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  • Cumberland council approves $8M municipal budget

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a fiscal 2012 municipal budget that is slightly smaller than the current spending plan. Next year's nearly $8 million budget is down about $22,000, or 0.27 percent. Revenues are expected to total $3.6 million, so the amount...

  • Man dies in Portland apartment fire

    PORTLAND — A 43-year-old man was killed in an apartment fire Tuesday morning on Grant Street. Portland firefighters and police were called to 65 Grant St. around 8 a.m., police Lt. Gary Rogers said. They found the man in his apartment with serious injuries. He was transported to Main...

  • Portland lbrary budget to be discussed

    PORTLAND — Friends of Portland Public Library will host forums March 22 and March 26 to discuss how the library raises and spends money. The event will include an overview of the library budget, with Library Director Stephen Podgajny and city officials explaining the city's allocatio...

  • Portland library seeks 'edible' books

    PORTLAND — The library is looking for books that are good enough to eat. The Edible Book Festival is scheduled for April 1 at the Portland Public Library. Coinciding with the First Friday Art Walk, the festival seeks book or book-related creations that are edible. Examples of ...

  • Public input sought for Portland manager search

    PORTLAND — The committee charged with finding a new city manager will hold a day-long meeting March 23, ending with a public forum at 7 p.m. Councilors Cheryl Leeman, John Anton and Jill Duson, along with search consultant Colin Baenziger, will meet with stakeholder groups throughout...

  • Economy a double-edged sword for Maine land trusts

    HARPSWELL — Four years ago, the largest undeveloped parcel of land in South Harpswell was out of reach for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. "There was no way," Reed Coles, executive director of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, said. "The price was much too high." The owner...

  • Maine public advocate: CMP bullies customers into installing 'smart' meters

    HALLOWELL — The Office of the Public Advocate has filed a letter with the Maine Public Utilities Commission alleging that Central Maine Power Co. is "bullying and intimidating" its customers to install controversial "smart" electric meters on their homes. The letter comes during PUC ... 3

  • U Car Share adds new rides in Portland, looks to expand into neighborhoods

    PORTLAND — The city's 2-year-old car-sharing program may add vehicles on the west and east ends of the peninsula, and has replaced the four vehicles already available downtown. John Peverada, the city's parking manager, said that U Car Share estimates the four cars in Portland saved ...

  • Freeport man critically injured in ATV accident

    Gregory Thompson, 48, of Wardtown Road in Freeport, is moved to a LifeFlight helicopter after he was critically injured while riding an all-terrain vehicle in his driveway on Monday evening. Warden Rick Stone said Thompson’s wife told officers she looked out a window and saw her husband fly...

  • Maine filmmaker, disabled vet tell story of returning home after war

    PORTLAND — While Army Sgt. Matthew Pennington was serving his third tour of duty in Iraq in 2006, he never imagined he would return home to star in a film about a war veteran struggling to adjust to community life. But that's exactly what happened. Although, for Pennington, th...