There were protesters outside the Shrine Circus in Bangor Friday.Animal Rights Maine was behind it.They disagree with the use of animals for entertainment, especially ones that belong in the wild.” We just believe that animals deserve some respect and the way they use animals here is really abusive.
A festival with the goal to organize peace across the world is taking place in Orono on Saturday.The 17th annual Hope Festival is a free way for folks to celebrate Earth and connections to each other.More than 60 organizations will be on hand.Organizers say there’s a little something for everyone at the event.” People can pick up buttons, bumper stickers, free information.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will not strike on Thursday, May 5th.After hours of negotiations, the nurses union and administrators at the hospital have agreed on a one-year tentative contract agreement.Nurses Union Rep Judy Brown tells TV5 they did get changes in all of their major goals, including insurance and charge nurse assignments.Greg Howatt, with EMMC says the tentative deal is a mutually agreeable contract.
Keep social security strong, that’s what Mainers gathered in front of the Federal Building in Bangor, Friday morning, to urge Senators Snowe and Collins to do.The event, organized by the Maine People’s Alliance, brought current and future social security recipients together.The group says there are troubling discussions taking place in Washington about raising the retirement age and cutting benefits.” It’s a program that has worked very well since inception in the 19-30’s and it can continue to do that well into the future, into the indefinite future if it’s managed responsibly today,” said Elizabeth Johns, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston.The group wants a pledge from both senators saying they won’t cut social security benefits.
Two days after a Gardiner business was foreclosed on, officials from the Department of Labor organized an informational session to help those left without jobs.More than one hundred people lost their jobs Wednesday after Associated Grocers in Gardiner went out of business.
If you’ve been waiting for spring wild turkey hunting season to begin, the wait is over.A special youth day will be held to commemorate the season Saturday.The regular season for spring wild turkey hunting opens Monday, May 2nd, it goes until Jujne 4th.If you don’t have a license it only costs twenty dollars and you can apply for one through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.You can find all the information at www.mefishwildlife.com.
The Hope House Shelter in Bangor is hosting its first auction this weekend in Bangor.The Auction for Hope is scheduled for Sunday, May 1st.It’s happening at the Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway on Main Street in Bangor.Guests can join Reverend Bob Carlson as he auctions off items such as canoes, kayaks, and a white water rafting trip.The bidding begins at 2.
An Orrington man is facing numerous charges after police say he caused a standoff in Orrington.Police say the mother of Stephen Nason, 25, called around 8 o’clock Thursday night saying her son was drunk and out of control.When police arrived at the house, Nason fled.His mother told police she would call them when Nason returned.Less than an hour later, deputies were back at the house.They say Nason was armed with a knife and threatened to harm himself and others.They also say he assaulted his mother and sister.We’re told he barricaded himself in his bedroom for hours.The State Police tactical and special response teams were called in .
If your invitation to William and Kate’s wedding got lost in the mail, you probably watched the royal wedding in the comfort of your home.Jennifer Khavari couldn’t make it to Westminster Abbey, but tea, crumpets and other delicious goodies helped transform her living room into the picture perfect royal wedding extravaganza.Some honored guests got in touch with their inner princess dressing to the nines in outfits complete with hats and fascinators.”When I was home over Easter, we found it in a box, it’s vintage,” Annie Collins said of her granmother’s vintage headpiece she wore to the party.”I love to go to AC Moore to pick up little things so that’s how I got the sign and the champagne,” said Cesca-Lena DeSanctis of her creation, a hat she made to match her dress.Others wore a different kind of evening gown like pajamas to the early morning ball but there was no dress code to toast the royal couple.Khavari says she wanted to create a special get together to watch Prince William, a man whose grown up before the world’s eyes, marry Kate Middleton.Sweetest Things Weddings Co-Founder Amber Small gave Kate’s wedding gown and the ceremony rave reviews.”She just looked fantastic and I also think it was incredibly sweet.
Negotiations between Eastern Maine Medical Center and its nurses union seem to finally be making some headway.EMMC administrators have come to a one year tentative agreement with the union representing the nurses.A one day strike planned for Thursday May 5th, has since been withdrawn by the nurses union.Nurses Union Rep Judy Brown tells us they did get changes on all of their major goals, including insurance and charge nurse assignments.
The Anah Shrine Circus is in Maine this weekend.The Cotton Candy is made, the snow cones are ready and Friday afternoon the first spectators will be going into the Bangor Auditorium for the first of seven shows.This is the 48th year the Circus has been in Bangor.This year is a mixture of new acts like the Wheel of Doom, and animal acts like the trained Afghan Hounds and a Primate Act.And a pair from the Ukraine has a hula hooping performance too.For the Shriners the organization and preparation for the show takes about a year and in the days leading up to the opening of the circus it’s nearly a round the clock job to get ready.But, according to the Potentate Bill Dawson, those preps end when the doors open for the first show.” Once the Auditorium goes dark and the spotlights turn on and Charlie the Ringmaster comes out the excitement begins and we can sit back and enjoy the show.”The first show begins at three Friday afternoon the doors will open at two o’clock.
Negotiations between Eastern Maine Medical Center and its nurses union resumed Thursday.EMMC administrators have come to a one year tentative agreement with the union representing the nurses.The nurses had planned a one day strike for Thursday May 5th, but the union has since withdrawn it’s notice to strike.EMMC will halt preparations for a five day replacement of striking nurses that would have kept EMMC nurses out of work until Tuesday, May 10th.The union bargaining team will present the contract to the nurses with a recommendation to ratify.The EMMC bargaining team will make a similar suggest to the Board of Trustee’s for the contracts approval.Both meetings should take place some time next week…
Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of a fire that changed the face of Bangor forever.The Great Fire of 1911 wiped out nearly half of downtown, leveling more than 250 buildings.Two people were also killed, including the only firefighter from Brewer lost in the line of duty.As community leaders prepare for a weekend full of events to remember the fire, we’ll also look back to see how the flames shaped Bangor’s future.Watch for our special reports, the Great Fire of 1911, Friday night on TV5 News at 5 and 6.