Red Cross Real Heroes

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:They told us to just make this our home, and we truly did, for the minute we were in here it was just, it was home, it really truly was home to us.&quot:
As Dennis Brodeur awoke one cold December morning, he recalled a dream he had.
&quot:This particular night I was sleeping and deeply feel that I got a message from God saying, somebody in Millinocket is going to get burnt out and you’re gonna offer the house.&quot:
A few days later, Robin Portwine and her family lost their home to an electrical fire.
&quot:As we stood there and watched the house burning everyone kept saying, you’re so calm, you’re so calm, and I don’t even know where it came from but there was always from the minute it happened, there was always this feeling like we’re gonna be ok.&quot:
But as the reality of the situation hit the family, questions began to arise – How would they handle this Where would they stay They went to a local diner to collect their thoughts and make a plan.
&quot:It was just a couple days later I’d gone into the restaurant to purchase a book, and Robin and Mike were sitting there, and I knew she was the secretary of the guidance office and I said Robin, aren’t you supposed to be in school today, and she said yeah, but we got burnt out this morning, and we don’t know what we’re gonna do. I got cold hands, just like I do now, and I said, ok I got the message… I said, the house is yours, we’ll be leaving in a week.&quot:
The Brodeurs were getting ready to make their annual trip down south to their home in North Carolina.
&quot:I said, Dennis you need to go home and you need to talk to your wife. I mean this isn’t an offer you just make to someone without discussing it, and he said, didn’t even hesitate, he said, I know Donna Lee won’t have a problem with it, so I would really like you to seriously consider it.&quot:
&quot:Didn’t take but two seconds and I was like hey, that’s what we’re here on this earth for… The Lord expects this of us, why should this home sit here, if they might have to live in a motel or something, I’m just doing the Lord’s part.&quot:
&quot:Her biggest concern was, can we get everything done the way we’d want it done for them. And we worked together and got everything accomplished.&quot:
&quot:We washed every towel, every face cloth, every dish cloth, all the bedding, wanted everything to be absolutely perfect so they would walk in and say, everything is gonna be ok.&quot:
&quot:There are so many good people in this world, like the Brodeurs, it amazes me everyday to think that they would just open their home to us like they did.&quot:
The Portwines stayed in the Brodeurs home for about five months. During that time, the two families grew close.
&quot:They’re our family, ya know.&quot:
Robin and her family were able to move into their new house in early May, but they were sad to leave the home the Brodeurs had so generously given them.
&quot:It was sad when we had to leave to go back home!&quot:
To some, their gesture may seem grand, but to the Brodeurs, it’s just what you do.
&quot:Whenever you get the chance to help somebody, you will get the blessing in return.&quot:
&quot:Never be afraid to give and to reach out, because there’s so many wonderful people out here, that each one of us needs help at some point in life and that’s what we need to do, just give back and it’ll come back to you more than you ever expected… We got back more than what we gave.&quot:

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Paper Machine to Remain Idle

Updated 6 years ago

The #2 machine at Verso Paper was shut down at the beginning of November.

It was originally scheduled to re-open at the end of the month. Now a company spokesperson says that machine won’t start up again until the beginning of the new year.

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More Charges For Hofland

Updated 6 years ago

Police in Searsport say they’ve recovered thousands of dollars worth of what could be stolen goods from the home of a man accused of holding children hostage in Stockton springs lastmonth. Police searched Randall Hofland’s home late last week, looking for property owned by Captain George Perkins of Stockton Springs.

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Early Morning Fire In Pittsfield

Updated 6 years ago

Crews from at least six departments were called to the Somerset Avenue home around 2:45am.

When they arrived, flames and smoke could be seen coming out of the house.

Pittsfield Assistant Fire Chief Dean Billings tells TV 5 that family members were the ones who called for help.

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Shellfishing Possibly Cut

Updated 6 years ago

Commissioner George LaPointe of the Department of Marine Resources says Governor Baldacci’s order to reduce its budget by 10%, or $1,000,000, requires either radical cuts in the marine patrol or the scrapping of all shellfish inspections.

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Barber Foods Founder Dies

Updated 6 years ago

A former meat cutter who built an innovative frozen-food business that provided jobs to thousands of immigrants in Maine’s largest city is dead at the age of 87.

Barber Foods founder Gus Barber died Friday at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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Fatal Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities said 77-year-old Joseph Albert died Sunday at Maine Medical Center.

State Fire Marshal John Dean said Albert was smoking in a small enclosed area on an outdoor porch at his daughter’s house at the time ofthe accident.

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Charges Not Likely for Standish Store Owner

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities in Maine say no charges are planned against the owner of a store in Standish for a sign that invited customers to bet on a date when President-elect Barack Obama would be assassinated.

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Updated 6 years ago


Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake:

2 cups sugar
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 ounces red food coloring
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar


Texas Road House Recipes

Updated 6 years ago

Bread Recipe:


Mixer, Mixing bowl, plastic wrap, rolling pin, latex gloves, baking sheets, pan spray, knife, oven, butter brush, appropriate container

Ingredient Amount

Step 1

Dough Ball As Needed

Step 2

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Transmission Line Worries

Updated 6 years ago

More than a billion dollars is what Central Maine Power Company plans to spend to boost Maine’s power grid. The largest part of the plan is called the ‘Maine power reliability program’. It includes the construction of a massive new transmission line stretching from Orrington to Newington, NH. Some folks are worried that the project will create big health risks. According to Greg Henderson, &quot:In the last studies there’s a 70% increase in cancer in children that live within 300ft of power lines.&quot:Connie and Gregory Henderson fear the big boost in power to the transmission line running behind their house could cause cancer. Thirty miles south in Winslow, the Godbouts have the same concerns. Both families live within 300′ of the lines now. They say they’ve tried to question CMP about the project, but have received no answers.

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Abdul Fan a Waterville Native

Updated 6 years ago

A Paula Abdul fan who was found dead in a car near the Los Angeles home of the pop star she admired is being remembered in Maine by family members who say she struggled with depression and eating disorders as she pursued her dream of stardom.

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Pickups Still Tops in Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Even as Americans are moving away from

gas-guzzling vehicles, the pickup truck remains king of the road in


A report that tracks vehicle registrations for car dealers says

light trucks were the four top-selling models in September. No. 1

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Fallen Firefighter Buried

Updated 6 years ago

Flags flew at half-staff in Hartland and Palmyra Saturday to honor a fallen firefighter.

49-year-old Michael Snowman was helping to fight a house fire in Detroit Monday when he had an apparent heart attack.

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Calais Man Sentenced on Gun Charges

Updated 6 years ago

A man from Calaishas been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for

transferring a firearm to a nonresident of Maine during an

undercover investigation aimed at curtailing the flow of guns from

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First Snow of the Season

Updated 6 years ago

Winter is still a month away, but people

in northern and eastern Maine are in line for a preview.

A winter weather advisory is posted for Aroostook and Washington

counties, where forecasters predict up to 4 inches of snow. High

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Hot Plate Blamed for Augusta Fire

Updated 6 years ago

A house fire in Augusta that started in a

hot plate is blamed for the death of the 82-year-old woman who

lived alone in the dwelling.

Fire officials said Margaret Rivers died Friday of smoke

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More Mainers Looking for Assistance

Updated 6 years ago

The department’s food security report covering the period between 2005 and 2007 indicates there were statistically significant increases in Delaware, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada and West Virginia. The largest increases were observed in Maine and Minnesota.

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Ann Marie’s Thanksgiving Treats

Updated 6 years ago

Roasted Beet &amp: Sweet Potato Platter


6 Beets

6 each white &amp: orange sweet potatoes

Olive oil

Sea Salt &amp: pepper

Blue cheese crumbled or feta or Gorgonzola

Roasted pecans or walnuts or almonds

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Augusta Fire Fatal

Updated 6 years ago

The woman has not been identified by officials, but a Central Maine newspaper is reporting the home located on Porter Street belongs to Margaret Rivers.

Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland tells us that firefighters responded to the home earlier Friday.

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