Bank to offer donation program to help keep Black Mountain Ski Area open

Efforts to save Rumford’s Black Mountain Ski Area from closure will receive a big boost Thursday when officials from Bangor Savings Bank plan to announce a matching $25,000 donation program.

The Maine Winter Sports Center has run Black Mountain of Maine since purchasing the area, with funding from the Libra Foundation, in 2003. A decision to slash Alpine ticket prices to $15 last winter resulted in the area’s best year to date, but the non-profit MWSC still projected a loss of $80,000 this year.

Given the history and importance of the area in the Nordic skiing world — from junior high to college and up through the national championships, which Black Mountain hosted in 2011 and 2012 — two fundraising efforts have produced about $80,000 in two weeks.


MLS: Portland will host the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game.

The Portland Timbers are known for their fervent supporters and the team has sold out 42 straight MLS matches at their downtown stadium.


HALL OF FAME: Two-time defending champ John Isner advanced to the quarterfinal round at Newport, R.I., by beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (7).


JUNIOR LEGION: Patrick Weimer scored the winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning as Westbrook (7-4) edged Chase Custom Homes (8-3) 4-3 at Westbrook.

Joey Fusco drove in four runs on two doubles to lead Bruno’s (8-4) in a 12-2, five-inning win over Schwartz & Schwartz (1-10) at Deering Oaks.

Nate Loranger hits three singles, drove in two runs and scored one to help Schwartz & Schwartz (1-9) defeat Fayette-Staples 11-6 in Saco Tuesday evening.

AMERICAN LEGION: Calvin Soule allowed just two hits as Cumberland (5-3-2) beat Bonny Eagle (2-8) 3-2 at Cumberland.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Alex Tobey pitched all 11 innings and recorded 12 strikeouts as Aero Heating (2-6-1) and Lenders Network (6-2-1) played to a 4-4 tie at Scarborough.


LITTLE LEAGUE 11-12: Olivia Howe pitched a no-hitter and Kennebunk scored six runs in the third to eliminate Hermon 10-0 in four innings at the 11-12 state championship tournament at Rockland.

Kennebunk must beat undefeated Scarborough twice on Friday to earn a spot in the regional tournament beginning July 19 at Bristol, Conn.


NHL: The Rangers reached agreements on deals with restricted free-agent forward Carl Hagelin and newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk.

The Coyotes hired former Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown to serve on Coach Dave Tippett’s staff. He replaces John Anderson, who didn’t return after two years with the Coyotes.

The Blues traded David Perron to the Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

The Devils re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year, $3 million contract.

— From staff and news services


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