Turkey-athon has nonprofit staff dressed like turkeys

Nonprofits in Washington County are conducting a Turkey-athon to collect turkeys for low-income folks' holiday dinners. Our own Susan Farley is going to dress up like a turkey tomorrow and stand in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias to collect donations. Other WHCA staff members will be dressed as a pea, a potato and a farmer. It is rumored that County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald will be a pea as part of the effort. There is a challenge to local police departments to donate 10 turkeys each if Susan pulls off this stunt.

The turkey and her friends will be in front of the Blue Bird Restaurant in Machias from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22.

Volunteers Wanted in Maine for Oct. 23, Make a Difference Day

McDonald's Breakfast Makes a Difference program will provide volunteers with breakfast and coffee from McDonald's, snacks from Newman's Own® Organics, and t-shirts.

Maine McDonald's® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine are putting out a call for volunteers for the 20th annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23. In support of this national day of volunteerism, McDonald's in Maine is looking for individuals and groups willing to donate their time at several non-profit organizations across Maine. Locations, volunteer activities and the sign-up form are posted on the RMHC Maine website at http://rmhcmaine.org/volunteer.

Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket.


James Owens, Master (President) of the Maine State Grange announces that the 137th Annual Session of the Maine State Grange will be held October 20-23 at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan.
 Approximately 145 Granges from across the state will send two delegates to debate resolutions and policies on many subjects ranging from replacing the State of Maine Board of Corrections to making all trash bags biodegradable.  They will also work on several resolutions dealing with a wide variety of internal issues.  Resolutions passed at the convention will become policy of the Maine State Grange and some will be lobbied for at the Maine State Legislature.  Those pertaining to national policies will be sent on to the National Grange Session to be held in November in Charlotte, North Carolina where delegates from across the country will consider them.
 Many awards will be presented to Granges and individuals including membership, publicity, and community

WLBZ 2 on channel 4 in Skowhegan area going digital

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The channel 4 signal that carries WLBZ 2 in the Skowhegan/Somerset County area is changing from an analog to digital.

On Tuesday, October 26, viewers watching WLBZ 2 over-the-air on channel 4 with a VHF antenna will no longer be able to receive the analog signal, but will instead be able to receive the signal on channel 4 through their digital converter box or digital television. 

"The low power transmitters are the last to make the transition from analog to digital," says WLBZ 2 President and General Manager Judy Horan.  "We are able to convert our existing transmitter to digital so that viewers can now receive both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) programming on our main channel.  Plus, they can now get our 2.2 Weather Plus channel that offers news and weather 24 hours a day."

Some Madison parents upset about offensive language at bus stop

MADISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Due to the school districts change to a consolidated bus route this year, parents say their elementary school aged children are now waiting at the bus stop with kids in middle school and high school, which is exposing their kids to obscene language and behavior.

Jessica Libby walks her two children to the bus stop in the morning and waits for the bus with them.  She says the older kids say and do things she doesn't want her kids exposed to.  

"They're ten and seven and they don't need to hear the language that the older kids are using," she said.  "They talk about sex...they use swear words that my kids shouldn't even know."

Libby, and another parent, Christy Asselin who also has two kids who wait for the bus at this stop are circulating a petition asking the school board to go back to the old bus routes.