Miss Maine is bringing an entirely unique talent to the Miss America pageant this year.


Miss Maine, Audrey Thames, will soon be competing for the title of Miss America.

She was crowned for the state in June and will compete for the national title on September 16th.

On Sunday she performed for friends and family at an event wishing her good luck. The party was held at her hometown in Topsham. She's hoping her small-town charm might give her a leg-up on the competition.

"We'll see how my talent goes," she explains with a laugh, "And then we'll know!" Out of 53 contestants, she will be the only one performing a speaking talent: a comedic monologue. It's a 90 second tongue twister about a woman who has a dream she's hosting a cocktail party and all of the people she's introducing have similar first names.

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Brunswick football takes the #IceBucketChallenge


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Brunswick football team took a step away from boot camp Wednesday and started their evening work-out session with a bunch of ice buckets.

Players said they've seen friends and family take the Ice Bucket Challenge and they wanted to participate to raise awareness and money. Plus, they said it is a good team building activity.

ALS funds have surged since the challenge got started and the ALS Association has seen more than $4 million in donations.

Coaches said they hope the team will learn more about this disease and why a cure is so important.

"The relationship between the two. The fact that they're working their tail off in here - imagine those people with ALS every day," said Kelsey Bison of Coastal Performance.

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Man arrested after allegedly trying to strangle girlfriend


TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police arrested a Topsham man after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend.

Police said Zechariah Menchaca's girlfriend came to the Brunswick Police Station Tuesday night to report the crime. She said that a verbal argument had quickly escalated into a physical altercation. He allegedly grabbed her by the neck and tried to strangle her. Police said she did not require medical attention, but they did find visible marks on her neck.

Police charged Menchaca with felony aggravated assault. Police said he's at the Cumberland County Jail and is being held without bail.

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