Local businesses look to help lobstermen

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)  -- It's been a rocky summer for Maine's lobster business, so people in Rockland are trying to give them a hand. Local businesses are promoting an event all this week called "Lobsterpalooza."

The promotion includes restaurants, retail stores and other businesses in Rockland, Rockport and Camden. All are offering a variety of deals involving lobster. They're even organizing cash mobs to buy lobster at local seafood dealers.

Local inn owner Cheryl Michaelsen, of the Berry Manor Inn and Historic Inns of Rockland, started Lobster Palooza. Michaelsen says the idea is to show support for local fishermen by having people simply buy more lobster. Michaelsen says they have 40 businesses involved already, and are hoping mo4re will come on board.

Maine Farmland Trust to host "MaineFare" Celebration in Belfast


BELFAST. Maine Farmland Trust will host an event celebrating Maine's local food traditions, farms, farmers, restaurants, chefs, and happy eaters in downtown Belfast on Friday, September 7th from 9AM to 9PM. "MaineFare" will showcase the work of Maine's best food producers artisan processors.  This event will also engage participants in educational discussions about local food and farming. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

"MaineFare 2012" is the revival of an event that was held several years in the Camden area.  This will be the first "MaineFare" celebration since 2009.  Maine Farmland Trust seeks to revive the event and re-cast the celebration to focus more on farm-to-table activities and Maine farming, in addition to local food and dining.

"Bert and I" creator recalls 54 years of Maine humor

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Young people may have never heard of it, but fifty years ago "Bert and I" were household names in New England.  

Created by two Yale University students in 1958,  "Bert and I" was unique - quirky, sometimes lengthy stores, sometimes with snappy punch lines, all told in thick Down East accents.  

Marshall Dodge and Bob Bryan were the brains and talent behind "Bert and I", and recorded four record albums, which Bryan says didn't make him rich, but sold enough to help pay for his children's education. 

Dodge died in 1982 in a hit-and-run accident in Hawaii.  But Bryan has carried on their legacy, with the help of Maine humorist Tim Sample.

Penobscots sue state over river jurisdiction

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The Penobscot Indian Nation is suing the state of Maine over who has jurisdiction over the Penobscot River.

The tribe went to federal court Wednesday to seek an injunction to keep intact its authority over the river on which the tribe has fished for hundreds of years.

The tribe points to an advisory opinion in 1988 from then-Attorney General James Tierney that gave tribal members the right to "sustenance fishing" for salmon.

But since then, Penobscot River salmon has been declared as endangered by the federal government. And Attorney General William Schneider issued an advisory opinion this month saying the tribe has authority over its land but not over the river, which he says is subject to state and federal law.

Canadian lobster fishermen union reaches agreement

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) - The union representing lobster fishermen in New Brunswick says it has reached an agreement with the government of the Canadian province and fish processing plants.

Christian Brun of the The Maritime Fishermen's Union said Saturday that a tentative deal was reached Friday night and approved by most of the fishermen early Saturday morning.

Canadian lobstermen held demonstrations last week in Cap-Pele and Shediac, preventing trucks from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors, saying the low price of Maine lobsters is driving down prices in Canada and stealing their livelihood.  The protests continued for a week before nine processing plants were granted an injunction on Thursday.

Luke Bryant manslaughter trial underway

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The manslaughter trial of a man from the town of Knox has begun.

Luke Bryant is accused of shooting his friend, Tyler Seaney, in February 2011. Seaney, who was from Brewer, had joined the military and was about to leave for boot camp.

Jury selection and opening arguments were completed Monday, and testimony began on Tuesday.

Witnesses and the police say the two of them would often try to scare each other by pulling the trigger of the gun.

The 911 call was played in court. Because the closest ambulance was from Unity, dispatchers had Bryant perform CPR on Seaney. It was clear on the recording that Bryant was emotional and crying.

The defense says it was an accident and told the jury the prosecution has to  prove the shooting was a reckless act.

WLBZ 2 Sidewalk Art Festival Draws Crowds to Bangor

BANGOR, Maine - Blue skies and light breezes complemented the work displayed by some 70 artists at the WLBZ 2 Sidewalk Art Festival on Saturday.  The day was even more pleasant for five artists  judges selected for awards based on their bodies of work. 

Melissa Post Van Der Burg of Augusta won the Best in Show blue ribbon.  Judges described Post Van Der Burg's work as capturing small moments of everyday life, "explorations of human emotion" in a variety of settings. They also cited the quality of light captured in her oil paintings.  The award means Post Van Der Burg will receive an $800 cash prize. She also took home the People's Choice Award for the day receiving the most votes from festival-goers and earning her another $700 cash prize.