Mainers Doubt Climate Change, Winter Tourism Study

A national study out this week argues that climate change will do serious damage to winter tourism economies, including Maine's, unless government does something about it.

But some major players in Maine's winter tourism arena aren't sold on the study or its conclusions.

Maine Ski Association executive director Greg Sweetser says Maine's snowfall has never been predictable and he questions the political nature of the study funded by the National Resources Defense Council and a California-based group called Protect Our Winters.

Maine Snowmobile Association executive director Bob Meyers says he's skeptical about what he calls the sweeping generalizations of the study, although he admits that last winter's warmer temperatures led to a 30-percent drop in snowmobile licenses in Maine.

Extended Hours For Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The city clerk's office in Portland and a number of other cities and towns will be open early on the first day same-sex couples can get Maine marriage licenses.  

Tiered Lobster License System Recommended

Augusta -  A new report is recommending a tiered licensing system for Maine's lobster fishermen.
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute suggests four tiers of commercial licenses, each with different amounts of allowed traps.

Skip Says Goodbye after Nine Years with Toys for Tots

BREWER - There are 19 days to go until jolly St. Nick leaves presents for all those good boys and girls under their respective trees.

 

For the last nine years now, the big guy had a helper here in Bangor, to make sure every local child wakes up with a gift from their list on Christmas day.

 

Skip Young has organized the Greater Bangor area Toys for Tots drive for nearly a decade. Starting out collecting toys in his garage...to now a vacant Brewer shop next to Hannaford...he's made sure Santa delivered presents to tens of thousands of local children.

 

But his tireless efforts come at a price. Skip hasn't seen his grandchildren in months. That's why this year, will be his last.

United Way and Sam's Club Partner for Good Shepherd Food Drive

BANGOR- Imagine not being able to put enough food on the table to feed your family this winter...well nearly 15% of Maine households are living that nightmare, many in the Bangor region.

You can step up and support those struggling families, by donating non-perishable food at Bangor's Sam's Club.
 
In partnership with the United Way of Eastern Maine, the wholesaler is holding a two-day drive to collect food items for Maine's Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Small Businesses Celebrate Bangor Saving's Bank

VEAZIE- Several area small businesses came out to celebrate one Maine bank's willingness to lend, and support state commerce.
 
The Small Business Administration recognized Bangor Saving's Bank  for its leadership in loaning to "mom and pop" businesses.

There are nearly 150,000 of them in the pine tree state, comprising 97% of all employers in Maine.
 
Several of the business owners on hand for today's program said Bangor Saving's helped them make their ideas a reality.

Moe's Original BBQ, Pack Baskets of Maine, and Qualey's Granite and Quartz joined in celebrating the achievement.
 
Bangor Saving's has loaned more than  $2 billion across Maine over the past four years.

UMaine Nursing Students Raise Money for Service Trip

BANGOR/ORONO- Some University of Maine nursing students are asking the public to come out and support their fundraiser tonight, aimed at sending the group on a service learning trip to South America.
 
The aspiring nurses will be at Bangor's Texas Roadhouse from 4 to 8 p.m.
 
Every dollar they raise will fund a planned nine-day trip to Belize in March, where they will be put their skills to work helping those in a third-word nation.
 
Members of the public can help send the nursing students to Belize by logging on to www.UMaineNursingInBelize.blogspot.com,
and printing off a flyer.

Customers who present that flyer will have 10% of their bill directed toward the mission.

Early Morning Fire in Orland

A storage barn is now rubble after an early morning fire, dangerously close to a home, in the town of Orland.

Bangor, Brewer Pharmacy Robber Sentenced

The man responsible for robbing a Bangor pharmacy, and trying to rob a Brewer pharmacy, was sentenced, this morning, in a Bangor courtroom.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on Troy Road in Detroit

On December 05, 2012, at approximately 6:17pm, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident, on the Troy Road, in Detroit.  Deputy Wilfred Dodge responded to the scene and he is investigating said accident. 

The accident involved one motor vehicle, which at the time of the accident, was traveling from Troy towards Detroit.  The motor vehicle, a silver 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, lost control on a curve and left the roadway.  The Cavalier rolled over several times, ejecting the driver, who was the only occupant of the motor vehicle.  The driver, JOHN C. KLEIN, age 48, of Troy, passed away at the scene.  The Cavalier was totaled in the accident.

The accident is still under investigation and it appears that speed may be a factor in the accident.  Deputy Dodge was assisted at the accident scene by Deputy Jeremy Leal, Deputy Don Avery, State Police Trooper, Chris Carr and the Detroit Fire Department. 

Local Salon Raises Money for CCOM

Staff and owners at a salon in Brewer are working together to raise money for Bancer Bare of Maine this month.

Balance Hair and Body on South Main Dtreet in Brewer has been using the holiday season to contribute to different causes for several years now.

But this year, the fundraising has special meaning, as the owners' son was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

During the month of December, Balance will donate 2 dollars for every gift card sold, and employees will donate 1 dollar for every client visit.

Their goal is $1500....to benefit EMMC's new Children's Cancer and Treatment Center, slated to open later on this month.

Maine Experiencing Early Flu Season

Health officials in Maine are bracing for a nasty, and early flu season.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control there have already been 50 reported cases of influenza in the pine tree state...matching last years total.

Increased cases in this year's common strain, known as H3N2, are also coming sooner than expected.

Typically, Maine's peak flu season is in January. This year, it came at the end of October.

Health officials urge everyone to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible, since it takes about 1 week after injection to become fully protected.

And remember adolescents under the age of 19 are eligible for free or discounted flu shots at a doctor's office or government facility.

Oxford Man Dies After Falling Through Ice

OXFORD - Authorities say a 17 year-old boy fell through the ice and drowned this afternoon down state. Mild temperatures of late have of course prevented bodies of water from properly freezing.
 

It happened on Chapman Pond  in Oxford at around 2:30 p.m. Game Wardens say 17 year-old Joshua Wardwell of Oxford fell through the ice while checking his beaver traps.

 

His 15 year-old girlfriend witnessed the incident and notified emergency responders.Oxford fire fighters were able to get Wardwell's body out of the water but he was pronounced dead soon after at Stevens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

 

The Maine Warden Service is reminding everyone to use extreme caution with thin ice conditions present.

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