Sandy changes course for historic vessel's reconstruction

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A reconstruction of the historic vessel Virginia has already survived a hurricane, and it hasn't even been built yet.

Volunteer shipwrights have been working with Morse High School students to reconstruct the Virginia for years.

Built in 1607, it was the first ship built in North America by English colonists at the Popham Colony, about 12 miles away from Bath.

Project managers from Maine's First Ship had planned to have the vessel complete in about four years, but Sandy had plans of her own.

Winds from the hurricane hit the project site hard on Monday, and destroyed the cover shed surrounding the vessel.

"I'd say it was worse than we expected," said Fred Hill, a member of the MFS board.

While the ship itself was not damaged, it is a set-back.

Highway heroes honored for going the extra mile

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Transportation Safety Coalition recognized two people for their heroic, selfless actions that helped save lives.

Private First Class Lisa Bryant was given a Special Achievement Award for her quick actions in coming to the aid of a driver who crashed in front of her and was ejected from his car, suffering serious injuries.  PFC Bryant is a medic with the Maine Army National Guard and used her training to help save the life of Larry Huff.

Huff, a volunteer driver with RTP, was driving south on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham on August 21st when he crashed into a guardrail.  When Bryant reached him, he was no longer breathing.  She administered first aid and revived the him before he was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.  He remained in intensive care for five weeks.

Mt. Ararat boys move onto regional final

TOPSHAM (NEWS CENTER) - Mt. Ararat looked the part as the top seed in Class A West as they took care of rivals Brunswick in their regional semi 4-1.

The Eagles will host Lewiston in the regional final on Wednesday.

Yellow Dot Program Launched in Maine

Yellow Dot Program Launched in Maine

Gorham police officer Ted Hatch did the honors this morning and placed the very first Maine yellow dot sticker on the rear window of Dyana Rossignol’s vehicle. Fitting, because Dyana is a member of the Gorham-Westbrook TRIAD, which worked hard this past year to bring the Yellow Dot Program to Maine. Read more

Community forum will address local healthcare concerns: community members invited to learn the facts

Community forum will address local healthcare concerns: community members invited to learn the facts


Healthcare in our community is at a crossroads. Mid Coast Hospital has a proposal that will help our community preserve local control of its healthcare services, while maintaining high quality and driving down costs. The hospital will host a public forum for community members to learn about current concerns surrounding these proposals.

The forum will be held on Monday, October 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Mid Coast Hospital Café and Conference Rooms, located at 123 Medical Center Drive in Brunswick.

The heart behind Dempsey Challenge top fundraising team, Team Angela

WOOLWICH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Almost everyone participating in the Dempsey Challenge has his or her own story of a person they're walking, running or riding for. This year's top fundraising team has been particularly inspired. Angela Black of Bath planned to walk with her team, "Team Angela," just as she had every time since the Dempsey Challenge began. But this year, her friends and family will be walking in her memory. Black succumbed to breast cancer on August 16.

Black's friends say she was a fighter. A single mom of a now 23-year old son, she fought stage 4 breast cancer for 5 1/2 years, never asking for pity. Her friend, Bonnie Novak, said, "She worked 40 hours a week at BIW. She would take her Wednesday afternoons, she'd get her chemo, go back to work on Thursday, and then work Saturday to make up her time. That's just the kind of person she was."