State police explain why you should be clearing off your cars after it snows

State police are reminding people to clean off their cars before they hit the roads. Driving with snow covered windows can be dangerous, not just for the person behind the wheel, but also for other motorists. "We encourage motorists before they leave their house in the morning, if we did get a snow fall through the night or a heavy frost or some ice, make sure to have your vehicle warmed up so the windows are clear," said Lieutenant Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. "We see it all the time where someone is in a hurry they just get in the car and drive off and they have the little ten inch peep hole looking out the window. That is a violation of law that you could be fined for and get a ticket for, but also it's a safety issue where you can't see going through an intersection or cars coming at you if your windows are cleared off." Harris says it's also important for motorists to clean off the top of their vehicles. Flying snow and ice can be dangerous for other people on the roads.

The State parks of Maine had a record breaking camping season

State Parks in Maine - including ours right here in Aroostook County- are celebrating what turned out to be a record breaking camping season. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and lands announced recently that through September, 255,553 campers had been recorded for the 2018 year.

County healthcare providers open new advocacy center to help kids

County healthcare providers say the opening of a new advocacy center to help children who've been sexually abused is a huge positive in this community. Providers of the Northern Light A.R. Gould hospital say there were huge challenges in treating kids who have experienced sexual trauma in that many of the resources and services were located Bangor south. To now have a site that's county based opens the door to more kids and families getting access to services and treatment to cope and eventually heal the wounds of trauma. ###

All aboard for the PI historical society foliage molly trolley ride

The Presque Isle Historical Society hosted a fall foliage ride aboard Molly the Trolley on Saturday. Kim Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors, served as tour guide, narrated the trip, providing historical information along the journey, including discussion of the area's first settlers.

A former County advocate for domestic violence was back for a local event

A former County advocate for domestic violence awareness who now works at the state level was back in this neck of the woods recently. Francine Garland Stark is the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She was formerly the executive director of the Hope and Justice Project. She recently took part in the Walk It Up Presque Isle event put on by her former organization. Garland Stark says she enjoys getting out and visiting her member agencies often, especially during domestic violence awareness month.

Tomorrow nights debate is an important one

We at WAGM are gearing up for an important evening tomorrow night, one that will hopefully help you make an informed decision at the polls on November 6th. We're hosting a second congressional district debate. This is video from the congressional debate in 2016. Aroostook Partnership Advocacy Chair and co-moderator Jason Parent says the second congressional district is one of the races to watch this it's one of the key races that will dictate the balance of power in Congress. In the runnning are republican Bruce Poliquin, who currently holds the seat, democrat Jared Golden, and independents Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar. Parent says it's important for people to hear from all four candidates...he adds that it's important to host a debate up here so that Aroostook County's voice is heard and have the issues we face here come to the forefront of the conversation. He says topics of conversation will include the economy and workforce expansion, the opioid crisis, and health care.

Residents of Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska had a busy morning...

Residents of Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska had a busy morning packing up clothes for those in need. They loaded up six boxes of clothes, which ended up weighing a total of 240 pounds, which will be sent to hurricane victims in Florida. The clothes were a donation in the Loving Memory of Rella Beaulieau and Martha Beaupre's Family. Every three months, residents meet together to discuss community events and current affairs in the world, and do their part to make the world a little bit better.


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