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  • North Yarmouth budget panel favors 2.3% tax cut

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Budget Committee last week recommended a fiscal 2012 budget of $3.4 million. Nearly $824,000 would come from taxes, a 2.27 reduction from the current year. The budget continues to be a work in progress, Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin said last week...

  • Portland's new city clerk dives into election planning

    PORTLAND — When Katherine Jones stepped into the position of city clerk at the beginning of the year, she got to work researching ways to save the city money in the upcoming mayoral elections. On April 4, Jones was officially appointed city clerk by the City Council. She replaced Lin...

  • Catholic elementary school in Portland to close in June

    PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese announced April 15 that the 145-year-old Cathedral Catholic School will close in June, at the end of the school year. Communications Director Sue Bernard said in a press release that the closure is the result of long-term financial problems at th...

  • Portland schools cut $125K from budget proposal

    PORTLAND — The City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on the proposed $89.5 million school budget for fiscal year 2012. The City Council Finance Committee approved the budget April 14. It is $125,000 smaller than the original proposal because the School Board was able to remo...

  • Portland teachers' pact puts full-time union chief on city payroll

    PORTLAND — Two weeks ago, Portland school officials held a press conference to announce a three-year contract agreement with unionized teachers. Officials applauded the educators for making concessions that would save the city approximately $700,000, including limits on professional ...

  • Weed 'em and reap

    Farm, garden store Allen, Sterling & Lothrop celebrates 100 years FALMOUTH — One hundred years ago this spring, a small wholesale farm equipment and seed distributor opened on Commercial Street in Portland. Then, in the 1950s, the company moved to a building at the corne...

  • ChIME helps individuals heed the call

    Cumberland electrician to be ordained in June CUMBERLAND — After 25 years as a master electrician, Dana Demers found a calling toward an entirely different path. Almost two years later, on June 5, he will be ordained as an interfaith minister through the Portland-based Chapl...

  • Peaks Island secessionists 'bloodied, but unbowed' by failed effort

    PORTLAND — Peaks Island residents who want to secede from Portland were handed a setback last week when a legislative committee unanimously killed a bill that would have put the issue to a vote. But some secession supporters said they will not give up the fight. "I would chara...

  • DiMillo's the latest Portland restaurant to add nutrition info to menus

    PORTLAND — The lobster roll at DiMillo's Floating Restaurant has 290 calories, and soon diners at the Commercial Street restaurant will be able to find that information on the menu. DiMillo's has been working with a city-provided dietitian to calculate nutritional information for its...

  • Portland legislator pushes bill to legalize, tax marijuana in Maine

    PORTLAND — Imagine walking into a neighborhood store to buy beer, wine, liquor and cigarettes. But on your way home you make one more stop – to buy marijuana, legally. That's the vision Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, will outline at a press conference on Wednesday at Port... 13