Maine Medical Center takes security very seriously

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The testing of patients continues in New Hampshire where health officials are trying to determine if more people were exposed to Hepatitis C. So far 32 people have been infected with virus.

The testing comes after a former medical technician at Exeter hospital was charged with spreading the infection with contaminated syringes.

In the aftermath of the outbreak some people what to know what hospitals here in Maine doing to protect patients.
Federal regulators just last week said officials at Exeter Hospital did not properly security narcotics used at the facility. Officials at Maine's largest hospital, Maine Medical Center say security procedures over drugs and infectious diseases are something they take so seriously, they review them nearly every day.

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5th and final Run for the Fallen to be held on Sunday

OGUNQUIT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When John Mixon saw a news story about a national Run for the Fallen back in 2008, he called to see if he could join in the run, never knowing how that phone call would change his life.

Instead of running across the country, Mixon, a Vietnam vet, was asked to create a run in Maine to honor the sacrifices of our military men and women.  That initial run traveled 55 miles from Veterans Park in Ogunquit's town center to Portland's Monument Square and was organized in just a couple weeks time.

"Most people don't understand what these men and their families go through for us to have our freedom," explained Mixon. "Even though we didn't know them, we grieve for them and we honor them for the sacrifice that they gave."

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.

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.

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.