Bowdoin alum signs NHL contract

NEWS CENTER- Jon Landry's road to the NHL is one that's certainly less traveled.  First it was playing at Div. III Bowdoin College.  Then it was bouncing around the U.S. and even Europe.  However, at the age of 29, he's finally signed his first NHL contract. 

    The 6-3, 220 pound defenseman signed signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders, meaning he could either play on Long Island or with their AHL affiliate Bridgeport, whom he played for half of last season. 

    If Landry plays for the Islanders, he'd be just the second Bowdoin College product to play in the NHL.  Fred Ahern, a 1974 graduate, played in five season for the California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, and Colorado Rockies. 

Mainer makes Sea Dogs history

NEWS CENTER- Mike McDonald made history by becoming the first Mainer ever to play for the Sea Dogs.  His debut was much shorter than anyone could've anticipated. 

The Camden-Rockport alum started Sunday's game at Trenton and pulled in the first inning after sustaining an undisclosed leg injury.  McDonald retired the first two batters he faced before tweaking his leg as he gave up his first hit.  After allowing two more hits, he was pulled.  The former University of Maine pitcher last two thirds of an inning and gave up two runs. 

The Portland bullpen kept the Sea Dogs in it with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball.  Jeremy Hazelbaker's RBI single in the ninth scored Ryan Dent as Portland completed the comeback 3-2.









Portland City Council considers removing panhandlers from medians

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  The Portland City Council is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal for panhandlers to stand in medians.

There are several intersections in Portland where people typically stand with signs asking passing drivers for money. City councilor Ed Suslovic proposed an ordinance that would keep those people off of medians, because he says police are concerned about their safety. The panhandlers would still be allowed to ask for money on the sidewalks. But homeless advocate Steve Hustin says this is really just an attempt from the city to hide the homeless population.

Business cooperative tour bikes message to Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A cooperative is often decribed as an organization or business that is owned and managed by the people who use its services, or the people who work there. It's a term that describes some credit unions, but it often refers to farmer cooperatives. Co-ops have helped save a number of small businesses survive the diving economy. It's a practice that has even helped businesses thrive... Businesses like Cabot.

Members of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative helped raise awareness of the benefits of co-ops with an east coast tour ending today in Portland.

The group made a number of different stops to pass along the message of how helpful co-ops can be to the nation's economy.

Following along, were 3 bicyclists... Making the 23-hundred mile trek to celebrate the volunteers that help keep co-ops running.

Ellsbury, Sweeney struggle, Sea Dogs rally

NEWS CENTER- The Sox still had a notable presence on the Portland Sea Dogs in New Hampshire.  For the second time in their series with the Fisher Cats, all-star Jacoby Ellsbury and fellow Boston outfielder Ryan Sweeney were in the lineup. 

Ellsbury was 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.  Sweeney went 0 for 3.  It's not known whether they will travel with Portland for their final series before the all-star break in Trenton.  Both players are expected to be activated from the disabled list in the near future. 

The Sea Dogs rallied for three runs in the ninth to win 4-2 snapping their six-game losing streak.

Crawford headed to Pawtucket

NEWS CENTER- Carl Crawford started the week in Portland and left the Sea Dogs by the weekend.  After three games with the Red Sox double A affiliate, the four-time all-star is on his way to Pawtucket for a pair of rehab games. 

In his three games with Portland, Crawford batted .400 with 2 runs and an RBI. 

Crawford expects to join Boston at some point after next week's All-Star break.

Portland Police introduces its newest K-9 unit

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A special guest attended the Portland Rotary Club's meeting at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Friday.

Mako, Portland's newest K-9 and his handler Officer Zack Finley gave a demonstration to the members. The dog and officer go through a lengthy training process together utilizing only "positive" training methods.

The addition of Mako was made possible through a donation by the Rotary Club of $6,600.

Officer Finley and Mako hope to get certified by this fall and join the other teams that are trained for lost people, articles, narcotics and assist in suspect apprehension.