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Lawsuit filed over Three Ring Binder project

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - One of the original players in an ambitious project to bring broadband internet access to rural communities says the project was never completed and it is now suing the company that constructed it and maintains it.

The Three Ring Binder project runs fiber optic cables 1100-miles, through 100-Maine communities. By connecting communities in rural areas internet providers can lease space on the binder and provide service to customers who are spread far away from each other.

Biddeford Kohl's to be torn down and rebuilt

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Biddeford's City Manager has confirmed that Kohl's Department Store in the Gateway Plaza will be torn down and rebuilt.

The store opened in 2007 and was built in 2003. A short time later it was determined that the building was slowly sinking.

The company did a study and has determined the best option is to tear the building down and rebuild a smaller version of it near where the current store is located.

The store will shut down in February. Kohl's has already applied for a new permit to build the new store. The company hopes to reopen later this year.

Father and son enjoying family time on Fenway ice

YARMOUTH (NEWS CENTER) - Leon Paquin's part-time job as a zamboni driver led him and his son to a full-time passion culminating with the two of them being caretakers of the ice at Frozen Fenway.  

The elder Paquin, who maintains the rink at the University of New England in Biddeford, started as a weekend driver at the Biddeford Ice Arena back in 1995.  His son Jason, the rink manager at North Yarmouth Academy, played hockey for Biddeford High School and learned the trade on the side when his father was promoted to the full-time position.  

Both worked the opening weekend at the outdoor hockey event and both will back at it again this weekend, including the University of Maine's game against Boston University on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Thornton Academy/McAuley Game Highlights

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - What a game Tuesday night in Saco. The Thornton Academy Golden Trojans girls' basketball team overcame a 15 point deficit to end the McAuley Lions 56 game winning streak.

Big shots from both teams led to one of the most exciting basketball games in Maine this season. Here are some of the defining moments of Tuesday's battle. Both teams showed guts and grit in this game, both should be proud of their efforts.

 

Fifth Quarter Friday: Jan. 3

NEWS CENTER - Even with the most recent snow storm, Fifth Quarter Friday had highlights from eight games across the state.  Here are all the finals and postponements.

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Storm causes huge waves in York County

CAMP ELLIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The winter storm has finally pulled out of the state but not before causing storm surges and coastal flooding in some areas of York County.

Camp Ellis is no stranger to flooding, and this storm had Emergency Management officials on edge until conditions took a turn for the better.

The storm coincided with high tides at noon Friday with waves in the 12-foot range. Emergency officials say the condition were right on track to cause severe flooding but the winds cooperated this time.

Near Bay Avenue, huge waves crashed over the sea wall, frozen sea foam covering rocks, lamp posts and lobster traps. Emergency management officials were concerned the astronomical high tides combined with easterly winds would cause flooding throughout the community, similar to what the area experienced during the Patriot's Day storm.