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Rain, big waves roll through with nor'easter

As this week's nor'easter loosened its grip Friday, city crews continued cleaning up, with city officials reminding the public, if possible, to help clear any clogged catch basins that they may find.10-24-14-noreaster-walker
The National Weather Service in Gray predicted between 2-4 inches of rain from the nor'easter.
"We had winds gust as high as 40 miles per hour," said Eric Schwibs, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, noting "scattered power outages" as a result of the storm.
Weather watchers reported large waves along the coast, which at high tide set the stage for minor flooding and beach erosion, Schwibs said.
On Thursday, the weather service estimated 4.84 inches of rain so far in October, nearly 1.5 inches above normal, with more to come through Thursday evening. The high temperature only reached 51 degrees by 12:39 p.m. Thursday. Last year at this time temperatures were in the 60s, according to the weather service
The specter of a nor'easter evoked images of massive snowstorms and whiteout conditions for many.
"They can happen anytime of the year, they're more common in the colder months," Schwibs said.
On Friday, scattered showers were expected as the storm tapered off. Saturday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 60 degrees, the weather service reported.
City crews expected to work throughout the duration of the storm, but with 6,000 basins to cover, the city asked citizens to take a few moments and help clear any clogged catch basins that they may find.
Residents were also reminded that the city's Fall Curbside Leaf Pickup program will begin Monday, Oct. 27 and will continue through Friday, Nov. 21. Leaves must be in the large, paper biodegradable leaf bags that can be purchased at most hardware stores, a city press release noted. Residents can place their biodegradable leaf bags curbside on a normal trash pickup day between the dates of the program.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 00:40

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The rainbow before the storm: Early-season blow coming

A partial rainbow glistening over Scarborough Marsh last weekend depicted the serene calm of pristine weekend weather, but now a big blow is coming, forecasters said.10-21-14-rainbow-scar-marsh-free

Mike Bettes, meteorologist and co-host of AMHQ on The Weather Channel, said, "It's an early season storm that promises to bring raw conditions, with persistent rain and a cold northeast wind. If this were a month later in the year we might be talking about a powerhouse snowstorm with epic power outages. We're lucky that temperatures will be warm enough that it will be all rain this time."

An upper-level area of low pressure will slide southeast from the Great Lakes and develop a surface low off the Mid-Atlantic coast Tuesday night, forecasters said. This low will then remain off the New England coast through at least Thursday.

The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast needs to ready for localized flooding, strong winds, high surf and beach erosion starting midweek and continuing through Friday. To stay on top of this storm, the public can tune into AMHQ weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on The Weather Channel.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:04

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Donations fly high at Octoberfest Family Fun Day Celebration in Windham

The Kora Shriners welcomed the public to a display of miniature tractors, businesses rolled out the pumpkins and the public converged at Buck's Naked BBQ in Windham Saturday for the Octoberfest Family Fun Day Celebration.10-21-14-octoberfest-main

The Community Coin Challenge and other events on the day raised money for area food pantries. Songo Locks School donated 96,000 pennies for $960 toward the benefit — or the equivalent of 6,000 pounds of food, organizers said. On Friday, organizers reported that the total funds raised as of that date totaled $13,242.39.10-21-14-octoberfest-1

The Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce reported Monday, "We had a large crowd all day enjoying the many fun games, give-a-ways, rides and contests! We are still totaling the proceeds from the Community Coin Challenge and will report our final amount raised ASAP!"10-21-14-octoberfest-4

A highlight that offered a bird's-eye view of the region: Windham Weaponry, maker of high-quality rifles, provided a helicopter, which offered rides over Sebago Lake. Views from the helicopter included scenes of Sebago Lake and Little Sebago.10-21-14-octoberfest-6

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:06

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Police department offers Rape Aggression Defense course

The deadline to sign up for the Portland Police Department's last 2014 RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) self-defense course is approaching, on Oct. 29, the department reported.
Each course is comprised of five classes. The first four classes meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the fifth class meets on Saturday from 8 a.m. through noon. All classes will be held at the Portland Police Department at 109 Middle St. The $25 per person course registration fee goes to the Amy St. Laurent Foundation.
The deadline to register is Oct. 29 for the five sessions that will be held Nov. 4, 6, 11, 13 and 15, a press release stated.
The registration form can be accessed at http://www.portlandmaine.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=419.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 22:32

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Hillary Clinton, President Obama to campaign for Michaud in Portland

Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic nominee for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in Scarborough on Friday, Oct. 24, , the Michaud campaign announced.

"There is so much at stake in this election, and we can't take anything for granted. If we want change in Augusta, we have to make it happen," Michaud said. "That's why I am so humbled and excited to have Hillary Clinton coming to Maine to rally voters and join me in energizing supporters so we can ensure a great turn out on Election Day."

Clinton is one of many national figures to campaign with Michaud, who is in a tight race against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Earlier this fall President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned with Michaud. President Barack Obama will also be joining him on the campaign trail on Oct. 30.

Clinton will headline a free event at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Scarborough High School. RSVP for the event at www.michaud2014.com/hillary.

President Barack Obama will campaign with Michaud on Thursday, Oct. 30 to kick off get-out-the-vote efforts just days before Election Day, the Michaud campaign announced last week.

President Obama will headline a free rally for Michaud in the early evening at the Portland Exposition Building. Sen. George Mitchell will also speak at the event, the campaign announcement stated. Tickets are required. The public can RSVP for the event at www.michaud2014.com/presidentobama.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 22:02

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