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.

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.

Casino supporters and opposition square off in debate

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With less than three weeks till election day, those in favor and against a proposed resort casino in Oxford presented their cases to business leaders in Southern Maine.

"One thing that no one is going to dispute is that there will be job creation as part of this proposal," said Rob Lally, speaking in favor of Question One on november's ballot.    "You look at the economy.  You look at unemployment.  We compete for that disposable income.  As a tourism industry, which is so critical to Maine, we have to compete for those dollars and a four season resort will definitely bring people to Maine."

Debate examines Oxford County casino referendum

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The sides for and against a proposed casino in Oxford County will debate the statewide referendum question this week.

The Portland Regional Chamber is sponsoring the debate Wednesday morning in South Portland. The debate will be moderated by Chris Hall of the chamber.

In support of the casino will be Rob Lally of Black Bear Entertainment and Mount Abram Ski Resort, and Michael Chammings, town manager of Oxford.

In opposition will be Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO! and Dan Cashman representing Citizens Against the Oxford Casino.







One non-profit helps another at the Morrison Center

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Morrison Center in Scarborough helps developmentally disabled children and adults reach their full potential by teaching them how to take care of themselves. And on Thursday, it got a big donation that is changing the landscape of the place where they learn and grow.

A dozen different landscaping companies, all members of MELNA,  The Maine Landscaping and Nursery Association, came together to put in a new garden and landscaping at the Center's relatively new home in Scarborough.

Teaching the clients to grow their own food, and cook it up themselves, is that this project is all about.