Fire damages house in Freeport

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fire damaged a home on Balsalm Lane in Freeport Friday afternoon.

A housekeeper called the Fire Department to report smoke in the basement of the home around 1:30 in the afternoon. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement.

Topsham, Lisbon, Brunswick and Bath fire departments were called in to help put out the fire.

One firefighter from Freeport was treated for heat exhaustion, and no other injuries were reported.

This is Home promo featuring the Yarmouth Clam Festival

YARMOUTH, Maiine (NEWS CENTER) -- Our newest This is Home promo took us to the Yarmouth Clam Festival!

Food company grant has been established in Maine to train new dairy farmers.


(NEWS CENTER) -- A well-known food company wants to make sure Maine has enough dairy farmers to supply it with organic milk. So the company is providing nearly $1.7 million dollars to train new farmers.

Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport will provide the training, and will use a big piece of the grant money to build a new dairy barn and milk parlor, housing for the students and a 60-cow dairy herd.

Wolfe's Neck is a non-profit foundation that manages and operates a number of educational programs on more than 600 acres of seaside farmland in Freeport.

Mainers celebrate Social Media Day (#SMDayME)

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Lovers of social media, and those who want to learn more about it, partied in Falmouth Monday for Social Media Day Maine.

5 years ago, the digital news site Mashable declared June 30 to be Global Social Media Day, and there have been parties in cities around the globe ever since.

Monday was Maine's first large-scale celebration, hosted by the events management company TideSmart Global. Those who came enjoyed food truck cuisine and the band. They also heard from 3 speakers about how to get the biggest bang for their social media buck.

TideSmart digital media manager Jennifer MacDonald said, "I think coming to learn and research and network will help people understand the benefits and how to use it properly and get the results they're looking for."

Local business filling order for big client

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A small boat building company in Freeport has just landed the kind of product placement most businesses can only dream about.

Three custom canoes made by Lincoln Canoe and Kayak will soon be docked in a Madison Avenue showroom in New York City.

"I will be driving them down myself, leaving the house at midnight," said Marc Bourgoin, who owns the company with his brother Ron.

Bourgoin says the fiberglass boats, one blue, one white, and one yellow, will be used in a Ralph Lauren showroom and must be there by Tuesday at noon to meet with the designer's approval.

Normally, it's six weeks from order to delivery at Lincoln. Not this time.

"They said 'we need them Monday,' and this was Friday," said Bourgoin.

Student scientists tackling green crab conundrum.

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Seventh graders at Frank H. Harrison Middle School received national recognition this winter for their efforts to uncover ways to reduce the impact of the invasive European Green Crab on the clam industry and raise awareness about the situation.

The students were honored by Samsung as one of fifteen finalists in the company's Solve for Tomorrow Science and Technology Competition, and for their efforts the school received roughly $35,000 worth of electronics equipment, but the problem with the crabs persists and the students have their eyes on a much larger prize - finding a solution.

The students in Morgan Cuthbert's class have been working with experts to solve this riddle, including Dr. Brian Beal, a professor at the University of Maine Machias.

One person dead after industrial accident in Freeport

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- UPDATE - 3:35PM - Freeport Police have identified the man killed in a Tuesday morning industrial accident as Scott W. MacDonald, 59 years old, of Limington.

Officials say 3 employees of Coastal Landscape, Construction and Snow Services were working on granite steps at 140 Main Street in Freeport. The address houses Tuscan Bistro, Subway and Olympia Sports.

Police say MacDonald was assisting the operator of a Bobcat Skid Steer Loader that was moving a large granite step. Police say MacDonald and the operator were attempting to remove the loaders door when the forks of the loader dropped, crushing MacDonald.

Officials say MacDonald was killed instantly.

ORIGINAL - An industrial accident killed one worker and injured two others Tuesday in Freeport.