Arkell family receives support from lacrosse community

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of fallen police officer Stephen Arkell is getting support from the lacrosse community.

One of the Portsmouth High School lacrosse coaches designed a sticker displaying two lacrosse sticks and 87, Arkell's badge number. The team will wear the stickers at games. Arkell was a volunteer coach for the Exeter team, and both of his teenage daughters play. The Portsmouth players and coaches say most of the athletes in the area have been playing together for years. Now they want to do whatever they can for Arkell's family.

Developers get chance to redevelop prison

KITTERY, Maine (AP) -- The Navy is hosting a forum for developers interested in rehabbing the former prison at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The event at the Regatta Center in Eliot, Maine, on Wednesday aims to provide information to those who are interested in a long-term lease that includes restoring the structure.

Dating back 106 years, the prison features medieval architecture with turrets that give it the appearance of a castle overlooking Portsmouth Harbor and the North Atlantic.

The Navy would have to approve the type of development since there are security concerns. The former prison is located on an active-duty Navy shipyard that overhauls nuclear submarines.

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How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Kennebunk teen has wish granted

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ethan Houle had a day he'll never forget.  The 17 year old from Kennebunk didn't travel to a theme park or an exotic locale to have his wish granted, just up the coast that he loves so much.

Houle, who has been battling a debilitating kidney ailment for the past two years, loves to fish out on the ocean.  From now on, thanks to theMake-A-Wish Foundation, he'll be able to do so in his own boat.

"It just kind of gets you away from everything else, just to be out on the water and fish and all that," explained Houle.

The teenager, his mother and a couple close family friends, took a special behind the scenes tour of the Coast Guard facility in South Portland.  After arriving in a limo and enjoying a prime rib lunch, his favorite, Guardsmen whisked him and his guests around to show him how they conduct operations from land and sea.

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.


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One injured in Acton crash

ACTON (NEWS CENTER) -- The York County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash in Acton that sent one man to the hospital.

It happened around 9 o'clock this morning.  According to the Sheriff's Office, 57-year-old Brian Richards of Sanford was driving North on Route 109 when he made a left hald turn into the parking lot of the Acton Trading Post in the path of an oncoming car.  The driver of the car, 52-year-old Paul Jackson of Shapleigh was knocked unconscious.  He was taken to Goodall Hospital to be treated.  Richards was not hurt.

New closure threat for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard?

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is booming. That's according to a report on the installations economic impact from last year.

The shipyard, located in Kittery, employs nearly 5,500 people and generates $600 million dollars in the local economy of both Maine and New Hampshire. The shipyard was put on the base closure list 9 years ago, but survived the process.

Protecting the shipyard and it's several thousand employees is always a constant, especially in light of comments made by defense secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this week.

The secretary said he may push for another round of base closures without the approval of Congress. The statements are being viewed as a potential threat to the shipyard and dominated a news conference Friday afternoon held by the Seacoast Shipyard Associations, which works to keep the shipyard open.