Where There's Smoke

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)  Look down any city street or country road in Maine this time of year and you can see wisps of smoke billowing from chimneys. Generations of Mainers have been using wood stoves to heat their homes, but it's what is in that smoke that worries Ernie Grolimund.  Grolimund is a retired civil engineer who is tirelessly researching the impacts of wood smoke. He has pages and pages of documents and photos from the websites of government agencices and activist groups. 

"It has to be investigated it has to be researched if found to be true it has to be stopped and then if it's a big public health problem like tobacco smoke then it has to be prevented and none of that is being done," Grolimund said.

He lives in Waterville, in a home he says has been inundated by wood smoke from his neighbors. He has sealed his windows and purchased an air purifier.

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Weekend events cancelled, delayed due to approaching storm

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Several major events that were supposed to be taking place around the state are facing cancellation and delays due to the approaching snow storm. Here are just a few:

The memorial service for longtime Maine Game Warden Greg Sanborn has been moved from Saturday to Sunday in Vassalboro. Major Sanborn passed away earlier this week following a year-long battle with cancer. His memorial service was supposed to take place on Saturday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Visiting hours will now take place on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Major Sanborn's funeral will take place on Monday at the academy.

The Curran Homestead's Ice Harvest in Orrington has also been moved. It was supposed to take place on Saturday at Field's Pond to teach visitors about the labor that went into properly storing food in the nineteenth century. The event will now be taking place on Saturday February 16.

Pharmacy students prepare for potential robberies

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Pharmacy robberies are no surprise to many pharmacists and pharmacy students. Last year, 56 robberies put both the pharmacist and customers in harms way. Four students from Husson University found themselves caught in one of the many robberies.

Fourth year student Bruce Jarvi at Husson University never expected it would happen to him, "The experience, it was all very quick. However the time that it happened is embedded in my memory and probably will be for a very long time."

Jarvi was working at a local pharmacy when the store was robbed.

Jarvi said, "I was surprised to say the least, and it was a unique experience I hope not to have again."

Last year pharmacy robberies averaged about one a week.

Pharmacy professor Gregory Cameron said, "It means these students when they go on rotation, at least three of these students are going to get robbed. So it's a scary, scary total I should say."

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Snow Storm Only Postpones Pond Hockey Tournament

Snow Storm Only Postpones Pond Hockey Tournament

(BANGOR)  The expected snow storm has pushed the Paul Bunyan Pond Hockey Tournament to Saturday, February 16.  The Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club’s 4th Annual tournament will still be played at Camp Roosevelt in Eddington, though team registration is now extended until 5:00 p.m. on February 15.  “Teams that wanted to play were hesitant to register because of the weather,” said Pond Hockey committee member Kristy Kimball.  “This storm could actually bring in more teams!” 

Bike Maine 2013 announces route for inaugural ride

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Only the hardiest of souls are out biking during these coldest days of winter, but the planning is well underway right now for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's 'Bike Maine 2013 Inaugural Ride.' The 7 day ride will begin and end in Orono, and will feature scenic rides through several communities including Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor and Ellsworth. Cyclists will camp each evening in the various communities and enjoy meals prepared by local organizations that use locally sourced foods. Organizers hope the ride will showcase local comunities, and promote healthy lifestyles.