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  • Environmentalists: LePage action threatens land conservation

    FALMOUTH — Two environmental groups said Tuesday that Gov. Paul LePage is again withholding voter-approved bonds that are earmarked for conservation projects in the Land for Maine’s Future program. The governor's action means two projects in Falmouth, one in Freeport, one borde...

  • Harpswell to vote on $4.5M budget

    HARPSWELL — Town Meeting on Saturday will decide whether to approve a $4.5 million budget, an increase of 1.63 percent over current spending. Included in the spending plan is $110,000 for a share of the legal fees from a court battle over use of Cedar Beach Road, a $5,000 increase in...

  • Portland, state DOT prepare for Woodfords Corner work

    PORTLAND — Walking and bicycling through Woodford's Corner can be a challenge, but state and city officials hope it will become easier after a $1.5 million improvements project. City councilors will vote Monday, March 16, on an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to...

  • Cost estimates coming on possible Portland street changes

    PORTLAND — It will be at least two months before a recommendation is made on restoring two-way traffic to State and High streets, but the basis for comparison and evaluation was discussed at a March 4 wo...

  • Falmouth deer to get helping hand, if weather cooperates

    FALMOUTH — While spring's arrival might be a welcomed by most people, for Paul Larrivee it means one thing: crunch time. Larrivee is the forester hired by the town to

  • Water district launches wellhead protection program in North Yarmouth

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Water District is working with North Yarmouth residents to better protect the town's drinking water. The district recently began programs to replace or eliminate residential petroleum storage tanks, and to pump out septic systems. The district, wh...

  • Portland Greens may seek referendum to hike minimum wage

    PORTLAND — The Portland Green Independent Committee will hold a City Hall meeting Wednesday, March 11, to discuss two proposals to put a minimum wage ordinance referendum on the city ballot. The 5:30 p.m. meeting in Room 24 will outline proposals for a citizen initiative to create a ...

  • Early Cumberland budget would keep tax-rate growth almost flat

    CUMBERLAND — A preliminary version of the next municipal budget would add 2 cents to the tax rate, an increase of less than 1 percent, Town Manager Bill Shane said last week. Expenses could increase about $950,000, due largely to costs from the Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center ...

  • Yarmouth town planner resigns to launch consulting business

    YARMOUTH — Town Planner Vanessa Farr is resigning after six years to start a private-sector business. Farr, who will be stepping down April 17, is launching a new company called Maine Design Workshop. She said it is a "collaboration of freelance consultants" who will work from home.

  • Portland yoga classes bring balance to recovering addicts

    PORTLAND — The road to recovery may not always be paved with sweat, but for yoga instructor Kelly Benson, it works. "A spiritual practice is the foundation of recovery," Benson said last month. "Once your mind/body system is more in balance, it opens up the space to really tap i...