Giant inflatable colon helps with cancer prevention

(NEWS CENTER) -- There is a larger than life traveling inflatable colon in Auburn-Lewiston Tuesday. It stands 10-feet high, 12-feet wide, and 12-feet long and allows people to see the inside of a colon. The colon features polyps, cancer and other abnormalities. Registered dieticians will be at the event to discuss healthy colon food. St. Mary's Medical Regional Center is featuring the giant colon Tuesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LePage Large Conference Room. It will then travel to the Auburn Mall and located near the TD Bank from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Pirates remain in AHL cellar after loss to Springfield

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Pirates entered Sunday with the fewest points in the American Hockey League and didn't do anything to disprove the label of of having the league's worst record after a 9-3 loss to Springfield. 

The nine goals allowed was the most for Portland this season.  

The Pirates surrendered four in the first period before getting on the board only for the Falcons to score five more unanswered. 

Umaine shuts out Merrimack, advances to Hockey East quarters

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine men's hockey team showed why they had one of the better home records in Hockey East this season with their 2-0 shutout of Merrimack in their single-elimination first-round playoff. 

Lewiston native Mark Anthoine opened the scoring 2:01 into the contest when the senior forward knuckled a backhander past Warriros goalie Tirronen Rasmus.

Anthoine's classmate Martin Ouellette made that lone goal stand as he stopped all 29 shots he faced. 

Leading scorer Devin Shore added an empty goal with 20 seconds left in regulation to secure the win. 

The sixth-seeded Black Bears (16-13-4) will travel to Providence for a best-of-three series in the Hockey East quarterfinals next weekend.

Falmouth repeats, Messalonskee boys win 1st state hockey title

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It took Falmouth an extra period and it took Messalonskee their third try to capture their respective state championships in boys hockey on Saturday. 

The Yachstmen defended their Class 'A' title with a 3-2 overtime win over St. Dominic Academy.  Jack Grade scored the goal with with 1:17 left in the first OT period. 

Meanwhile, after losing in the previous two Class 'B' finals to Greely, Messalonskee rolled to their first ever state championship.  The Eagles were tied 1-1 after the first period with Gorham, who were playing in their first ever state final, before scoring the final five goals of the game.  Messalonskee finished the season with a perfect record (21-0-0).

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Johnny Ater to headline Comedy Fix XII

Johnny Ater to headline Comedy Fix XII

The hilarious Johnny Ater leads a handful of New England’s top comedians to Auburn for Comedy Fix XII. The show will take place Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Auburn Fireside Inn with all net proceeds will benefiting The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

Ater has performed at the Punchline in San Francisco and co-headlined the 2013 Maine Comedy Festival. He has also appeared on WCSH’s ‘207’ and ‘The Nite Show with Danny Cashman’. Comedy Fix founder Mark Turcotte will also host Erik Gundersen, Jordan Handren-Seavey, Jerri Stone and Mark Reilly.

Environmentalists worry decision made in Canada could impact Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday afternoon, the Canadian National Energy Board ruled in favor of a project that will allow tar sands oil to flow east from Alberta Provence to Montreal, Quebec.

Environmental groups in Maine believe the decision paves the way for energy companies to seek to have tar sands oil flow from Canada to Casco Bay via the Portland Montreal Pipeline.

"Up until this point, the line that comes from Alberta down towards the New England border has not been able to carry tar sands," explained Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  "So it is literally now at our doorstep."

While environmentalists believe the operators of the Portland Montreal Pipeline will now push to reverse its flow and pump tar sands oil onto ships docked in South Portland, and on to refineries around the world, a company spokesman says that is not the case.