Vertical Gardening: For the Space Challenged

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you want to grow some vegetables this year, but you don't have a lot of space, try growing up... vertically that is. There are many vegetables that will grow up trellises or stakes or anything you erect behind them. Amy Witt of the Cooperative Extension shows you what it looks like and what you can grow this way.

If you'd like to ask her about it, the Cooperative Extension is holding and ":Ask the Expert" Open House on June 18th from 5-7 at Tidewater Farm, which is off Route 1 in Falmouth behind Walmart.

Old Port Festival kicks off Friday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The First Friday Art Walk and circus performers kick off the Old Port Festival, a three-day long festival in downtown Portland. The festival expanded to three days this years and has new acts and activities.

The Circus Conservatory of America will perform Friday and Saturday in Monument Square. There will also be a downtown scavenger hunt and working waterfront tour on Saturday. Sunday will resemble the more "traditional" Old Port Fest, with street vendors and musical performances on six stages.

The event typically draws between 30,000 to 40,000 people.

Portland's 41st Old Port Fest to be biggest yet

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 41st annual Old Port Festival will be the biggest yet, expanding to a three-day event with musical acts, circus performers, and family-friendly activities.

The festival begins Friday, June 6 with the First Friday Art Walk.

Performances by the Circus Conservatory of America are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Monument Square.

There will be a downtown scavenger hunt and working waterfront tour on Saturday.

Sunday will resemble the more "traditional" Old Port Fest, with street vendors and musical performances on six stages.

Organizers said the festival has expanded to three days because the one-day event became too large, and some people started avoiding the area because of the crowds.

Portland High marks a milestone

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland High School is marking a major milestone Thursday. The campus is celebrating it's 150th anniversary and has the distinction of being the second oldest continuously operating public high school in the country.

Former students got a chance to look up their senior pictures from year books on display in the school's alumni room. Some were looking for pictures of their parents or old friends.

Portland High students conducted tours of the school, which has gone through several renovations over the years. The visit to the school was especially sentimental for Carol Gile, who's father Harold Paulson coached the boys swimming teams to national championships in the 40's and 50's. Gile says keeping up an historic school can be costly for taxpayers, it needs to remain open for future generations.

9-year-old recognized for his help during emergency

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Fire Department presented a 9-year-old boy with a Portland Fire Department challenge coin and letter of commendation to recognize his actions while assisting in the treatment of his grandmother during a recent medical emergency.

9-year-old Nicholas Burnham of Portland was at his grandmother's house when she experienced a medical emergency. Nicholas called 9-1-1 and helped his grandmother remain calm while also providing the dispatcher with critical information.

Nicholas is a 3rd grader at Riverton School. He was presented with a Portland Fire Department challenge coin, a department t-shirt, and a hat as a gesture of thanks for a job well done.

Dispensaries Demystified: Shedding Light on Maine's Growing Medical Marijuana Industry

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In 1999, Maine became one of the first states in the country to legalize the medical use of marijuana, but for more than a decade there was no system in place for patients to obtain it. In November of 2009, voters approved another statewide referendum, this time establishing the framework to create eight medical marijuana dispensaries. After months of work crafting the regulations, selecting the winning applicants, and building the infrastructure from the ground up, the state's first dispensary opened in the spring of 2011. Now all eight are up and running, but many Mainers still do not understand what they are and what they do.

Portland firefighters to face mock passenger plane fire

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Firefighters have completed training for a scenario they hope to avoid: a fiery plane crash at the Portland Jetport.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires the annual training for first responders.

The simulated a fire on a passenger plane. The Air Rescue and Firefighting division crews created a plan to enter the plane, rescue people, and extinguish the fire.

"Live burn training makes a real difference in how we respond to an emergency. In the rare event of an airport emergency, we need to be prepared to respond quickly and efficiently. The experience we get through this training could save lives," said Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria.