last fall we had, for the first time, over 3,000 students in our entire University system.” Starting as a business school located on the second floor of a building in downtown Bangor, Husson has grown, adding to it, schools of health, education, science and humanities, and pharmacy.Add in the New England School of Communications, and the Bangor Theological Seminary, which share space on Husson’s campus, those are just some of the reasons Husson has been forced to expand a little bit.”What we’ve done is used additive architecture to add those buildings with the Swan Fitness Center and the Campus Center. We’ve added a Center for Family Business and then we added a Health building, Which is really the O’Donnell Commons. And then, most recently, we’ve added the large, what we call meeting house, which is really a center part of the campus.” “In just the three years I’ve been full time faculty, its been amazing to watch all the changes is buildings and programs and it’s just been exciting to be here.” Assistant nursing professor, Laurie Eddy, says one of the biggest changes she’s seen at Husson, happened last October, when the college converted in to a university. A change that reflected the growth of the campus, and the addition of more graduate and doctoral programs.”It used to be called Husson High, and now I really do feel it’s a University.” “It’s a very exciting time here at Husson. A lot of changes going on. Of course, Pharmacy is one of those, and there are other programs being brought in and considered.” “We direct our programs, very much by what the demand is, and there’s a real shortage of pharmacists out in rural Maine, so we’re moving in to the pharmacy program. Same this as law, that’s next on our list.” “Husson’s changed a lot, since I first started here.” Even students like Christopher Stevenson and Christie Poulin have seen changes to the institution.”It just keeps growing and growing, there’s gonna be more majors, especially with this new building. I can just see things keep growing. I am sure they’re gonna tear down the woods behind the school, just to build more buildings to accommodate all the students.” “The way its evolved, I guess, from such a small, really small school, to a University now, which is a dramatic change.” While a lot has changed at Husson, one thing has remained.”We take pride that we’re not just in Maine, but of Maine. The vast majority of our students are from Maine, but now we’re really beginning to say, how can we help create a rising tide in this state?” We certainly look forward to seeing what will become of Husson University.
An explosion in Levant this morning sends a family running from their home.When firefighters got to the scene on the Overlock Road, they had a hard time finding the source of the problem.They did find that copper pipes had melted downstairs. Fire crews suspect their was a problem with the boiler causing an explosion.A sprinkler system put out the flames.”The family was home, they were upstairs. They heard a noise. The family got right outdoors and called 9-1-1 and dispatched us.”, says Levant Assistant Fire Chief Nathan Peary.Firefighters from Levant, Carmel, Holden, Stetson and Kenduskeag responded. They say there is a lot of smoke and water damage downstairs.A fire marshal investigator has been called in to look for a cause.
“There’s some connection with a dog that you don’t have with a human being that you need at times, that un-conditional love thing. So I get smiles and grins and he gets pats on the heads. They very seldom see me, they ask his name.”His name is Louie and this Newfoundland is an official member of the Bangor trooper greeters. he and his owner, Mary Weiss have been coming to BIA since last november.”I always wanted to be a troop greeter with him.”Mary and her husband adopted Louie from a breeder when he was just two months old. She immediately started training him to be a certified therapy dog. He’s four now, and a whooping 160 pounds. Weiss calls him a gentle giant, and a genuine surprise for troops that arrive in Bangor.”That’s for sure. So many, I can’t tell you how many will say, ‘Oh I landed in Maine but I didn’t know there would be a bear in the airport. And I get that a lot, or where’s his saddle?This group of men and women was arriving back from iraq. for many, it’s the first time in 15-months, they’ve been able to pet an animal. “A lot of people have pets, so they miss their pets and this makes them feel closer to home to see a dog,” says Staff Sergeant Christopher Kidd.Weiss calls it a furry fix.”He kind of thinks they’re here to adore him (laughs)”Weiss has an hour and a half drive to the airport, but she tries to greet troops as much as possible. She hopes her service lets these military men and women know just how much their service is appreciated.”Oh, it’s very emotional for me, it really is…He has this gift, its like he was made to be doing this. He’s very special and I’m very proud of him.”
Maine state police investigators are showing renewed interest in the unsolved killing of a former Bangor woman. In October 1987 23-year-old Alice Hawkes was found dead in a Westbrook apartment she shared with her boyfriend. Hawkes was found inside the locked apartment by her boyfriend and their landlord, her throat had been slit. Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes says the case is “very solvable.” He says the lead detective has been given instructions on how to proceed with the investigation. There’s a website dedicated to Hawkes, both her life and her death. The website is www.alicehawkes.com.
A fire in Lewiston heavily damaged an apartment building where two families live.The Flames broke out shortly before 10am Saturday.Lewiston fire chief Paul LeClair said only one person was inside the Winter Street structure at the time, and he got out safely.By the time crews arrived, flames could be seen coming out of the rear of the building. The fire spread to the attic through an inner wall.Chief LeClair said the fire appears to have started on the first floor, but the exact cause has not been determined.
Classes have been cancelled for Monday at Greenbush Elementary School. The superintendent of Union 92 says that the school lost power, and will be unable to hold classes.He says that the rest of the Union still has school. There has been no word as to what caused the power outage, but we’ve been assured that crews are doing everything they can to restore the elementary school’s electricity.
Last spring, bear sightings caused a stir at City Forest. This year, another animal is making its presence known – and not in a subtle way.”This is the area where the incidents occurred.”On the East Trail, by the railroad bed, at Bangor City Forest…Jim Allen got hit.”Yeah, it struck, right in the back of my head.”An owl – or two – thumping skiers at night.”They come down and thump people in the back of the head,” says Bangor City Forester Brian Dugas. “Quite hard, I guess.””Yeah it did, it sure did,” Allen says, “And as I screamed, of course, I knew immediately what it was.”Dugas has heard reports of at least eight thumpings, here and on the Grouse trail, including a daytime hit to a dog.”It is actually striking, with talons,” Allen says, “But I think in an effort to startle, not to obviously grab at something.””Obviously, we’re too big to be lunch,” says skier Dan Cassidy. “Most people are just getting a knock on the head, but there have been people who’ve had small lacerations on the head or on the neck.”Experts think it’s a great horned owl, just protecting its nest. But on a quiet, moonlit night, it can also deliver quite a shock.”The owls will typically come from behind,” Cassidy says, “And hit people, and then fly on.””A very silent attack, if you will,” says skier Jon Pottle.Rumors of “attack owls” aren’t scaring off visitors, but they are the talk of the park.”This is a wild area,” says Phil Joliat, “and that’s the way we like it.””I’ll just keep my eyes open,” says skier Lisa Kingsbury. They say the thumpings shouldn’t last much longer.”All the time I’ve spent in the woods,” Dugas says, “I’ve never had an owl thump me in the back of the head. So it’s a rare occurrence.”
Maine’s Restaurant Week promotion seems to be a success so far.Restauranteurs started the promotion to help fill seats in eateries during a slow time of year…they borrowed the idea from cities like New York and Boston.The 10-day event continues through Tuesday, March 10th.Close to 70 restaurants across the state are taking part, by offering three-course meals at special prices: $20.09, $30.09 or $40.09 per person.Restaurant owners report that Restaurant Week is boosting sales and helping cash flow during a tough economy and at the end of a hard winter.
Governor John Baldacci says he’ll try and strike an optimistic note during his State of the State address Tuesday night…The Governor tells the Maine Sunday Telegram that he’ll focus on his plan to reposition the state for the eventual economic rebound.Although he didn’t go into specifics, the Governor said he intends to unveil a major energy initiative. He also plans to talk about improving health care, education and economic development.Baldacci will be speaking before a joint session of theLegislature.
An eight-grade student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland is awaiting a juvenile hearing Monday in Waterville District Court.Officials say the school went into lockdown Thursday morning after the principal was informed that the student had a weapon.Police were called and the 14-year-old was apprehended. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and terrorizing.No shots were fired during the incident and nobody was hurt.The boy is being held at the Mountain View Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston.
It took more than 50 firefighters several hours to put out a house fire in Etna Sunday morning.The call came in just after 1 a.m. that a house on the corner of Latkins and Stage roads was on fire.By the time the first crews arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.Mutual aid was called in from several surrounding towns.The home was abandoned, so no one was inside.Crews were on scene for more than eight hours, but finally managed to put out the flames.One firefighter hurt his knee and was treated and released at a local hospital.No word yet on what caused the fire.The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
If you’d like to know how the federal stimulus money is being spent in Maine, there’s a new website for you to check out.Governor John Baldacci just announced a new and improved stimulus website.It now provides up to date information about where and how the federal money is being distributed in Maine.The website also has information about state programs that will receive the money…and graphics showing the allocation of funding in several different categories.State officials say the website will be updated frequently…You can check it out for yourself at www.mainerecovery.gov.
The Bangor woman who was the first female in North America to become a licensed ship captain, has died at the age of 93.Molly K. Carney, was best known by her maiden name, Molly Kool.The Canadian won her captain’s papers in 1939 and sailed the North Atlantic between Alma, New Brunswick, and Boston for five years.Kool fell in love with a man from Maine and moved to the pine tree state.At the time of her death of February 25th, Kool was living in a retirement community in Bangor.She had a lighthouse and captain’s wheel outside her room, and other residents referred to her as “Captain Molly.”
Last year it was bears scaring off outdoor enthusiasts at Bangor’s city forest…now it’s…owls?Cross-country skiers who hit the trails at night are reporting being targeted by an angry great horned owl…Over the past three weeks, at least eight skiers and a few dogs have apparently have fallen victim to the owl, who’s swooped down with its talons outstretched and smacks them on the head…Jim Allen of Bangor was skiing on the East Trail recently when he was whacked in the back of the head…Because he was wearing a hat, he didn’t get scratched..But according to a local doctor, at least three other skiiers suffered small lacerations…Fortunately, none needed stitches.
Most of the 140 workers laid off a month ago are being called back to the Katahdin Paper mill in East Millinocket.Officials with Fraser papers, who run the mill for the parent company, say they have enough orders now to restart the number five paper machine, which makes newsprint or directory paper.As long as there are orders, they say, the machine will stay up and running…491 workers are employed at the mill…The plant in nearby Millinocket has been closed since September, as the parent company makes the transition from steam generation power to biomass.
Eighteen Maine Army National Guard troops are being honored in Augusta following their return home after a year of duty in Afghanistan.The Freedom Salute Ceremony was held Saturday at the Togus Veterans Administration Center.The soldiers in the Embedded Training Team served as mentors to Afghan army and law enforcement units, which participated in combat operations against Taliban and al-Qaida forces.
Over two thousand Bangor Hydro customers were without power for a short while Saturday afternoon.Hydro spokesperson, Susan Faloon, says the outage happened just after noon, when a phase came off an insulator layer on a cross arm.Folks in Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh were effected.Faloon says power was restored to that area, within an hour.
It’s been three years since a homeless man’s body was found burned under the Harlow Street bridge in Bangor.And police say they are still actively looking for the individuals responsible for Trevor Sprague’s death.Cori Skall has the update.”It’s still active, and we are actively pursuing tips. We still get tips on a regular basis, and we follow those up.”It’s been 3 years since authorities discovered the burning body of a 34-year old homeless man underneath a bridge in Bangor.And police are still not releasing many details surrounding the incident.”We don’t obviously release all of the particulars of a case because there are certain things that only the person that is responsible for this crime would know.”And while police have classified Trevor Sprague’s death a homicide, they have yet to make an arrest in the case.”You want to get something within 25 hours. After that time, things start to….you get worried. Things start to get a little stale, and you know, sometimes a little over 24, 48 or 72 hours, that’s one thing. But, like you said, when you start getting now in to years, we don’t like that.”But Sgt. Paul Edwards says, because there is no statute of limitations on murder, the case remains open, and a priority for authorities.”We’ll never forget the case. It will always be open. So, for the family, they have nothing to worry about, as far as that’s concerned. It will always be actively pursued…until it’s concluded.””Our ducks are in a row, so to speak. Now it’s just time to continue to work those leads, and continue investigating and solve the case.”Edwards says even though three years have passed, there may still be someone out there with information about the Sprague case.He urges folks who know anything, even if it’s just a rumor, to contact the Bangor Police Department.They even can do so anonymously.”We want to prove to the state and to this family, that we can conclude this crime successfully.”Cori Skall, Wabi TV 5 news.Again, police are asking anyone with information regarding the Trevor Sprague case, to contact them at 947-7384.
Nothing has been left untouched by the tough economy, but it may have actually done some good for home buyers. Realtors say the housing market has never been more affordable, and first time home buyers are now offered tax incentives. Prices are low, interest rates are down, and inventory is at a high.”Right now we’re experiencing more inventory, we have more opportunities for buyers.” Says Karen Kellerman of Prudential in Bangor.The real estate market is ripe – and right now, it’s full of first time buyers.”The last three to four years, we’ve had a lot of first time home buyers.” Says realtor Andree Knowles.”I’ve had a lot of first time home buyers, that for what they’re paying for rent, they can be in their frist house.” explains Kellerman.Because of the federal economic stimulus package, from now until December first of 2009, the deal for them is even sweeter.”There’s now the eight-thousand dollar tax credit for first time home buyers. Somebody can afford 20 percent more in a house than they might have if they’d purchased a couple years ago.” Kellerman says.Even though the dollar goes further in this market, Knowles says the huge homes of the housing boom are losing popularity and buyers are opting for something more affordable. “People are looking to downsize, particularly with utilities going up and everything else. We try to keep homes affordable and that’s been a big selling point for us.”Knowles says in this economy, the hardest part for some buyers may be finding the financing.”The mortgage in some cases is a little harder to obtain, mortgage companies are a little stricter than they were.”She says because of this, spec homes in subdivisions are less common. Builders are waiting for buyers to secure loans and sign contracts before construction starts. But if you have the cash, realtors advise potential buyers not to procrastinate.”Now’s the time to buy.”
Hancock County’s largest employer is cutting jobs.The Jackson Laboratory has announced 55 job cuts. More than 300 other employees will have their hours reduced.Rumors have been circulating for weeks and the announcement really isn’t a big surprise but it’s one that will affect the entire lab community.”It’s a very difficult thing.”The Jackson Lab is known around the world for its scientific research and its mice. Officials say not even their reputation could completely protect them from the effects of declining economic conditions.”Downturn in pharmaceutical industry, the bio tech industry and in academic research has affected our sales of mice and research services and so we just have no alternative but to reduce our workforce and size it for the demand we are experiencing.”55 employees will lose their jobs.”We’ve put together the most generous severance package we could scrape together under the circumstances. They’ll get a couple of weeks severance pay plus another week for each year of service and we will help them with the cobra payments for continued health care.”The number could have been higher. More than 300 people will have their hours cut in a move to save more jobs. the suggestion was made by the employees.”I think people are willing to make sacrifice when they know they are helping their fellow co-workers and I know it’s not easy to see some of our co-workers maybe not be here as these decisions are made but overall we are going to be keeping a large number of us still here and that’s a really good thing.””We are taking these actions with deep regret and humility and we hope that we’ll be able to bring all those part time people back to work as soon as possible.”Lab officials say their scientific research is funded through grants and private donations so that will not be affected.They believe the reduction in hours is temporary.They tell me they hope to everyone back up to 40 hours in 8 or 9 months.