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Tree Farm Opens for Season

Updated 6 years ago

The Corliss family opened up for the season Friday.

By mid-morning, the farm was packed with folks looking for the perfect Christmas tree.

Owner Jim Corliss says despite all the rain we’ve had, the trees are looking good, and he’s happy with the color he’s seeing.

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Red Shield Layoffs

Updated 6 years ago

The company says a drop in demand for pulp is to blame, and that’s why the pulp mill won’t be restarted now, either.

111-employees returned to the mill after an investment firm in New York bought it out of bankruptcy for 11.5 million dollars.

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JB Parkers’ Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Updated 6 years ago

Moroccan Style Turkey Vegetable Stew

Oil 2 oz
Diced Onion 4 oz
Diced Sweet Potato 8 oz
Diced Red Skin Potato 8 oz
Diced Carrot 8 oz
Diced Butternut Squash 8 oz
Chopped Tomatoes w/ Juice 18 oz
Garbanzo Beans 15 oz can
Diced Turkey 16 oz
Vegetable Stock 32 oz
Ground Cumin 2 tbsp
Ground Cinnamon 2 tsp
Salt 3 tsp
Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp
Chopped Cilantro 5 tbsp

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Stabbing Charges

Updated 6 years ago

23-year-old Richard Gainer of Searsport, along with 46-year-old Ricky Pomeroy, 21-year-old Thadeous Macleod and 21-year-old Derek Pomeroy, all of Stockton Springs, are charged with elevated aggravated assault.

They appeared in a Belfast courtroom onWednesday: accused of attacking 44-year-old Kirt Damon, senior, at his home in July.

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Waltham Teen Lifeflighted to EMMC

Updated 6 years ago

The accident happened just after 8 on Route 179 in Waltham. Police say a 17 year old girl from Waltham hit some black ice on the road and lost control of her car. Authorities say the car rolled over and slammed into a tree. The girl was trapped inside for some time and had to be cut out of the wreckage with the jaws of life.

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Second Attack Has Community on Alert

Updated 6 years ago

Officials say a man forced his way into the Passadumkeag woman’s home in October.

Now they say another woman has been attacked in the very same town.

Public safety spokesman Steve McCausland says an intruder forced his was into a woman’s home Tuesday night on the Gould’s Ridge Road.

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Celiac Disease Part 2

Updated 6 years ago

Kristen LaVerghetta spoke with some celiac sufferers who don’t let their dietary restrictions rule their life.

Ann Delaware was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 15 years ago. In order to stay healthy, Delaware is on a gluten free diet.

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Nancy Mills Recuses Herself

Updated 6 years ago

The judge who presided at the murder trial of Shannon Atwood in Skowhegan will not impose a sentence. Justice Nancy Mills found Atwood guilty this summer in the bludgeoning death of his 38-year-old girlfriend, Cheryl Murdoch.

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Storm Causes Massive Power Failures; Closes Road

Updated 6 years ago

Tuesday night governor John Baldacci signed an emergency declaration allowing crews from out of state to come in to Maine and help restore power.

The declaration was signed at 9:35 Tuesday night, at that time, approximately 40,000 Maine homes were in the dark.

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Threats Disrupt Area Schools

Updated 6 years ago

The Bangor Police Department says there is no threat to students attending Bangor High School. Following a scare Tuesday.

Police say school officials caught wind of some rumblings on Monday that something bad was going to happen at the high school the next day.

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Trees for Troops

Updated 6 years ago

The trees are part of a program that began in 2005 called Trees for Troops.

&quot:The program has grown to the point where, in 2008, 17,000 or slightly more are being delivered to at least forty military installations around the country, and a few are going overseas as well.&quot: Jim Corliss told TV5 in Tuesday. Corliss is the co-owner of Piper Mountain Christmas Trees.

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Red Cross Real Heroes

Updated 6 years ago

She worked the overnight shift at Saint Joseph Hospital in Bangor and then spent the morning at her aunt’s apartment at the River House in Brewer.

&quot: Woke up maybe around noon time, my heart was racing and I was very nauseas, very dizzy, so I waited twenty minutes to see if it would go away and realized I had to go to the ER so that’s when I called a friend and they brought me to Saint Joe’s and I was seen and they treated me for dehydration and we had no idea what it was at the time.&quot:

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Red Cross Real Heroes

Updated 6 years ago

&quot: Somebody came in the lobby and said that somebody had fallen outside in the parking lot, was bleeding and to call 9-1-1. So I went in the parking lot and I saw a gentleman laying down face down and I saw that he was bleeding profusely from the forehead.&quot:

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Red Cross Real Heroes

Updated 6 years ago

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO LILY STEVENS…AND THAT’S WHY SHE IS ANOTHER ONE OF THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN RED CROSS HEROES.
BACK IN JUNE, THE LEE RESIDENT WAS HELPING HER FATHER AT HIS AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR GARAGE. TURNS OUT, SHE WOULD ALSO END UP SAVING HIS LIFE.
THIS IS ALL THAT REMAINS OF MARK STEVENS AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR GARAGE. A FIRE BACK IN JUNE DESTROYED THE BUSINESS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES…BUT FOR LILY STEVENS, THIS SCENE IS A VIVID REMINDER OF THE DAY SHE ALMOST LOST HER DAD.

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Celiac Disease

Updated 6 years ago

Consumers check the products for fat, calories and carbs, but for some, reading labels is about more than counting calories. TV 5’s Kristen LaVerghetta spoke with a group of people who literally live by the label.
Suffering from a chronic illness is very difficult, and sometimes the treatment can be worse than the disease. For some, like Ann Delaware, the hardest part is getting a diagnosis.
Ann Delaware was down to 112 pounds, and couldn’t eat anything without getting sick. She spent two years visiting doctors and trying treatments that didn’t work before she finally got a diagnosis she could live with.
&quot:Dr. Hunter in Bangor, looked at me and said, You have Celiac Sprue, and I said, Naw – I don’t have that.&quot:
Delaware has what’s known as Celiac disease.
&quot:It’s interesting because it’s one of the rare autoimmune diseases we know the trigger of, and the trigger is an allergy to a protein, specifically a protein that is in wheat, barley and oats.&quot:
That protein is gluten – people with Celiac Disease are missing the enzyme that breaks it down, so they’re unable to properly digest foods like wheat, barley, and rye.
&quot:When a patient eats that forbidden food, their small intestine becomes sick and what that results in is diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss.&quot:
Recently the number of people diagnosed with the disease has gone up. Studies show 1 in 133 people in the U-S has celiac disease.
&quot:In the last 5 years I have seen double the number, oh more than double, the number of patients who’ve been diagnosed. I think the doctors are trying very hard. It’s hard to discriminate between irritable bowel, crones, and Celiac.&quot:
Celiac Disease is genetic, meaning it runs in families. It can remain silent for years.
&quot:Very frequently it doesn’t manifest itself until one gets up, maybe 40 or 50 years old.&quot:
Infants with Celiac Disease often have trouble gaining weight and don’t grow normally, children often have an iron deficiency, may be anemic, or appear malnourished. A simple blood is most commonly done to get a confirmed diagnosis for celiac disease.

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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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