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Police investigate Brunswick school bus crash; no students hurt

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Brunswick Police are looking into crash where a school bus collided with a pickup truck.

It happened around 3:30 PM Wednesday on McKeen Street.

Police say that none of the students was hurt, neither was the driver.

The driver of the pickup truck was hurt but the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Police haven't yet determined what caused the crash.

Mainers hit the beach to clean up the coast

GEORGETOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The summer tourism season has come and gone. As visitors clear out of Maine's beaches, volunteers are coming in to clean up the coast.

As part ofInternational Coastal Cleanup, 55 Maine communities are participating in Maine's Coastal Cleanup week from Sept. 15 - 22.

The Maine Coastal Program, a division of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is sponsoring the volunteer efforts.

Last year, Maine had 2,361 volunteers statewide.

Together, they collected more than 19 thousand pounds of trash along 109 miles of beaches, averaging 175 pounds of trash per mile.

The coastal town of Georgetown has one of the largest community teams, with 75 members.

Hospitals set to square off for Brunswick's Parkview

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People in the Brunswick area will apparently see a fight over the future of one of their hospitals Brunswick has two hospitals - Parkview Adventist Medical Center and the larger Midcoast Hospital.

Central Maine Healthcare wants to take over Parkview, and Parkview's board has agreed to the plan. Central Maine Medical Center has had a relationship with Parkview for a decade, according to officials in both Brunswick and Lewist5on. CMMC provides Parkview's emergency room staff, as well as some other management functions. But now Midcoast Hospital has filed its own proposal to merge with Parkview -- even though leaders at Parkview say they don't want to that merger.

Walk on Saturday benefits Neurofibromatosis research

LYMAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of a 9-year old girl who has a genetic disorder is helping raise awareness and money for research they hope will one day lead to a cure.

Downeaster extends service on November 1st

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Starting November 1, two of the Amtrak Downeaster trips from Boston will no longer end in Portland.

They will continue heading north making two more stops in Freeport and Brunswick.

Downeaster ready for Brunswick; Starts Nov. 1

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Amtrak's Downeaster is ready to roll to northward to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine.

The Boston-to-Portland service becomes a Boston-to-Brunswick service effective Nov. 1. Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says tickets go on sale on Oct. 1.

Banners making the announcement are going up in stations along the route on Wednesday.

Expanding the service required improvements to more than 30 miles of rail, rehabilitation of 36 crossings and constructions of two station platforms. Remaining track work will be completed in weeks.

The service is coming off a record year with 528,292 passengers. Initially, two of the five daily roundtrips between Portland and Boston will travel to Brunswick. The expanded service is expected to add 36,000 more passengers each year.