It appears the Fairpoint strike is coming to an end. The company just announced it has reached an agreement with employees who have been on strike since October after the two sides reached an impasse during contract talks. The company says it has reached an agreement and the workers will return to their jobs next week of the employees sign off on the agreement. The following is a press release sent by Fairpoint.
FAIRPOINT, IBEW, AND CWA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS
February 19, 2015 - FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP); System Council T-9 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (AFL-CIO) Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327; and the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local 1400 are pleased to announce that today they have reached tentative agreements on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements.
The Company and the Unions agree that the terms of their new collective bargaining agreements will address, in meaningful and constructive ways, the objectives of the parties and that the new labor agreements will provide employees with wages and benefits that are among the best in northern New England. At the same time, the agreements permit the Company to achieve a much more competitive position in the marketplace.
Union members will vote on ratification of the tentative agreements as soon as possible. Effective with the signing of the tentative agreements, the parties agreed that striking employees will return to work on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Further comments will be withheld until the ratification vote is complete.
Bangor, ME - In a winter of record low temperatures, members of Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy have been working up a sweat, digging holes with Louis Sachar's stage adaptation of his award-winning novel. Weaving past and present, Holes is the humorous, heartwarming story of the cursed Yelnats family, Kissin' Kate Barlow, and the hard-luck kids at Camp Green Lake. Under the direction of Amy Roeder, Penobscot Theatre Company's director of education, the family-friendly show is sure to please audiences of all ages-except perhaps no-good, dirty-rotten, pig-stealing great-great grandfathers. Performances will be at 7:00 pm on March 6, 7 and 8 at the William S. Cohen School, 304 Garland Street in Bangor.
"This story has resonated with young readers and adults alike because it's clever, not cloying," said Roeder. "Sachar takes a familiar arc-a young person learning about responsibility and friendship under extreme circumstances-and infuses it with detail, avoiding the predictability of a simplistic morality play. Holes has allowed our young actors to explore real acting challenges in bringing these complex characters to life."
The cast includes the following young people, aged 5-13:
Tiny Thespians: Lily Barrington, Colin Buck, Maia Johnson
Youth Troupe: Andrew Barret, Tala Bayless, Sophia Bilodeau, Thea Bowden, Ian Buck, Elisabeth Budd, Emma Campbell, Kaitlyn Carrerira, Ian Eskisen, Madison Evans, Rebekah Friedman, Isabella Gappa, Molly Hagerty, Meghan Harriman, Anna Kemble, Conor Laferriere, Nathan Manaker, Gillian McCarthy, Sophia Mullins, Joseph Rutledge, Lana Sabbagh, Lilie Sites, Natalie Tzovarras, and Laurel Whidden.
Rounding out the creative team are Ben Layman, assistant director; Elliott Wilcox, scenic and lighting designer; Brandie Rita, sound designer; and Catherine Darragh, costume designer and stage manager.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.penobscottheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 942-3333. Adult tickets are $12 and children are $8 each.
THE FORKS, Maine - Russell Walters, president of Northern Outdoors, has been named strategic director for the Adventure Travel Trade Association's two-day intensive educational and networking conference, AdventureELEVATE. This year's conference will be held in Snowmass, Colorado, on June 7-8 with the theme "Adventure Means Business."
"Walters brings a savvy collaborative business style and will work closely with the ATTA to provide innovative content for business owners during the educational sessions," states Casey Hanisko, vice president of marketing and communications at ATTA.
Born in Windsor, England, Walters has been involved in the adventure travel industry since the early 1980s. A registered Maine Guide, he has experience on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. Walters became president of Northern Outdoors in 2000. He participates on a number of regional and state organization's boards and has served past terms on the governor-appointed Maine Tourism Commission. He is a current board member of Kingfield-based Maine Huts & Trails. Walters served as one of the original ATTA Advisory Board members when the organization was re-launched in 2005. He is also active as an ATTA AdventureEDU educator, having participated in programs in the Philippines, the Western Balkans, New York and Colorado, in addition to his latest assignment as the ATTA's AdventureELEVATE strategic director.
Northern Outdoors was the pioneer of the state's rafting industry after they ran their very first rafting trip on the Kennebec River and the first commercial rafting trip in the state of Maine in 1976. Every year, almost 20,000 guests choose Northern Outdoors for their adventure vacation.
UPDATE: I-95 Southbound is now reopened, crews have cleared for traffic
The roadway was closed earlier today after a tractor trailer jackknifed and cause several other vehicles to spin out of control. There were at least 8 vehicles that slid off the highway and into the snowbanks. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no serious damage because the snow cushioned the impact. Traffic was backed up for miles because emergency crews were forced to close that stretch of interstate to remove all the vehicles.
AUGUSTA, Maine (February 18, 2015) - With severe winter weather continuing across Maine, Summit Natural Gas is reminding customers to keep natural gas meters and appliance vents clear of snow and ice to ensure safe, continuous service.
Although natural gas equipment is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, damage can be caused by snow and ice accumulation, and proper ventilation is required to keep equipment running smoothly. Vents for natural gas appliances prevent the accumulation of carbon monoxide within buildings, and ensure combustion equipment operates properly. Customers should check the vents on their home or business and remove any snow or ice from the area. Additionally, Summit Natural Gas encourages all customers to check and test their carbon monoxide detectors to ensure the equipment is working properly.
The natural gas meters should also be kept clear of ice and snow to avoid damage to the equipment and the meter should remain visible and accessible for maintenance personnel. Snow and ice should be removed from natural gas equipment as gently as possible, using a broom rather than a shovel or kicking the meter and pipes. Damage to the meter can also occur from overhead hazards, and customers are encouraged to remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to prevent dripping water from splashing and freezing on the meter or vent pipe.
Customers who have questions about proper snow removal and ventilation can contact Summit Natural Gas of Maine at 1-855-910-4433.
Southwest Harbor, Maine, February 18, 2015 - The Southwest Harbor Public Library will kick-off the March Women’s History Month by celebrating over 50 local artists during an evening Artists Reception on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Journey”, and during the month-long show we will be displaying the work of Kathie Pratt, Carley Henderson, Dona Parker, Judy Taylor, Kathleen Frank, A. Jones, and many more. Refreshments will be served as we savor the creativity of our local talent. Please call the Library, 244-7065, and visit our website www.swharbor.lib.me.us to find out about the reception and the other Women’s History Project Events during March.
City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development Invites Writers to Attend a Free Workshop
Bangor, Maine – The City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development will host a free workshop for writers about publishing and self-publishing on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Launchpad’s Central Gallery at 89 Central Street in downtown Bangor.
What are you hoping to get published? What is your most pressing question about publishing? In light of questions, the panelists—Mark Berlin, Joshua Bodwell, Ulrike Guthrie, and Jane Karker—will share what three things they most want would-be authors to know about publishing their work.
Marc Berlin opened BookMarc's Bookstore in downtown Bangor in 1989; it has since tripled in size and stocks both new and used books. BookMarc's Publishing has published four books: a reprint of Ardeana Hamlin's Pink Chimneys and The Story of Bangor, Gig Weeks' Maine is a Puzzle, and Trudy Scee's Dictionary of Maine Word and Phrases. (www.bookmarcs.com)
Joshua Bodwell is the executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine. His fiction has appeared in magazines and quarterlies such as Ambit (London), Threepenny Review, and Slice, and recently earned him the 2015 Marianne Russo Award for emerging authors from the Key West Literary Seminar. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ulrike (Uli) Guthrie has been an editor for 28 years, mainly of academic books. She has edited over 1000 book manuscripts and around 125 dissertations and enjoys demystifying the publishing process for new authors. Ulrike is also a published author, translator (German to English), proofreader, indexer, and Commissioner on the Commission for Cultural Development. (http://www.ulrikeguthrie.com/)
Jane Karker is founder and president of Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative in Rockland, ME and the newly founded Boston Writers Publishing & Cooperative in Waltham, MA. She has 20 years of experience in the printing and publishing industry. She enjoys “myth-busting” and frank discussions about the advantages and challenges of independent publishing. Jane founded MAP&C in 2008 to offer a totally different approach– cooperative-style publishing, with a vision of making self-publishing affordable and effective for authors. (www.maineauthorspublishing.com)
This workshop is third in a series that will address the professional development needs of artists in our community. Other workshops will include:
Businesses Partnering with the Arts Community (Wednesday, May 6, 2015)
Grant Writing and the Application Process (Wednesday, September 2, 2015)
Marketing, Representation, and Networking (Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015)
In an effort to help us estimate the number of attendees, please register by phone (207) 992-4234 or email email@example.com. For more information, please visit the City of Bangor website section for the Commission on Cultural Development.
The Commission on Cultural Development enriches and advances Bangor as a vibrant city of arts and culture. Its mission is to support art and culture through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city. The Commission values all of Bangor’s artistic and cultural community, and warmly welcomes artists to attend.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.
Bucksport Frost fest will be postponing its activities by a day due to the impending storm. We want our families safe that come and enjoy the events. The Thursday show will be on Friday and Friday's PUTT PUTT IN THE SNOW will be held on Saturday. All events start at 1:00pm.
For further information contact the Bucksport Chamber of Commerce.