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  • 'Renewed' Kaler school opens in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Students, parents and teachers gathered Tuesday at Kaler Elementary School to welcome the new school year and a new instructional model designed to produce more student engagement and higher test scores. This year, Kaler will practice "project-based learning." Teache...

  • Scarborough Downs: We only have eyes for Biddeford

    SCARBOROUGH — Scarborough Downs has no plans to build a proposed racino anywhere other than Biddeford, even though new wording of a ballot question makes it clear the project can end up somewhere else. And though they may not agree on much, both sides of the racino debate say they a...

  • Scarborough agency helps maintain bond between seniors, their pets

    SCARBOROUGH — Ruth Mortimer doesn't know what she'd do without her 14-year-old Maine coon cat, Drake. She's had Drake for 13 years, after adopting him from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland when she moved from New York to retire in Maine. She stopped in regularly for sever... 2

  • Literacy group offers free help to adults with reading difficulty

    BATH — While it's the time of year for kids to go back to school, there are still millions of adults across the country who lack key educational building blocks, such as being able to read beyond a third-grade level. Tri-County Literacy, a non-profit organization that offers literacy...

  • New Cape Elizabeth school chief: Different locale, same priorities

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Meredith Nadeau has had a lot to do in a little time. The new superintendent of schools is in the process of moving her family to a new community; looking for a place to live; meeting teachers, administrators, parents and town officials, and learning about the cultur...

  • Harpswell officials consider single-sort recycling program

    HARPSWELL — Town officials are considering changes that may boost the recycling rate. But the cost benefit to taxpayers is uncertain. Harpswell now recycles 47 percent of its total waste stream, well over Maine's statewide recycling rate of 38.5 percent, according to State Pla...

  • Bucket brigade

    A crew from Asplundh Tree Expert Co. removes limbs from a power line on Park Street in Freeport on Sunday, when Tropical Storm Irene hit Maine. The effects of the storm left a peak of about 187,000 Central Maine Power Co. customers without electricty on Sunday night. The company estimated 280,000 cu...

  • Borders: Books-A-Million in, Bull Moose out

    SCARBOROUGH — A federal bankruptcy judge awarded the sale of 14 Borders store leases, including the store at the Maine Mall in South Portland, to Alabama-based Books-A-Million. The deal stymied an attempt by regional entertainment store Bull Moose, which had hoped to buy "a handful" ...

  • South Portland cemetery raises flags on new veterans memorial

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A once-abandoned cemetery has been given another new breath of life with the addition of a cluster of flags raised to honor the nation's veterans. The Highland Memorial Cemetery Association agreed earlier in the year to erect new flagpoles for each branch of the mili...

  • Assistant city manager to leave Portland for Camden post

    PORTLAND — Assistant City Manager Pat Finnigan will leave her job next month to become the town manager in Camden. The move comes three months after Finnigan was passed over for the top administrative job in Portland city government. Finnigan, a Bangor native, said she is exci...