Helicopters helping string together Maine's largest construction project

ELIOT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the past four years, more than 2700 people have been hard at work replacing more than 400 miles of old power transmission lines as part of Central Maine Power Company's Maine Power Reliability Program.

"This is probably the largest project in the history of the state of Maine," stated Chris Marshall, a community relations manager for Burns & McDonald, which is helping oversee the project.  "We are about just over 70% complete, we still have another year left of construction to do."

While there are hundreds of people on the ground building new towers and replacing substations, much of the transmission line is being helped into place by helicopters high in the sky.

"He is definitely threading the needle," remarked Marshall.  "These guys have a lot of training and a lot of skill in what they do."

Shain's of Maine earns a marketing nod

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The maker of the Sea Dog Biscuit is serving up more than ice cream these days and they've received an award for it.

Two Shain's of Maine regulars walk into a parlor...
"She said I'm going to take you out for breakfast," says a resident from North Berwick. "This is breakfast."

They liked their hot dogs smothered in mustard, relish, "celery salt,"
which comes on a grilled bun for a buck - or a dollar 75 for two.

"Can't beat the price," he says. It began as a "cheap eats" promotion last May.

Jeff Shain of Shain's of Maine says "the key is selling things at a value. Not cheap, because cheap is cheap."

Every three weeks last summer you could get a .50 hot dog, burger, or cheeseburger, .99 grilled cheese sandwich, or the crowd favorite: "A lobster roll for $5.99."

Pickup driver dies in crash with SUV in Sanford

SANFORD, Maine (AP) - Police say one person is dead and two people had to be flown to a Portland hospital after a crash on Route 202 in Sanford.

Cpl. Matthew Gagne says 53-year-old James Desaulniers was killed when he improperly passed another vehicle in his pickup truck and crashed into an oncoming sport utility vehicle at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A man and woman in the SUV were injured and taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Route 202 was shut down for several hours after the accident, which remains under investigation.

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Fifth Quarter Saturday: Regional Semifinals

(NEWS CENTER) - The final six slots were filled for next weekend's regional finals with Thornton Academy, Cheverus, Marshwood, Winslow, Waterville, and Oak Hill earning the honors.



(2) Thornton Academy 35 (6) Sanford 6 F


(1) Cheverus 37 (4) Bangor 0 F


(3) Marshwood 45  (2) York 16 F


Fifth Quarter Saturday: Regional Quarterfinals

(NEWS CENTER) - Saturday's regional quarterfinals boasted one surprise and neither had another shocker as only 32 teams remain in the pursuit of a state championship.

Class 'A' East

(3) Windham 54 (6) Edward Little 14
(4) Bangor 55 (5) Lewiston 21

Class 'A' West

(6) Sanford 33 (3) South Portland 32

Class 'B' East

(5) Skowhegan 36 (4) Mt. Blue 29

Class 'C' East

(3) Mt. Desert Island 21 (6) Old Town 14

Class 'D' West

(2) Oak Hill 41 (7) Boothbay Region 22
(3) Lisbon 28 (6) Maranacook 0

Class 'D' East

(3) Mattanawcook Academy 22 (6) Washington Academy 21