Lobster Bowl prepares for possible weather issues Saturday

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Saturday will mark the 24th time Maine high school football and cheerleader All-Stars take to the field in support of the Maine Shriners. The Shriners have put on the Maine Lobster Bowl each of the last 24 years to raise money and awareness for the 22 Shrine Hospitals for Children across the US, Canada and Mexico.

This year, the Lobster Bowl may have another hurdle to jump over...the weather. NEWS CENTER's Keith Carson is calling for severe weather coming through the area around the time of the event. Gates open most of the day for other events and kickoff is slated for 4PM at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. The Lobster Bowl Committee has asked everyone who plans on attending to look at some safety precautions they are putting in place for the worst case scenario.

Lobster Bowl Preview Interviews

HEBRON, ME (NEWS CENTER) - With over 10 practices under their belt, the Maine high school football all stars get ready for the 24th Lobster bowl to be played Saturday at 4PM at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. The game has been held for 24 years to support the Kora Temple Shriners Children's Hospitals.

Multiple boat explosions prompt warning and advice from experts

NAPLES, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three separate boat fires and explosions over the 4th of July holiday weekend have first responders and boating experts encouraging boaters to inspect their boats and perform the proper maintenance.

The first explosion happened at the East End Beach boat launch in Portland on Friday, and sent a man to the hospital with burns to his arms, chest and face.  Investigators believe the engine sparked gas vapors inside the compartment that houses the 20 foot long boat's inboard motor.

Later that same day, two women were injured in Gardiner when the boat they were in on the Kennebec River caught fire.  Another boat was damaged in a fire on Cold Stream Pond near Lincoln on Saturday night.

"It is unusual to have a couple of explosions in such a short period of time," stated District Game Warden, Neal Wykes.  He says the state may average three or four such incidents in a single year.

This is Home - York Beach

Locals and visitors agree: one of the best ways to beat summer heat is at the beautiful beaches of Maine.  York Beach is a favorite.

New technology helps bring sick kids to familiar places

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the past 15 years, Grahamtastic Connection has provided hundreds of seriously ill children and their families computers and internet connectivity to help kids keep connected with their friends and family while they are receiving treatment. 

"You can't drive the program, the technology drives the program," stated Grahamtastic's founder, Leslie Morrisette, who vowed to help families find information and stay in touch after her son's courageous battle with cancer.

Jenna Posey received the first computer Morrisette gave away.

"It was a huge, big Mac Quadra that I could barely carry with my own hands and it was dial-up internet, the beep, beep, beep, and it was slow," recalled Morrisette.  "Once I gave away that first computer I realized that my life would never be the same and it just felt so good to give back."

Five injured in Lebanon car crash

LEBANON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Five people were taken to various hospitals after two cars collided in the town of Lebanon Sunday night.

It happened around 6:30 near the Lebanon House of Pizza on Carl Broggi Highway.

Assistant Chief Jason Cole says a Nissan Altima tried to make a lefthand turn off the road and didn't see an oncoming Dodge Stratus.
The Stratus slammed into the Altima, spinning it into a ditch. The Stratus wound up in the eastbound lane.

The crash remains under investigation by State Police.  Cole adds that an emergency room doctor who just happened to be passing by stopped and helped the injured.

Young teen struck by lightning in E. Lebanon

EAST LEBANON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Lebanon Rescue Department says a young teen was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning Sunday.

In a news release, Assistant Chief Jason Cole says the boy was struck shortly after 8:30 PM. Family told emergency crews that a bolt of lightning hit the house and traveled across a room to hit the teen.

The child was alert and conscious when crews arrived, but was still suffering from the effects of the strike.

He was taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford. His condition has not been released.