Fire tears through home near Lincolnville Beach

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The combination of a small town and strong sea breeze made for a tough fire for crews to battle in Lincoln Sunday afternoon.

A fire started around 2:30pm at a home along Salt Pond Road, less than mile away from Lincolnville Beach.

Firefighters spent hours putting out flames and hot spots.

They say the town's rural setting made it difficult to get water to the house... and the sea breeze only fueled the flames higher.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and there are no reported injuries.

After part of the roof collapsed, the homeowner said it was difficult to watch because he built the house himself.













Fit at Five: Lawn Games

With all the beautiful weather we have been having it's time to get the kids outside to enjoy a little fresh air. On this Fit at Five we are teaching kids to play games like we used to play as kids. It's fun for the whole family. Plus it gives those video games a rest.

Paul Tukey has fond memories of playing outside as a kid, but children's memories like these have changed over the past 40 years thanks to video games. Remember pong? To help combat that he teamed up with Victoria Rowel to write Tag, Toss, and Run. A book filled with popular lawn games played all around the world.

"Those experiences as kids have shaped us as adults and have really shaped our values. We want to say to the world let's not relegate our old fashioned childhood to memory."

West is Best in Lobster Bowl

NEWS CENTER- The West withstood an early offensive from the East then scored 26 unanswered points winning the 23rd annaul Lobster Bowl at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford by a 48-24 final. 

Cheverus running back Spencer Cook was named the most outstanding player for the West after rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.  His teammate Cam Olson ran for another 81 yards and a score along with 177 yards and another TD through the air.  Wells QB Paul McDonough had three total touchdowns: one on the ground and two via the pass. 

Samuel Dexter from Messalonskee earned East M.O.P. honors after his nine reception, 96 yard performance with a touchdown. 

The West leads the overall series 17-6.

Author Monica Wood on her new book 'When We Were The Kennedys"


Monica Wood's book, WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS, can be found in local bookstores and libraries.

Monica Wood will be signing copies of her book at these locations in July:

Tue, July 24: Book talk/signing at River Run Books, Portsmouth, NH. 7pm

Wed, July 25: Book talk/signing at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME. 12 noon

Thu, July 26: Book talk/signing at Union Church, Biddeford Pool, ME. 7:30pm

Fri, July 27: Book talk/signing at Left Bank books, Belfast, ME. 7pm

Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine -- The annual Maine Celtic Celebration celebrates the rich Celtic heritage of the Maine coast July 20-22.

The event features music, food, games and education. Visitors are also welcome to check out an evening reception with food and music and a "whisky tasting," a parade and a 5k Road Race through the streets of Belfast.

One of the most popular events is the US National Cheese Roll Championship. .All set on the beautiful park lands overlooking Belfast Bay.

For info call (207) 338-2692.







Diana murder trial gets under way in Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - A 35-year-old Rockland man is on trial in the strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend.

Opening statements got under way Monday afternoon in the trial of Arnold Diana, who is charged with strangling 47-year-old Katrina Windred of Friendship in his apartment on Nov. 20, 2010, while her 11-year-old son sat outside in her car reading comic books. Her body was dumped on the outskirts of town, where it was found three days later by a man walking his dog.

A judge in March threw out the confession that Diana made to police, but prosecutors said the ruling wouldn't have a significant impact on the case.

Jury selection was completed Friday.

Great Windjammer Race: A perfect day on the bay

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a spectacular sight on Penobscot Bay on Friday, as nineteen sailing ships lined up for the annual Great Windjammer Race.

After many days of clouds and showers, it was perfect weather in Rockland Harbor for the state of the big race.

The big schooners started the race by the popular Breakwater Lighthouse, sailed out Penobscot Bay and eventually into Camden Harbor. The windjammers have been holding a race for 36 years, but it's been hard for people on shore to see, and the race day hasn't been advertised to the public.

The Maine Windjammer Association decided to make it more spectator-friendly, so they scheduled it for a specific time and place -- and it attracted a crowd of spectators as a result. They were treated to the sight of a parade of ships under full sail, heading in a steady line into the bay.