No one injured in Lewiston apartment building fire

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - All the tenants of an apartment building on Oxford Street in Lewiston escaped an early morning fire Friday.

Flames broke out at an apartment building at 32 Oxford Street around 3:30 AM Friday. A cause was not initially evident, although it appears to have started on a fourth floor porch.

Lewiston Fire Chief Paul LeClair says all 7 occupants escaped safely. Chief LeClair said the bitter cold of the morning made fighting the flames more difficult for firefighters.

Crews from several neighboring towns responded and firefighters made quick work of the flames. They remained on scene for several hours making sure the fire didn't spark back up or spread.

The Red Cross is helping the people who were displaced.

Investigators will try and determine a cause.

Dog rescue provides first responders with refresher course in ice safety

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- First responders were given a refresher in their ice rescue procedures when they responded to a call for help for a dog that fell through the ice on Taylor Pond early Tuesday morning.

The Fire Department received the call just after 2am that a doberman was stranded in a hole about 200 feet from shore.

Firefighters donned exposure suits and ventured out onto the ice and found the dog unconscious and hypothermic.  She was loaded into an inflatable rescue boat and pulled to shore with a rope.

"This time of year we begin to ramp up our expectations and refreshing on-ice rescue training, so we were prepared," explained Auburn Fire Chief Frank Roma.  "At this time of the year, early in the season and late in the season as the ice is coming in and going out, that these type of incidents happen."

Police concerned about increases in drugged driving

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Recent changes to state and local marijuana policies have some members of law enforcement concerned that they could see an increase in the number of drug-impaired drivers.

"People are already doing it," stated Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce.  "When it was illegal people were already doing it as well."

Before he became sheriff, Joyce was a highly trained drug recognition expert, and was often called upon to assist other officers in helping them determine not only if a someone was impaired, but what drug they had taken.

When a driver is suspected of being drunk, police officers have tools to help them make that determination, with drugs it often requires an intensive investigation.

Fit at Five: Cooking Matters

Eating healthy on a budget is a concept that overwhelms many. The Cooking Matters program is teaching people that eating healthy on a budget is possible.

This statewide program started back in 2010 and was designed to educate families on how to extend their food dollar and cook healthy meals. Courtney Kennedy of Good Shepard Food Bank tells us thanks to the help of SNAP-Ed funding this program has gone from just 8 classes in 2010 to now 150 classes being offered. Nutritionists team up with local chefs to teach participants that cooking healthy is not only easy, but tastes good too. The program holds classes through the year for teens, adults, families, child care professionals, and kids.

Make- A- Wish Maine makes a young pirate's dream come true

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This is the season of wishes... in more ways than one.

A season when children wish for presents... grown-ups wish for good fortune in the New year... and the Make a Wish Foundation wishes for enough donations to make dreams come true for Maine children facing life threatening illnesses.

Make a Wish Maine will do most of it's fundraising for the entire year over the next three weeks, with it's Season of Wishes campaign.

There is something magical about the work of this organization. To see it... you need look no further than the smiling faces of kids who have been thru so much in their short lives.... Kids like 7 year old Owen Winslow. He's been fighting a malignant brain tumor. His wish was granted last week... a it was a really fun one... for everyone involved.