Food, real estate groups discuss city growth

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Whether it's coffee, beer or the hundreds of restaurants, there's nearly something for every foodie in Portland, a reputation that has grown over the past 10 years.

The Maine Real Estate and Development Association discussed collaborations between the real estate industry and the food industry at its conference Tuesday. The association said as the food industry grows, there's also an increasing need for production facilities, enhanced supply chains and specialty storage.

"For example, we've doubled the number of breweries over the last two and a half years in Maine. So we have distilleries that are opening up and need specialized kinds of facilities whether with floor drains or retail, as well as processing and brewing capacity that are in place," said Betsy Bieman, the director of Harvard's Maine food cluster project.

Building where man fell to his death, passes inspection

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- City inspectors said an apartment building where a man fell to his death has passed its latest inspection.

Donald Stain was killed when a railing gave way on a second floor porch at the apartment building on 563 Cumberland Ave. in Portland.

After the death, inspector found that all of the porches at the apartment had structural issues and either needed to be repaired or torn down. Inspectors also found fire safety issues, decay and electrical safety problems.

City inspectors were at the building Tuesday morning and a spokesperson for the city said the landlord, Harry Krigman has blocked all access to the porches at the building and plans on tearing them down once he gets the permits.

Home remedies to treat allergy symptoms

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some of us are walking around sniffling or trying not to scratch our eyes too much, because as much as we love spring, it can mean allergies.

So besides taking various allergy medications and anti-histamines, there are some basic things at home you can do to relieve your symptoms:

Start by cooking with chicken instead of beef.

1. Cutting back on trans oleic acid is the goal here - that's a form of mono-unsaturated fat found primarily in meat and dairy products which can sometimes add to your sniffles.

2. Cook with turmeric!

Turmeric is a spice common in curry and Indian cuisine that may act as a decongestant. It's known to reduce allergy symptoms and ward off colds.

3. Try a herb called butterbur.

This herb has the best track record when used to fight off pollen allergies.

Portland Water District seeks PUC exemption

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Water District, which supplies water to about 15 percent of Maine's population, is looking for exemptions from state oversight.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission currently oversees all of the state's utilities, including every water district. The Portland Water District wants more local control, which would allow them to sidestep state approval of water rates and filing accident reports and construction plans.

The district's board of trustees is made up of 11 locally elected people, which is one of the reason the district's General Manager Ronald Miller believes it should have more control locally, similarly to city councils and school boards.

Gas prices rise a bit more in Maine over last week

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gas prices have risen 3.8 cents in Maine in the past week.

Gasoline price-monitoring website reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is $2.65.

Maine gas prices are 24.9 cents per gallon higher compared to a month ago, and about $1.06 lower per gallon than at this time last year.

The price per gallon in Maine a penny lower than the national average.

The Maine price is based on a survey of more than 1,200 gas stations

St. Vincent Soup Kitchen benefits from Feed Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For Director Arthur Ledue and the other volunteers at the St. Vincent Soup Kitchen in Portland, there's a special satisfaction that comes from helping others.

"To see so many of their eyes light up when you come and put the tray in front of them and they realize they're getting a good hot and hearty meal, it's probably the first bite they've had all day. It's really special," said director Arthur LeDue.

The soup kitchen serves up hot, nutritious lunches five days a week and also gives canned goods and other food items to those who come in.

Ferry captain rescues man in Portland Harbor

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A captain of a Casco Bay Lines ferry is being credited with rescuing a man who dove off a dock into Portland Harbor.

John Tracy, who has worked for the Casco Bay Lines for 29 years, heard someone crying for help around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday near the Maine State Pier. He realized someone was in the water, so Tracy grabbed a life ring and dove into the harbor to rescue him.

"Water's cold! That first leap, just wanted to make sure I got my breath when I came up and I did, just a little swim over," said Tracy.

A team of medics from the Portland Fire Department cut the man's clothes off and wrapped him in a blanket before taking him to Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Coast Guard said the water off the Maine State Pier was 47 degrees Wednesday.