Bangor Area Homeless Shelter sells cupcakes to raise funds for Spruce Run

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Staff at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter were out Thursday looking to raise funds to help victims of domestic violence.

Volunteers recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month by selling cupcakes for donations outside of the shelter on Main Street. All proceeds went to benefit the organization Spruce Run in Bangor, which works to help area domestic violence victims by providing services such as shelter, legal help and counseling.

Last year Spruce Run sheltered over 100 adults and children affected by violence at home for over 3,300 nights. Staff at both agencies say the fundraiser was also set up to promote the services that Spruce Run provides, as many people who use the homeless shelter also happen to be victims of abuse.

Holland trial continues in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Testimony continued Thursday in the Rory Holland murder trial.

Jurors heard from the medical examiner who performed the autopsies on 19-year-old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek. Authorities say Holland shot both men outside of his South Street home in Biddeford on the early morning of June 30, 2009 after getting into a confrontation with Gage Greene.

The defense contends that the 56-year-old fired in self defense.  The medical examiner testified that both Greene boys had alcohol in their blood.

The trial is expected to continue on Friday.


Pine Kneedlers Are Knitting Teddies Again

Pine Kneedlers, the Bangor knitting guild, is offering a one-day teddy bear workshop on Saturday, November 13th to create nine-inch, multi-color, multi-pattern teddies. This is a great way to use up all that leftover yarn you don’t know what to do with. The workshop is only $20 for guild members ($30 for nonmembers) and includes the workshop (9:00am-4:30pm), all the handouts, catered lunch, and afternoon tea and treats in the historic atmosphere of the Charles Inn in downtown Bangor. Participants will create at least one teddy to enjoy or give away as a gift.
Call Cheryl at 943.6909 or go to the Pine Kneedlers web site to register:
Pine Kneedlers is a member-based, not-for-profit group established to promote & support the many facets & creativity of knitting, to offer education in the craft, and to enjoy the company of friends.

Students gather items for time capsule

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Students in Brewer get a history lesson and a chance to be apart of it at the same time.

Students toured the new elementary and middle school being built in Brewer. School officials expect to teach at least eleven hundred students in the building. Students gathered items to put in a time capsule to commemorate the new facility.

A news paper article about health care reform, hand sanitizer for the swine flu and a few dollar bills are among 12 items in the time capsule. The capsule will be opened in October of 2060.

The new community school is expected to be finished in June of 2011.

The school board in Brewer is still reviewing how to use the soon to be empty buildings that will be created when the new community elementary and middle school opens.

Trunk or Treat

The parking lots of both the Brewer and Bangor campuses of the The Rock Church will be transformed into fantasy villages full of free candy Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 5PM to 7PM. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, as decorated vehicles with trunks full of candy will be ready and waiting for kids of all ages. An ‘80s rock band, a pirate ship and myriad fun theme cars will be hosting this safe, free event a sponsored by the Rock and located in Bangor at 1195 Ohio Street, and the Brewer Campus, 391 N. Main Street, Brewer.


Hampden, Maine - The Jewelry Artisans of Maine Coop Store is looking for Maine-made artisan goods to feature in their Route 1A jewelry store throughout the holiday season. Items include, but are not limited to, holiday ornaments, fabric arts, women’s accessories, handmade soaps and lotions, etc. Artisan wares will be juried for consignment by store owners; no jewelry or food will be considered.  All interested parties should call the Jewelry Artisans of Maine Coop Store at (207) 941-9636 or email mainejewelryart@ For more information about the store:

Former Newburgh employee faces criminal charge for taking town money

NEWBURGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A grand jury in Penobscot County indicted a former Newburgh town employee Wednesday on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the town over the course of several years.

Former Newburgh Deputy Treasurer Cindy Dunton admitted to investigators last April that she took roughly $150,000 from town coffers between 2007 and 2009 by changing weekly warrants after the town's select board had signed them. A forensic audit would later reveal that closer to $200,000 went missing.

Dunton is now facing a criminal charge of theft by unauthorized taking, which is a class B felony. If convicted she could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy said Wednesday that at this time he's not sure what he will recommend for a possible sentence. He added that the townspeople of Newburgh will have the most significant impact on the outcome.