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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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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.

Police seek suspect in vicious attack

FRYEBURG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police have released a sketch of a man they are looking for in connection with a brutal attack on a business owner.

Late Tuesday morning, the suspect brought a pregnant dog to Creature Comforts, a pet grooming business on Lovewell Pond Road, and asked the owner to help him help the dog.

When the business owner went to call a veterinarian for advice, the man became anxious and stated he was not going to go back to jail.  He then started beating the woman, first with a statue and then with cutting shears the woman tried to use to defend herself.

The woman told the man she had called the cops in an effort to protect herself, and her two year old child who was playing in a near-by room.  The man stole cash from her purse and a donation collection jar and fled.

Fire crews from 5 towns battle house fire in Brownfield

BROWNFILED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just after noon, fire fighters were called to 138 Moore Road when a neighbor noticed smoke pouring from the house.  By the time crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. 

PHOTOS: House fire in Brownfield

Fire crews from five towns were called in to help put the fire out, but the home was completely destroyed.   No one was home at the time, but several cats are feared to have perished in the fire.

One fire fighter was taken by ambulance to the hospital after showing signs of exhaution, and is expected to recover after being treated.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal's office was called in to help determine what sparked the blaze.

 

Technology keeping fragmented fire departments connected

CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ninety-five percent of fire departments in Maine rely on volunteers to help fill their ranks, but keeping in contact with members is difficult, especially when many people no longer work in the town where they live.

Volunteer fire fighter, Andrew Pollack, says few businesses mind when an employee leaves to help battle a fire, but "few bosses are going to be comfortable with somebody leaving work 3, 4, 5 times a week that turns out to be nothing."

"How do I quickly give them a way to know if it is something he needs to leave for?" he wondered.

Pollack, who's full-time job is developing software, invented Second Signal as a way to provide valuable information in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Environmentalists worry decision made in Canada could impact Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday afternoon, the Canadian National Energy Board ruled in favor of a project that will allow tar sands oil to flow east from Alberta Provence to Montreal, Quebec.

Environmental groups in Maine believe the decision paves the way for energy companies to seek to have tar sands oil flow from Canada to Casco Bay via the Portland Montreal Pipeline.

"Up until this point, the line that comes from Alberta down towards the New England border has not been able to carry tar sands," explained Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  "So it is literally now at our doorstep."

While environmentalists believe the operators of the Portland Montreal Pipeline will now push to reverse its flow and pump tar sands oil onto ships docked in South Portland, and on to refineries around the world, a company spokesman says that is not the case.

"Shoot to kill" proposal at Windham prison gone

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A provision that would have allowed guards to use deadly force against prisoners attempting to escape from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham has been stripped from a bill.

The bill was approved Monday by the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee after the shoot-to-kill provision was eliminated. The bill makes mostly housekeeping changes to the state prisons department.

The deadly-force provision was requested by the Department of Corrections and would have given Maine Correctional Center guards the same guidelines as those working at the high-security Maine State Prison in Warren.

Corrections officials argued that it was necessary because of the growing number of dangerous criminals held at the Windham facility.

Some lawmakers expressed concern at the possibility of shooting at inmates convicted of low-level crimes.