A newly passed state mandate will soon provide an easier pathway for students in crisis. Now anyone receiving a paycheck from a public high school is required to undergo a course in suicide prevention. Last week that one issue united both branches of the Maine state legislature and Governor LePage. The cost for state-wide education is an estimated $44,000 annually, but to the mothers supporting this legislation, knowing their work could save lives is priceless. “Everyone has now voted. The chair will close the vote,” said Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “I find that it is the most important bill that I have ever presented and I can’t see any other bill being more important than this one,” said Rep. Paul Gilbert of Jay. An Act to Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools is a work of passion for Paul Gilbert. “This bill is so important. The life of youngsters is so important that this is one bill that should be supported regardless.”The Democratic State Representative is sponsoring legislation that would require school employees to undergo training in suicide prevention. An education that mothers of suicide victims say could have saved their child’s life. “I missed the signs. I missed the opportunity to save him and I think he got into this place of hopelessness, he felt hapless, and he felt that it was just, he couldn’t get there,” said Grace Eaton of Livermore falls. In 1997 she lost her son to suicide. Now she’s fighting alongside Gilbert for LD 609 to pass. “As a parent who has lost a child, this is the most devastating thing that has happened and can happen to a family, to a community, to your friends, to have you take your life,” said Eaton.In March, a 13-year-old student at Mount View Middle School in Thorndike took her own life, prompting a community forum to learn about the signs of suicide, and how to cope with the pain.”Are you okay, are you feeling suicidal? I would not be afraid to say that word,” said Cheryl Morin, a guest speaker who lost her son to suicide. “I sometimes say it is like taking CPR. Why not have the knowledge in case you need it.” “Suicide prevention is an important topic for families to really understand that usually in any circumstance of suicide, there have been some red flags. There has been something that has occurred prior to the actual event that people only afterwards talk about,” said Heather Perry, Superintendent of RSU 3. But those red flags aren’t always easy to catch. That’s why Nancy Thompson of Cape Elizabeth supported Gilbert’s bill. She hopes the “gate-keeper” training will help school officials pick up on signs that could prevent the unthinkable. “And I wasn’t afraid to go ahead and speak out about it and I’m not. And I say to people that I am going to go to my grave speaking about it because if I can save one kid, I’ve done my job,” said Thompson. Last month, both the Maine House and Senate unanimously passed LD 609, and with Governor LePage’s signature, it became law. “The bill has been passed to be enacted as a mandate,” said Maine House Speaker Mark Eves. “If we save one child in every school across the state of Maine, we have saved thousands of kids,” said Eaton, holding back tears. Thompson added, “I couldn’t save Timmy. But I may be able to save lots of kids along the way.”
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 MorganHello, my name is Morgan and I am a 4 year old Mountain Cur Mix. I was returned to KVHS due to some issues I had with training and such (feel free to call or email KVHS with any questions regarding this!) and am a bit scared about being here. I really would require an experienced owner so that my new home can be my permanent home! I’m kind of a nervous guy anyway and would like a home without children or at least only older ones. I like other dogs but am reactive to them if they act aggressively toward me. I can’t be in a home with cats because I am sure that they are meant to eat! I will need a home with lots of patience and but I have plenty of love to give in return! I really want to be loved but I have never really learned how. Please come in soon so we can start a new journey together!PS: I LOVE toys and playing- I hope if you adopt me, you’ll keep a great toy supply! :-)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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Banks for EAAA, talks about seniors and pets. Â· Seniors love to take their pets but watch the warm weather. Do not bring your pets in the car and leave them there. The vehicles heat up quickly and can kill the animals.Â· There are now “house-call” vets for seniors who have trouble getting their pets to the veterinarian. Go to www.housecallvets.org for a list of providers.Â· Studies have shown that pets help seniors with their physical and mental well-beingÂ· And when thinking of getting a pet, a senior should get an animal that matches their lifestyle. For instance, if an active senior loves walking and hiking, an active dog might fit the bill. However, an older cat who like to sleep on a warm lap would be perfect for a more sedentary senior.
Police officers are trained to use a number of tools to help them do their jobs, including dogs.The Bangor Police Department has 5 K9′s they use, three at the airport, and two on patrol.The officer and the dog spend 24 hours a day together, and can be called out to a wide variety of scenarios.They always have to be ready, for anything.”It’s physically hard, training is hard, it’s a lot of time you put in a lot of time,” said Sgt. Rob Angelo, “But it is very rewarding.”The role of the officer and their K9 partner varies from call to call.”We could do, go right from tracking a suspect right to a guy on the street calling me saying, hey can you walk your dog around a vehicle, so, and then looking for drugs,” said Officer Jason Linkletter. “So we could be doing patrol work and then jump right into drug work.””It’s a fantastic tool,” said Sgt. Angelo. “You saw something today and what they can do in a minute would take an officer hours to search bags the way we did. They can run that dog over these 12 bags in a few seconds and know whether there is or is not drugs in there””Another reason we want the dog is for officer protection,” said Officer Linkletter. “We don’t want the dog to let his guard down, just because, whoever it is, really his loyalty is to me.”Regular training sessions are held to keep not only the dog, but the officer sharp.”I’d like to train the handlers,” said Sgt. Angelo, who used to work with a K9 partner until his recent promotion. “That’s my goal to train those handlers so that they see that when they are on the street, they can see the situation unfold, ‘I’ve been here before, I’ve seen this, I know why my dog is doing this’ so we try to recreate these situations here so that they see them on the road and they can say ‘Yes I’ve seen this before, I know what I’m doing’” And Linkletter agrees on who likely getting more out of the training sessions. “Probably more for me than it is for the dog, cause the dog already knows what his job is. It’s just I have to learn to be able to read the dog and make sure I’m understanding the dog’s behavior, and really clueing in on that.”Sometimes the training is very technical, relating to police work. Other times it’s not.”Sometimes I just have to teach the handlers how to play with the dog, how to get that reaction so that dog knows when I smell this ‘Great Things Happen’ well I have to train the handler to make great things happen for that dog,” said Angelo.When the dog locates a scent, whether it’s a person, an item, or drugs, they react either passively or aggressively. It’s based on their training. The passive dogs will sit or lay down when they find something.”With my dog, he’s an aggressive find dog, which means, with luggage or whatever it might be, he’s going to go at that source and try to get it out” said Linkletter, who works with a 4 and a half year old German Shepard named Lex. “He might bark, he might jump up, he might scratch, like luggage he might bite at it.””That’s why it’s important to know your dog in that, does your, if your dog is an aggressive alert dog, does that dog do that for anything else? And that is why we train this dog, will only go active aggression like we saw, when he smells drugs, nothing else will make him do that,” said Sgt Angelo.Because of the dog’s training and their remarkable sense of smell, they can discern what is in a room and what specifically they are supposed to find, according to Angelo. “They can pick out individual scents, I heard recently, it described as when you walk in you smell stew, a dog smells, celery and salt and pepper and water and meat. That dog knows each individual smell, and if there is also marijuana in the room, he smells that as well, and that is what he is going to go to.”
24 hours a day, seven days a week police departments across the state and across the nation are working to keep us safe.From home, to work, to school and everywhere in between they are there on the lookout.And it’s not just humans, dogs are part of the force.The Bangor Police Department has three officers and three dogs patroling the airport.”We work specifically explosive detection here at the Bangor International Airport,” said Officer Dan Scripture, who has been with the K9 unit at the airport for the entire five years of the program.It is not as simple as wanting to work with a K9. These officers went through nearly three months of training in Texas, and then a dog was chosen to fit their personalities so both dog and man can succeed. “We have to have classes on explosives, we have to have classes on animal care, classes on animal behavior,” said Scripture. “And then you have to go work with your dog on a daily basis, and then someone has to instruct you on how to properly work that dog. The dogs are pretty well trained when you get there.”After the pairing is made, they are partners around the clock.”The dog comes home with me, he’s with me pretty much 24/7, 24 hours a day that dog is with me, he is very attached to me so to speak” said Scripture of his 9 year old Belgian Malinois, Endumin. “I am the only one that really bonded with him down at Lackland AFB that’s how it was tailored, that’s how it was meant to be.””It’s still a partner,” said Officer Jeff Small, who has also spent the last 5 years patrolling BIA with a K9 partner. “You know we work together just like on the road, and we look out for each other and I rely on him and he relies on me.”Early morning flights, late night arrivals, the officers and dogs work around the airport, and they cover every inch of it, from the bag check-in, to the carousel, to the passenger screening areas, the seating, and even out onto the Tarmac, and they are always working. “We have to be able to get ready to move and go get an unattended bag, be able to have a task of searching bags, so you’re going to have to be able to be quick and portable with the dog as well,” said Scripture. “We go everywhere there is nowhere these dogs really don’t go, my dog is extremely portable he is very durable, he is rough and tumble and there is no environment, from snow, rain, nothing seems to bother him, he doesn’t get distracted and he doesn’t mind loud noises””You don’t always need to tell him to work,” said Small of his 7 year old Black Lab Jovic. “Cause he is working, he may not look like he’s working but his nose is always going.”Because they never know where they are going to be or what they are going to be doing, they train constantly.”we try to train using different objectives each time whether it’s bags or cars or terminal, each time you try to think up a different scenario,” said Scripture. “You have to give them something to work for and they have to be hard wired eventually to find things and know that they find things in this environment, and know that they find things on an airplane, that they find things in cars, cause they will search and dogs are really smart and they remember”The dogs are expensive and so is their training, but they work pretty cheap, wanting just praise, love and fun in return, said Scripture. “They’ll work for that, that is their pay. My dog will work all day, there is no food in there, it’s just the toy, it’s the reward, I say that it’s just a reward, but to him it is everything, he identifies with that as a playful experience, they remember it and they thrive for it”The toys are their pay check because the dogs, just like people, need to enjoy what they are doing every day. “You want your dog to be happier when they come in to work,” said Scripture. “If you have a working dog, so they’ll be eager to come in there as well.”While the dogs may look or act friendly, and you may want to pet them, they are working Police Dogs and should be left alone and allowed to do their jobs.
Laurie Pierce, Shelter Manager from the S-P-C-A of Hancock County talks about HankHank is a 5 year old Pointer mix. He’s extremely friendly and eager to please. Hank will even smile for us. He’s a pleasure to be around. He weighs in at 60 lbs. Although he’s a bigger dog Hank is easy to handle.Do you have room in your home for Hank???For more information on Peanut at the SPCA in Trenton call 667-8088 or check out: www.spcahancockcounty.org
Mary Lavanway is a dietician with Hannaford. She joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 with some information about sports nutrition.
Mary Lavanway is a dietician with Hannaford she shares a recipe idea inspired by Earth Day.Mixed Berry Granola Crunch CrumbleActive time: 15 minutesTotal time: 1hour and 15 minutesServes 6-8Ingredients 8 cups Wymanâ€™s quick-frozen mixed berries 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca Â¼ cup Maine maple syrup Â½ teaspoon grated lemon zest ` Â¾ cups Hannaford all-purpose flour 1/3 cup Hannaford dark-brown sugar 1/3 cup Hannaford granulated sugar 1 teaspoon McCormick ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon McCormick ground ginger 1-cup butter, melted 1 cup Grandy Oats Classic Granola Inspirations Authentic Italian mixed berry GelatoDirections Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Toss mixed berries with tapioca, maple syrup and lemon zest Set aside In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars and spices Stir in butter: coarse crumbs will form Blend granola into crumb mixture Pour fruit filling into 8-inch pan Pour crumb mixture evenly over fruit Bake until topping is lightly golden, about 55 minutes Let cool slightly Serve with a small scoop of Inspirations Authentic Italian mixed berry Gelato
There are plenty of creative people in Maine who can use support marketing their arts and crafts. In this “Mind Your Own Business,” Deb Neuman joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at 5 to help.Marketing Maine ArtisansMaine Made Programmainemade.orgMaine Crafts Associationmainecraftsassociation.org The Maine Crafts Guildmainecraftsguild.comUnited Maine Craftsmenmainecraftsmen.orgFind out more tips on how to Mind Your Own Business:www.debneuman.com
Meg Callaway from the Charlotte White Center, talks about a conference she is holding regarding people with developmental disabilities who develop dementia later in life.For 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 DestinyHello, I’m Destiny. I am a 1-year old, spayed female and am up to date on routine vaccinations!! I am a quiet kitty, but once I get to know you, I love to be pet! I thoroughly enjoy catnip, and would love you forever if you gave me a wonderful home.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
The annual walk for autism is just a little over a week away.Heather Wheaton of Penquis Autism Community services joined us in our studio to talk about it.
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 OzzHello, I am Ozz, and I am a 6 year old goofball! I love to play and can be a little rambunctious at times, but that’s what a lot of people love about me! I am also curious and like to be affectionate at times.Join us for our 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon at 1-7-10 Bowling and Entertainment Center Splitters Sports Bar and Grille on April 13, 2013 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm. Gather pledges and help us raise money for the nearly 2,500 homeless animals that we take in each year at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society! Please contact Amanda at (207) 626-3491 ext. 107 or email email@example.com
Meet Peanut. She is a lovey, 8 yr old long hair blk,brown and cream tabby cat. She came to the SPCA on Feb. 3rd. She was with someone who was moving and could not keep her. She is blind in one eye and has partial vision in another. We can tell she sees some shadow, movement. She had some neurological issues. She does not need to be on any medications.She is very friendly, lovey and would make a great lap cat. She would be better in a quiet home, she has lived with dogs and birds. Calm surroundings would be best, as having the sight issues, she would be startled easily.She loves to be petted. And she will barely nibble on dry cat food, so it is better to feed her canned. She is up to date 0n everything and also microchipped.Do you have room in your home for Peanut???For more information on Peanut at the SPCA in Trenton call 667-8088 or check out: www.spcahancockcounty.org
In Senior Watch, Jennifer Maskala with Rosscare joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon to talk about the Antique Appraisal at Dirigo Pines to benefit the LiveSAFE emergency alert button.Dirigo PinesSaturday, April 2710 a.m. – 2 p.m.For more information:1-800-432-7812 or 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 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 JackHi there! My name is Jack and I am a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier looking for a great new home! I’m happy, funny, busy and bouncy and a giant bundle of energy! I love to play and I have lived with other dogs but I do need a cat-free home. I have also lived with children so I will be a good fit for a lot of homes! If you are looking for a young, happy dog, I’m your man!!Join us for our 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon at 1-7-10 Bowling and Entertainment Center Splitters Sports Bar and Grille on April 13, 2013 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm. Gather pledges and help us raise money for the nearly 2,500 homeless animals that we take in each year at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society! Please contact Amanda at (207) 626-3491 ext. 107 or email email@example.com
You have less than two weeks to get your tax returns done or file for an extension. Peggy Riley of the IRS joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 to help out.
In “Mind Your Own Business” Deb Neuman joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at 5 with information on spring business events.Spring BIZ EventsMeet the Lenders April 30 EMCC – BangorFMI – mainebusinessworks.orgHuman Resources SymposiumMay 7BangorFMI – emdc.orgEquity Prep SeminarMay 8Target Tech Center – OronoFMI – targetincubator.maine.eduInternational Trade Day May 31 Sable Oaks – So Portland FMI – mitc.comJob FairsEllsworth/April 3 Machias/May 1 Bangor/ May 14FMI – mainecareercenter.comFind out more tips on how to Mind Your Own Business:www.debneuman.com
Deborah Wisdom with Sunbury Village talks about a three day Furry Friends Food Bank Fundraiser.The events take place Friday April 5th through Sunday April 7th at Sunbury Village.Friday: Pet Care Tips 11amSaturday: Annual Craft Fair 9am-2pmSunday: Crowning of Mr. And Ms. Furry FriendsEntry Fee: A can or bag or dog or cat food.Location: 922 Ohio St., Bangor For more information: 262-9600