Plow operators log some long hours


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Tuesday was a busy day for crews trying to keep roadways clear across the state.

The constantly falling snow is making it tough keeping up with the task. Some road crew workers were on the job Monday night and most likely won't be done until sometime Tuesday.

"It's a nonstop storm you're continually going round and round," said Howie Leighton,a plow operator with South Portland Public Services.

When a winter storm hits Leighton is part of the South Portland crew that's first to show up and the last to leave. He came in at 9 p.m. Monday to catch some sleep on a cot, before starting salting operations at 2 a.m. A few hours later, it was on to a long day of plowing.

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Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

Blizzards and the Blues: Winter in New England

In the midst of winter — during a week in which three snow storms, one a possible blizzard, are predicted — do you long for spring? 

As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. The calm before the storm. For some, the promise of a significant snowfall is reason to rejoice. It means skiing and snowmobiling and sledding and building snow forts. Others dread the thought of the driveway, sidewalks and roofs they’ll need to clear.

100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine

100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine

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Crash sends four to hospital in South Portland


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A three car accident sent four people to the hospital Saturday morning.

The accident occurred at Broadway and Daytona St. approximately 9a.m. Saturday Morning.

Police have not commented on the severity of the injuries.

South Portland Police had to close Broadway for almost 90 minutes to remove the vehicles from the roadway. Broadway has been reopened.

NEWS CENTER will update when information becomes available.


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A Healthy Winter Diet to Nourish the Body

A Healthy Winter Diet to Nourish the Body

Chinese dietary principles stress the importance of eating according to the seasons, as well as our individual constitutions. Catching Health with Diane Atwood has some tips for a beneficial diet for the winter season. Read more ...

 

Bat experts gather to discuss population decline


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bat experts from along the East Coast are gathering in South Portland to discuss bat populations from state to state.

Many of the bat populations have been rapidly declining in recent years because of a disease called "white nose syndrome," which can cause wing scarring, and in some cases, force bats to use up stored fat during hibernation until they become emaciated and die.

"The most noticeable sign is a white fungal growth on the snout, and in the caves that's usually a sign of a bat on the way out," said Charlie Todd, endangered species coordinator for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Experts still do not know what causes it or how to treat white nose syndrome.

Turn Off the Blue Lights and Get a Good Night's Sleep

Turn Off the Blue Lights and Get a Good Night's Sleep

Do you take your cell phone to bed with you? If you do, you not only risk losing sleep, it may be affecting your health. Read more ...