Orrington waits to clean up three vacant properties

ORRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three properties in Orrington have been sitting vacant since early 2013 with trash piled up on their lawns, and the town has been unable to do anything about it.

Five Baker Lane, 12 Baker Lane and a empty lot nearby have been unattended and vacant since their owner, Linda Brundage, died in February of 2013. The town wants to clean the properties but haven't been able to because of legal reasons. The town cannot step foot on the property without the property owner's permission. As of Wednesday, no heirs of the deceased have come forward to take ownership.

"There has been a massive effort on behalf of the town to find an heir to this property, and an heir thus far has not filed with probate. This is not an issue that is common whereas we don't have any heir stepping forward," said Orrington Town Manager Paul White.

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Political parties and campaigns use email to fundraise

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A newer fundraising method for political parties and campaigns is mass emails, which has the potential to reach thousands of people with just one click.

Campaigns have been sending mass emails and building email lists since the early two thousands, but more people have emails now, so it is becoming an extremely effective way to raise funds, as well as share information to people who are interested.

Representatives from the Maine GOP and Maine Democratic Party today would not say how many people receive their emails, but they both said they have "thousands and thousands" of people on their email lists.

"Drafting up an email, I or another staff member can do it in a matter of minutes or an hour or so, whereas phone calls are very time consuming," Maine GOP's communications director David Sorensen said.

Driver dead in early morning Bangor crash

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Bangor police are investigating an early morning fatal crash.

Police said 46-year-old Allan Stymiest of Corinth was driving the wrong way down a street at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday before crashing down an embankment.

Stymiest was pronounced dead at the scene.

An officer on routine patrol in a marked cruiser first saw the truck traveling in the wrong lane and pulled out of the way. The truck struck the cruiser causing minor damage. The truck continued, turning the wrong way down a street before crossing the railroad tracks and crashing.

Police follow leads on officer impersonators

WINTERPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After releasing photos of men who posed as law enforcement and stole medical marijuana, State Police said they have a strong idea of who the three are.

On Sunday Sept. 21 a Winterport resident found three men dressed in SWAT and Sheriff uniforms in the backyard. One was armed with a gun. When the resident verbally confronted the intruders, they left the property with one of the owner's medicinal marijuana plants in hand.

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TCTC students learn skills while being hands on

DEXTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A year long project at Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter is coming to a close as students finish building a greenhouse.

The center teamed up with University of Maine's Human Development students who had written a grant application to the non-profit Skills USA and Lowe's. The students were awarded $6500, which was used to clear land and build a greenhouse. The TCTC will use the greenhouse as a sustainable agricultural resource for the center's culinary program. The project's administrative instructor said these skills will be important to the students' futures.

Hammond Street Senior Center lowers age of admittance

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A younger generation of senior citizens will be able to join the Hammond Street Senior Center in downtown Bangor.

The age of admission has been lowered from 60 years old to 55 years of age for men and women interested in becoming members of the center. The board of directors voted to lower the age limit after receiving many requests from local citizens and instituting a yearly membership fee of $100 for the first time in January. Spouses of any age are also allowed to join as long as their partners have memberships and are 55 or older.

"We're very excited about it. I am thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful center to people of an age that can appreciate it for many years to come," said Executive Director, Kathy Bernier.

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read what Fran learned about her risks ...