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.

Monitors track impacts on student athletes - Part 2

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been called the 'silent epidemic'. The Centers for Disease Control says about 3 million young athletes suffer from sports related concussions each year, but there are concerns many more are not being diagnosed. If left untreated, some symptoms can lead to a lifetime of problems.

A New England company has developed technology that could potentially be a 'game changer' when it comes protecting athletes from traumatic brain injuries. There were 32 reported concussions at South Portland High School last year. Some area high schools are seeing anywhere from 20 to 30 plus a year according to school athletic trainers. Protecting student athletes from head injuries is the driving force behind a Sudden Impact Monitor or SIM.

Woman escaped with minor injuries after tractor-trailer hits her car

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Police say a woman escaped with minor injuries after her car was demolished this morning after being struck by a tractor-trailer.

The crash took place about 8:00am on the turnpike spur near Main Street in South Portland. The car was hit from behind by the tanker truck. The impact then forced the car into a pickup truck. The tractor-trailer, which was hauling gasoline, is owned by Branch Brook Transportation of Arundel and operated by Frederick Smith of Kennebunk, who was not injured. Smith told troopers he was blinded by the sun.

The State Police's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted South Portland Police with the investigation. The truck driver was not cited.