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Maine brewers and restaurants can resume serving customers information

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Restaurants, breweries and tap rooms in Maine can now return to the practice of posting the Alcohol By Volume, or ABV, contained in malt beverages on menus and chalkboards.

A couple weeks ago, a handful of establishments were informed that posting the ABV on menus or chalkboards violated state statute against advertising the strength of beer. 

While none of the businesses were cited or fined for the transgression, the enforcement action did cause concern among brewers, bar tenders, servers and restaurant owners.  They worried that by not posting the information they could be liable if their patrons became intoxicated by drinking beers with higher ABVs and not realizing their impairment.

Johnny Williams a Bangor Legend

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Johnny was born Johnny Nagle in Rockland.  He moved to Bangor when he was three months up and lived on Pine Street.

His parents divorced and his mother married Henry Williams in 1915.  Henry adopted young Johnny when he was ten years old. The family lived in Bangor's Little City section.

Henry died in 1917 and Johnny carried the family name to national fame.

Johnny was most remembered in Bangor for a jazz group called the Johnny Williams Happy Six. He dropped out of Bangor High School in 1922, after his sophomore year.

He went to Portland, Hampton, Boston and New York.  While in New York, he played for the CBS orchestra. he caught on with the Raymond Scott Quintette.  They went to Hollywood to work on a number of major motion pictures.

The quintet and Johnny are featured in the Sonja Henie movie "Happy Landings."

Investigation into DHHS document shredding expands

AUGUSTA (NEWS CENTER) -- The probe into whether managers at Maine's Center for Disease Control ordered staff to shred documents is expanding.

A lawyer for whistleblower Sharon Leahy-Lind says the F-B-I is now involved and has interviewed Lind. Also within the last week, the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee has asked four managers involved in the process - including C-D-C Director Shiela Pinette - to testify about what they knew, when they knew it, and whether they broke the law.

At issue is how and why millions of dollars were dispersed under the Healthy Maine Partnership program. Explanations don't exist in part because one spreadsheet in particular that existed the day before the funding allocations were announced has since disappeared.

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.

MBB: #19 Bowdoin falls short against #3 Amherst

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The 19th ranked Bowdoin men's basketball team couldn't overcome 15 three-pointers against visiting Amherst as the #3 Lord Jeffs beat the Polar Bears 70-67. 

Andrew Madlinger's 19 points led Bowdoin as four Polar Bear starters to scored in double-figures.  The fifth, Camden Hills alum Keegan Pieri, had eight. 

The Polar Bears outrebounded Amherst 40-19, but turned the ball over 18 times.  The Lord Jeffs committed just five turnovers. 

Bowdoin (17-2) will have their final regular season home game on Tuesday against Plymouth State. 

Boothbay basketball coach up for national honor

(NEWS CENTER)-- The road to naming America's best high school boys basketball coach has entered its final stage. It started with 306 of the country's top high school boys hoop coaches, and now there are 10 remaining. 

One of them is I.J. Pinkham of Boothbay. Pinkham won the Northeast Regional by picking up 127,886 votes. During his 43-year career, Pinkham has close to 600 career wins and he has taken teams to the Class 'C' state championship game five times.

The national coach of the year gets $2,000 for his school. Final round voting begins at noon Friday and you can vote by clicking on this LINK