South Portland fire chief honored

South Portland Fire Chief Kevin Guimond is Maine's Chief of the Year for 2010. The award was presented at the Maine Fire Chief's Association's Annual Meeting on October 27, 2010 at the Sable Oaks Marriott Hotel in South Portland.

The event was attended by Fire Chiefs from around the state, city officials, as well as Guimond's family, and members of the South Portland Fire Department.

Guimond joined the South Portland Fire Department in 1987 and was promoted to chief in July 2003.







Jade Integrated Health hires a New Practitioner

Jade Integrated Health on Munjoy Hill in Portland, has recently added a new practitioner to their operations and welcomed new health care provider to their building.

Hardy-Bickmore-Gee Rule the Roost at Scarborough Downs

Hardy-Bickmore-Gee Rule the Roost at Scarborough Downs
By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010) - James Hardy, leading driver at Plainridge Racecourse, came to Scarborough Downs on Saturday and walked away with five wins from the day's 11-race program. All Hardy's wins came while driving horses for trainer Randy Bickmore, who trumped Hardy’s five-win performance by sending six winners to the post.  From those six winners, five belonged to prominent Maine owner, Kevin Gee of Falmouth.

"It was just a great day today, just a great day," said Gee. "A great day for Randy and a great day for Jimmy. I called Jimmy this week and asked him to come down, he said 'sure,' and we’re all glad he did."

The Bickmore bundle included Formula One A (Steve Nason), along with Showtime Sam, Rusty's Rascal, JC Lou Benjamin, I'm A Lucky Man, and Hot Don Ho Bluegrass, all of which were driven by Hardy.

Coming up this week

Tuesday, October 26, 8:30pm
Sylvain's Cajun Aces
Bayside Bowl
58 Alder Street, Portland, ME

Thursday, October 28, 7pm
Boréal Tordu
live on 207
WCSH-TV Portland, WLBZ-TV Bangor

Gigafone Records

VNA Home Health and Hospice named to HomeCare Elite Top 500

South Portland, Maine – October 20, 2010 – VNA Home Health and Hospice has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country, according to the 2010 HomeCare Elite. Now in its fifth year, HomeCare Elite identified the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States, and further highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

'The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate VNA Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results.

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.


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.