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Turnpike seeks input on proposed 10-year plan

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Turnpike Authority has developed a preliminary 10-year plan and is seeking the public's input on their proposal.  State law mandates that the quasi-governmental agency develop an operating plan each decade and allow residents and turnpike users to weigh-in on it before it is adopted.

"The last 10-year plan included about $600 million of work over a decade," stated Dan Morin, spokesman for the MTA.  "This plan is down to about $250 million that includes no toll increases within the 10-year plan."

Morin says the MTA will continue to rehabilitate and replace many bridges along the highway, as well as repave an average for 50 lane-miles a year over the next decade.

The plan also includes no layoffs. 

"We are currently at our minimum level of operations for cash toll collectors," said Morin.

Tuesday's high school sports postponements

NEWS CENTER - With a growing list of cancellations due to Tuesday's snowstorm, here is a list of high school sports postponements from across Maine. All make-up times listed are approximate varsity starts.

BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTH PORTLAND @ THORNTON ACADEMY - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

SEARSPORT @ PENOBSCOT VALLEY - PPD

BOOTHBAY @ MOUNT ABRAM - PPD TO 5:30 PM MONDAY

DIRIGO @ MONMOUTH - PPD

WAYNFLETE @ TRAIP - PPD TO DEC. 23RD

NOBLE @ SCARBOROUGH - PPD TO WEDNESDAY 7 PM

BONNY EAGLE @ MARSHWOOD - PPD TO 6 PM THURSDAY

YORK @ GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER - PPD TO 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY

BIDDEFORD @ WESTBROOK - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

GREELY @ YARMOUTH - PPD

FRYEBURG ACADEMY @ KENNEBUNK - PPD

WELLS @ LAKE REGION - PPD

WINDHAM @ SANFORD - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

CONY @ MT. ARARAT - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

CHEVERUS @ MASSABESIC - PPD

Good Samaritans save turkey that almost bought the farm

LIMERICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While families across America will sit down to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings this Thanksgiving, one lucky bird that nearly bought the farm in a car accident late last month has a new lease on life. 

Meg Lord was driving towards her home in Parsonsfield on Halloween when she saw a flock of turkeys scurry out of a field and onto a busy road.  A truck heading in the opposite direction tried to break before striking the birds, but could not avoid one of the juvenile turkeys.  

Lord stopped to see if she could help the bird, as did the driver of the truck.  They found the turkey in some tall grass and worked together to bundle it in a blanket.  She brought it to the Center For Wildlife in the hopes that they could save its life.