Racoon believed to be rabid attacks a man and dog in Gorham

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There has been in resurgence of rabies cases in racoons in southern Maine in recent years, and state health officials say they continue to see the disease circulate.

Most of us know to keep our distance from wild animals, what what if they come after you in your own yard?

It's happened again, this time in Gorham.

George Bragg saw a big racoon come running up his driveway after his Maltese Poodle Max. The racoon latched on to the dog's side and wouldn't let go until Bragg hit it repeatedly with a bottle. But the racoon didn't' stop there. A few hours later it attacked a man delivering lumber to Bragg's house. That man killed the animal with a pipe. Its remains have been sent to Augusta to determine if the racoon was indeed rabid.

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New England's Largest Equine Rescue Hosts Holiday Open House for the Animals

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) Celebrates with Day of Activities; Launches “Support a Stall” Program

WHAT:
A holiday open house at New England’s largest equine rescue. Visit MSSPA’s farm to kick off the holiday season, learn about providing a loving home for horses in need through the organization’s “Support a Stall” program and enjoy a day of sweet treats, hot drinks and fun.

During the open house, kids can enjoy free ornament-making in the kids’ stall, visit with the animals on the farm and check out “Big Red,” the Monster Fire Truck. Handmade holiday wreathes will be raffled off every half hour and gorgeous donated Christmas trees will be also be on sale. Entertainment will be provided by 99.9 The Wolf.

WHEN:
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010; 11 a.m.

Lakes Region Families Participating in Grocery Shopping Challenge

What: Local families will be challenged to shop for a healthy meal they can create for under $10. This will be a highly educational, yet entertaining and dynamic event. During the Grocery Store Challenge, participants learn how to select affordable, nourishing ingredients to feed a family of four.
 
When: 6:00-8:00PM, Wednesday, December 1, 2010
 
Where: Hannaford Supermarket, 797 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine
 
Who: Kristen Miale, Program Director of Cooking Matters to Maine; Linda Manchester, volunteer chef and owner of the Good Life Market in Raymond, Diane Qualey from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well program, and Hannaford staff.
 
Why: For low-income families, cooking skills and budgeting techniques can mean the difference between feeding the family for just one day, and feeding the family for a lifetime.

THANKSGIVING DAY CLOSURES - Windham

Windham town offices and the Windham Public Library will be closed on Thursday November 25th for Thanksgiving Day, a federal holiday. Please remember the town offices also will be closed on Friday November 26th as normal.

Trash and recyclables will not be picked up Thursday. Those on the Thursday route will have trash and recyclables picked up on Friday, November 26th.

Town offices will be open for normal business hours on Monday November 29th.

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Funding for 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grants

Plan a community volunteer service projects commemorating Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17, in your community. Successful applicants will receive $500 to help implement projects.
The MCCS challenge to communities all over Maine is to develop volunteer service projects that; unite community sectors in service, address a problem or condition that impacts quality of life for individuals or a community, and provides those who serve an opportunity to reflect on the link between their service, the problem, and the local implications for the community residents.

Bridgton police look for kidnapping suspect

BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Bridgton Police Department is looking for the man who kidnapped a woman at gunpoint and forced her to drive him to Bethel on Wednesday.

Police say he also hit her with his gun.

A woman who police are not identifying had pulled over on Route 107 near Bear Trap Road on Wednesday evening.

The man approached the woman and pulled a gun, demanding that she drive him to Bethel.  In Bethel he let her go.

Police say at some point he assaulted her with the gun.

The woman describes the man as white, about 5'9", 160 pounds with dirty blond hair and a thin build.  She says he's in his early 30s.

The night of the attack was wearing brown boots, dark washed jeans, a red hoodie, tan wool gloves, a black knitted cap and a Carhartt jacket.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to get in touch with the Bridgton Police Department at 647-8814.

Drivers angry that double yellow lines didn't dry

DENMARK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Department of Transportation is getting a lot of angry calls from drivers who travelled on Route 117 this week.

For some reason, the double yellow lines, which were painted Monday, never fully dried, and now the DOT has heard from at least 30 drivers, saying yellow paint is all over their cars. The DOT's Traffic Operations Superintendent Wayne Arsenault says it's unclear what went wrong, and that the state will work with people who are affected.  Drivers say they want the state to pay for the damage.