Students research options to protect clams from crabs

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Most of the students at Frank H. Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, a town which hosts an annual clam festival, didn't know that the coast of Maine was under siege by an invasive crab that has been decimating clam populations until they started researching ways to combat the crabs.

Last fall, students in Mr. Cuthbert's 7th grade class were challenged to come up with a problem to solve, and chose to explore the issue. For their efforts, they were honored by Samsung as one of fifteen finalists nationwide in the company's Solve for Tomorrow Science and Technology Competition. But the real prize in their eyes is finding a solution that will help clams, and clammers, survive.

Falmouth man sentenced for cocaine and firearms charges

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Falmouth man was sentenced to 130 months in prison for cocaine and firearms charges.

27-year-old Adam White, of Falmouth, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. White also was sentenced to five years of supervised release. White pleaded guilty in June 2014.

On Feb. 12, 2013, law enforcement officers stopped White's vehicle in Portland after investigation revealed that he planned to conduct a drug transaction. The officers found about 400 grams of cocaine in the trunk of the car and a handgun and loaded magazine near the driver's seat. Officers searched White's home in Falmouth later that day and seized about three kilograms of cocaine, over $13,000 in cash, other items consistent with drug trafficking and a loaded handgun.

Join WCSH 6 for Make a Difference Day 2014

Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 25 and WCSH 6 will be volunteering at LL Bean, supporting Camp Sunshine's Pumpkin Festival.

L.L. Bean stitches up some boots for the 'captain'


(AP) -- New York Yankees retiring captain Derek Jeter is getting a gift from L.L. Bean and the Boston Red Sox.

L.L. Bean has produced a special pair of boots for the "captain" sporting a Yankees logo and colors. They're even lined with pinstripes. An L.L. Bean spokeswoman says the tongue of the boot has the years in which he and the Yankees won the World Series.

Like all Bean boots, they were hand-stitched in Brunswick, Mane.

The boots are expected to be presented by the Red Sox organization to Jeter this weekend when the Yankees close out their season at Fenway Park.

What you need to know about well water testing

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Center for Disease Control is urging Mainers to get their well water tested for a host of naturally occurring compounds that can cause health problems over time if left untreated. Arsenic, uranium, fluoride, radon and bacteria are just some of the substances commonly found in well water in Maine.

"The majority of issues that make the phone ring are for taste, smell and visible characteristics that are not harmful to our customers," said Kevin Kaserman, a division manager for Mr. H2O/Dunbar Water. "You can have arsenic, uranium, radon and bacteria - all things that can absolutely cause harm, but there is no indicator to the homeowner."

The problem is, if it's clear and looks fine, people often assume it is safe.

Local businesses rebuild washed out Freeport road

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two homeowners are finally getting help rebuilding a road that washed out during that massive rain storm in August.

The road on Turkey Ridge Lane washed out when more than six inches of rain fell on August 14. The two homeowners who live on the other side were stranded, and because the road is private, they were left to pay for the repairs themselves.

Andrew Kittredge, a project manager for C-P-M Constructors, heard about their dilemma and started asking local businesses to help. Together, they are taking on the estimated $80,000 project.

"For so many companies and suppliers to get involved during this time of the year, it's huge," Kittredge said. "It's shows that we care and we want to be good corporate neighbors to residents."

The Freeport Flag Ladies held a large ceremony to mark the anniversary of 9/11

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people gathered for a 9/11 ceremony Thursday that was organized by the Freeport Flag Ladies.

Every Tuesday since the terrorist attacks, three women have held flags on a Freeport street corner in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the attacks. They've also joined the troop greeters in Bangor to welcome home service men and women.

On Thursday, Freeport Middle School and High School students and first responders joined the Flag Ladies to mark the anniversary. Singer/songwriter Dave Pasquarello sang his song "Towers" with the high school chamber choir. Col. Jack Moser of the Army National Guard addressed the crowd, emotionally thanking the Flag Ladies for their dedication.