Christmas Concerts begin this weekend

Hope you will join us in kicking off the holiday season at one of our upcoming concerts. We will be performing Christmas favorites, and look forward to seeing you.
Here are the dates and times:
Friday December 3, The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth at 7:00 pm call 667-9500 for tickets
Saturday December 4, Chocolate Church in Bath at 7:30 pm call 442-8455
Saturday December 11, Unity Performing Arts Centre in Unity 7:30 call 948-SHOW
Sunday December 12, All Soul's Church in Bangor 2:00 pm Tickets available at the door (donation)

Court order puts Live Lobster Company's plans on hold

PROSPECT HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Massachusetts company's plan to buy the former Stinson Cannery in Prospect Harbor has hit another snag. 

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Massachusetts upheld a court order that prevents Live Lobster Company from using any of it's existing assets as collateral to purchase the former Stinson Cannery.

The assets of the company are a central issue in a lawsuit filed against Live Lobster by a former general manager and minority shareholder in the company.    

The Prospect Harbor cannery has been vacant since last April when Bumblebee Foods shuttered the plant, putting 128 people out of work. 

People in Prospect Harbor say it is certainly troubling news that the sale to Live Lobster is fraught with so many problems. 

Police looking for help finding a missing man

FRANKLIN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--  Maine State Police are looking for help locating a missing man out of Franklin.  32 year old Michael Cusick was reported missing by a family member on Thanksgiving morning.  Cusick is 5'5" with brown hair and weighs about 170 pounds.  Police say they are not sure what he was wearing but they do say he may be in possession of a yellow jacket and an orange backpack.  If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to contact State Police at 1-800-432-7381.

Calias Ferry Point Bridge Event

The Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol is once again hosting the wreath exchange with Cadets Canada. This is a great international event at the border. US Gold Star Mothers and their counterparts the Canadian Silver Cross Families will be at the bridge participating with us. These families have lost a son in war and are coming to help us celebrate the service of our current military and veterans.

Hand-made wreaths go to Arlington

HARRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Morrill Worcester of Harrington started a national movement when he created the Arlington Wreath Project in 1992.

That year he distributed five thousand Christmas wreaths at Arlington national cemetery.  When people saw what he was doing they wanted to join in.

They began placing wreaths at national and state cemeteries and the project became known as Wreaths Across America.  Worcester says his gratitude for the nation's servicemen and women motivate him to give back.

The final wreaths will be loaded for the 770 mile trip to Arlington December 11th for National Wreaths Across America day.

Jonesport fishermen add to area holiday festivities by building lobster trap tree

BEALS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Fishermen in the towns of Jonesport and Beals are putting together a holiday tree that's fitting to their line of work.

Lobstermen from both towns are working on building a massive tree made entirely of lobster traps. The area's fourth of July committee, which is made up of people from both Beals and Jonesport, came up with the idea to bring a 'nautical' feel to holiday festivities.

They say once its complete they then plan to decorate the trap tree with lights.  

"I hope it turns out good and it looks good when we get it all done," said area fisherman Roy Fagonde.

"When the choirs over here singing...we light this...light the bridge and have the little boat parade...guess we'll find out then how it paid off," remarked Jonesport lobsterman Erick Blackwood, who also helped build the tree.

State wants noisy wind turbines stifled

VINALHAVEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is asking the company that operates three wind turbines on Vinalhaven Island to modify its operations because the turbines are too loud.

The state said the turbines run by Fox Islands Wind have exceeded nighttime noise limits.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the state found that the wind farm was producing noise levels of 47 decibels when it wasn't supposed to exceed 45 decibels.

The letter said the sound is likely to exceed the level when there is "significant vertical and directional wind shear."

Fox Islands Wind CEO George Baker told the Bangor Daily News a consultant hired by the company doesn't agree with the state's conclusions.