Bill heads to Sunday River to ski with Santa

BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Each year, Sunday River gathers Santas for a promotion. Anyone who contributes ten dollars and dresses like Santa, gets a free ski ticket. This year 210 Santas came out. Some years, the real Santa shows up. Unfortunately, that did not happen this year. Still, this event put us in the Christmas spirit.

Friends of fish helping get new ideas, waterways flowing

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine is a water rich state, with thousands of miles of rivers and streams cutting through our fields and forests.  There are also thousands of miles of public and private roads and trails that dissect the state, but in the past when it came to building crossings over those waterways the thought often was about how to get water from one side of the road to another, not about the fish trying to cross under the roads.

Now the Fisheries Improvement Network (FIN), a collaboration between land owners, government agencies and environmental groups, is working to educate people about ways to build better passage ways and improve the habitat for fish, and for overall stream health.

Local shop owners say thanks on Cider Monday

FARMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for online retailers, known as Cyber Monday, bricks-and-mortar shops decided they'd thank their loyal customers and compete by offering up hot deals and drinks on Cider Monday.

In Farmington, about a dozen stores took part in the inaugural event, designed to remind folks to shop locally and reward people for walking through their doors.

"I think it is a pretty good counterpoint to the kind of experience you can't have online," said Kenny Brechner, owner of Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers who helped organize Cider Monday. 

"Downtowns will not continue to exist by themselves, it is us who make them," he explained.  "We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who chooses to spend time here and chooses to spend time here with us everyday."

Good Samaritans save turkey that almost bought the farm

LIMERICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While families across America will sit down to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings this Thanksgiving, one lucky bird that nearly bought the farm in a car accident late last month has a new lease on life. 

Meg Lord was driving towards her home in Parsonsfield on Halloween when she saw a flock of turkeys scurry out of a field and onto a busy road.  A truck heading in the opposite direction tried to break before striking the birds, but could not avoid one of the juvenile turkeys.  

Lord stopped to see if she could help the bird, as did the driver of the truck.  They found the turkey in some tall grass and worked together to bundle it in a blanket.  She brought it to the Center For Wildlife in the hopes that they could save its life.