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  • Falmouth students return from Miss. with stories of ongoing recovery

    FALMOUTH — For the third year in a row, Falmouth High School students traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., to help residents there rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. What struck this year's students most was how much rebuilding there is still to do. "On the drive from the airport in...

  • Yarmouth school budget could increase 1.75%

    YARMOUTH — The School Committee's initial budget estimate is an increase of $340,000, or 1.75 percent, in fiscal 2012. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the approximately $19.8 million budget would not reduce any programming, but a few teaching and educational technician p...

  • Yarmouth school budget could increase 1.75%

    YARMOUTH — The School Committee's initial budget estimate is an increase of $340,000, or 1.75 percent, in fiscal 2012. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the approximately $19.8 million budget would not reduce any programming, but a few teaching and educational technic...

  • Portland teachers, students begin transition to new elementary school

    PORTLAND — Walking up to the main entrance of the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School, it's apparent that one is about to enter a school like no other.  A finely cut awning with a bright yellow underbelly is propped up by bright red pylons. A bank of windows of various sizes, hei...

  • Regional economic development board taking shape

    PORTLAND — A group created to market greater Portland as a place to do business is deciding who should serve on its first board of directors. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. includes Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Scarborough. In add...

  • Retiring city manager reflects on 40 years of change in Portland

    PORTLAND — When Joe Gray flew into the city more than 40 years ago, he arrived on the only airline serving the then shoebox-sized Portland Municipal Airport. The airline, Northeast, no longer exists. But the airport does, and has now grown to several terminals with service from seven...

  • Opponents to secession from Portland play catch-up on Peaks Island

    PEAKS ISLAND — Residents opposed to rejuvenated efforts to secede from Portland are gearing up to get in the game.  But first they have to find the field. That's the analogy used by Scott Nash, one of the group of residents concerned about the speed of the re-energized se...

  • Energy group funded via state agency hired Democratic lawmakers, activists

    HALLOWELL — The Maine Green Energy Alliance, which last week announced it was returning the balance of its $1.1 million government contract to promote home retrofits after it had fallen well behind its goals, says it is a non-partisan organization. But an examination of the Hallowell... 2

  • Portland newspaper says ethics investigation could 'chill' free speech

    PORTLAND — Attorneys representing The Portland Press Herald have told the state Ethics Commission that a complaint filed about a series of free ads supporting Portland's switch to an elected mayor is without merit and threatens free speech. At issue are six free, full-page advertisem...

  • Traffic delays expected next week on Veterans Bridge between Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — Drivers who use the southbound Veterans Memorial Bridge can expect delays starting Feb. 9 when one lane will be closed at times because of construction. The Maine Department of Transportation said the first lane closure is scheduled Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather...