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Maine Businesses Dealing With Both Winter and Spring



    Maine Businesses Dealing With Both Winter and Spring

    (NECN: Amy Sinclair) - Spring may be a little over a week away on the calendar, but in Maine, winter won't go down without a fight, making it tough for businesses that are trying to straddle both seasons.

    At Aubuchon Hardware in Naples, this late season storm meant they had to make room for shovels and scrapers alongside lawn chairs and seed starting kits.

    "Well it's hard to know what you should be ready for. Typically, we're thinking spring right now. We want rakes out. We want wheelbarrows out, lawn chairs, we want people thinking about the nice weather," said Dwayne Ball, the store manager. "This has been an exceptionally hard winter that's continuing to drag on."

    Instead of patching roads, public works crews spent the day trying to clear the remaining snow from streets and sidewalks in preparation for whatever this storm delivers.

    "What we're doing for preparation is making sure our catch basins are open, particularly in troubled areas, or areas that tend to flood. This winter has been extreme," said Mike Bobinsky, Portland Public Services Director.

    Bobinsky says they are about $200,000 over their $1 million budget - not counting this storm.

    "We look at winter operations as an emergency response. It's a public safety issue, and so ... we don't do any cut back in service or reductions," said Bobinsky.

    While public works departments try to crunch the numbers from the latest storm, ski resorts are using words like "stoked" and "epic" to describe this season.

    This storm and it's promise of not inches but feet of snow is icing on their snowy cake.

    "Of course we're excited," said Rachel Wilkinson, Shawnee Peaks Marketing Director. "Anytime you talk about snow and snow that's over a foot, it's really exciting and we'll never say 'no' to snow here."

    It will allow Shawnee Peak in Bridgton to finish the season with 100 percent of trails open.

    "It'll  be interesting to see what this much snow does. We may stay open longer if there's massive interest," said Wilkinson.

    At the state's two largest resorts, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, the fresh snow pretty much guarantees the season will last well into April, which for many skiers and riders is the favorite time of year.  

    "It's not so cold. It's really just not as bitter cold and it's kind of like, I don't know, it's kind of fun. It's like, 'Okay, let's get this in, because spring is coming, but let's enjoy what there is,'" said Sharie Pilsbury, a skier from Scarborough.