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  • Freeport Sewer District plant going green

    FREEPORT — The general manager of the Freeport Sewer District said he has two major responsibilities — to keep the Harraseeket River clean and to reduce the carbon footprint of the sewer plant on South Freeport Road. Leland Arris said both goals can be accomplished with up...

  • City Council committee to vote on Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — The city Finance Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on an $89.6 million school budget proposed for next year. Finance Committee Chairman John Anton said this week he does not expect any major problems with the budget, although he questioned the School Board's request ...

  • Lawmakers table 'smart' meter opt-out, kill moratorium

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would require Central Maine Power Co. to allow customers to opt out of new "smart" electrical meters was derailed Monday by a legislative committee. The House Energy and Utilities Committee unanimously voted to table the bill, introduced by Rep. Heather Sirocki,... 1

  • Portland's Eastern Prom too crowded for boat ramp?

    PORTLAND — A community group is making finding a new place for the city's commercial boat ramp a priority for improving the Eastern Promenade park. As park use increases along the waterfront, the commercial boat ramp there is becoming a safety issue for the public, said Diane Davison...

  • UPDATE: Legislators reject Peaks Island secession bill

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government on Wednesday unanimously killed a bill that would have restarted the secession of Peaks Island from Portland. Legislators said during a half-hour discussion that the secession process outlined by state...

  • Portland plans safer routes for walkers, bicyclists in Deering Center

    PORTLAND — The city hopes to have a network of streets in place by the next school year that are safe for bicyclists and walkers to travel to schools, shops and parks. The pilot Neighborhood Byways program is part of the city's effort to encourage physical activity and prevent obesit...

  • Felting, foraging and forestry

    Mid-Coast residents start a traditional-skills school BOWDOINHAM — Hand-made donuts are stacked in glass jars on the counter. The kitchen serves up maple syrup from Poppa's Sugar Shack right in town. And flower bulbs grown by a local woman are for sale. The Town Landing rest...

  • Discussion of CMP 'smart' meters planned in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — A briefing on Central Maine Power Co.'s wireless "smart" electric meters is planned for the May 19 Board of Selectmen meeting. Town Manager Cornell Knight reported at the board's April 7 meeting that installation of the meters is scheduled to start in the Brunswick service ...

  • Portland police chief: Man shot by officer used car 'as a dangerous weapon'

    Jonathan Mitchell in custody at Maine Medical Center PORTLAND — A car chase through East Deering early Sunday morning ended with a burglary suspect being shot by police. Police Chief James Craig, in a press conference on Monday, said Officer Robert Miller fired two bullets a...

  • Challenge emerges to school-imposed activity fees in Maine

    Fee structure varies widely across local communities SCARBOROUGH — As more Maine school districts begin charging students fees to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities, some people are questioning the legality of the charges. "A public education should be fre...