Stories we’re pursuing Thursday

Posted Dec. 23, 2010, at 11:36 a.m.

Zane Wetzel, a Maine Public Service worker severely burned in an industrial accident in October, will be home for Christmas with his family in Mars Hill. He’s out of the hospital but has to remain in Boston for outpatient care. We’ll update you on his recovery. Reporter Jen Lynds

We recently visited Morison Elementary School in Corinth to see how the state’s 5-2-1-0 program for combating childhood obesity is being implemented. Among other facets, school nurse Sue Parker was recently awarded a federal grant that will be used to purchase 25 pairs of kid-sized snowshoes so youngsters can explore the school’s walking trails in winter. Reporter: Meg Haskell

Irishman Tony Mangan, who is attempting to jog around the world, will spend Christmas with strangers in Clifton. He sought shelter from the snow on Wednesday and will stay through at least Saturday with the Rev. John Walsh and his wife, Debbie Sund Walsh in the parsonage behind Clifton United Baptist Church. Reporter: Judy Harrison

Look for a story in our Lifestyle section on Jim Corliss of Newburgh, president of the National Christmas Tree Association. Jim has chatted on television with Martha Stewart, shaken hands with the president at the White House, and done a live phone interview on California public radio. Not bad for a guy who began selling trees from his front porch back in 1978. Columnist: Robin Wood

Our Sports reporters will merrily cover high school basketball and hockey games.

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