February 10, 2013

Short stories from Mainers stuck in the blizzard

From staff reports

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Lucy Sommo, right, of Portland braces herself from the strong winds along the Eastern Promenade while snowshoeing with Jean Geslin during a blizzard on Saturday morning in Portland on February 9, 2013.

Tim Greenway / Staff Photographer

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans A man blows snow from his driveway on Bartlett Street in Waterville as Winter Storm Nemo hammers central Maine early Saturday morning.

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After breaking the sleds they bought at Walmart, about 10 first-year law students started tossing a football and tackling each other in the snow instead.

"Getting a snow day now is even better than in second grade," Sampson said. 

Not 'freaking out' at the supermarket

At the Hannaford store on Back Cove in Portland, the parking lot was mostly full at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Inside, checkout lines were a half-dozen customers deep.

“I didn’t plan ahead,” said Lisa Carleton, a South Portland teacher, as she stood in line at the deli counter. “I figured it wouldn’t be a crowd this morning, that everyone would have come last night.”

Not everyone was there for bread and milk. Kevin Jones was stocking up on diapers for his 2-year-old twins.

“We just need a few things,” he said. “I don’t freak out too much. I’ve lived in Maine my whole life.”  

Red Claws decide to play and 300 hardy fans watch

The hardiest of Maine Red Claws fans proved their dedication to the basketball team Friday by showing up at the Portland Expo for a 7 p.m. game against the Bakersfield Jam.

Although 2,250 tickets were sold, only 300 people were in the stands, said Jana Spaulding, spokeswoman for the team.

The NBA D-League decides whether to cancel a game, and if both teams can get to the venue safely, they'll usually play, Spaulding said.

Had the city needed to use the Expo has an emergency shelter, the league would have considered that, she said. "Obviously, that's an extenuating circumstance." 

You know it's bad outside when Old Port bars close

Just about the only businesses open in the Old Port on Friday night were bars, but even many of them were closed.

Marty Plante and five of his friends tried going to happy hour at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and the Asylum, without any luck, before they ended up at Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub.

The friends met at the University of Maine, where they were trained how to "drink under any circumstance," said Nick Dyer.

Jake Condon said that in the 12 years he has worked at Gritty's, he's never known the bar to close.

"The only time would be if the power goes out," he said. 

Have cross-country skis, will travel on city streets

Cross-country skiers made getting around Portland look easy on Friday.

Gliding along Congress Street, Irit Altman, 35, made it to the top of the Munjoy Hill from her home in the West End, and planned to loop back around through the Deering neighborhood.

Gillian Demers, 22, was headed to her home on Cumberland Avenue from her job at a law office in the Old Port. As the most mobile employee Friday, she got the job of making a run to the post office.

Demers said she learned to leave her car behind during snowstorms when she was a student at the University of Maine at Farmington.

"I don't drive. I ski," she said.

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Snow blows and drifts over the benches along the Eastern Promenade during the blizzard on Munjoy Hill in Portland onSaturday morning February 9, 2013.

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Alexandria Brahler, right, holds onto Colin Matthews, as they struggle against strong winds and blowing snow Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Portland, Maine. Officials are cautioning residents to stay off the roads in Maine, where Portland set an all-time snowfall record and blowing snow continues to reduce visibility on the coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Skiers put fresh tracks on Quarry Road as snow falls in Waterville on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

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