Morning fire damages home in Holden

HOLDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Responders say a family's home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage after fire a broke out on their property early Sunday morning.

Officials with the Holden Fire Department say the fire started in a barn that was attached to the home at 473 Mann Hill Road. More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene around 4:30 a.m.

When crews got there, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Officials say all five people who were in the house at the time were able to get out safely. While they also were able to save two horses and a pony, many of the chickens in the barn were killed.  

The Red Cross has been called in to help the family.  

Athletic club raises funds to benefit those with cancer

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- High school basketball season in Maine may still be a few weeks away but a good cause drove many student athletes to take to the court on Sunday.

Each fall kids in the Maine Athletic Club play games of basketball on the weekend to help polish their skills for the high school season. Every year they use their last weekend basketball games to raise money for charity.   

This year 29 teams helped raise funds for the Cancer Support Center of Maine by making donations to play in the club's final fall week. Contributions were also collected from those who came out to watch the games at sites in Bangor, Newport and Winslow.

All proceeds went to benefit the support center, which works to provide emotional counseling and other services to cancer patients in the state.





Troops greeted in Maine by US dignitaries

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Soldiers returning and departing from Bangor International Airport often get welcomed by the Maine Troop Greeters group. This time, the country's Homeland Security secretary and a group of U.S. senators joined the well wishers.

A spokesman for Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the group was on its way to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a security conference when their flight was diverted to Bangor on Friday night.

Collins, who lives in Bangor, joined the group that included  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Mark Udall, D-Colo.

The group greeted two flights of troops returning from overseas.




22nd Bangor Arts & Crafts Show

What: 22nd Bangor Arts & Crafts Show 
When: Nov 6-7   
Details: Bangor Civic Center.
Saturday hours 9AM to 5PM
Sunday hours 10-4PM
Admission: $2.00   
Tickets at: door  
Additional: Enjoy the Maine leaf color changes and stop by to enjoy all the wonderful handcrafted items that United Maine Craftsmen members have to offer! Free gift giveaway every hour.


Family reminds people the importance of donating blood

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- At the end of October, 2 year old Maggie Rudnicki had her 49th blood transfusion.  Maggie suffers from a rare blood disorder called Black Fan Anemia, that doesn't allow her bone marrow to produce red blood cells.  So every 2 to 3 weeks, Maggie has to get a blood transfusion. 

Etna crash pins driver in burning car

ETNA, Maine (NEWS DRIVER) --- Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a serious car accident on the Plymouth Road in Etna Thursday evening.

Authorities say a car went off the road, struck a tree and caught fire as a result. The driver, who was the only one in the car, was left pinned inside.

Rescue crews responded to the scene shortly before 5 p.m.  Responders then worked to cut the driver out of the car after putting the fire out. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver's name has not been released at this time.


Bangor 101st Air Refueling Wing still facing possible cuts

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twenty full-time jobs at the Bangor Air National Guard Base could be gone by the end of the month.

That's why state and congressional leaders welcomed General Raymond Johns to the base, to show him how important these jobs are to the Air Bridge program.

General Johns is the commander of the Air Mobility Command and the person who will be deciding what will be cut, as the Senate and House work to finalize the Air Force's budget.

The fate of the remaining 125 or so jobs also remains uncertain. Those jobs could be phased out next September.

But Governor Baldacci said he and senators Collins and Snowe along with Congressman Michaud are working to keep as many jobs as possible in Bangor.

Last month, 150 men and women were given a 30 day repreive as the Air Force reconsidered cuts of aerial refueling.