SoPo to get faster internet

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of South Portland has entered into a partnership with Biddeford based internet provider GWI to set up a four-mile optical fiber network that will roll out in three phases.

Maine has some of the slowest Internet service in the country. The state's broadband service ranks 49 out of 50 for speed and availability. On the new fiber network, data will be able to travel at a gigabit, or one thousand megabits per second.

"It's a hundred times faster to download stuff," said GWI Founder and CEO Fletcher Kittredge. "And its symmetric, so it's just a fast to upload and download."

The city had been looking for a faster and more reliable way to network its municipal buildings. This partnership also allows businesses and homes along those corridors to hop on the fiber network too.

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Sinkhole forms on Broadway in SoPo

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland Police said a sinkhole has formed on Broadway near the area of Postal Service Way.

Portland Water District said they received a call around 8:30 a.m. about the sinkhole. They said it is the result of a water main break.

Crews are currently working to fill the hole. They said they will be working on it through the evening commute and to expect delays.

There is no word on when crews will finish the repairs.

Crews repair water main on Mussey Road

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Water District is repairing a water main on Mussey Rd. near the Scarborough/South Portland town line.

Mussey Road is down to one lane. Expect delays.

Please seek an alternate route if possible.

Route 1 reopens after hit-and-run cleanup

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A portion of Route 1 is reopened after being cleaned up following a hit-and-run crash Thursday night.

Scarborough Police said a white box truck backed into a utility pole on Route 1 around 7:15 p.m. Police said the truck then left and they don't think the driver realized what had happened. The 55 foot pole that was hit fell and had high voltage lines. It pulled down another pole onto Milbrook Road. Police closed Route 1 from Scarborough Downs Road to Sawyer Road for several hours overnight.

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Maine Reports Gradual Change in Leaf Color in the North

Great Country Fairs This Weekend!

There is a hint of color in northern Maine as The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports low 10 – 30%  color change and very low leaf drop. 

“We are right on target for a glorious fall foliage season, said Gale Ross, Fall Foliage Coordinator for Maine. “With the low leaf drop we anticipate that the northern part of the state will soon be a tapestry of beautiful colors,” she added.

Coming Soon! Medicare Annual Enrollment Period October 15 through December 7!



Medicare Annual Enrollment, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, is the one time each year that Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to take a look at what plans are being offered for the next calendar year and make a change to a different plan if they want too.  For folks who have Medicare and a Medicare prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan, this short window time is your opportunity to find out what plans are being offered next year.

SMCC, UNE announce partnership

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

The event is taking place on the Southern Maine campus in South Portland.

Both schools are growing. Southern Maine has campuses in South Portland and Brunswick, as well as satellite campuses. The University of New England is a private college with its main campus in Biddeford.