September 2, 2013

Prediction: Heavy traffic and reading material

The Associated Press

YORK — The Labor Day forecast calls for a lot of traffic and some wit and wisdom from the Farmers' Almanac on the Maine Turnpike.

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In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 photo, Farmers' Almanac managing editor Sandy Duncan, left, and editor Peter Geiger, pose in Lewiston, Maine. The 197-year-old almanac is predicting a colder-than-normal winter for most of the United States, with a winter storm hitting around the time of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014, in New Jersey.

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The Maine Turnpike Authority has teamed up with editors of the almanac to produce a special promotional edition that'll be handed out to motorists exiting the state on Monday.

Spokesman Dan Morin says Miles the Moose, a man dressed in a moose costume, and turnpike staff plan to hand out thousands of copies at the York Toll Plaza.

The almanac made headlines last week with its prediction of a cold winter and a stormy Super Bowl.

The turnpike has a prediction itself: Lots of motorists on the toll road. Last year, more than 985,000 toll transactions occurred on the Maine Turnpike over the Labor Day weekend.

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