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Tourney Time Schedule/Results: Gold Ball Weekend

(NEWS CENTER)-- Here is the Tourney Time schedule/results page for Gold Ball weekend in high school basketball.

Class 'A' Girls:

McAuley             67
Oxford Hills          41       F

Class 'A' Boys:

Portland                 54
Hampden Academy  40   F

Class 'B' Girls:

Lake Region      56
MDI                   47             F

Tuesday's boys hockey quarter-final schedule/scores

NEWS CENTER - The boys high school hockey quarter-finals got underway on Monday night with a Lewiston win.  Here's the rest of the regional matchups that are all scheduled for Tuesday.  

CLASS 'A' WEST

(8) SOUTH PORTLAND    0
(1) FALMOUTH             10

(5) CHEVERUS     3
(4) NOBLE/WELLS  4

(6) BIDDEFORD           3
(3) THORNTON ACADEMY  5

(7) PORTLAND/DEERING       2
(2) SCARBOROUGH          4

CLASS 'A' EAST

Hundreds turn out to voice thoughts on dredging Searsport harbor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Hundreds of people were in the Queen City Monday night to get their opinions out on a big issue in the midcoast.

The question is should parts of Searsport Harbor be dredged deeper to help larger ships get into port. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking to launch that project with the help of the Maine Port Authority.

The two groups hosted a public information meeting at the Cross Insurance Center Monday night. Their plan is to take parts of the harbor floor down from 35 feet to 40 feet.

Many environmental groups are critical of the project. They fear doing that could bear consequences for types of sea fish and also unearth a lot of industrial elements on the harbor floor.

Debate over Searsport harbor project set to come to head

SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A controversial dredging project on the midcoast will be the focus of a public meeting in Bangor next week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the state on a plan to dredge Searsport Harbor. The project calls for lowering the harbor floor from 35 to 40 feet in some places.

Several environmental groups oppose the plan. They say the dredging will disturb sea life and release years of industrial elements on the harbor floor.

Supporters say the project is needed for safe passage of ships.

"40 feet is what they {the army corps} deem necessary to handle just the existing traffic," said David Cole who is with the group 'Action Committee of 50, "The existing ships coming in and out of that harbor...to handle traffic safely and efficiently."

Critics say HoltraChem site to blame for high levels of mercury on Penobscot

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Maine lobster fishermen are losing some fishing grounds because of concern over mercury contamination at the mouth of the Penobscot River.

The Department of Marine Resources plans to close seven square miles on the river to lobster fishing and crabbing. The state is taking the step because lobsters caught in that area showed high levels of mercury. It's contamination that state environmental officials say is tied to a shuttered chemical plant in Orrington that is in the middle of a lengthy legal battle over cleanup at the site.

The seven square miles at the river's end that will soon be off limits go from Fort Point in Stockton Springs over to Wilson Point in Castine. Areas north of those two points on the Penobscot would also be closed off.

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.

State Wrestling Highlights and Results

NEWS CENTER - The state championships were decided in wrestling with Marshwood and Camden Hills completing three-peats in Classes 'A' & 'B', plus Dirigo taking a Class 'C' title a year after finishing runner-up.   

Class 'A' Team Totals