10th annual Paws for a Cause

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 10th annual Paws for a Cause was held at L.L. Bean on Saturday.

The 5k race and one-mile walk and parade is hosted by the Coastal Humane Society, and is part of the store's Dog Days of August festival.

The event is the society's biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds from the race go directly toward the non-profit.

That money helps cover costs of things like food, veterinary care, and exams for the 25-hundred animals that go through the shelter every year.

The society said Paws for a Cause helps bring awareness to the animal shelter.

The Coastal Humane Society also said it has a surplus of cats right now.

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Freeport Police search for armed bank robbery suspect

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are searching for an armed suspect in connection with a bank robbery Friday afternoon.

The male suspect entered Key Bank in Freeport, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, Brunswick Police said.

Officials said the suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a silver SUV. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Portland earlier in the day and was found abandoned in Yarmouth, where it was processed for evidence by the Portland Police Department.

Freeport Police describe the suspect as slender built, black male, approximately 6-feet tall.

Maine State Police, Yarmouth and Cumberland Police Departments, and the Brunswick Police Department are continuing to assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information can contact the Freeport Police Department.

Flag for Hope comes to Maine

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – A unique humanitarian art project made a stop in Freeport on Sunday.

Flag for Hope is working to gather 5,000 handprints from people nationwide, creating an image of the American flag. Along with their handprints, participants were asked to go on camera explaining what patriotism means to them. The video and flag will be displayed at New York's Freedom Tower when the tour ends on Sept. 11.

Artist Marcus Antonio started the pop-up art project that is hitting home for many people.

"I think any project that gets Americans involved in their community and their flag and the patriotism of a good type is a good thing" said Elaine Green.

Downed trees cause power outage in Freeport

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A tree knocked out power to many homes and businesses along Route 1 in Freeport Tuesday night after a strong storm blew through southern Maine.

"It was a quick shift of the weather. I mean it happened instantly. It became more than just a regular rainstorm. It became something else in the snap of the finger," said the co-owner of the Kendall Tavern Inn, Mark Provost.

The owners of the Kendall Tavern Inn Bed and Breakfast said it was raining heavily when the wind picked up, blowing their outdoor furniture into the lawn. Then the lights started going in and out, and they watched as a nearby transformer sparked and flashed. They said the outage, which affected about 3,900 customers total according to Central Maine Power, happened around 8:30 p.m.

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How to relieve a killer hangover

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For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

For the first time: Cholesterol, yes. Juicy steak, no.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released a new report that has big implications for the health status of Americans. Read some of the recommendations and tell us what you think! PS It's not to eat more red meat.

L.L. Bean announces large expansion

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's not only Bean Boot sales that continue to grow; L.L. Bean is planning to quadruple its number of U.S. stores by 2020 and double it staff.

The Freeport based company currently has 25 stores outside of its flagship store in Maine. The company announced that it plans to add four more stores in 2015 and 15 each year after that. By 2020, it plans to have 100 stores total in the U.S.

"(The employees) have laid the groundwork for us and now our job is to find people just like them in all these different markets to bring the brand and to lift it the same way they do here in Freeport," said L.L. Bean Senior VP of Retail Ken Kacere.