Fitness competition brings out the best in people

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The YMCA of Southern Maine is holding a competition to find out who the fittest man and woman are, but building camaraderie and community may be the most important results of the event.

"I love working out and it is a great group environment," said Amanda Hemmerich, last year's women's champion.  "It is fun and I laugh a lot and it is definitely for the YMCA.  It is a great mission they have here with the children and the community."

Hemmerich says she had no idea what she was getting into when she signed up to compete for the first time two years ago.

"I was so humbled and blown away, they were just impressive to watch," she recalled. 

Once she took part, she was hooked.

Windham man sentenced to three years on child pornography charge

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Paul Liming, 65, of Windham, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to three years of imprisonment and ten years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. Liming pled guilty to the charge on January 4, 2013.

More Mainers turn to emergency funds for heating help

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As more Mainers need help with heating assistance, towns and cities across the state are setting up emergency heating funds for their residents.

Rene Daniel works with general assistance clients in Gorham, Scarborough, and Windham, and says request for heating assistance have skyrocketed this winter.

Daniel estimates he has seen a 250 percent increase in calls this winter.

"They're out of oil. They're in panic mode," said Daniel.

Not every municpality has an emergency fund set up, but in Windham, the program is able to help households with up to 100 gallons of heating oil.

Similar funds exist in towns such as Freeport, Yarmouth, and Harpswell. To find out if your municipality has an emergency fund, contant the General Assistance office.

But sometimes LIHEAP and emergency funds don't cover the needs of the community.

Nonprofit and volunteer organizations have formed to help.

Fifth Quarter Friday: Jan. 3

NEWS CENTER - Even with the most recent snow storm, Fifth Quarter Friday had highlights from eight games across the state.  Here are all the finals and postponements.