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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 ...

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

BANGOR, 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.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

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Wood pellet producers ramp up production as demand grows

STRONG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Despite reports of folks having a difficult time finding enough wood pellets to heat their homes, Maine's wood pellet producers say the issues have more to do with distribution than production.

At the Geneva Wood Fuels Mill in Strong, wood pellets are in production morning, noon and night.

"People are starting to embrace it a lot more," stated Jeff Allen, the plant manager.  "It's been steady.  Very, very steady."

Logs are brought to the mill and stripped of bark to help reduce the amount of ash created when the pellets are burned.  Then they are ground into chips and processed.

The wood chips are dried in a massive dryer before winding their way into machines that press them into pellets.

Falmouth repeats, Messalonskee boys win 1st state hockey title

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It took Falmouth an extra period and it took Messalonskee their third try to capture their respective state championships in boys hockey on Saturday. 

The Yachstmen defended their Class 'A' title with a 3-2 overtime win over St. Dominic Academy.  Jack Grade scored the goal with with 1:17 left in the first OT period. 

Meanwhile, after losing in the previous two Class 'B' finals to Greely, Messalonskee rolled to their first ever state championship.  The Eagles were tied 1-1 after the first period with Gorham, who were playing in their first ever state final, before scoring the final five goals of the game.  Messalonskee finished the season with a perfect record (21-0-0).

Mulligan and DeVito's bond only stronger since their UMaine days

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Seven years ago Matt Mulligan and Mike DeVito met as strangers on the football field. With their friendship having only growns since, the best friends are passing along what they've learned together.

The NFL veterans make frequent visits to schools in Maine during the off-season, like Oxford Hills High School on Monday, as a way to help motivate students and offer general advice that's helped them succeed professionally and personally.

Finalists named for Mr. & Miss Basketball

NEWS CENTER - Two days after the final gold balls were handed out at the state high school basketball championships, the six finalists were revealed for the Mr. & Miss Basketball awards given to the best players in the state. 

The three boys vying for the title of Mr. Basketball are Bonny Eagle guard Dustin Cole and a pair of Hampden Academy Broncos Zach Gilpin and Isaiah Bess. 

The ladies that will decide the honor for Miss Basketball are McAuley guard and reiging Gatorade Player of the Year Allie Clement, Lake Region center Tiana Jo Carter, and Van Buren guard Parise Rossignol. 

The winners will be announced at the McDonald's basketball banquet in Bangor on Friday. 

HS Boys Hockey regional semi-final schedule/results

NEWS CENTER - Only 16 teams are left to vie for state championships in boys hockey.  A pair of regional semi-finals get the weekend underway on Friday with the other six scheduled for Saturday. 

FRIDAY

CLASS 'B' WEST SEMI-FINAL

(2) Camden Hills    2
(3) Greely            3  F

(1) Gorham        1
(5) Kennebunk     0 F

SATURDAY

CLASS 'A' WEST SEMI-FINAL

(1) Falmouth      5
(4) Noble/Wells     4  F  

(2) Scarborough         7
(3) Thornton Academy  1  F

CLASS 'A' EAST SEMI-FINAL