Food pantries around the state facing cuts

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Food pantries in six counties across the state are facing large funding cuts because of changes the federal government made to its Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Maine food pantries are facing a 57 percent cut in funding from last year. In Cumberland County alone, 23 agencies that received grants last year will get nothing from the program. The Root Cellar is one of those agencies. It received about $10,000 last year to feed needy families in Portland's East End. The Root Cellar says without that money, it will likely be forced to give the families that depend on the food pantry less food each week.

Musician Lady Lamb the Beekeeper


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is the musical moniker of Aly Spaltro. She will be performing at the State Theatre in Portland on Friday, July 29th and at the Kahbang! Festival in Bangor on August 13th.

For more information on Lady Lamb The Beekeeper click here:  LADY LAMB

For more information on the State Theatre click here:  STATE THEATRE

For more information on the Kahbang! Festival click here:  KAHBANG!


The Mallett Brothers Band and Camp Creek


The jam-insupired Camp Creek music festival will be held at the Oxford Fairgrounds the weekend of August 5th through the 7th.  The festival gates are open from 10am on Friday, August 5th through sundown on Sunday, August 7th.  More than 30 acts will perform over the weekend, including Max Creek, The Mallett Brothers Band, Rustic Overtones, Adam Ezra, Ryan Montbleau Band and The Brew.  Three day camping passes are available for $80.

For more information and a complete lineup of musicians performing at the festival click here:  CAMP CREEK



The Mallett Brothers Band received the Best Local Act, Best Live Act and Best Local Album awards in this year's Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll.

Matinicus Woman Describes Surviving Plane Crash

MATINICUS ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) Eva Murray was one of four people aboard a Penobscot Island Air Service Cessna that crashed just off Matinicus Island July 17th.

She describes how she, the pilot and two other passengers got out of the plane after it crashed into the ocean, flipped upside down and submerged. She also describes how "everyone on the island who was psysically capable of responding did in whatever way they could."


TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

• One of the oldest Agricultural Fairs in Maine, established in 1854.
• New dates this year (used to run Sunday through Saturday) this year moving to
Tuesday August 9th through Sunday 14th.
• Free admission harness racing only days Sunday August 7th and Monday August
• New rates this year $10 admission for everyone includes limitless rides.
• Rides by Rockwell Amusements
• Senior Day is Tuesday August 9th, 63 and over admission is $3.00
• Agricultural events: Draft horse pulling, Ox and steer pulling, harness racing, pig
scrambles for 5, 6, 7, and 8 yr olds- everyone gets a chance to chase a pig.
• Big Entertainment: AWA Wrestling Tues. night. Demolition Derby Weds. night,
Twyce Shy Thurs. night, Redneck Truck Pull Friday night, Demolition Derby Sat.
night followed by fireworks, Imperial Stunt Drivers Sun.

30 countries represented at Festival of Nations

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thirty different countries were represented at Portland's 9th Annual Festival of Nations, the most number of countries ever present for the fair.

The Festival of Nations focuses on how the human race's differences are more similar than one may think. Through food, crafts, and music, people who attended the festival could explore various cultures all without having to pack a suitcase.

"And that's also probably the best way to become aware of these different cultures, is to see how they perform, eat the food, see the different crafts that they create," Michael Odokara-Okigbo, festival director, said. "It's just a really inclusive festival that hopefully will inspire people to travel and just experience the varieties that are in this city."

Festival coordinators also hope that this day proves that Portland is one of the most diverse cities in the country.

Portland Police say hoax caused Eastern Prom evacuation

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police cordoned off the city's Eastern Prom for more than 2 hours Friday afternoon, worried there was a suicidal and homicidal man on the loose. They say now, though, it was all a hoax.