Cold weather contributing to water main breaks


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Crews spent much of Monday repairing a water main break on Stroudwater Street in Westbrook.

That's just one of many the Portland Water District and other public works departments across the state have had to repair this winter.

"We've had an awful lot of cold weather this past month," said Dave Jones, Lewiston director of Public Works.

February marked the coldest month in history for many Maine communities, and the large number of water main breaks is evidence of that.

"We've got four and a half to five feet of frost in the ground right now," Jones said.

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Car crashes through Westbrook Rite Aid storefront


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One woman is hurt after a car crashed through the storefront of the Rite Aid in Westbrook. The accident happened a little after noon Sunday.

Westbrook Fire Department officials said the elderly driver was pulling into a parking spot when he hit the gas instead of the brake. He drove through the glass panel of the building and came to a stop inside the store.

Officials said the woman's injuries did not appear to be serious, but she was taken to Maine Medical Center for evaluation. The driver and the passenger, his wife, are okay.

"The store employees were really shocked, because where the car stopped was up against the cashier booth, and there was actually people at the cash register when the car came through the building," Deputy Chief Gary Caron of the Westbrook Fire Department said.

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

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Westbrook man arrested for sexually assaulting juvenile


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police arrested a man for seuxally assaulting a juvenile.

Police were investigating an incident that happened on Brown Street when they arrested 47-year-old Timothy Prins. Prins was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful sexual contact and gross sexual assault involving a juvenile victim.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.


Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...