Teen charged in connection with cyber bullying

VEAZIE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 15-year-old Orono High School student can breath easy now that a former student from the school has been charged for cyber bullying her.

Police are calling the case the most vicious case of bullying they have ever seen. It happened back in September when the parents of a 15-year-old girl went to the Veazie Police Department concerned for their daughters safety. The young girl had been receiving hate messages over her blog on the website Tumblr. The victim says she received at least 27 death threats and was being called every name in the book. "Just horrific. I mean stuff that really you don't expect, or maybe you expect to see in a horror book," says Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard about the case.

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Maine Forest Rangers conclude two week mission providing aid following Sandy

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Even though the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy is hundreds of miles away, Mainers have been stepping in to lend a hand.

A team of seven rangers from the Maine Forest Service just returned from a two week mission to New York where they were helping survivors of the storm get aid. They were joined by two members of the Washington County Sheriffs Department.

Forest ranger Kent Nelson says the team set up a mobile command unit in Brooklyn. They were there to help the New York National Guard coordinate aid to people on the Rockaway Peninsula, which was one of the areas hardest hit by Sandy.

Nelson says in all responders checked on residents in about 200 high rise buildings over a five day period.

Taken: Maine addresses native child welfare issues

PLEASANT POINT, Maine -- (NEWS CENTER) Imagine being taken from your family at an early age and growing up in a place where no one looks like you, speaks your language or shares your beliefs.

It happened to generations of native Americans.

"I remember two station wagons coming to my house and collecting all our belongings in garbage bags and herding us into the station wagons and leaving my home," says Passamaquoddy Denise Altvater. "My mother wasn't there when they took us.

Altvater and five of her sisters spent seven years in foster care. They were sexually and physically abused ... but Altvater says it was the separation from their culture and the pressure to deny they were native that was most wounding.

Dysart's buys Kev-Lan café and convenience store

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Kev-Lan cafe and convenience store has been a family run institution in Bangor for the last 20 years, but that is all about to change now that another family run business is buying it.

Kev-Lan will soon become a Dysart's Truck Stop and Convenience Store. Vice President Tim Dysart said the deal should be finalized by the middle of next month.

One of the co-owners of Kev-Lan Cheryl Noyes said she was looking to sell the business due to health reasons. Noyes said her father started Kev-Lan in Dec. of 1991 and she is happy to see another family business take over.

"I felt very pleased that we were able to have a local family that could purchase Kev-Lan to keep it open and going," Noyes said

Dysart said the new location will offer gas and similar services to its travel locations.

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Movies: "Lincoln"

Movies: "Lincoln"

 

Four great talents came together for the making of “Lincoln”:  Steven Spielberg, surely America’s greatest contemporary filmmaker;  playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote “Angels in America” as well as the screenplay for Spielberg’s 2005 movie “Munich”;  historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book “Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” formed the basis for Kushner’s script;  and Daniel Day Lewis, who seems to have been born to play Abraham Lincoln.

 

There are lesser talents on display here as well, several of whom add juice to the 1865 business of getting the 13th Amendment through a divided House of Representatives while the Civil War still rages.

Holiday Fair

A Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00am until 2:00pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Farmington, Maine.  A turkey and biscuit luncheon will be held from 11:30 until 1:00pm.

Parents kick in to support music programs in struggling RSU 19

NEWPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A concert at Nokomis Regional High School Thursday evening made a world of difference for music students in RSU 19.

The district went into this school year with a massive budget shortfall. As a result, officials have recently had to make more than $700,000 in cuts, including about $30,000 that would have gone to support music programs. 

RSU 19's music director Andrew Maderios says it's meant no funding for new instruments, equipment and buses to take students performers to events.

In response the district's music booster's club has kicked in support by using admission fees from the concert to help with activities. Parents say they're also working on finding new ways to keep raising money to support the kids.

Thursday's concert was headlined by trumpet performer and Nokomis alum Trent Austin. To help the kids and his alma mater he performed free of charge.