The Chief Nursing Officer involved in Eastern Maine Medical Center’s lengthy negotiations with its nurses union has resigned, effective immediately.Lorraine Rodgerson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services throughout the strikes and contract talks.Rodgerson spent twenty-nine years with the hospital.In a statement from EMMC, the hospital says they’re grateful for all her work, but no reason was given for her departure.
An armed robbery in Millinocket Monday afternoon lead to the arrest of two suspects following a chase…and a third was arrested early Tuesday morning.According to Millinocket Police a man entered the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Central Street shortly before 5 Monday afternoon, displayed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants, and handed an employee a note for prescription drugs.He reportedly fled the scene in a what employees told police was a small black car containing two others.The car was later spotted by a Penobscot County Sheriff deputy in Chester and was eventually pulled over in Mattamiscontis.
A bipartisan panel charged with drawing up new boundaries for Maine’s two congressional districts will be deciding which redistricting plan will move forward to the Legislature.The 15-member Reapportionment Commission is scheduled to vote in Augusta LATER TODAY, a day ahead of the Wednesday deadline set by the Legislature to submit a plan.Republicans and Democrats on the Congressional Reapportionment Committee have been swapping competing plans back and forth while accusing each other of slowing down the process for political gain.The federal courts have ordered Maine to even up the populations of the two districts to reflect changes reflected in last year’s census.(The Associated Press)
Appointments by Governor Paul LePage and Republican legislative leaders to a panel that will study the state’s management of Maine’s Unorganized Territory are drawing fire from environmentalists and Democrats.LePage and the House and Senate leaders announced the appointments Friday to the 12-member commission that will advise the Legislature on how to overhaul land-use regulation in the 10-million-acre territory.
Folk Festival artists who rode out the storm in Bangor came together for a special concert Monday night.With the American Folk Festival cut short, a few bands who’s flights were canceled decided to make the best of their situation.Folks gathered at Husson University’s Gracie Theater to hear the acapella group, The Brotherhood Singers, followed by the bluegrass band, Rich in Tradition.Both groups are set to fly home Tuesday.
Flights resumed Monday at Bangor International Airport.All flights were cancelled Sunday morning because of Irene, leaving passengers stranded.But the airport never shut down despite the storm.Spokesperson Tony Caruso says the airport sustained very minor damage and no flights were diverted.On thursday, many airplanes were put in hangars in preparation for the storm.
It’s a summertime tradition that spans three days in August, but this year strong winds and rain cut it short.”We already knew early in the day obviously that we were going to have to make some adjustments, we were just hoping it would be Sunday and not Saturday, obviously we made the decision early in the game Friday,” said John Rohman with the American Folk Festival.Organizers went with their gameplan and canceled the American Folk Festival on Sunday.As Hurricane Irene arrived, she shut down the airport, leaving musical acts and crafters stranded in Bangor, extending their welcome.”We were supposed to leave yesterday so we’ll be here a little while longer,” said singer Carl Jones with the Bluegrass group, Rich in Tradition.”People of Bangor have just been really warm to us, awesome it’s been beautiful,” said Stacey Darden with the acapella group The Brotherhood Singers.Their distance isn’t too far, Rich in Tradition is from North Carolina and The Brotherhood Singers are from Kentucky.But their musical styles: bluegrass and acapella are as opposite as they come.Their love of music has united them for a special concert that will restore the Folk Festival to its original three day schedule.”We actually shared a song during breakfast yesterday and had a couple of sing a longs and that went real well,” Jones said.A sing-a-long that will continue for festival goers who were left wanting more.The concert will feature both bands separately before coming together for the final act.Even if you caught their solo shows over the weekend, this show is expected to leave a greater impression on Bangor than Irene’s winds.”They’re phenomenal groups by themselves.
So, it’s not an exact science.But this weekend, local meteorologists tried to give a textbook forecast.With hourly updates and reports on Irene, some viewers felt the coverage was bigger than the storm.”I looked outside and I was waiting for rain like everybody else was and this huge storm, but it never came,” said Milo native, Travis Cowing.It was somewhat of a disappointment for Cowing, a viewer who decided to use the calm after the storm to create a rumbling of his own.”Every news station had the one guy that was out in the field and was getting blown over and soaked with rain, so I just thought it would be kind of funny.”To some, I guess.Cowing posted this parody of the storm’s media coverage on Youtube.He made fun of some of Irene’s less severe impact, but did acknowledge she was no joking matter for other parts of the state and region.”I realize a lot of places in the country got hit bad by this storm, but I was more or less poking fun at the local media coverage.”Well, laugh all you’d like, because when it comes to predicting something as unpredictable as Mother Nature, we’re ok being the butt of a joke, if it’s for the sake of your safety.
Tropical Storm Irene caused many trees to come down on power lines causing tens of thousands of outages around the state.But it also made an impact on a fall favorite.The owners of Maine-ly Apples in Dixmont closed early Sunday because of the high winds and rain.But it wasn’t until Monday morning when John and Elaine Olsen went to inspect the orchard they found the damage.They have more than 16-hundred trees on ten acres of land, and they found five trees completely destroyed by the storm and another 40 damaged in some way.Now, according to Elaine, the work begins on trying to keep those trees alive.
Maine may not have taken a direct hit from Tropical Storm Irene, but it did pack a whallop.At it’s peak, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without power throughout the state.Crews are working as fast as they can to restore power.”Certainly from an internal perspective, it is all hands on deck,” said Dan McCarthy the Manager of Field Operations for Bangor Hydro Electric.