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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 ...

Businesses urged to hire "untapped" workforce

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's no secret that Maine is one of the oldest state's in the nation and with that designation comes an older workforce.

If the trend continues it won't be long before the state's businesses begin struggling to find qualified workers. One thing employers can do now to offset that is to turn to Maine's untapped workforce, people with disabilities.

Business groups are now focusing on Youth with disabilities who are seen as part of Maine's workforce solution.The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has been studying Maine's aging workforce and the future is not looking very bright. It sees people with disabilities as a key to filling future jobs. It's now working with other business groups to help get youth with disabilities interested in learning about opportunities at Maine companies and those companies interested in showing those young people the ropes through mentoring and job shadowing.

Kennebunk teen has wish granted

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ethan Houle had a day he'll never forget.  The 17 year old from Kennebunk didn't travel to a theme park or an exotic locale to have his wish granted, just up the coast that he loves so much.

Houle, who has been battling a debilitating kidney ailment for the past two years, loves to fish out on the ocean.  From now on, thanks to theMake-A-Wish Foundation, he'll be able to do so in his own boat.

"It just kind of gets you away from everything else, just to be out on the water and fish and all that," explained Houle.

The teenager, his mother and a couple close family friends, took a special behind the scenes tour of the Coast Guard facility in South Portland.  After arriving in a limo and enjoying a prime rib lunch, his favorite, Guardsmen whisked him and his guests around to show him how they conduct operations from land and sea.

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, 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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Sports memorobilia gaining popularity at auction

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Pieces of sports history dating back to 1867 were on sale Wednesday at The Saco River Auction Company with nearly 5,000 bidders.

At last years auction, a 148-year-old baseball card sold for $92,000, the most Saco River Auction has ever sold for an item.

This year's bids came in short of that, but there was no shortage of one of a kind items. For example, an oil painting of Cy Young, the Boston American baseball player. The painting was found rolled up in a Maine attic, and the owner of that $92,000 baseball card came to bid on it. The painting sold for $7,500 to a phone bidder.

Extreme athletic competition 'Tough Mudder' coming to Maine

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 15,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators are expected to descend upon the city of Westbrook the weekend of August 23 & 24 for the first ever Tough Mudder competition to be held in the Pine Tree State.

"The interesting thing about the Tough Mudder is it is part of a trend towards more adventure style outdoor racing, and so this is not really a race, it is more of an obstacle course, a military style obstacle course, and kind of a test of your endurance and a way to demonstrate some teamwork with other people you like to do athletic things with," explained Westbrook's Assistant City Administrator, Bill Baker.

Baker has experience helping organize events like this elsewhere, and has been working behind the scenes for the better part of a year to lure the event to his community.

Mary's Walk charity fundraiser

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An estimated 4,000 people spent their day in Saco at a cancer fundraiser called Mary's Walk.

It was the 16th anniversary of the event, which is one of Maine's largest charity races.

The event began in 1999 as a small group of friends and family of Mary Libby, a Saco resident who died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Since then, the walk has grown to involve the entire town of Saco.

The walk raised more than $290,000 dollars last year.

Organizers were anticipating a record number of participants for this year's race.

In the 16 years the race has occurred, Mary's Walk has raise more than 2 million dollars. The proceeds from Mary's Walk are used to support the grant funding programs administed by the Maine Cancer Foundation.