Good News at Goodall!

Good News at Goodall!

Friday, March 25 Goodall Hospital employees got unexpected good news Friday morning when hospital administration surprised them with a one-time cash payment to thank them for their sacrifices and dedication to the hospital during the economic downturn.

“Because of your dedication, today Goodall is healthy and vibrant,” President/CEO Darlene Stromstad wrote in a letter to employees.  “We just couldn’t be more proud of you!”

“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the great care you provide to our patients and communities,” she said at employee forums held at the hospital’s three campuses.  The hospital suspended raises in early 2009 so some employees have gone almost three years without an increase.  Additionally, between March, 2009 and June, 2010, employees experienced a decrease in salary, ranging from 4% to 10%.

Stromstad said that in addition to the cash payments, which were calculated at 2% to 3% of the employees’ annual salary and depe

Odyssey of the Mind tests creativity

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some of Maine's most creative students were in Sanford Saturday for the State Odyssey of the Mind competition.

The organizers of the program call it a comprehensive and holistic educational experience.  The students simplify their thoughts to "fun, exciting" and "a great experience".

Teams from around the state are given a problem to solve in a competition where creativity and ingenuity count.

Odyssey of the Maine is a non-profit organization.  The winning teams are invited to the world competition in Maryland.

Sanford #2 on state's school construction priority list

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Administrators at schools that are ranked highly on the state's list of priority construction projects are now starting to think about what they might do with any money that comes their way.

Sanford High School and Regional Technical Center placed number two in the state, just a tenth of a point behind the leading school, Corinth Morison Memorial. And two other elementary schools in Sanford are in the top 15 on the list.

The list coming out of the Department of Education is still preliminary. School districts have 60 days to appeal their placement.

Fit at Five: Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning

In March 2010 mixed martial arts became legalized in the state of Maine. It may look like a rough sport, but there is actually a lot of technique, and the need for stamina that goes into fighting. On this Fit at Five we take a look at what type of training mixed martial artist go through to make sure their bodies are in peak condition. Kelly LaBrecque has more.


We have provided the links to several mixed martial arts studios in the area.



























Maine park infested by hemlock-damaging bugs

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The Maine Forest Service is looking for help identifying the bugs that are damaging hemlock trees in a southern Maine park.

Volunteers are needed for a survey of hemlock woolly adelgid at Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick. Forest entomologist Allison Kanoti says teams are needed to survey the presence of the insects and the number of hemlock trees in the park.

Kanoti says the hemlock woolly adelgid was first detected in the park by a volunteer surveyor last December, and the infestation appears to be in the early stages. Now officials want to know how much of the park's woods are affected.

The park survey is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Wednesday. The Forest Service says volunteers are asked to register by 9 a.m., Monday.

Traynham trial continues

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case in the Gary Traynham trial tomorrow. 

Traynham is the man from Sanford who touched off the state's first Amber Alert when he took his two year old daughter from the girl's mother in November 2009.

He is not facing any charges in conenction with the Amber Alert.

He is charged with four counts for allegedly beating and raping the child's mother, his former girlfriend Lisa Gould.

Gould is expected to take the stand tomorrow.

Traynham's attorney claims Gould provoked the confronation and that the evidence will show that Traynham did not sexually assault Gould.

Man who touched off Amber Alert goes on trial

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The trial of the man who triggered the state's first Amber Alert has opened in Alfred.

None of the charges against Gary Traynham have anything to do with the Amber Alert. Traynham's attorney questioned why it was issued in the first place. She said Traynham had the legal right to take his 2-year old daughter the day in question.

Nevertheless Traynham is still facing some very serious charges including gross sexual assault and aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his child's mother.

The prosecution claims on November of 2009 Traynham was inside his ex-girlfriend's home in Sanford waiting for her to return. The state alleges Traynham then grabbed Lisa Gould, choked, beat and raped her, then fled with their daughter.