More than a dozen mosquito pools test positive for EEE

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Public health officials with the state of Maine are urging Mainers to take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes after more than a dozen pools tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, in the past week.

"We are very concerned about that because I think a lot of people think, 'well, we are getting into the fall, the mosquitoes are going away', but in fact not," stated state epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Sears. 

The state announced thirteen pools they tested in the past week were infected with EEE, bringing the total number of pools with EEE present to twenty so far this year.

"We are really concerned about these viruses, predominately in the southern part of the state," he explained, but noted there are many more mosquitoes than the state can test, so people in every corner of the state should take precautions.

USATHSS Fifth Quarter Football Play of the Week nominees

(NEWS CENTER) - Well, Week 2 of the high school football season got started on a soggy note but finished strong under the lights Saturday.

All the Fifth Quarter tape has been looked at, studied and the NEWS CENTER staff has come up with what we think is the 5 best plays we saw over the weekend.

Follow this LINK to our USA TODAY High School Sports website and VOTE in the poll. Every vote counts so pick your favorite and spread the word!

BikeMaine riders reflect on 400mi journey

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It's been a week of riding... And sightseeing through the state, but now...Bike Maine is finished. 

NEWS CENTER's Tim Goff, who's been taking part in this challenge... along with 249 other riders, has seen many sights and sounds across the State of Maine. Tim and the other riders got to enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of this state like few get to do, on a bicycle.

Tim wraps up his trek and shows us the path he and the other riders travelled over the last week.

Fifth Quarter weather-filled Football Friday

(NEWS CENTER) - Well, Mother Nature had her say with a lot of games across the region on Friday seeing postponements until Saturday. if you missed any of the Fifth Quarter and LIVE Postgame Webshhow, just take a look to your left where all the archived videos are. Here is a list of postponed games from Friday night and their new times:

So Portland at Bonny Eagle Saturday 7P
Lawrence at Mt. Blue Saturday 7P
Brewer at Cony Saturday 1P
Freeport at Gray/New Gloucester Saturday 7P
Westbrook at Mt. Ararat Saturday 6P
Madison at Belfast 7P
Massabesic at Biddeford 3P

Lewiston at Cheverus moved to Fitzpatrick Stadium at 1P


USATHSS Fifth Quarter Football Top 10 and POTW

(NEWS CENTER) - Week 2 of the high school football season about to kick is our Top 10 Poll of teams. Remember...NEWS CENTER's poll is the only statewide poll, with representatives from both regions, all 4 classes and all 8 divisions.

Thursday is also the day we announce the winner of our Fifth Quarter Play of the Week! Check it out and see the winner.

Fifth Quarter Forecaster XCountry-Field Hockey Week 2 Top 5

(NEWS CENTER) - Week 2 of our Fifth Quarter/Forecaster Top 5 polls for the sports of field hockey and cross country as those teams have been working hard in the early season....Check out this week's polls.

Vote on Syria a tough call for Maine's members of Congress

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of Maine's congressional delegation continue to struggle with their votes on military action in Syria.

At a ribbon cutting Monday morning, Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said he had lost sleep over making his decision. He says he's trying to figure out whether it's a bigger risk to go into Syria or stay out.

"This is an important decision that could have ramifications that could go on for years either way, so it deserves a deep thoughtful consideration. I didn't sleep very well last night," King said.

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) also has not made up her mind, nor has Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME2). Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME1) has said she is "inclined to vote no," though she plans to listen to briefings this week before making a final decision.