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  • State plan for Maine Mall Road porous pavement raises questions in South Portland; work to begin in July

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The state Department of Transportation is planning a first-of-its-kind paving project to help address polluted storm-water runoff in the Long Creek Watershed. The project, however, will impact traffic and, by extension, businesses near the Maine Mall throughout t...

  • Falmouth High School Class of 2009

    Falmouth High School Class of 2009 Salutatorian Courtney Mazur, center, waits with the rest of her class to enter the high school auditorium June 14. (Natalie Conn photo)

  • Referendum date on Harpswell school closure expected later this year

    HARPSWELL — The date of a voter referendum on closing the West Harpswell School will not be known until later this year. Meanwhile, the Harpswell Board of Selectmen has yet to take an official position on the question. The School Administrative District 75 Board of D...

  • Chebeague Island: Casco Bay's seal nursery and day-care center

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — "It's a girl, about a week old," said Linda Doughty as she gently turned over the week-old baby seal, plump with baby fat and with a still visible umbilical cord. The pup had been stranded for three days recently on an island beach, one of five stranded on Chebeague in...

  • Train station lease gets OK from Brunswick councilors

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday voted 8-1 to become the master tenant of the train station and welcome center at Maine Street Station, the $23.5 million development that already has a significant financial investment from taxpayers. The council's decision is the penultimate...

  • Brunswick council schedules public hearing on air base zoning

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday set a public hearing to discuss proposed zoning amendments important to the redevelopment of Brunswick Naval Air Station. The amendments have been proposed by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in cooperation with the town's plann...

  • $23.5M school budget goes to voters in Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — Nearly 500 Freeport, Pownal and Durham residents attended the first Regional School Unit 5 town budget meeting Tuesday night and ratified a nearly $23.5 million budget that will increase Pownal's property taxes by more than 25 percent. The budget now goes to a June 25 ...

  • Legislature earmarks $8M in bonds for Brunswick air base redevelopment

    BRUNSWICK — The Legislature last week approved a bond package that includes $8 million for the redevelopment of Brunswick Naval Air Station. The entire $150 million package still must be ratified by voters in June 2010. The so-called "responsible investment plan" was pi...

  • Falmouth wants residents to weigh in on forest management plan

    FALMOUTH — The town is seeking public input on a proposed management plan for eight forested properties totalling 758 acres. The Conservation Commission's Open Space Implementation Subcommittee will hold a forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Falmouth Memorial Library to ga...

  • Fee hikes, fairground concerts face Cumberland Town Council

    CUMBERLAND — Requirements for concerts and parimutuel horse racing independent of the annual county fair are expected to be established for the Cumberland Fairgrounds after a public hearing Monday, June 22. Under the newly elected leadership of Chairman Ron Copp, the Town Council...