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  • Mystery of Herbie's age keeps tree experts busy

    YARMOUTH — A brutal wind and biting cold on Jan. 29 did not keep Whitney Tree Services and the Maine Forest Service from cutting another piece from the stump of Herbie, the once-giant Elm tree. Herbie was cut down Jan. 19 after losing a 50-year battle against Dutch elm disease. ...

  • Panel proposes changes to Portland housing replacement rules

    PORTLAND — The Housing Committee is recommending several changes to a city ordinance that requires property owners to either replace or pay a fee for housing units they remove from the market. A draft of the new Housing Replacement Ordinance will be reviewed by the committee in March...

  • Winter welcome

    Several hundred immigrant and refugee children and their families braved cold temperatures and even colder wind-chill values on Saturday, Jan. 30, to experience sledding and snowshoeing for the first time at the sixth annual WinterKids Welcome to Winter Festival at Payson Park in Portland.

  • Public hearings to discuss METRO fare hike

    PORTLAND — The Greater Portland Transit District has announced a series of public hearings to discuss proposed METRO bus fare increases scheduled to go into effect April 1, 2010: • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6-7 p.m., at the Westbrook Public Safety Building, first-floor large meeting room...

  • Portland sets May school budget referendum

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday night scheduled a special school budget referendum for May 11, even though recent special elections have attracted only a few thousand voters. Under state law, municipalities are required to send annual school budgets to the voters for approval. Since t...

  • New owner: No immediate changes for former Jordan's Meats plant

    PORTLAND — The new owner of the former Jordan's Meats plant in the city's Eastern Waterfront says there are no immediate plans for redevelopment of the property. Mark Woglom, president of Opechee Construction of Belmont, N.H., formed Old Port Hospitality LLC with his partner, Greg Ki...

  • 7 school boards in greater Portland call for new state funding formula

    PORTLAND — Elected school officials in seven greater Portland communities are banding together to seek regional cost savings while calling on state officials to implement a revised school funding formula. In the coming weeks, school boards in Portland, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Sout...

  • Charter Commission endorses ranked-choice mayoral election for Portland

    PORTLAND — Voters are likely to be asked in November if they want to elect a mayor using ranked-choice voting. The Charter Commission endorsed ranked-choice voting in a Jan. 28 meeting. The voting method, also known as instant run-off voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order...

  • Legislators may alter Freedom of Access Act to defeat Cumberland business owner

    CUMBERLAND — The Legislature is considering limiting access to public documents, which could prevent a local entrepreneur from offering a commercial, one-stop Web site for statewide land records.John Simpson's MacImage of Maine now provides Hancock County records online at

  • State eyes replacement of Route 1 bridge between Portland, Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — The Maine Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting this month to discuss replacement beginning in 2012 of the Martin Point Bridge, which carries Route 1 traffic over the Presumpscot River between Portland and Falmouth. Built in 1943, the 1,400-foot bridge...