• Local 340 Food Drives 2009-2011
    Updated On: Nov 09, 2015

    “Mainers helping Mainers” - 2011

    64TH ANNUAL MAINE POTATO BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE JULY 16TH THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF TEAMSTERS LOCAL 340

    We did it again, Teamsters Local 340, through its Women’s Committee, headed up a State wide food drive to benefit the Catholic Charities Maine “Feed the County” program in Caribou, which supplies food to 24 food pantries in Aroostook County and maintains their own food bank.

    The Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor trailer began traveling through the State of Maine on Friday, July 15th. This year the truck had 14 designated locations along Interstate 95 to load non-perishable food donations and monetary contributions collected by the members of Teamsters Local 340.

    Each stop was well planned to enable convenience for donations to get on the truck and keep it moving. The road crew included driver, Paul Flynn, Teamsters Local 340 business agents Dan Walsh and Sylvia Hebert. Riding with Sylvia was Elmet Technologies’, Mary Hall.

    The truck headed north starting at Exit 2, Kittery Town Hall at 7:00 am. Thank you to Meredith Clark, Ed Laing, Bruce Kerns, Fred Dixon, and Chuck Denault from Kittery for giving a helping hand at our first stop. We also thank the Town of Kittery for the resting stop for the Joint Council 10 tractor trailer the night before.

    Next stop was Exit 32 where just up the road we made a stop at the bakery, for the third year they invited us to pull up to the dock and a BIG Thank You for their generosity. We want to thank the bakery team for their helping hand in loading the donation.

    On to Teamsters Local 340, a short distance from Exit 45 South Portland. There we are met by member/trustee Betty Hilton and her family. We picked up donations from ABF, UPS Wells, UPS Portland, University of Maine-Portland/Gorham, and Teamsters Local 340 employees.

    We got an invitation from B&M Baked Beans in Portland to stop by to receive a donation. They were very generous with a pallet of Beans and a pallet of Deviled Ham. Thank you B&M. It was a little tricky getting into the plant with the Tukey’s Bridge construction and even more so getting back to I-95 with both the Falmouth and Yarmouth on ramps being closed. With Paul’s experience and Dan leading the way they managed to get by all the construction and back onto the interstate.

    On to Auburn where we made a stop at The Kellogg Company where manager Scott Lowe and member Tracy Dussault did a great job loading their generous donation. Again, Scott rolled up his sleeves and worked with the member to load the truck while we watched. We are informed that The Kellogg Company is now only sponsoring 2 local food drives per year and the “Feed the County” has been selected as one of them.

    Off to Exit 75, Auburn where we are met by retired UPS member Sonny Mercier. We want to thank Sonny for delivering the food bags to UPS-Auburn and picking them up to meet the truck. We also want to give a BIG thank you to Good Shepherd of Maine for their generosity. As the food drive was being rallied all over the state with the Teamsters it was discovered that Good Shepherd had found a place inside the Auburn UPS building to set up a donation table. When Good Shepherd had realized it fell in the same week as our annual food drive they graciously donated all the food that had been brought to the table.

    We missed the generosity of Associated Grocers and our membership with its closure just this past May. Next to exit 112A, here we have a break, relax a bit and get back on schedule.

    On to Exit 132 in Fairfield, there we are met by shop steward Rob Mercier from the City of Waterville. Rob took the time to collect the Waterville UPS, Waterville public works and police department donations.

    Off to Exit 180, Dysart’s Truck Stop in Herman. We all meet up here to regroup, rest and have a bite to eat. We had to pick up the food donations from the Bangor UPS building, there was so much food it filled the break room. We want to thank Shawn Ireland for stopping by the Local during his earlier trip to Portland to pick up food bags and their generous monetary donation collected with the help of Tim Kenney.

    Thank you to Garelick Farms for their generosity of milk products that they delivered directly to the food pantry in Caribou.

    Now we are on our way to the long and lonely road to Exit 244, Medway. This year we need to stop by IBC in Medway where we thank shop steward David Hasey and his crew for their generous donation.

    Then off to Exit 302 in Houlton and yes, you can get there from here. Thank you again Roger Brewer from UPS Houlton and thank you Dave Little and members with Aroostook County Corrections. Next year with a new speed limit we will meet up sooner.

    We’re now headed to the home of business agent Traci Place in Easton to park and spend the evening until the parade on Saturday. As always Traci graciously has supper ready. The road crew heads into town for the night and we all are to meet at Traci’s the next morning for our big parade day.

    The next morning we loaded the drop offs and pick- ups from the Teamsters Local 340 Presque Isle office. Thank you members with Baileyville Public Works, and City of Calais, shop steward Mark Little and members with Calais UPS, Ben Nadeau, Mark Pelletier and members with Fort Kent School, Collen Putnam and members with Lane Construction in Presque Isle, James Moore and members with Millinocket Public Works and Aaron Brooker and members at the police department, All our members at Presque Isle’s own sergeants, fire, public works, and city hall, Mike Morneault and members with Presque Isle UPS, Cuppy Johndro and members at TAMC, Van Buren police, and a special thank you to new member Peter Carboneau and our newly organized unit with Van Buren Ambulance.

    The truck heads for town where it meets up with several more members from the County. Cuppy Johndro from TAMC created a new CD of songs this year. We are in the line-up for the 64th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Parade on July 16th which ends a weeklong festival that has been around since 1937, the same year the Teamsters of Maine were founded. Parade Day has turned out to be a great day; a break from all the rain that has been going on in the county.

    While waiting to form the lineup for the parade we got a visit from Congressman Michael Michaud where we took the opportunity to express our concerns over union membership and jobs in Maine.

    Along the parade route we collected more food from the community as well as several hundreds more dollars in the donations buckets. The banner is carried by Business Agent Traci Place and Dixie Shaw, Catholic Charities Maine Director. Assisting in donation collections were Traci’s husband Tom and son, Chris; Cuppy Johndro from TAMC and her daughter Ashley; Mary Hall from Elmet Technologies; Collen and Karen Putnam from Lane Construction; along with Business Agents Dan Walsh, Alan Churchill, and Sylvia Hebert from Local 340. We offered flags, water, and frisbees to the crowd as the truck made its way through the parade route. It was quite impressive to see the flags being waved as we drove past the crowd and handed them out.

    This year Teamsters collected 30,000 lbs in food, matching the 2010 collection and had $1600 in monetary donations. With the generous help of members, families, and friends the donations were delivered and unloaded to the Catholic Charities “Feed the County” program in Caribou following the parade. Thank you to the staff of Catholic Charities for your help at the warehouse receiving end for all the help in the unloading. A special “Thank You” for all that you do.

    We would like to send Thank You out to the bakery, The Kellogg Company, Garelick Farms, and B&M Baled Beans for the generosity shown to this food drive. It certainly is quite rewarding to know that we all can and do work together when the call for need is there. Thank you to all the members and their communities who donated in a monetary fashion. A hugh Thank You to Paul “Porky” Flynn for his professional driving skills and forever being available for any cause that Teamsters may need him for.

    Once again we thank Traci and her family for hosting a cookout after the parade for the team, sponsored by the Teamsters Local Union Woman’s Committee.

    We have not said Thank You enough. With today’s economy many families will benefit from the work of many of us who realize that a helping hand can reach a long way. We are very proud of how the membership responded to the call for need.

    On behalf of the membership of Teamsters Local Union 340…Thank You! Take an opportunity to view photos and other stories.

    Fraternally,

    Local 340 Officers and Staff

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    Bangor Daily News:

    Teamsters help gather 30,000 pounds of food for County families

     


    Teamsters Local 340-State of Maine

    Food Drive Benefitting Catholic Charities, Aroostock County, ME

    Teamsters Local 340, through its Women’s Committee, once again headed up a state wide food drive to benefit the Catholic Charities of Maine in Caribou. Through the Feed the County program, Catholic Charities supplies food to 24 food pantries in Aroostook County and maintains their own food bank.

    The Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor trailer began traveling the length of the State of Maine, on Friday, July 15th. The truck stopped at 14 designated locations to load and fill the truck with non-perishable food donations collected by the members of Teamsters Local 340 and its employers. The truck headed north to participate in the Maine Potato Blossom Parade on July 16th that ends a weeklong festival that has been around since 1937, the same year the Teamsters of Maine were founded.

    The Teamsters collected 30,000 lbs of food and $1600.00 in monetary donations. This was the third year for the food drive. Food donations stayed the same but the monetary donations exceeded the 2010 collection. With the help of members, families, and friends the donations were delivered and unloaded to Catholic Charities/Feed the County in Caribou following the parade.

    Fraternally,

    Kenneth L. Eaton, President


    “Mainers helping Mainers” - 2010

    63rd Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade July 17th

    Thank You to all the Members of Teamsters Local 340

    Once again Teamsters Local 340, through its Women’s Committee, headed up a State wide food drive to benefit the Catholic Charities Maine “Feed the County” program in Caribou, which supplies food to 24 food pantries in Aroostook County and maintains their own food bank.

    The Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor trailer began traveling through the State of Maine on Friday, July 16th. This year the truck had 14 designated locations along Interstate 95 to load non-perishable food donations collected by the members of Teamsters Local 340.

    Each stop was well planned to enable convenience for donations to get on the truck and keep it moving. The road crew, driver Paul Flynn, Teamsters Local 340 office staffer Sheena-Jo Randall, business agent Sylvia Hebert, Elmet Technologies Gerry Jean and Mary Hall, business agent Dan Walsh and University of Maine’s Betty Hilton with family Gene and their son, Adam LaPointe.

    The truck headed north starting at Exit 2, Kittery Town Hall at 7:00 am. Thank you to Meredith Clark, Dave Leary, and Chuck Denault from Kittery for giving a helping hand at our first stop. We also thank the Town of Kittery for the resting stop for the Joint Council 10 tractor trailer the night before. Thank you to Jim Dube from the Town of York for their donations.
    On our way just up the road we made a stop to Hostess Brands, for the second year they invited us to pull up to the dock and a BIG Thank You for their generosity. We want to thank the bakery team for their helping hand in loading the donation.

    Our next stop was Exit 32, Biddeford. Thank you to Mike Jones from the City of Biddeford; Jodie Prime from the Town of Wells and Darrell Lilly with UPS Cartage Services.

    On to Teamsters Local 340, a short distance from Exit 45 South Portland. There we are met by member Betty Hilton and her family to join us on the road crew. We had donations dropped off from our own Teamster Local Union Retirees Association, IBC-P Street, New Penn, ABF, UPS Wells, UPS Waterville, UPS Auburn, University of Maine-Portland/Gorham, Portland Water District and Teamsters Local 340 employees.

    On our way to Auburn we made a stop at Keebler where manager Scott Lowe and member Rick Cleaves did a great job loading their generous donation. We all appreciated Scott actually being in the truck stacking the load while we watched.

    Off to Exit 75, Auburn where we are met by Elmet Technology members Mary and Roy Hall. Thank you UPS local sorter Le-Ann Kropa and the many UPS Auburn employees who loaded up her pick-up truck. Mary Hall leaves Roy behind and continues on the trip with us.

    The truck makes a stop at Associated Grocers in Gardiner, thank you Tim Boynton for arranging for Dick Beauparlant, Inventory Control Supervisor and member Richard Campbell to meet and greet us with yet another generous donation. Thank you to the City of Gardiner Public Works employees.

    Next to exit 112A, here we have a break and get met by members of the general public who encourage us to keep unionizing.

    The show must go on, so off we go to Exit 133 in Fairfield…so we thought. Off the exit the truck gets a call from our road crew that we should be at exit 132. The truck finds a safe place to turn around and heads back to the Interstate, in approach to enter 133 southbound we suddenly feel like something has blown up forcing the driver and rider up and out of the seats…thank you for seat belt laws. Realizing that we have been rear-ended by a dump truck loaded up with asphalt the food drive comes to a halt…but not for long. Our road crew is called, arriving with them is business agent Ken Eaton and UPS member Cameron Noyes. Thank you to our members from the Fairfield police and fire for their prompt response and actions to get us back to our challenge of maintaining the food drive schedule. The truck has received an awful blow to it tail end but it will be able to continue after a careful inspection of the damage. Thank you to Rob Mercier from the City of Waterville and his wife Stacy. A decision is made to have a road crew check Exit 157 Newport for donations so that the truck can head north to make up for time lost in our accident.

    Off to Exit 180, Dysart’s Truck Stop in Herman. We all meet up here to regroup. A few take time to meet and have some lunch with David Hasey from IBC-Medway. The truck is met by Vianney Soucy from UPS Bangor who had his truck loaded with donations from UPS Bangor and Rockland. Thank you to Larry Roberts from UPS feeders in Rockland for taking the time to deliver the donations to the UPS Bangor center. We are now at about the half way mark managing to regain control of the schedule after our accidental interruption.

    Now we are on our way to the long and lonely road to Exit 244, Medway. Met by John Rush, from the Town of Millinocket, with his wife Lynn; thank you. Then off to Exit 302 in Houlton and yes, you can get there from here. Thank you again Roger Brewer from UPS.

    It’s now about 6:30 pm and we are going to head to the home of business agent Traci Place in Easton to park and spend the evening until the parade on Saturday. The road crew heads into town for the night and we all are to meet at Traci’s the next morning for our big parade day. Traci graciously has supper ready.

    After a good night’s sleep we load up the next morning with drop offs and pick- ups from the Teamsters Local 340 Presque Isle office. Thank you to Aroostook County Corrections, Baileyville public works, Calais School, Calais UPS, Caribou police and fire, Fort Kent School, Fort Kent public works and sewer, Lane Construction in Presque Isle, Millinocket police and public works, Presque Isles own police, fire, public works, and city hall, Presque Isle UPS, and TAMC.

    Saturday has turned out to be a beautiful day, unlike the storm last year. The road crew meets us as planned; we get the truck ready for the parade, and set up for the cookout. A hugh extra special thank you to Traci’s husband Tom for managing all the set up and preparations for a cookout that will follow the parade sponsored by the Teamsters Local Union Woman’s Committee. A special thank you to the Amish neighbors for supplying us with the rope to secure down the canopy so it is not carried off by the great breeze flowing through the county.

    The truck heads for town where it meets up with several more members from the County. Traci has created a CD with some great work/labor songs from all types of music old and new for us to play during the parade. We are number 63 in the line-up for the 63rd Annual Maine Potato Blossom Parade on July 17th which ends a weeklong festival that has been around since 1937, the same year the Teamsters of Maine were founded.

    Member Shawn Newell with the Fort Fairfield police department arrives to the line up with an SUV full of food and more cash. He personally challenged the Fort Fairfield fire department, who are not members, to the fund raising. They did a wonderful thing; their challenge put us over last year’s donations. The Fort Fairfield fire department got a personal visit from the Teamsters while they were in the lineup thanking them for their generosity.

    At the line up station we are met by business agent Alan Churchill and our president, James Carson. Along the parade route we collected more food from the community as well as several hundreds more dollars in the donations buckets that had been made for the walkers. Paul and Sheena are awed at the turn out for this parade as they travel the route in the truck. The banner is carried by member Gerry Jean, Vicki Keaton with Aroostook County Federal Savings and Loan and Dixie Shaw, Catholic Charities Maine Director. Walking to collect food were business agent Traci Place with her son, Chris; UPS member Kim Archer and wife Debbie; Mike Morneault also from UPS and his two children Micah and Michaela; members Mary Hall, Betty Hilton with her family Gene and Adam LaPointe; business agents Alan Churchill, Sylvia Hebert, and Dan Walsh; along with president James Carson. We are also met by UPS retiree Sonny Mercier who joins in on the walk while he is in the County vacationing with his wife. It was a great day; the weather could not have been more perfect…for those in air conditioning.

    We would like to send a special Thank You out to Hostess Brands, Keebler Foods, Associated Grocers, Star City Sanitation, North East Packaging, MPG Ace Hardware, and Country Farms Market for the generosity shown to this food drive. It certainly is quite rewarding to know that we all can and do work together when the call for need is there. Thank you to all the members and their communities who donated in a monetary fashion.

    This year Teamsters collected 30,000 lbs in food and $1294 in monetary donations, exceeding last year’s donations. With the generous help of members, families, and friends the donations were delivered and unloaded to the Catholic Charities “Feed the County” program in Caribou following the parade. Thank you to the staff of Catholic Charities for your help at the warehouse receiving end for all the help in the unload process.

    We have not said Thank You enough. Statistics show that last year Catholic Charities Maine served 40,262 and with today’s economy many families will benefit from the work of many of us who realize that a helping hand can reach a long way. I am very proud of how the membership responded to the call for need.

    On behalf of the membership of Teamsters Local Union 340…Thank You.



    Fraternally,

    James E. Carson

    Kenneth Eaton

    President & Business Agent Recording Secretary & Business Agent

    Sylvia Hebert

    Peggy Timmons

    Business Agent Office Staff & Secretary

    Dennis Sisti

    Alan R. Churchill

    Vice-President Trustee & Business Agent

    Traci Place

    Stacy Nunley

    Business Agent Office Staff & Bookkeeper

    Carl Guignard

    Tim Boynton & Steve Malia

    Secretary-Treasurer Trustees

    Daniel Walsh

    Sheena-Jo Randall

    Business Agent Office Staff & TITAN Operator 


    “Mainers helping Mainers”  2009

    Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade July 19th

    Thank You to all the Members of Teamsters Local 340

    Teamsters Local 340, through its Women’s Committee, headed up a state wide food drive to benefit the Catholic Charities Maine “Feed the County” program in Caribou which supplies food to 24 food pantries in Aroostook County and maintains their own food bank.

    The Teamsters Joint Council 10 tractor trailer began traveling the State of Maine on Friday, July 17th. The truck stopped at 13 designated locations along Interstate 95 to load non-perishable food donations collected by the members of Teamsters Local 340.

    Each stop was well planned to enable convenience for donations to get on the truck and keep it moving. The road crew, driver Paul Flynn, retiree Terry Hanlon, UPS Freight Lorne Smith, business agent Sylvia Hebert, Elmet Technologies Geri Jean, business agent Dan Walsh, UPS preloader Jen Batchelor, Trustee and Business Agent Alan Churchill and Native American political consultant Ben Collings.

    The truck headed north starting at Exit 2, Kittery Town Hall at 7:00 am. Thank you to Meredith Clark, John Brosnihan, Brett Howard and Ed Laing for giving a helping hand at our first stop. We also thank the Town of Kittery for the resting stop for the Joint Council 10 tractor trailer the night before.

    Our next stop was Exit 32, Biddeford. Thank you to Ed Dalton Jr. and Sr., Ray Nadeau, all from the City of Biddeford; Sue Seaman from York County Jail and Dick Lambert with the City of Saco. Just up the road we made a stop to Interstate Brands, thank you Ed Noyes, Nelson Lavoie, Paul Burgess and Steve Hilton for all your help.

    On to Teamsters Local 340, a short distance from Exit 45 South Portland. We had donations dropped off from New Penn, ABF, UPS Wells, University of Maine-Portland/Gorham, Portland Water District, UPS Freight, Keebler Foods, Interstate Brands, Town of Wells, City of Saco, Town of Ogunquit, Local 340 employees and the Teamsters Local 340 Women’s Committee. Thank you to Hannaford Brothers for your generous donation. Then to Exit 75, Auburn. Thank you UPS retiree Sonny Mercier, UPS local sorter Le-Ann Kropa and Tim Coleman from Pionite for your help.

    The truck makes a stop at Associated Grocers in Gardiner, thank you Tim Boynton, Richard Crocker, Willie Ellsworth and Jeff Bellfleur. Thank you to the City of Gardiner Public Works employees. Next to exit 112B, met by Karen Tangeman from Greater Augusta Utlities. It is here where we find out that the Potato Blossom Parade is being postponed to Sunday for inclement weather headed our way.

    The show must go on so off we go to Exit 132 Fairfield, thank you to Rob Mercier from the City of Waterville and his wife Stacy, Tim Lawler, Lee Amalfitano, and Cameron Noyes all with UPS. Marlene Angers with the Town of Fairfield and Lynn Woodard from Kennebec Sanitary. Off to Exit 157 Newport, finally a rest.

    Next to Exit 180, Dysarts Truck Stop in Herman. There we met up with Shannon Smith from the University of Maine-Orono, Shawn Ireland, Vianney Soucy, Tim Kenney, Jim Dunn, and Beth Anderson all from UPS and Bob Goodwin from Garelick Farms. We are now at about the half way mark.

    Now we are on our way to the long and lonely road to Exit 244, Medway. Thank you John Rush from the Town of Millinocket and David Hasey from Interstate Brands. Then off to Exit 302 in Houlton and yes, you can get there from here. Thank you Roger and Karla Brewer from UPS and Peter Duff from the Aroostook County Jail.

    It’s now about 6:30 pm and we are going to head to the home of business agent Traci Place in Easton to park until the parade on Sunday. Along the way the tractor trailer meets up with an Amish Buggy on the road, one member states it’s like two worlds colliding.

    On such short notice of the postponement of the parade we thank business agent Traci Place for putting her home up for some tired Teamsters. She managed to pull together a tent in the rain and a great cook out. She tells me at one point she went to unload her car from pickups she made from the University of Maine in Presque Isle and Fort Kent, City of Presque Isle, Towns of Baileyville and Calais, Lane Construction, TAMC and UPS. She turns to see others unloading their vehicles into the truck. She was quite emotionally overwhelmed by the whole thing.

    Saturday turned out to be a rainy day but everyone managed to have a good time and get some rest. On Sunday we ended the run by participating in the Maine Potato Blossom Parade on July 19th which ends a weeklong festival that has been around since 1937, the same year the Teamsters of Maine were founded.

    Along the parade route we collected more food from the community, Paul had Traci’s son Chris for some company in the cab, in the back of the truck were retirees Mickey Maynard and Terry Hanlon with Houston Putnam. Walking to collect food were Collen & Karen Putnam, Robert Lavoie, Amy Hartley and her son Damien, all from Lane Construction, Business Agent Traci Place, Catholic Charities Maine Dixie Shaw, JoAnna Leavitt from WAGMTV, Gloria Towle with UPS, Mike Morneault also from UPS and his three children Micah, Michaela, and Marshall. From TAMC, Cuppy Johndro with her daughter Ashley. Business Agent Alan Churchill with son Alexander and friend Ben Collings. It was a great day; the weather could not have been more perfect after it “rained in our cheerios” the day before.

    I would like to send a special Thank You out to Interstate Brands, Keebler Foods, Associated Grocers, and Garelick Farms for the generosity shown to this food drive. It certainly is quite rewarding to know that we all can and do work together when the call for need is there. Thank you to all the members and their communities who donated in a monetary fashion.

    The Teamsters collected 25,000 lbs in food and $850 in monetary donations. With the generous help of members, families, and friends the donations were delivered and unloaded to the Catholic Charities “Feed the County” program in Caribou following the parade. A special mention to Chris Johndro, Chris Hansen, Ben Stroud and Aaron Rogers who worked hard helping us get the truck unloaded. Thank you to the staff of Catholic Charities for your help at the warehouse receiving end.

    I have not said Thank You enough. Many families will benefit from the work of many of us who realize that a helping hand can reach a long way. I am very proud of how the membership responded to the call for need.

    On behalf of the membership of Teamsters Local Union 340…Thank You.

    Fraternally,

    James E. Carson

    Dennis Sisti

    President & Business Agent Vice-President

    Carl Guignard

    Kenneth Eaton

    Secretary-Treasurer Recording Secretary & Business Agent

    Alan R. Churchill

    Steve Malia

    Trustee & Business Agent Trustee

    Tim Boynton

    Sylvia Hebert

    Trustee Business Agent

    Traci Place

    Daniel Walsh

    Business Agent Business Agent

    Stacy Nunley

    Peggy Timmons

    Office Staff & Bookeeper Office Staff & Secretary

    Sheena-Jo Randall

    Office Staff & TITAN Operato


    News Articles:

    From Seacoastonline.com
    Teamsters' food drive collects 25,000 pounds

    From Bangordailynews.com
    ‘25,000 pounds of food’ donated

    From Portsmouth Herald
    Local union helps feed hungry Mainers

    From Bangordailynews.com
    Statewide effort to stock County food pantries

     



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