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Windham woman arrested after knife assault

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Windham Police responded to a call on Monday morning about an assault with a knife that ended with the arrest of Rossana Natalini of Standish. 

Officers arrived at 18 Jacques Lane to find two victims with knife wounds. They were identified as Dustin Richardson and Stephanie Majeroni. Neither were seriously injured, but were treated at the scene by Westbrook Rescue. The knife was recovered at the scene, and the identities of the suspect and vehicle information were determined.

A short time later, Maine State Game Warden Peter Herring located the suspect van and two occupants in the parking lot of the Windham Wal-Mart.

Natalini was charged with assault, aggravated criminal trespass, assault with a dangerous weapon, and violation of conditions of release. The male driver of the suspect van was identified but has not been charged at this time.

Wardens Service working with fire departments to improve ice rescue response

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With spring fast approaching, members of the Maine Warden Service teamed up with area fire departments to work on their ice rescue skills Saturday.

First responders from Gorham, Standish and Windham donned their survival suits to practice performing ice rescues in the waters of Sebago Lake Basin. 

While gaining their ice rescue certifications and refreshing their techniques, fire fighters also were trained on how to respond to an emergency along side wardens in their airboats.

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

Huge catch at the Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Sebago Lake Ice Fishing Derby is happening this weekend. The ice fishing weigh stations are open Saturday and Sunday from 7AM to 5PM.

This afternoon, the biggest fish ever caught at the Sebago Lake Derby was announced. The fish - a togue lake trout - was measured at 39 3/8 inches and weighed a total of 22.42 pounds, and was caught by Steve Lothrop of Lewiston.

More information about the derby can be found at http://www.icefishingderby.com/

Grant will help fire department meet increased demand

BUXTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Like many Maine towns, Buxton is struggling with increased calls for emergency services and a reduction in the number of volunteer fire fighters willing and able to answer the call for help.

"We may show up to your house, we may not be able to go in because we don't have the people to go in and fight that fire," explained Buxton Fire Chief Nate Schools.

The volunteer shortage has lead to increased response times and a reliance on surrounding communities to help them cover calls when crews are already busy responding to another incident.

To temporarily help them fill the void, the Department of Homeland Security awarded the town with a $441,460 grant that will help them overcome this critical shortage in staffing for the next two years.

Bus brings brewers & beer lovers together

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The explosion in the number of craft breweries in Maine has been good for the state's economy - not just because more people are working brewing beer, but by also becoming tourist destinations of their own. 

Now entrepreneurs are connecting beer lovers to the breweries they love, or have never heard of, in an effort to promote the state's craft beer industry.

"We're trying everything we can to promote the local scene as much as possible," explained Mark Stevens, who operates one of two dedicated beer tour businesses in the city of Portland with his wife, Nichole.

"Our whole focus is drinking local," he continued.  "When they are focusing as much as they can on local blueberries, or local this, local that, local spices - I love that concept.  It's something I really believe in and it is nice to show others what is going on out there."

Father creates backyard winter wonderland

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --In an otherwise normal neighborhood, the Merciers have created a winter wonderland for kids of all ages. The backyard includes an ice rink and plenty of opportunities for Olympic-like fun.

"Oh it's a blast. It makes me feel like a kid again," said neighbor Danielle Nelson.

The winter wonderland is not an easy project; Don Mercier puts hours of effort into the project. It requires landscaping equipment, 26 thousand gallons of water, and a spirit for winter. The family is not  figure skaters or hockey players, they just believe in outdoor fun.

"We just like to have the kids here. and have fun. and be outside in the winter," said Robin Mercier, Don's wife.

"As long as they're smiling I'm all set," said Don.

What makes this more important to Don and Robin is seeing their three-year old son, Casan, play with the other kids. Casan has cerebral palsy, and Robin says the outdoor activity helps.