59 workers from Maine at the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway were temporarily laid off this week because of a workers strike at Canada’s second largest railway.Almost 5,000 workers are on strike at Canadian Pacific Railway.They went on strike last Wednesday, forcing MM&A to notify workers Friday that they wouldn’t be able to come to work this week.MM&A President and CEO, Robert Grindrod, said he hopes to be able to resume work soon, though.A proposal was introduced to the Canadian parliament Monday that could force employees at CP Rail to get back to work by the end of the week.
State officials say an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of a paper-making chemical have leaked from two train cars that derailed and tumbled into the Penobscot River.Four cars in a 31-car train derailed on a Pan Am Railways track Friday night while traveling to the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport.Two tanker cars fell into the river.It was previously reported that a chemical called kaolin leaked from the tankers onto the ground or into the river.
A Brownfield man who shot his neighbor during a domestic dispute has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.Keith Brain was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to elevated aggravated assault for shooting James Walsh in the arm and the leg in July 2010.
The deadline is approaching for a raffle that will award a free weekend of camping to 44 Maine families who have never before been camping.The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands says the deadline for its First-Time Campers raffle is Thursday, with the drawing being held Friday.The raffle is open only to Maine families who have never been camping.
Lots of businesses may have been closed Monday for Memorial Day, but the Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Bangor was not one of them!The American Red Cross says the blood supply is running low and they hope a special donor drive helped to make up for some of that.Organizers say it was nice to see so many people take a time out from all the parades and BBQ’s of the day to help out.The Bangor donor center is located on Odlin Road.
Fallen soldiers were remembered and current military members honored at the Cole Land Transportation Museum Monday.The crowd got the chance to listen to a couple of World War II veterans talk about their experiences on the front lines.Some students also presented essays based on what they learned from interviewing a Veteran.Middle School student Raelynn Wescott put it best in saying, “Freedom is used as a word all the time but rarely do we think about it.
For folks in Howland, the annual Memorial Day ceremony is a chance to focus on the veterans who’ve lost their lives serving our country.As people gather to watch military men and women move through the streets of Howland, the real attention goes to those who aren’t here.