Cold weather keeps kids in need of coats

OXFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While we are on the downhill side of the winter weather season, there are still people struggling to stay warm while out in the elements.

At theCoat Room in the Oxford Hills, they recieve about 3,000 donated coats each year.  Once they are all cleaned up by the folks at Norway Laundry, they are put out on the store's racks, free of charge, for anyone in need of a coat.

There are still plenty of coats for men and women, but the Coat Room is in serious need of coats for kids.

"Parents are recycling their coats," explained Wendy Williams, who has helped run the store since the program started 17 years ago.  "They are passing them down to the younger children."

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

Mother advocates for Meningitis vaccine

BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The community of Berwick was saddened last week to learn of the death of a little girl.

Medical officials believe 6-year-old Evie McLean contracted Bacterial Meningitis. While that Southern Maine town mourned the loss of a child, the news was also having an impact in another Maine community several hours away.

Jeri Greenwell of Bethel knows the pain of suddenly losing a child to Meningitis. It's been more than 10-years since her seemingly healthy son Jerry came down with flu like symptoms. A few days later he was gone. For his mother the pain never goes away and it only intensifies when she hears news of another life taken by meningitis.

Frozen Rush at Sunday River

NEWRY, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Red Bull Frozen Rush ran its inaugural event at Sunday River Resort. Frozen Rush is an off road event in which trucks race a figure eight course right on a ski mountain and reach speeds of more than 95 miles per hour.

It's a wild and wooly event.  Eight of the country's top off road drivers were brought in.

Ricky Johnson, one of the most famous drivers in the sport had taken a truck to Mt. Snowe in Vermont last year for a test exhibition. "Red Bull hand selected these drivers," Johnson said. "It's awesome! You get to race in the snow. I want to see how much better I can get."

B. F. Goodrich sent specially made tires to the event. Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren who has won more than 200 races found the whole thing a learning process. "I had no idea what it was going to be like. I don't drive in snow. I don't drive in ice.  Heck, I barely skied when I was a kid."

Six things to do this weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're looking for a few things to add to your schedule this weekend, here's a list of WCSH6's Six Things to do This Weekend.

1. WINE TASTING - Wine connoisseurs may want to consider spending Saturday afternoon at the Browne Trading Market in Portland. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. on February 1. The market promises that their knowledgeable staff will be there to answer questions and assist those looking to purchase that perfect bottle.

Poet Richard Blanco


   We've Got the Look is a hair salon in Bethel, and like most hair salons it runs on conversation.
   Holly Roberts owns the place and cuts hair, Julie Bergeron gives massages. Perfectly ordinary. 
       But look around and you'll see a shelf loaded with books...volumes of poetry by someone who happens to be a regular customer.
    "He's in his workout pants half the time, a t-shirt, ski hat on, takes his hat off, hair sticking up everywhere, gets a haircut and leaves," says Roberts, "You know. Just like everybody else."
    That customer is Richard Blanco.

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Ski Museum of Maine


The Ski Museum of Maine is located in Kingfield. The Museum's mission is to preserve Maine's skiing heritage. The Museum archives collections that illustrate Maine's ski history, celebrates those who have advanced the sport via the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, and hosts fundraising events such as the Maine Ski Heritage Classic and the Ski Museum of Maine Golf Classic.

This year's Maine Ski Heritage Classic will be held on Saturday, February 15th at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley. The event will feature the Museum's traveling exhibit, an on-snow vintage ski equipment and apparel expo, and an apres ski reception and fundraising auction.

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