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Biddeford York County Weekend (Newspaper) - July 28, 2007, Biddeford, Maine A2 journal Tribune saturday july 28, 2007 Exchange rate continues to draw Canadian visitors chaplain from Page Al hikers lost in the Woods comforting survivors and sometimes the wardens themselves. Braestrup Calls what she does a a ministry of or As she writes in her new Memoir a there of you need me a Little Brown $23.99the Job a requires me mostly to just show up shut my Mouth and although laced with tragedy the Book is Breezy and humorous a and uplifting. To preserve confidentiality she has changed the names of victims survivors and. In most cases wardens. She also altered geographic locations and other details. A trim vivacious woman with curly Brown hair and Gray Green eyes who looks and acts younger than her age. Braestrup said her midlife entry into the clergy and Law enforcement was an outgrowth of her husband s death Griffith planned to attend Seminary Atter retiring from the state police and begin a second career As a minister Braestrup made her husband s dream her own. Religion had played Little part in Braestrup s life while growing up in Washington d c. Her Joum Alist father was nominally lutheran but did t attend Church her Mother was at most agnostic. When she and Griffith were married by a methodist minister in the Catholic Chapel at Georgetown University her Alma mater Quot it was the first overtly religious service i actually participated two year after her husband s death. Braestrup entered Bangor theological seminar and went on to be ordained As a l Nitafan universalist minister. But her calling was not a traditional Church. During her studies Braestrup gravitated to Law enforcement Riding on patrol with members of various police agencies As part of an Independent study of the Spiri Tual dimensions of police work. Instead of Landing a police Job Braestrup was hired by the Warden service. As one who does t Hunt or fish she had Only a limited idea of what wardens did and wondered Why they might need a chaplain. Quot i might have asked the same question folks so often ask of me what does a Warden chaplain do bless the Moose a she wrote. It turns out that her service is no walk in the Park Maine a 125 game wardens Are responsible for enforcing state Laws in a vast area that includes 33.000 Square Miles mostly forested a As Well As More than 6,000 lakes and Ponds. And they Are usually first on the scene when Bac country tragedies strike. Braestrup is Only the second member of the Maine Warden serv ice to hold the Post of chaplain whose in. Action she credits to a push by wardens themselves. Quot they said the people at the scene deserve a higher Standard of care than we can give them a she recalled. Quot they created this. I happen to fill it at the moment but this is their although she is not a sworn officer and carries no weapon. Braestrup delights in the uniform she wears when headed out in the Field. Her Green Warden service jacket and Cap Are embroidered with the word under the High buttoned Collar of her Black shirt she slips a piece of White Vinyl that also identifies her As clergy but that she can easily pop off when dealing with someone who is not Christian or has had a bad experience w Ith religion. Although she works full time her schedule can be erratic. There Are Days when she a summoned by cell phone and transported by float plane and 4-wheel-drive vehicle to a Remote search and Rescue site in the North Woods. Other Days May find her providing counselling and pastoral care to wardens after emotionally wrenching encounters. The dive team whose grim task is to search for bodies that May have lain a recovered for weeks or months is a particular focus of her work. A we dive in flood stage Rivers we dive under the ice we dive in cold dark Waters Quot said capt. Joel Wilkinson the team s Leader. Quot Kate provides the Liaison to the family that allows the divers to focus on the Job at in addition to serving As a Buffer for distraught friends and relatives Braestrup meets with team members after they be completed their dives to talk through the experience and help them Deal with the stress that accompanies their work Wilkinson said. She also does educational work instructing wardens and police about How to perform death notifications and Deal with grieving survivors. Braestrup s own life meanwhile has taken a new course. She has remarried and now lives in Lincolnville with her h band Simon Van Der Van her four children and his two. And yes she did on one occasion bless a Moose. It happened when she was in Presque Isle and arrived at the scene of one of Maine s All too frequent car Moose collisions. The Motorist was unhurt but the big animal was mortally injured. At the Driver s Behest Braestrup placed her hand on the Moose As it raised its head and then died. Quot i said this Little prayer and then i thought. A of my god. I just did last rites on a Moose Quot by Kellie Fisher journal Tribune intern local businesses Are Happy to see the return of Canadian tourists this year which is due in part to a Rise in the value of the Canadian Dollar. After a dismal tourist sea son last year due to a falling Economy and poor weather business owners have noticed a real turnaround in the local tourist Economy. A Canadian Dollar is Worth 95 cents to the american Dollar considered to be a Strong rate. Kennebunk savings Bank s Heather Harris has noticed an increase in Canadian traffic this year from last. A we Aren t seeing a whole lot of traffic inside the Bank but Many of them Are using their and Bank cards. From personal Observance we be noticed Many Canadian tourists All Over while Many tourists Are using cards they can still Exchange Money within the Bank. Canadians Are Able to Exchange their Dollar for 91 cents at most Banks the highest rate they have enjoyed in years. Local business owners Are also noticing an increase in Canadian tourists and traffic from last year. Mike Bouffard owner of the Normandie motor inn amp High bacteria closes some . Beaches Nottingham . Apr several Public beaches in new Hampshire have been closed because of High bacteria Levels. Quot we get Here we re All hot and sweaty and the Lake is apartments in old Orchard Beach has said the number of tourists is much greater than last year which he believes is due to the Exchange rate. Featured on Canadian National television three weeks ago his business has seen much More traffic. Quot the Exchange rate is so Good right now that Many More of them can come on vacation a Bouffard said. Old Orchard Beach has always been a tourist hot spot largely due to its proximity to Canada and the expansive Beach. A canadians Are also almost getting paid to come Here because of the Gas prices a Bouffard said. A Gas is almost $5 a gallon up there and they can get it for much cheaper Bouffard said he spoke with an economist in Canada who had Good news for Maine. The Rise in the Economy is a trend that will continue for the next two or three years increasing local business Revenue and the local Economy. As tourism is a major part of Southern Maine a local Economy the Strong Exchange rate is crucial to a Strong tourist season and canadians have become a chief part of the Success of local filled with bacteria Quot Beac goer Tammy Rouleau said Friday after arriving to a closed Beach in Nottingham. The Beach is one of to in new Hampshire with warnings posted. Scientists at the state Laboratory in Concord said that High temperatures have a lot to do with High bacteria Levels. Biddeford area forecast today tonight sunday monday tuesday wednesday an afternoon and evening to storm a 84 a thunderstorm variable Clouds. Early partly Cloudy a 66� a to storm humid Clouds and Sun a to storm possible Clouds and Sun a to storm possible Breezy with Clouds and Sunshine a81� a 65 a78 v63 a79 �62 a82 �61 today s forecast it a 0,d a Saco 78/65 to i Biddeford Quot it 84/66 or Caribou 83/66 Wells r 83/65 a j i of a. If in a debunk port r 76/65 it Houlton 84/65 Burlington mfg ii a it a Skowhegan 82/62 Farmington 82/65, f a v Augusta eds. A a 82/63 Lewiston 84/65 it Bangor 84/66 Eastport 78/63 4 Rutland j Biddeford u Sanford a a a Portsmouth. To 84/69 �?osss1 Portland 84/66 shown is today a weather. Temperatures Are today s highs and tonight slows. 6k Cape cod 79/69 Marine forecast Eastport to Merrimac River intervals of Clouds and Sunshine today with a spotty thunderstorm winds South at 10-20 knots Waves 2-3 feet visibility reduced in a thunderstorm intr coastal Waterways a Light chop fac i is Quot it 84/70 a forecasts and graphics provided r y acc weather inc almanac statistics through 4 . Yesterday. Temperature High 86 Low 66� mean 76� Normal 70� records 96 194944 1977 precipitation 24 hrs. Ending 4 yesterday o of Quot month to Date 4 49�?� year to Date 25 94&Quot yearly surplus 0 29�?o humidity yesterday at 4 . 62% barometric pressure yesterday at 4 . 29.88. Falling wind average direction Speed w at 3.2 Mph highest Speed 12 Mph acc weather us Index highest today .5 moderate the ultraviolet Index is a guide to exposure to the Sun. The higher the us Index number the greater the need for Eye and skin Protection Moon phases full last new first f ii a july 29 aug 5 aug 12 aug 21 regional cities today Sun. City Hilo who Low Augusta 84/64/t 79/65/t Bangor 84/66/t 81/64/t Biddeford 84/66-1 81/65/t Boston 86/68/pc 81/68/t Concord 84/67/1 83/66/1 Hartford 84/69/t 86/69/t Hyannis 78/69/pc 79/68/t Kennebunkport 76/65/pc 74/65/t Manchester 84/69/t 83/68/1 Montpelier 81/64/t 79/63/t new Haven 82/70/t 81/70/t North Conway 83/63/t 81/63/t old Orchard sch 84/66/pc 78/66/1 Plymouth 84/68/pc 79/66/t Portland 84/66/pc 78/66/t Portsmouth 84/69/pc 80/67/t Providence 84/70/pc 82/68/t Saco 76/65/pc 74/65/t Sanford 84/66/t 82/65/t Wells 83/65/pc 79/65/t tide report Kennebunkport Day time High time Low today 11 03am 7.6 4 51 am 06 11 03 . 9.3 4 47 . 1.4 Sun. 11 45 am. 80 5 33 am. 02 11 47 . 96 5 31 . 1.0 old Orchard Beach Day time High time Low today 1047 am. 7.9 4 29 . 0.6 10 47 . 9.6 4 25 . 1.5 Sun. 11 29 am. 82 5 11 . 0.2 11 31 pm. 9.9 5 21 pm 1 1 today a National weather Czuj Zzz Czuj is Czuj Ca showers Bain to storm Snow flurries ice stationary front j Anchorage /7 ? a or la v�?o.5 or la i 100/7 -10 -0$ Iii 0 i to 208 308 40 so 60 708 shown Are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands Are highs for the Day. National summary additional heavy rain wih keep the Flash flood threat High along the Western Gulf coast today White spotty afternoon thunderstorms rumble Over the steamy South thunderstorms will exist Over the Northeast and Ohio Valley. A few storms will extend into the Central Plains the Rockies will also have More thunderstorms some heavy National cities today Sun. City Hilo who Low Albuquerque 90/67/t 86/68/t Atlanta 90/72/t 87/72/t Buffalo 82/65/t 81/63/t Charleston so 91/74/t 90/75/t Charlotte 90/68/1 86/70/t Chicago 80/65/pc 85/62/s Cincinnati 84/66/t 88/65/t Dallas 92/75/t 92/76/1 Denver 82/61a 85/60/pc Fairbanks 73/55/c 74/54/sh Honolulu 89/76/s 8974/s Houston 89/77/t 9177/t Indianapolis 85/67/t 87/64/pc Kansas City 89/68/t 85/68/t Las vegas 106/80/s 107/86/pc los Angeles 87/65/pc 87/66/pc Louisville 8770a 89/69/t Memphis 93/76/t 9275/t Miami 89/76/t 9077/t Nashville 90/69/t 9071/t new York 85/72/1 8572/t Oklahoma City 91/70/pc 91/71a Orlando 91/74/t 9175/t Philadelphia 88/74/t 8672/t Portland. Or 84/61 pc 79/58/pc Raleigh 90/70/t 8871/t St Louis 89/70/t 8970/pc san Francisco 73/57/pc 70/56/pc Seattle 76/60/pc 76/55/pc Washington do 88/72/t 8673/t weather w a sunny pc partly Cloudy a Cloudy flurries in Snow lice world cities City today Sun. Hilo who Low Amsterdam 72/54/pc 64/52/r Athens 9175/s 9377/s Bangkok 9179/t 9179/t Beijing 88/78/t 8076/r Berlin 72/52/c 66/50/r Cairo 10474/s 10476/s Cancun 8873/1 8775/pc Copenhagen 64/52/c 65/49/sh Dublin 66/54/pc 66/52/pc Frankfurt 66/48/r 64/43/r Geneva 74/55/c 76/56/pc Havana 9073/t 8773/1 Hong Kong 90/81/pc 89/82/pc Jerusalem 9470/s 89/67/s Johannesburg 62/39/s 59/36/s Lisbon 90/68/s 9170/s London 73/55/pc 68/52/r Madrid 99/59/s 99/59/s Manila 8679/t 90/81a Mexico City 72/54/t 71/53/r Nassau 8875/t 9077/t new Delhi 9675/t 9572/t Oslo 68/54/t 68/53/r Paris 77/55/c 72/52/r Rome 91/66/s 91/68/s Seoul 91/77/c 8775/t Singapore 84/77/t 8577/t Tokyo 8674/pc 8375/t Toronto 79/63/t 82/64/pc Warsaw 75/57/c 72/54/pc so showers to thunderstorms a ram of Snow Biddeford Skyline Sunrise 5 27 .hk a a 4 . Thunderstorm 67� a 8 am mostly Cloudy 79� a noon mostly Cloudy 82 a 4 . It thunderstorm 77�sunset 8 09 . A 8 . Mostly Cloudy Midnight to tvs Udy 4a.m of wet photo xxi Hui the Rev. Kale Braestrup poses at her Home in Lincolnville Maine. Braestrup who works As a chaplain for the Maine Warden service recently published a Memoir titled Quot Here of you need me Quot

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