Maine Chef wins Shucks Golden Buoy

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Lobster World Series Championship concluded its three day competition and awarded Maine native Chris Gould $5,000 and the Shucks Golden Buoy.

Shucks Maine Lobster hosted the first annual Maine Lobster World Series. According to Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Shucks Maine Lobster processing plant is the only one in the United States that uses pressurization to extract raw lobster meat from its shell.

The best lobster Chefs from the European Union, Asia, and US were brought to Portland to compete. As part of the competition, the Chefs were taught to catch their own Maine lobster and then use pressurization to get the meat they needed for their dishes.

Chris Gould is from Bethel, Maine. His winning dish was butter basted lobster with sweet corn and miso puree, roasted fingerling potatoes, hay and cinnamon smoked carrots and a pacquiao pepper sauce.

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The Red Carpet for the Hopelessly Bookish

The Red Carpet for the Hopelessly Bookish

You may know my personal rule - that I make every effort to read the book before I see the movie.

USA Today posted a list of 10 book-y movies to watch for in the coming months.  Some I've already read, and a couple I better get crackin' on!

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Railroad project from Portland to Auburn moves forward

The Maine Commercial Association of REALTORS® (MCAR) today announced it got a $15,000 dollar grant to explore the 29-mile public transit line between Portland and Auburn.

In collaboration with the Maine Rail Transit Coalition, regional town officials and MCAR will use the money to study how to improve housing and business development, create jobs and lessen the impacts on the environment related to the passenger rail project.
 
In conjunction with this research, Maine is eligible for a transit infrastructure grant of up to $75,000,000 dollars. MCAR wants to ensure the rail transportation proposal will reduce  public transportation costs and support sustainable growth  and protect the environment.
 
This grant will allow MCAR to explore land-use along the state-owned St.

He's the Builder of the House and the Music

He's the Builder of the House and the Music

Rob Cimitile is the founding member of the Portland based band Builder of the House.  He also plays with the Maine Marimba Ensemble.  His band BOTH has a gig tonight at Blue on Congress Street.  For a peak into the mind of the man behind the music, click HERE.

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Hartman, Bulldogs building foundation

NEWS CENTER- For the first time in nearly three decades, Mike Bailey won't be roaming the sidelines for the varsity football coach for Portland High School.  His successor knows a thing or two about building a program and taking it to that next level. 

After building the Yarmouth football program from scratch as the school's first ever head coach, Jim Hartman's eight years in charge came with some struggles came with growing pains that eventually healed into back-to-back Class C championships. 

It's quite the change for both Hartman and his players as the long-time Portland resident is implementing a more aggressive playing style.  His defense will be more attack-minded as opposed to read and react, while on the other side of the ball, they're completing changing their playing style opting for a run-heavy offense as opposed to the spread. 

Maine farmers say growing season here is OK

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While drought grips the Midwest, many Maine farmers say this has been a decent growing season so far. The Portland Farmer's Market was full of colorful produce Wednesday.

A few farmers, like Eddie Peterson of Yarmouth's Beckwith Farm, said this was a banner year for crops. "It's been a great year," Peterson said. "It's been nice, hot, fields have gotten rain just when they need it. The fields are just perfect."

Others said the crops were coming a little late. It rained quite a bit early in the season, and that meant late planting. Mark Heidmann of Maple Springs Farm in Harrison said, "Our problem at the beginning was too much rain, so it delayed some planting. And it meant that I had to move some things from one bed that stayed wet longer. I had to change some plans."

Retail space approved for old Jordan's Meat location

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The City of Portland says developers can keep on rebuilding the space that once was occupied by the Jordan's Meats factory.

The building burned down two years ago. Since then, developers have built a hotel, restaurant and condominium. That was Phase One.

Last night, the Portland Planning Board said developers could go ahead with Phase Two. That would set up retail space and some more condo units.