Two local organizations are helping laid off Mainers have a good meal this thanksgiving.For the 8th year members of the Eastern Maine Labor Council and food and medicine are taking part in a solidarity harvest.More than 300 baskets are filled with a turkey, fresh veggies, rolls and pies, all locally produced.
The Maine Department of Transportation, Maine State Police, and Triple A of Northern New England are urging drivers to get ready for winter driving conditions.Thanksgiving weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the winter driving season here in Maine.It’s also one of the heaviest traffic weekends of the year.Speed is a major cause of winter related crashes, so officials are reminding people of this slogan — ice and snow, take it slow.Maine drivers can find the latest information on road conditions by calling 511 or going to 511 maine.gov.
Jonesport hopes to break a holiday record this season.Fishermen on Beals Island want to set the world record for the biggest Christmas tree made of lobster traps.Rockland currently holds the title at thirty-eight feet.Residents in Jonesport plan to stack traps until they hit fifty.
Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are back to work Tuesday.Monday, they were on the picket line.The nurses say they want to keep this issue in the public, and they did so dressed for the weather outside the hospital to begin their one day strike.Unionized nurses gathered along state street before sunrise and stood with their signs amid the falling snowflakes, all to get their message out to those who went by.” We have no question that we’re doing the right thing we know when we’re short staffed,” said EMMC Nurses Union President ” We know when we need extra help, we know when charge nurses are taking too many patients, and to have the public respond to us in this manner we know that we’re doing the right thing.”Eastern maine medical center administration says they have a mission to provide safe and quality care, no matter the circumstances.” We have an obligation to the community that no matter what happens even if our own nurses decide to withhold their services as leverage for bargaining that we still have to fulfill our mission so we’re pleased with what’s going on and frankly we hope that there’s not another strike but you really can’t predict that,” said Greg Howatt Human Resources Director at EMMC.But come seven am Tuesday, the nurses will put away their signs, put on their scrubs and go back to work.” They are having us herd in to the backside of the cafeteria at seven o’clock in the morning and in their words, they will deploy us to our nursing areas.
Home in time for the holidays…that will be the case for members of the 172nd Mountain Infantry, based out of Brewer.The first of the 157 soldiers arrived home Sunday.16 of them landed at Bangor International Airport Monday.Joy Hollowell was there for the happy homecoming.======It’s been an anxious morning for family and friends of the 172nd Mountain Infantry…waiting for that moment when they can see their loved one again, knowing that he’s safe and that he’s here.”baby crying”The last time Jimmy Shutts saw his son Elliot, was at his birth.”and how old is he now?””Almost 3 months,” says his mom, Kelly Leighton.There’s word the plane has landed, and the emotions are starting to run high.
Brewer police are asking for the public’s help gathering more information about a man allegedly exposing himself to students.Two students from the Brewer school system reported a man exposed himself to them Friday near the Somerset and Cedar Streets intersections on State Street in Brewer.The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, wearing jeans, a tan jacket and hat.
For many folks, holiday shopping begins in earnest this Friday.Black Friday deals start bright and early this year, with many stores opening at 4 a.m., some even open at Midnight.Electronics, clothing and jewelry are expected to move well this year.Economic trends also show that specialty shops should do well this holiday season.UMaine Economics Professor Jim McConnon believes Mainers will spend more this year than last.”Maine retailers are likely to see a slightly better year than last year,” says McConnon.
A man from Greenville will spend 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.18-year-old Cory Mitchell entered the plea Monday morning.Mitchell was originally charged with two counts of selling drugs near a school, but the district attorney dismissed those two felony charges Monday morning.Mitchell must also pay a $400 fine.