Take a walk or bike ride to school today

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Waking up 20 minutes earlier than their friends and putting on an extra layer of clothes is all part of the morning routine for kids who walk to school every day.

But they may have a little more company than usual this morning. Today is International Walk to School Day, a chance for kids to get outside and enjoy the fresh air before sitting in classrooms all day. The group Partnership for a Walkable America organized this event and believes we need more walkable communities. For the kids we spoke to who walk to school every day, they said they don't mind walking at all.

"It feels really good to walk in the morning, because it gives me a chance to wake up, where as just going to class while I'm still half asleep is just awful," 7th grader Callie Banksmith said. 

"And riding the bus is so loud and everyone is sitting around you yelling," Maya Farr-Weinfeld, a 7th grader said. 

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Business hours restored to Cliff island post office

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to extend the hours of a post office on a Maine island.

The Postal Service originally put the Cliff Island post office on its closure list last year, but later agreed to keep it open for only two hours a day.

Cliff Island, which is part of the city of Portland, is 10 miles from the mainland and takes more than an hour to reach by ferry.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the Postal Service has now agreed to keep the office open for six hours a day.

Pingree, who lives on North Haven island off the midcoast of Maine, argued for longer hours, saying it's vital to keep island post offices open because of the role they play in small communities.







Portland's Porthole restaurant to close indefinitely

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Porthole restaurant and Comedy Connection will remain closed indefinitely.

A spokesperson for the City of Portland confirmed Tuesday night that the owner of both venues, Oliver Keithly, has no plans to re-open the restaurant until there are renovactions to the two facilities.

The restaurantcame under scrutiny after it was forced to shut down due to major health code violations.

Keithly told NEWS CENTER that business has dropped off significantly in recent weeks.

Turnpike Authority makes the case for toll increase

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When Peter Mills took over as executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority, he did so as the agency was mired in controversy surrounding spending.  Now, a year and a half later, Mills says the agency has brought its budget under control, but a variety of factors out of their control has lead them to raise tolls substantially come November 1st.

"No one could be less pleased with the prospect of raising tolls in the middle of this recession than I am," stated Mills.  "We had to do it at this point.  We didn't have any choice.  We went and explained this to the legislature last session."

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October is Car Care Month: Let AAA Help You Get Ready for Winter!

Free AAA Car Care Clinics coming to a location near you

During October Car Care Month AAA Northern New England will be hosting free car care clinics open to the general public. AAA automotive professionals will be touring the State of Maine during the month of October performing pre-winter vehicle check-ups (including checking tires, fluid levels, windshield wipers, battery, charging system, brakes, lights, belts, and hoses).
Too often vehicle maintenance falls through the cracks of daily and monthly routines.   “Properly preparing your vehicle for upcoming winter weather is essential for safe driving and will greatly decrease the chances of your vehicle leaving you stranded in the cold,” said Tom Giasson, AAA Approved Auto Repair and Auto Buying Services.

Vikings just want to have fun

Vikings just want to have fun

If you ask Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Vikings really know how to party.

I'm willing to bet that every time you read about the Vikings in school, they were always the "bad guys."  Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom, the first in his (thus far) six-book Saxon Stories, turns that on its head.

It's 866. Bebbanburg Castle is taken by the Danes.

The 8th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival

The 8th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival

The Poet Rising Project is a collective of performance poets, artists and musicians based in Portland offering poetry and safe space community workshops as well as performance collaborations. They host a weekly avant garde poetry open mic with musical accompaniment every Sunday at Dobra Tea. They also offer weekly Healing Poetry workshops at the all-new holistic healing space, Justice in the Body.

Members of The Poet Rising Project are collaborating on a multi-media piece for submission into the 8th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival. The Poet Rising Project was selected from a number of poets and artists throughout Maine and New England. Other poets and artists to be accepted include: Author of four books of poetry and founding Boston Poetry Slammaster, Michael R.