Campers spend 3,000 minutes in an igloo for addiction awareness

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- While the Bangor area prepared for another snowstorm a group of brave campers spent their weekend freezing for a reason in an igloo. The four campers spent 3,000 minutes in the icy shelter to represent the 3,000 mile hike they plan to take this spring. They plan on raising money and awareness for addiction recovery.

H. Blake Manz the organizer of 3,000 Miles for Recovery said, "We wanted to do something that caught people's attention. It's real common to hear people's struggles with drugs and alcohol in a negative light...we wanted to get the message across that there is recovery. There is another side to it. People every single day live, I think, a productive life." 

The group is made up of recovering addicts themselves. They plan on spreading the word about available recovery options and sharing their stories across the country as they hike from Bangor to Phoenix.

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Maine loses late in OT to #13 BU

ORONO - Matt Nieto scored with just 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime as Boston University defeated Maine 5-4 in men's ice hockey action on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears, who trailed 4-1 early in the third period, scored three third period goals, including one by Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) with just 39 seconds left in regulation, to force overtime.

Maine opened the scoring at 17:10 of the first period with a power play goal by Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario). Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.), who had the initial shot, and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine), each assisted on the goal.

Boston University tied the game at 11:50 of the second period with a power play goal of its own. Anti Oksanen and Ryan Santana teamed up to find Danny O'Regan, who tallied his first goal of the night. Cason Hohmann gave BU its first lead at 15:38 of the second period.

Dozens brave cold waters for Polar Plunge to benefit kids camps

DEDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Many people had the courage to freeze for a reason on Saturday in Dedham.

The annual Polar Plunge was held at Camp CaPella in the afternoon. More than 40 people jumped into the cold waters of Phillips Lake to raise money for the camp as well as Camp Sunshine.

This year two of NEWS CENTER's own decided to take the plunge. Rerporter Mike DeSumma and producer Emily Hodgdon both worked for weeks to raise pledges for their leaps in the lake.

Camp CaPella is a summer camp for kids and adults living with physical and developmental disabilties. Camp Sunshine is open year round in Casco for kids who have life-threatening illnesses.


Dairy farmers travel out of state to fix pricing issues

BREWER , Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Dairy farmers who are upset over where their industry prices are at met Saturday morning to launch the Farm Labor Reality Tour.

The two week drive will start in Brewer and travel to states like Minnesota and Florida to meet with other farmers and milk processors to try to solve the problems small farmers are facing over the low prices their products are being set at.

Bob St. Peter, Director of the non-profit Food for Maine's Future (FMF), is one farmer that will be a part of the tour he says is the best way to try to get the momentum needed for change.

"Once we have an honest discussion and we get farmers and farm workers and the people who are doing the work at the table to hear what their challenges are, then we can start finding real solutions," said St. Peter.

The tour will end March 2 in Immokalee, Florida where a two week, 175 mile March for Rights, Respect, and Fair Food will begin.

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BDN apology unaccepted by many gun owners

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor Daily News stated in it's weekend news paper that it has rescinded it's request for records of concealed weapon permit holders, but still several are upset over the paper's action.

Many of those people were at the BDN's front steps on Main Street in Bangor Saturday afternoon in protest. A collection of Green Mail boxes with the paper's logo on the side piled up as the afternoon carried on.

The freedom of access request by the news paper drew attention throughout the week. The paper has apologized saying that it "regrets that its request for information may have been taken as a person attack on concealed carry permit holders." The Bangor paper has also said that it never planned on publishing any personal identifying information of permit holders that it would have received.  

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Maine settles for 3-3 tie with #13 BU

ORONO - Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) notched two goals and added an assist as the University of Maine men's ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with #13 Boston University in front of a national audience on NBCSN Friday night. Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, while Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) chipped in with a pair of assists.

Boston University opened the scoring at 8:48 of the first period when Evan Rodrigues stole the puck in the offensive zone and passed to Matt Nieto just outside the crease. He redirected the puck past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) for his eighth goal of the season. The Terriers added to their lead just 10 seconds later. Cason Hohmann stole the puck from a Maine defender and passed to Wade Megan in front of the goal. He deflected the puck past Ouellette for his 14th goal of the season.