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How Maine measures up in football helmet safety

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Concerns over head injuries are prompting parents, coaches and physicians to scrutinize helmet safety, particularly in football. As part of a company-wide investigation by Gannett, the parent owner of this station, Kathleen Shannon looked into how Maine measures up in terms of helmet safety.

Maine high schools, like those in all but two states around the country are bound by equipment regulations set by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Helmets can be no older than ten years and must be re-conditioned and re-certified once every two years if not annually.

Tuesday's boys hockey quarter-final schedule/scores

NEWS CENTER - The boys high school hockey quarter-finals got underway on Monday night with a Lewiston win.  Here's the rest of the regional matchups that are all scheduled for Tuesday.  

CLASS 'A' WEST

(8) SOUTH PORTLAND    0
(1) FALMOUTH             10

(5) CHEVERUS     3
(4) NOBLE/WELLS  4

(6) BIDDEFORD           3
(3) THORNTON ACADEMY  5

(7) PORTLAND/DEERING       2
(2) SCARBOROUGH          4

CLASS 'A' EAST

SoPo hockey with more wins despite fewer players

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The South Portland boys hockey team has as many wins in 2013-14 as the previous three seasons combined.  And they've done it with half the players. 

After starting the season with 20 players (two goalieis), the Red Riots are left with only nine players heading into their Western Maine Class 'A' quarterfinal against top-seeded and defending state champs Falmouth.  Six players have been lost due to injury the other three had various reasons for their departures. 

That has resulted in at least doubling each players work load during a game.  Despite the scarce numbers, they have a winning record at 12-7, including a premilinary playoff win over Lake Region on Saturday. 

Senior co-captain Christian Guignard feels teams have underestimated them all season long. 

Proposals for outdoor concerts in South Portland, Westbrook

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook is the lastest Southern Maine community to announce a proposal for an outdoor concert venue, following the success of the Waterfront Concerts in Bangor.

According to Assistant City Administrator William Baker, a 2,500-seat pavilion would be built in the Riverbank Park along the Presumpscot River downtown.

Baker said the most likely source of funding for the project would come from revenue sharing with an unnamed concert promoter.

He said the location is ideal because of its accessibility.

"We do think it would be good to have these national acts here in a venue that is very easy to get in and out of here in the City of Westbrook," said Baker.

He said the city has done a study with the University of Southern Maine, and is in talks with a concert promoter.

"I think it's very realistic and viable," he said.

As storms pile up, plowing budgets are shrinking

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This winter's harsh weather has caused costs for overtime, wear and tear on equipment, and salt and sand to treat the roads to balloon, breaking the winter operations budgets of municipalities large and small.

The Maine Department of Transportation spends an average of $15.7 million to remove snow from roads and highways across the state each winter.  This year, with a week left in February, the state has already spent $25.4 million.

While the state will not run out of money to take care of the roads, the cost overruns do have to be made up somewhere, so other regular maintenance, like trimming trees along side roadways, replacing old culverts and faded signs will most likely be delayed this spring.

National Drink Wine Day

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today is National Drink Wine Day! According to their website, National Drink Wine Day is celebrated to spread the health benefits - and the love - of wine.

The positive benefits of wine include the enhancement of food and life, as while as reducing the risk of heart disease.

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

Long Creek juveniles attack worker, attempt escape

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three juvenile Long Creek Youth Development Center residents assaulted a worker early Friday morning. The worker was assigned to provide coverage in the high risk unit. 

The juvenile residents caused extensive property damage and managed get outside into the recreation area. The South Portland Police Department and the Maine Department of Corrections Special Operations Group assisted in securing the juveniles prior to escaping the secure area.

All three juveniles are facing escape charges, assault on an officer, and aggravated criminal mischief.