Special Reports

“Bangor’s Burden” Part 1: Addiction Treatment Controversy

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 months ago

Bangor is home to three opiate addiction treatment clinics. Hundreds come to the Queen City, every day, seeking help through medication and therapy. These plans are both controversial and costly.

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Unemployment In Maine Special Report Part 2

Wayne Harvey

Updated 2 months ago

In March 20-10 Maine’s unemployment level was at a whopping 9-point-7 percent.

Last October the unemployment rate in our state was 5-point-7 percent, its lowest in five years.

But recent layoffs at the Bangor Daily News, at Lincoln Paper and Tissue, and shutdowns in Millinocket and Bucksport have added more Mainers to the unemployment line.

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Maine’s Maze Of Unemployment Part 1

Wayne Harvey

Updated 2 months ago

Last month the state and federal government both released unemployment figures showing a drop in the number of people out of work.

The jobless rate is the lowest its been in five years.

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Early Education In Maine Part Two

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 months ago

In part one of this special report on early childhood education we showed you the early childhood development model that’s getting rave reviews nationwide. In part two, we take you inside Educare in Waterville for a closer look at that model in action.

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Early Education Part One

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 months ago

Recently released studies have shown that quality pre-kindergarten education may hold the key to a successful future. Currently, 60 percent of Maine school districts offer programs for 4-year-olds. But for the other 40 percent, the reason why they don’t is a familiar story — money.

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Winter Living Off of Maine’s Coast: Vinalhaven

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 2 months ago

It’s just another morning commute for many, but for first time travelers, the ferry ride to Vinalhaven may be as beautiful as it is cold.

For most, this trip is strictly business and the start to their work day on the island 12 miles off the coast. It’s a boat ride that’s at least an hour and fifteen minutes on a good day.

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Living Off Maine’s Coast Part One: Vinalhaven

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 5 months ago

As president of the Island Institute in Rockland, Rob Snyder knows all about island living.

“The remarkable thing about the Maine coast is, it’s found itself in the middle of the global real estate market, and so you see a place here where people are increasingly attracted, for lots of reasons. Not only is the environment stunning, but the culture is really remarkable, too,” said Snyder.

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Lee St. Hilaire Remembered (Part One)

Tim Throckmorton

Updated 5 months ago

It could be argued that Lee St. Hilaire was the best quarterback ever to play high school football in Maine.

He grew up in Winthrop, and put the town on his shoulders as he led the football team to a state title.

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Home on the Grange- Part Two

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 months ago

There are 140 active granges in Maine.

In October, some of the 5,000 members gathered for their annual state convention in Skowhegan.

This was the 140th session of the Maine State Grange.

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Home on the Grange- Part One

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 months ago

At one time, grange halls in Maine were the center of the community.

Farmers and their families gathered for weekly potluck suppers and other events.

But granges have changed in recent years.

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SPCA Pet of the Week: Meet Hunter

Updated 7 months ago

Diana de los Santos from the SPCA of Hancock county talks about Hunter. Hunter is a 3yr old fawn shepherd/pittie mix. He was surrendered to the shelter in late March. The family was moving to housing that would not allow a dog his size. He is the life of the party…loves to play. He needs an active household with kids of any age. He does well around little kiddos and big kids too. He would love to take a training class with you. He is smart! And he does have a very imposing “bark” for his size.For more information contact the SPCA in Trenton call 667-8088 or check www.spcahancockcounty.org

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Wellness: Cool Soup to Use Up Those Cucumbers

Updated 7 months ago

Cool Summer Blender Cucumber and Yogurt SoupPrep Time: 15 minutesServings: 4Ingredients:1 large European cucumber, divided4 scallions cut into 1-inch pieces4 cups Fresh Express® Baby Spinach leaves2 cups Dannon® Oikos® Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt, divided1 cup vegetable stock or broth*1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Chili Powder, or to tasteMcCormick® Sea Salt Grinder, to taste* Add more broth if needed.Directions:1. Cut cucumber into 2-inch chunks and reserve 2 chunks.2. In a blender or food processor, combine cucumber, scallions, spinach, 1 3/4 cups yogurt and vegetable broth:process until smooth. Add chili powder and salt and continue to process.3. Divide soup among 4 chilled bowls and top each with a swirl of reserved yogurt and diced reserved cucumber.4. Serve with Kashi® 7 Grain Pita Crisps.Nutritional Information:Amount per serving: Calories: 90: Protein: 12g: Total Fat: 0gSource: Recipe

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Healthy Living: National Recovery Month

Updated 7 months ago

People Reclaiming their lives from Mental and Addictive DisordersBy- Dr. David PrescottSeptember is National Recovery Month: National recovery month celebrates people who are recovering from mental and addictive disorders. The concept of recovery, as opposed to diagnosis, focuses on the importance of prevention and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders. Recovery month encourages people with these disorders to begin a journey back to a more productive and meaningful life. Four Key Points About Mental and Addictive Disorders: Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. They impact about 1 in 5 people over the age of 18. As our nation promotes recovery from addiction and mental health disorders, four key principles guide our efforts: 1. Behavioral Health is Essential to Overall Health: Almost every model of improving health in the United States includes the notion that behavioral health is part of overall health. Separating the mind from the body makes little practical or theoretical sense. Many emerging models of healthcare (often termed integrated care) provide physical and behavioral healthcare in the same location.2. Prevention works: Most mental illnesses are first evident during adolescence or early adulthood. Prevention and early intervention helps recovery to occur sooner and more fully. Problems such as addiction or schizophrenia can be minimized or avoided if recognized and addressed in their earliest stages. 3. Treatment is Effective: With treatment, 70-90% of people with mental illness experience a decrease in their symptoms and an improved quality of life. Yet, the majority of people with certain mental and addictive disorders never receive treatment or seek treatment only after struggling for months or years. Treatment can involve counseling, structured support, or medications. 4. People Can and Do Recover: From movie stars and professional athletes, to the person down the street, stories of people recovering from mental and addictive disorders are plentiful. Mental illness is not a hopeless lifelong state of being. Recovery is a journey, rather than an event, but the journey has occurred for thousands of people. Why Focus on Recovery? Recovery makes sense for both moral and practical reasons. Four of the ten leading causes of disability (lost years of productive life) in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Helping people to recover from mental illness allows people to regain years of their life that might otherwise be lost. More than two-thirds of people with mental illness in the United States live in the community and lead productive lives. Their stories help guide others whose recovery is just beginning. National Recovery Month Events in Maine4th Annual Walk for Recovery: September 21st Portland (Monument Square 9:00 a.m.) Recovery Rally: Sept. 21 Augusta (Waterfront Park 11:00 a.m.) Recovery and Wellness Resource Fair: Sept. 25 Portland (Preble Street Resource Center 2:00 p.m.) For More Information: www.recoverymonth.gov

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Senior Watch September 9, 2013

Updated 7 months ago

Dr. Cliff Singer with Acadia Hospital joins us to talk about alzheimers.


I Love My Pet September 9, 2012

Updated 7 months ago

Do you want to feature your pet on our station?To do so: Just send us a picture. E-mail it to WABI at wabi@wabi.tv. Please put “Attention I Love My Pet” in the subject line.Or slip it in the mail. send to WABI TV5, Attention I Love My Pet, 35 Hildreth Street, Bangor 04401. If you’d like your picture back, include a self addressed, stamped envelope.Kennebec Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week: Meet BearYou may recognize my familiar face, unfortunately! My name is Bear, and I’m a previous KVHS resident. I need to find a cat-free, FOREVER home! I am one of the sweetest guys you will ever meet, and am going to make some lucky person or family a wonderful companion! I am very goofy and super playful, and I get along well with other dogs! I do have separation anxiety, so I’d do well in a home where someone is often around. I hope you will come pay me a visit! For more information about Bear:Contact Kennebec Valley Humane Society626-3491 or go to:www.pethavenlane.org

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Mind Your Own Business: Head Back to School

Updated 8 months ago

It’s not just back to school time for kids, business owners and people thinging about opening a business should head back to school too. Deb Neuman joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at 5 in “Mind Your Own Business.”Women, Work & CommunityBasics of Starting a Business Ellsworth Friday, Sept. 13 & 20Machias Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9, & 16 New Ventures – BangorTuesday, Sept. 24 – Tuesday, Dec. 10Applications due Friday, Sept. 13Jane Searles at 262-7843 www.womenworkandcommunity.orgEastern Maine Development Corp”Chat Room” 2nd Tuesday of each monthOctober topic -”Marketing”www.emdc.org Top Gun Prep Online Class Maine Centers for Enterprise DevelopmentWednesday, Sept. 18Wednesday, Nov. 13 Equity Prep Workshop – BangorWednesday, Sept. 253pm – 5pmwww.mced.biz

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I Love My Pet September 2, 2013

Updated 8 months ago

Do you want to feature your pet on our station?To do so: Just send us a picture. E-mail it to WABI at wabi@wabi.tv. Please put “Attention I Love My Pet” in the subject line.Or slip it in the mail. send to WABI TV5, Attention I Love My Pet, 35 Hildreth Street, Bangor 04401. If you’d like your picture back, include a self addressed, stamped envelope.Kennebec Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week: Meet GertyGerty looking for a forever home…she’s at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Augusta. Gerty is sweet and laid back. She was surrendered to the shelter after her elderly owner got sick and could not care for her any longer.She is a lovely older girl, who loves to lounge around and relax.She also enjoys attention and love from anyone who will give it! To adopt Gerty or another pet from the Kennebec Valley Humane society, call 626-3491 or go to pethavenlane.org.For more information about GertyContact Kennebec Valley Humane Society626-3491 or go to:www.pethavenlane.org

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Senior Watch September 2, 2013

Updated 8 months ago

Jim Fernald from Brookings-Smith, talks about a pre-planning seminar they are holding.It is called “A Story of a Lifetime”Brookings-Smith133 Center StreetBangor, ME 04401(207) 942-8815info@brookingssmith.com


SPCA Pet of the Week: Meet Hawk

Updated 8 months ago

Diana de los Santos from the SPCA of Hancock county talks about Hawk.Hawk is one on several kittens (all with bird names) looking for a good home.Do you have room in your home for Hawk?For more information contact the SPCA in Trenton call 667-8088 or check www.spcahancockcounty.org

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Wellness Wednesday: Labor Day Menu Ideas

Updated 8 months ago

Hannaford dietician Mary Lavanway is here with healthy ideas for Labor Day.Tangerine Butter Lettuce Salad with Feta VinaigretteServings: 4Ingredients:1 bag Fresh Express® Sweet Butter™ lettuce mix5 tangerines, seedless variety, peeled and sectioned1/2 cup dried cranberries1/3 cup toasted or candied pecan pieces1/2 cup jicama, peeled and dicedOptional add-ins: thinly sliced red onion, sliced celeryFeta Vinaigrette (recipe below)Directions:Place the butter lettuce, tangerines, cranberries, pecans and jicama into a salad bowl.If desired, add red onion and celery. Add some of the Feta Vinaigrette and toss salad.Feta VinaigretteIngredients:1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar3 Tbsp. honey1 garlic clove or 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder3 Tbsp. canola oil1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Black Pepper1/2 cup feta crumblesDirections:Whisk all ingredients until well blended.Source: Recipe adapted from freshexpress.com

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