Maine hospital says nurses plan to strike later this month

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Representatives for a Maine hospital say a nursing union has informed the facility that its members plan to strike.

The Maine State Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United contract with Eastern Maine Medical Center expires Thursday. A hospital spokesman says bargaining teams representing the union and the hospital are resuming negotiations that have stalled in recent meetings. The spokesman says the union opened bargaining Thursday by giving notice that members plan to strike on July 13 and 14.

The hospital has said staffing ratios and compensation are the biggest issues remaining on the table. The two sides extended the contract in mid-June when it was about to expire.

A representative for the union didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press on Thursday morning.

Vets to use Maine-made walking sticks in Fourth of July Parade

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With the Fourth of July Parade just around the corner, interest in the Veterans Walking Stick Program remains strong at Cole Land Transportation Museum.

Veterans of all four war eras will march in groups during the Fourth of July Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 4, on Wilson Street near Brewer Auditorium. The parade will continue across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge and turn right down Main Street in Bangor, then along State Street before turning onto Exchange Street.

Veterans with Maine walking sticks who did not get a 2015 red-white-and-blue sticker for their walking stick on Memorial Day can get one from volunteers the day of the parade from 9:30-11 a.m. Volunteers will be on the lawn next to where veterans will gather for the parade.

EqualityMaine hosts same sex marriage ruling rally in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- EqualityMaine celebrated the the US Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage Friday afternoon in Bangor.

Elise Johansen, EqualityMaine's Executive Director stated, "today's historic Supreme Court ruling means same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and the equal respect for their marriages across our entire country. Because of the incredible work done here in Maine, we have been fortunate to have had this freedom since 2012 and we are thrilled that this ruling will strengthen families nationwide."


Man convicted of stabbing gets 10 year sentence

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Orono man convicted of stabbing and seriously injuring his mother's boyfriend nearly two years ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Dorian Guerin pleaded 'no contest' to one count of elevated aggravated assault earlier this month. The charge of attempted murder dropped. Guerin stabbed Mark Patrick Dow multiple times in the face, head and upper body back in December of 2013.

"I think it was certainly a fair sentence and certainly less than what the district attorney was looking for and I believe Mr. Guerin will take advantage of the treatment he can get in prison," said defense attorney Martha Harris.

Bangor council approves demolition of city eyesore


(NEWS CENTER) -- A house that's been an eyesore in Bangor for years could be coming down.

Monday night city council voted to demolish the property, but that doesn't mean it will happen just yet.

A fire at 44 Patten St, two summers ago destroyed most of the home and no one's been formally living there ever since. A motion to tear down the house was approved by the council without dissent.

According to Bangor's code enforcement office, the house is dangerous and structurally deficient. The city gave the property owner 120 days to do something about it last year but nothing happened.

According to the city clerk, Charlton Butler, the husband of the property owner, Twila Wolf, was at the meeting Monday. He told councilors he doesn't want the building torn down.

Salvation Army captains leaving Bangor for new role

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Salvation Army is known to many, around the world and in Bangor, for its continued support of local communities.

Captain Tim Clark and his wife, Captain Evelyn Clark, have been a staple here in the Bangor area for the last five years and in just a few days they will be leaving to pursue their next mission.

During their five years in Bangor, Captains Tim and Avalon devoted countless days months and years to helping others through various charity events, a soup kitchen and even a food pantry.

"The Salvation Army works together with other social services agencies, works together with churches, works together with many people in the community to serve those who have need with food, clothing with utilities with so many basic needs" said Captain Clark.

Ready 2 Work aims at getting Mainers employed

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials with the Tri County Workforce Investment Board and the Eastern Maine Development Corporation have teamed up to help get more struggling people into the workforce.

The two organizations announced they have collaborated to bring the new Ready 2 Work program to Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock counties. Ready 2 Work focuses on bringing free job training to those who have been or expect to be unemployed for six months and have exhausted all their efforts in finding a job. Applicants are eligible for resume building, interview training and skill assessment. The program will also connect businesses that have open positions with potential employees.