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Susan Patten

I have been covering Maine people and stories of public interest for more than 25 years. With genuine interest, I provide news and public affairs information to the people of Maine utilizing both radio and online media platforms. My other passions include my family and music. I am the founder of The Gifts of Music and also volunteer for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.
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Update: Interstate Back Open After Crash

A traffic advisory from the Maine Department of Transportation as State Police reported a crash on the Interstate this morning.

The crash involved a tractor trailer and another vehicle according to the MDOT and State Police say the accident resulted in a temporary partial shutdown and detour.

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Photo, MDOC
Photo, MDOC

Death of Prison Inmate Under Investigation

A prison inmate is dead and the circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.

Stephen Ray Gravel, age 53, had served approximately 5 years of a 16 year sentence for gross sexual assault, according to a press release received this morning from the Maine Department of Corrections.

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Pellet stove donated to auction for the Thaw Fund. Photo, Ellsworth Knights of Columbus
Pellet stove donated to auction for the Thaw Fund. Photo, Ellsworth Knights of Columbus

A ‘Hot’ Auction Item to Help Keep Mainers Warm

Have you been thinking about a conversion to pellets?

Perhaps you just need a new pellet stove.

Either way, your bids on this auction item can help keep your fellow Mainers stay warm for the rest of the winter.

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Photo, Getty Images
Photo, Getty Images

Give Your Children the Gift of Planning Ahead

We are creatures driven by human nature, and that nature tends to leave us putting off those difficult family discussions.

My recent experiences have really opened my eyes to the importance of having some of these discussions, before difficulties arise.

Planning ahead can really be a gift that can help to reduce stress, confusion and frustration.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun [POLL]

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the news can be a little depressing, and when you spend every day reporting and writing about death, destruction, and political scandals, you have to find ways to lighten up a little.

So today, when my news partner Cindy Campbell came in to work, I quickly realized we needed to have a little fun!

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Knights of Columbus Ask You to Share a Warm Winter’s Night

When you're broke, regardless of how you got there, having to find the means to pay for food, shelter, clothing and medicine can be difficult enough.

Unfortunately, for several months of the year in Maine, you also have to worry about freezing to death, and heating your home is not cheap these days.

That's where the Knights of Columbus come in, and just in time, as the Thaw Fund operated by the Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) is empty.

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Penobscot River Ice 2014. Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media
Penobscot River Ice 2014. Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media

Two People Dead and State Under Flood Watch

Two people are dead, and many more have been shaken, by the latest round of wintry weather to hit the state.

Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says a man and woman were killed today when the van they were in went out of control, crossing the center line and striking a pickup truck, on Route 117 in Hollis.

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