Dover-Foxcroft turns old mill into downtown centerpiece


DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An old mill that has been empty for years is being re-purposed into a centerpiece for the downtown area of Dover-Foxcroft.

The former Mayo woolen mill is being turned into a mixed use facility complete with retail shops and restaurants, a business center, boutique hotel and 22 private apartments. The project is costing $11 million, which includes a $1.5 million investment from the federal Economic Development Administration to create one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling systems in the county. County officials hope this project will draw more people to downtown Dover-Foxcroft.

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Families fight for long-term Lyme treatment


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A bite from a bloodsucking, parasitic insect known as a tick can be life-changing. An infected tick can transmit Lyme disease and medical experts said early detection is often well treated with antibiotics, but making that initial diagnosis might be hard to pinpoint. Physicians said the optimal length of treatment to prevent recurrence or late manifestations of the disease, is a controversial topic. So, the medical debate over Lyme disease rages on. An international organization shows there is a chronic form of Lyme disease that goes on for months or even possibly years. Centers for Disease officials disagree, and believe it's treatable in a few weeks and goes away.

Bucksport officials waiting for answers from Verso


BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With two weeks left until the Bucksport mill is set to close, town officials still have no idea what Verso plans to do with the facility or its assets.

Verso announced its intention to close its Bucksport mill in September. More than 500 employees will be out of work when it officially closes its doors Dec. 1.

N.Y. woman sentenced for drug charge in Maine


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge sentenced a Bronx, New York woman Monday to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone in Maine.

Court documents said that on March 15, 2013, Waterville Police offers approached Ebony Howard, 29, and William Waters after police had received a tip that two were traveling with a large amount of oxycodone. Police took Howard and Water to police headquarters and officer seized 645 oxycodone 30 mg tablets from Howard.

The U.S. Attorney's office said that Howard pleaded guilty June 4, 2014. At Monday's sentencing, the court said Howard was Water's courier. The court said Waters worked closely with central Maine drug dealer, Maurice McCray. A judge is sentencing Waters on Wednesday and McCray on Tuesday.

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Can't Sleep? Avoid These Foods

Can't Sleep? Avoid These Foods

It's coffee that will rob me of sleep. Even a cup at one in the afternoon can pack a wallop of caffeine. I learned my lesson the hard way.

I know I'm not the only one who has figured out that coffee can lead to a sleepless night. If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, maybe you should take a close look at what you eat before you go to bed. 

Holiday photo with a cause: help the homeless


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's that time of year again. You may not have thought about your holiday cards yet, but Mainers in the Bangor area spent their Sunday checking two items off their list. Taking their family photo, while supporting a worthy cause. Cara Pelletier from Carasees photography held a holiday photo shoot to raise money for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

Pelletier had festive backdrops and some fun holiday photo booth props, so every family could have a memorable photo to share. She said 100% of the money raised will be donated to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. The items on the homeless shelter wish list are things a lot of us would take for granted.

"Flea Bag Ball" raises money for local animal shelters


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of friends is raising pet food and money for animal shelters across the state.They host the "Flea Bag Ball," inviting their friends and family to a party and asking them to bring an item to donate.

Last year, they raised 2,000 pounds of food and $2,000 for the shelters. The group held the fourth annual "Flea Bag Ball" last night, and they are hoping to break that record once the donations are counted.

They said it is important to help out the local shelters this time of year, because donations are down and expenses are high in the winter.