Shrimp season closure will hit many coastal businesses

PORT CLYDE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Last week's decision to cancel the winter's shrimp fishing season will be felt all along the Maine coast. Several hundred fishermen work the boats that catch the shrimp.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says last year's limited season included 153 trawlers and 44 so-called "trappers" -- lobster boats that catch shrimp in special traps instead of trawler nets.

However, many people besides fishermen will feel the loss of the seasons on shore.

Green Outdoors: Secretary of State Kerry's dog trained in Maine

MORRILL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated an important deal involving Iran's nuclear program last week. A day later, he was in the Maine town of Morrill to pick up his seven month old yellow lab named Ben, who was being trained.

Kerry had chosen champion breeder and trainer Frances Plessner of Morrill. She worked with Ben for two months and said the dog "exceeded my expectations."

"A good dog owner that will follow through and meet that dog's needs," said Plessner who has been breeding and training dogs for twenty years.

Plessner said that Kerry got the dog from his cousin who recommended her as a trainer. The cousin brought the dog up to Maine for two months of training.

She described Ben as descended from Irish field stock and boxier than many traditional yellow labs. However, Ben shares the same temperament as most members of the breed.

Shop Local starts early in the midcoast

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There may have been crowds at the malls and big box stores, but local downtowns had some crowds of their own...and are hoping for more.

There's a nationwide push again this year for "Shop Local Saturday." At businesses like Planet Toys in Rockland, they say shopping local is what they're all about. And while the downtown stores weren't open at midnight, there were still shoppers getting an early start on gift-buying. Main Street business owners and managers say a healthy Christmas shopping season crucial for them to have the income to keep the doors open until summer, when the tourists come back.