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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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“Sleazy” Robots Perform for World Leaders [Video]

They were probably prepared to see amazing advancements in technology.

After all, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron were attending the CeBit computer expo.

But one robotic performance bordered on "sleazy" when poles were incorporated into the routine.

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The Difference a ‘Big’ Makes [Video]

On "dress-down" Friday, Jim Chasse, Principal of Orono High School, is found serenading his students with his guitar as they file through the hallway during class changes.

It's not an unusual occurrence according to students, who may have the "coolest" high school principal, ever.

After all, how many school principals do you know who love to shoot hoops, and sing Led Zeppelin tunes?

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Photo, Maine Department of Public Safety
Photo, Maine Department of Public Safety

Drug Agents Find Meth Manufacturing in Oakland

Drug agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency are cleaning up a methamphetamine operation after a month long investigation.

As a result, search warrants were used at 11 Center Street in Oakland, and at the Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites according to Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

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Fabulous Commercial for When Life Really Stinks [Video]

Let's face it. Some days can be really challenging.

People seem to be a little on edge these days, and everyone's in a hurry.

There's a big group of people however who can completely agree on the one thing that's perfectly capable of erasing the effects of a lousy day, and I'm not talking booze.

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What Do You Think about Bear Hunting Techniques in Maine? [Poll]

Once again, Mainers are being asked to consider a ban on the three techniques that have been used in Maine by bear hunters for years.

Those techniques include trapping, baiting, and hunting with dogs, and they're opposed by a group that has been busy gathering signatures to have them banned.

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Photo, Jared Wickerham, Getty Images
Photo, Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

A Suicide Attempt Can Be Stopped if You Know the Signs

In 2011 alone, 224 Mainers took their own life by suicide.

More can be done to prevent suicides in Maine, but it takes a community of well-educated people to do so.

One of the biggest myths dealing with suicide is that talking about the issue will actually cause someone who's suicidal to make an attempt.

That's just not the case according to Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Sheila Pinnette, and she says an upcoming conference will help people to better identify risk factors.

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A Tree-Tapping Ceremony

It's a sure sign of Spring, as time has come once again for the traditional, gubernatorial responsibility of ushering in the maple sugar season in Maine.

Maine maple syrup producers are set to join Governor Paul LePage tomorrow in Augusta as he taps a maple tree on the Blaine House lawn tomorrow.

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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia
Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia

Separate Fires Damage an Apartment Building and Museum

 

There have been no injuries reported in two separate fires last night that have damaged an apartment building in Old Town and a wildlife sanctuary museum in Ellsworth.

The Ellsworth fire was reported just after 6 last night at the Standwood Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Birdsacre.

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