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Gift of golf for Maine troops in Afghanistan

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A golf company is sending a care package to a group of soldiers in Afghanistan that is expected to be a hit.

Staff Sergeant Justin Poirier of the 133rd Engineer Battalion, based out of Gardiner, contacted Harris Golf in Bath asking how the troops could buy inexpensive golf balls. The soldiers had set up a makeshift golf course where they are stationed at Bagram Air Base. But because of the obvious dangers in the surrounding area, they could not retrieve the golf balls when they hit them too far.

Instead of just sending golf balls, Harris Golf is sending an entire golf course kit, complete with four new sets of clubs, hitting mats, target flags, and of course more than seven hundred golf balls. Staff Sergeant Poirier told NEWS CENTER by phone about the gratitude he feels toward the company.

Gaziano award semi-finalists announced

NEWS CENTER - The Gaziano selection committed announced the 15 semi-finalists for the fourth annual award given to Maine's most well-rounded offensive and defensive linemen. 

Offensive Linemen

Brendan Moore, Bangor

Isaiah Reynolds, Bonny Eagle

Joshua Thibeault, Brunswick

Greg Grinnell, Cheverus

Matt Powell, Leavitt

Jedidiah Thomas Scott, Sanford

Ethan Liberty, Skowhegan

Ethan Petty, Windham

Defensive Linemen

Caelan Houle, Cape Elizabeth

Dylan Rasch, Greely

Colin Richards, Mt. Blue

Russell Wilson, Nokomis

Luke Washburn, Oak Hill

Jacob Fogel, Portland

Michael Pino, Scarborough

Crews working long shifts all over state to restore power

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Parts of Maine will stay dark Monday night thanks to a fast-moving storm that dumped nearly a foot of heavy wet snow overnight.
The latest storm was a set back for Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro crews that had been working 17 hour shifts for the last week to restore power following a major ice storm that at its peak left 150,000 customers without electricity.
CMP was down to just 50 outages when the storm rolled in and with it 10 thousand new calls for service.
The problem said CMP line supervisor Gary Hawkes is the one- two punch with no thaw in between. "The snow just sticks to the ice that's already weighing down the trees," said Hawkes. "What we need is a nice sunny 40 degree day."
But with much colder temps on the way, that melt won't happen anytime soon.
CMP hopes to have all power restored by Tuesday. Bangor Hydro is shooting for New Year's Day.

Tuesday's high school sports postponements

NEWS CENTER - With a growing list of cancellations due to Tuesday's snowstorm, here is a list of high school sports postponements from across Maine. All make-up times listed are approximate varsity starts.

BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTH PORTLAND @ THORNTON ACADEMY - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

SEARSPORT @ PENOBSCOT VALLEY - PPD

BOOTHBAY @ MOUNT ABRAM - PPD TO 5:30 PM MONDAY

DIRIGO @ MONMOUTH - PPD

WAYNFLETE @ TRAIP - PPD TO DEC. 23RD

NOBLE @ SCARBOROUGH - PPD TO WEDNESDAY 7 PM

BONNY EAGLE @ MARSHWOOD - PPD TO 6 PM THURSDAY

YORK @ GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER - PPD TO 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY

BIDDEFORD @ WESTBROOK - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

GREELY @ YARMOUTH - PPD

FRYEBURG ACADEMY @ KENNEBUNK - PPD

WELLS @ LAKE REGION - PPD

WINDHAM @ SANFORD - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

CONY @ MT. ARARAT - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

CHEVERUS @ MASSABESIC - PPD

Driver killed in Topsham crash

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a head-on crash in Topsham.

It happened Monday night on Route 196 near Roberts Hill Road.

Police say a Ford Ranger was headed east when it crossed the center line and slammed into a truck driven by 70-year-old Howard Wilson from Topsham.

Wilson was taken to Central Maine Medical Center for his injuries.

The driver of the first car was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of that person has not yet been released.

Before the fatal crash, police say the driver of the Ford Ranger also hit another motorist about a mile away by swerving into their lane. That person was not hurt.

Kevin Cunningham's Holiday Prime Rib

KEVIN CUNNINGHAM'S PRIME RIB

Kevin Cunningham is the chef at the Tavern at Brunswick Station in Brunswick. The Tavern will be hosting a Christmas dinner from noon to 8:00 PM on Christmas day.

RECIPE:

Prime rib for the holidays is a staple in many households. This recipe gives you time to spend with the family while still putting out a great meal. When shopping for your rib you can go bone in or boneless. If you buy the bone-in have your butcher remove the bones and pack them up with your roast. After you have aged the meat you will want to season the roast between the ribs and roast then using butchers twine tie the ribs back on for a layer if insulation and flavor for your sauce.

Happy Holidays

Boneless Beef Rib Roast 5 to 7 pounds

Diced Carrots                    2 Cups