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Maine birdwatching event comes to Freeport, Pownal


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The fourth annual "Feathers Over Freeport" birdwatching event is scheduled to take place at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport.

The event takes place Saturday in Pownal and Sunday in Freeport. It is sponsored by the state and Freeport Wild Bird Supply and will include bird walks for adults and children and a host of children's activities.

The event will also include live bird presentations about birds of prey at 1 p.m. at Bradbury Mountain on Saturday and 1 p.m. at Wolfe's Neck on Sunday.

Park entry fees will apply for residents attending the events. Programs will be included with normal park admission.


Waste managers are seeking ways to capitalize on organic waste and keep it out of landfills.


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Northeast Recycling Council met in Maine this week to discuss strategies to remove organic waste, such as food scraps and lawn clippings, from the waste stream.

"When you look at what's left that we are not recycling, a lot of that is what is called organic waste, and we know of so many places that can use that organic waste," said Patricia Aho, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

She estimates 40% of the items that are currently being thrown out are organic compounds that could be put to a better use.

"It is a high percentage of our waste stream, and so finding solutions that work for all corners of Maine is what the focus is for our staff at DEP," she stated.

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Freeport Flag Lady recovering from surgery


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Freeport Flag Ladies have maintained their weekly tradition of waving American flags since right after 9-11. The women stand at the intersection of Main and School streets every Tuesday, but this Tuesday one of the three members will be absent.

Carmen hasn't missed a Tuesday morning flag waving since she started, but she recently had open heart surgery. According to their Facebook page, the Intensive Care Unit will release Carmen sometime Tuesday.

In her honor, the other two flag wavers, JoAnn and Elaine, are asking people to attend the flag flying in her honor.


Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

We would love to see photos of your visits. Send a photo to photos@WCSH6.com, post on our WCSH 6 Facebook page or find us on Twitter @WCSH6.

 

Technology keeping fragmented fire departments connected

CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ninety-five percent of fire departments in Maine rely on volunteers to help fill their ranks, but keeping in contact with members is difficult, especially when many people no longer work in the town where they live.

Volunteer fire fighter, Andrew Pollack, says few businesses mind when an employee leaves to help battle a fire, but "few bosses are going to be comfortable with somebody leaving work 3, 4, 5 times a week that turns out to be nothing."

"How do I quickly give them a way to know if it is something he needs to leave for?" he wondered.

Pollack, who's full-time job is developing software, invented Second Signal as a way to provide valuable information in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Cable barriers have big impact in preventing serious accidents

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Robitaille has seen many serious accidents along the seven mile stretch of Interstate 295 his department covers, but says the recent addition of median cable barriers has made the highway safer.

"They are certainly a life saver as far as I am concerned," he stated. 

"It actually brings that car down slower," explained Robitaille.  "There is a lot less damage to the vehicles.  There certainly is a lot less injuries is what we are finding."

The Maine Department of Transportation started installing median cable barriers in 2010 along sections on I-295 and U.S. Route One where the median was less than fifty feet wide between the northbound and southbound lanes of travel.

"Medians were originally designed as a safety cushion, but we are finding, on medians that are under 50 feet wide, something more is needed," said MDOT Safety Manager, Duane Burnell.