Prolific and acclaimed writer David Madden will spend the day at the University of Maine on Monday, Nov. 1.   Louisiana State University's Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, emeritus, Madden will visit with UMaine English
students and faculty members to share his insights and expertise on writing.  At 4 p.m., the University of Maine bookstore will host him for a reading and book signing.

Madden's new novel, "Abducted by Circumstance," is his tenth.  He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his 1978 novel, "The Suicide's Wife," a story that also became a television movie.  Arguably one of the most prolific writers in contemporary literature, Madden has produced numerous short stories, poems, essays, textbooks and scholarly works -- in addition to his novels -- in a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

The Monday Nov.

Two arrested in Skowhegan drug raid

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Somerset County Sheriff's Office says a midday drug raid in Skowhegan has resulted in two arrests, and the seizure of prescription pills and marijuana.

According to Detective Lieutenant Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department, members of the department's Warrent Team members raided a house on Dawes Street around 2pm on Thursday.

During the raid, they recovered several pills of Suboxone, a prescription drug, 35 bags of marijuana, drug-related paraphernalia, other contraband and paperwork.

According to, Suboxone is a prescription drug used to treat opiate additicon, and warns that the drug can cause 'drug dependance'.

As a result of the raid, two women were arrested.  They are identified as 28 year-old Jill Chesley, who lived at the house, and 21 year-old Natasha Carrier, also of Skowhegan.

Standoff in Bangor ends peacefully

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police have arrested a man after using tear gas at a standoff Saturday in Bangor.

Shortly before 6:00 PM Saturday, Bangor police were called to 751 Main Street to reports of a "despondent, suicidal" man.  Police had reason to believe he had access to weapons.

While neighboring homes and businesses were evacuated, negotiators from the Special Response Team worked to get the man to give up.

Police closed down Lower Main Street between Thatcher Street and the Old County Road in Hampden during the incident.

Are 12:15 AM Sunday, just after midnight, the Special Response Team fired tear gas into the house and the man was arrested moments later.

He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Police report no serious injuries.

Bangor police dealing with "despondent" man

Hampden, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- The Bangor Police Department has closed Lower Main Street between Thatcher Street and the Old County Road in Hampden.

 Police say they are dealing with a despondent, suicidal man at a residence in that area. It is believed he has access to weapons. Several homes and businesses have been evacuated for precautionary measures.

A response team has been called in.



Youth Obesity Program - We Can!

At Waterville Junior High School, health teacher Jane Dean is teaching sixth-graders how to see through deceptive junk food marketing, improve activity levels and make healthier snack choices.

At the Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville, Wendy Lagasse of MaineGeneral Health System's Prevention Center is presenting a program to third-graders in an effort to get the children to break from a national statistic -- that children average six hours a day watching TV or playing video games.

Numerous studies show a direct correlation between time spent in front of a screen and elevated risks for weight gain and related health problems, says Alan Majka, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in the Kennebec County Office in Augusta.

The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.

UMaine, Orono High School to collaborate

The Orono School Committee Wednesday night approved an initial agreement that will set aside University of Maine housing space and create other university-based opportunities for international students attending Orono High School.

Under the agreement, which takes the form of a memorandum of understanding, UMaine will reserve up to 56 residence hall living spaces to accommodate these students.  The program will begin in the fall of 2011.