Still no contract agreement between Union nurses and Eastern Maine Medical Center.The nurses say staffing continues to be a sticking point.They say they want the hospital to fully staff certain departments, including the emergency room and labor and delivery.Hospital officials have told us they’ve already made an effort to meet those demands.Nurses will hold an informal picket next Tuesday with off duty nurses and their representatives.Negotiations are set to resume Wednesday.
Officials are hoping the public will help them catch a man who’s accused of raping a 61-year-old woman in Stockton Springs.Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeffery Trafton says it happened just before 4 o’clock on Monday afternoon.The victim says a stranger rang her doorbell, claiming he used to live there and left something under the back porch.
When spring arrives in Frankfort, it means it’s time for the Frankfort Village Fire Department’s annual plant sale.”It’s more or less a tradition,” explained Searsport resident Roy Reed.It helps that it comes just in time for a special holiday where flowers might be the perfect gift.”Well, it’s Mother’s Day and every year I get flowers for the garden and the hanging baskets are a very, very good value,” said Reed.But this annual tradition is different this year.
Friends and family will come together Monday to celebrate the life of former state senator Dick Ruhlin.Ruhlin died on Wednesday at a Bangor hospital after a brief illness.Ruhlin was active in local politics, he served as mayor for the city of Brewer, was elected to the state house of representatives in 1984and elected to state senate in 1993.He was also known as being an avid outdoorsman, being a part of three local salmon clubs.His funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 11am at the All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor.
Councilors in Millinocket have rejected settling a dispute with Governor LePage over more than two-hundred thousand dollars in state funds.Town manager Gene Conlogue says the governor is witholding 216-thousand dollars owed to the town because of a disagreement about the operating cost for the Dolby Landfill.Thursday night, the council voted not to accept 504-thousand dollars in sudden and severe impact funds, which would have been used to help Millinocket offset severe property tax losses.Conlogue tells us the council will now meet with the town attorney and school board before deciding on whether or not it will take the state to court.
Firefighters from surrounding areas have spent the past two weeks in Hampden learning the necessary skills to become a fire officer.The fire officer program is designed for firefighters interested in the administrative side of the profession.The class includes students with 5 to 34 years in the fire service from Bangor, Brewer, Eddington, Ellsworth, Hampden, Hermon, Holden, Oakland, Old Town and Orrington fire departments.Some of the candidates are already officers and others are hoping for future promotions.Lt.
A Lewiston police officer finds himself on the other side of the law after he was arrested twice in five days.The department says Officer Timothy Darnell was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic violence assault and criminal threatening for an incident in Portland.
The parking lot at the 14th Street School in Bangor looked more like a car dealership Thursday afternoon.A couple of mini-vans were on loan at the school.It was all part of a fundraiser.For every person that test drove the mini-van, Chrysler donated $10 dollars to the school.Parent Kerry Bushway explains “Last year we did 61 drivers, which gave us $610.
Contract talks continue between Bath Iron Works and about 3,200 workers.Job security and pension benefits are the key issues for the union representing mechanics, welders, fitters, painters and electricians.The union is asking for up to a five year contract.The negotiations take place as BIW competes against another company to build new destroyers for the U.S.
People against Central Maine Power company’s “smart meters” have made their case before Maine’s supreme court.They claim the devices pose a health risk and invade privacy.They also say customers shouldn’t have to pay to opt out of the program.CMP says smart meters are safe, save power and money, and let utilities quickly pinpoint problems.Customers can opt out by paying $12 extra each month.The Maine Public Utilities Commission dismissed the complaint over health and privacy issues.In court Tuesday several justices questioned why the PUC did that.