Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

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Health Events in Maine March 22 to March 30

Health Events in Maine March 22 to March 30
SATURDAY MARCH 22
 Sparks Ark Benefit Show

Extreme athletic competition 'Tough Mudder' coming to Maine

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 15,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators are expected to descend upon the city of Westbrook the weekend of August 23 & 24 for the first ever Tough Mudder competition to be held in the Pine Tree State.

"The interesting thing about the Tough Mudder is it is part of a trend towards more adventure style outdoor racing, and so this is not really a race, it is more of an obstacle course, a military style obstacle course, and kind of a test of your endurance and a way to demonstrate some teamwork with other people you like to do athletic things with," explained Westbrook's Assistant City Administrator, Bill Baker.

Baker has experience helping organize events like this elsewhere, and has been working behind the scenes for the better part of a year to lure the event to his community.

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Feeling too grumpy or stressed out to exercise? Think again!

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Governor LePage meets with students to discuss domestic violence prevention

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland High School has been working hard to educate students about domestic violence in a lot of different ways over the past few years.

On Tuesday, students had the opportunity to share some of the work they have done in a round table discussion with Governor LePage.

LePage is a big advocate for domestic violence prevention, and he heard about the programs Coaching Boys Into Men and Coaching Girls Into Women. Those programs teach school athletes about healthy relationships on and off the field.

The Governor told the students that because 80% of the perpetrators of domestic violence are men, it is up to men to take personal responsibility to end it.

Officials bust Maine sex trafficking operation

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Officials have arrested three Gorham residents on sex trafficking charges, said Cumberland County Deputy District Attorney Tuesday.  

MUG SHOTS: Local sex trafficking operation results in arrests

With the help of Preble Street Teen Center, police became aware late last week of a 19-year-old girl that Klein Fernandes, Tamika Dias and Jeremy Seeley exploited and required to engage in commercial sex acts. Dias posted the victim on Backpage.com and Fernandes and Seeley took the victim to multiple locations in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts with strangers. The victim fled from the three defendants when they told her that they might sell her to a Boston "pimp."

207 Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are many different ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, celebrating Irish heritage happens year round.

The alliance is made up of kids ages 4-17 from all over Maine, learning and playing the Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football. In the groups fourth year they now have over 40 kids participating and reach out to around 1,500 students a year in public schools and recreation programs. Head Coach, James Tierney, hopes to see those numbers grow even larger.

"I think just knowing is an opportunity for them to feel like they have a future in playing," said Tierney.

Many players like 14-year-old Andrew LeBlanc, there aren't many other kids his age who are familiar with hurling or Gaelic Football. His goal is to see the two eventually become organized team sports in Maine schools.