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."

Child Advocacy Center making a difference for victims of sexual abuse

WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the year and a half the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Kennebec and Somerset Counties has been in operation, they have helped more than 300 victims of sexual abuse and their families seek justice, as well as services and support.

Now the center has become the first nationally accredited CAC in Maine.

"Maine, prior to now, was the only state in the nation that didn't have an accredited Child Advocacy Center," stated Donna Strickler, Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center.  "Today certainly marks a new day in the beginning of enhancing these services for children and families."

Pros, legends give the Expo a boxing rebirth

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Pro boxing might've been gone from Portland for 21 years, but with a capacity crowd that included four boxing greats, it was as though it had never left. 

The headliners of the 2,800 people in attendance were: 

- Boston native and former world welterweight champion Tony DeMarco

- Former WBU junior welterweight champ Micky Ward, whom the film "The Figher" depicted his career

- Providence native and five-time world champion Vinny Pazienza

- Panamanian Roberto Duran, who held the world championship in four different classes and became just the second boxer to fight in five different decades 

The card featured seven fights, five of which were amateur.  In total, six Mainers fought with five of them winning. 

- Middleweight and Deering alum Russell Lamour improved to 6-0 as a pro with a unanimous decision over Deivison Ribeiro