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.

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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.

How to relieve a killer hangover

How to relieve a killer hangover

I'm guessing that a few people were hung over after celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Do you have a tried and true hangover cure? We've got a few. Check out this slideshow on the Catching Health Blog.

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.

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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.

Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

 Valuable heart attack advice that could save your life

Chest pain.

Could it just be indigestion? A pulled muscle? Stress? Or is it a heart attack? 

For some people, there will be no doubt that they’re having a heart attack because the pain will be sudden and intense. But many times, a heart attack starts slowly with only mild discomfort. 

What should you do if you're not sure?  I share some important advice on my blog Catching Health.

 

 

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

How one family battles its life-threatening destiny

Sixty years ago, at the tender age of 29, Audrey Wade died of “abdominal” cancer.

On a personal note, Audrey was my mother’s best friend growing up and maid of honor when she and my father married. She was also my godmother. My mother still recalls — vividly — when she got the call that Audrey was gone — mere months after her own wedding.