Scarborough Downs visitors weigh in on possible move

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Come November, voters in Biddeford will decide whether or not to allow Scarborough Downs to move their track into their city along with a new entertainment complex and slot machines.



 A number of people turned out for the Maine Breeders Stakes 3-year old trotting and pacing finals, but if Scarborough Downs is allowed to move and expand on an 85-acre plot near the highway in Biddeford, some feel it would attract a lot more visitors.

Mayor, Joanne Twomey says Biddeford can't afford not to accept the racino proposal.  She says without that extra revenue, the city would surely face layoffs.

Even if Biddeford voters approve this plan in November, the use of slot machines would still need approval by the Legislature or by a statewide referendum.


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Group moves to create an aboretum at Ft. Williams

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Headlight is being invaded. Invasive plants have completely taken over many areas of the park, including the Cliff Walk between the beach and the Headlight.  They are choking out the other plants, blocking views of the ocean, and closing in on the open spaces.

But a new group wants to take the park back and create an arboretum there featuring low maintenance, native trees and shrubs and groundcovers.

Maine high school football player tackles opponents and cancer

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland junior linebacker Brendan Horton has battled injuries and cancer to be able to join his teammates on the football field.

"The end of last football season, I had a bump on my elbow and we thought it was just a cyst, or growth from football just getting hit, no one actually had no idea what it was," explained Horton. 

He went to see his family's physician and had an ultrasound done on the growth which revealed that it was a cancerous tumor.  Doctors performed two operations to remove it and Brendan underwent weeks of treatment.

"Everyone was sad, worried, scared," said Horton.  "Until it was removed and I had treatment to finalize everything being gone, everyone was beside themselves."

Brendan's perspective on life changed seeing other kids, many younger than him, fighting for survival in the hospital.

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DOC offers foliage events

Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The fall foliage season is beginning in Maine and the state is offering a number of events to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the season.

Old woodsmen say the color "moves ten miles a day" and the state is following this pattern with events that move north to south over the three week period.

This Buereau of Public Lands and the Maine Forest Service are coordinating the events which include eight paddles and one hike.

"It's a great time of year to encourage people to get out and experience the beauty of the changing seasons in Maine," said Gary Best in a statement.  He is the assistant regional manager with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

If you would like more information about the events including meeting places and degree of difficulty, click on the link to the right.

Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Contest celebrates 25 years of Habitat for Humanity

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is ringing in its 25th anniversary with a contest.

The organization is dedicated to building affordable housing for people who may otherwise have a hard time achieving home ownership.

Since the founding of the local chapter, Habitat has built 52 homes in the Portland area.  A 53rd house is near completion and six more are slated for construction in Freeport and Westbrook.

News Center's Lee Nelson recently spoke with Habitat's Stefanie Millette about plans to celebrate those accomplishments.

Millette said Habitat is holding a 25th Anniversary Creativity Contest.  Children between the ages of 5 and 18 are asked to express what home means to them through either writing or art. 

All participants will receive a certificate of achievement.  The winners will get the chance to publicly display their submissions at Habitat events.