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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press

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MAINE:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say they knew concessions would be necessary heading into labor negotiations. However, they say the telecommunications company isn't playing fair. More than 1,700 workers are on standby for a possible strike after FairPoint announced an impasse last week.

UNITY, Maine (AP) - The ConnectME Authority is awarding a grant to help a small telecom expand its broadband network. UniTel plans to match the $360,000 grant from ConnectME as part of its strategic plan to expand availability of its fiber network by bringing Fiber To The Home to its customers.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - As summer draws to a close, state conservation officials say they're expecting a vibrant fall foliage season. Officials will start releasing their weekly fall foliage report on September 10th. They will continue through October 25th.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT EAST TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) - A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin are expected to complete the end-to-end hike of the trail today, becoming just the 16th family with young children to do so. The Kallins began their journey in Georgia at the end of March.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to attend this year's New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast. The event is scheduled for today in Manchester. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter also are scheduled to attend the breakfast.

ALTON, N.H. (AP) - Walt Havenstein (HA'-vehn-styne) says teamwork is key to success in government. Havenstein says if he wins September's Republican primary and is elected governor in November, the word "we" will be heard a lot. Havenstein faces entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway in the September 9th primary.

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - The Marine Patrol is urging caution after responding to boat crashes over the weekend. Officials say one person was hurt when two boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton on Saturday night. They believe alcohol was a factor in a second crash that injured two passengers a few hours later.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two town buildings have been added to the state Register of Historic Places. The Old Town Hall in Columbia was built in 1899 and originally served as a community space for town meetings, offices and a library. The Orange Town House in Orange was built in 1895 and served as the local school until 1949 and the town library from the early 1950s to 1992.

VERMONT:

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - An activist group is claiming responsibility for a protest at the Hinesburg home of the president of Vermont Gas Systems. The group Green Mountain EarthFirst claimed they "temporarily seized" the property of Vermont Gas President Don Gilbert on Friday night. Plans by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas line from Burlington south to Middlebury and eventually to Rutland has sparked impassioned protests by some.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board has approved dates for the fall migratory bird hunting season. The statewide open hunting season for Canada geese will take place September 2nd to 25th. A second season will take place from October 10th to November 28th.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the state's successful bear hunters to submit a tooth to biologists so they can collect information about the bear population. Vermont's early bear hunting season starts today. Teeth are used to determine the age of the bear.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A group working to open a museum and history center in St. Johnsbury has bought a home. The Caledonian Record reports the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center purchased a Victorian house for $185,000. The museum will display local artifacts.

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