Town seeking options to keep beaches public

YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While it is far from beach weather we've been having lately, Ronald Nowell, Chairman of the York Board of Selectmen, is anxious about future access to the town's beaches.

"It takes one private property owner to stake out his property and put up a sign and a fence, it is as simple as that," stated Nowell.  "Any of those private property owners could fence off the sections of the beach, and there is not a thing we could do about it."

Nowell has been concerned about the situation for decades, but a recent ruling by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in favor of property owner's rights to limit access to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunk has him looking for options to keep public access to the beaches in his community.

He says closing the beaches would not just be an inconvenience, but devastating to the local economy.

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

Regional Wrestling Championship Results

NEWS CENTER - Wrestlers from around Maine had one last obstacle before qualifying for the state meet. The team and individual results from around the state are listed below.

Class 'A' West - Sanford High School

Team Standings

1. Marshwood 228.5
2. Noble 199.5
3. Massabesic 196.5
4. Biddeford 104.0
5. Sanford 96.0
6. Portland 85.5
8. Kennebunk 41.0
9. Thorton Academy 17.0
10. Deering 16.0
11. Cheverus 8.0
12. Scarborough 7.0
13. GPC 4.0

Championship Finals

Berwick woman injured in house fire has died

BERWICK, Maine (AP) -- The State Fire Marshal's Office says a Berwick woman badly injured Friday when her house caught fire has died.

PHOTOS: Berwick woman rescued from smoke-filled home

Rebecca Galleshaw, 63, died Sunday at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Firefighters found her body in bed Friday morning after neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the house. Galleshaw was being treated for severe smoke inhalation.

Fire Investigators said the fire started in the basement from electrical wiring. It is the first fire death in Maine this year.

Six things to do this weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking for a few things to add to your schedule this weekend, here's a list of WCSH6's Six Things to do This Weekend.

1. WINE TASTING - Wine connoisseurs may want to consider spending Saturday afternoon at the Browne Trading Market in Portland. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. on February 1. The market promises that their knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and assist those looking to purchase that perfect bottle.

Sanford's Scott, Oak Hill's Washburn win Gaziano awards

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Oak Hill's Luke Washburn and Sanford's Jed Scott stellar play on the line of scrimmage during their senior seasons helped their teams to playoff runs and also won the state's top prize for their positions:  the Gaziano Award.

Washburn won the defenisve honor while Scott took home the trophy on offense at the fourth annual event. 

The Raiders standout was linchpin for Oak Hill defense en route to the Class 'D' championship.  Cheverus' Greg Grinnell and Skowhegan's Ethan Liberty were runners-up for the defensive award. 

Scott led the way for the Spartans power-rushing attack, including a regional quarterfinal upset at South Portland.  Colin Richards of Mount Blue and Jacob Fogel of Portland were the the other two finalists on offense.

Each of the winners recieved a $5,000 scholarship for the top prize.  The four runners-up earned a $1,000 scholarship.