Maineiacs president says the plan is to stay in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This weekend is the deadline for Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams to announce any plans to move cities, and the Lewiston Maineiacs president Bill Schurman says the team expects to stay in Lewiston.

Despite securing a playoff spot, the Maineiacs are losing money for an 8th straight season. And the mayor of Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island sparked new rumors in a newspaper interview that the Maineacs were moving to his city. But Schurman says he is doing everything he can to make things work in Maine.

He acknowledges that his owner is taking phone calls from those interested in either buying the team or enticing the team to leave the city, but that is only because right now, the team needs to sell 1000 more tickets per game to break even.

The Maineiacs have a home game this Friday night at 7.



Craft beer in a can rolls off the line in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The first batch of Baxter Brewing Company beer rolled off the production line at its facility in Lewiston Friday.

Company President and Founder Luke Livingston set up shop in the Bates Mill complex. There is one big difference between his beer and most craft brews -- it will be sold in cans, not bottles. Livingston says cans are better for the environment, and for the beer because no light or oxygen gets in so the beer stays fresh longer.

Thousands of Arctic Cat snowmobiles subject of recall

SIDNEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 16,000 Arctic Cat snowmobiles are being recalled because of a defective suspension arm that could cause riders to lose control. 

The recall involves all 2010 Arctic Cat Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M, and CF model snowmobiles.  So far the company says the problem has only been reported in 13 machines, but advises owners to contact their dealer to schedule an appointment to get the issue fixed.

In Maine, there are about sixteen Arctic cat dealerships scattered throughout the state.  At Kramer's Incorporated in Sidney, they have been selling Arctic Cat sleds nearly as long as the company has been making them.

Classical pianist Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer is a classical pianist and will be performing a concert at the Franco-American Heritage Center on Saturday January 22, 2011 at 7:30pm

For more information on the event HENRY KRAMER


Police and Fire battle it out on the ice

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The ice at the Colisee in Lewiston is crowded with players who spend more time wearing a different type of uniform.

This week departments came together in Lewiston for the International Fire and Police Winter Games.

The teams, Police and Fire Departments and the Maine Air National Guard, are doing it to raise money for the Shriners Children's Burn Center and Maine Special Olympics.

To learn more about the International Fire and Police Winter Games scheduled for next year click here.

LePage meets with Androscoggin business owners

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Business owners in Androscoggin County met face to face with Governor LePage Tuesday to share their frustrations with government regulations.

The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce hosted LePage for the 90 minute session to hear directly from business owners about the challenges they face.

LePage has already held several similar meetings throughout the state as part of his Red Tape Audit program.

The Governor says he has found a consistency of frustration with over-regulation and that the unfriendliness of the state versus the private sector is resounding.

One concern is that state agencies don't appear to communicate with each other.  Business owners feel they are regularly redirected to new offices when looking for assistance.

A fresh look for Island Point

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A well known developer has made a joint development agreement with the City of Lewiston to get Island Point back on the fast track for the future.

The City Council will review the plan Tuesday night that would hand over two parcels of land to Great Falls Property, lead by George Schott.

Schott then guarantees a $1-million investment to build a retaining wall and to level out the property which has been a major deterrent for other development projects. 

City leaders say they've had a lot of interest in the site which once was home to three successful mills.  Over the last decade the building were consumed by fire leaving behind a jagged piece of land with environmental and topographical challenges.

To learn more about the proposal before the council click here.