A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

Spring has arrived in Maine! Wait a minute, snow is still on the ground. The thermometer is hovering around the freezing mark. I have not seen one green shoot of anything in my yard. I don't care. I'm still going to celebrate spring — by embarking on a delicious Mediterranean adventure. You're invited to join me. Read more ...

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A woman who has experienced the fallout from a tar sands oil spill is speaking out about the issue in Maine.


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman who has experienced the fallout from a tar sands oil spill is speaking out about the issue in Maine.

Genevieve Long of Mayflower, Ark., joined the "Protect South Portland" organization at a press conference Friday.

Long said she lives a quarter of a mile from the Exxon Mobil Pipeline that ruptured in March 2013. She said her family's health has suffered since the spill.

Environmental groups have been working to keep tar sands from flowing through the Portland-Montreal Pipeline that travels from Canada to Casco Bay.

Long told Maine residents to educate themselves about tar sands Friday.

"No one's going to protect the air you breathe like you do," Long said. "No one's going to protect your aquatic life, your children, like you do. It is your home. You have to fight for what is right for you."

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Local churches raise money for laid off workers.


(NEWS CENTER) -- While many mills across Maine have shut down, a few remain the lifeblood of some communities. Now, workers at two of them are facing a lot of uncertainty. More than 200 employees at the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket were laid off while the company restructures its operations. Another 200 were laid off at nearby Lincoln Paper and Tissue after an explosion destroyed a boiler. Paper and pulp making operations there are shut down indefinitely.

More than 3 hours and nearly 200 miles away, parishoners and clergy at St. Bartholomew's Church in Cape Elizabeth decided they needed to so something.

Father Mike Seavey of the Diocese of Portland said, "We thought what a wonderful opportunity to show people in northern Maine, with the local resources that we have, that we do care. We care about them and we want to help."

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Kennebunk teen has wish granted

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ethan Houle had a day he'll never forget.  The 17 year old from Kennebunk didn't travel to a theme park or an exotic locale to have his wish granted, just up the coast that he loves so much.

Houle, who has been battling a debilitating kidney ailment for the past two years, loves to fish out on the ocean.  From now on, thanks to theMake-A-Wish Foundation, he'll be able to do so in his own boat.

"It just kind of gets you away from everything else, just to be out on the water and fish and all that," explained Houle.

The teenager, his mother and a couple close family friends, took a special behind the scenes tour of the Coast Guard facility in South Portland.  After arriving in a limo and enjoying a prime rib lunch, his favorite, Guardsmen whisked him and his guests around to show him how they conduct operations from land and sea.

Insurance coverage for a colonoscopy: Be sure to read the fine print

Insurance coverage for a colonoscopy: Be sure to read the fine print

Two weeks ago on the Morning Report, I talked about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer and shared some information about insurance coverage for screening tests. Read more ...