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Volunteers embrace spirit of giving

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the spirit of giving volunteers with Meals on Wheels hit the streets making sure Maine's seniors were safe and had a warm meal.

In South Portland 18 meals were warmed and distributed Saturday.  Meals on Wheels officials say the program is not only about healthy food for people who are homebound but also about providing human contact.

For meal recipients the volunteer driver is often the only person they'll see all day.

To learn more about Meals on Wheels click here.

 

 

USCG Helicopter/Boat Training - Casco Bay

USCG Helicopter/Boat Training - Casco Bay
USCG helicopter training with Station South Portland that was originally scheduled for December 21st has been tentatively re-scheduled for Monday December 27th at 2:15 p.m., again weather dependent. Tuesday the 28th may serve as an alternate day. An HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City will conduct rescue hoist training with a 47' motor life boat from Station South Portland, as depicted in the attached photo. This is a routine training opportunity for our crews to hone skills as we move into the winter search and rescue season. Media interested in capturing imagery of the training should plan to be at the Portland Fire Boat moorings (adjacent to Casco Bay Lines) by 2:15 p.m. on the 27th. Fire Boat will serve as the platform from which to view USCG training evolution. A CG rep will confirm whether or not it is a go by approximately 10:00 a.m. Monday.

23rd Annual Special Olympics Lobster Dip

There is still time to make some super cool plans for New Years Day. If you are looking for a really "cool" way to start off 2011, something that will send a chill up your spine, then we have just the thing. On January 1st at Noon sharp you can be part of Maine 's original dip in to the ocean. The 23rd annual LOBSTER DIP for Special Olympics will take place at Old Orchard Beach in front of the Brunswick Hotel/Oceanside Grille. Call now for a registration packet at 879-0489 so that you can get a jumpstart on pledges. You can also reach us at SOMEemail@aol.com

The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs Sunday, December 19, 2010 - Scarborough, ME – The curtain came down on the 2010 meeting at Scarborough Downs this weekend as an enthusiastic crowd witnessed the closing moments of a remarkable year. It was a mix of tears and cheers as 2010 year-end awards were doled out and stellar performances remembered and celebrated. The outcome of Scarborough Downs driving and training titles were never in doubt as driver Shawn Gray walked away with his first Scarborough Driver’s Championship, with 181 wins. In addition to earning top honors at Scarborough, Gray’s performance garnered him an overall UDRS rating of .415, ranking him tops in the United States; second overall in North America. On the conditioner’s side of the ledger, Randy Bickmore claimed his third consecutive training title, boasting an unprecedented 108 wins.

Recycling Records Broken Every Month

ecomaine has broken its own recycling record every month for the past 12 months. From December 2009 through November 2010, its recycling facility has averaged 5,404,660 pounds per month and the organization expects that average to continue increasing well into 2011. Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Bobinsky, who is Portland’s Director of Public Services, said, “Our educational outreach about the importance of recycling – both environmentally and fiscally – has been a major factor in convincing more people to make recycling a part of their daily routine.”

The fiscal impact, according to Bobinsky, from increased recycling for municipalities, universities, and businesses is significant because the cost of trash disposal is far greater than the cost of recycling.

Farmers Insurance gives South Portland - Biddeford area high marks

The Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area of Maine is the fifth most secure place to live in the United States among large metropolitan areas, according to the Seventh Annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® study. The rankings, compiled by database experts at BestPlaces.net , took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, air quality, life expectancy and job loss numbers in 114 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.

"Farmers congratulates all of the communities recognized in the 2010 annual Farmers Most Secure Places to Live survey. In today's challenging economy, citizens look to their local governments to keep their communities secure and economically strong," noted Robert Woudstra, Farmers CEO.

Family of missing Scarborough woman holds out hope

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of a missing woman in Scarborough is hoping that their loved one is not among the four women found dead on Long Island this week.

22-year old Megan Waterman was last seen 6 months ago in the area where the bodies were found. But police say they aren't making any assumptions.

Police who were investigating the case of a missing prostitute from New Jersey discovered a set of skeletal remains and three other decomposed bodies in Oak Beach, New York this week. Waterman took frequent trips to Long Island with her boyfriend and advertized as an escort on Craigs List there. Police say she was last seen with her boyfriend at 1:30 in the morning on June 6 at a Holiday Inn a few miles away from where the bodies were found.