Crabs & climate change pose threat to Maine shellfish

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of Maine's oldest commercial fisheries is in trouble, and the reason appears to be a very aggressive and very hungry predator.

The people who harvest clams say their livelihoods are being threatened by the green crab. Shellfish harvesters say the green crabs are devouring the beds where small clams grow, and have drastically reduced clam production in some of the state's best digging areas. They warn the commercial clam industry itself is threatened if the crabs continue to spread. 

Clams and other shellfish are the third largest of Maine's commercial fisheries, after elvers and lobsters. According to statistics from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, diggers harvested more than 11,000,000 pounds of soft-shell clams in 2012, with a value over $15,000,000.

But members of the Maine Clammers Association say they believe that harvest will be dropping because of the presence of the crab.

Habitat For Humanity chapter celebrates largest project to date

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is celebrating its biggest project to date.

It's a more than $1 million condominium complex built entirely by volunteers. The key to the first unit was presented today to a woman who also helped build her new home. Over the last year, Nyapeni Doulthan spent more than 200 hours working on this home. Tuesday, she officially became the homeowner.

It's part of a project called Women Build. It's a Habitat For Humanity program that teaches women construction skills. When Nyapeni fled the war in South Sudan, she never imagined owning a house in America. Now, she and her four children have a permanent place to call home.

"It's our home," Douthan said. "It's where we will eat Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, vacations, our time, it's a home for my family."

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.

Fifth Quarter Friday: Scores & Highlights

NEWS CENTER - We've got highlights from 15 games across Maine on the second-to-last Friday night as teams vie for playoff berths, positioning, and byes.  Here are the scores from across the state. 

Six things to do this weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking for a few things to add to your schedule this weekend, here's a list of WCSH6's Six Things to do This Weekend.

1. WINE TASTING - Wine connoisseurs may want to consider spending Saturday afternoon at the Browne Trading Market in Portland. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. on February 1. The market promises that their knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and assist those looking to purchase that perfect bottle.

Cycle4Care:Spinning for the health of others

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For fifteen years, the Cancer Community Center has helped cancer patients and their loved ones turn a cancer diagnosis into something that makes them stronger.

"Friends and family want to help, but they don't really know what you are going through," explained Michele Johns, executive director of the center, which offers wellness classes, support groups and art programs to anyone impacted by cancer free of charge.

"We've found that peer-based support, people who have had that or have had similar experience, really add so much more to the recovery," she added. 

Katie Hawkins' father, a well-known educator in southern Maine, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000.  Her father and her family turned to the center for help.