Animals migrating later because of warmer weather


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Despite the cold, snowy weather in parts of Maine Sunday, it's been a relatively mild winter so far. Wildlife experts are noticing some animals have changed their habits because of it.

The Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park held a nature walk over the weekend. A small group of people learned about how plants and animals survive Maine's harsh winters.

Park Manager Andy Hutchinson said he's noticied some animals he doesn't normally see this time of year, such as great blue herons and seals.

"It's been really easy for most plants and animals, but there is some harsh weather coming, some cold weather, some snow, and they're ready for it," he said.

Hutchinson said as it gets colder and snowier, the animals that have usually migrated by now will gradually head south.


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Freeport flag ladies to be joined by supporters


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Several groups plan to join the Freeport Flag Ladies this Tuesday, as they stand on the street corner waving flags. The Flag Ladies have done the same thing every Tuesday for 14 years.

Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and Patriot Riders of Maine said they'll be there.

"They are just the sweetest three ladies you'll ever talk to," said Paul Witten, an army veteran and commander of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 17-1.

The trio recently got a temporary protection order against a man who lost his dad in the 9-11 attacks. They claim he's been harrassing them.

Pedestrian hit crossing the street during Freeport Flag Ladies event


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A pedestrian was hit while crossing the street during the Freeport Flag Lady event Tuesday morning.

According to the Press Herald, the victim, Rhoda O'Leary, who appeared to be elderly but whose age was not immediately available, was crossing School Street at the intersection with Main Street when she was hit by an SUV that was turning onto School Street. The newspaper reports O'Leary was knocked back and hit her head on the pavement. She was taken away by an ambulance. Maine Medical staff say the woman is in serious condition.

According to our reporter on scene, it was another woman in a large black SUV that struck the older woman. She was visibly shaken by what had happened.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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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.

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.