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Sanford wants to lure theme park

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Could Sanford be the future home of a multi-million dollar amusement park? That's the dream of two businessmen who want to build a Maine Adventure Park in the former mill town.

Bill Underwood and H. Allen Mapes hired a team of consultants from California to tour the area and conduct a study on it's potential as a major tourist attraction.

The consultants have worked on numerous projects including Disney World in Florida and Six Flags New England. State tourism officials say about 28 million tourists visit Maine each year and the consultants say an unique year round theme park could attract visitors from the Greater Boston area and New Hampshire.

Sanford man dies after golf cart accident

PORTLAND, Maine (AP/NEWS CENTER) - The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says that a Sanford man has died from the injuries he sustained after an accident in a golf cart.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says 52-year-old John MacKay from Sanford was thrown from the golf cart that was being operated by a Massachusetts man Saturday night in the town of Casco.

Deputies arrested, and charged, the golf cart operator, 59-year-old Gary Belinsky from Westford, Mass., for drunken driving.

He was released Sunday morning on $300 bail from the Cumberland County Jail. Jail paperwork didn't indicate if he'd hired an attorney, and the phone at his Massachusetts home rang unanswered Sunday.

Officials say the incident is an ongoing investigation.

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Local company invents Zero G soccer trainer

CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Soccer has always been the world's game. Now, Maine has a reason to be recognized globally.

It's all thanks to the innovation and development by Variable Gravity Products, a company based in Cumberland that also manufactures in Kennebunk. Their Zero G (gravity) soccer trainer has been apart of the online market for a little over year and is one of the best selling products when it comes to soccer training.

The item is targeted for youth soccer players (approximately 8 million registered in the US). It allows children to adjust the settings for a ball attached to bar being offset by weights. Chief Innoventer Steven Leen refers to it as "training wheels for your feet." The more a child can get comfortable with the trainer the more they can increase the rate of gravity until there's no resistance at all.

Lobster Bowl Post Game and Highlights

Biddeford, ME (NEWS CENTER) - The 2013 Lobster Bowl hung in the balance under the threat of severe weather coming through Maine Saturday afternoon. Fortunately for the thousands of fans and over 100 football players, cheerleaders and coaches, the weather held off and a GREAT game went off without a hitch.

The East All-Stars took home the trophy with a 28-13 victory over the West Squad at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. East MVP, Mt. Blue quarterback Jordan Whitney threw for 2 TD's while Fitzpatrick Trophy winner, Cheverus's Donald Goodrich finished his high school football career by taking home the West MVP.

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.