Activists rally against cuts to general assistance for immigrants

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people from all over southern Maine rallied in Portland's Monument Square Thursday on behalf of immigrants trying to make a home in Maine.

"It's not okay to cut GA," they chanted as they marched from Lincoln Park to Monument Square.

People at the rally are fighting proposals that would cut government assistance to asylum seekers and immigrants. LePage, under his proposed budget, wants to eliminate General Assistance for undocumented immigrants.

They are also speaking out against Sen. Eric Brakey's (R-Auburn) bill that would make certain people ineligible to receive general assistance benefits based on their immigration status.

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Man dies in Portland motorcycle crash

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police Department officials confirmed a motorcyclist died when he crashed into a tree on Brighton Avenue Thursday morning.

Police said 38-year-old John Fontaine of Biddeford was driving his 2003 Harley davidson when he crossed the center line and hit a tree.

Just before the crash, police said an officer saw a motorcyclist traveling at a very high speed on Brighton Avenue. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but lost sight of the motorcycle and shut off his sirens. Moments later, witnesses alerted the officer to the crash near Bradley Street.

Fontaine was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and that the 2003 Harley Davidson caught fire and was destroyed.

Rockefeller to mark 100th birthday with land gift in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- David Rockefeller, who's celebrating his 100th birthday next month, is giving a gift to the people of Maine: 1,000 acres of woodlands, streams and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park.

The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr. is transferring his Little Long Pond property to the Mount Desert Island and Garden Preserve, describing it as a "gift to all the people of Maine."

The transfer will take place this summer in Seal Harbor.

The Rockefeller name goes way back on Mount Desert Island.

David Rockefeller, who'll make a formal announcement Friday, has spent summers in Seal Harbor since his birth on June 12, 1915. His father, John Rockefeller Jr., built the carriage roads that are now part of Acadia National Park.

Heavy traffic expected on Turnpike Memorial Day weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Turnpike Authorities expect Memorial Day weekend to be one of the busiest weekends in years.

As the holiday marks the kickoff to summer vacation in Maine, more than 890,000 vehicles are anticipated to travel the Maine Turnpike over this weekend. According to MTA that's, an increase of 5.2% from Memorial Day weekend last year.

With heavy traffic expected on the roads this holiday weekend, the MTA is urging
motorists to drive safely and take proper precautions during the summer vacation season. Here are some summer safety driving tips:

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Maine SNAP-ED: Healthy recipe contest winner

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Can you feed a family of four a nutritious meal for under ten bucks?

Back in March we told you about the recipe challenge by "Maine SNAP-ED." And this morning, we have a winner!

Molly Glueck is a seventh grader from Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland and her pasta Primavera took top honors.

Molly's recipe is printed below.

$10 for 4 Recipe Challenge Winner!



Whole wheat elbow macaroni

Diced tomatoes, no salt added, with juice

Extra small yellow onion, peeled and diced

Small red bell pepper, diced

Small zucchini, diced

Grated Parmesan

Strokes kill people we love. You need to know the risks

Thirty years ago, my beloved grandmother — her name was Joanna Tenney, but we called her Nanny — had a massive stroke and died a few days later.

She had congestive heart failure and had been under treatment in the hospital for about a week when she had the stroke. I didn't know it at the time, but congestive heart failure is a risk factor for stroke.

Congestive heart failure (CHF) develops when the heart isn't strong enough to pump blood to other parts of the body. The most common cause is damage to the heart muscle because of a heart attack. As far as I know, my grandmother had never had a heart attack, but heart disease caused by blocked arteries was rampant in her family. So was high blood pressure, the second most common cause of CHF.

Heart disease and high blood pressure are also major risk factors for stroke.

Dr. Glenn Cummings named USM's new President

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced Wednesday that Dr. Glenn Cummings is the new President of the University of Southern Maine.

Cummings is currently the Interim President at the University of Maine at Augusta, a Portland resident, former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and long-serving member of the USM faculty. He is slated to begin on July 1, 2015.

This shift comes after Dr. Harvery Kesselman, announced back in March as USM President, declined the offer saying he would remain as acting president at Stockton University in New Jersey. Kesselman was also suppose to begin July 1.