Fitness competition brings out the best in people

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The YMCA of Southern Maine is holding a competition to find out who the fittest man and woman are, but building camaraderie and community may be the most important results of the event.

"I love working out and it is a great group environment," said Amanda Hemmerich, last year's women's champion.  "It is fun and I laugh a lot and it is definitely for the YMCA.  It is a great mission they have here with the children and the community."

Hemmerich says she had no idea what she was getting into when she signed up to compete for the first time two years ago.

"I was so humbled and blown away, they were just impressive to watch," she recalled. 

Once she took part, she was hooked.

Offshore Wind Turbine Project Given Green Light

HALLOWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After years of research and development, and months of debate, the Aqua Ventus deepwater wind turbine demonstration project, spear headed by the University of Maine, has received approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

The roughly $90 million project calls for the construction of two massive 6-megawatt wind turbines built on floating platforms to be installed off the coast near Monhegan Island. 

"Offshore wind is our largest, renewable natural resource that we haven't even started to realize," stated Dr. Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center.   

The April Verch Band


The April Verch Band will be performing at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor on Friday, January 10th. April Verch is an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. She released her 9th album, "Bright Like Gold," in 2013.

For more information on the band click here: APRIL VERCH BAND

The April Verch Band will be putting on a free live-streaming concert at 9:00 on Tuesday, January 14th.  To check it out click here:  APRIL VERCH CONCERT

HS Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday Jan. 11

NEWS CENTER - The Falmouth boys avenged their only loss of the season by knocking off Greely from the ranks of the unbeaten.  Here are the rest of Saturday's scores.


Ranked Bowdoin basketball teams sweep doubleheader

Brunswick, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The nationally ranked Bowdoin men's and women's basketball teams kept rolling as they swept their home doubleheader over Wesleyan. 

The #24 men remained unbeaten (12-0) with a 63-54 win.  Andrew Madlinger had a game-high 16.  Camden Hills alum Keegan Pieri added 12. 

The 20th ranked women (14-1) won more comfortabley 65-45.  Sara Binkhorst led all scorers with 15.  MDI grad Megan Phelps added 11 off the bench.