Cold War veterans speak about not being recognized

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While many veterans do feel appreciated for their service and sacrifice, there is one particular group that feels a bit overlooked.

Because the Cold War was never declared an official war, some Cold War veterans, like Chuck McClead, feel like they aren't recognized for the time they served compared to those who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. McClead believes that veterans who served during the Cold War should be treated the same as any other veterans.


"Once the threat more of less ended, it was instantly forgotten," McClead said. "It was like something had never happened.  It was because you didn't have a lot of veterans who were physically damaged running around."

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center plan to strike

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- More than 800 unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center are prepared to walk the picket line on November 22.

Leaders of the local chapter of the Maine State Nurses Association officially notified hospital administrators of their member's intent to strike that day. This comes after the union recently rejected their most recent contract offer from Eastern Maine Medical last Friday. In all, unionized nurses at the hospital have been working without a contract since the end of September.

Union leaders say they're still having difficulties in reaching an agreement on a new contract with leaders at E.M.M.C. Both sides say the points of contention still include healthcare benefits and staffing levels for nurses at the hospital.

Nurses, EMMC remain in standstill

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The negotiation process has been going on for months between the nurses and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Nurses at EMMC have been working since the end of September without a contract.

On Friday, the hospital proposed what they're calling their "best, last and final offer."

The nurses say that isn't good enough.

There are several issues that are the hot topics between the two parties--wages, benefits and regulated staffing levels.

The hospital says their staffing levels are well above the national average.

The nurses say the staffing levels aren't enough and that nurses are being mandated to work overtime.

But both sides do agree they'd like to have a contract in place as soon as possible.

Tractor-trailer tips over in soft shoulder of Bangor road

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- All the soggy weather made the sides of the road pretty soft.

A tractor-trailer truck trying to pull over on the Mecaw Road in Bangor sunk in to the mud and tipped over. The G and J Transport truck out of California was hauling frozen hamburger from Dennis Paper Company.

Inmates from the Penobscot County Jail and workers from Dysarts helped unload the beef and put it into another refrigerated truck.

No one was hurt in the accident.

Morning fire damages home in Holden

HOLDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Responders say a family's home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage after fire a broke out on their property early Sunday morning.

Officials with the Holden Fire Department say the fire started in a barn that was attached to the home at 473 Mann Hill Road. More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene around 4:30 a.m.

When crews got there, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Officials say all five people who were in the house at the time were able to get out safely. While they also were able to save two horses and a pony, many of the chickens in the barn were killed.  

The Red Cross has been called in to help the family.  

Athletic club raises funds to benefit those with cancer

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- High school basketball season in Maine may still be a few weeks away but a good cause drove many student athletes to take to the court on Sunday.

Each fall kids in the Maine Athletic Club play games of basketball on the weekend to help polish their skills for the high school season. Every year they use their last weekend basketball games to raise money for charity.   

This year 29 teams helped raise funds for the Cancer Support Center of Maine by making donations to play in the club's final fall week. Contributions were also collected from those who came out to watch the games at sites in Bangor, Newport and Winslow.

All proceeds went to benefit the support center, which works to provide emotional counseling and other services to cancer patients in the state.





Troops greeted in Maine by US dignitaries

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Soldiers returning and departing from Bangor International Airport often get welcomed by the Maine Troop Greeters group. This time, the country's Homeland Security secretary and a group of U.S. senators joined the well wishers.

A spokesman for Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the group was on its way to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a security conference when their flight was diverted to Bangor on Friday night.

Collins, who lives in Bangor, joined the group that included  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Mark Udall, D-Colo.

The group greeted two flights of troops returning from overseas.