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  • Portland-area schools stand to lose millions in state funding

    PORTLAND — School districts in southern and mid-coast Maine stand to lose millions in state funding next year, after a last-minute change to the way the state distributes money for essential programs and services. The change was narrowly approved by the state Senate late in the after...

  • Portland schools move closer to consolidating sports boosters

    PORTLAND — Before taking its annual summer recess, the School Board last week approved a work plan that would eliminate individual sports booster programs and fold each high school's boosters into a single entity, while creating a nonprofit organization to oversee the boosters' finances and...

  • Portland eyes borrowing $1.5M to fix century-old Kotzschmar organ

    PORTLAND — On Aug, 22, 2012, the Kotzschmar organ will be a century old, making it the oldest working municipal organ in the U.S. Its birthday present may be a $2.6 million make-over. The City Council is expected to conduct a first reading July 18 of a proposal to borrow up t...

  • Governor's son escapes injury in Freeport highway crash

    FREEPORT — Gov. Paul LePage's son, Paul LePage II, was unharmed last week in a crash that demolished his car on Interstate 295. Trooper Matt Williams of the Maine State Police said the 22-year-old, oldest son of the governor, was driving northbound Thursday, June 30, at about 6:33 p....

  • High cost of low bids: Environmental, safety violators get stimulus contracts

    PORTLAND — Federal stimulus funds funneled into Maine may have resulted in a reported 1,600 jobs and improvements to infrastructure all over the state. Since 2009, the federal government has awarded $1.4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to public, private and n...

  • Portland's Eastern Prom to be scene of adventure-style race

    PORTLAND — The Eastern Promenade has long been a favorite place for people to spend lazy afternoons, lounging on nearly 70 acres of lush, grassy slopes with soothing views of Casco Bay. But on Saturday, the popular place will be transformed into an adventurous, 4.5-mile obstacle cour...

  • Unsung Hero: Ruth Perry, making (and serving) life's lemonade

    HARPSWELL — “Everyone has problems,” 75-year-old Ruth Perry says, “but most problems have the life span of a leaf. You just have to face up to them.” This Bailey Island legend knows of what she speaks. Perry raised eight children almost alone because her husba...

  • Cape Fire Department honors volunteers

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Five Fire Department volunteers were recognized for their service and 12 anniversaries were celebrated at the department's annual appreciation night at Purpoodock Club. The Fire Department has five companies with 105 volunteers. The top award, named for the la...

  • Cape 'Art Night' begins July 8

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A new monthly display of work by local artists, photographers and artisans called "Art Night on the Cape" will begin July 8. About a dozen businesses will display work by various residents for the month, with open houses the second Friday of the month. Partici...

  • South Portland manufacturer to close, eliminate 40 jobs

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The parent company of Portland Valve announced it would close the manufacturer by the end of the year, eliminating the jobs of 40 workers. Portland Valve, at 1 Madison St., was founded in 1973. It has been a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army subcontractor and also makes system... 1