Wiscasset school group considers withdrawal from RSU 12

WISCASSET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - People in the town of Wiscasset are being asked to take their town out of its school district.

Wiscasset consolidated with a number of other towns into RSU 12, but the relationship has been rocky - and now a group of townspeople says its time for a divorce.

The Wiscasset Education Research Panel is now circulating a petition to have the town withdraw from the RSU.

Chairman Doug Smith says he believes they already have enough signatures to take the issue to a town-wide vote in June.

Wiscasset has about 700 students in grades K thru 12, while the whole RSU has 17-hundred students.

Smith says that's a part of the problem.

He says Wiscasset has 24 percent of the students but pays 35 percent of the cost of the RSU.

Author Barbara Ehrenreich


Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 21 books, including the New York Times best seller "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America."  The book is a memoir of Ehrenreich's three month experiment surviving on minimum wage as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart clerk.

Ehrenreich spoke at Bowdoin College on Friday, January 27th.

For more information on Barbara Ehrenreich click here:  BARBARA EHRENREICH

For more information on Bowdoin College click here:  BOWDOIN COLLEGE  

VIDEO: Man steals Bath convenience store cash register

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police in Bath are investigating the theft of a cash register at the Leeman Highway Clipper Mart.

The Bath Police Department says the clerk told them she was in the store's cooler on Saturday night when she heard someone had entered the store. A short time later, she returned to the front of the store and found the cash register missing and items knocked to the ground.

Video of the incident released by police shows the theft took about 17 seconds.

Police have found some evidence and a small amount of cash related to the theft.

Police say the suspect is a white male, about 5'10" tall.

If you have any information or saw someone around the Leeman Highway Clipper Mart or the Leeman Highway CarQuest between 7:15 and 8:00 PM, you're asked to call Bath Police at 443-8367.

Fit at Five: 1st Down Training

When your hometown team heads to the Superbowl it's a pretty easy bet that fans of all ages are beginning to get Patriots fever! For many young athletes the big game is a good motivator to help them achieve goals like Tom Brady. Now some kids are getting the opportunity to practice their football skills with the professionals. On this Fit at Five we check out a program that is helping a new generation fall in love with the sport, and teaching them that hard work really does pay off.

CFL football player and Maine native Quinton Porter started 1st Down Training three years ago. The first two years the program focused on quarterbacks and receivers. Now they have opened the program to a full field of positions.

Maine Forensics Association Hosts 2012 State Tournament

The Maine Forensics Association is hosting the 2012 State Tournament on January 28 at Brunswick High School featuring Maine’s Poet Laureate Wesley McNair as guest speaker.

The tournament, a culmination of a five month competitive season, draws over 20 schools and nearly 300 students from across Maine to compete in 13 speech categories, two debate categories, and Congressional Debate. Debate will feature two topics of current interest particularly in Maine: the costs versus benefits of higher education, and the morality of deadly force in cases of repeated domestic violence. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Mr. McNair is scheduled to present at 5:30 p.m.

The Maine Forensic Association oversees speech and debate tournaments throughout the state. Recognized by the National Forensic League, National Catholic Forensic League, and Maine Principals' Association, MFA membership is open to all Maine high schools.

Wednesday - January 25, 2012


Olympian Julia Clukey is partnering with the Kennebec Valley YMCA to host a summer camp for girls.  Julia Clukey's Camp for Girls will be held June 20-30 at Camp KV in Readfield.  The 10 day summer camp is designed for girls ages 8-11 as a place to develop self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle.  The camp will feature a wide range of activities including swimming, kayaking, hiking, nature walks, field sports, arts and crafts, theater, and music.  The cost for the camp will be $299 for YMCA members, $350 for non-members.

Julia Clukey finished 17th at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010.  She's hoping to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

For more information on Julia Clukey and the summer camp click here:  JULIA CLUKEY


Leukemapalooza Benefit Kickoff


Maine musician Christian Cuff's brother and bandmate, Jacob, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December.  Jacob Cuff does not have health insurance and is facing some major medical bills.  Christian Cuff is organizing a number of benefit concerts to help raise money for his brother's care and to try and get him health insurance.

The first concert of the Leukemapalooza Benefit Series will take place at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland on Friday, January 27th at 8:00 PM.  There will be both a silent auction and a concert featuring the newly formed band ANNA, comprised of members of Gypsy Tailwind and fronted by Anna Lombard, as well as Lyle Divinsky and Model Airplane, joined by their horn section and a few special guests.