Freeport Flag Ladies Show Support for France

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Freeport Flag Ladies were at their usual spot on top of the hill on Main Street Tuesday morning, but aside from waving American flags like they always do, they were also holding some new signs. The signs painted France’s colors blue, white and red and reading “we stand with France.” The new signs come after Friday’s attacks in Paris and the ladies said this is the first time they have ever actually painted the colors of another nation on one of their signs.

“The French stood behind us when we were attacked on 9/11, they are our oldest alley and there are a lot of people in this country who’s ancestors came from France,” said Freeport Flag Lady, Elaine Greene.

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1st 'outsider' to lead retailer LL Bean

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- L.L. Bean has gone outside the company for the first time in its 103-year history for its new CEO.

The outdoors retailer told employees Tuesday that it has tapped the chief merchandising and marketing officer of Chinese online grocer Yihaodian.

"We are very pleased with the selection of Steve Smith as our next President," said Shawn Gorman, L.L.Bean Chairman of the Board. "Hiring a CEO who embodies the values of Bean was a top priority for the family and the Board, and I am confident we have done just that. He has a deep understanding of and appreciation for customer needs, and multi-channel retailing, which is well aligned with our approach here at L.L.Bean."

McCormick was the first person outside the L.L. Bean family to serve as CEO. He had been promoted from within.

LL Bean boot demand outweighs supply

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Maine's most famous retailer is one again having a tough time keeping up the demand for its signature product.

Last year more than 100,000 bean boots were back ordered with the Freeport company when its supply couldn't keep up with demand. That backlog has been cut down but some styles and sizes of the boot are out of stock as we head into another holiday season.

Long popular with outdoors people, something unexplained happened a few years ago. They became a fashion trend among high school and college students. Before long the demand outstripped the company's supply.

"They're hand made in Maine as they have been for 103-years, with great care, one pair at a time. I think they appreciate the rich history and back story of the boot. It's the iconic boot that started the company", said Mac McKeever, LL Bean Spokesperson.

Bad news for those looking to buy L.L. Bean's signature boot

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking to snag a pair of L.L. Bean's famous signature Bean boots for the upcoming winter season, you're out of luck. 

Even in September, L.L. Bean have several thousand pairs of the leather and rubber handmade boots on backorder. And despite Bean hiring 100 additional workers to make the boots, the company says they just can't keep up with the overwhelming demand. 

“We’re making them literally as fast as we can,” Mac McKeever, an L.L. Bean spokesman, said to Bloomberg. “It’s not something we can just stamp out.”

“We realize we could outsource, but that will never happen,” McKeever added. “The boots have been hand-sewn in Maine by our own skilled boot workers, and they always will be.”

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Yarmouth student diagnosed with viral meningitis

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Yarmouth School Department sent a letter home Wednesday saying a middle school student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Andrew Dolloff, Superintendent of Yarmouth schools, said they received confirmation Wednesday morning that a student at Frank H. Harrison Middle School was diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Dolloff stressed that The Center for Disease Control says that the disease is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people usually get better on their own without treatment.

The Center for Disease Control defines meningitis as an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis.

Woman found alongside I-295, Eliot man charged with assault

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Maine State Police say an Eliot man has been charged with domestic violence assault in connection to a woman found alongside 1-295 in Freeport. 

Police believe 59-year-old Wayne Covington assaulted the woman, who is not being identified at this time, in a car along the interstate. The woman was found lying along the southbound ramp to the Desert Road exit in Freeport at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, police say. 

According to police the woman from Kittery had an eye injury and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Portland. Covington was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland. 

L.L. Bean flagship store to close for Leon Gorman memorial

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- L.L. Bean stores in Freeport are going to close September 13 for the memorial service for Leon Gorman, former President and Chairman of L. L. Bean and grandson of the founder.

Gorman is credited with growing the company from a regionally recognized brand to an international leader in retail and online sales.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Beem says the Freeport store was closed voluntarily only twice before, for the deaths of L.L. Bean and President John F. Kennedy. The stores also closed a few other times, once because of blue laws and another time for a fire.