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  • Portland budgets would add nearly 3% to property tax

    PORTLAND — Property owners face a tax increase of 58 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in the combined fiscal year 2016 budget. The 2.9 percent increase from the current tax rate of $20 was out...

  • Falmouth Foreside market's new owner promises business as usual

    FALMOUTH — What has been a family business will stay that way, just with a new family at the helm. MaryBeth Bachman, a school nurse at Falmouth High School, purchased the iconic Town Landing Market on March 31. Bachman will run the store with her daughter, Sara, and two business part...

  • Cumberland council to vote on town budget

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council is expected to vote next week on the fiscal 2016 municipal budget. The panel will also hear a report from the Ocean Access Committee on a management plan for the town's portion of the former Payson property, and to approve a contractor for this year's Bl...

  • North Yarmouth bee farm murder suspect claims he shot in self-defense

    PORTLAND — Defense attorney Daniel Lilley told jurors on Monday that the first words 72-year-old Merrill Kimball uttered after he shot and killed Leon Kelley at Brown’s Bee Farm in North Yarmouth on Oct. 6, 2013, were, “What was I supposed to do? He came at me. I’m 70 year...

  • North Yarmouth to vote Saturday on $2.7M budget

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Town Meeting will vote Saturday, April 11, on a $2.7 million municipal budget for 2016, a decrease of nearly $117,000 from current spending. The town budget by itself would cause the tax rate to drop 19.6 percent, from the current $17.15 per $100,000 of property valu...

  • Anglers sought for brook trout survey

    FALMOUTH — Maine Audubon is seeking volunteer anglers to fish remote Maine ponds and coastal streams in search of wild brook trout. The Brook Trout Survey Project, now in its fifth year, helps Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife id...

  • Portland elementary school times in play, but not high schools

    PORTLAND — The School Board may reconsider new start and end times for the city's elementary schools, after hearing feedback from the public. School Board Chairwoma...

  • Portland poised for shopping bag fee, foam ban

    PORTLAND — The city's five-cent fee on single-use paper and plastic shopping bags, and a ban on foam cups and containers, go into effect April 15. The amendments to the City Code require fees at grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, and farmers markets for paper or plastic bags...

  • Teen driving expo coming to Maine Mall

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Maine Teen Driving Expo on Saturday, April 11, will feature an indoor course at the Maine Mall to simulate the risks of impaired and distracted driving conditions. The expo, a part of the "Survive Your Drive" campaign, is sponsored by several state agencies and A...

  • Maine athletic directors honor The Forecaster's Hoffer

    ROCKPORT — Michael Hoffer, sports editor of The Forecaster, received a Media Award from the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association at its annual spring conference Thursday, April 2. Hoffer, who previously received the award in 2004, was recognized for "his incredib...