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  • Freeport manager to propose budget cuts

    FREEPORT — Town Manager Dale Olmstead will present his suggestions to close a $366,000 budget gap at a Town Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Olmstead's first tier of suggestions include emergency dispatch consolidation with Brunswick and reduction of per...

  • Falmouth, Yarmouth may share dispatch

    FALMOUTH — Yarmouth and Falmouth may soon be sharing dispatch services at the Falmouth Police Department. The consolidation would save Falmouth about $60,000 a year while keeping the service local, rather than joining Cumberland County to cut costs, Falmouth Town Manager Nathan Poore...

  • Freeport street extension plan needs more work

    FREEPORT — The Traffic and Parking Committee on Tuesday approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Park and School streets, but unexpectedly tabled a proposal to extend School Street to Bow Street after a two-hour discussion. The plan to extend School Street to Bow Street is co...

  • North Yarmouth draft budget shows 2.6% reduction

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The draft fiscal 2011 municipal budget, which faces a long review process before being approved in June, is 2.6 percent smaller than the existing budget. The total budget proposed by Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin is $2.25 million, compared with $2.31 mi... 2

  • Brunswick budget forum draws small turnout

    BRUNSWICK — Fewer than a dozen residents voiced concerns about a projected $5 million budget gap during a Feb. 11 forum hosted by the Town Council. The town meeting-style event was designed to gather input on how the council and School Board should address a shortfall that officials ...

  • Financing plan for Brunswick inn offers developer 5 tax-free years

    BRUNSWICK — A proposed 10-year agreement with the town will rebate an average of 85 percent of property taxes to the developer of an inn planned at Maine Street Station and not tax the project at all during its first five years. An outline of the credit enhancement financing was pres...

  • WinteRush remnants

    Although a lack of snow canceled this year's WinterRush festival in Portland, the Polar Bear 5K and Freezin' for a Reason Dip went on as scheduled on Feb. 13. The weather was bright and sunny, but judging from the dippers' faces, the water at East End Beach was still cold as heck.

  • Jumping for health

    Ben Fisher, left, takes a turn twirling the rope as his classmates Caleb Delano and Alex McGonagle jump during the "Jump for the Health of It" fundraiser at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland on Feb. 12.

  • Communities receive municipal energy grants

    YARMOUTH – Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and energy costs will soon begin in communities receiving grants to help reach conservation goals. The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced the first round of energy conservation block grants on Friday, Feb. 12...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget to be discussed in forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a fiscal 2011 budget forum on Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss the financial challenges the district faces and the latest information on revenues and expenses. The forum will be held in the Commons area of Greely High School ...