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5th Quarter/Forecaster Soccer Poll

(NEWS CENTER) - A pair of #1 vs. #2 matchups highlight the final week of the high school soccer regular season: (1) Yarmouth & (2) Greely for the boys and (1) Windham & (2) Scarborough

BOYS

1. Yarmouth

2. Greely

3. Scarborough

4. Camden Hills

5. Deering

GIRLS

1. Windham

2. Scarborough

3. Greely

4. Cape Elizabeth

5. Waterville

The Wonderful World of Oz at Farnsworth Art Museum

THE WIZARD OF OZ AT FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is celebrating the 75th aninversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic motion picture "The Wizard of Oz" with the exhibit The Wonderful World of Oz. The show includes extensive memorabilia from The Wizard of Oz, including the costume worn by the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin, one of Dorothy's pinafores and blouses, examples of the many illustrated versions of L. Frank Baum's books and more.

The Wonderful World of Oz will be on display at the Farnsworth through March 30th.

For more information click here: FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM

 

Pumpkin Regatta wraps up Damariscotta Pumpkinfest

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NECN) -- As the name suggests, Pumpkinfest in Damariscotta celebrates all things pumpkin.

During the 10 day event, they weigh them, carve them, eat them, parade them, and even hurl them from a giant catapult.
But the highlight of the festival is the Pumpkin Regatta.

"Are you ready for pumpkin racin'?" shouted the Regatta MC from a boat in Damariscotta Harbor.

The idea of racing giant gourds may seem perplexing to the public, but to these self-professed "pumpkin heads," the leap from raising them to racing them isn't as big as you might think.

"You spend all summer growing the pumpkins," said race particpant Buzz Pinkham. "What are you gonna do? Just let them rot in the lawn?"

"Ready. Set. Get Wet!" called the MC.

The MC cried get wet because pumpkin paddling, it turns out, is not so easy.

Week 5 Fifth Quarter Play of the Week

(NEWS CENTER) - The 2nd half of the season got off to a great start Friday night and finished with a bittersweet victory for Bucksport, who tried to celebrate a late win while dealing with a loss of a student/athlete. A very emotional weekend for everyone in communities all around the state.

Let's celebrate some of the great things student/athletes around this great state are doing. Follow this LINK to our USA TODAY High School Sports site and VOTE for the one you think is best!

NEWS CENTER also presents this weeks Fifth Quarter East and West Players of the Week.

 

 

Brunswick Police look into attempted abduction reports

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police in Brunswick say they want to calm parents fears after hearing about concerns and misinformation on social media about two possible abduction attempts.

The two incidents happened in the area around Columbia Avenue a month apart from each other. Both involved students from the Harriet Beecher Stowe School. They say they've investigated both cases thoroughly and there doesn't appear to be any cause for alarm. They say reports of similar vehicles and suspects involved turned out to be false.

"Brunswick is a very safe community. We have a lot of patrols out in the area, so it is fairly unusual for something like this to happen, especially to hear that, unfortunately initially this looked like two incidents within days of each other, when further investigation showed that they were about a month apart and they're not really related, other than the street", said Brunswick Deputy Chief Mark Hagan.

Proud growers exhibit gargantuan gourds and stupendous squash

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The annual Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta is underway in the Mid-coast and as usual, festivities kicked off with the popular pumpkin-growing contest.

Mammoth pumpkins had to be hauled to the scale with a tractor. The gourds all weigh hundreds of pounds but the ribbon winners all topped 1,000 lbs.

Master growers say it all starts with the seed and many of them trade seeds to get genes for the perfect specimen.

It takes half a year of devotion to nurture the prize-winners.

This year's biggest-in-show weighed 1,266 lbs. Grower Edwin Pierpont is excited but he's grown bigger. "It's a great feeling," he says, "I wish it was bigger but I pollinated early and we didn't get great weather so just to get one here... anybody has done well to make it to the end."

Injured hiker rescued from Acadia National Park

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland, Maine woman was rescued from a closed national park after becoming injured.

According to Ranger Edward Pontbriand, a 69 year-old woman from Portland was hiking along the Flying Mountain of Acadia National Park when she fell down and cut her knee open.  Unable to walk out of the park, she called 9-1-1 at 11am Saturday morning.

Because the park is closed due to the government shutdown, only a skeleton crew of 4 rangers were onsite when the call came in.  Those rangers contacted Mount Desert Island's search and rescue group, as well as first responders from Southwest Harbor for assistance.

After a laborious extraction, the victim was placed in a ambulance and transported to Mount Desert Island hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say though she 'violated the closure' by ignoring park closed signs, no charges will be filed.