Donation of Smoke Alarms Aims to Protect Community

Orrington- While the town of Orrington continues to remember the father and three children, who died in a November blaze,  the local fire department is doing something to help keep people safe.
 
The Pine Tree Burn Foundation presented the department with a $500 donation today,
enough to purchase 35 smoke alarms.

The foundation aids several departments around the state, and aims to educate and protect.
 
Orrington's Fire Chief, Mike Spencer, says the department will make the community aware of the free alarms, and distribute them to those most in need.

Mainers Rally Downtown for Economic Fairness

Bangor- It was the cry of several area activists, as they marched through the streets of downtown Bangor.

The reason for their rally? A call for economic fairness, ending Bush-era tax breaks they say benefit the wealthiest americans.
 
Marchers, Thursday, delivered postcards to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, urging Maine's Congressional Delegation to support a fiscal cliff deal that is fair to working Americans.
 
Activists say ending the Bush-era tax cuts for Americans making over $250,000 a year would bring in $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Governor's Helps Raise Money for Maine Firefighter's Convention

Ellsworth- One area restaurant, that's part of a state-wide chain, held a benefit tonight to help raise money for the 50th annual Maine Firefighter's Convention.
 
Governor's in Ellsworth teamed up with the city's fire department to raise money for the State Firefighter's Convention.

The restaurant agreed to donate 10% of all sales from 4 to 8 p.m., to go towards the event which will be held this coming September.
 
The fire department is also raffling off a quilt December 20th, which features all of the Hancock County fire crews.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ellsworth Fire station.

UMaine Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant for Offshore Wind

Orono- Maine will welcome two off-shore floating wind turbines following the awarding of a multi-million dollar federal grant.
 
The University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center has been awarded the first phase of a $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project.

The grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be used to develop and build two 6-megawatt floating turbines, which will be placed in Maine's coastal waters between 2014 and 2015.
 
With a 500-foot blade span, each turbine will be taller than the Washington Monument, and produce as much energy as four typical land-based turbines.
 

Bobcat Comes To, Surprises Woman in Car

Police are reminding people about proper animal control protocol after a woman driving through downtown Bangor faced an unwelcome visitor in her car late last night.
 
A woman, whose name remains undisclosed, was driving through Veazie towards Bangor around midnight when the vehicle she was driving struck an animal, which she believed to be a cat. She told police that she thought the animal was either seriously injured or dead, so she placed it in her car to find help. That's when things took an unexpected turn.
 
The animal, which turned out to be a bobcat, came to, surprising the woman. She pulled the car over and the bobcat chased her outside. An officer on patrol saw the car parked near the side of the road, and stopped to assist
 
The responding officers used a catch pole to secure the bobcat until a Maine Game Warden arrived. The bobcat did suffer serious injuries to its hip and back and had to be put down. Police say motorists should always call law enforcement if they hit an animal, rather than trying to handle the animal themselves.

Bangor Area Recovery Network Opens Doors to new Facility

The Bangor Area Recovery Network is celebrating a new place to call home today.
 
Otherwise known as BARN, the network has been helping addicts recover and stay healthy for 3 years now.  Today's grand opening from its new location at 142 central street in Brewer, was attended by a number of local leaders, from Sheriff Glenn Ross to Deputy Mayor of Brewer, Jerry Goss.  Bangor Mayor Nelson Durgin was also in attendance.
 
BARN officials say their new location will allow them to accommodate more people.
 
"This place offers a natural center hub for any type of recovery activity, so people can come here and find out all sorts of different things going on that support the recovery process." Says, Bruce Campbell. Campbell serves on the board of directors for BARN.
 
"Finding this facility and being able to get the community support for example 3 large donors this morning already being announced, that's very important." Says, Mayor Durgin of Bangor.

Corinth Man Gives Personal Touch to Holiday Gifts

There's something special about a holiday gift that's hand-made right, here in Maine. For the past two decades, a Corinth man has been busy, chiseling, carving, and crafting toys for local children.
 
Santa's workshop may be all the way up at the North Pole, but Maine has its own workshop here, just outside of Bangor.  For 21 years now, Randy Elliott has been making toys by hand and donating them to children. However, he doesn't do it all alone. Two neighborhood teenagers and a close friend, have joined Randy in his efforts to make sure everyone has a special gift this holiday season.
 
"I feel that children should have something for Christmas." Says Norma Leighton, who has helped Randy out for the past three years, and is in charge of all the dolls that are donated.  "He was working so hard, I thought I would give him a helping hand."
 
Carving away in their own workshop, they know these gifts mean more to the children who receive them than anyone can possibly imagine.
 
"We always had something under the tree," Randy says.  "I can't imagine any kid not having something under the tree."
 
If you would like to contact Randy and Norma to either donate gifts, your time, or money, you can contact them by giving them a call.  Numbers listed below.
 
Randy: 207-944-0233
Norma: 207-296-2085
 
 

Maine Company Out Of Cots Due To Sandy

ORONO - A Maine company that supplies emergency cots and folding furniture to stores nationwide is having to tell its customers to hold on while they make more. 
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