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  • Search & rescue crews change tactics with the seasonsSearch & rescue crews change tactics with the seasons

    STATEWIDE - Search and rescue teams across the state are experts when it comes to navigating the wilderness, especially when a life is at stake. But even these crews face challenges during the winter and need to prepare for the cold. "Always prepare for the worst," said Kris MacCabe, a district game warden. Search and rescue teams take extra precautions during the winter months. "If you send searchers out and they're not prepared, you're going to have more casualties than you went out there to find," said Dan Warner, a member of D.E.E.M.I.'s search and rescue team. D.E.E.M.I. crews fill their Humvees with extra cold weather gear for victims and themselves. "We throw in some sleeping bags for our searchers, so at least our searchers are always taken care of no matter what if we're stuck somewhere or break down," Warner said. They also change their search tactics. "We'll throw in the infrared which is the night vision camera, because a lot of times you can't pick up heat signal in the snow, especially if they're hypothermic or their body temperature is too cold," Warner said. Maine state wardens need to adjust their approach as well. "In the winter time it's difficult for us to use our canines, it's difficult for our dogs to get in there," said MacCabe. "We've had lost skiers in the past off the back side of ski slopes and we can't get our dogs in there." To help them combat the elements, search and rescue teams ask that you be prepared when doing an outdoor activity. "The biggest thing for us, this time of year, people can go out and make a plan and stick to that plan, leave a message at home saying where they're gonna go," said MacCabe. "That gives us a head start in getting to a point where we know where you were last." Pack extra clothes, socks, and warm gear wherever you go. "Even going out for a day trip in your vehicle, it's important to have that stuff," MacCabe said. "Throw in a bunch of extra wool blankets, never have enough of those," Warner said. They say these simple steps can help prevent tragedy. "We want people to go out enjoy the outdoors, we want them to ice fish and go snowmobiling, but we want them to be safe," said MacCabe. "That is our whole mission, to have them enjoy it and be safe at the same time."

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  • Man who marched with Dr. King in 1965 honors his legacyMan who marched with Dr. King in 1965 honors his legacy

    BAR HARBOR - The single digit temperatures didn't stop people from marching in memory of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. One person remembers meeting Doctor King, and says his message is still true today. "His dream is still with us," Walter Seward said. On days like today, Seward looks back when he was in Boston in 1965. "I saw Dr. King's parade, and I joined it and I reflect upon that now," Seward said. "And I'm sure those who do participate today will say to themselves this is something I did that I'll never regret." Now, more than 50 years later, Seward joined another march, this time to remember Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. "He had a dream, and he would be happy to know that we are carrying his dream on," Seward said. More than a hundred people marched through the streets of Bar Harbor, despite the single digit temperatures, showing the spirit of Doctor King is alive and well. "The legacy of Doctor King is one of inclusive brotherhood and sisterhood. We feel like that is an important message for today, tomorrow, for every day," said Pastor Rob Benson of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. "They know that now, and they're willing to come and fight, to come and make a statement and walk and march, even if it's ten degrees," said Jackie Davidson, executive director of the Mount Desert YWCA. Folks of all ages carried signs with messages they say are still relevant today. "While today is a special day for kids and families to commemorate and learn about his life's work, it's a good reminder to keep practicing what he taught us all year round," said Kendra Rand, one of the event's co-organizers. And for Seward, it was heartwarming to see so many people stand in solidarity with someone he's still inspired by all these years later. "In life we all have to have heroes, someone we look up to and emulate, and I think Doctor King is one of those people," said Seward.

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  • New tip credit advocacy group launches online help centerNew tip credit advocacy group launches online help center

    BANGOR - In its effort to keep tip credit in the state, a new organization is looking to server restaurant employees across the country.     After successfully fighting to restore the tip credit in Maine, restaurant workers and owners have come together across the state to form RestaurantWorkersofAmerica.org(RWA).   "We want to reach tipped employees all across the United States that want to protect and preserve their industry and tipped income," said Carrie Smith, a board member of RWA. "They love what they do, they love their industry and we want to give them a voice."   According to those who are a part of RWA, federal law allows workers to be paid a lower minimum wage as long as they earn at least the full minimum wage when tips are included. But recently, the tip credit has been a controversial debate across the state and country.   "In the restaurant industry, the customer is either pay a reasonable menu price plus tip depending on service, or they are going pay double-triple the menu cost without a tip," said Smith.    In states without the tip credit, everyone in the business starts with the same minimum wage. According to members in RWA, it could force restaurants to raise prices to cover costs.   "And then you hope, the customer can still afford to tip once they've paid the inflated menu price to cover the restaurant's labor costs," said Smith.    Members of the organization say, customers might not receive the same service if employees don't have incentive to work for tips.   "We consider our industry a commission based industry," said Smith. "I work for a small pay, a small based salary and then I earn commission depending on my sales and service, and I want that to continue."   Since they've recently launched the website, they say they've heard from people from numerous states. They believe this website will be a tool to help servers make their voices heard.   "Nobody is doing this if they don't love it as a career server," said Smith. "We know we can make a great commission."  

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  • Skowhegan Police offering businesses safety tips after recent burglary arrestSkowhegan Police offering businesses safety tips after recent burglary arrest

    WATERVILLE - A Waterville man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a business in Skowhegan. Police said Michael Fortin, 27, broke into Hilltop Antiques on Water Street. They said he took a number of items including $7,000 worth of jewelry.   According to Skowhegan police, a detective worked closely with probation and parole and came up with Fortin as a suspect.   They said a search of his apartment helped them recover some of the stolen jewelry.   According to the "Morning Sentinel," Fortin said he stole the items because he needed money for a new apartment.   He's now facing charges and Skowhegan police are offering to send an officer to any local business that would like tips on how to improve security.

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  • Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty … and books - Bangor Daily NewsShiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty … and books - Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Daily NewsShiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty … and booksBangor Daily NewsThis photo made available by the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows a piece of paper from books found on board Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge. To find paper in the 300-year-old shipwreck in warm waters is "almost unheard ...and more »

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  • Two transferred to hospital after crashTwo transferred to hospital after crash

    CLIFTON - Two people had to be rushed to the hospital this afternoon following a crash in Clifton. Maine State Police said a man and a woman were both injured after their vehicle went off Route 9.   They were traveling down the roadway when the driver was apparently distracted and didn't realize she was heading toward the snow bank.   Maine State Trooper Steve Morrell said "Basically she said she drifted off the right side of the road. Got caught up with the embankment and came to rest just off the road."   The woman and her passenger both complained of neck and back pain following the crash.   They were brought to the hospital to be checked out, but their injuries are believed to be minor.

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  • Somesville road damaged during floodingSomesville road damaged during flooding

    SOMESVILLE - Flood damage has forced police to close off a portion of Beechhill Cross Road in Somesville. The road connects Route 102 and Beechhill Cross Road.   A number of cones and barricades have made it clear to residents they should not use that road and to seek an alternate route. Police said the culvert in the area has been compromised, making it completely impassable.   Once the water level is low enough, authorities will come in to repair that section of the road.   Police said it could be several days before it reopens.

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  • Ice jam reported along Penobscot River in EddingtonIce jam reported along Penobscot River in Eddington

    EDDINGTON - Authorities have been keeping a close eye on the water levels around Eddington. Large chunks of ice have also jammed up along the Penobscot River causing water levels to rise.   It reached slightly above flood stage late last night, but the water was expected to continue to recede today.   People in that area have been keeping their eyes open, but we haven't heard of any problems.   The water was once again expected to fall below flood stage tonight.

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  • Maine lawmaker to Orono MLK Day crowd: 'We still have a long way to go' - Bangor Daily NewsMaine lawmaker to Orono MLK Day crowd: 'We still have a long way to go' - Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Daily NewsMaine lawmaker to Orono MLK Day crowd: 'We still have a long way to go'Bangor Daily NewsMaine state Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, talked about his personal experiences and told an Orono crowd of more than 250 people Monday that more work must still be done to realize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, dream of equality. Hickman was the keynote ...MLK Breakfast Celebration in OronoWABIall 2 news articles »

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  • Mainers remember Martin Luther King Jr. at the University of MaineMainers remember Martin Luther King Jr. at the University of Maine

    ORONO -  50 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and on what would have been his 89th birthday, many people from all walks of life gathered at the University of Maine in Orono for a special breakfast celebration commemorating Dr. King's life and talking about how it impacted theirs. "It was about equal rights for all mankind regardless of age race, creed, sexual creed, and religion," said Dennis Simon, who just moved to Bangor from Dallas, Texas in May.  More than 300 people filled the Wells Conference Center Monday. There were families, university students and staff and even state legislators in attendance. "It's a renewance of the progress we need to make," said Reginald Johnson, a former Chief Petty Building Officer in the Navy. "Not just black Americans, but all Americans, all lives matter." He credits Dr. King for paving a way for his career. "I remember the doors that were opened for me through desegregation," says Johnson.  Simon was able to recall his time marching with Coretta Scott King and reflect on the qualities that set Dr. King apart from others. "Being authentic, just being real and being loving and kind," he said.  Maine representative Craig Hickman gave the keynote address. He was just one-year-old when king was assassinated.  "In some ways the arc of my life corresponds to the time that's past since Martin left us," said Hickman. He says there is one quality of Dr. King that we can all take with us. "Persistence, you never give up, you never turn around, you rise up after being knocked down and you keep moving." The celebration was co-sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University's Division of Student Life.

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  • New Hampshire man arrested for patronizing prostitutionNew Hampshire man arrested for patronizing prostitution

    CUMBERLAND - A trucker was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to arrange paying for sex with a teenager. Maine State Troopers said they were investigating the Seabrook, New Hampshire man after he had approached a female worker for sex at the Cumberland Service Plaza on the Maine Turnpike.   Luis Castro, 30, returned Friday afternoon in his truck for a prearranged meeting with whom he thought was going to be the teenage girl.   Instead, Castro was met by troopers.   He was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution with a minor and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

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  • Ice jams on Kennebec River flood parts of Augusta, Hallowell ... - Bangor Daily NewsIce jams on Kennebec River flood parts of Augusta, Hallowell ... - Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Daily NewsIce jams on Kennebec River flood parts of Augusta, Hallowell ...Bangor Daily NewsThe water rose within minutes early Sunday morning, leaving close to a dozen cars partly or completely submerged along Water Street in Hallowell.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.and more »

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  • Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America awardHorror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

    The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The Outsider," is being published on that date.

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  • It's complicated: Rain, sleet, snow, ice jams, coastal flooding all in the forecastIt's complicated: Rain, sleet, snow, ice jams, coastal flooding all in the forecast

    Mainers should be prepared for a little bit of almost everything over the next couple of days, which the National Weather Service says will be bring rain, snow, ice jams, rising temperatures, fall temperatures, rising rivers and coastal flooding. Friday's drenching rain and temperatures as high as 50 "will lead to river rises and potential for ice jams," according to the weather service.

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  • Piece of Lubec history headed back to town, soonPiece of Lubec history headed back to town, soon

    LUBEC - Efforts are in the works to return an historic piece of Lubec's past swept away by the blizzard earlier this month. But a blizzard of international paperwork still stands in the way/. The pile of paperwork to bring back part of McCurdy's smokehouse from Canada's Campobello Island could disappear as early as Tuesday. Initially, the storm tide surge during the january 4th Blizzard lifted Mccurdy's long-dormant pickling shed off its' pilings. That day it lodged against a wharf in the bay, but a couple of days later it broke free, drifting into Canadian waters. "When it floated away, I was absolutely devastated because I know what that McCurdy smokehouse did for this community. It was the economic engine," Heather Henry-Tenan, co-owner of Eastland Motel.. Plans call for the brine or pickling shed to be brought back piece-by-piece from across Quoddy Narrows. "It will be smaller, but it will be real. It will be intact. It will be authentically correct," said Rachel Rubeor, president of Lubec Landmarks, which is a non-profit trying to preserve local historic buildings. Portions of the sardine buildings remain intact, but in disrepair along the Lubec shore.Recently, Lubec Landmarks was awarded a grant to preserve McCurdy's pickling shed. Rubeor says watching the pickling shed float away was a surreal experience. She said, "And it was tons of sea smoke. It was bitterly cold that day. And it was the most uncanny, ghostly appearance.". Most of the Lubec natives look at the remnants of the sardine smokehouses as the sweat shops they once were. But one local business owner says the sardine processing plants were far from sweat shops. Henry-Tenana said, "The McCurdy family treated their employees like family. So they were allowed to actually bring their children to work," Putting the brine shed jigsaw puzzle together could take months.But Rubeor says restoration of the buildings should be a source of pride for future generations.  

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  • Bangor had some pretty futuristic ideas in this 1965 city planning bookletBangor had some pretty futuristic ideas in this 1965 city planning booklet

    Some of the futuristic-looking sketches for proposals in the City of Bangor's urban renewal comprehensive plan, published in 1965. Some of the futuristic-looking sketches for proposals in the City of Bangor's urban renewal comprehensive plan, published in 1965.

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  • Penobscot Theatre Co. Books Extra Acts To Delight Audiences Between ProductionsPenobscot Theatre Co. Books Extra Acts To Delight Audiences Between Productions

    Tickets now on sale for four weekends of extraordinary entertainment in Downtown Bangor Bangor, ME--Penobscot Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a series of special events it has planned between February and July, four Extra Acts to delight audiences between the company's production runs.

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  • State tries to fill public nurse shortageState tries to fill public nurse shortage

    After several years of efforts by members of Governor Paul LePage's administration to leave those positions vacant, one state senator says the legislative-mandated hirings are critical. "They'll be working with drug-affected babies.

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  • Bangor police identify victim in city's first homicide of 2018Bangor police identify victim in city's first homicide of 2018

    Bangor police are investigating the death of a 51-year-old man found dead inside a Second Street rooming house as a homicide. Police found Israel Lewis dead in his room at 40 Second St. Wednesday morning after they were called there around 9:45 a.m. After an autopsy was conducted Thursday morning, the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta ruled the death a homicide, according to Det.

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  • I'm active businessman in the city of Bangor. That shouldn't be seen as an ethical conflict.I'm active businessman in the city of Bangor. That shouldn't be seen as an ethical conflict.

    Bangor City Councilor Cary Weston greets people as they arrive to vote at the Cross Insurance Center in 2014. The City Council voted Monday to direct the city's board of ethics to probe whether Weston violated the city's conflict-of-interest rules.

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  • Multiple drugs found in man charged in fatal Etna crashMultiple drugs found in man charged in fatal Etna crash

    The man charged with manslaughter in the death last year of an Etna grandmother had at least four different drugs in his system and was driving more than 80 miles an hour on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash, according to a court affidavit. Debra Calderwood, 73, died instantly at about 3:13 p.m. on Aug. 4 when the car driven by Richard Lupo II, 32, of Etna struck her vehicle head on along Route 2 in Etna.

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  • Icy rain will create treacherous travel across state - Bangor Daily NewsIcy rain will create treacherous travel across state - Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Daily NewsIcy rain will create treacherous travel across stateBangor Daily NewsThen, more rain is expected to arrive Thursday evening in Portland and then to head northeast toward Bangor overnight. Rain will fall throughout the state Friday as temperatures climb to nearly 50 degrees during the day. The thawing temperatures could ...and more »

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  • After warm up, Saturday storm expected to cause hazardous travel in MaineAfter warm up, Saturday storm expected to cause hazardous travel in Maine

    A car drives on Main Street in Presque Isle in the late afternoon hours of Jan. 4. Temperatures will warm later this week, while freezing rain on Saturday will cause dangerous driving conditions in northern Maine. After getting a respite Wednesday from wintry precipitation, Mainers can expect a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet over the next several days, followed by a Saturday storm.

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  • Bangor police investigate suspicious death at rooming house - Bangor Daily NewsBangor police investigate suspicious death at rooming house - Bangor Daily News

    Bangor Daily NewsBangor police investigate suspicious death at rooming houseBangor Daily NewsBetters described the white clapboard residence near the intersection of Cedar and Second streets as “a rooming house.” The man's body was removed through an entrance at the rear of the building at about 3:30 p.m. and taken to the Office of the Chief ...

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  • Physician Assistant Placed on ProbationPhysician Assistant Placed on Probation

    Timothy Terranova, Assistant Executive Director Board of Licensure in Medicine 137 State House Station Phone: 287-6930. Fax: 287-6590.

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  • Sununu set to nominate state's first child advocate directorSununu set to nominate state's first child advocate director

    Jorge Gomez - who owns two Mexican restaurants on Manchester's Second Street - will relocate his Puerto Vallarta Mexican Grill about four miles to the former Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse... CONCORD - Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he would nominate a former Connecticut state executive and current Maine college educator to become New Hampshire's first ... (more)

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  • Seven great public places to go sledding this winterSeven great public places to go sledding this winter

    In this 2015 file photo, 5-year-old Blake Noddin of Dedham takes a tumble while sledding at the Brewer Auditorium with Isaiah Chapman , right. Gabor Degre In this 2016 photo, Tim McCann enjoys an evening sledding session with his children Alora , 7, Clare, 4, and Connor, 3, at Hayford Park on Union Street in Bangor.

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  • LePage has duty to let lives be saved with anti-overdose drug, even if he doesn't like itLePage has duty to let lives be saved with anti-overdose drug, even if he doesn't like it

    Bangor fire Capt. Greg Hodge, who works with the EMS division, checks the department's stockpile of Narcan, July 7, 2016.

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  • New York man gets 50 years for role in Bangor shooting deathNew York man gets 50 years for role in Bangor shooting death

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  • Maine to emerge from deep freeze Monday with rising temperatures, light snow - Bangor Daily NewsMaine to emerge from deep freeze Monday with rising temperatures, light snow - Bangor Daily News

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