DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.

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Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Casino supporters and opposition square off in debate

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With less than three weeks till election day, those in favor and against a proposed resort casino in Oxford presented their cases to business leaders in Southern Maine.

"One thing that no one is going to dispute is that there will be job creation as part of this proposal," said Rob Lally, speaking in favor of Question One on november's ballot.    "You look at the economy.  You look at unemployment.  We compete for that disposable income.  As a tourism industry, which is so critical to Maine, we have to compete for those dollars and a four season resort will definitely bring people to Maine."

Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting, which will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 24, in the museum and archives building, located in the old fire station on Gibbs Avenue, just off Main Street.  Following a brief business meeting Jerry Genesio will present a program about his recently-published book, Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird.

Thomas Bird, 40, an Englishman, was tried for murder and piracy in Portland’s First Parish meeting house.  Captain John Connor, master of the slave ship Mary, had been murdered and thrown over-board off the coast of Africa.  The Mary then sailed to the coast of Maine.  Bird was one of four crew members on board when the ship was captured by Portland’s Naval Officer.  Bird was found guilty and hung from a gallows at Bramhall Hill on June 25, 1790, although he swore in his dying statement that he was innocent.  This was the first death sentence handed down by a U.

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Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic

The Bridgton Historical Society has invited members and the public to its annual Night of the Jack O’Lanterns at Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm Saturday, October 23, from 3:30 to dusk.  Bring a pumpkin to carve, or buy one from the society.  As darkness falls, the Jack O’ Lanterns will be set up in the field and lit in a spectacular display.  Visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and warm themselves by a small campfire.  There is no charge for admission to the event.

Tours of the house will be available by request, and a special added attraction this year will be a reproduction nineteenth-century coffin in the parlor.  The society will also present an informal discussion of home funerals and 19th-century funerary practices.  The coffin was made by Chuck Lakin, from Waterville, who became interested in home funerals after the death of his father.  He makes simple wooden coffins, many of which are designed to be used

Nineteenth-century Coffins and Funeral Practices

The Bridgton Historical Society’s “Third Tuesday” Series will be held at Narramissic, the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:00 pm.  As the final phase of the society’s “Cradle to Grave” programming theme, made possible by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, a reproduction nineteenth-century coffin will be exhibited in the parlor of the house.  Chuck Lakin, from Waterville, who made the coffin, will be on hand to join Ned Allen and Margaret Reimer for a panel discussion of home funerals and 19th-century funerary practices.  Mr.

Photographer not only a superfan, but also the team mom

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Jane Grabler's twin boys played for South Portland in the late 1990's, so she grabbed her camera to document their games, but once they graduated, she could not resist the allure of the sidelines.

So for the past dozen years, she has been at every game, home and away, camera in hand capturing the agony of defeat and glory of victory one photograph at a time.

"If you can get a good shot of them and it just gives them, 'Oh, look at me, that is an awesome picture,' that is what makes me happy," Grabler explained about her obsession.  "Just seeing their smiles on their faces and them enjoying their pictures, that's all that counts."