If you run a business there are lots of places you can turn to for support. In this Mind Your Own Business, Deb Neuman joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 to talk about a variety of upcoming events you might find helpful.Coming Events for BusinessesNeed help marketing/branding?Ellsworth City HallEllsworth SCOREMay 22, 9:00 – 10:30For more information: 667-2926Seeking $ for an innovation?May 23BangorMaine Technology Institute and the Firstwww.mainetechnology.orgSeeking trade opportunities?Trade DayMay 31S. PortlandMaine International Trade Center www.mitc.com Need help with an innovative idea?Top Gun PrepMaine Center for Entrepreneurial Developmentwww.mced.biz
Steven Callahan survived 76 days adrift in a life boat.The Lamoine man wrote a best selling book about his experiences called “Adrift”.Film director Ang Lee was among those who read it.Lee went on to make “Life of Pi.”That led to a new adventure for Steve Callahan, navigating the high seas of Hollywood.Joy Hollowell has part two of her special report.+++”In 2009, I got a call from David Magee who has worked with Ang Lee since they’ve been in film school together.,” says Steven Callahan. “And David said, ‘Well Ang Lee, the director, wants to come up and talk to you about ocean survival.”Lee and Magee, the script writer for “Life of Pi,” flew out to Maine. The two men went sailing with Steven Callahan and his wife.”And I figured, OK, that was fun but that’s the last I’m ever going to see of these guys,” says Callahan with a laugh.That fall, Callahan got a call from Lee’s producer.”And he said, ‘we’ve gotten the green light, you wanna come to Taiwan? So I said- cool.’”Ang Lee talked with Callahan about his role in the film.”he said, it’s basically an Indian boy in a life boat in the middle of the ocean. So I really want the ocean to be a character. And that really intrigued me,” says Callahan. “Then when I got off the plane in Taiwan, I said, ‘OK Ang, what do you want me to do? And he goes- well, I want you to bring authenticity to the film.’”True to his word, Callahan says he would call out the award winning director on scenes that seemed a bit too Hollywood.”And they wouldn’t always accept what I would say exactly,” says Callahan with a grin, “but I was taken seriously.”Callahan’s official title was Survival and Marine consultant, although he ended up playing many roles on the set.”I ended up kind of directing operations for the wave tank and stuff,” he says, “which was kind of a surprise to me because I knew nothing about it, but nobody else did either,” he adds with a laugh.When Life of Pi was released last fall, Callahan watched his movie debut on the big screen in Bangor. “I wasn’t expecting the film to be real, but I wanted it to be more convincing then most films set on the water” he says. “And I think it achieved that.”These days, Callahan is on a new quest for survival. 15 months ago, he was diagnosed with leukemia.”I spent my 30th birthday in a life raft, I spent my 60th birthday is a hospital bed,” he says. “Definitely I draw on elements of being adrift in a lifeboat. No matter how bad it gets, as awful as it gets, there’s always something in the back of my mind going, yeah, but there’s some positive stuff going on in there.”+++Life of Pi ended up winning four Academy awards, including a Best Director statue for Ang Lee.If you’d like more information on Steven Callahan, go to www.stevencallahan.net.
Steven Callahan’s story of survival has made international headlines and turned into a best-selling book.The Lamoine man first learned how to sail when he was 12 and started building boats not longer after.In 1981, Callahan’s love of the sea would be put to the ultimate test. ===”I’d always wanted to go across the Atlantic or some ocean on a small boat.”When he was 29 years old, Steven Callahan set out to fulfill that dream.He had been at sea for about 10 months and was on the final leg of his journey toward Antigua.”I was just about in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between northwestern Africa and the Caribbean Islands,” explains Callahan.Suddenly, he felt a large bang against the side of the boat. It rapidly began filling with water.”So there’s this huge flood of water that came in and it was filling up very, very quickly.” says Callahan. “I thought I was going to sink out right.”Callahan ran up on deck and inflated his life raft. He managed to grab some supplies.”I had a couple of cans of stuff and grabbed like a cabbage that came floating out of the cabin,” says Callahan. “And I had about 8 pints of water.”Callahan also had some equipment, including a harpoon, solar stills to make fresh water, and a log book. He knew his chances of being rescued weren’t good. Callahan wasn’t due back home for another month.”I tried to adapt to the attitude that – OK, my voyage isn’t over, it’s continuing, it may be in a much more humble little craft, but I’ll do the same things.”That meant daily navigation plots, with the help of the stars and sun.”I had a chart, so I’d plot out on the chart where I was and I helped me plan out when should I keep the best lookout for shipping,” he says.An aquatic caveman is how Callahan describes his new life.”This ecosystem had developed around the raft, fish started gathering around it.”Those fish were what Callahan survived on after he ran out of food. “As you starve, your body adjusts and it adjusts your psychology as well,” he explains. “A lot of people go, ‘Eww, you ate fish eyes and fish guts and all this stuff.’ And it seems really horrible but actually by the end of the voyage, they were the things that I most looked forward to. It was like- oh fresh fish liver, dessert.’”About two weeks out, Callahan spotted his first ship.”It looked like they were steaming over towards me, and I had this great celebration,” he says, “I’m drinking water, carefully saved water. And they just, jhut, jhut, jhut, steamed by.”8 more ships would pass by, unable to see Callahan’s tiny speck of a life boat in the vast sea. As the weeks turned into months, Callahan continued to put life before death.”I had too much business at age 30. I think I really wanted to have a chance to come back and have a better life, be a better person.”On day 76, Callahan finally got that chance. He had reached land.”These local fishermen came out from the local island, Marie Galante,” he explains. “They were looking out and seeing all these birds hovering above the raft.”Thinking that meant fish, they came upon Callahan. He calls it an emotional moment.”And so they offered to take me into the island.”But Callahan said no, instead encouraging the fishermen to finish what they had started.”It really wasn’t a rational decision at the time,” says Callahan, “it was just this outpouring emotional thing of here’s something I can give these guys.”+++Callahan ended up being treated for dehydration, salt water sores and malnutrition.He had lost about a third of his weight. Turns out, he’d drifted just 60 miles south of his initial destination.Callahan wrote the book “Adrift” about his 76 days lost at sea.For more information, you can log onto www.stevencallahan.net
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Elissa Moran, Maine Center on Deafness, talks about her program and how it helps people who are deaf and hard of hearing.For more information go to:www.mcdmaine.orgMaine Center on Deafness68 Bishop St. Suite 3Portland, Maine 04103Telephones207-797-7656 V/TTY: 207-766-7111 Video Phone: 800-639-3884 V/TTY – Toll Free: 207-797-9791 FAXFor each staff member’s telephone extension and email address, please visit the staff page of this website.Efirstname.lastname@example.orgBusiness HoursOpen Monday- Friday 8:30-5pm (May change due to weather or holidays)
I’ve been told by adrenaline-junkies and nature enthusiasts that no Maine experience is complete without the thrill of whitewater rafting. Even though I can’t swim, I didn’t want to miss out on this breath-taking adventure. Our quest-for-thrills began at the Northern Outdoors Headquarters in The Forks. There we met up with our guide Mike Mcconnell, who provided some instruction on how our trip would unfold.“Right now we’ll concentrate on getting geared up for the river.”Our gear included wetsuits, booties, life-jackets, and helmets: all items that would keep us warm and safe on this cold day. We then hopped on a bus and made our way to the Kennebec station for a last-minute safety briefing. “We also have the command ‘hold on,’” or some other colorful-type language. You may want to hold onto the rope. So, if I call ‘hold on,’ the hand from the T-grip goes for the hold rope in the center of the raft and the other hand lifts that T-grip up and out of the way.”Our TV5 rafting team of: “Roaming Rob,” “Caitlin Burchill,” “Jackie,” “Nick,” and our photographer, “Kenn Tompkins,”was pumped! Before we could shove off, we had to work as a team to carry our raft down to the water’s edge.“We’re here at the base of the Kennebec. We’re joined with Mike Mcconnell. Nick and I, this is our first time doing this. Caitlin and Jackie have actually been before. So overall, the question on everybody’s mind is what can we expect today, Mike?”“A lot of paddling. Tremendous amount of water coming out of the Harris Station dam behind us. A lot of paddling, whitewater, emotions. Should be pretty fun.”“Adrenaline?” “Adrenaline.”The first rapid we encountered was named “Taster,” giving us a taste of what was in store.We passed by the “Rock Garden,” which featured some shallow, jagged rocks, before coming to what is known as “Big Momma.” “Happy Mother’s Day!”We paddled through Big Momma and The 3 Sisters (which are 4 waves in succession) and then made our way through “The Alleyway,” which splashed more co ld water on our faces.After making the turn through what is known as Z-turn rapid, it was time for the big one: Magic Falls Rapid. We paddled full steam ahead to build up momentum before we braced ourselves and held on. I was nervous and was prepared to do whatever I could to stay in the boat. The raft was tossed up and down and the adrenaline was flowing. Cold Kennebec water came crashing up above our heads and brought an exhilarating sense of accomplishment. We had made it throughout without anyone falling out of the raft.Swimmers rapid, a little further downstream, gave us the chance to get out of the raft and float around in the Kennebec with our life vests. Since I can’t swim and the water was melted ice, I decided to sit this one out…in the raft.I helped to pull everyone back into the raft and then we paddled downstream to Dead Stream Falls, a beautiful waterfall that allowed us to show our TV5 spirit in a new way.After making through the upper gorge of the river, it was time to stop for a break.“We’re just about at the halfway point here. The adrenaline was pumping…it was a great ride down, especially through Magic and some of those other rapids. We’re re-charging the batteries now with some cowboy coffee and also some trail mix. Some more rapids to come.”We paddled through some smaller rapids before floating for a few miles down the Kennebec. The lower gorge was no doubt different from the white-capped waters at the beginning of our journey. It was a pleasant and peaceful end to our rafting adventure, though we did find ourselves paddling to keep warm on such a cool day. “Well, there you have it. Nick and I (and everybody else) survived our rafting adventure. For Nick and I, it was our first time. Good experience, right?”“I made it!”“We made it! And Mike, thanks so much for being our guide on this trip. This is available for anyone to check out Northern Outdoors for some rafting all summer long, right?”“Absolutely. We’ll be rafting the Kennebec, the Dead, the Penobscot Rivers. So go to www.northernoutdoors.com.”“For now, I’m Roaming Rob. We’ll see you next time on WABI-TV5 News.”
In November we introduced you to a family in Rockland with four children who all have Tourette Syndrome. The oldest son was about to have brain surgery in hopes of changing his life. We followed up with the family this week, to check in on Ben’s cry for a cure. It was a risk, brain surgery not approved by the FDA for Tourette Syndrome, but it was a chance this family was willing to take. As Ben Schesser lists off his chores, ” Filling the wood box, sweeping, helping clean the house, drying the dishes, mowing the lawn,” you’re probably wondering why a kid in his 20′s would be so excited about manual labor. For Ben, these are all things he couldn’t do six months ago. ” If I hadn’t had that surgery I’d probably still be up in my room watching movies, playing video games, not having a life,” said Schesser. In February, Ben went to New York to have Deep Brain Stimulation, a surgery that was hopefully going to change his life.” The idea of someone going into his brain and putting electrodes in kind of freaked me out at first,” said Caitlin Schesser, Ben’s sister. Before the surgery, things were not easy for Ben. His tics were so severe it was hard for him to do most things. ” I have spent years and year watching them tick endlessly and hurting themselves,” said Mary Wiebe, Ben’s mother. After the surgery, Ben returned to Maine as a new person. ” He wasn’t staggering or stomping or anything. He just walked in and I was just like, wow, it worked,” said Caitlin Schesser. ” He’s got his smile back, his jokester attitude,” said Wiebe. DBS is FDA approved as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, but not Tourtte’s, which is something this family wants to change. ” Hopefully someday I plan to stand in front of the FDA in Washington with a pamphlet with info and proof and show them that they can approve this for Tourette’s because it does work and it is something that gives hope to people out there,” explained Wiebe. Both of Ben’s brothers and his sister have Tourette’s. The boys might end up having the same surgery as Ben. ” I have a tic where I will continuously say different phrases over and over again and I’ll breathe in and out really fast and I’ll almost pass out because it causes me to hyperventilate,” explained Caleb Schesser, Ben’s brother. For Wiebe, all that matters is that her kids have hope. ” Let them have a life and let them be able to be self-sustaining and work, take a job and go to college and make something of their life,” said Wiebe. It’s going to be a long journey for the family. Ben is still in recovery and the family will have to come up with the money if the other two boys have the surgery. None of that matters to this family, though. ” I have my son back and that’s what makes it all worth while. The trips, and the money, it doesn’t matter how much I had to spend or how many times I had to go to New York because it was worth seeing him have the relief and being able to sit still and rest and sleep,” said Wiebe. While Ben rests, his mom will not. ” I’m not stopping, if it’s going to help one, it’s going to help them. Help all of them,” said Wiebe. She is busy trying to help other people with Tourette’s because now that Ben’s cry for a cure has been answered, she wants to make sure other families have hope. Wiebe has a petition at change.org. She wants the FDA to approve this surgery for Tourette’s so that more people can be helped. Her petition is getting reaction from people as far away as California. You can find the petition by clicking here. May 15th through June 15th is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. You can learn more by clicking here. You can also call 1-888-4-TOURET for more information.
How do you make sure your seasonal business survives? Carolyn Callahan sat down with Deb Neuman on TV5 News at 5 for “Mind Your Own Business.”Seasonal Business Survival Tips1. Write/update that business plan2. Set a budget/stash money away3. Schedule time off – NOW!4. Get help for your personal “stuff”5. Take care of you (eat right/exercise) Find out more tips on how to Mind Your Own Business:www.debneuman.com
7th Annual Senior ExpoFriday May 17th9am -2pmSpectacular Event Center395 Griffin RoadBangorFor more information call Eastern Area Agency on Aging 800-432-7812 or e-mail www.eaaa.org
Do you want to feature your pet on our station?To do so: Just send us a picture. E-mail it to WABI at email@example.com. 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 Big BenHi, I’m Big Ben, and I am 5 years old! My stature fits my name, as I am a pretty big fellow, weighing in at around 80lbs. I am a giant sweetheart who is mellow, but likes activity too! I was adopted, but returned because I was unable to stop chasing my new family’s cats when they would run, and it was stressing us all out. I have learned to walk better on a leash, though, and also enjoy trying to be a lap dog! I hope you will come in and meet me: I’ll melt your heart with my big brown eyes!Register now for Paws in the Park and the 20th Annual Mutt Strut taking place on Saturday, May 18th at the Buker Community Center in Augusta. Put together a team from your work place, your neighborhood, or your family and help raise money for KVHS! For more information contact:Kennebec Valley Humane Society626-3491 or go to:”http://www.pethavenlane.org”>www.pethavenlane.org
Introducing one of the sweetest animals to ever visit WABI TV5… Meet Babe! She was so gentle and loving with all of our staff members, we had a hard time seeing her leave!Babe is a chow/lab mix who is about 4.5 yrs old. She came to the shelter from Bucksport on April 9th and was surrendered with a cat. They were abandoned at someone’s home and they could not care for them. We know she does well around cats and seems to be fine with other dogs too. She is spayed and up to date on all vaccines. She is compact and full of energy. Very sweet gal.May 25th – the SPCA has two events:Strut Your Mutt at Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park in Ellsworth 9-12 – check out our website or fb page to get a sign up sheet….raise donations for the shelter.And the Dog and Pony Tavern in Bar Harbor is having their Dunk Tank to raise $ for the SPCA from 12-6.667-8088WWW.SPCAHANCOCKCOUNTY.ORG
With summer just around the corner, the outdoor activities Maine offers are certainly not in short-supply. We sent Roaming Rob to check out one activity many may not be aware Maine has.Ziplines have been used throughout the world in one form or another for hundreds of years.â€œIâ€™m here at Sunday River for my ziplining adventure. Letâ€™s not waste any time and get geared up and good to go.â€Before gearing up, Zipline manager Tim Kavanaugh introduced us to our guides and their duties.â€œPatty is your wingman. Sheâ€™s responsible for catching you as you come in.â€â€œAlan is gonna be your brakes. So heâ€™s responsible for slowing you down as you go into each of the landing platforms.â€â€œJames is gonna be your pilot. James is responsible for hooking you up to the cable each time you take a ride.â€Our guides helped us suit up before we piled into an all-terrain vehicle and headed up the mountain to the course. We were told the ziplines start out easy and get progressively more exciting.â€œJust got dropped off at zipline 1. Weâ€™re gonna get a good safety briefing from our guides and head down: the beginning of our ziplining adventure.â€My anticipation began to build as I watched the guides perform their safety checks and send the others in our group down the lineâ€¦then it was my turn.â€œSo Iâ€™m just gonna walk down and have fun?â€â€œGood to go.â€â€œAll right..weâ€™re ready. Letâ€™s do this!â€My ride down zipline #1 definitely brought a rush of adrenaline. But the feeling of dangling in the air made me tense upâ€¦afraid to let go of the lines.So weâ€™ve got our brake guy going. Heâ€™s gonna head down. This is line #2. Weâ€™ve got a nice waterfall in the background actually.â€â€œ60ft drop after that pile, so look down!â€Line #2 was longer and faster than the first and allowed me to get a little more comfortable. It wasnâ€™t until the 70ft high zipline #3 when I really noticed the intensity picking up. The guides tugged on the line to create a bungee-like experience. For zipline #4, it was time to try a new trick.â€œWhat Iâ€™m gonna do is kick my feet up and latch my toes or ankles around these lanyards here. At that point, Iâ€™ll be able to fully extend upside-down, looking back, just hanging out into a spider. Just like a spider would.â€â€œThis is what we do for you.â€It was a rush to sit upside down on the while riding on the longest zipline on the courseâ€¦but Iâ€™m not gonna lie: I was nervous and could not bring myself to let go of the lines.â€œSo this is zip line #5. This is Pattyâ€™s time to do a trick.â€â€œSo how Iâ€™m gonna do a front flip is: Iâ€™m gonna take these lanyards, tuck them behind my arms, and them Iâ€™m gonna keep my hands in front and jump up into a flip. You have to commit to it.â€It was my turn to tackle the front flip and the adrenaline was pumping. I donâ€™t have much experience when it comes to diving and the brook right below the platform made me even more nervousâ€¦but I gave it a try.â€œAnd thatâ€™s what happens when you fail.â€â€œThis is the fastest zipline that weâ€™ve encountered. What is the speed on this one?â€â€œAbout 25-30 mph.â€â€œWeâ€™re given a rock and thereâ€™s a pool next to a tree (thatâ€™s actually pretty close to the zipline) and the game with this one is to try to get the rock in that pool. So far, weâ€™ve got 1 out of 3.â€â€œWell, there you have it. Weâ€™re just getting ready to go on to the final zipline â€“ zipline 7. Weâ€™ve had a great time today. A big thanks to the folks at Sunday River. Patty, these arenâ€™t open just yet but they will be opening soon?â€â€œYes, we start opening up on June 21st and weâ€™re gonna run tours on our 7 lines. Thursday-Sunday, 5 tours a day by reservation.â€ â€œThatâ€™s all for now. Iâ€™m Roaming Rob. Weâ€™ll see you next time on WABI-TV5 News.â€For more info about Sunday River’s Ziplines, visit: http://www.sundayriver.com/eventsactivities/summeractivities/Ziplines.html
The crime last summer was stunning – the bodies of three people found in a burning car in Bangor. Two men now sit in jail on murder charges, waiting to be prosecuted for the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Daniel Borders, 24-year-old Nicolle Lugdon, and 28-year-old Lucas Tuscano.As they do, the life of one of those victims is being remembered in a profound way – and offering other women like her hope. “She was an intelligent, bright and very beautiful young woman. But there was no snobbery about that. She wanted everybody to have opportunities. Nobody deserves what happened to her.”Nicolle Ludgon, known as Nikki to her friends, died as a young mother, struggling to find her way, again. When she was homeless and pregnant, she found direction in The Shepherd’s Godparent Home in Bangor – a maternity home for teenagers and young women in need.Executive director Barbara Ford says, “She had a job, she had a car, she got an apartment, she was standing on her own two feet, she was living clean. And all of those things she felt successful about and she was in a good space.”But Ford says that changed when she left the support of the Godparent Home after giving birth to her daughter and returned to drugs and a life she knew.Ford gave the eulogy at Nikki’s funeral. “I was angry – why did she make the choices she made. Then kind of disbelief that this could have happened to someone so full of life. And then acceptance and a then a deep drive to change the outcome for other young women.”That deep drive lead to the creation of Nikki’s Hope – a transitional house for new mom’s who are no longer eligible to stay in the Godparent Home.Gabby McCann was a resident at the Godparent home, a place she says changed her life.”It just didn’t seem like it was worth it anymore. I felt like I was butting my head against the wall and that I couldn’t get out of this rut and nobody wanted to help me – and then they did.”McCann says Nikki’s Hope could mean a huge difference for new moms trying to take that next step.”Sometimes it just doesn’t work. You go back to what you knew before and if they’d just have maybe six more months after becoming a new mom, where’s it really crucial to have some support because it’s so hard.” Stephanie Morris, the house mother for the Godparent Home, says, the idea is “Just to continue to be there for these girls and keep them from situations that they know are not good for them and give them another option.” A capital campaign is under way to open Nikki’s Hope.And just like the Godparent Home, it’ll run without government funding, relying on the church and the community. Ford says she hopes the transitional home could be ready as soon as this summer – and the memory of a young mother – who got lost along the way – can live on. “She was a very positive person, had a positive outlook on things, very compassionate, very kind and very sensitive. She really wanted to make something of herself,” Ford says. “The legacy’s not in her death. The legacy’s in what she wanted to be, not what she became. That’s the core of Nikki’s Hope.”The Shepherd’s Godparent Home needs support from the community to be able to open Nikki’s Hope. You can find out more by logging on to www.godparenthome.org or checking out the Facebook page, The Shepherd’s Godparent Home in Bangor, Maine.One of the most valuable things the Godparent home offers to mothers-to-be is a sense of family.That need is also why Maine’s foster and adoptive care system is working harder to make sure teenagers find a forever home, in hopes they never need a place like Nikki’s Hope. Find out more about that in Part 2 of this story.
Before Regina Leonard became a mother, adoption was always an option.”For me, personally, it’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I was a single mother with my oldest and I know what that feels like to have the pressures that you’re being given. Had a few scares with them when I had him. Waited a long time to have another one. Got married, my husband and I finally decided we were going to try to have another child and some issues, had a miscarriage. Had a healthy pregnancy, but had enough scares that I didn’t really want to go that route. And I felt thankful that I have two beautiful healthy boys, but to add to our family, what better way than to adopt and bring a child into our lives. We’re kind of a blended family anyway. It really just makes sense,” said Leonard.The Leonards are currently in the home-study stage. That means a lot of paperwork, which can be overwhelming.”Once the home study is done, then we just have to choose an agency that we want to work with,” said Leonard.There are many options to consider, including international adoption.”We think if its really meant for us, it will be, and, so we’re really open to everything. As of right now, we’re really thinking we want to stay in the United States, but I’m not shutting doors to anything,” said Leonard.”Being a step dad comes with it’s challenges. But it’s a great feeling. If there’s anyone out there who’s a parent, they understand that kids change you and to be able to expand my family, and to bring in another child that, even though is not mine, it’s definitely going to be raised like it is mine. Just like the same love I have for Cooper, is the same love I have for Dylan, is the same love I’ll have for this new child,” said Chad Leonard.”We definitely want to be open with the child from the beginning. I want to celebrate the day that child was born, the day we brought them home, I want them to know that they were adopted and that we were lead to find them an have them be a part of our family,” said Leonard.For the Browns, the decision to continue to keep their son’s birth mother in his life, is something they say will ultimately be her decision.”We’re kind of just leaving it in her court. But, plan on giving her as much information as we can about him, if that’s what she wants,” said Melissa Brown.After the couple experienced four miscarriages, “”We both felt like adoption was the next step. We didn’t want to do in vitro, so we contacted the Maine Children’s Home and they gave us a list of adoption agencies to check out,” said Brown.”They came to us like all couples do, looking for more information, kind of finding out what adoption journey they were looking to take,” said Lindsay Bragdon, a social worker at the Maine Children’s Home.Since 1899, the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville has been supporting Mainers, like the Browns, through the adoption process.It took a little over a year before the Browns were going to Virginia to meet their son.They spent three weeks there, waiting for the courts to let them take their son home.Though they had a successful pregnancy with their six month old, Talia, it came with many weeks of bed rest. They say they’ll most likely adopt again.”Just do it. Yeah, the scariness is all in your head the beginning.You can’t really ask for anything better than him, that’s for sure,” said Zach Brown.If you’re considering adopting, the Maine Children’s Home offers information sessions, open to the public, the last Wednesday of each month.You can call them at 873-4253, or visit their website at mainechildrenshome.org.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month.Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services say it’s critical to find more homes for children in the foster care system. As generations begin to age out of the foster care system in Maine, it starts to become evident how their struggles from within may set up their future, for better or for worse.The department’s goal now is to improve lives for the children growing up outside of their biological homes.”Right now, in care, we have about 1,800 children and over a third of them are between the ages of zero to three. So, that’s very telling about what’s happening in society, in terms of our babies are struggling to be taken care of, generally speaking,” said Therese Cahill-Low.As the director of the Office of Child and Family Services, she sees firsthand how difficult placement can be.”If you can imagine being picked up, being in your home one day, and then, literally, being picked up, and moved to a place that you don’t know anyone. I often try to remember that when I’m working with these children, because I can’t imagine transitioning smoothly. They are in a place that is not home, and they were put there by someone else, and they had no choice in the matter,” said Cahill-Low.She says placing younger children can be a little more successful.”But, the older children, generally who have been burned by family, and by foster families, don’t want to do that again. And, so for us, we’re trying to figure out what can we provide for a safe place. And that’s really our challenge right now in determining, this isn’t good. I don’t want this many children not to have a safe place to be and trying to figure out how we can provide some kind of setting in which they can go to that’s not a homeless shelter, that’s not couch surfing, that’s not on the streets,” said Cahill-Low.The challenge is finding more quality homes for children entering the foster care system.”The foster parents, we ask if they’re interested, if they would like to take on a child. They can determine what age, how severe the needs. We have ranging obviously, some children, who come into care, have significant medical needs, or behavioral challenge. The foster parents would contact our office, or their local DHHS office, and indicate that they are interested in being a foster parent,” said Cahill-Low.They’re making a plea to anyone that may be interested.”The more variety, the better, because the more opportunity we have to place children in the best match. We have young couples, we have single people, we have older couples, or older individuals. It doesn’t matter if you’re married, or single, or partnering with someone else. We’ll take anyone that wants to give a loving home to a child,” said Cahill-Low.Michael Augustine grew up in the system. Because of attachment issues, he was in 31 homes throughout his youth.”In that time, I had some really awful foster homes. I had abusive homes, neglectful homes. But, I also had some really great homes that would have been terrific foster homes for other kids. But, because of that attachment issue, I could not attach to them, so I continued to act out, and I continued to push people away,” said Augustine.Augustine was adopted at age 23, now has a family of his own and has received his Masterâ€™s degree in social work.”For me, I have seen what it was like to live with my biological family as a young adult, and know if I stayed living with them, I would not be where I am today. So, for me, the foster care system saved my life, and it has allowed me to a successful young adult,” said Augustine.Knowing it’s a never-ending cycle that can use constant improvement is his motivation to help improve the system.”I wanted to work with foster children and show them that they can succeed. Yes, they have barriers. Some are going to be a lot harder to overcome than others. But, they can do it,” said Augustine.The department says that they want anyone interested to know that taking a child in will be a challenge, but with those challenges, come rewards.Finding life-long connections for those in their adult years is another need that they are finding with the older generation.If you would like to find out more information about fostering or mentoring, you are urged to call your local DHHS office.You can also visit maine.gov/dhhs.
Pricilla Perry talks about inviting folks to take part of a round table discussion about issues facing teens in our community!The event will take place on May 16th at 2:30 at Penquis. (262 Harlow St.)Â Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Data shows that Maine teens are at significant risk for teen pregnancy, STDs, sexual violence, and harassmentÂ Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Penquis Health Services has heard from a number of school personnel who have voiced concerns regarding the risk taking behaviors of youth, the misinformation and lack of information that youth have regarding STDs and risk of pregnancy, and the lack of resources in the schools to address sexual behaviors. Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Many students feel pressured to engage in sexual activity because they donâ€™t know how to say no or say no in a confident, informed way. Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In an effort to address these issues, Penquis Health Services has scheduled roundtable discussions to engage the community in sharing problems and working together to identify solutions. Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The ultimate goal is to increase education, support and services available to youth around sexual health issues so that youth make informed and healthy decisions.Â Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â We are also inviting folks to share their concerns, issues and possible solution to help teens at risk on the Penquis Â Facebook page either as a post on the wall or a private message.Â Those comments will be added to the round table discussion!
Do you want to feature your pet on our station?To do so: Just send us a picture. E-mail it to WABI at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 AngelinaAngelinaAge: 1-2 Years OldBreed: Domestic Short HairGender: FemaleHi, I’m Angelina! I was brought in to KVHS by my owner because I was a bit too playful, and a bit of a troublemaker. I was a really great sport with getting my vet work done, and am very playful and friendly! I also am a lap cat at times, and ooze with affection if you pet me!Thank you! For more information contact:Kennebec Valley Humane Society626-3491 or go to:”http://www.pethavenlane.org”>www.pethavenlane.org
Lori Parham, State Director of AARP Maine, talks about Chained CPI and how it will effect seniors.For more information call Eastern Area Agency on Aging 800-432-7812 or e-mail www.eaaa.org
In tough economic times for Maine schools, one has found a way to support struggling teens at no additional cost. Through a pilot program at the University of Maine, nine students at Piscataquis Community Secondary School are now certified mentors for middle and high school students. As educators in Guilford struggle with the burden of tight budgeting, administrators say this free program is making a world of difference and could potentially save lives.”We don’t have the time. It is mainly a putting out fire type of approach,” explained guidance director Eric Steeves. Budget cuts and increased responsibilities put rural Maine counselors in a tough spot. More often than not, academic programs win out at the budget table, which leaves limited resources to deal with teenage mental health issues. Superintendent Paul Stearns asked, “If that student is suffering from depression or any other mind altering factors, how are they to be expected to learn?â€ A unique program at Piscataquis Community Secondary School in Guilford has found a way to ease the strain on their sole guidance counselor, at no cost to them. “I’m pretty good with the students so I got recommended and then I just went to training,” said Junior Kyla Desmarias. A pilot program designed by an intern at the University of Maine has certified 9 of their students as peer mentors and so far, it is working. “It means a lot to me because there’s not always very many people that are able to understand what a child my age is going through,” explained Autumn Tobbee, an 8th grade mentee. “It is not just how do you feel about this, it is you have to ask a lot of open ended questions to try to get them to give you more than just a one word answer. It is a lot harder than you would think,” said Danielle Spaulding, a junior mentor. During a one day crash course, educators shared basic skills on how to help ease the burden of a busy mind. “There was role playing, there were segments on multi-culturalism, confidentiality, active listening skills, I was just very impressed,” said Steeves. Still the stakes of some situations are too great to handle alone. “In the first week, I did have a peer counselor come to me with a concern about a student.” “If it is harmful then we will go to a trusted adult and they will get you some help,” added Spaulding. In March, administrators faced an escalating challenge of what they describe as gang related activity in the school. For a group of middle school aged boys, a case of cyber bullying left the computer screen and entered the hallways. “People get shoved a lot and they get verbally and physically assaulted,” said Tobbe. “Grabbed him in a headlock, chocking headlock and it was broken up,” said Stearns. It was a situation mitigated through the temporary presence of the local Sheriff’s Department, and the open ears of peer mentors concerned with bullying. Tobbe talked about her bout with depression saying, “It really feels painful emotionally because you never know what the future has to hold so it’s like sometimes you don’t know am I ever going to get help or am I ever going to get through this?” Administrators are committed to avoiding a contentious climate, and think the eyes and ears this program provides could prevent a tragedy like December’s in Newtown, Connecticut. “This type of program has the potential to uncover a situation like that before it even comes to light. The student’s message to bullies is a clear one. At one point then gathered in front of the WABI camera crew and exclaimed “Just don’t do it!”
Mary Lavanway is a dietician with Hannaford. She joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 with some healthy ideas for Mother’s Day.Baked Apple-Cinnamon French ToastServings: 12Total time: 9 Â½ hours (this includes 8 hours of refrigeration time)Ingredients3 cups “My Essentials” nonfat milk2 cups “My Essentials” liquid egg whites3 tablespoons Natures Place Organic Honey1-Â½ teaspoons McCormick Vanilla extractÂ¼ teaspoon McCormick salt1 1-pound loaf of Natures Place Whole Wheat bread1 cup chopped dried apples. (3 ounces)Â½ cup Natures Place Organic raisins1-Â½ teaspoons McCormick ground cinnamonÂ½ teaspoon McCormick ground nutmeg1 tablespoon “My Essentials” confectioners’ sugarPreparation1. Whisk milk, egg whites, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.2. Trim crusts off 8 bread slices and set aside. Cut the crusts and remaining bread into 1-inch pieces. Toss with dried apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg in another bowl.3. Coat a 9-by-13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer the bread mixture to the pan. Lay the reserved crust less slices evenly on top, trimming to fit. Whisk the milk mixture one more time, then pour evenly over the bread. Press the bread down with the back of a wooden spoon, making sure it’s evenly moist. Cover with parchment paper, then foil, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F5. Bake the casserole, covered for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until puffed, set and lightly browned, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes: dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 1 dayNutrition per serving: 183 calories: 1 g Fat: 0 g Sat: 1 g Mono: 1 mg Cholesterol: 33g Carbohydrates: 10 g Protein: 4 g Fiber: 344 mg Sodium: 312 mg Potassium.