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Watch out on the roads! Hundreds of cyclists are touring the state.


A chorus of zippers awoke hundreds of people Sunday morning as they prepared for the first leg of the BikeMaine tour.

The journey celebrates the people, places, culture and food of Maine. This year's week-long tour begins and ends at Riverside Park in Westbrook. Over the course of their adventure,

cyclists will travel 50+ miles a day, looping around Sebago Lake, up into the Oxford Hills, across the Androscoggin River and up to the Belgrade Lakes. The adventurers will then hook south and make for Boothbay Harbor, then travel along the Midcoast and the shores of Casco Bay until they return to Westbrook.

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Mainer claims title of North America's Strongest Teen


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- He may not be able to leap over buildings in a single bound, but local strongman competitor, Alex Gauvin, does possess super-human strength.

"My deadlift is at 605 right now. My squat is at 550," he stated matter-of-factly. "In the past competition, I did lift a Hyundai Sonata, but no Cadillacs off of children yet!"

The 18 year old, who works out six days a week, recently won the National Strongman Competition's Teen Middle Weight title.

"The goal is to go even higher," said Gauvin, who dreams of someday being invited to compete for the title of World's Strongest Man.

Gauvin says he has always lifted weights, but only after meeting another amateur strongman competitor, Elliot Storey, did he find a purpose and a plan.

The National Resources Council of Maine is celebrating the 25th auction of RGGI funds to make Maine homes and businesses more energy efficient.


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Since 2007 Maine has joined a cooperative market-based effort to reduce carbon pollution and invest in energy efficiency.

It's known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.

The 25th carbon permit was auctioned today; the permits provide about $10-million a year for Maine to make energy efficient changes in homes or businesses.

Businesses that have benefited include Hannaford Supermarkets, which has made changes in ten retail stores and its main distribution center.

LED lights and motion sensors in their frozen food aisles and changes to their heating system help save the Westbrook store around $5-thousand a year.

If you'd like more information on making your home or business more energy efficient, click here.

Cat recovering from shooting by officer who suspected rabies


WESTBROOK, Maine

(PORTLAND PRESS HERALD) --Clark the cat is on strict cage rest while veterinarians wait to see if the front leg bones shattered by a policeman's shotgun blast will heal without surgery.

Meanwhile, the Gorham police officer who shot the cat, and the animal control officer who couldn't catch the stray suspected of being rabid, are awaiting the results of a police department investigation into the incident.

The department is footing the medical bills for Clark, named for Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent. He is recovering in a Westbrook shelter, and he didn't have rabies, it turns out.

Maine environmentalists rally for cap-and-trade


WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) -- Maine environmental advocates will gather in Westbrook in support of the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and others say the agreement is slated to hold its twenty-fifth auction of carbon credits. The council and others will gather at a Hannaford grocery store in Westbrook on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to celebrate the milestone.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a so-called "cap-and-trade" program that seeks to reduce carbon dioxide pollution by placing limits on emissions by fossil fuel-burning power plants. Its auctions allow power generators to acquire credits needed to comply with the program.

Colby College professor and environmental economics expert Tom Tietenberg will be among the people attending.

Officer suing city of Westbrook for sexual harassment


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A female police officer is suing the city of Westbrook for sexual harassment.

Officer Melissa May has been working for the Westbrook Police Department since 2009. May claims that for the last several years she has dealt with a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and discrimination based on her gender and in retaliation for being a whistle blower. May said many of the problems began after she issued a speeding ticket to the girlfriend of a fellow officer.

The Mayor of Westbook, Coleen Hilton said the city has attempted to address May's concerns and is disappointed that she decided to take this to court. Hilton said the city will continue to try to resolve her grievances.


Structure fire on Myrtle Street in Westbrook


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Westbrook Fire Department said there's a fire at 40 Myrtle Street.

Officials said it is in a 2nd floor bedroom.

We have a crew on the way.