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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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Nurse wins ruling in Maine's high court in effort to keep license

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Registered nurse from Steuben who has been fighting in the courts for several years to keep his nursing license,  just won a major legal battle in Maine's highest court.
It's been more than three years since the Maine state board of nursing revoked John Zablotny's license.
Zablotny was the nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital in Machias who allowed a heavily medicated patient to leave during a snowstorm, wearing only light clothing.  That patient  was found dead in a snowbank outside the hospital the next day.
The board revoked Zablotny's license.
Zablotny appealed the case to district court and lost.
The district court based its ruling on information already gathered by the the state licensing board instead of re-holding the hearing and calling witnesses.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court felt that was the wrong decision..

Court rules on Acadia National Park's concessions contract

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge ruled in favor of the National Park Service, paving the way for Dawnland, LLC, owned by New Mexico-Based Ortega Family Enterprises, to become the next concessioner to provide food and beverage service at Acadia National Park.

Acadia Corporation has provided food and bevearges services to Acadia National Park or neary 80 years. In February, Acadia Corporation contested the National Park Service's decision to make New Mexico-based Dawnland, LLC, as the new concessions operator.

After a judge heard the case in Federal Court back on February 14th, the judge made a final decision Tuesday.  

Indian tribes set to show strong support for gaming bills

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- State lawmakers will be considering two bills this week that could expand slot gaming to two indian tribes in Maine.

For years the Passamaquoddy tribe has faced rejection from voters in getting a racino built in Washington County. The tribe is now going to try again. Meanwhile the Maliseet indians in Aroostook County say they want to open their own casino.

The state Senate is set to consider the two bills. The Passamaquoddies have said they hope to have better luck getting their racino passed this time around. They want to accomplish that goal by having a narrower electorate.

If the racino bill were to pass only Washington County voters would have to decide on the project and in the past those voters have clearly supported it.

Head-on crash on Rt. 9 sends five to hospital

WESLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine State Police are investigating a head-on collision that closed down route 9 for 2 1/2 hours Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 4:30 in the Washington County town of Wesley.

State Police tell us Brittany Hood was driving west in a Toyota Corolla with her 9-year old daughter. Hood crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima driven by Angela Churley.

Churley's 15-year old daughter and 12-year old son were in the car. All involved were transported to local hospitals, Hood however, was flown by lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center. We're told all injuries in this crash were non-life threating.

Pulp mill looking for new ways to get chips

BAILEYVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fire this week at the Fulghum Fibres wood chip mill is causing some people in the Washington County to worry about what happens next.

This fire happened yesterday afternoon and crews were called from four communities to battle the flames.  Officials said this building is the maintenance repair shop where welding and torch machines are housed. At this time, fire officials are still investigating the cause.

The Woodland Pulp mill is adjacent to where the fire took place and its manager says hard wood chips produced at Fulghum Fibre are vital for this mill to run.  

"Without hard wood chips we can't make any pulp. With the majority of our chips coming from this facility this will cause us to develop some contingency plans so that the mill can continue to run at full capacity."

Tourney Time Schedule/Results: Gold Ball Weekend

(NEWS CENTER)-- Here is the Tourney Time schedule/results page for Gold Ball weekend in high school basketball.

Class 'A' Girls:

McAuley             67
Oxford Hills          41       F

Class 'A' Boys:

Portland                 54
Hampden Academy  40   F

Class 'B' Girls:

Lake Region      56
MDI                   47             F